MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAGONS OF THE WEEK
April 29, 2019
Ally Longo and Ella Murti
In our 10-3 victory over Pingry this week, nine of our goals came from girls who were playing in their first lacrosse game for Kent Place! While we'd love to recognize all of them, here are two players we'd like to recognize for their exceptional performances: Ally Longo had her best game of the season because, in addition to scoring the first goal of the game, she came up with an impressive five ground balls, one assist and three draw controls! Ella Murti overcame her fears and last minute doubts to start in goal in her first game and played with distinction and bravery.
Elina Kapur and Miranda Wang
Middle School Softball's Dragons of the Week are Elina Kapur and Miranda Wang. Elina did an awesome job in our game against Peck on Tuesday! She made a great hit every time she was up to bat and got several outs while playing first base. During practice, Elina is a star at catching pop flies and shows leadership by working hard in every exercise. Miranda played second base the whole game on Tuesday and did a great job! She is ready and willing to play any position, is always alert, and cheers on her teammates consistently. Miranda adds such a positive spirit to her team. Way to go Elina and Miranda!
Lizzy Washburn, Olivia Adamcyzk, Annalisa Abbate and Sylvia Andrews
Middle School Track and Field would like to congratulate Lizzy Washburn, Olivia Adamcyzk, Annalisa Abbate and Sylvia Andrews. Lizzy is a returning TrackStar who brings great confidence and fierce competitiveness to her events on the track or in the field. Lizzy is always striving to improve on her performance and is quick to apply feedback. An accomplished competitive swimmer, Lizzy understands how to push her body to the max to get the results she is looking for. To date Lizzy has earned 10 personal bests and we know there will be more in store for her. Lizzy’s a prime example of good sportsmanship as she is always thanking the officials after she is done competing in an event. Olivia is also a returning TrackStar who challenged herself at a recent meet to run the 1600m mile run though she had previously only run the sprint distances. With great determination and grit, Olivia stayed on the heels of our lead miler and completed the race in 6:15, almost 45 seconds faster than her last timed mile. She has found a new strength and event where she will contribute greatly to her team’s success. Olivia is also one of our strongest hurdlers, showing clean technique over the hurdle’s at every meet. Annalisa and Sylvia are both first year TrackStars and are starting to really shine at meets through their diligence at practice. Both athletes are focused on technique instruction and work to apply specific cues to improve their form. This lends itself to a stronger performance at our next meet. Annalisa has earned 8 personal bests and Sylvia has earned 10 thus far this season. Congratulations to all of our Dragon TrackStars!
UPPER SCHOOL DRAGONS OF THE WEEK
April 29, 2019
Caroline has hit the ground running after missing part of the season while in Australia. She has been one of our top scorers in the recent matches and will do well in our upcoming League Championship and Prep States. Congratulations Caroline!
This week’s Dragon of the Week goes to Hannah Abere for her selfless leadership on and off the field. As one of our captains this year, she has proven her ability to be a leader, especially during our game against Red Bank Catholic. Hannah’s speed in the midfield, quick reflex on the draw, and precise shooting sparked a KPS comeback after being down 8 goals at half. Congratulations Hannah!
Freshman Ella Gehrmann has earned Dragon of the Week distinction for JV Lacrosse. During practices, Ella has continued to refine her skills as a midfielder, including cutting toward the ball, winning ground balls, and maneuvering the ball well down the field. This past Wednesday, we played a game against MKA. Defensively, she helped contain the opponents until they forced a bad pass or she stripped them of the ball. Offensively, Ella blew past the opponent's’ defense and scored goals. Ella’s persistence resulted in her scoring three of the Dragons’ six goals. Congratulations, Ella!
Keili Murphy and Kelsey Burrows
Keili Murphy is one of the most important members of the Varsity Softball team, even while recovering from injury. Keili contributes to the success of this team just as much as any other player on the field. She is first to volunteer to step up and help her teammates and coaches with anything without an pinch of complaint. Her energy, positivity and humor is contagious. Every team and coach wants a Keili Murphy and we are very lucky to have her, we wish her a speedy recovery! For the second week in a row as DOTW, Kelsey Burrows plays a huge part in the team’s success. Kelsey made a huge defensive play by picking off a player at third base and hitting the game winning double in 7th inning for the win over Roselle Catholic on 4/24. Congratulations to both Keili and Kelsey!
Allison Sussman stands out as a player who is always willing to put forth her best effort, no matter the task. Even through this short timeframe, the coaches have noticed Allison gain more knowledge about softball and improve on her already established skills. Allison is always ready to play new different positions when needed. Congratulations!
V Spring Track
Catie Gilhuley is being recognized for her unwavering hardwork and improvement. Catie has been working hard all season at practice and meets alongside her teammates. That hard work has recently started to pay off. At the Lenape Invitational Catie set a Personal Best in the 1600 running a 5:52, joining the sub-six minute club and beating her previous personal best by 20 seconds. She performed well again recently, running a personal best in the 800m with a time of 2:37 at the Metuchen Distance Night. Keep up the good work Catie and continue moving forward.