Prep Soccer looks to crush biggest rival Berkshire

Nov 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Athletics

Today’s game should determine national champion

Compiled from Staff Reports

Prep Soccer practices late on Tuesday to get ready for today’s match against Berkshire. LMW photo

The 29 have shown tremendous effort – even this week they had early morning practices in the pouring rain – and today SKS will see the results of their preparation. The game is at 3 p.m. at home on Father’s Field.

SKS Prep Soccer is ranked number one and faces its toughest opponent, Berkshire School, ranked at number two. SKS with a 16-0 record is enjoying one of its most successful seasons. Berkshire has a 13-0-1 record.

Berkshire is very competitive in the NEPSAC league. There are a number of players that SKS should keep an eye on, according to AMG Commentator Sam Spagnolo.

Jacob Shaffleburg (No. 24), left mid and striker, who is a junior. There are two All Americans on the Berkshire squad, co-captains and seniors, Mo Omar (No. 11), a midfielder from Canada, and Ahria Simons (No. 5) from Bermuda. Mo Omar ’18 and Ahria Simons ’18.

“Omar is the number one player in New England, according to New England Soccer Journal,” Sam said.

South Kent’s Alex Adjetey was previously ranked as number one in the pre-season, Sam explained. Co-captains Payton Blynn and Vinnie Fernandes have been named as All Americans. They will play in a game Dec. 2 with the other players with this honor.

Goalie Hunter Kochiss is injured and not expected to play, Sam said. Goalie Eduardo Thome is expected to be in the net throughout the match. He has nine wins on the season, compared to Hunter’s seven wins.

“He has had three straight shutouts. He’s been great,” Sam said of Eduardo.

Payton has been out with an injury but said he is planning to play.

The 29 players on South Kent’s team have been looking forward to this rival match up.

Paul Coulibaly, a defender and midfielder, said that success rests on players working hard.

“The team needs to take our chances and limit our mistakes.,” Paul said.

Alex Adjetey, a forward, has no doubts that the team will win championship without being defeated.

Coach Finberg didn’t want to let up in any way in preparing for the game. This is why the practices were scheduled Sunday and Monday.

“Even though it was raining hard and we had an early morning practice, we had a good week of training. Every player worked hard and has prepared well,” Coach Finberg said.  

“We had a hard time to wake up early in the morning for the practice, but we believe this practice will improve our skills and brought us to victory,” said Vinnie Fernandes, one of the co-captains.

Because of the rankings of the two teams, this game could determine the national champions, Sam and Mr. Anthony Camardi explained.

Reporters Seho Chun, Kyoung Hoon Kim and Junhee Han contributed to this story.

 

Practices increase for Prep Basketball

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Athletics, On the Court

By Junhee Han, Staff Reporter

This year the Prep Basketball players are practicing hard, even after study hall. Many of them go to the gym to improve their skills shooting and handling the ball. There are 14 players, and three returners became captains, Jared Whitt, Malachi de Sousa and Anthony Nelson.

Coach Bill Barton is a main coach of the team. According to several players, coaches and captains lead their team nicely.

The season will start in mid-November, with the first game Nov. 15, so they are practicing hard to get better results than the team has seen in past years. Post Grad Jaiyer Jinwright is one of the new basketball players who is practicing hard.

“Everything is going well for the most part. As the pre-season progresses, the team has come together more and more,” Jai said.

After shoulder and knee injuries, he’s looking forward to a healthy season. He has a passion for basketball and wants to achieve a dream.

“I love basketball. This extra year is going to help me recover from my injury and prepare physically for college,” Jai said.

Jared Whitt, a post grad, is a captain of the team who leads team and has worked to bond the players.

“Along with working out together every day, we spend a lot of time together as a team in the dorms, dining hall, and in the classroom,” Jared said.

“Our goal is to win the NEPSAC AA championship,” Jared said. “The hardest part is facing the adversity that comes with having a group of guys from many different places and backgrounds, but we always find a way to get things done.”

