WOODSTOCK DAY SCHOOL
FALL ATHLETIC SCHEDULE
H.S. J.V. SOCCER
DATE OPPONENT H/A TIME
WED., SEPT. 18 OAKWOOD FRIENDS JV A 4:00PM
SAT., 21 MOUNT ACADEMY DIETZ(tba) 10:00AM
TH. 26 HARVEY JV A 4:15PM
TUES. OCT. 1 UPTON LAKE B CANTINE 4:00PM
TH. 3 ROCKLAND COUNTRY DAY A 4:15PM
FRI. 11 NYMA JV CANTINE 4:00PM
FRI 18 SOUNDVIEW A 4:00PM
FRI. 25 NYMA JV A 4:00PM
SAT., NOV. 2 MARVELWOOD JV A 2:00PM
TUES. 5 WAWARSING CANTINE 4:00PM
SAT. 9 FORMAN JV A 2:00PM
TBA HYDE PARK BAPTIST
5 – 8 SOCCER
TUES., SEPT. 24 OAKWOOD FRIENDS A 4:00PM
TUES., OCT. 8 PDS CANTINE 4:00PM
WED., 16 KILDONAN B A 4:00PM
WED., 23 OAKWOOD FRIENDS CANTINE 4:00PM
TUES. 29 GOOD SHEPHERD(tba) A 4:00PM
TUES., SEPT. 16 HARVEY A 4:15PM
WED., OCT. 30 HARVEY CANTINE 3:45PM
TBA UPTON LAKE
WED., SEPT. 18 OFS INVITATIONAL OFS 4:00PM
SAT., 28 DAROW INVITATIONAL DARROW 2:00PM
WED., OCT. 9 NYMA INVITATIONAL NYMA 4:00PM
SAT., 12 FORMAN INVITATIONAL FORMAN 2:00PM
WED. 23 MARVELWOOD INVIT. MVLWD 4:00PM
TBA NYMA 3 WAY
April 10th, we played our first game of the season. Heading into the half with a strong start and a lead, thanks to an amazing group effort, the team felt confident that we would have a competitive second half. That’s where things really got interesting. Oakwood regrouped and scored a series of points, leaving us with a deficit and a score of 12-7. Games are played to 15 or above, where the winning team must win by two points. WDS scored the next goal, but Oakwood stormed back, leaving us with a 13-8 score. Both teams were tired and all players were scurrying to keep defensive coverage strong and to find open field on the offense. It looked like we were finished, when Oakwood scored the next point, but the WDS team rallied back! Rookie players and veterans alike made critical plays at the end of the game, allowing the Day School team to inch closer, and eventually take the lead and the win – final score WDS 16, Oakwood 14. Each WDS player deserves our honor and respect, as they showed what it is like to overcome seemingly unbeatable odds. They are my heroes.
On Monday we will travel to Oakwood’s field to play against Poughkeepsie Day School. We will leave WDS at 2:30, with a 4:00 start on the field. I expect we will be back at WDS between 6 and 7, though it could be as late as 7:30.
Wednesday brings the team back to our home field, where we will host a competitive Hotchkiss squad at 4pm.
Tuesday and Thursday we will hold regularly scheduled practices.
I am honored to have the chance to work with these incredible athletes. I can’t wait to see them rise to every occasion on the field of play and in life. -Zak
Tennis at WDS! I am excited to announce a new program at WDS! Beginning after our March break – on April 9 specifically, we will be offering a tennis program for interested students in grade six and up! This is in cooperation with, and thanks to the generosity of the Zena Recreation Park, Inc. I have canvassed the students in these grades, and your son/daughter has shown interest in participating! We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 9th to May 23rd., and travel in the Woodstock bus to the Zena Rec. facility. We will leave campus after 3:00 pm those days, spending time on the courts from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, returning then to campus. Peter Omura will be assisted in this by Leith Ragovin and myself! We are limited to the capacity of our bus, so our sign- up is at the moment ‘maxxed out’!
