MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAGONS OF THE WEEK
May 20, 2019
Ava Nalavala and Ellie Blundin
Our Dragons of the Week are Ava Nalavala and Ellie Blundin. Ava saved her best game of the season for our last and toughest matchup against Oak Knoll. The coaches count on Ava to play wherever we need her -- attack, midfield or defense -- and she always answers the call with steady stick-handling and a big heart. During the OKS game, we got to see a glimpse of the kind of player she will be in the Upper School: confident, knowledgeable and speedy! Go, Ava! Ellie Blundin, who played outstanding low attack for us all season, showed off her leadership and sportsmanship this week by creating beautiful posters for two of our injured players, Sophia Miller and Cami Lienhardt, who are out with ALC tears. The posters, which Ellie had the whole team sign, featured fantastic photos of our missing superstars which warmed their hearts and made them aware of how much they are missed. Thanks, Ellie!
Arabella Hubbauer and Sahana Kapoor
Middle School Softball's Dragons of the Week are Arabella Hubbauer and Sahana Kapoor. Arabella was new to softball last year and since then has grown markedly as a player, both in batting and fielding. Her hitting is more consistent and powerful, and her throws have become stronger and more accurate. Arabella brings a lightness and excitement to the team and we are so glad to have her. Sahana was new to softball this year and her skills have grown so much since the beginning of the season. Through hard work, she has improved her catching technique and is making contact with the ball more and more frequently each week. Way to go Arabella and Sahana!
Isabelle Embden, Annika Bhatia and Catherine Paris
Middle School Track and Field would like to congratulate Isabelle Embden, Annika Bhatia and Catherine Paris as our final Dragons of the Week. Isabelle has really stepped up her effort this season and has competed in the 100, 200, 400, 4 x 100 relay, shot put and long jump. Isabelle qualified to compete at the Silver Spike and earned a personal best in the 200m. Isabelle also ran as a member of the 4 x 200 relay at Pingry’s Big Blue Relay meet where her team took second place! Catherine has shown a real passion for the throwing events and has worked diligently all season to qualify for the final two meets. Catherine competed in both shot put and discus at the Silver Spike and also threw the shot put at Pingry’s Big Blue Relay were her score combined with her teammate’s score earned them second place overall. Annika is another passionate thrower and has been earning personal bests with every competition of the season. She has focused on using the correct technique which has resulted in her being in the top two on our team for shot put and discus. Annika has shown very consistent performance this season and qualified for competing at both the Silver Spike and Big Blue relay. Her performance at both helped her team bring home trophy's from both meets. At the Big Blue meet Annika also earned her final personal bests of the season with a shot put throw of 24’4” and a discus throw of 53’6”. Congratulations to all three TrackStars for being our final Dragons of the Week.
UPPER SCHOOL DRAGONS OF THE WEEK
May 20, 2019
Hannah Abere, Natalie Gilfillan, Caroline Lubow and Colleen McAlloon
This week’s Dragon of the Week goes to our senior class leaders: Hannah Abere, Natalie Gilfillan, Caroline Lubow and Colleen McAlloon. This group of talented student-athletes dedicated four years to the Kent Place lacrosse team. Together, they played in roughly 50 varsity games, contributing over 500 total career points! Congratulations Hannah, Natalie, Caroline and Colleen - you will be missed next year.
The overall athleticism of Sarah Johnson will be missed at Kent Place. Little to nothing gets past Sarah as the varsity softball team’s Center fielder. She has made numerous amazing catches and defensive plays throughout the season that leaves the opposing teams in awe. As captain, her calm, cool and collected demeanor always brings “good vibes” in the dugout. Sarah Johnson makes the hardest plays seem easy and her presence is so important to this team. Congratulations Sarah!
V Spring Track
Catherine Torres, Christiana Nwachuku, and Josie Daab
This week's dragons of the week are Catherine Torres, Christiana Nwachuku, and Josie Daab. These three girls performed phenomenally at the County Championship this week! Catherine had a personal best in her jumping. She jumped a 32'1 in triple jump, which is over a foot what her best jump was prior. With her senior year winding down, this is a great accomplishment for Catherine and indicative of her hard work in practice. Christiana had a personal best in all four of her events, placing second in the county running 12.24 seconds in the 100m, second in the 200m with a time of 25.21, fourth in the 400m, with a time of 57.12, and dominated the anchor leg of the relay with a split of 56.2 to help Kent Place win the County Championship 4x400 race for the first time in school history and run the fourth fastest girls relay time in the state of New Jersey. Josie also contributed to this school record-breaking 4x400 relay, running a personal best time of 59.11 to help the team which run a school record of 3:53.52. She also ran personal best in her individual 400m hurdle race, running a time of 65.67, placing 5th in Union County and is now only about a half second away from breaking the school record. Coaches are super proud of these girls and are excited for their continued progress! Congratulations girls!