Athletic News and Announcements

Celebrating National Girls In Sports Day

The Pine School celebrated and observed National Girls & Women In Sports Day with Paralympian and World Champion Jacqui Kapinowski.

Kapinowski, who lost use of her legs following a battle with Bacterial Meningitis and resulting neurological complications, has competed in over 80 marathons, 6 triathlons (she holds the record in the New York City Olympic-distance triathlon), and countless other races. In 2013 she competed at the Paratriathlon National Championship and won the National Title, which led to competing in the World Championships at the ITU Paratriathlon in London, England where she earned the Bronze Medal. She has also competed in the Vancouver and Rio Paralympics.

"National Girls & Women in Sports Day is a great time to recognize and encourage the participation of students in competitive sports,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “The percentage of girls and women participating in sport is growing every year and opportunities like this spark interest in young women to use sports to prepare for challenges and successes later in life."

In addition to an inspiring keynote from Jacqui, girls in grades 4-8 had the opportunity to try their hands at a range of sports led by high school members of the Athletic Prefect Committee. The Pine School boasts an impressive 11 Varsity teams for girls to participate in.

“Athletics has always been an integral part of being a Pine School student and our girls teams are great examples of that,” summed up Admission Director and long-time Varsity Cross Country Coach (recently named “Coach Of The Year”) Beth Lettengarver. “Because of our no-cut-policy  and our small school atmosphere, all of our girls are encouraged and welcomed to participate in as many athletic activities as they want.”

Photos can be seen on the School's Flickr page.


The Hobe Sound Campus Turns Ten

Please join me in celebrating the anniversary of being on the Hobe Sound campus for ten years this week!  What a roller coaster decade it has been and we are at the top of our ride this year.

In the fall of 2006 we were extremely busy helping to put the final touches on our Hobe Sound campus to receive the CO from the County in order to  move our grades 7-10 from Stuart to Hobe Sound.  As the new year began, items that were scheduled to move from Stuart to Hobe Sound started leaving the Stuart campus.  The smart boards in the middle school building and high school village were taken down first. Library books followed, and then any extra chairs and tables and even desks in the last few days!  The final day arrived, a Friday.

We began in Stuart with packing of personal belongings and cleaning out lockers. We ate lunch from a small catering wagon in the pavilion and then the County loaned buses arrived and we piled everything onto the buses; students, backpacks, sports equipment and more.  The filled to capacity busses rolled into Hobe Sound and  the real work began. That afternoon and weekend happened in fast motion as desks were arranged, lockers were filled, more trucks were loaded and brought to Hobe Sound, the endless moving of books and desks. Parents, students, faculty and friends were here over that weekend.  We got lost learning our way around the campus.  We felt exhilaration for a job well done and excitement for the coming day of our first classes on this campus.  

On Monday, February 12 classes began on a campus that had pure white sand everywhere, no blinds to block the sunshine, (landscaping and blinds came in the first year) tables and utensils that had never been used in the sparkling dining hall, expanses of seemingly empty halls and the same wind we continue to feel every day on the courtyard.

As we celebrate our anniversary of ten years on the Hobe Sound campus, do not let this week go by without appreciating the beautiful school we enjoy and the friendships we have made.  I congratulate every student and teacher who has passed through these halls. We have learned and lived together for ten years and will continue to do so for many more to come.

Phyllis Parker
Head of School


Athletes Honored By TC Palm Panel

A number of Pine School student-athletes have been recognized by the TC Palm’s Fall Season Sports Awards.

“All of our athletes awarded represent The Pine School with class on and off the playing field,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “The work ethic portrayed by these young men and women let them shine through as leaders on their respective teams and in the classroom.”

