NCS Varsity Basketball vs Madeira
By Avery Watkins '20
As sophomore Miranda Giambi simply put it, this Wednesday’s game against Madeira marked “a turning point for Cathedral Varsity Basketball.” After a long winter break and having come off of some hard losses due to a “lack of team chemistry” earlier in the season, this game was an opportunity for a much-needed shift in the season’s momentum. Going into the game, the team understood the necessity of a big win and were dedicated to working as a unit. With this in mind, they stepped onto the court with energy and speed. Although the first five minutes of the first quarter were tight, CVB was able to control the majority of the game, keeping a strong lead throughout. Even when the Snails were able to score, the team stayed grounded and maintained their confidence. After 32 minutes of hard work, the Eagles were able to take the W with a final score of 43-20. Madeira may not have been as strong an opponent as expected, yet the win felt well-deserved, as they achieved their goal of playing as a unit, with each player contributing to the scoreboard significantly. After putting in hours of work at practices and in the weight room, the players were ecstatic about the outcome and are looking forward to seeing what the future will hold for them as a team. Keep an eye out for CVB; big things are coming.
STA Game of the Week: Wrestling
By James Howe '18
This past Friday night the Wrestling team finally had their crack at the Landon Bears. The match had been long awaited, as many Bulldogs knew that it held serious league championship implications. With three of their starters away on travel, success would be no easy feat, but the Dogs lost no confidence. After a big win by Richard Oh ('18) to start the meet, the Dogs felt their goal was even more attainable than previously imagined. As the two teams moved through the weights, both winning and losing a few bouts respectively, the Dogs found themselves in a bit of a hole. Jake Melman-Rogers ('18, Co-captain), who had cut a staggering amount of weight to make the 145 pound weight-class, lost a heartbreaking match by points, and the dream began to slip. When asked about his match, Melman-Rogers claimed, "I just felt low on energy. In big moments I struggled to build up the muscle to win the situation. A bunch of those moments came together, but not in my favor. Obviously a pretty tough one to lose." There is no doubt that Melman-Rogers will be ready for a rematch, if one occurs, in the IAC tournament in the coming weeks. Working only for pride points, James Howe ('18, Co-captain) and Mikey Jones ('18) picked up big wins over some of Landon's better wrestlers. The match was not all heartbreak. Great performances by the aforementioned boys, as well as a dominant win by Henry Koch ('21) at the 106 pound weight-class, in what was his first Varsity competition, showed the grit and determination that runs wild through the Bulldog lineup. The Dogs are still in the hunt for a second place finish in the IAC regular season. With wins already over Episcopal and St. Stephens, the boys must beat Bullis and Georgetown Prep in their last two league matches. Though the regular season will not produce the coveted banner, the league tournament offers hope for what could be the team's first IAC championship in decades.