This year’s team may have many different players but continuity in the quality of play is expected.

“There’s not much of a difference from last year; we have another group of good, hardworking individuals with a common goal.”

As the captain he feels a responsibility to his team and tries to help new players, as well as work on his own career.

“The most important thing in my basketball career is to use the game as a tool to go to a good school and get a good job,” Jared said.

All players are ready for the games to start in November, and this will be the first step toward their dreams.

AMG launches South Kent Sports Corner this year

Sep 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Athletics


AMG offers a look at South Kent’s sports teams this fall, featuring commentator Sam Spagnolo, a sixth former, with Mr. Anthony Camardi, who is the AMG Coordinator on the faculty. Third Former Masen Morgan is one of the new members of the AMG team.

AMG launched its first South Kent Sports Corner episode of the year this week.

This was originally broadcast live Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Prep Basketball launches into new season

Nov 19th, 2015 | By | Category: Athletics, On the Court

By Hansen Ding and Sanghyun Han, Staff Reporters

Point Guard Loren Brill in the Nov. 13 game against Redemption Christian Academy. LMW photo

Point Guard Loren Brill in the Nov. 13 game against Redemption Christian Academy. LMW photo

South Kent School got the chance to hold its first Prep Basketball home game of the season Nov. 13 versus Redemption Christian Academy.

It was an amazing game and South Kent School easily got the victory with the score of 115 to 57. Elijah Hughes put on a show in the game and finished with 36 points.

Aziz Essa, one of South Kent’s starter players, was pleased with the first home game.  

“It was a really good atmosphere when play at home,” Aziz said.

Aziz, a sixth former, is playing in his third year on the Prep team. He still gets nervous as a starter and playing in front of a large crowd, but not for long.

“As a player you are always nervous, but once you played for a few seconds, you won’t be nervous anymore,” he said.

“The game was going  really well,” Aziz said. “Everybody got a chance to play, everyone contributed to the win. We won by a lot because of our good defense and good offense. It was a really good all-around play.”

As to what factors could be  improved by the team, Aziz noted the team is just starting.

“We only have played 2 games,” he said. “It’s still long way to go, and we (will) gel together better. We think we played well, but we can always get better.”

Prep Soccer ranked tops in nation

Oct 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Athletics, soccer
Captain Chris Watts makes his move toward the goal against Kent School, Oct. 7. SKS won, 3-1. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Captain Chris Watts makes his move toward the goal against Kent School, Oct. 7. SKS won, 3-1. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Editor’s Note: 
The SKS Prep Soccer team won the Class B New England Championship on Sunday, Nov. 22 in a match against Lawrence Academy.

By Kyoung Hoon Kim, staff writer

The South Kent Prep Soccer team became the best team in the nation, following its series of games in Chicago. The team has a great record with 10 straight wins in a row this season.

The cross-town rivalry against Kent School was held Oct. 7 and South Kent was victorious, 3-1. Chris Watts scored two goals and Joao Burti scored one. Goalie Richard Glemawu tended the net the entire game.

The week previously, while in Chicago, SKS faced Lake Forest Academy and won, 3-1. When the team returned, Coach Owen Finberg told the school that the team was currently ranked first in the nation.

“The team is very balanced and deep,” Coach Finberg said. “We have quality players at all positions and a lot of competition within the squad for places in the first 11. I also think we have a good mix of returning guys and new players looking to prove themselves.”

“We have shown great ability to score goals so far this year, and get them from several different players. We will need to show that our ability to defend and shut teams out is just as strong as we play better opponents.” – Coach Owen Finberg

 

He highlighted several players who have made important contributions to the team.

“Alex Alexis has been very dynamic and dangerous going forward so far. Samir Fryatt has accepted his role and been very solid as our defensive midfielder,” Coach Finberg said. “I think tri-captains Detre Bell, Allen Martinez, and Chris Watts have all led by example and played well thus far.”

