By Max Niles '18
STA Ice Hokcey
Since the foundation of the St. Albans Hockey team in 1992, STA Puck had never won an IAC championship. That changed Tuesday. The Dogs went into their Tuesday night battle with St. Stephens & St. Agnes knowing that the winner of the game would win the IAC. With a game at the Fort, a blue building, the team was confident about their chances. Their confidence was valid as they started the game furiously, with two goals in the first period. The Dogs never looked back and won the game 4-2 led by a hat trick from David Mohler ‘17 and another goal to win their first banner for the school. After such a massive win, it would have been easy for the Dogs to get complacent against DeMatha. But fueled by the senior day festivities, a stellar shutout from Ethan Roth ‘17, and a couple of empty netters, the Bulldogs upset the Stags, 3-0. The team comes back to the fort on Tuesday for an IAC playoff game as they look to win the regular season and the playoffs for the IAC.
STA Basketball - Max Niles '18
The St. Albans Basketball team survived another week of IAC play. The Bulldogs started off the week by beating the hated Bears of Landon 59-55 on Tuesday, to win the season series against them. On Friday, the Dogs traveled out to the hinterlands of Northern Virginia, looking to gain a second win over St. Stephens & St. Agnes. But the team could not repeat their success on the road and fell to the Saints 64-79. Next week, the Bulldogs play Episcopal at home on Tuesday for senior night and finish the regular season at Georgetown Prep on Friday, as the teams of the IAC make their final moves for playoff positions.
Story by Ellie Bailey '19
Unfortunately, Prep made a crazy shot as the shot clock expired to go up by two. The Bulldogs could not answer back and the team lost 52-54. On Friday, the basketball team faced another IAC matchup with Bullis, the IAC leaders. Behind a raucous BEEF section, the Bulldogs battled the inferior Bulldogs closely for three quarters. In the fourth quarter, things were looking up for St. Albans with the score tied 32-32, but Bullis went on a 16-0 tear and, putting the game out of reach. St. Albans responded with seven points but it was too little too late and the Bulldogs lost the game 39-51. The team is looking to regain its IAC standing with games against Landon and St Stephen's & St. Agnes this week.
STA Swimming - Chris Emerson '18
It’s always hard to lose seniors in high school sports, but the St Albans Swim Team responded to the loss of a record-breaking class of 2016 by starting the new season on a hot streak. We won eight consecutive meets, dominating schools such as Landon, Dematha, and St. Stephens & St. Agnes. Unfortunately, the team’s winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday due to a crushing loss to perennial powerhouse Gonzaga. The tem was missing several strong swimmers who were in France for an exchange trip. However, those students returned this past Saturday and Coach Green and Coach Lewis are now preparing the Bulldogs for the IAC Championship meet on Saturday, January 28 at Georgetown Prep. The Bulldogs will be trying to take home yet another IAC title
Story by James Long '18
The definition of an inauguration is an introduction of a system, policy, or period. Donald Trump wasn’t the only person with a grand introduction last Friday. Freshman phenom Peter “The American Sniper” Yanes’s performance was his inauguration into St. Albans lore.
Story by Matthew Kellenberg '18
The trip begins at 5:30 AM, as you crawl out of bed and finish the packing you failed to do last night. The trip ends at 11:30 PM, a week later, as you stumble out of the third bus of the day, entirely prepared to sleep in your own bed. Everything in between defines the STA/NCS cross country experience.