Curtis’ Corner

Smoke and mirrors

· Curtis' Corner

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

 

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

 

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

 

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

 

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

 

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

 

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

Smoke and Mirrors, or Refuse to Give Up!

 

This fall started out with great promise, with some key seniors replacing graduation losses; and coming off of a very successful 2015 season! Yet, with the academic pressure of senior year; and injuries to no less than four starters – the boys soccer program had to be ‘redesigned’! They became the youngest varsity group in the area, with five eighth graders playing on the varsity! The girls also came to the aid of the program by providing experience and leadership. The team played the schedule as a ‘coed’ program!  Adding to that a rash of cancellations, from schools dropping teams to weather events; and this became a very ‘unique’ season!

In spite of this, the boys rallied around goalie Sam Levine, and defenders Jake Payne, Tucker Pauli, and Grayson Early.  They built a young, energetic midfield of Finn Doering, Samson Orlinsky, Monte Chetkof, Eli Propper, and Lucca Lofaro; complimented by the offense of Hudson Price! This youthful offensive group helped account for 35 goals on the season, quite impressive for a group of 8th and 9th graders! With help from the girls program, the boys fought their way to a 4 – 4 .500 record!  In the process they managed to out score their opponents 35 – 24! This was the ‘smoke and mirrors’ which surprised all of their opponents! What great potential for the future, as no one graduates!

In contrast, the girls just ‘kept on winning’! With the leadership of goalie Casey Hall, and juniors Kendall Wind, Hazel Dunning, Layla Michalopoulos, and Ruby Nagelberg; the girls took credit for a second consecutive undefeated season! With the support of Sophie Levy, Tonya DeChar, and the incredible ninth graders Starllie Swonyoung, Lola Cook, and Lily Brady; the girls gelled as a force among their rivals!  Add to this the efforts of Ellie Zur, Cally Mansfield, and Dora Wilt; and our girls produced a 7 – 0 – 1 record; while outscoring their opponents 35 – 9! Their combined two year record is 12 – 0 – 3! They are regarded as one of the best girls teams among the small preps of the Hudson Valley!  Kudos!  And only Casey graduates!

The 5/8th team, under the coaching of Brandon Harkin, amassed a very respectable 5 – 3 record!  With experienced players Alex Ober, Zach Zabriskie, Niko Poort, and Ben Fox, they played again in the Dutchess Day seven – a – side tournament! Jerome Martindale, Ollie Milford, Eve Riskind, and Shannon Leiching were supported by younger players Jack Barker, Harry Thomter, Marly Lofaro, Owen Koelmel, Levi Koelmel, Jackson DeVito,Sam Leon, and Harrison Hughes.This group outscored their opponents 41 -24; and the 7th grade looks to have a brilliant future as they move up to the boys program next year!

The combined record of these three teams is 16 – 7 – 1!  Considering the obstacles overcome, injuries suffered, and opponents dropped seasons; this was a remarkable accomplishment! The fact that there is only one senior leaving the soccer program creates anticipation for the future! WDS soccer is alive and well!

While the cross country program was hit by sickness and ‘senior-itis’, Sasha Mancuso continued to run with coach Roy Verspoor throughout the Fall.  Finally, joined by returning teammates Max Cohen and Will Cullen, they managed a run in the ‘HVAL Division Championship’ on Nov.9th in Poughkeepsie. Max won a medal for his 6th place finish in the 10th grade race; Will took a third place in the 11th grade run, and to his credit; Sasha WON his boys senior division race! A fitting finish to Sasha’s running years at WDS; and the event that saved our Cross Country program! Here’s to the future, WDS Harriers!

soccer

· Curtis' Corner

Coed soccer has made a comeback at WDS!  They played brilliantly against NYMA’s reconstituted varsity, and have held their own against strong squads from Berkshire Waldorf, and Marvelwood.

While the group is very young, with five eighth graders playing; the girls add the dimension of experience to make the mix a very competitive one!  Kudos, and good luck in upcoming games with Kildonan and Maplebrook!

Athletics

· Community Update, Curtis' Corner, School News, Upper School Updates

Having finished an outstanding winter basketball season, we have begun ‘pre-season’ for spring sports!  With the wonderful production of ‘The Wizard of OZ’ taking place through the first weekend of April, we ‘stopped the press’ and held off the ‘opening days’ until this week.  So it is that we are now trying to get back into the ‘swing of things’, and get back on the field for practice!

We are very fortunate to have Roy Verspoor stepping up to take the ultimate frisbee team this spring. This will be a young group which will rebuild and maintain the tradition that WDS has become known for in the ultimate frisbee world! With a short six match schedule, they will begin play this week against the Darrow ‘Ducks’!  Good luck to them as they keep this tradition alive!

Our lacrosse program is also off to a belated start; but showing signs of growth and maturity!  We will actually play five games as a high school team this spring, with the likes of Darrow, Woodhall, and Rondout’s U-16 group.  We hope to scrimmage with Kildonan as well; as they try to ‘re-start’ their program. Good luck to the high school lax players!

We will also continue to offer our Friday tennis club, thanks to the gracious offer of the Zena Rec facility.  This group will also get a chance to ‘rally’ with Oakwood, and hopefully Kildonan!  So; we are OFF to the spring time – we hope a time ‘in the sun’!

Curt Evans, A.D.

