Fall Sports Update
Our fall sports program is in full swing, with girls volleyball and boys and girls cross-country running just hitting their stride! Coached by alumna, Admissions Director and high school parent Amy Flaum and by games and movement teacher and parent Leo Sanchez, the girls volleyball team won their first match of the season last week, and have had some very close sets and exciting matches in their other games. With even support across the grades from freshmen to seniors, these fourteen girls are serving, bumping, setting and yes, spiking the ball better and better. With two away games and four home games left in the season, there are still a number of chances to cheer on our dedicated Wildcat athletes.
Meanwhile, the cross-country teams, coached by stalwart parent-coaches Steve and Kate Reddy (also an alumna!) have run well at their two home meets and a few away meets and invitationals. Junior Toby Geisler-Mesevage has led the varsity boys to some wins already, and 7th grader Angelica Cronin has excelled in the races she has run. Our runners have another home meet scheduled for October 16, and three more invitationals before the Patroon championships. If you’ve never cheered on long distance runners, you will be in for a surprisingly exciting time when you come out to support our harriers (look it up!) some of whom have never run before this season.
As we look ahead to the winter sports season, we want to start forming our varsity boys volleyball team, as well as the varsity and modified boys and girls basketball teams. Dr. Frishkoff will post sign-up sheets for these five teams outside the Athletics Office on the ground floor (across from the Blue Room). Any interested players from grade seven through twelve are welcome to sign up. Team sports at Hawthorne Valley are about learning as well as competing, and inexperienced athletes are welcome to join. Practices will begin Monday, November 5th, and the season goes through mid-February.
As the smallest of the small schools in our athletic league, Hawthorne Valley is the Little Engine That Could. As long as we keep “thinking we can,” our student-athletes will continue to surprise and impress those from other schools with much larger enrolments and facilities.
Sincerely, Dr. Frishkoff