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Athletics Hall of Fame

Skip Wood '66

Class of 2016
Football, Hockey, Tennis

Skip Wood was a standout athlete in three sports at Nobles, collecting nine varsity letters.   In football Skip was an All-ISL, All-New England Defensive Cornerback for 2 years, helping lead Nobles to two 5-2 seasons.  In hockey he accumulated 115 points over a three year career as a 1st line winger, culminating in an All-ISL selection his senior year and an ISL title. But Skip’s best sport was tennis, where he was the captain and played in the #1 spot for two seasons. Not surprisingly, these combined honors earned him the ISL MVP.   

In football Skip played cornerback and was always aligned to the wide-side, meaning that he had to cover the largest area of the field. He led the team in tackles and had an incredible 8 interceptions one year including three against Belmont Hill and two against Milton. Skip also played offensive end and led the ends in touchdowns.  Skip absolutely loved football, enjoying the contact and the team camaraderie.     

In hockey, Skip was known as the “Big Stick.” He was a 3-year 1st line winger but often played defense in the biggest games.  Skip and teammate Steve Owen were known as the Dynamic Duo and systematically destroyed every Nobles scoring record.  In 1966, he scored 36 goals and 27 assists for a school record 63 points, and led Nobles to an ISL title with a 16-2-2 record.  This was his favorite sport and he loved the speed, hitting, scoring plays, and teamwork.

Skip excelled at tennis.  He was coached from a young age by Jack Barnaby, the famous Harvard tennis and squash coach.  Skip dominated the ISL for four years.  During his last two years he played #1 and was the ISL Most Valuable Player each year.   In his entire 4-year career Skip never lost a singles match but one of Skip’s proudest moments came when Nobles knocked off Milton his senior year.  He felt his backhand was as strong or stronger than his forehand, and he exhibited endurance, speed, focus and tenacity on the court.

Skip went on to Colby College where he played three seasons of hockey. He was the highest scoring defenseman all three years and earned All-Division II honors his senior year.  He also played #1 on the tennis team and was the Maine State Champion in a division with Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, and the University of Maine.

After college, Skip played hockey for two years in the NEHL on a very good Braintree Hawks team. He also played paddle tennis and was ranked #1 in New England three different years.  Skip once again teamed up with his old Nobles hockey linemate Steve Owen ’66 and rose to a #4 national ranking.

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2016 Hall of Fame Skip Wood '66