Upper school P.E./Athletics

· Curtis' Corner

Upper School P.E./Athletics – Curtis Evans

 

We are finishing volleyball units this week, and moving on to badminton in our wintertime curriculum. The gradebook may start showing the lack of proper footwear in the gym!  Our gym floor is suffering from the abuse of mud and moisture from boots and street shoes!  PLEASE wear proper footwear in the gym!

 

IMG_2298-2Our basketball teams are doing very well as we enter the last weeks of the season!  The boys team has participated in the Kildonan Tournament for the first time ever – bringing home a fourth place trophy; the first of it’s kind in our history!  They are currently 7 – 6 on the season, with three games left! The girls team is enjoying the best season in our history, with a record of 9 – 1; and every chance of a ten or more win season – with three games left!  Congratulations to all!

Blue Skies

· Curtis' Corner

BLUE SKIES, GREEN FIELDS
Or ‘THE SEASON THAT WAS’

This has been a fall that more than measured up to our expectations! Woodstock Day School teams played on a more competitive level than ever before. All of our teams enjoyed success, and we found out what it is like to step up to the varsity level! We were fortunate to enjoy blue skies all season, and to play and run on many beautiful fields and courses.
Our youngest group, the 4th – 7th Grade coed soccer team, kept up their winning ways from last year. They represented WDS well in the annual Dutchess Day ‘Seven – a – Side’ tournament, playing in the seeded division of their age group. They enjoyed regular season victories against Faith Christian and Dutchess Day, and earned a brilliant tie against our perennial friends, the Junior Black Knights of West Point! They tallied a respectable 2 -2 – 2 record on the season, outscoring their opponents 23 to 14!
Zach, Alex, Hudson, Samson, Ben, Paix, Mila, Eve, Marly, Shannon, Leah, Cassidy, Harry, Niko and Jerome all have a bright future in our program. With a two-year record of 7 – 2 – 3, the Junior Wolves are establishing themselves as the future of Woodstock Day School soccer. Many thanks to their incredible coach, Kristi Klinger.

 

The Boys Varsity soccer team also enjoyed a 2 -2 – 2 overall season. With four varsity opponents on the schedule, this team stepped up to a much higher level of play!
With outstanding defense, we managed three shutouts and stayed within one goal of the Marvelwood juniors. On the offensive side, the Wolves outscored their opponents 16 -12. Though we came up short in the annual ‘pizza game’ with Wawarsing, the team played consistently, and looks forward to Wawarsing’s graduation losses! Seniors Andrew, Jonah, and Diggy will leave a legacy of achievement for Elijah, Emmet, Grayson, Sam, Harry, Malcolm, Gerrit, Monty, and Gabe to follow! Coach Evans believes the future is bright!

 

By far the most successful fall team in the last couple of years is the Girls Soccer Team. Their accomplishment this fall sets the standard for any athletic team at WDS, in any sport or season to follow! The girls were UNDEFEATED in an entirely varsity schedule; playing four of the five HVAL girls varsities! Their record of 5 – 0 – 1 sets a benchmark for future WDS teams to measure up to!. The girls outscored their opponents 32 – 10, registering four shutouts along the way. The scoring punch focused on Kendall, Lily M., and Ava, with Kendall scoring several ‘hat tricks’ during the year! In support around Ava in midfield were Ruby, Tonya, and Lily B. With such middle support we were able to threaten opponents goals incessantly! Yet, the defensive end was equally stingy, allowing only ten goals and notching four shutouts! Casey became a force in the goal, and with the brilliant defense of Hazel, Sammy, Ellie, Sophie, and yes, Lola, we kept our box clear all season! Starllie played both onfield and back-up goalie, and Talu supported in midfield. An undefeated season against HVAL Varsity opponents, at this point in our development is a compliment to the hard work of this group of dedicated girls, especially our Seniors, many who have been with this team for four years! This will always be a high point – a team whose legacy will always be foremost in the story of our school!

 

Cross Country also experienced a ‘benchmark’ season! This is the first time in the four year history of the sport at our school that we’ve fielded a team capable of scoring, as a full team in dual or invitational competition. The team was also ‘coached by committee’, as Jenn Reid and Matthew Essery both stepped up to lighten the load of Peter Omura, our first XC coach. These three saved the sport at our school – kudos! The WDS Harriers ran in the Invitationals hosted annually by the HVAL, and for the first time mixed in with all opponents in scoring, bringing home several medals. We ran very closely indeed with our friends at Faith Christian, with Will, Sasha and Grayson all in the top five of a very close 26-29 score! This pointed to the hallmark of the season, and the highpoint of our history to date – the Maplebrook meet! Again, with the top three placing 4th,5th , and 6th; they were joined by Matt and Max in taking 8th and 9th for a team score of 32. Dutchess Day and Maplebrook tallied scores of 43 and 45 respectively, with Lula and Malcolm displacing some opponents as well. This was the FIRST, and well deserved victory in the history of WDS Cross Country! Will, Lula, Matt and Sasha, who have been with us since the beginning, deserve much credit. Lula has been our only female competitor, especially in girls’ invitationals – kudos to her! What a compliment to the ‘coaching committee’! AND – NO ONE GRADUATES! More wins in the future? We certainly hope so! This sport is SO important in terms of the development of the overall athletic program!

 

It has been a great season – and winter brings equal opportunity for excellence in athletics.

 

GO WOLVES!

 

Coach Curtis