by Lilly Keller '19
This year the NCS fall sport season began in blaze of glory, and by that I mean it was really, really hot. For the first week of pre-season all was well. The athletes and coaches were working hard to prepare for the beginning of their seasons, we were all being whipped back into the shape we wished we were in, and everyone managed to survive the fitness testing (specifically the beep test, even as it reminded us painfully, that we should have run more all summer). Then, during the second week, the heat wave began and due to extreme temperatures, all NCS sports were moved inside. This meant that we got to take advantage of our great indoor facilities, rotating between playing in the three-court gym, doing fitness on the track, and lifting with Coach Berry. All of the members of the NCS athletic community worked hard to make the best of a difficult situation and are now ready for to succeed in the coming season.
Field hockey worked through the heat and began their season with a 2-1 win over Bishop Ireton! As said by Senior Chloe Conaghan, “Our preseason progress, despite the weather conditions, are indicative of a bright season ahead, full of hard-work, no excuses, a bonded team, and of course, an ISL Championship.”
Tennis began their year with a win against Visitation in their first scrimmage. They hope to carry this positive momentum into the regular season.
Cross country beat the heat during their preseason at camp in Vermont and returned to DC ready to tackle the challenges of the coming season. Senior Ashley Harris declared her excitement, saying, “Cross country is the only thing that would get me out of bed at 5 A.M.!”
Volleyball, the only indoor sport, and thus, fortunate enough not to have been affected by the heat wave, began their season with a competitive match against GDS. Senior Jamie Wang said “It’s always fun seeing old and new friends while playing a sport we all enjoy.” Their team bond will serve them well throughout the regular season!
Soccer began the year with a few disappointing game cancellations, but as Senior Amanda DeCastro put it, “CVS (Cathedral Varsity Soccer) has a really positive mentality this season. We’re ready for our big rivals and would love some fans at those games!”
Overall, the NCS athletic teams are pumped and ready to go for the regular season. We look forward to seeing and hearing everyone at all the upcoming games and events, especially Homecoming on September 21st and 22nd. Let’s show some Close spirit and support all the teams this year! Go Eagles!