Winter Sports Update!
WINTER SPORTS UPDATE!
As mentioned in the fall, everyone at Field participates in athletics every year. In the winter, students are involved in basketball, yoga, racquetball, or Middle School Physical Education as a way to learn sportsmanship, build community, and get a healthy dose of exercise. With playoffs just around the corner, now is a perfect opportunity to shine the spotlight on Field's Winter Sports.
We're lucky enough to have nine basketball teams at Field—full of kids of all ages and skill levels. No matter the team or the record, spirits are always high and the stands are always full of loyal fans.
Field's Varisty girls have experienced some growing pains but with, most of last years team back on the court, they look to finish the season with a strong push. Led by their four junior captains, the future is bright as they continue to grow and improve everyday as a team.
Positivity is the hallmark of the JV Girls Team. Hard losses that may have chipped away at the morale of a weaker team have only served to bond these girls together and boost their get-up-and-go attitude. They've adopted something they call "Yay therapy"—where they yell "Yay!" until everyone is laughing and smiling. Very Field!
Last Saturday, in an incredible team effort, the Boys Varsity team brought home a 55-47 win over St. Anselm's! For those who missed the game, Coach Ryan Reese aptly describes it: "Eli Weissler found his shot again, knocking down a handful of 15-footers, and Sam Craver played amazing defense, rebounding the ball like a man possessed. Cooper Macklin knocked down two big threes in the first quarter and managed the game like a seasoned veteran, while Ben Rubenstein buried some icy cool threes down the stretch. Connor Madan played the best game of his life on both ends of the court, neutralizing the opponents' best player and making their zone look like swiss cheese. Off the bench, Gabe Colman finished a contested lay up amongst the tall trees and played lock down defense on the wing, picking up the slack after Eli fouled out. Will Ellick cashed in a nice little floater, and tallied two steals, making the most of his time on the court. Finally, Ferris Garel, Finnian Day and Ted Tron united to form the most impressive and enthusiastic triumvirate of bench players east of the Mississippi." Great job, guys!
For this group of guys, it's less about winning and more about conquering fears and fighting through adversity as a team. They're 3-3 for the season, and with every game, they're gaining confidence and starting to realize that they can hold their own in the league. They're ready to use this confidence to play the best basketball of the year in their upcoming stretch of home games.
Boys 3V basketball has played an excellent season so far! What began as a broad mix of well-seasoned players and those new to basketball, of older students and younger students, of those new to Field and Field "lifers," has transformed into a cohesive, skilled and knowledgeable team. It has been a season to be proud of for many reasons, including the team's winning record, noticeable improvements, and terrific sense of support and teamwork.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS B
After a team-building potluck dinner, MS Boys B team played a hard-fought game against Sandy Spring Yeshiva last Wednesday—winning 35-33 in overtime! The boys really worked together as a group, and it was a true team effort on both offense and defense.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS GOLD
Last week, this lively bunch of boys played their best basketball of the year and came away with a triumphant win against Covenant Life! They've also started a tradition of nominating a player as MVP after each game. Each week, the MVP signs the team softball and brings it to the next game.
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS GOLD
In a history-making win, this amazing team defeated Covenant Life 28-11. It was the first time in Field School history that a middle school team defeated Covenant Life! Woo!
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS BLUE
This energetic team is 3-1 for the season, and their revolutionary "Beehive" defense has never allowed more than 12 points in a game! The girls recently learned an inbounds play that they named "The Lebron" that's sure to shock and amaze all opponents.
The Winter Track Team—40 runners strong!—has shown great fortitude and grown as a group by continuing to practice outside despite this year's bitterly cold temperatures. The team was extra appreciative of the chance to compete indoors, finally, at Georgetown Prep's indoor facility on January 7th.
Our budding yogis have been keeping warm this winter by flowing through vinyasa style poses. Students have been practicing some pretty challenging poses like wheel, dancer, crow, and headstands while releasing their stress during their favorite part of class, silent meditation.
Three days a week, four 8th and 9th graders meet to play racquetball and get some great exercise. Once a week, they're joined by a small group of 10th-12th graders for winter conditioning. They've been playing some great games, honing their skill, and having a great time!
MIDDLE SCHOOL PE
MS PE is currently working on a basketball unit: mastering shooting form and practicing various dribbling drills. The next unit will be floor hockey in the gym—it's sure to be great fun and even greater exercise!