The Panthers had a great 2014-2015 winter athletic season!
With 60% of the middle school student body participating in a winter sport, we had many teams to field. Teams composed of 6th-8th grade students had a mixture of new and returning athletes spanning a wide spectrum of beginning to advanced skill levels. Every student who wanted to play a sport was given that opportunity. We saw students who had never played basketball step onto the court. That takes courage. We saw veteran athletes refrain from taking a shot to let novice athletes have a chance. That's compassion. We saw that taking ownership and admitting mistake to a referee meant more than winning the game. That’s integrity. On the field we saw how the score never dictated a player’s effort. That’s perseverance. We saw elite swimmers take time and go the extra mile to help our new swimmers. That's respect. This season, our athletes went beyond winning. They showed us a higher standard of playing the game. We couldn't be more proud of our Panthers!
We fielded five boys basketball teams with over 50 boys participating. The 6th grade boys blue and white teams, coached by Darnell Cleary and Chris Howard, both went undefeated and won every single game in regular season play. The 6th grade teams capped their season with a 1st and 2nd place finish in the Panther Invitational basketball tournament.
The boys junior varsity blue and white teams, coached by Graeme O’Gorman and Chuck Kennedy, also had successful seasons with the JV white team winning the last three games of their season and the JV blue team taking 3rd place in the annual CATS classic. The boys varsity team, coached by Ryan Hertlein, finished the season strong with wins in two of their final 3 games of the season.
The girls varsity basketball team coached by Ann Horne made history this year. They ended the regular season 8-2 in the conference, which gave them 3rd place in the HJPC conference. This is the highest standing any Presbyterian School girls basketball team has had in the HJPC conference.
Special recognition goes to varsity basketball player, Sophia Haugh, who scored the 200th point of her basketball career at Presbyterian School on January 9. She is the seventh girl basketball player to earn this distinction in Presbyterian School history following record setting goals by Audrey Beathard (Class of '08), Amanda Leavell (Class of '09), Caroline Ankoma-Sey (Class of ’12), Dana Wempe (Class of ‘13), Jenny Perotta (Class of ’13) and Hanna Nyberg (Class of ’14). Sophia has played basketball for the Presbyterian School Panthers for the past three years and averaged 10 points per game.
The girls junior varsity basketball team, coached by Sam Murray, had a strong season. They ended the season 7-4 in the HJPC conference. The girls played really hard during each and every game - securing several victories from behind.
The girls 6th grade basketball team coached by Jess Riley had a great season. The girls worked really hard and became a cohesive team. They ended their season with a strong win over St. Marks 36-10 and with a record of 7-8.
The girls soccer team coached by Alvaro Baltodano consisted of 14 girls in 6th-8th grades. Despite having multiple players out throughout the season, the girls persevered as a team and played strong regardless of their size. The girls worked hard and came together to work as a team -putting forth their best abilities for each game. Their record for the season was 5-1-10 with a big win over St. Michael’s to end their season.
The boys soccer team, coached by Maximo Mota, had a conference record of 3-5. They tied with three other schools this season in the conference. The boys showed incredible respect to their teammates and to their opponents. They are commended for their effort- continually giving their best and leaving everything on the field. Coach Mota says to watch our for the Soccer World Cup in 8 years... we could see some of this season's players on the USA Scocer National Team!
Our swim team this season consisted of 11 swimmers, 4 boys and 7 girls. Overall our small team placed well in the meets. In the St. John's Invitational Meet on Jan 12, the team place 3rd overall, with many individual events showing Presbyterian School swimmers placing first or second. In the Quad Meet on Jan 20, Presbyterian School place 5th overall. In the HJPC meet, Presbyterian School placed 6th overall. The comraderie of the swim team was strong as they supported each other to persevere in practice and at meets.
Thank you to Nancy Baltodano and our parents for taking candids of our teams in action.
Team Pictures may be downloaded from our media gallery.