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.
NCS Basketball - Alexa Perlmutter '17
NCS Varsity faced off with Stone Ridge on Monday afternoon. The team had previously lost to Stone Ridge significantly, however with the implementation of a new 1-2-2 zone defense and press, NCS put up a good fight. Although ultimately losing, the team played with intensity and effort. In preparation for Thursday’s game against Visitation, players practiced their offense against man defense on Tuesday and they practiced against zone on Wednesday. Visi came out on top at the game, but NCS worked hard moving the ball, playing especially well in the second quarter. On Friday, the team came in for a shorter practice, so players can rest in preparation for the upcoming week.
STA Ice Hockey - Staff Contribution
STA Puck had a rough week. They suffered three losses, two within the MAPHL, against St. Johns, Gonzaga, and DeMatha. The dogs, however, look forward to their game next Tuesday against St.Stephen's St.Agnes. If they win this matchup, they win the IAC.
NCS Squash - Caitlin McNamara ‘17
This week squash returned to the courts to work on returning serves and volleys. On Tuesday, the top five players scrimmaged a boys' team from School Without Walls. This proved to be an interesting challenge, as the girls had to adjust to a vastly different playing style. Wednesday was spent on challenge matches in preparation for the match against Episcopal on Thursday. NCS Squash has never played so well as they did against Episcopal this week. Having been beaten badly by the team only a week prior, NCS came out in full force, determined to play their best. The Eagles finished with a 6-7 loss to their opponents, an extraordinarily close match that came down to the very last match as a deciding factor. The progress made by the NCS team against a school with a much more established squash program is incredible and very impressive; the girls were proud of their performance and look with excitement towards the next week.
STA Wrestling - Max Niles '18
The wrestling team performed in the IAC championship at Landon this past weekend. The Dogs had an impressive showing finishing fourth as a team. Individually Landon Chin ‘19, Charlie Graf ‘19, Jake Melman Rogers ‘18, Julian Escoto ‘19, Victor Salcido ‘17, Guyton Harvey ‘17, and Jose Noble ‘18 all placed in their respective weight classes. The Dogs were sorely missing the injured James Howe ‘18 but fought back to have a good showing. The team will come out and wrestle again this Saturday, February 11th at the JPTG Quad meet.
NCS/STA Swimming- Veronica Merrill '17
This week, swimming had a meet and WMPSSDL’s. At WMPSSDL’s, Jack Flood, Chris Emmerson, Liam Chalk, and Julian Spencer broke the 200 free relay record; a testament to the hard work all of these boys put into their athleticism. With the special highlight of a broken record and numerous Metro’s cuts, members of the swim team certainly made their best effort in their races this week, and I think a little bit of that has to do with wanting to honor our coach who is retiring, Coach Green. The team will miss him next year, so we are doing all we can to cherish these last few weeks learning from and working with him. Go STA/NCS Swim!