Varsity Ice Hockey
On Monday, February 5th, the St. Luke’s Varsity Hockey team faced off against Brunswick School for a highly anticipated game.
The Storm was coming off strong performances against King School and Forman School and was looking to continue this trend leading up to the upcoming FAA playoffs.
From the drop of the puck St. Luke’s played with lots of speed and got the Bears on their heels. The Storm jumped out to the first lead of the game with an exciting short-handed goal from Brendan Whiteley ‘18, his first of the season. Whiteley split the Brunswick defense and scored unassisted to take a 1-0 lead.
Brunswick tied the game early in the second period and began to apply lots of pressure on the Storm. However, at 9:58 of the second period Will Frossell ‘18 scored with a rifle top-shelf shot assisted by Ryan Neafsey ’18 and Becca Taylor ’18.
Already down four players to start the game due to the flu, the boys began to lose steam and things got bleaker as both Frossell and Michael Thompson ’20 both went to the locker room fighting the flu. Brunswick then scored a short-handed goal with just two seconds remaining in the second period which tied the game at 2-2.
Entering the third period, Brunswick picked up their pace against a depleted Storm team and junior goalie Andres Falcon answered the call making many desperate saves to keep the game locked at two.
Just when things looked like Brunswick would break away, Ryan Neafsey pounded in a wrap-around goal giving the Storm a 3-2 lead. Brunswick tried their best to tie the game but Falcon (34 saves in the game) and the Storm defense stood strong sealing a 3-2 win over the Bears.
With the win, the team improves to 7-3 for the season. The boy’s next game is Monday, February 12th, when they travel to Newington to face Kingswood Oxford.
Boys Varsity Basketball
A difficult start to the week saw St. Luke’s BVBB with five guys unable to play against Hopkins School on Monday, February 5 due to illness or injury.
The Storm battled on with the help of grader Joshua Harper ‘22 and Lewis Cropper ‘21 and pulled off a decisive win against the Hilltoppers.
Leading the scoring was Jonas Harper with 23 points, Jackson Ryan with 17 and Jah’kai Washington with 12. Scott Vollmer grabbed 11 rebounds and eight points.
Next, the Storm traveled to Greens Farms Academy on Thursday, February 8 for another epic battle with their FAA rival.
St. Luke’s continued its winning streak against the Dragons and were led in scoring by co-captains Harper and Jackson Ryan. The Storm brought a balanced attack to GFA by hitting shots from all over the court in a dominant win in front of a packed gym.
BVBB put up 81 points and held the Dragons potent offense to 69 points. While the Storm had almost every player on the scoreboard, Harper and Ryan finished with 27 and 17 points respectively. Coming off the bench making a huge and-1 play was Cole Bryant who finished the day with 13 points.
On Saturday, February 10 St. Luke’s Boys Basketball celebrated their senior class and the day with another big win.
As the fans streamed into Carey Gymnasium for the rescheduled meeting against Rye Country Day they were greeted by life-size cardboard cutouts of the senior boys.
On the court itself, the five seniors showed why they have had such a storied career at St. Luke’s as they battled a tough Rye squad for another key regular season win. The senior starters were Jonas Harper, Jackson Ryan, John Wisdom, Jackson Selvala, and Andrew Varoli.
The packed gym saw the fans waving larger than life face kabobs of the seniors and they didn’t disappoint.
Andrew Varoli’s 26 points, including seven three-pointers and five clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds, led the way and St. Luke’s showed its competitive grit holding off the Wildcats late surge. Cole Bryant once again contributed a key and-one play.
Congratulations to the Storm’s Seniors - Jonas, Jackson Ryan, John, Jackson Selvala, and Andrew. They have helped lay a strong foundation and will always be remembered as the cornerstones of a winning program.
Girls Varsity Basketball
The St. Luke’s GVBB traveled to Rye Country Day School on Tuesday, February 6 to take on the Wildcats. It was Senior Day for Rye and the seniors from both teams were honored before the start of play.
The Storm's powerful offense was tough on the Rye defenders and St. Luke’s took a quick lead. RCDS fought back but St. Luke's talented bench held down the fort. Despite senior captain Maya Klein ‘18 on the bench for almost the entire second half the Storm continued to dominate in an 80-48 win. McKenna Frank ‘18 (18), Caroline Lau ‘22 (17), Sydney Cummings ‘19 (16), Maya Klein ‘18 (14).
On Friday, February 9 the SLS GVBB honored their own Seniors before the game against FAA rivals Greenwich Academy. Maya Klein, Bridget Dalton, McKenna Frank, Elizabeth Laub and Thaise Sudano, and managers Molly Tierney, Courteney Newman and Ali Ferris took center stage in a heartfelt ceremony at the beginning of the night.
The game was very close for the first eight minutes as the Gators frustrated the Storm. However, it was not long before SLS started pulling away. Stellar toughness by Cummings, as well as a much-needed infusion of energy by Summer Klein ‘20, fueled the team on both sides of the ball. Lau's skillful running of the offense, aggressive rebounding, and the hard-nosed defense made it tough on GA all night. Final Score 77-44. Frank (20) Maya Klein (19), Sydney Cummings (13).