It is hard to believe that the long winter season is over, especially with snow on the ground and temperatures hovering around freezing. However, the transition to our spring sports is already more than a week old, with 10 upper school teams using the time before spring break to prepare for their seasons.
However, before we move on to baseball and frisbee, softball and track, tennis and volleyball, it is important to recognize the many accomplishments of our basketball players and swimmers.
The time and effort that our winter athletes invest is so impressive-- the season spans 16 weeks, and while Berkeley Carroll is blessed with two basketball floors and a pool, our oldest athletes often find themselves practicing well into the evening, with 7:00/7:30 finishes not a rarity. That they can handle these demanding schedules, and still perform at such high levels in the classroom (and on the debate team, jazz band, choirs, Key Club....) is amazing!
While it did not end quite as they hoped, JV Boys Basketball enjoyed quite a season. While a young team, drawing its roster from only the eighth, ninth and tenth grades, they dominated the regular season in the ACIS, posting an 11-1 league mark to earn the regular season championship.
The JV Girls played with a great deal of enthusiasm and spirit. The season was marked by a number of close, hard fought contests; the Lions lost three AAIS tilts by margins of four points or less. Even though it did not produce a victory, the season came to a fitting end with a 'buzzer beater' against Marymount.
For the Varsity Girls, this was a rebuilding campaign. The Lions were the youngest team in the AAIS; eight of ten players were ninth and tenth graders. The leadership of seniors Melina S and Bella O was critical to helping such a young group adjust to the intensity of varsity play. The growth over the course of the year was very positive, including a solid win over AAIS rival Nightingale in the season's closing week and a berth in the ACIS Invitational. The experience gained this year will certainly make Berkeley Carroll a dangerous opponent next season.
The Varsity Boys continued their run of NYSAIS appearances, earning a seventh consecutive berth in the post season tournament. As always, the Lions played one of the most challenging schedules in the city, playing 17 of their 26 games against tournament teams (including the champions of both the B and C brackets!). There is no question that the leadership provided by a large group of seniors (Jared S, Matt J, Idriys A-C, Nick B, Tristan L, Ethan Z,) spurred the team's best efforts to the closing second of the final game at SIA.
The lower level of the Athletic Center was an equally busy place this winter. Lions took to the water in a big way. The Varsity Boys team needed to replace a large group of seniors who drove the team last season, and they did! Steady improvement characterized the year, ending with a fourth place finish at the ACIS Championships (and a silver medal for eighth grader Michael M).
The Girls Varsity also enjoyed a solid season, benefitting from the steady presence of seniors Hannah S, Natalie S, and Eve B. The season culminated with the girls taking the second position in the ACIS Championship meet, then edging Brearley in the AAIS Championships and earning the sixth position in that event. Hannah S. took home the bronze medal in the 100 Yard backstroke.
Congratulations and thanks to all of Berkeley Carroll's winter season student-athletes!