Marvelwood's Varsity Cross Country team traveled across the Hudson Valley and Litchfield County this season. The team, although small in numbers, was teeming with dedication and determination. The captains, returning runners Jared Ganeles '18 and Nathan Winter '19 led the team wisely and with a fun sense of humor. Ganeles '18, a three year Marvelwood runner, worked diligently at practice and at races, encouraged his teammates, and shaved off over two minutes off his 5k time. Winter '19, consistently Marvelwood's top runner, was recognized for running within the top 10 in the entire league, and was honored with an 'All HVAL' award. At the season's championship race, hosted by Storm King School, Marvelwood's team earned 6th place overall, only two points away from the 5th place team, Oakwood. Marvelwood had three runners in the top twenty, 9th place Nathan ran a 19:37, Kevin Prempeh '18 ran a 20:54 for 13th place, and Jared rounded out 20th place in 22:05. Sam Brody '18 and Jonah Perry '18 competed in the championship race as Marvelwood's 4th and 5th varsity finishes.
This season focused on building endurance, agility, and strength as a team. The team ranged in ability but noticeable improvements were made by the entire team. Personal records were slashed on a near weekly basis, the team encouraged and challenged one another. At the fall sports banquet, Nathan Winter '19 earned the 'Most Valuable Player', Jonah Perry '19 was named 'Most Improved'. Coaches awards honored first season runners Sumire "Sue" Yamashita '19 and Kevin Prempeh '18 for their committed efforts and a promising future season.
The whole team was commended for their positive energy and perseverance, and thanked for a season of laughter. -Coach Borsavage
This fall, the OA Team took full advantage of the favorable weather by spending just about every afternoon out of doors. Hiking, rock climbing, and primitive living skills dominated the OA program. We began construction on a permanent campsite near campus, and are looking forward to finishing it this winter. Our annual raft-building week was a ton of fun; students once again successfully designed, constructed and piloted the craft across the campus pond.
We're all very much looking forward to continuing the Outdoor Adventure program through the winter. Activities and adventures will include ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and as well as Marvelwood's first "Human Iditarod Race" across campus using sleds constructed and pulled by the OA Team.
-Coach Walters '97
The 2016 Boys Varsity Soccer season was filled with a great deal of success as we worked regularly on team building and skill development. We also had many injuries that required players to often step up to fill various positions and vacancies in starting spots. Fortunately, we had a deep bench with a good degree of skill, and although we had some games where the team struggled against its opponents, we had many more where the boys showed how well they were capable of performing.
There were several highlights in the season where we saw some real ability from both individual players and the team as a whole. It was rewarding, after so many practices and drills, where we worked on very specific strategy and field play, to have the boys play so well in their final games of the season. As we entered into the play-off games we were feeling confident and all the players played with a good deal of consistency and with a lot of passion and commitment.
The Semifinal game against Poughkeepsie Day School, was played at their field, so they had a huge crowd that was cheering for them during the entire match. The game was filled with tenacity and drive, and was very evenly matched as the play consistently moved from one end of the field to the other. We pulled ahead after a beautifully placed goal by All-Star sophomore Justin Decoteau ‘19, with a score of 1-0 at halftime. During the second half we scored again with a shot from our other Western New England All-Star, Junior Jack Flaherty ‘18, putting us in a more comfortable 2-0 position for the final quarter. PDS then came back and scored their first goal with about ten minutes to play, and it was very close as the team held PDS back and was able to prevent a second goal against. The Marvelwood boys were thrilled at the close of the match and we all exploded with joy and a real sense of accomplishment, while PDS had their heads held low. It was great to see the sportsmanship as both teams congratulated one another with handshakes and embraces, and they wished us luck in the final match.
We were the clear underdogs against Storm Kings International team for the final Hudson Valley Athletic League playoff match, having lost to them both times we played during the regular season. Our team was impressive as they fought hard and aggressively for the entire game. Storm King scored first, but we managed to put a goal in after Senior Jeff Liu ‘17 shot from inside the box, leveling the score at 1-1 going into halftime. The second half was evenly fought, but Storm King scored a second goal putting them in the lead. We then scored again on an incredible curving corner kick from Justin Decoteau, but it was called back after the referee felt that our players interfered with the goalie. Minutes later Justin cracked a shot from far outside the box and scored, putting us back in the game with a score of 2-2. Unfortunately, Storm King pushed back hard and consistently against our defensive line and managed to score a third goal in the last 7 minutes of the game, and there was just not enough time for our team to put another one in the net. The final score for the match was a respectable 3-2 loss to the league champions. The boys knew they played hard, and were happy with how well they played as a team as we came to the end of a very successful season.
