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.
NCS Basketball - Alexa Perlmutter ‘17
On Tuesday, Varsity basketball got off to a good start against Sidwell, but couldn't maintain the intensity. NCS lost significantly, but came to practice Wednesday and Thursday with a new determination and focus. During practice, players worked not only with basketballs but with balloons to practice their ball handling, and they perfected a 1-2-2 defense. Though two of their normal starters were absent for the Friday Winterfest game against GDS, the NCS team stayed in a full court press almost the entire time, and moved the ball swiftly on offense, waiting for the right shots. NCS came out on top, winning by ten.
STA Swimming - Alex Knapper'18
The St. Albans Swim Team went out on Saturday, January 28th to Georgetown Prep to compete in the IAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Going into the meet, the Bulldogs knew it would be tough competition. Although St. Albans ended up finishing second to the Hoyas, the swimmers themselves had strong performances. The team finished with 22 personal bests, the highest number of PRs all season at a single meet; additionally, some swimmers managed to swim well enough to qualify for the Metros Swimming Championships, a regional swim meet consisting of the area’s fastest swimmers. The Water Dogs face off against Bullis at home on Tuesday and later compete in the WMPSSDL Swimming Finals at the Fairland Aquatic Center on Saturday. They’ve had a strong season so far, and it’s only getting better.
NCS Swimming - Raphy Hupez '17
The NCS Eagles competed in the ISL swimming and diving championships on Thursday 1/26 and Friday 1/27, earning an 8th place overall finish. On Thursday, Dorothy Shapiro '19 won the ISL diving championship for the second year in a row. Then, on Friday, Coach Green attended his 36th and final ISL championship as head coach--that day also happened to be his birthday. Although this year's team was one of the smallest NCS swim teams ever, the swimmers did a marvelous job of always cheering on our swimmers when they were in the pool. With the first of three championships out of the way, the eagles will now focus on the WMPSSDL championships on 2/4 and Metros on 2/10 and 2/11.
STA Hockey - Kubair Chuchra '18
After an intense week of practice, STA Puck played last year’s IAC Champions, Landon, this past Friday. The game start of slow, with a few big hits from Peter Yanes ‘20 and noteworthy saves from goalie Ethan Roth ‘17. Senior Noah Tilton, however, changed the momentum of the game late into the second period by sending the puck into the back of Landon’s net, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage and sending the BEEF club into a frenzy. The Bears, however, responded with a controversial goal in the following period, which the referees, after much deliberation, ruled as valid. The score stayed the same for the remainder of the game, resulting in a tie. STA Puck looks forward to facing off Gonzaga, DeMatha, and St. John's next week.
NCS Squash- Addy Wolf '17
A typical Varsity Squash week consists of a weight room workout with CPB on Monday, and then 2-3 practices in the Equinox courts, depending on whether we have a meet that week. This week was a little different in that we had two meets. On Tuesday was our home meet against Episcopal, and although we lost, it was much more competitive than our meets with them in the past! After a typical Wednesday practice in the courts, consisting of drills and challenge matches, we swept the floor against Stone Ridge in their courts on Thursday.
STA Wrestling- Jose Noble '18
On Saturday, STA Wrestling competed in the 2nd annual Bubba Bunting Memorial Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament. Started in honor of the late Capt. Brian M. “Bubba” Bunting, the tournament consists of eight schools from throughout the area. This year, the schools were divided into two pools with the top two from each pool proceeding to the championship bracket. The remaining schools would enter a consolation bracket.
STA kicked off the tournament by wrestling the host team, and IAC opponent, Bullis. Though the Bulldogs put up a great fight, Bullis would go on to win the match 39-36. For the next two matches of pool play, the Bulldogs handily won their matches against St. Anselm’s Abbey and the Heights School, qualifying for the championship bracket 2-1.
In the first round of the championship bracket, STA faced the top-ranked Mount St. Joseph’s. Despite a great effort, STA fell short. Next, STA faced St. Mary’s - Ryken, who had also lost to Bullis. Through some great individual pins, STA beat St. Mary’s - Ryken, claiming third place. Bullis ended up placing second, and Mount Saint Joseph’s first. This week, IAC play continues for the Dogs with Landon on Tuesday and Georgetown Prep on Wednesday.