Week of January 16th Sports Update
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
NCS Swimming - Veronica Merill '17
This year’s swim team is small but mighty. Each individual swimmer’s strength has greatly contributed to the team and the kind but supportive team atmosphere. Surprisingly, the team has had many wins this season, and has fought hard against our opponents in every race in every meet. We are a close group of people, with many new spirit activities set up by the captains this year including Social Saturdays and Pasta Parties. I am very proud of this year’s swim team, especially in regards to the tenacity and grit of every swimmer. We are all so dedicated and as a senior and captain who has invested many years in this team, I feel so blessed to have this group of girls and guys as my last NCS/STA swim team. Thank you all for a great season, and let’s show the other teams the spirit of swimming and diving at ISL’s.
STA Basketball- Max Niles '18
The St. Albans basketball team had a challenging task at the beginning of the season: replacing its valuable seniors. The challenge confused the Bulldogs at first and the team slumped out of the gate, losing five of eight. But the team stayed valiant and won a holiday tournament in Florida over winter break. A tournament championship seems to have been the trick for the Bulldogs, and they have regained their previous form with two IAC wins and a close loss to Bullis. This past week, the Bulldogs dismantled St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, beating them by a score of 71-50. The Saints never had a chance against our Bulldogs, who looked to carry the momentum from Tuesday’s game into Saturday’s game versus Episcopal. But Episcopal foiled the Dogs and dominated from the opening tip, beating St. Albans 68-38. According to Junior Hugh Preas, the Bulldogs “never really showed up mentally,” and as a result lost by such a large margin. The Dogs are surviving the IAC so far and are in a good position if they can bounce back with wins against Georgetown Prep and Bullis this week.
NCS Basketball- Alexa Perlmutter '17
Under the leadership of Coach Mitch and Coach Regan and Captains Goldie Roth, Selin Everett, and Naomi Davy, Varsity Basketball was off to a great start, winning its game against St. John Paul the Great by 3. The starting five varies from game to game, but usually Alexa Perlmutter and Naomi Davy begin in the post positions, and Goldie Roth, Jordan Gasho, and Chloe Conaghan start as guards. The coaches sub players in and out frequently, and often first to go in is either Selin, Lily Keller, or Sam Douki. Before winter break, the team participated in the She Got Game Classic Tournament over two days, and after losing to the Conrad School of Science, came back on Saturday to beat Padua Academy 40-30. Since two strong players—Bella and Eva—graduated last year, the team knew NCS would be an underdog in this upcoming season. Indeed, since break, NCS has sustained tough losses to Stone Ridge, Holy Child, Flint Hill, and Bullis, but the team has been perfecting some new offensive plays and a high-intensity defense that have allowed them to stay competitive in all four of these games.
The JV team is led by Lily Christou and Lucy Freemyer, under the guidance of Coach Elton and Coach DeGrens. With reduced numbers at try outs, coaches invited three eighth graders to play for the JV team, giving NCS a competitive edge.
STA Hockey- James Long '18
Read about STA Puck's exciting game against Prep here
NCS Squash - Caitlin McNamara '17
Cathedral Squash has been working hard this season. As one of the only squash teams in the area, competition is fairly limited, but nevertheless NCS won the only match so far, against Madeira. Between matches, the team focuses on drills to improve agility and strategic thinking, as well as technique and fitness. They also play challenge matches against each other to solidify team rankings. Coaches Amir Wagih and Lucy Gibson vary between small group exercises and one-on-one training to ensure every team member's improvement. This week, the NCS team is looking forward to a match against Episcopal, as well as one against Stone Ridge.
STA Wrestling - Staff Contribution
Wrestling opened IAC play with a crushing victory over Episcopal, 58-21. The Bulldogs had pins in multiple weight classes, despite losing some of their starters to the French Exchange Trip. With the IAC championship in sight, the future is bright for the young team.
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