Annelise Romero All-Area Honorable Mention

Girls Cross Country:
Claire Barber - Runner of the Year Finalist

Boys Cross Country:
Chase Hyland - Runner of the Year Finalist
Christopher Textor - All Area First Team
Beth Lettengarver - Coach of the Year

Boys Golf:
Garrett Barber - Player of the Year Finalist
Prescott Butler - Player of the Year Finalist
Christopher Hecht - All Area Honorable Mention

Girls Golf:
Andie Smith - All Area First Team

Girls Swimming and Dive:
Olivia Wilson - All Area Honorable Mention

“I am extremely proud that our athletes represent The Pine School so well,” summed up Sofarelli. “Congratulations to all of them.”


Senior Commits to Run XC At Northeastern On National Signing Day

Today is Early Signing Day across the country for student-athletes.

Senior Chase Hyland has signed his commitment to run Cross Country and Track & Field at Northeastern University. Chase is one of the top recruits in the State of Florida and the Country.
Many of the top High School athletes in their sports will be signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play collegiate sports. Division 1 recruits sign this NLI this week to make their collegiate sports decision official.

"The Pine School is very proud of Chase and his accomplishments and wish him nothing but the best in the years to come," shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.

Photos can be found on our Flickr page.


Varsity Boy's Cross Country Top Pine Invitational

The Pine School's Varsity Boys Cross Country team once again placed 1st over-all at the annual Pine Invitational Cross Country Meet, hosted on The Pine School's beautiful 142-acre campus.

The meet, which attracted over 260 runners from 14 different schools, benefitted from beautiful weather and challenged runners throughout the course that took full advantage of natural rolling hills found on The Pine School campus.

Congrats to all - most notably, Varsity runners - Boys / Chase Hyland 1st, Christopher Textor 2nd, Lawson McLeod 6th. Girls / Claire Barber 2nd, Erin Spellman 3rd. JV runners (Boys JV team placed 1st overall as well) / Addison Textor 3rd, Philip Upton 5th, Luke Denney 6th, Gabe Tettamanti 7th, Noah Kalter 9th, Aaron Chimelis 11th, Matthew Lynch 12th. Middle School Race / Ryann McLeod 5th, Stephen Weller 6th, Dylan Markulics 8th, Aiden Skelly 9th.

Districts on Wednesday, October 19th are up next.

"The compliments on our course, our community, and how the overall race was managed were overwhelming - thanks to everyone's efforts," shared Cross Country Coach and Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver.

Photos of the Varsity Cross Country teams can be seen on our Flickr page.


18th Annual Booster Club Golf Tournament

The Pine School hosted its 18th Annual Knights Booster Club Golf Tournament at Abacoa Golf Club. A special mention goes to Old Cypress Pointe and PB Built as our Title Sponsors for the event. A huge amount of effort went into this event and thanks are also extended to Tami Skelly, Sydney Walker and other members of The Pine School’s Booster Club for the time and energy they put into arranging this tournament. Everyone looked great in our attire thanks to the The Sofarelli family and all Golf Carts were charged and ready thanks to Matilda’s of Stuart.

"Although mother nature did not cooperate, the golf tournament again this year served as a much needed support system in attaining the needed uniforms, equipment and miscellaneous items that our Athletic Department and Fine Arts Department depend on for operation and success," said Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. 

The tournament did experience an incredible amount of rain just prior to tee time but Abacoa Golf Club were gracious hosts and served players a wonderful lunch and refreshments as they waited to make the decision about golf for the afternoon. Sadly, golf was cancelled but much  thanks still goes out to all hole and driving range sponsors:

The McLane Family, The Martin Family, Nancy Smith - Style Encore, The Lichten Family, Dr Ian Murray and Family, Ian’s Tropical Grill, HUUM, The Afshar Family, Jupiter Auto Spa, RJS Racing Equipment, The Walker Family, The Mekled Family, and Florida Living Realty

“On behalf of the Booster Club we would like to thank all that volunteered their time and efforts that go into organizing an event like this,” added Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green.  “Thanks again to all the golfers that came out as well. Everyone was very generous and understanding of the inclement weather challenges that we faced during the event.”