Goal scorers, Joao Burti and Chris Watts , react to the SKS win, 3-1, Oct. 7 against Kent School. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Goal scorers, Joao Burti and Chris Watts , react to the SKS win, 3-1, Oct. 7 against Kent School. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Detre said the team is strong this year and much of that is due to the bonds between the players.

“The team has improved from last year because our attacks are a lot better and they have a good chemistry,” Detre said.

“I try to motivate them before every game to get them pumped up to play at the best of our ability,” said Detre. “We don’t really have any important players because everybody is important to the team and everybody plays their role and does it well. “

The other two captains are Senior Chris Watts and Post-Graduate Allen Martinez. Chris said the team’s success is due to how they work together.

“Our teamwork and having faith in each other has helped us a lot so far. As a leader, I’ve tried to encourage the guys to continue to have fun but to make sure we’re always focused. Preparation is the key to success.”

New players have been blended into the team.

“So far I’ve been very impressed with the depth of our team. We feel very comfortable having younger guys play and they’ve been doing very well with taking their opportunities when they get on the field,” said Chris.

Chris named several important players this year.

“In my opinion, Samir (Fryatt) and Tyejae (Burchall) have been huge for us. Both of them have been great in our midfield and have great leadership as they are both returners.”

Coach Finberg is pleased about the skill level of the players.

“We have shown great ability to score goals so far this year, and get them from several different players. We will need to show that our ability to defend and shut teams out is just as strong as we play better opponents,” he said.

Selects U-16 American hockey team finds success

Nov 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Athletics, On the Ice
Photo courtesy of South Kent School.

Photo courtesy of South Kent School.

By Corson Sundquist, contributing writer

The start of the new 2014-15 season started off pretty well for the Selects U-16 American team. The American team has 6 returning players from last year’s team, therefore there are a lot of new faces in the locker room. Through the first 5-6 weeks of the season, the team has a winning record of 13-6, which is pretty strong.

The U-16 Americans have been ranked 117th in the country by myhockeyrankings.com, surprising for a team with of a lot of freshmen playing up on U-16. Also they’ve had some injuries throughout the year. A couple of players who have recently gotten concussions have been goalie Matt Stephan and forward Jack Hannan.

Their games went very well when they played New Jersey Hitmen and York Devils. When they played the New Jersey Hitmen they came on top with a 5-3 win Oct. 4.

Starting left winger Griffin Cain said the team’s success had to do with the team unity.

“It was a great team effort and everybody came to play, which was why we won the game,” Griffin said.

Then on their next game day, Oct. 5, the Selects Americans ran through the York Devils with a hard working, gritty game and a good 6-0 group win.

“It was a great team effort and everybody came to play, which was why we won the game.” – Griffin Cain

Grant Adams was also perfect in net and received the first star of the game by recording over 30 saves and putting the team on his back.

The Selects Americans were off during Fall Family Weekend Oct. 18-20 and the players got to spend some time with their families, before getting back to work Oct. 23-26 with the Beantown Classic.

The boys had two practices before they loaded the bus and took off to New Hampshire Oct. 22 for the Beantown. They had a huge weekend with three games being played. The first game was on a Thursday night against number 67th ranked New Jersey Rockets u16, the second game was early that Friday morning at 7 a.m. against a Michigan u16 team. Then the final game of the round play was against Pittsburgh u16 late Friday night. Since they didn’t make it to the playoffs they had a consolation game on Saturday night.

Will Gavin, who is a winger for the Selects U-16 American team, said the team played well but can improve.

“I think we have a pretty good chance of winning a couple games and we need to pass the puck more to get more goals,” Will said.

Overall the team has started off well this year and had a decent tournament and still have many more games left to play.

