Volleyball (9-10; 6-4, HVAL) Makes a Title Run
It was nearly a history-making season for the varsity volleyball team this fall as the Harvey girls went all the way to the HVAL championship match before losing 3 sets to 1 to Wooster in a title bout that was much closer than the final score would indicate. Harvey gave Wooster a battle in each set but the Generals held on to win their second consecutive league title.
First-year coach Denis Arnautovic and his veteran assistant Melissa Zeffer guided a Harvey team that produced a winning record in the HVAL and earned a first-round bye as a second seed in the playoffs.
Coach Arnautovic credits his team’s three senior co-captains, Sasha Fox, Jordan Carnan-Raimey and Kylene Groff, with helping to establish a winning atmosphere. “With the leadership of our captains it didn’t take long for the team to develop chemistry early in the season and establish itself as a serious contender for the league title,” said coach Arnautovic.
The three captains lived up to the on-court expectations, making significant contributions, but two newcomers came on board to give Harvey a boost in production. Freshman Dasha Batista and sophomore Clara Vallès played significant roles in helping to get Harvey to the league final, and coach Arnautovic was grateful they joined the roster. “Dasha and Clara made our already experienced roster a tough team to compete against,” said coach Arnautovic, Batista and Fox were selected as HVAL All-League while Groff earned an honorable mention.
Coach Arnautovic went into the season expecting big things from his veterans and was not disappointed. The coach enjoyed seeing the newcomer Batista take a prominent role on the team. “Dasha established herself early in the season as our most reliable player, serving the ball very consistently, winning points at the net and keeping us in many points by covering a lot of ground on defense,” the coach said.
Reflecting on the success of the team in his first year, coach Arnautovic is proud of what the girls accomplished. “They achieved something no other Harvey volleyball team had done before them by making it to the HVAL championship game. Each week they got better and more confident. This was a pure team effort. The girls supported one another and it resulted in a season to remember.”
At the joyous end-of-season team dinner, the coaches handed out trophies to the following players:
Sportsmanship: Tillie Glucksman
Coaches Award: Sasha Fox
MVP Offense: Dasha Batista
MVP Defense: Kylene Groff
Most Improved: Kayla Johnson
Varsity Football (3-4) Ends Bowl Drought
Harvey’s varsity football team finished a solid season on a high note as the Cavaliers won a bowl game for the first time in seven years. Harvey’s 20-0 victory against Newark Academy Nov. 4, in the Hudson Valley Football League (HVFL) consolation bowl secured a third-place finish for the Cavs.
Head coach Kyle Delaney and his assistants, Greg Phillips, Mike Leone, Rob Griffin and Matt Eccher saw their players perform at a very high level this year. In addition to the bowl victory against Newark, the Cavs also defeated the Academy 18-7 two weeks earlier, playing spoiler at the Minutemen’s homecoming game. Harvey’s other win was a 14-6 nail-biter at home against Dwight-Englewood School.
The Cavaliers’ four losses came from the hands of just two teams, Dalton and Horace Mann, league rivals who each beat Harvey twice. While the Cavs played Dalton tough, losing the season opener on the road 27-13 and the home opener 15-13, Harvey could not do much against Horace Mann, who shut out the Cavs in both their meetings, 14-0 in the Bronx and then 21-0 in Harvey’s Homecoming Day game. The Cavs finished the season strong, winning two of their final three games.
Coach Delaney credits the leadership of team captains, seniors John Sullivan, Connor Phillips and Danté Crowe and juniors Tyler Wagnbas and Amir Gidden for helping to establish a positive tone and excellent team camaraderie. The coach also singled out all the seniors on the roster for praise. "Our senior leadership this season was unmatched and it carried over to the rest of the team. These young men revived the spirit of the Harvey football program. Through their hard work, resolve and 'team first' mentality they truly became a family. I couldn’t be more proud of this group of young men.”