The event still managed to raise an impressive $15,000 for the Booster Club. These funds will go towards much needed equipment, uniforms, and miscellaneous items that our Athletic Department and Arts Department count on to operate. The Booster Club is already looking forward to working on next year’s event and extend an early invitation for everyone to be a part of this annual tradition in the fall of 2017.


Summer Of Service

During her Annual Meeting address, Head of School Phyllis Parker stressed the importance of Learning Through Service - a trait that Knights take seriously. The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of giving back and this summer will be no exception.

Call it "The Summer of Service"! #TPSSummerOfService

So, instead of the normal summer vacation photos, we are asking everyone to share photos of you and your family participating in any kind of service project - here in the Treasure Coast or elsewhere. Email photos & info to Director of Communication Robert Ankrom -

We will post to social media throughout the summer. We will also share information about opportunities to participate in service projects that are happening in our community.

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer vacation and look forward to being inspired by all the ways our School community helps make the world a better place.


Athletics Honored With A Number Of Recognitions

The Pine School recently received an impressive range of Athletic honors including three student-athletes being named as TC Palm’s Athlete of the Year.

“I cannot express how ecstatic I am over the fact that a small school like ours can produce so many fine student-athletes,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.

Senior Ali Denney (Volleyball) and Sophomores Claire Barber (Cross Country) & Garrett Barber (Golf) each earned the title of being named Athlete of the Year by TC Palm PrepZone while two additional Pine School athletes were nominated for this honor - Bella Fucigna (Girls Track) and Chase Hyland (Boys Cross Country).

Additionally, Seniors Niya Adlersberg and Bobby Camp were both also selected as All-Around Athletes of the Year for The Pine School.

The announcement was made during a special awards ceremony held in Fort Pierce and included nominees from all Treasure Coast schools regardless of size.

Additionally, Middle School was awarded the MCAC Championship trophy which is based on a point system between schools in the Mid Coast Athletic Conference.  The winner is calculated through standings for every sport at the Middle School level. 

“I am extremely proud of the success that The Pine School has had athletically and look forward to even more success in the future,” summed up Sofarelli.


Honors Assemblies Recognize Student Achievements

The Pine School celebrated all of the various academic, artistic, and athletic achievements of students through individual focused Honors Assemblies for 3-5 Grade and Middle School.

“We take this time to celebrate our collective passion to educate and raise young men and women, who will become our hope for the future, and ultimately, adults that the world can and will depend on,” shared K-12 Director Nathan Washer. “Honor, integrity, accountability, a strong work ethic and the encouragement to achieve one’s personal best are all  important parts of our core curriculum and everyday activities at The Pine School.”


