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We’ve wrapped up another fantastic season of fall sports! Be sure to check out the photos for US Soccer, US Volleyball, US Cross Country, MS Soccer, and MS Volleyball, and read the heartfelt end-of-season coaches’ remarks below.
Coaches Justin Schuhmacher and Andrew Fileta
The 2019 Varsity Soccer Team season came to a close with a very exciting victory at Randall’s Island, finishing with a team record of four wins and five losses. This season was one of tremendous growth–we were competitive with every single team in the league.
We started the season with a three-day training camp at the Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, PA. In addition to playing a ton of soccer on a beautiful turf field that we had all to ourselves, it was a critical time that helped the team establish a bond that stayed strong throughout the whole season. This team was a very united front from the first day of training camp all the way through to the last game of the season, led by our senior captains Justin, Michael, and Roman, who were voted to lead by their teammates and will be dearly missed next year. In addition, we will be bidding a bittersweet farewell to seniors Shiel, AJ, and Holly (a four-year starter!). Next year we will have Liam, a junior, returning. He had a breakout season and finished strong by taking over the last game and scoring the winning goal with three minutes left on the clock. It should also be mentioned that Grey established himself as one of the premier goalies in the league as a sophomore.
This season was a groundbreaking one for our team and we are looking forward to continued growth next year. Many thanks to all of the fans who supported us all season.
Coaches Soo Mee Kaas and Amin Linder
Commitment. Effort. Team. The 2019 Varsity Volleyball Team started the season with these three points to focus on. We asked all our players to be committed to the team and what we wanted to accomplish. We asked that all players put in the necessary effort to improve their skills. We asked that each player think of themselves as part of a team and not as an individual player. As a whole, these players succeeded in all three. As a result, our last game epitomized all the hard work each of them put into the game. From the first day of practice to the last game, we saw so much improvement from each and every player and we are very proud of all of them. We are especially proud of our senior, Zoe, who went in to the season learning a new sport but came out with new friendships and bonds that are irreplaceable.
US CROSS COUNTRY
Coaches John Michel and John Stimson
The 2019 Cross Country season was challenging but rewarding. We began the year with a solid team of eight runners that included several promising new faces as well as returning runners. Unfortunately, injuries began to plague the team early on. One runner, who qualified for the New York State Independent School Championships in track last year, sustained a torn ligament before our first race and had to sit out the rest of the season. However, she may have qualified as the most devoted teammate, arriving on crutches to every meet and most practices as well! Despite this, the team got off to a good start. At our first meet, two runners snatched second and third place respectively for the boys, and one took third place for the girls in her very first run for the school. In our next race, the team continued their strong performance. It wasn’t long however, before another injury impacted the team. One runner suffered a fractured leg, removing our top runner for the remainder of the season. In spite of these setbacks, the team stayed strong and performed well. Everyone showed tremendous spirit and determination, consistently improving their times throughout the season. We’re excited about working with these talented young athletes in the spring when the 2020 track season gets under way. A special shout out to our seniors, Ian and Milo. You will both be missed dearly.
Coaches Earl Hall and Annabel Calhoun
The 2019 Middle School Soccer Team concluded another fun and hard-fought season. They were a very tough and competitive team that stepped onto the field and gave maximum effort every game. Despite not having a winning record, the team qualified for the playoffs, but lost in a close game against one of the league’s toughest teams. We could not have been more proud of our team for the hard work and integrity they displayed. It’s been a terrific season, and we are looking forward to next year.
We would like to give a special thanks to the MMFS parents for cheering us on all season! GO LIGHTNING GO!!
Coaches Jim Signorelli and Karen Liang
The 2019 Middle School Volleyball Team just concluded another wildly successful season. We started with only three returning players and a large group of inexperienced but eager new players. They worked on the fundamentals at every practice and began to feel comfortable playing together as a team as they learned the game. Although we lost our first two matches, we gained valuable experience and won our next two matches, utilizing teamwork and unbelievable enthusiasm. For the third time we returned to the MSAL Volleyball Tournament at Basketball City–a very exciting event! We won the first game and lost the second, then won the tiebreaker! We were so proud of these players. Most athletes play their entire lives without ever getting to say that they were champions, but this team will always have that memory. We went on to finish the season with another victory to which everyone contributed. A most satisfying way to end a most successful season. This team should be very proud of their accomplishments over the course of the season. They really understood that if you play hard and have fun, then good things will happen. This team is a great example of what we value in sports at MMFS: teamwork, camaraderie, integrity, and self-confidence. A big thank you to all of the families who came to every game and made it feel like a home game wherever we played, and to all the students and faculty who supported us throughout the season.