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2018-2019 Winter Sports Round Up
Mary Lee Wren

Girls Varsity Soccer
This year’s varsity girls’ soccer team was a ton of fun to coach. The girls all maintained positive attitudes throughout the season and were able to balance fierce competitiveness with a great sense of humor. They were flexible on the field, stepping up to play any position asked of them. They were incredibly coachable, putting halftime talks to work in the second part of the game. Each player brought a different set of skills to the table.

Girls Varsity Soccer
This year’s varsity girls’ soccer team was a ton of fun to coach. The girls all maintained positive attitudes throughout the season and were able to balance fierce competitiveness with a great sense of humor. They were flexible on the field, stepping up to play any position asked of them. They were incredibly coachable, putting halftime talks to work in the second part of the game. Each player brought a different set of skills to the table. Some were building on years of practice while others were just starting. They communicated well together and used positive and encouraging language with each other.
 
Overall, it was a fantastic season. The girls played their hearts out in each game. Our last game against Marymount was a great demonstration of our talents and growth this season as the teams battled back and forth. We came out on the bottom of a 6-5 result, but a highlight for us was the nonstop effort we saw in that game. We’ll miss the leadership and skill of our eighth graders next season and want to thank them for a great season!
 
Boys JV Basketball
Coach Willie Reese led this team into many outstanding overtime games who played with heart and teamwork. It was a fifty/fifty season with many close games, but the key positions were filled with great tenacity. The team was built around many skills: we had a star shooter, a player with rebounds, a quick ball handler with many defensive plays, a great defender who created many turnovers, a good ball handler, and a big player under the basket. Overall, the team had a strong defense. We played Marymount in the tournament and unfortunately lost in a very close game. It was a fantastic season.  Great work, boys!
  
Boys Varsity Basketball
Coach Anthony Prieto had a very talented group of basketball players.  They were undefeated in league play with only 1 loss all season. Unfortunately, that was in the championship game against Providence resulting in second place position for the tournament. However, this team worked really well together and was a very fun team to watch play.  We had great ball handlers, drives to the basket, and 3-point shots.  Most games were blowouts--wins by 30-40 points. And, with so much height on the team, we would get most rebounds--it a great strength for the team. We will definitely hear about these boys in there future games.
 

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