As first quarter quickly drew to an end, winter sports are approaching. Here is a look into the longest sports season of them all:
by Greta Drefke ‘19
With only two remaining varsity players in the 2017-2018 season, last year we started at ground zero. Luckily, over twenty people tried out and we had enough people to fill a varsity and JV roster. As there were no seniors on the team last year, we’re heading into the 2018-2019 season with a full roster.
The top two players this year, Sofia Arseniev ‘21 and Madeleine Drefke ‘21, spend every waking moment playing squash. Both ranked in the top 75 U17 girls in the country, the team has no doubt that they’re going to dominate this season. While the rest of the team may lack skill compared to Arseniev and Drefke, we feel better than ever about our strength as a whole this year. With the twenty nine girls trying out this November, I am confident in the squash culture remaining the same: light hearted and low pressure. While we do have a new head coach this year, I do not think that they will make squash more intense, just because of the underlying culture surrounding our sport.
As the 2017-2018 season came close, the increased interest in the sport jeopardizes the team’s message that one does not have to be a star to make the team. This increased interest in squash may lead to the first year that the program will have to make cuts. While one certainly doesn’t need to be nationally ranked to make the team, the coaches may have to decide between players for the good of the team as a whole. While the possibility of cuts may be looming, I am confident that this will not impact the team’s culture in any way. Instead, I encourage everyone to come try out, maybe practice once or twice during a clinic or open court time, and have fun!
by Elisabeth Sicoli ‘19 and Sophia Donovan ‘19
Each winter, the NCS crew team has an indoor conditioning season. During the nearly five months of training, we practice on the ergometers (indoor rowing machines) and in the weight room with Coach Teal and Coach Berry.
The team is always excited to reconvene after participating in other sports for the fall season. During the winter, we are able to introduce freshmen to the sport of rowing and incorporate them into our team. Despite the rigorous indoor training, we are constantly motivated by the goals we have for the spring season. While you are still part of a team, the winter allows you to focus on individual progress and fitness.
A day that everyone looks forward to is the Holiday erg where we all get dressed up and have a sing-a-long on the ergs. We are also all excited to get our “crew families.” This is a time where we split up the team into groups with members of each grade, allowing upperclassmen to offer advice and support to the lowerclassmen in their families. Although it’s a long season, the winter season is an opportunity to get faster as it gives us an edge against our competition in the spring.
by Zoe Contreras-Villalta ‘19
This year, NCS Voyageur hopes to continue developing and expanding the program and hopefully earn the recognition of WAICL champions. As of right now, more NCS students are signed up for the winter climbing season than ever before and the program will have big changes: winter Voyageur will have both a recreational team and competitive team. A recreational team has never been done before, but essentially means that there will be students who are a part of our team that will opt to or will be placed on a team that will not compete in the WAICL climbing meets. The competitive JV and Varsity teams also hope to get more NCS and STA students to attend the climbing meets that occur at a designated climbing gym, usually on Tuesday afternoons. We are so excited to work our hardest with one of the biggest groups of seniors leading the pack!
by Chloe Conaghan ‘19
Basketball season starts this Wednesday the 7th and we are SO excited. We are returning 6 great Varsity players. We also can’t wait to see what the incoming freshmen bring to the table. We know we can beat any team in our division, and are working towards an ISL A Championship. I can’t wait to work hard, have fun, and get some big wins.
by Isabella Houle ‘19
I hope the NCS/STA swim team this year is successful, diligent, united, and enthusiastic. With 9 captains over the two teams with unique perspectives and all bringing ideas to the team, I am excited for a team that is bonded in and out of the water. We hope to make Saturday practices a norm, to create inter-team groups to foster camaraderie, and to hype swim meets to make a great squad of swimming supporters. If each swimmer gives their all to the team, both in workouts and meets, I’m sure we’ll be a formidable presence on the pool deck. And, if any swimmer wants a head-start, the pool is open next week!