3rd Grade - Shelby Carlstrom

4th Grade - Clark Stroh

5th Grade - Mac Cummings

6th Grade - Riley Van Suetendael

7th Grade - Rachel Goldman

8th Grade - Toby Tettamanti


3rd Grade - Madeline McElroy

4th Grade - Philip Harris

5th Grade - Lilly Parr

6th Grade -  Ava Burke

7th Grade - Ana Torchia

8th Grade -   Zachary Ehrlich

Language Arts

6th Grade -  Stella Betancourt

7th Grade - Liam Fitz

8th Grade - Maddy McDonald


3rd Grade - Christina Shute

4th Grade - Reese Habicht

5th Grade - Fiona Ankrom


3rd Grade - Ryann McLeod

4th Grade - Bella Krastel

5th Grade - Kate Parr

6th Grade - Ava Burck

7th Grade - Jack Squier

Social Studies

3rd Grade - Brody Metzger

4th Grade - Brock MacArthur

5th Grade - Grace Kennedy

6th Grade - Lawson Mcleod

7th Grade - Gracie Hampton

8th Grade - Chloe Munson


3rd Grade - Lili Krastel

4th Grade - Caroline Smith

5th Grade - Derek Paredes

World Language

6th Grade - Carolyn Smith

7th Grade - Faith Hill

8th Grade - Maria Di Egidio


3rd Grade - Gabby Benedetti

4th Grade - Jackson Smith

5th Grade - Sterling Pearson

6th Grade - Kiele Mader

7th Grade - Teagan Habicht

8th Grade - Emma Subin

Instrumental Music

6th Grade - Hannah Squier

7th Grade - Dylan Tuchon

8th Grade - Gabriela Keys


7th Grade - Carly Collins and Aubee Billie


3rd Grade - Isabela Adler

4th Grade - Campbell McCarthy

5th Grade - Sandy Hardin

Physical Education

6th Grade - Reece Slater and Celia Wilson

7th Grade - Jack Stracuzzi and Ashley Duke

8th Grade - James Hemmes and Claire Schirmer


3rd Grade - Ryann McLeod & Jace Jodzio

4th grade - Reese Habicht & Teddy Thompson

5th Grade - Lauren Duke & Shiv Patel

6th Grade - Michael Di Egidio and Andie Smith

7th Grade - Liam Fitz and Olivia Bertolo

8th Grade - Addison Textor and Aliya French

Outstanding Safety Patroller - Julia Glasco (5th Grade)


6th Grade -  John Killgore and Lily Cave

7th Grade - Finley Foster and Teagan Habicht

8th Grade - Jet Jones and Callie Hardin

School Pride

6th Grade - Eva Sullivan and Joshua LaCorte

7th Grade - Aubee Billie and Tate Small

8th Grade - Anna Karavangelos and William Baratta

Honor Code Award

3rd Grade - Luke Altschuler & Kinslee Ewing

4th grade - Jake Kroeger & Bella Krastel

5th Grade - Aiden Skelly & Sandy Hardin

Spirit Of Learning Award - Zoe Freedman (5th Grade)

Middle School Environmental Steward Award - Allison Sanchez

Pine Scholarship - Lucas Pereira

“Pine Scholarships have been offered to new and returning students in the rising 9th grade since 2008,” shared Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver. “ Award winners must be capable of exceptional academic work, have a strong track record of achievement, and distinguish themselves in the arts, athletics, community service and leadership.”

Exceptional Student Award -

6th Grade - Hannah Squier

7th Grade - Dylan Tuchon

Ashley Carroll Writing Award - Sarah Abraham

Dale Hudson Community Service Award - Ryan Renz

Jeff Bruner Athletic Award - Jack Posey

Cornerstone Awards

Athletic Maturity - Hallie Isdaner

Arthur A. Smith Spiritual Award - Gabriela Keyes

Academic Maturity - Lucas Pereira

Headmaster Award - Maddy McDonald (8th Grade)

“This award is given to that 8th grade student who is an outstanding role model in academic, spiritual, and athletic areas, and who positively influences both faculty and students alike on a daily basis,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Booster Club Golf Tournament Success

The 17th Annual Pine School Booster Club Golf Tournament was recently held at the Hobe Sound Golf Club.

A total of 60 golfers teed up and were treated to some amazing weather.

“We had an incredible day and it was wonderful to have Freddie Jacobson play in support of the School,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton Green.

Winners included:

Winning Team (Low ​Net Score) - ​Ed Armstrong, Michael Ferrera Snr.​, ​Mike Ferrera, & Tony Kalil

Winning Team (​Low ​Gross Score)​ - Wendell Cave, Ralph Dakin, Sean Dakin​, & Andie Smith

Longest Drive - ​Ed Armstrong​

Closest to the Pin - Andie Smith

Putting Contest - Ralph Dakin

Thank you to Title Sponsors Florida Living Realty and The Jacobson Family. The Parnevik family generously sponsored golf carts for the day. Thanks also to Tom Yeager and his team at Hobe Sound Golf Club for their incredible hospitality.

Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.


Track & Field Wins Big At District Championships

Varsity Track & Field had another big at the District Championships!

