Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Bege Reynolds makes St. George?s shrine

For athletic achievements

Hailey resident Joan Thayer "Bege" Reynolds will be inducted Friday, Nov. 10 into the St. George's School Sports Hall of Fame at Newport, R.I.

She will join eight other St. George's athletes, one school friend and one school coach during induction ceremonies to be held at Madeira Hall.

Reynolds, still an active women's hockey player in the Wood River Valley, played 12 full seasons of athletics at the independent boarding school and graduated in 1979.

As a senior she was the high scorer on the field hockey team and Most Valuable Player of the Walsh Bowl. Reynolds scored more than 60% of the goals for the field hockey team.

Twice co-captain of the ice hockey team, Reynolds was a four-year starter and the team's high scorer on the ice. She made the New England All-Star lacrosse team and scored more than 30% of her team's goals.

Upon graduation, she earned the Elliot Cup for Excellence in Athletics from St. George's.

The daughter of a St. George's faculty member, Bege grew up using the athletic fields and rink of the 125-acre seaside boarding school that currently houses 345 boys and girls in grades 9-12. The school was founded in 1896 and now has a $104 million endowment.

Reynolds pursued higher education at Evergreen State College in Colorado where she was a three-year member of the mountaineering club. In 1981 she attended the National Outdoor Leadership School in the Rocky Mountains.

In a statement of facts prepared by St. George's School, Reynolds attributed her love of sports to her father Phil and her three older brothers.

Reynolds and her husband John Sweek have three children and live in Hailey.

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