Boys Maroon Basketball (8-7)
A season that began in December came to a conclusion in late February for the eighth grade boys basketball team. It was a season filled with ups and down that culminated in an 8-7 winning record.
“Aaron Dupree, Patrick Murphy, Max Edelman and Andrew Ortiz have been contributing positively to the Middle School basketball program for three years,” said maroon coach Brendan Byrne. “Their enthusiasm and leadership provided the foundation for this year’s team.” Dupree finished as the team’s leading scorer.
Newcomers Tate Falta and Frank McMahon added experience and defensive tenacity. McMahon led the team in rebounds.
One of the season’s highlights came against the German International School in which key free throws by DuPree and defense by McMahon led the Cavaliers to victory in the fourth quarter
Coach Byrne looks forward to seeing his team donning the uniforms of a Harvey team next year. “It’s a solid group that will hopefully continue to play together moving to our Upper School basketball program.”
Boys Navy Team (2-8)
The navy team, with coach Patrick Kennedy at the helm, played some very exciting close games throughout the season and was able to come out victorious against Eagle Hill Greenwich and Ridgefield Academy. The boys lost a nail biter in overtime to Brunswick and also had a tough loss to Stanwich.
“It was great to see the team play its best game of the season on the final day of the season,” said coach Kennedy. “As a coach, you always want to see your team improve and the boys definitely did that throughout the season. There were some bumps in the road, but overall I deem the season a success as every player contributed to the team in some way or form. In the end, this was one of my favorite groups of kids to coach.”
Team awards went to the following players:
MVP: Offense: Sam Alexander
MVP: Defense: Christian Triay
Most Improved: Darrell Greene
Coaches Award – Dominic D’Onofrio
Sportsmanship – Joey Jacobson
Girls Basketball (6-2)
The girls team, under the guidance of coaches Marcie Hajem and Rebecca Pomeroy, enjoyed a very successful season.
Led by captains Sofia Silverman and Kathryn Ogg, the team came on strong after the first two games of the season. Sofia led the team in points with 63 while Kathryn Ogg collected 55. Coach Hajem also gave credit for the offensive success to Olivia Carillo. “Olivia did a fine job playing our point guard and getting our offense started,” said coach Hajem. The coach also lauded the work of the defense. “We had great defense from Olivia Durkin, Isabel Bandon and Wendy Lichtenberg,” said the coach. The coach offered praise to a basketball newcomer. “Juliet Jaques was new to the game and was able to pick it up after one week of practice,” coach Hajem added.
Coach Hajem praised the team for its attitude and effort. “We may have been small in numbers, but we played with big hearts. Our girls all improved in their game throughout the season and we are extremely proud of how far they have grown.”
In lieu of awarding trophies, the coaches presented the players with individual certificates recognizing their individual strengths on the court:
Bodacious Baller: Kathryn Ogg
Prolific Point Producer: Sofia Silverman
Defensive Diva: Olivia Durkin
Dribble Dragon: Olivia Carillo
Box-Out Champion: Isabel Bandon
Sassy Stealer: Juliet Jaques
Reaching Rebounder: Wendy Lichtenberg
Lively Layups: Clara Young
Super Scrappy: Lucy Durkin
The Middle School hockey team came together through both tough losses and fantastic wins.
Eighth-grader Spencer Hellinger played solid defense as well as scored important goals. Keegan Glucksman played every position on the ice except goalie and was a force to be reckoned with throughout the year. Zi Glucksman was the team’s most improved player. Both Ben Howard and Alex Pradines played strong right and left wing. Nadine Rattner, one of only two girls on the team, held up well against our male opponents. Henry Oliver played defense and was an integral part of the team's success.
Coach Doug Plaskett says, “The future of the Middle School hockey program is in good hands with standouts like Zack Schiffman, Jacob Weisberger and Ian Kalman. Sixth-grader Scott Nicholson can be counted on to put the puck in the net and Jacob Hellinger, who did a fantastic job keeping the puck out of the net throughout the season, should be solid again next season.
“The Middle School hockey team not only intends to improve on their hockey skills but their overall record next year,” said coach Plaskett.
The following won team awards: