Story by Zack Martin '18
The St. Albans Varsity soccer season is underway, and one question lingers on the mind of students and fans across the Cathedral close. Can Schultz’s Army repeat the 2015 glory of being crowned IAC and DC State Champs? According to Wing/Forward Colin Nnamene ‘18, that possibility may be more likely than you think. “Yes, we can win the championship again. We started to play more like a team against PVI, and our team chemistry has strengthened since Archbishop Curley. It’s been three weeks between both games, and we’ve improved dramatically throughout that time.” Varsity’s first game was a 5-0 loss against Archbishop Curley on August 27. Their second game against DeMatha on September 7 was cancelled due to weather conditions. On Friday, September 9 they played at Paul VI Catholic HS and picked up a big 2-1 comeback win. Goals by Nate Dunning ‘17 and Matthew Teplitz ‘17. Their record sits at 1-1 going into the next game at Wilson on September 13. The home and BEEF opener is next Friday, September 16 against an unknown opponent (What’s a WIS?). Get out to that.
STA/NCS Cross Country:
Story by Mabry Griffin '18
While the rest of the athletes on the Close spent their preseason battling the other teams in the Independent School League, the NCS/STA Cross Country team spent their preseason battling tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. They have been paying their debts this past week, using practice to do track workouts and three mile runs in the grueling heat and humidity. These runners got a break from the blood, sweat, and tears on Thursday when they were allowed to cross train in preparation for their first meet at Episcopal this coming Friday. With several injuries already, not everyone will get to participate in the meet, but the entire team will be there cheering each other on, as is the spirit of Cross Country on the Close. This competition marks the beginning of what they hope to be another very promising season.
Story by Niaa Jenkins-Johnston '18
For the past three weeks, CVS (Cathedral Varsity Soccer, not the pharmacy) has been training very hard during practices in preparation for the two and a half month season ahead. This year, they welcomed four freshman onto the team, the most freshman that have been selected over the past three years, and each one is playing a crucial role in establishing the team's dynamic. For all of their die-hard fans who were closely following their progress last year, you would know that finding cohesion and fluidity on the field was something CVS really struggled with (resulting in a horrible record and near relegation from the ISL AA league). But, already starting out on a better note, CVS went undefeated in their three preseason scrimmages and this week battled out a huge 4-2 win against Good Counsel (the first win against them in years). Hoping to continue this streak of success, the Varsity Soccer team is going into the season with a feeling of optimism and determination, ready to face all of the challenges that lay ahead.
Story by Natalie Kalitsi '18
After a physically and mentally challenging preseason, the Cathedral Varsity Volleyball team (CVVB) is gearing up for their first Independent School League (ISL) game on September 12th. This year, the team welcomed six new members to the team, five of which are incoming freshmen. CVVB went on to lose their first two scrimmages, however head coach, Janée Hayes, described the athletes’ performances as “excellent despite having just one full day of practice [as a varsity team].” Over the last few weeks the team has been focusing on perfecting their defensive techniques and learning how to become powerful attackers while at the net. Captains Nikki Krisztinciz (’17) and Brett Pearson (’18) have emerged as leaders of the team, actively remaining encouraging while holding each of their teammates accountable for their faults. “[The captains] are really helping to keep us motivated during practice”, says Jamie Wang (’19). With a long, challenging season ahead of them, CVVB hopes to take home both the ISL regular season and tournament banners.
NCS Field Hockey:
Story by Natalie Kalitsi '18
During preseason, the Varsity Field Hockey team (VFH) travelled to Holland and Iceland, getting to know one another and becoming a cohesive unit as they competed against highly skilled European teams. While back on their home field, over the last few weeks, VFH has been focusing on improving their athletic ability through conditioning, while becoming closer with as a team. “I believe in our team this year,” says Sierra Turner (’18), Varsity Field Hockey member. “I think we’re going to go far.” Field Hockey started off the season strong by winning their first scrimmage of the year, beating Elizabeth Seton High School 5-1. VFH is excited for their third ISL game of the season against the Potomac School on September 13th.
Story by Mabry Griffin '18
The Varsity Tennis team has spent their preseason gearing up for what appears to be a strong first year on the new courts. Since they are now clay, all members of the team enjoy a professional arm workout at the end of each practice as they sweep the courts clean. This past Thursday their newly elected captains, Indira Rajkumar and Ashley Chung, led the team to a victory in a scrimmage against Sidwell Friends School. Having won six of the matches and only lost three, NCS athletics can’t wait for more Varsity Tennis wins this fall.