Last week saw the start not only of the Winter trimester here, but also the official start of the Winter Sports season. As someone who coached basketball here for a number of years, and who was a very scrawny point guard back when I was in high school, I have to admit that this season holds a particular excitement for me. This weekend was a big one as all three teams – Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Wrestling – were very busy. The Wrestling team had a tournament against some of the top competition they’ll face this season (never an easy task for the first match of the year). They competed well, and while they didn’t win, their performance bodes well for the rest of the season.
The basketball teams fared much better. The Girls Team visited George School on Saturday. I made the trip over to George to watch them and loved seeing them play so well! When I look at the Girls Team this year, my sense is it’s the strongest and most complete team they’ve had in several years. They came out on fire against George and were up by 25-30 points for most of the game before it got closer towards the end as we took the pressure off and let everyone have some playing time. They played terrifically. Senior Tavorsia Talley led the way and played one of the best all around games of her fantastic career here, and she got good support from fellow seniors Clover Stieve and Hadiyyah Graves. But two new, younger players also played fantastic games as Denia Campbell and Maya Brewington both showed why this could be a special season for the girls.
The Boys team hosted our annual tournament this weekend. Last season was a rough one for the boys as we found ourselves in a rebuilding year and where injuries really took a toll. This year they seem poised for much more success and everyone is fired up about it. It got off to a great start this weekend as the team defended our home court and took the championship of the tournament. They looked very good and played really nicely as a team. Freshmen Malik Harvey and Macio Sexton add height and skill and are off to fantastic starts in every way here. They are deeper this year with the additions of Gabe Kass and Derek Zhang. And the core of the team is intact with Darvin Johnson, Milo Luciano, Justin Berger, Trevor McLaughlin, and Chen Yan. Darvin had a fantastic weekend and was named the MVP of the tournament. Malik was also named to the all-tournament team. Milo got in some foul trouble in the championship game, but the first half was probably the best half of basketball I’ve seen him play. I thought he was largely responsible for the 10 point lead we built in the first half and enjoyed most of the game.
Great job to all our athletes! It’s looking like it will be a fun few months for all these teams – GO SPARTANS!!!