Varsity Soccer wins three-peat championship

Jan 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Athletics, soccer
Chao 'Jack' Huang, a sixth former, makes his way around a Christian Heritage opponent during the HVAL finals. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Chao ‘Jack’ Huang, a sixth former, makes his way around a Christian Heritage opponent during the HVAL finals. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

By Zach Schullery, Contributor As defending HVAL champions, the South Kent Varsity Soccer team tasted sweet victory this season when it captured its third championship. The team finished the regular season with a record of 10 wins, 0 losses, and 2 ties. The final game against Christian Heritage was an intense contest between the top two teams. South Kent showed no weakness as the season progressed. With a strong team both offensively and defensively, the South Kent Varsity Soccer team showed determination for another championship win and displayed just how tough South Kent is to beat. With a red-hot offense, South Kent had some wins with scores as high as 13 to 1. On defense, South Kent’s goaltender Raul Chamale led the team to winning five games without letting any goals in. Leading goal scorer Max Dickerson, contributed four “hat tricks,” or three goals in one game, four times this season. Left mid-fielder Jackson Nahom, a Fifth Former, said the team bonded well this year. “The brotherhood type mindset on the team keeps us all working together which leads us to winning games,” Jackson said. “The chemistry between all of the guys is what gives us the power to work together and be successful at the end of the day.” Captain and Head Prefect Billy Hoadley enjoyed playing for Coach Lou Pereira. “Coach Pereira acts like a fatherly-figure to us guys. Because of this, we all have a great relationship with Coach and it makes learning from him and communicating with him much easier,” Billy said. The Varsity squad faced Christian Heritage Nov. 9 in the league finals and won, 3-1. The team was also invited to the Cheshire Academy Boys Soccer Invitational Nov. 13 and qualified to play in the semifinal game, but it ended in a 1-3 loss to Cheshire.

Prep Soccer takes sixth NE title

Jan 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Athletics, soccer
Prep Soccer's Matias Correa, a post-grad, gets ahead of Rivers School during the playoffs. Photo courtesy of South Kent School.

Prep Soccer’s Matias Correa, a post-grad, gets ahead of Rivers School during the playoffs. Photo courtesy of South Kent School.

By Mr. Anthony Camardi, special contributor

After a long season, riddled with injury, travel, and 220 minutes and two penalty kick shootouts on the final weekend, South Kent came out on top to take the title.

This championship was the fourth in five years and sixth out of eight years that South Kent has reigned supreme on the pitch.  If looks could tell a story, Captain Mickey Watson, a Fifth Former, looked to the sky and gave a triumphant yell as Post-grad Newton Tsang tallied the winning penalty kick to seal the victory.

The team traveled to Loomis Chaffee School Nov. 17 in Windsor, CT to face Lawrence Academy in the Class B New England Championship and took home top honors after a 4-3 penalty kick shootout victory.

The championship game was a continuous back-and-forth battle between two equal sides, trading scoring opportunities as each goalkeeper turned shot after shot away.  As the second half was in its waning stages, Fourth Form goalkeeper Detre (Cookie) Bell made the two saves of the season off of two hard strikes through the wet, slippery grass.

A seemingly out-of-breath South Kent side regrouped before the first overtime period and came out with a spurt of energy. Sixth Former Austin Dilts dribbled through a couple of defenders before taking a strike with his right foot that grazed the crossbar and out of play.

Another opportunity came in the second overtime period when Fifth Former Jeff Charles had a ball played to his feet with room to strike.  His attempt sailed just over the crossbar again and South Kent had to rely on a penalty shootout just as they had the day before in the semifinals against Rivers.

This shootout was into its fifth and final round when the goalkeeper for the shootout, Fourth Former Richard Glemawu, watched the Lawrence attempt go wide of the goal.  The stage was then set for Newton Tsang to finish the job.  He did so and South Kent rushed the field and piled over one another in triumph, providing the perfect ending to a season that showcased the depth, talent, and resiliency of Coach Owen Finberg’s squad.  The 2013 Prep Soccer team brought the championship back to the Hillside.