Harvey saw five of its players selected as HVFL All-League. They are John Sullivan, Connor Phillips, Coy Treat, Tyler Wagnblas and Treshawn Felder. Coach Delaney praised the contributions of Sullivan through his years on the varsity. “John, who led by example this season, was an impact playing on every side of the ball and ended up becoming Harvey football's all-time leader in tackles in his four-year career," said the coach. Sullivan led his team with 71 tackles this season. While playing on the offensive side, Sullivan at running back amassed 442 yards on 69 carries for a 6.41 yard-per-carry average and scored three touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for a total of 49 yards.
Phillips, who stepped in as quarterback this season after playing as a lineman and linebacker in previous years, finished with 20 completions in 43 attempts for 196 total yards and one TD. Coach Delaney also appreciated the intangibles Phillips contributed as the team’s QB. “Connor’s leadership, poise and effort were vital to our team’s success this season," the coach said.
Other senior standouts were Danté Crowe, Coy Treat and Lawrence Waterhouse. Crowe was outstanding on defense, finishing second to Sullivan with 42 tackles and 1 ½ sacks. Coach Delaney said Crowe had an impressive season. “Danté was arguably one of our league’s most unsung heroes," coach Delaney said. Meanwhile, Treat led the defense with three interceptions, and on offense he caught three passes for 55 yards and a TD.
Senior Lawrence Waterhouse, who made the highlight reel with a 50-yard run for a TD on a fumble recovery, was also singled out for praise by the coach who said, “Like the other seniors, Lawrence was vital to our success.”
At the end-of-season dinner, the coaches recognized the following for special team awards:
MVP Offense: Tyler Wagnblas
MVP Defense: Coy Treat
Rookie of the Year: Oliver Davies
Coaches Award: Lawrence Waterhouse
The 'Bear' Lineman Award: Danté Crowe
Sullivan Cavalier Award: John Sullivan
Mitch Thompson Award (given to the player who best exemplifies heart, hustle and love of the game): Connor Phillips
Girls Varsity Soccer (9-6-2; 4-2 HVAL) Makes Semifinals
The girls varsity soccer team ended its season with a loss to Christian Heritage in the HVAL semifinals, but first-year coaches, Patrick Kennedy and his assistant, Alex Matthews, were pleased that the team succeeded in meeting two of its preseason goals. This year’s squad finished higher in the standings than last year and won a playoff game, two goals the coaches had set in August before the fall campaign got underway.
Led by their three co-captains, seniors Kelly McMorrow and Sydney Lunder and junior Charlotte Levy, the Harvey girls produced a winning record, helped by a midseason five-game winning streak which included three straight come-from-behind victories. Another highlight of the season was the Cavs’ victory against Chase Collegiate in the HVAL quarterfinals.
Coach Kennedy praised the team for having good chemistry, a fact he attributes to an early season trip to the Williams School in New London, Connecticut where the squad enjoyed a great team-building lunch at Fred’s Shanty. The coach also likes how the girls would not suffer a letdown when they fell behind in a game. “This was a very resilient group of girls,” said coach Kennedy, adding, “We had three victories in a row in which we were trailing at halftime.”
Two of Harvey’s starters had outstanding seasons and earned accolades from the coaches of their opponents. Levy and fellow junior Morgan Chapman were selected by two athletic associations to their all-star teams, Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WNEPSSA) and New England Prep School Women’s Soccer Association (NEPSWSA). They were also named as HVAL All-League. Levy led the team with 13 goals and seven assists. Chapman had 12 goals and seven assists.
Coach Kennedy said the team’s overall success was attributed to “a solid team effort, timely offense and excellent work by the defenders.”
Trophies for team awards were given to the following players:
Coaches Award: Kelly McMorrow
Most Improved: Chloe Pinto
MVP Defense: Courtney Warren
MVP Offense: Morgan Chapman
MVP: Charlotte Levy
Solid Season for Boys Varsity Soccer (9-8-2; 4-2-1, HVAL)
The boys varsity soccer team had a remarkable season, considering how well they played while dealing with a slew of injuries to key players. Head coach Alex Morse and assistant Luigi Loiola guided the boys to a third place finish in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) and an appearance in the semifinals.