Competing against schools that have thirty kids, the seven-strong Boys Team earned a District Runner-Up Title.

Team members shined in snagging Individual District Championships as well -
Kurtis Thornton '16 won every event he competed in - Long Jump, Triple Jump, 100m Hurdles, & 300m Hurdles
Chase Hyland '17 won every event he competed in - 800m, 1600m, & 3200m
Bella Fucigna '17 - Pole Vault
Claire Barber '18 - 1600m
Annelise Romero '17 - 300m hurdles

"Despite some challenges this small but mighty team once again showed up in force," shared Coach Ashley Jenkins.

Enjoy photos on our Flickr Page.


Pine School Announces Million Dollar Gift

The Pine School is excited to announce that it is the recipient of an anonymous $1,000,000 gift towards the Capital Campaign. The School’s uKnight Campaign continues to be successful in efforts to complete a multi-use space.

The gift moves total donations and pledges to nearly 70% of the Campaign Goal.

"The best part of reaching this benchmark is that we hope to begin the long, involved process of adding to our site plan with the Martin County Board of Commissioners as early as this summer," shared Director of Developmet Kelly Hilton-Green.

"I know I speak for Chairs Don Mader and Ramsey Small when I say that we are feeling extremely positive about the efforts so far and thank those families that have stepped forward to support the vision of the School," added Head of School Phyllis Parker.


Track Team To Compete On ESPN

Eleven members of The Pine School’s track team have qualified to participate in the prestigious Pepsi Track Relay Track & Field Meet held at the University of Florida March 31st-April 2nd.

Those competing are Niya Adlersberg, Jonathan Atz, Claire Barber, Callum Brown, Bella Fucigna, Chase Hyland, Tori Melby, Annelise Romero, Erin Spellman, Christopher Textor, and Kurtis Thornton.

"I am very excited for these athletes to be selected for such an incredible opportunity," shared Track Coach Ashley Jenkins.

The entire meet will be available on the SEC ESPN network. While there isn’t an available breakdown of exactly what events the network will air, all event times are listed below.

Junior Chase Hyland will compete in the Elite Invite Mile - with only 18 chosen to compete from hundreds of entries. This race is Friday @ 8:10pm and will be aired in it’s entirety.


5:00pm race time: Claire Barber (1600m)

5:30pm: Christopher Textor (1600m)

6:00pm: Annelise Romero (100m)

6:30pm: Kurtis Thornton (110mH)

6:50pm: Claire Barber (800m)

7:20pm: Chase Hyland & Christopher Textor (800m)

7:50pm: Erin Spellman (3200m)

8:30pm: Chase Hyland (3200m)


10:00am start time: Kurtis Thornton (Triple Jump), Jonathan Atz (High Jump), Bella Fucigna (Pole Vault)

1:00pm: FINALS of 110mH - If Qualifies

1:15pm: FINALS of 100m - If Qualifies

8:10pm: Chase (Invite Elite 1600m) **Race will be fully covered on ESPN**


9:00am start time: Girls 4x400m Relay (Tori Spellman, Annelise Romero, Niya Adlersberg, & Claire Barber)

9:45am: Boys 4x400m Relay (Chase Hyland, Callum Brown, Kurtis Thornton, & Christopher Textor)

5:25pm: FINALS of Girls 4x400m Relay - If Qualify

5:35pm: FINALS of Boys 4x400m Relay - If Qualify


The Pine School Announces New Athletic Director

The Pine School is pleased and excited to welcome Matthew Sofarelli as the School’s new Athletic Director.

Matthew Sofarelli has a BA from Syracuse University and his Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. He is a Florida certified teacher in Social Studies for grades 5-12 and English 6-12.  Currently, in addition to being the Head Coach for Jensen Beach High School’s Lacrosse team; he serves on numerous school and countywide committees. 

Mr. Sofarelli was on the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Team for Syracuse University from 1996-2001.  Mr. Sofarelli lives in Palm City with and his wife and two children.