 

Alumni soccer players credit school and coach for continued success

Jan 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Athletics, soccer, South Kent Community
Shaquille Trott '11 is playing for Thomas College. Photo courtesy of Shaquille Trott's Facebook.

Shaquille Trott ’11 is playing for Thomas College. Photo courtesy of Shaquille Trott’s Facebook.

By Detre Bell, Contributor

Having winning soccer teams at South Kent is no accident.

Soccer players note that the program takes pride in its reputation for winning with both style and class. Being in this position of excellence is no small task and comes with great sacrifice from the coaches and players. The team practices six times a week, for at least two hours, working on strategies and game plans in order to progress as individuals and as a collective unit.

Part of the team’s success has been from the diversity of the players recruited by Coach Owen Finberg. One country always represented on the field in recent years is Bermuda.

Alumni players Tahj Bell and Shaquille Trott, who are both from Bermuda, credit Coach Finberg with their post-high school success.

“I had great experience at South Kent. Coach Finberg taught me more than just soccer. He taught me how to become self-reliant  and a better man,” said Bell during a recent interview.

Bell, class of 2010, is currently in England playing semi-pro for Hitchin Town Football Club. He is a goalkeeper.

“It was a great experience for me. South Kent taught me a lot about myself and it tested and pushed me not only physically but mentally. Anyone can benefit from playing at South Kent, I mean I saw a huge jump in my game in the short time I played under Mr. Finberg,” said Trott.

It was not always smooth sailing for South Kent, as every program must begin somewhere. However, thanks to great efforts from caring and devoted people in the community, South Kent’s soccer program is renowned throughout New England athletics.

South Kent likes to recruit players who love to work hard. Coach Finberg has dedicated his time to organizing and leading one of the top teams in prep school soccer on a consistent basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training on difficult course aids runners

By Rhys Phelps, Contributor

South Kent School’s Cross Country team trains on one of the most difficult courses in New England, according to their coach.

South Kent’s cross country team has been HVAL Champions six times. The cross country team competes against numerous small schools across New England, including league opponents such as Chase and Watkinson, as well as some of the bigger and more well known schools such as Kingswood, Oxford, and Berkshire.

With just a handful of returning runners this year, the team had less experience and a lot of learning to do. Father Steve Klots, the coach, had to make adjustments to keep up with the opponents. The difficult home course always helps the runners develop confidence going into races, he said.

Pat Curry, a sixth former has provided leadership and experience as captain this year.

“He has looked strong since the start of the year,” Father Klots said.

Cheng Chi, also a sixth former, has come on well towards the end of the season, finishing as the top runner in the last couple of races, the coach reported.

A few of the novices did well this season. Fei Hu, a Fourth Former, got better and better with learning to use his natural stride. Fifth Former Jinwei Wang was back after not running last year. The coach said Jinwei “is better than he thinks” and ended up as one of the team’s top five runners.

The team ran its best Fall Family Weekend during the Oct. 19 race at home in the South Kent Invitational, Father Klots said. Unfortunately, the SKS Cardinals were missing their two top runners, as both had already left for the weekend. South Kent came in third at the Invitational. The team finished its season Nov. 2 at the HVAL Championships at Bucks Hills Park in Waterbury.

 

Challenging course aids Cross Country runners

Jan 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Athletics, cross country
Sixth Former Pat Curry was one of the top runners for the Cross Country team this year. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Sixth Former Pat Curry was one of the top runners for the Cross Country team this year. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

By Rhys Phelps, Contributor

South Kent School’s Cross Country team trains on one of the most difficult courses in New England, according to their coach.

South Kent’s cross country team has been HVAL Champions six times. The cross country team competes against numerous small schools across New England, including league opponents such as Chase and Watkinson, as well as some of the bigger and more well known schools such as Kingswood, Oxford, and Berkshire.