While this is an opportunity to play and practice, it is not intended as a series of lessons! Although I do think there will be time to work on skills! It is entirely possible that, should the group understand scoring systems, and ‘gel’ into a ‘rank ladder’, a challenge might be offered to Poughkeepsie Day, or Oakwood to play their younger tennis team members! There may be a need to ask for a nominal fee in helping to support the financial obligation of this venture. I’ll be in touch regarding that, if the need arises! We also expect your son/daughter to provide all equipment(rackets) and dress in proper tennis attire. We do have a supply of balls!
So you can see that this is potentially the beginning of a tennis team for Woodstock Day School! I am thrilled to be able to say this at this early point in the development of the athletic program at WDS! I want to thank Liza Mones for her wonderful vision, support, and hard work in making this opportunity a reality!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Indoor Girl’s Rugby
Really, I always have to remember to tell my teams how physical Kildonan is!
This one was no exception, as it looked like an NFL fumble/steal recovery feature film! But really, our teams have to learn how to cope with physical opponents! Its like I remember so well a lax game in Michie Stadium where Army was basically blasting their way through Lafayette. Near the end of the fourth quarter an Army defenseman knocked a Lafayette attackman right into a snow drift on the side line – helmet going one way, gloves flying off, stick gone who knows where! So what did the unfortunate little Leopard do? Why what else – he started making ‘snow angels’ in the snow drift!!!
But our girls stood up better than that, and a 17-25 score against a varsity opponent is evidence that we can indeed take it – and keep ‘ticking’! Besides, I believe that finesse inevitably wins out over physicality! What goes around – comes around – you’ll see!!!
So I’m still proud of the effort. And KK is an opponent we should get used to!
Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Holidays!
Well, congratulations are in order again, this time to the 6-8 coed basketball team! Another great effort against a scrappy Oakwood 6-8 team, and another win, 28-12!!
Haanah led the way with a great second half, for 8 pts,5rebs. Diego had 4 pts, 10 rebounds as our ‘center’; Kendall ran the point for 4pts, 4 rebs, and 2 steals; Caleb had 4 pts, 4 rebs; Lucien scored 4 in the 4th; Hazel had 2pts and 5 rebs; Gabe scored 2, and 3 steals, and Ruby had 2steals. Rounding things out were Harry and Jacob, and everybody played!
The more we work on our ‘system’ the better we’ll get.
Our Girl’s Basketball team was victorious over Oakwood’s JV team.The score was 26-14! Congratulations to the girls on their first win of the season! Kendall – 16 points; Lily – 4pts, 10 rebounds; Sammy – 4 pts, 5 reb.; Sophie – 4 reb.;Haana 4reb.; Hazel 3reb and Ruby 2rebs and a great effort from everybody. We will only get better, as we learn in bounds, man O, press/press breaker; and much more zone offense! But the big key is the way the girls played tonight – like a team that knew they could win!
Wolves go the Distance – Woodstock Soccer, 2012
This soccer season started with a dream, way back in Virginia last May! As soon as Curt Evans knew he would be returning to the Hudson Valley, a flurry of phone calls was made from Woodstock, Virginia to all schools who knew of Woodstock Day, N.Y.!
In an effort to create a ‘belated’ schedule,‘friends of Woodstock’ such as Oakwood, Poughkeepsie Day, and NYMA were contacted! Knowing that WDS needed to maintain a coed program, the Christian League was contacted, and Wawarsing, Upton Lake and Tabernacle were booked. Before June, the Wolves had a challenging ten game schedule!
Not knowing whether the team would be modified, JV, or Varsity level; a JV and six through eight schedule evolved. Seeing is believing; and as soon as Coach Evans saw the group, and ages involved; the schedules were consolidated into a single ten game, JV coed calendar!
