Hello Berkeley Carroll Community,
I hope this note finds you all as well as can be both physically and mentally in this unfortunate time. I wanted to update you on our endeavor of Remote Athletics. The tenets of our athletic program - teamwork, sacrifice, character - are more important now than ever. Our coaches have missed their student athletes, and our student athletes want to connect with their coaches and each other.
Varsity Coaches have used a variety of platforms to provide their teams with workouts each week. These workouts - some general and some sport specific - are designed to engage our athletes from a full body perspective, while also keeping them sharp in their given sport.
Varsity Coaches are also holding weekly full team get-togethers and offering time for one-on-one digital meet-ups with their players. These get-togethers help keep the social bonds that develop among teammates in place.
In the Berkeley Carroll Athletic Department, we are committed to caring for one another both physically and mentally.
We currently have two department members offering specialty classes for our athletes. Head Coach Lily Adler is leading Yoga twice a week and Athletic Trainer Becky Schwartzman is leading a strength and conditioning class once a week.
As we move through April and May together, we hope to build on each of these aspects.
In addition, the Berkeley Carroll Athletics Instagram (@berkeleycarrollathletics) has begun to display content to honor our Spring Seniors. Each Spring Varsity team is constructing a video that highlights the personalities and accomplishments of the Seniors in their program. The first of those videos was completed by Coach Adler and Varsity Track.
Follow us to see the rest of our Varsity Sports and much more throughout the Spring.
The Berkeley Carroll athletic program is wishing you all the best and is here for you if you need us.
Speaking for many,
Carmine Giovino, Director of Athletics
This week was the final for our Winter contests. That means we must extend our thanks to all the coaches, parents and student athletes who sacrificed their time to make this such a successful season. We will have a 5 week break before contests begin again for the Spring. Please be on the lookout for an email regarding uniform return.
7th/8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball: The programs finished off huge seasons with a doubleheader sweep of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School at the Athletic Center on Thursday. After four years of having two teams for Boys Basketball, I was extremely excited to have enough interest to create two teams for Girls Basketball for the first time. This year more Berkeley Carroll 7th and 8th graders played basketball than ever before. Playing, not watching, is the best way to experience athletics and thanks to the coaches for all their hard work.
JV Boys Basketball: The JV Boys Basketball Team capped an amazing season with a league championship last Friday night with a decisive victory over Friends Seminary. The team went undefeated in league play, capturing the regular season title, and with the two victories in the playoffs completed a season where they did not lose to a single league team and had an overall record of 17-2.
Varsity Boys Basketball: The Varsity Boys Basketball program qualified for the NYSAIS State Tournament, a mark only shared by 4 other schools in New York State. It is an honor we are very proud of. The team was chosen for an at-large bid based on their record and strength of schedule. The team defeated Brooklyn Friends School in the opening round game behind 27 points from Elijah B. '22 before falling in the quarterfinals to Friends Seminary.
This is Championship week for our Upper School Sports teams, while Middle School wraps up their final games next week. NYSAIS State Tournament games take place next week as well, for those Berkeley Carroll Teams that qualify. As we approach the Spring Season and you are making summer plans as a family, keep in mind the summer preseason schedule.
Middle School Swimming: The Middle School Swim team wrapped up its season this week with two meets at home against Brooklyn Friends and the British International School. The 7/8 Girls also traveled to Sacred Heart for their invitational meet.
Varsity Swimming: This is the time of the year when our Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Swim Teams compete in the Championships of their leagues. Last week, our boys and girls headed to Lehman College where a number of personal records and one school record was set. Michael M. '23, Zeb S. '23, Alex R. '22, and Youssef E. '21 set a personal best in the Medley Relay. Alex R. '22, Zeb S. '23, Laurence N. '23, and Michael M. '23 set a personal record in the 400 Free Relay. Michael M. '23 set a personal record in the 100M Backstroke. Alex R. '22, Youssef E. '21, Laurence N. '23, and Michael M. '23 set a school record in 200 Freestyle Relay.
Today our girls will compete in their second league championship with the AAIS at Asphalt Green.
