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!

Written by jdiers · · Curtis' Corner
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