Senior team captains Kevin Dorf and Isaac Cullity Vieux gave Harvey all-star caliber performances. Despite seeing his season cut short by injury, Dorf collected eight goals and seven assists and was selected to the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WNEPSSA) all-star team along with forward Cullity Vieux who led his team with 19 goals and five assists. Coach Morse credits his two captains with helping the team find success in an injury-plagued season. “Without their leadership and play our season could have ended in disaster,” coach Morse said. “Kevin and Isaac both have given so much to the program during the course of their three years,” he added. Cullity Vieux was also selected as HVAL All-League. Dorf and junior Ben Avila were named HVAL All-League honorable mentions.
The versatile Avila, who was also selected as a WNEPSSA all-star, spent much of his time at the midfield and forward positions, contributing three goals and two assists. He also filled in admirably at goalie, starting five games and helping his team go 2-1-2 during his stint as keeper. Harvey also expects to see several of its players earn recognition from the HVAL who has not announced its all-league selections at this writing.
Reflecting on the season, coach Morse said he was impressed with the team’s ability to compete on a regular basis despite having serious injuries throughout the season. “We always were able to adapt to changing circumstances and work together as a cohesive unit,” coach Morse said.
Though playing short-handed in the last three weeks of the season, the Cavs battled their way to two well-earned ties against Christian Heritage and St. Luke’s. “This team loved to compete, whether it was a game versus a rival or within practice. They enjoyed the game,” he said. Other highlights of the season for Coach Morse were the team’s two victories against Forman, the first one during homecoming and the other coming in the first round of the playoffs.
Coach Morse is most proud of the way his players conducted themselves this season. He said, “Without solid character from each member of the team, a winning record would not have been possible, given the injuries to our team.”
At the team dinner, the coaches awarded trophies for the team awards to the following players:
MVP: Isaac Cullity Vieux
Most Offensive: Kevin Dorf
Leadership Award: Ben Avila
Coaches Award: Hunter Nascimento
Most Improved: Cian Keohane
Varsity Coed Cross-Country Team Fares Well
The varsity coed cross-country team enjoyed another successful fall campaign this year. Guided by first-year coach Christina Binns and returning assistant coach Mislav Forrester, the team saw the girls squad, the 2016 HVAL champion, produce another strong showing, this year finishing second to league champion Wooster.
Keegan Glucksman established herself as the team’s top runner and one of the best in the HVAL. The freshman finished first in the HVAL championship race to help her team claim second place as the league runner-up.
Coach Binns said Glucksman played a major role in the success of the girls team this year. “Keegan set an extremely high bar for girls in only her first year. The girls ran hard and placed well. There was a lot of pressure on each of them due to the small size of our girls team, and they really stepped up to the challenge.”
The girls enjoyed another big day earlier in the season when they took first place in the Poughkeepsie Day School Invitational.
While the boys did not enjoy the same measure of success as the girls, Harvey’s top runner on the boys team, senior Nathan Ward, continued his trend of excellent running, always placing high among the finishers in the interscholastic meets.
Coach Binns was pleased with the effort of her runners. “They worked hard this year and showed lots of dedication and passion toward running,” coach Binns said. Coach Forrester also praised the team for its “great camaraderie” and credits captains Justin Tebbutt and Julia Mallon for helping to make the team work as one cohesive group. “Justin and Julia did a great job of bringing the team together socially, in addition to pushing them to work hard as an athletic team,” said coach Forrester. The HVAL has not yet made its all-league selections.
