Spring 2017 Season: Athletics Team Highlights

Middle School

Contributed by Greibin Agramonte, MS Athletics Director

D-E Boys Middle School Tennis had a record of 3-6, but Coaches Peter Waltman and Liz Traub both considered the season a success in that the players uniformly “were hardworking, displayed a positive attitude, were responsive to our teaching, and consistently fun to be around.” The team was extremely young, with only three eighth graders, Ryan You ’21, Ryan Levine ’21, and Andrew Moseika ’21. One of the best matches of the year was when first doubles team Josh Becker ’22 and Jason Boyd ’23 played their second match against rival Newark Academy, losing in a tie-breaker but playing a thrilling match. All the players improved their game, with Ryan Levine ’21 and Yuan Feng ’22 in particular showing major improvements.

The MS Softball Team leveraged returning eighth graders Bella Brown ’21, Tyler Rogers ’21 and Olivia Vega ’21.  With the addition of Bella Kong ’21, as well as a handful of energetic sixth graders, the team had a 2-4 record.  Season highlights included a victory against Dismus Middle School as well as a season-ending victory against Green Meadow School. Bella Brown ’21 and multiple sixth graders, including Sofia Sujak ’23, Ally Miglietta ’23 and Karina Pink ’23 served as pitchers, while Brooke Sonkin ’23 and Olivia Vega ’21 stepped up to try out the catcher position. 

The MS Track and Field Team had a very strong 2017 spring season led by eighth graders Adia Guthrie ’21, Chloe Peebles ’21, Josh Burton ’21, and Danny Jiao ’21.  Coach Courtney Marro shared, “There were many athletes who took risks throughout the season, trying new events and stepping up when needed in the relays.  In the end, the team set three new school records, including the boys and girls 100m hurdles and the girls 100m dash, and many athletes set new personal records. In addition, our team had a strong showing in our championship meet, with Leah Baker ’22 making finals in the 100m dash and our girls 4×100 relay, consisting of Dominique Williams ’21, Adia Guthrie ’21, Chloe Peebles ’21, and Leah Baker ’22, finishing in first place.  The coaches would like to thank the team for a great season!” 

The MS Boys’ Lacrosse Team finished strong, going 6-3. With multiple two-digit goal scorers, players sharing the ball, and a veteran defense, the boys were competitive in every game. The team’s three captains, Gavin Malhame ’21, Jacob Breslow ’21, and Justin Abramowitz ’21 led the Bulldogs to many victories, including an overtime win over Upper Saddle River. Coach Paul Jung reports that the highlight of the season may have been a loss to Delbarton, a top-ranked lacrosse program: “While Delbarton has handily beaten us over the years, this year was different. We were able to give them a healthy challenge and lost by only two goals.” Individually, Gavin, Jake, and newcomer Zach Strauss ’21 led us in goal scoring at a clip of about two goals a game each. Additionally, our sixth grade goalie Jack Sauma ’23, made an immediate impact with some amazing play in goal.”

As for MS Girls Lacrosse, Coach Mimi Garcia stated, “We thought this was going to be a rebuilding year since we only had seven returners. However, both the seventh and eighth grade classes yielded seasoned lacrosse players… We had good eighth grade leadership and had two key victories over EMS which showcased our talent. In the last game against EMS seven players had at least one goal and our goalie notched 10 saves. It was a real team victory.”

The MS Baseball Team finished their season with some impressive stats, as reported by Coach Rich Muller: “Best record (5-2) and winning percentage in past five years (.600). Team batting average: .343. Team pitching earned run average (ERA): 2.51, in 21 innings pitched. Ethan Brochin ’21 had 45 strikeouts and just seven walks and a 1.67 ERA! In 11 innings pitched, Beau Rottman ’21 had 18 strikeouts and two Walks! Drew Alfano ’22, Danny Boxer ’21, and David Miller ’21 all had a perfect fielding percentages of 1.000%. David Miller ’21 also led the team with total runs batted in (RBI’s) with 11. The team  finished the season shutting out three out of four of their final opponents and outscored their opponents 58-27. Go Bulldogs!”

