Athletics at Mercersburg provides a prime venue for developing leadership skills, enhancing collaborative ability, and building the character necessary to gain success with honor and to persevere through adversity. Simply put, a young person’s experience in athletics can be as influential as any other aspect of an education at Mercersburg.
Each year, approximately 85 percent of Mercersburg students participate in at least one of our 27 sports, filling more than 45 teams that offer varsity, junior varsity, and thirds levels. Participation fulfills the school’s physical education requirement and the Performance Group Activity expectation.
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Team wins in rare Friday afternoon contest
f8aa7fCougars, Snails on the schedule for Storm
Chepren scores twice to lead Blue Storm
Girls shut out Martinsburg, boys fall to Georgetown Prep
Pethel, Downes sweep top two individual spots
Tellez, King noted for strong performances
Excellent facilities, experienced coaching and training, and top competition are hallmarks of the athletic experience at Mercersburg. Blue Storm athletes test themselves against stiff opposition; in addition to state-of-the-art campus facilities, Mercersburg teams often compete on PGA Tour golf courses, in professional baseball parks, and in NCAA stadiums, arenas, and other venues.
Hard work.The Mercersburg athletic program provides a challenging, supportive, instructive, and enjoyable experience that fosters the development of character, leadership, and teamwork.
Fair play.We provide a transformative, competitive, growth experience for every student that inspires passions and pursuits, leading them to reach their highest level of accomplishment and fulfillment.
We compete with character and integrity. Our student-athletes contribute with work ethic and accountability, and lead with service and by example. Mercersburg teams face challenges with resilience and grit, and appreciate opportunities with commitment and unity.
Interim Director of Athletics for Programs and Student Experience
In addition to serving as interim director of athletics for programs and student experience, Lauren Jacobs is also Mercersburg’s head softball coach. Before coming to Mercersburg in 2016, she worked in the athletic department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. She was head softball coach at her high school alma mater, Whitesboro High School in Marcy, NY (where she also worked in athletic administration and coached junior varsity field hockey). Lauren played varsity softball and varsity ice hockey at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where she was twice named All-Liberty League in softball and won the Athletic Director’s Award for leadership in both hockey and softball. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Union College and a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College. Lauren lives in Fowle Hall with her husband, Matt (the school’s head varsity baseball coach and assistant director of summer and external programs), and mini labradoodle, Reese.
Interim Director of Athletics for Operations and Outreach and Head Girls’ Basketball Coach
In addition to his role in the athletic department, Paul Sipes is head coach of girls’ varsity basketball. He is a former state coach of the year in both Maryland (2001) and Virginia (2013) as well as a nine-time conference coach of the year. He is the 2012 Athletic Director of the Year with the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Paul is a former assistant executive chairman of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association, and has been athletic director at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, and St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Oakdale, CT. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in social sciences from Wesleyan University. Paul is a member of the Mercersburg Borough Council. He and his wife, fellow faculty member Jen Sipes, live in Mercersburg and are the parents of Finn ’22 and Shelby.