At the end-of-season dinner, the coaches gave team trophies to the following:
Most Valuable Runner (male): Nathan Ward
Most Valuable Runner (female): Keegan Glucksman
Leadership: Justin Tebbutt
Cavalier Spirit Award: Lara Dimick
Competitor's Award: Ethan Frey
JV Volleyball (9-10) Shows Solid Progress
The JV volleyball team, guided by head coach Carolyn Bean and first-year assistant Amy Baxter, enjoyed a season which saw greater offensive production.
Team captains Reynise Walker, Lily Wang, and Sabrina Huang led a squad that jelled on the court and displayed great sportsmanship and character. “They would encourage each other and support each other even when teammates made mistakes,” coach Bean said. The coach praised the girls for giving a quality effort day in and day out. “The players put their hearts into every game,” coach Bean said. The coach called her team’s game against Wooster “the highlight of the season.” She said, “The team was really working together and overall play was excellent, which boosted the team’s self-esteem.”
The JV got some excellent serving from the captains, Walker, Huang and Wang, and also from Eva Zhao, Cici Chen, and Marina Man. Walker, Allesandra Walsh, Patricia Fernandes, and Kathryn Ogg excelled on defense.
Coach Bean credits a much improved offense with helping to make the season successful. ”The offense was the best I've seen from a JV team since I've been coaching,” coach Bean said.
The coach believes the team members made great strides overall in improving their skills. “The collective growth of the team was stellar,” the coach said. “Every single player improved over the course of the season,” she added.
At the end-of-season dinner the coaches announced the following winners of team awards:
MVP Offensive: Eva Zhao
MVP Defensive: Reynise Walker
Most Improved: Kelly Lin
Most Dedicated: Patricia Fernandes
Coaches Award: Lily Wang
Boys JV Soccer (2-9-1) a Model of Teamwork
The 2017 season was a struggle to get wins for the boys JV soccer team, but a number of players stood out in making contributions to a squad short on wins but long on team spirit and effort.
Despite the mounting losses, head coach Jeff Seymour said the JV Cavs fought through each game until the last whistle. “Too many of our games were simply poor matchups, yet our team never imploded, nor did our players turn on each other,” coach Seymour said.
Coach Seymour said Harvey’s game against Wooster serves as a good example of what the JV Cavs were up against and how they hung in there. “We had no subs against a team that subbed en masse their whole team in shifts,” the coach recalled. The game, however, saw his players step up to the challenge. “It was that game that really saw our attackers come into their own as they maintained control on offense,” coach Seymour said. “Led by Lucas Cohn and Andrew Ortiz, Harvey dominated possession, working as a team and communicating to pass in triangles around the Wooster squad,” he said.
Harvey’s offense struggled throughout the season to outscore opponents. “Even in games where we were evenly matched, or even a little better, we could not put balls in the back of the net,” coach Seymour said.
Despite the difficulties the JV Cavs had in scoring, there were some highlights. Ortiz scored off a free kick to tie a game and Cohn, co-captain Andrew Baron and Tommy Wang contributed some terrific goals. Coach Seymour praised the efforts of Max Edelman at keeper. “Max bravely kept goal for us even under the assaults of the teams that most outmatched us,’ the coach said. He also singled out co-captain James Washington for fighting through injuries throughout the season and always helping to “kick our team into the next gear.”
On the defensive side, there was the stellar play of co-captain Quentin Schubert, playing the sweeper position. “Quentin gave his all on every defensive play and thwarted offensive drives that should have been goals,” coach Seymour said. The coach called his sweeper “an exceptionally reliable defender.”
Reflecting on the 2017 fall campaign, coach Seymour said, “It was a tough season, but the team shrugged off its losses and maintained its willingness to work hard in practice and to improve.”
At the team dinner, coach Seymour and his assistant Ted Cowan announced the winners of the following team awards:
MVP: Quentin Schubert
Most Improved Player: Tommy Wang
Coaches Award: Lucas Cohn
Middle School Sports
Maroon Soccer (4-5-2)
Maroon soccer team coaches Stephanie Metz and Julian Egolf dubbed their squad “the comeback kids” for the way they often rebounded during the second half to finish games strongly. This included the come-from-behind victory in the final game of the season against Eagle Hill, where Kevon Patterson’s 10th goal led the team to the win. The maroon team collected two wins against Eagle Hill along with victories against Stanwich and Mizzentop.