With just a handful of returning runners this year, the team had less experience and a lot of learning to do. Father Steve Klots, the coach, had to make adjustments to keep up with the opponents. The difficult home course always helps the runners develop confidence going into races, he said.

Pat Curry, a sixth former has provided leadership and experience as captain this year.

“He has looked strong since the start of the year,” Father Klots said.

Cheng Chi, also a sixth former, has come on well towards the end of the season, finishing as the top runner in the last couple of races, the coach reported.

A few of the novices did well this season. Fei Hu, a Fourth Former, got better and better with learning to use his natural stride. Fifth Former Jinwei Wang was back after not running last year. The coach said Jinwei “is better than he thinks” and ended up as one of the team’s top five runners.

The team ran its best Fall Family Weekend during the Oct. 19 race at home in the South Kent Invitational, Father Klots said. Unfortunately, the SKS Cardinals were missing their two top runners, as both had already left for the weekend. South Kent came in third at the Invitational. The team finished its season Nov. 2 at the HVAL Championships at Bucks Hills Park in Waterbury.

Lacrosse takes HVAL Championship title

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: lacrosse


Video by Shane Rector

Sixth Former Kenan Williams in the HVAL championship game against Forman. LMW photo

Sixth Former Kenan Williams in the HVAL championship game against Forman. LMW photo

Rowers share how physically demanding crew can be

May 28th, 2013 | By | Category: crew

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Fifth Former Billy Hoadley is the stroke in the first boat for Crew this year. Photo by Richard O’Shaughnessy

Video and Text Article by Richard O’Shaughnessy

Among the many sports that take a major hold on the influence of South Kent, the art of rowing isn’t exactly what the school is known for being a contender for in recent years.

It takes some off-season looking to discover what the crew program is all about. Three-year veteran Connor Coughlin admits there are parts that make the work worthwhile.

“Being out on the water,” is his favorite part, Connor said, “It’s really peaceful and I enjoy the teamwork; how everyone works in unison…it’s tight-knit almost.”

Connor, along with four-year boy and three-year crew veteran Billy Hoadley, have taken on the role of captains this year, guiding rookie rowers through the ropes of trade, which isn’t an easy task.

 “It’s hard and races are brutal…you’re just sucking wind by the end of it.”

– Billy Hoadley

They are both in the first boat, which are the best rowers on the team. Other first boat members are Tristan Elliott, a fifth former, and third formers, Van Lupardi and Alex Fortuna, who is the coxswain.

Crew might look like a glamorous finesse from a beach chair at Lake Waramaug during Founder’s Day, but as expressed by three-year rower and team captain Billy Hoadley, that assumption is far from the truth. It is physically hard and demanding.

“Probably the physical aspect,” Billy replied when asked what was the most difficult part of the rowing process. “It’s hard and races are brutal…you’re just sucking wind by the end of it. You’re tired. It’s six minutes but it feels long as hell.”

Connor repeated similar sentiments.

“It’s just the physical requirements…you have to row a lot (and) really hard. It uses every major muscle group in the human body, burning your energy really fast.”

Even though rowing is a difficult process, with many painful aches and difficult timing cues, it doesn’t go without reward.

“Everyone gets there race day, everyone’s got [adrenaline] in them and you just go. Just get the race done and the pain goes away. It’s rewarding,” adding briefly, “…if you win,” said Billy.

Although the sport of rowing is almost as much power and communication as it is finesse and timing, it teaches a lot about discipline and reward; reward that doesn’t exactly come easy.

Rowing may not be a large part about life here on the Hillside, but if a student is going to get into it, it needs to be a large part of life, at least for the time being. Connor shared a last chip of advice for future rowers, “You’re going to need to start working out.”

 

Baseball enjoys historic season, winning HVAL title

May 25th, 2013 | By | Category: baseball

South Kent Baseball

Members of the 2012-13 Varsity Baseball team with their coaches. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Video and Text Article by Greg Davis

South Kent Varsity Baseball has had a remarkable season. According to the players, the team has gotten along great, played well together, and ultimately had fun while doing it.

