MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAGONS OF THE WEEK
April 22, 2019
Lily Kaplan and Sophia Miller
Middle School Dragon’s of the Week go to Lily Kaplan and Sophia Miller. Lily, our beloved goalie, has helped us defeat two strong teams this week by showing nerves of steel and excellent anticipation. In addition to making 15 saves during this week alone, we love the fact that Lily is a true team player who devotes time at almost every practice to train our brave new goalie, Ella Murti! Sophia, our awesome midfielder, has used her height, foot speed and endurance to get the ball and hold onto it even when double and triple-teamed in our victory over Oak Knoll. She also showed great patience on attack and demonstrated some textbook defensive positioning against the Oak Knoll attackers in our defensive end. Congratulations Lily and Sophia!
Julia Messerman and Sara Shee
Middle School Softball's Dragons of the Week are Julia Messerman and Sara Shee. Julia and Sara both worked together beautifully this week as our first and second bases respectively. Julia stopped several balls and caught even more getting numerous outs at first. She also stepped out of her comfort zone to pitch one inning during our game against Golda Och on Tuesday and did an awesome job. Well done Julia! Sara did an amazing job this week playing second base against Golda Och on Tuesday and Newark Academy on Wednesday. She made one great catch in the air and several plays throwing out the runners to first. We are so lucky to have Julia and Sara on our team this year. Way to go girls!
Bridget Daab, Celia Kannellakos and Maya Yie
Middle School Track and Field would like to congratulate Bridget Daab, Celia Kannellakos and Maya Yie as this week's’ Dragons of the Week. A returning TrackStar, Bridget started the season with a strong display of “can-do” and has been a positive role model in all of her events daily. She is diligent, focused on executing techniques cleanly and pushes herself through tough workouts. Bridget has achieved numerous personal bests already this season and excels in both field and track events. Maya is in her first year of track and goes the extra mile to fine-tune her form and technique in each of the tech events. She is working on her approach in both the long jump and high jump and has asked questions throughout the process to help her fully embrace the event and do her best. Maya can often be seen asking questions after practice and during meets. Celia is also in her first year of track and field and has embraced the sport from day one. Celia soaks up the details of technique for each of the events and works conscientiously to apply the correct technique during practices and meets. She is excited to learn all the nuances of the sport and competes enthusiastically. Celia is also always there to help when an extra set of hands is needed at the end of a meet or practice. Keep up the good work TrackStars!!
UPPER SCHOOL DRAGONS OF THE WEEK
April 22, 2019
Co-captain Janeyce McCray has been playing well, both on consistency and good scores. She is always our top scorer and had been in every match so far this year. She is a leader on the team and a good playing partner for everybody. Congratulations Janeyce!
This week’s Dragon of the Week for Varsity Lacrosse is awarded to Kiley Parker. Kiley has shown great improvement from the start of the season with focus on her first step, dodging and shooting skills. She gives one hundred and ten percent of herself daily in practice, respectfully receives direction from the coaching staff, and executes this direction on the field. Kiley proved this in our game against Oak Knoll when she was thrust into a challenging role. After receiving a foul, Kiley took a low angle, free position shot with defense stacked to her right. She confidently put her stick in her left hand, sealed the defense to her back, switched hands and placed the ball around the goalie! Congratulations Kiley!
JV Lacrosse recognizes Isabel Smith as Dragon of the Week. As a defender, body positioning is key. Isabel works hard to see the ball and her player, and moves quickly to stay on her player. She also is getting low and boxing out the opponent to win the ground ball. Her tenacity on the field has helped create turnovers and get the ball to out of our defensive zone. Congratulations, Isabel!
As the Varsity Softball team’s starting catcher, Kelsey Burrows is a wall behind the plate and a power hitter no opposing pitcher wants to face! She is also the most versatile player on the team being able to play every position on the field. Her amazing athletic ability is evident, but what we are most proud of is how she has grown into a leader on the team. Kelsey has taken the time to mentor younger players in practice, which shows her selflessness and dedication to the team. Kelsey is a rising star and we can’t wait for her continued success!
Since joining our softball program, Erin Roth has shown the ability to continue learning the fundamentals of softball. Erin is always open to all instruction she is given. We are very excited to be able to be a part of Erin’s growth in the game of Softball. Congratulations!!
V Spring Track
The Dragon of the Week for track this week is Josie Daab. In addition to being a responsible captain, Josie ran a personal best at the dual meet we had this week, beating her time in the 400 hurdles by a full second and coming in first overall. She sprinted a fast 1:06.4 even though her goal was just to run 1:07. She has been working hard this season and has been taking the advice from her coaches very well, smoothly transitioning from running with distance to running with sprinters to meet her goals. Additionally, she threw the javelin at this meet and made 77.5. Overall, Josie is working hard and doing well so her coaches and teammates are proud of her! Congrats, Josie!