Coach Metz said it was the maroon team’s “determination and heart that led the players to a successful season this fall.”
There were outstanding contributions from up and down the roster. Devon Alpern’s spectacular performance in goal kept the team close in several tight games, including ties against Mizzentop and King. He was helped by the defensive core of Sam Alexander, Teddy Abt, Dom D’Onofrio, Josh Sestito and Tyler Alexander. Armaan Bhaskar, Matthew Peck, and Clyde Press developed as outstanding defensive players and provided strong support in the backfield. Cristian Triay, Scott Nicholson and Asher Berni were vital in the midfield and helped move the ball forward offensively. Leading the charge on attack were Bradley Lederer, Kevon Patterson, and Juliet and Justin Jaques.
“Coach Egolf and I were proud of the effort throughout the fall,” said coach Metz. “Our players also exhibited great team spirit and sportsmanship,” added coach Metz.
At the end of the season, the coaches awarded trophies to the following players:
MVP: Justin Jaques
Most Improved: Tyler Alexander
Coaches Award: Sam Alexander
The navy soccer team, guided by head coach Dr. Brendan Byrne and his assistant Deborah Matero, faced some tough competition this season from a number of teams with older players on their rosters, but Dr. Byrne thought his squad gave all they had to give. “Mrs. Matero and I could not have been prouder of the way our sixth and seventh-grade athletes rose to the challenge of competing against tough competition this past fall,” said coach Byrne.
All the hard work seemed to pay off when the navy team ended the season on a high note with a 3-0 victory over Carmel Academy. The game featured goals from Zachary Weisblatt and Luca Vega. Coach Byrne said it was the navy team’s “persistence that led to the victory in the season’s final game.” Another season highlight was a spectacular goal Jacob Weisberger scored in a game against Rippowam.
Seventh-graders Lucy Durkin and Emi Knauer provided leadership in the defensive end of the field. A core of sixth-grade players that included Weisblatt, Vega, goalkeeper Charlie Hill, defender Patrick Brennan, and striker Jared Effinger anchored the team. “With that nucleus, the future for Harvey soccer looks bright,” said coach Byrne.
At the end of the season the coaches awarded trophies to the following players:
MVP: Zachary Weisblatt
Coaches Award: Emi Knauer
Most Improved Player: Lucy Durkin
First-year coaches Doug Plaskett and his assistant Maria Ma guided a cross-country team that had its fair share of highlights this fall.
While there were several individual successes that were memorable, coach Plaskett rated as the top highlight the team spirit. “The support and effort our team gave to each and every meet plus in practice was unparalleled,” said coach Plaskett. “It was not uncommon for runners who finished early to come out to the course to cheer their teammates on to their finish,” he said.
One memorable individual moment was eighth-grader Mitchell Yurko’s “photo finish” in the Greenwich Catholic meet that took him into the top 10 at Tod’s Point Park in Greenwich. Another was the success of seventh-grader Clayton Collum, who came in first among all the runners at the Greenwich County Day meet. Coach Plaskett singled out eighth grade team captain Cody Siegel who finished in the top 20 in every meet.
At season’s end, Collum, Yurko and Siegel ranked among all of the top 20 finishers. In addition, Collum finished first among all seventh grade runners from the participating schools.
Coach Plaskett said he was proud of all his runners. “The one thing about this team is they never quit and continued to push themselves to make themselves the best they could be. As the fall season progressed the team became closer and closer and bonded as a running force.”
At the end of the season, the coaches selected the following runners for team awards:
MVP Award: Clayton Collum
MIP Award: Hayden Smelser
Sportsmanship Award: Cody Siegel