JV Boys Basketball: JV Boys Basketball finished the season with a decisive victory over Grace Church last Friday night and earned a bye into Wednesday's Semi Finals as the #1 seed. A 30 point victory over SIA on Wednesday means the team plays at home in the Championship on Friday. The 4:00pm start is a rematch of last year's title game against Friends Seminary.
Varsity Boys Basketball: Varsity Boys Basketball finally got healthy for the first time in almost two months and boy did it show. The team had 4 games this week and played well in all of them. First up was state ranked Poly Prep where the team finally succumbed in the final seconds. Then a blow out of Grace Church on Senior Night when we said goodbye and thank you to George H. '20, Ben S. '20, Jason B. '20, and Justin W. '20. That was followed by a romp over SIA in the quarter finals of the playoffs. In their two match-ups this year, SIA had won by 2 in overtime and 3 in regulation. But a BC team at full strength scored the first ten points of the game, had an 18 point halftime lead and won convincingly by 9. In the Semi's, BC was matched with another state ranked team in Dwight and fell 54-42 in a defensive struggle. The team now waits to see if they earned a bid in the NYSAIS State Tournament.
JV Girls Basketball: JV Girls Basketball finished its most successful season in history at BC. They dropped their last two games to Marymount and Chapin but both were close and hard-fought. Coach Gunning and Coach O'Regan were so proud of their players and happy with how the season played out.
Varsity Girls Basketball: Varsity Girls Basketball said goodbye and thank you this week to seniors Malle S. '20, Cassie S. '20, Nicole N. '20, and Sierra M.-C. '20. The team went into Wednesday's ACIS semifinal off of two great days of practice and played great defense. Sadly, they too dropped a defensive struggle 39-32 to Friends Seminary. The team now waits to hear if they earned a bid in the NYSAIS State Tournament.
7/8 Boys Basketball: The 7/8 Boys Team defeated Friends Seminary in the first round of the Grace Church Invitational. This set up a match up with powerhouse St. David's in the championship game. The team played a great game but came up short.
5/6 Basketball: Both the boys and girls had unique doubleheaders with Grace Church this week. Boys traveled to Grace while we hosted the Girls at BC. 5th graders played first in both gyms, followed by 6th graders. Tons of fun for all involved!
As the calendar races towards the end of February, we enter championship week for our Upper School Teams, the final week for all swim teams, and the penultimate week for Middle School Basketball.
Please take the time to review the Fall 2020 Preseason notes here.
Boys Varsity Basketball: The team enters the playoffs off an emotional Senior Night against Grace Church when Berkeley Carroll said thank you to George H. '20, Ben S. '20, Jason B. '20, and Justin W. '20. Their quarterfinal matchup is Monday at SIA.
Boys JV Basketball: The team finished the season as the #1 seed and winner of the regular season championship. They have a bye in the quarter finals and will host the semi finals on Wednesday. They will also host the championship on Friday.
Girls Varsity Basketball: The team qualified for the AAIS playoffs as the #8 seed and will travel to #1 Packer on Friday 2/7. They will find out on Friday if they qualify for the ACIS playoffs as well, but that looks likely.
Girls JV Basketball: The team enters the AAIS playoffs as the #7 seed and will travel to Sacred Heart on Monday.
7/8 Boys Basketball: The teams defeated Collegiate and Packer this week in resounding fashion. Next week the White team travels to SIA and the Cardinal team competes in the Grace Church Invitation.
7/8 Girls Basketball: The Cardinal group competed in the Grace Church Invitational this week, winning the first round game against Friends Seminary 36-30 before losing to Grace Church in the Championship. In that win, Taylor S. '25 had 30 points!
5/6 Boys Basketball: The program has a busy week next week with a double header at Grace Church where 5th grade boys will play first followed by 6th grade boys. They finished this week with a great game down at Saint Ann's.
5/6 Girls Basketball: After playing two games with Hewitt and a game down at Saint Ann's this week, the girls host Grace Church for two games on Tuesday and travel to SIA on Thursday.
Middle School Swimming: After back to back Fridays hosting successful meets against BFS for 5th-8th graders, the 7/8 Girls on the team will participate in the AAIS Invitational. The team will host the British International School one more time as a season concluding meet.
Varsity Swimming: Both the boys and girls will compete this Friday in the ACIS Championships at Lehman College and then the girls will compete in the AAIS Championships next week at Asphalt Green.