Pitcher Nolan Long had a few words to say about the successful season, after capturing their first win in the playoffs. The team went on later that week to capture the HVAL league championship for the first time ever.

“The season is going by real well, everyone gets along and we gel well with each other. It’s good to have everyone get along because, we play well together and it shows on our record, 12-3,” Nolan stated.

Coach Phillip Darrin was pleased with how his guys have played and handled business out there this season, leading to their quarterfinal win. Coach Darrin was very excited about this year’s team and he has been glad to be part of and coach such great kids on and off the field.

“It was a game we knew we had and knew that going in,”Coach Darrin said after their playoff win.

Everyone got a chance to play and get some minutes out there on the field. Everyone got a chance to bat multiple times and got minutes that they usually don’t get.

Co-captain, Kevin Butler, was excited after the game and was pumped up to go to the next round.

“South Kent School, greatest swag in the HVAL League, we’re taking the Championship. Today we just took the Quarters, Wednesday we got the Semi Finals, and boom, Saturday were taking the Championship,” Kevin explained.

South Kent beat Christian Heritage, 7-5, May 18, winning their first HVAL championship title. The players had their eyes set on the prize and accomplished their goals.

The team was invited to play in the New England Small School playoffs and went against King Low Heywood Thomas from Stamford, CT, in the first round. The team lost that game, 8-10, however, the players had nothing to hang their heads about. They won the HVAL Championship, which was their main goal for this season and they did exactly what they wanted.

Coach Darrin and the returning players are looking to go even further next season.

Tennis players enjoy time on courts this season

May 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: tennis

Anthony Siderio shows off his perfect form on a serve. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Anthony Siderio shows off his perfect form on a serve. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Video and Text article by Devon McLaughlin

Although the Tennis team on the Hillside did not capture as many wins as in years past, the boys still made the most of the season. With a very small amount of returning talent, they still managed to compete.

What they lacked in experience they made up for with hard work leading them to a close match with Watkinsin and a quality win over Wooster.

Many of the players on the team are star hockey players for the Selects program here on the Hillside. Chase Priskie, Charlie Manley and Anthony Siderio are all committed to Division 1 schools for hockey so one might think the transition to thennis could be tough for them.  Unable to drop the mitts or rip top cheddar with a slap shot, the boys had no choice but to work on their serves.

“We’re just getting out there after hours working on our shots,” Charlie said.

Hard work like that is what helped those newcomers earn a starting spot. When asked about the coaches, Anthony Siderio stated, “He’s (Coach Mac) a beauty, he is just a great guy and a a very good coach.” The team’s other coach is Mr. Stan Vylet ’04.

With a good amount of the players returning next year, the team hopes to make a statement on the Hillside, as well as in the HVAL conference.

Taking a look at the Varsity Basketball team

Mar 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Athletics, On the Court

The 2012-13 Varsity Basketball team. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

The 2012-13 Varsity Basketball team. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Video by Cam Loomis

Every year about 13 students are chosen during a tryout for the Varsity Basketball team. This team is a step up from JV team and has a more competitive edge to win the HVAL Championship.

Richard O’Shaughnessy, a four-year boy and senior at South Kent, has been on the team for all four years. He has two HVAL championships under his belt from 2011 and 2012, plus a runner up from this year’s 2013 HVAL.

“In the league we have only two losses…but we have had a pretty good season so far,” said Richard, just before the championship game.

There was a new addition to this year’s team, with a new coach. Mr. William Morse, a veteran basketball player and head coach of the varsity team, took over Coach Gary Benz’s position from last year.

“He has a different style,” said  senior Kenan Williams.

Williams joined the team back in 2011, when he came to South Kent as a sophomore. Both Kenan and Richard said they had to adjust to Coach Morse’s different coaching style.

The team suffered a hard loss Feb. 23 against Chase Collegiate School. The final score was 53-58.