The team became known as ‘that little hybrid’ group from Woodstock! We embarked on a developmental program like none ever seen at WDS! The team practiced on a daily basis, even on Fridays when needed! The work ethic grew as captains Katie Wolgamuth and Andrew Rector kept everybody busy following Curt’s routines and conditioning! By Sept. 25th we were ready to challenge Oakwood’s thirds! To our surprise we dominated our first opponent, showing that we had potential. Goals by Ava Mateo, Jonah Martindale; and inspired play by Kendall Wind and Lilly Mones were key. Then the little hybrid group found out how young they really are, as we played the varsities of Tabernacle, Upton Lake, and Poughkeepsie Day; losing – but still ticking! It is at this time that Curt reminded everyone that it is SO important to PLAY these games; to complete such a season to set the standard to develop the program!
And so we did , playing our way through games with Kildonan, Soundview, and Wawarsing to complete, for the first time ever, a ten game schedule! Goals from Andrew and Jonah, Kendall, Ava, Lilly, and also Gabe Martindale as well as Caleb and Lucien McMenemy added to our tally of twenty-four goals for the season. Midfield play by Harrison O’Clair and Ruby Nagelberg helped in supporting this offense, while the defense was anchored by Sammy Struzzieri, Haanah Christara, and Laylah Michalopoulos. Katie, Caleb, and Jonah were the sweeper/stoppers! The ‘hybrid’ Wolves became a respected opponent!
Gaining a second win with Oakwood brought us to the rematch with Upton, and our best game of the year! Diego had improved enough to take over in the goal; allowing Andrew to go to Center Half, where he could dominate. With a first half penalty shot by Andrew giving us a 1-0 lead, Coach Evans saw the opportunity to win this game; and thus go beyond the dream to achieve real success! ‘The Gipper’ at half time, and an incredible second half effort by EVERYBODY; and a great third win was a reality!
Our final game with Wawarsing made us realize how far we had come; from the dreams in the heat of September to a great effort against a full varsity in the cold of November. Who will ever forget that electrifying goal by ‘pacman’, Gabe Martindale! So we see that it is truly ‘a journey, not a destination’ – this dream. The pizza was great, and new friends were made. The compliment to our opponents ‘best’ player after each game is now part of our outlook – and we are now accepted by those opponents as worthy competitors; whom we will meet again!
Throughout, the support of all of the ‘soccer parents’ has been tremendous! Many, many thanks for the cookies, the driving, the windbreakers, and sharing the fun! This is an important group of players; with no one graduating! As Curt has said, our little hybrid group will only get better, and better, and better! And it all started here, with one season of dreams completed!
I have championship team pictures that have hung on my walls – teams of greatness! But there is a special place for this team’s picture always. We built the field, dreamed the dream, believed enough, and made the future a reality. For Woodstock Day School. Go Wolves!
‘It is not whether you win or lose that counts, but how you play the game’ – Cornelius McGillicuddy(Connie Mack).
“HOLY COW !!!” SAID THE SCOOTER
That was a great game! 1-0 on an Andrew Rector penalty shot. At least a dozen saves by Diego – and a HUGE team effort from EVERYBODY. We had lost to Upton 0-3 before, so this is all the more satisfying!
This was the game I was hoping we’d manage to play sometime this year. The team literally ‘grew up’ in this game. Upton was not a JV team – they played their varsity bench – but they were varsity nonetheless. Putting people in the right positions helped too – Andrew is a perfect c enter half! Diego’s growth made that happen. And Gabe is a sparkplug – his new nickname is ‘pacman’!
I really wanted this game, and I think the kids knew it; so we ALL worked hard for this one. And I really do believe they found out what they can do when someone believes in them, and they believe in themselves. They simply refused to lose!
So imagine what can happen if they all stay together for the next however many years!!!!I just want to thank you all for all the support – the old coach found it in him once more!
Wawarsing on Tuesday; jackets next week; and team pictures next Wednesday!