As fall sports wrap up, here are some highlights of the STA season:
Saint Albans Soccer
by Chase Daneker ‘19
After a heartbreaking loss in the DCSAA final at the end of the 2017 season, the Bulldogs looked to 2018, hopeful and confident that they could reclaim DC and the IAC. The team performed well during the preseason but encountered some bumps in the road during early non-conference play. Losses to St. Johns and Dematha marked the low of the season, but the Bulldogs would be quick to bounce back. A 1-0 win over Episcopal was the first of three straight wins to start IAC play. The hot streak came to an end when the Bulldogs conceded on a set piece and throw in at Prep, losing 2-0. This would be the last time the team allowed a goal to an IAC opponent: in the eight games that followed, they would win seven and tie one, outscoring opponents by sixteen. That streak continued through the IAC Championship game, in which the Bulldogs defeated Prep 2-0. They now look to continue their recent success and redeem their loss from last season in the DCSAA Tournament, which begins on Monday, at home, versus Sidwell.
Saint Albans Cross Country
by Jonathan Merril ‘19
With the loss of many senior leaders, the cross-country Dogs and Eagles were unsure as to whether this season could bring the same success in excellent results and team chemistry as past years. Both of these goals were reached. Upperclassmen took charge and fueled this remarkable season. Each meet prepares the runners to strive in the league championships, and strive they did. For the first time in history, two Close sophomores won their races. Sophia Hanway led NCS to a second place finish, while Damian Hackett led St. Albans to a first place team result. In the girls’ race, Sophia Charles, Maya Aguirre, Maya Thumpasery, Lauren Ives, Isabella Houle, and Campbell Musslewhite each fought for highly contested spots to yield great results in tough conditions. For the boys, Jack Tongour, Jonathan Merril, and Jack Kelly defeated the former IAC champion for the all-league team, while Ben St. Germain, Kyle Morin, and Aiden Urbina rose to the occasion and finished very shortly after to secure the victory. But the varsity races were not all each team had to offer. With extraordinary depth, both NCS and STA triumphed in all events. NCS Varsity B’s close 2nd place, combined with the landslide domination seen in STA Varsity B’s 1st place and in the IAC freshman/sophomore’s 1st place indicate the season’s training was effective. The future of the program is extremely bright as young stars dedicate themselves to their teammates and learn to appreciate the value of running each day.
Personally as a senior, I am sad to leave my extended family, but I am grateful for the many people who will carry the teams forward in the next few years.
Saint Albans Football
by Henry Holliday ‘19
The football season this year was difficult, but the coaches and captains were especially proud of the players for how they fought all year. Football this year was centered around a strong core of underclassmen who will help shape the culture in the future. The team had a great preseason, and the season started out with a great win over Anacostia and series of very close games, including a high scoring battle against Severn. The IAC was very talented overall this year, but the team has competed hard for four quarters each game. The team has one final game at Landon this Saturday. The players would like to thank everyone for all of the support this season, and on behalf of all the seniors, I would like to thank the Coaches for a great four years.
Saint Albans Basketball Conditioning
by John Youngkin '19
For the past two months, basketball conditioning has been working nonstop in preparation for the upcoming basketball season. Coach OJ has been working the members of basketball conditioning hard through various cardio exercises as well as many skill building drills. Each day, we compete against each other in order to drive us to work harder and improve our game. Many of the players have also spent a lot of time with Coach Dantley in the weight room, preparing for the season as best we can. Every player has grown immensely in both strength and agility thanks to the grueling workouts in which we have participated. Our evolution from the first practice to the last is truly remarkable. Even though the workouts have been difficult and pushed us to our limits, we have all emerged stronger because of the coaches’ dedication to us and our development. Although a lot of players have suffered from some minor injuries, the players seem prepared to participate and contribute on both JV and Varsity basketball. Though we do not have every member of the basketball program participating in basketball conditioning, our work ethic has put us in a position to succeed right away once the season starts.