Girls Varsity Basketball
The St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Basketball team started off a busy week with an away game vs Holy Child on Monday, January 9. The Storm got off to a slow start and HC was able to keep pace throughout the first half as Luke’s took a slender 31-28 lead into the break.
The Gryphon’s tied it up a few minutes into the second period but soon after the SLS lockdown defense kicked into high gear. The Storm went on a 25-10 run and soon led 56-38 with nine minutes to go. The Storm pulled out the win, 74-47. Maya Klein ‘18 and McKenna Frank ‘18 combined for 46 points and Tamia Fulton ‘19 challenged the Gryphons with physical play and stellar ball movement while Sydney Cummings ‘19 and Jada Boggs ‘19 put in stellar defensive performances.
Next up was a home game on Tuesday, January 10 against The Masters School. The first half was paced offensively by Frank who tallied a game-high 23 points. Luke's had a substantial halftime lead of 35-14 and went on to win the game 55-39. Although it was not the team’s best offensive display they showed grit to improve to 10-0.
On Friday, January 12 the team braved the rain and traveled to Brooklyn for the Rose Classic Super Jam. The Storm faced Class A NEPSAC Champions Marianapolis Prep and, although the Knights were missing some key players due to illness, they proved to be the Storm's best competition to date.
Luke's started off with hot perimeter shooting from Maya Klein who hit three big threes. Caroline Lau ‘22 also hit one from the outside and worked her way to the hoop. Riley Page ‘19 made her presence felt under the boards securing key rebounds and wrestling for every loose ball that came her way. At halftime, Luke's led 34-23. However, Marianopolis would not go quietly and by the end of the third period had pulled within four points. Luke's began the fourth quarter fired up on defense. Key steals by Janelle Johnson ‘20 and Lau as well as a couple of blocked shots by Frank contributed to limiting the Knights to just two points.
Notable was the fierce rebounding of Frank and Lau as well as a very impressive overall game by Sophie Kriftcher ‘19. Luke's went on to win 61-43. Leading scorers were Maya Klein (20), Lau (16), Frank (9), Johnson (6), and Kriftcher (5). Lau received the Sportsmanship Award, Hannah Amendola ‘19 received the Scholarship Award and Maya Klein was named MVP.
Finally, it was back to Brooklyn on Saturday, January 13 for the Say Yes To Success showcase where Luke's battled with Class A opponent St. Paul's. The game started out quickly for St. Paul's as they demonstrated their speed and power at the post. The Storm found themselves trailing after the first quarter 20-15 but settled down in the second quarter. The infectious energy of Fulton and Boggs helped fuel the team on both sides of the ball. Key steals by Fulton and Lau as well as efficient work driving and drawing the foul by Frank got Luke's back on top as they led 36-31 at the half.
The Storm offense was quiet in the 3rd quarter and they struggled to stop St. Paul's inside game as SPS took a 45-43 lead at the end of the period. The final quarter was intense as the scoring was back and forth. Johnson pressured the ball well and Summer Klein ‘20 provided intense and scrappy defense. Frank consistently drove the ball and drew the foul and would end up at the foul line a total of 14 times during the game. Lau dished the ball smoothly and Maya Klein would hit a couple of key three pointers. Ultimately, Luke's just fell short, taking its first loss of the season 67-64. Leading scorers were Frank (28), Maya Klein (19) and Lau (9).
Next Up: Girls Varsity Basketball is back on the court on Wednesday, January 17 when they travel to the Ethel Walker School for a 4:40pm game. The team then has another busy weekend as they host the East West tournament. GVBB plays Cheshire Academy and St. Andrew’s on Saturday, January 20 and Proctor Academy on Sunday, January 21.
Girls Varsity Squash had a tough match against Rye Country Day School on Thursday, January 11 as Captains Caroline ‘18 Nevin and Pam Jaramillo ‘19, playing in the #1 and #2 slots, lost in very close matches. Number five seed Olivia Schwartz ‘19 won her match and Kendall Boege ‘19 and Katherine Pellegrino ‘19 also fought hard but succumbed to their RCDS opponents.
Next Up: GVS will play Rye High School at home on Tuesday, January 16 at 4:45pm.
With a short bench and many players skating sick, the Storm Varsity Hockey team suffered a loss at The Harvey School on Wednesday, January 10. A physical game from the start, the Storm held the score close in the first and third periods, but Harvey's shooters were hot in the second period with five goals leading to a 1-9 final score. Making 32 hard-earned saves, Andres Falcon Gimenez ‘19 played an impressive game in the net. Valiant efforts were made by the defensive team who saw a lot of ice time and worked hard to push the puck out of their zone. C.J. Woodbury ‘19 scored the goal for the Storm in the first period, with an assist by Lars Ernberg ‘20. The St. Luke’s varsity skaters have a short week to get healthy and strong for their next league match-up against the The King School on Tuesday, January 16 at 4pm at Stamford twin Rinks.
Varsity Ski Team
This week, the Varsity Ski Team competed in its first race of the season at Mount Southington, Connecticut. With five new skiers and eight returning racers, the team has been practicing both on and off the slopes in preparation for yesterday’s first race.
“We are excited to welcome several new members to the ski team this season. With so many newcomers, we have focused our training on race fundamentals such as having an aggressive stance and an aggressive start,” according to Andrew Kurth ’18, who returns for his fifth year on the varsity squad and third year as team Captain.
For the girls, sophomore and All-State skier Phoebe Kurth turned in an impressive second place finish in a field of 80 competitors with a combined two-run time of 44.83 seconds. She was followed by 11th grader Kirsten Pastore in 8th place (50.70 sec), eighth grader Ellie Lyon in 29th (52.97 sec), and 11th grader Hannah Dekker in 34th (54.47 sec).
On a separate boys course with a slightly larger field of 100 skiers from twelve schools, senior Andrew Kurth, led the Storm with a ninth place finish and a combined time of 45.81 seconds. 11th grader Curtis Camp was 26th (50.61 sec), 9th grader Eddy Boris took 46th place (55.43 sec), 8th grader Calvin Stuart was 48th (55.93 sec), seniors Dominic DeMarco and Jamie Krill finished in 52nd and 54th places (56.49 and 56.99 seconds respectively), and 8th grader Trey Kollitides was 73rd (63.44 sec). Senior Duncan MacLear finished his first run but was unfortunately disqualified in his second run.
Next up: The Varsity Ski team’s next race is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 at 4pm.
Boys Varsity Squash
The boys squash 2018 campaign got underway on Thursday, January 11 with home Varsity and JV matches against New Canaan High School. Cameron Hill ‘21 and Ned Cunniffe ‘20 both won comfortably for JV, while Thomas Besgen ‘20 fought off a spirited comeback to convert a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 victory. The remaining matches went to NCHS who prevailed with a final score of 4-3.
Varsity captain Logan Diliberto ‘18 set the bar for his final season with an impressive 3-0 win, while Thomas Bailey ‘22 completed a dramatic comeback by taking the final 3 games of a 5-game marathon. Seniors Ian Thomas and Dennis Polyakov both showed they will have much to contribute in the busy weeks ahead but on the day saw close 4-game matches slip away. NCHS took hometown bragging rights for 2018 with a final score of 5-2.
Next up: The Boys Varsity Squash team is back in action on Thursday, January 18 against The King School at home at 5:15pm.