The Pterodactyls finished their 2016 campaign with a 9-8-3 overall record and were the #3 seeds for the HVAL tournament after a 6-4-2 regular season and claiming 2 wins in the playoffs. 11 seniors played their last matches in the Marvelwood Blue and White this season: Leon Guo, Chris Lane, Jeff Liu, Captain Tighe Mueller, Jamie Murphy, Kazuha Nozaki, Dan O’Neill, David Schleif, Captain David Schuften, Savar Wadhawan and Sam Weiner. Their presence will be sorely missed next season, but their legacy of back to back league final appearances will not be forgotten. -Coach John Kennedy P’14, ‘18
The Marvelwood Volleyball squad had another solid season in Fall 2016, finishing with a 5-11 record, which included 3 league wins and #3 seed for the Hudson Valley Athletic league tournament. The team seemed poised for a rebuilding year, after losing 4 senior starters from the 2015 version, but it turned into more of a reloading year, as returning players stepped up and new players show true talent and determination in their new sport. Senior Melissa Lam ’17 and Sophomore Hannah Records ‘19 made the step up into the starting line up, joining returning MVP senior captain Antonella Moya ’17 and junior Sky Trapella ’18. Newcomers to the team, Abby Briggs ’18 and Echo Jiang ’18 fillout the starting lineup nicely as the season began. Moya, Lam and Briggs were named captains for the 2016 season.
As the sun sets on another volleyball campaign, so too do the careers of two extraordinary seniors. Melissa Lam was a fantastic player for Marvelwood these past 4 years, playing a vital role on some very successful teams. She was an outstanding captain for the 2016 team and led the team by example, showing proper communication and play on the court. Antonella Moya concludes an illustrious career at Marvelwood, breaking 3 school records (Aces in a match, Aces in a career and Kills in a career) and cementing her status as one of the greats for the Blue and White. Both girls were able to represent Marvelwood at the New England Volleyball All Star tournament and provided outstanding performances, which led to their squad claiming the All Star tournament title! The void left by Antonella and Melissa will be wide, but with 9 players returning in 2017, the future looks bright for Marvelwood Volleyball. -Coach Zach Maizel '04
The Girls Varsity Soccer team had a very impressive season. After graduating 12 seniors from last year, we were all unsure of how this year would turn out. The girls did an incredible job rebuilding the program and earned a second place regular season finish in the Hudson Valley Athletic League! They finished the year with a record of 4-4-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the league, and played some incredibly well-fought matches. Led by captains Bella Dumitrascu '19 and Julina Yang '17, the girls were able to fight their way to the semi-final game of the conference championships. Although they lost in this match 1-0 to Oakwood, they finished the season strongly and represented their school well. Bella and Julina were both selected to play in the Western New England All-Star game. They also were named first-team All League, along with junior Isabel Ortiz '18. Freshman Haley Trapella '20 and sophomore Vera Hudson '19 were given honorable mention All League. Trapella and Amanda Lorusso '18 shared time in goal throughout the season, backed by an ever-improving defensive effort. The girls worked together throughout the year and are looking forward to being back next fall! Seniors Emily Gersten, Kathryn O'Brien and Julina Yang will be missed!
Boys JV Soccer
Captains: Nick Cronin ‘17,
Avante Walker ‘19
MIP: Alfonso Almodovar ‘17
Coach's Awards: Nick Cronin,
MVP: Jeremiah Gabriel-Deveau ‘19
Captains: Nate Winter ‘18,
Jared Ganeles ‘18
MIP: Jonah Perry ‘18
Coach's Awards: Sue Yamashita ‘18,
Kevin Prempeh ‘18
MVP: Nate Winter ‘19
All League (HVAL): Nate Winter ‘19
Captains: Abby Briggs ‘18,
Melissa Lam ‘17, Antonella Moya ‘17
MIPs: Hannah Records ‘19,
Coco Tan ‘18
Coach's Awards: Abby Briggs ‘18,
Melissa Lam ‘17, Sky Trapella ‘18
MVP: Antonella Moya ‘17
All League (HVAL): Abby Briggs ‘18,
Melissa Lam ‘17, Antonella Moya ‘17, Hannah Records ‘19
Captains: Bella Dumitrascu ‘19,
Julina Yang ‘17
MIP: Vera Hudson ‘19
Coach's Award: Zohra Moradi ‘18
MVP: Bella Dumitrascu ‘19
All League (HVAL): Bella Dumitrascu ‘19,
Vera Hudson ‘19, Isabel Ortiz ‘18, Hailey Trapella ‘20, Julina Yang ‘17
Boys Varsity Soccer
Captains: Tighe Mueller ‘17,
David Schuften ‘17
MIPs: Jeffrey Liu ‘17,
Kazuha Nozaki ‘17
Coach's Award: Dan O'Neill ‘17
MVPs: Justin Decoteau’19,
Jack Flaherty ‘18
All League (HVAL): Justin Decoteau’19,
Jack Flaherty ‘18, Yuri Kobayashi ‘19,
Tighe Mueller ‘17, David Schufen ‘17