Upper School

Contributed by C. Christian Schmid, US Athletics Director

The Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team matched the 2016 win total by the fourth game of this season. Experience and leadership from our upper classmen—with the right amount of contribution from underclassmen—led to a championship season. Ending up at a final season record of 12-6, the team was led offensively by Mickey Sacks ’17 and Stefan Paul ’17. Both student athletes reached the 100-goal career mark this season. Mickey Sacks ’17 made the top ten in the state in goals scored, earning conference and county honors. Stefan Paul ’17 was one of the league and county leaders in total points, garnering him league and county honors. The two will both continue their playing careers in college. Tim Holt ’17 and Max Leibowitz ’17 had breakout seasons at attack, each breaking the 30 goal mark for the season. The defense was led by goaltender Ben Sacks ’17, whose leadership in the pipes led a group that only gave up 3.14 goals a game in conference, and Jeremy Meier ’17, who averaged four ground balls a game.  Ezra Hunter ’17 dominated at the draws winning 78% of his faceoffs and getting important possessions for an offense that averaged 10 goals a game.

The Girls Lacrosse Team headed to Baltimore, Maryland, for a three-day intensive training trip during spring break that featured visits and clinics at Loyola University and Johns Hopkins University. The season finished with the team earning the League Sportsmanship Award and with Regan Contrucci ’17 reaching a milestone 104 career assists, and Sophie Winters ’18 as the team leader with 44 goals scored.

To say that D-E Boys’ Tennis Team had a phenomenal season is an understatement. The Bulldogs were ranked #1 in Bergen County and their myriad accomplishments included winning their 21st consecutive League title with a 13-0 league record. They also won the Bergen County Group I-II / Non-Public B Tournament, their 3rd consecutive such title and 4th in the last five years. The team has not lost a match in this tournament in three years. Bergen County Coaches Association (BCCA) Group I-II/Non-Public B named the Bulldogs “Team of the Year” for the third year in a row and the team also was noted by The Bergen Record as North Jersey “Tennis Team of the Year” for the third year in a row. Throughout the season, the team was ranked in the Top 10 in New Jersey. Coach Joe Iwanski also reported, “Our only two losses this season were to the #1- and #4-ranked teams in NJ (Montgomery and Newark Academy, respectively), which were the Tournament of Champions winner and runner-up. We achieved a 112 – 22 overall individual match record (which includes tournament results) and our final team rankings were as follows: #1 in Bergen County; #5 in New Jersey, and #2 Non-Public (behind Newark Academy).

Finishing with a final rank of #18 in Bergen County was impressive for our D-E Golf Team this year. Their hard work yielded their lowest team average in recent years and a team scoring average that averaged 11 strokes fewer that last year. Based on scoring averages and points earned, the team placed second in the NJIC league. 

Our Ultimate Team made D-E School history by finishing in fourth place at the NJ State Tournament (not NJSIAA), marking the highest the Bulldogs have ever placed at states. For the past several years, the same four schools have locked up the top spots, and the ‘Dogs earned their spot with a 13-10 quarterfinal victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro South, a strong, athletic squad that had beaten D-E each of the last two years at states. Perhaps the most impressive result that weekend was the team’s opener in group play on Saturday against Westfield, who repeated as state champs and were ranked fifth in the nation. Spectators, tournament organizers, and opposing coaches quickly took note as the Bulldogs grabbed the early lead and stayed right with their powerhouse opponent before losing 13-11. This incredible effort buoyed the team the rest of the weekend, as their high level of play over both days continued to draw interest from those in attendance. Senior co-captains Adrian Evans ’17, Andrew Mount ’17, and Brett Landau ’17 led the team with 59, 59, and 32 assists respectively. Senior Abe Djebiyan ’17 was the team’s top end zone threat, finishing with 57 goals. Senior Noah Goldmann ’17 and junior Jason Finn ’18 provided consistent play and leadership on the field. Finn and juniors Ethan Pusch ’18 (39 goals, 25 assists) and Kamron Samiian ’18 (34 goals) have already been selected as next year’s co-captains.

While many may perceive a 3-15 season as unimpressive, one needs to look through the prism of “team first” to see the accomplishments of the D-E Softball squad this year. Because of what they brought to practice each day, seniors Sydney Zahn ’17, Emily D’Alessandro ’17, Eyelyn Siao ’17 and Molly Lurensky ’17 became important sources of perseverance as we became better softball players.  The team competed against some very strong teams this year, some for the first time ever. Still, our team had the highest team batting average in the league and scored the most runs in the league. Also, senior Sydney Zahn ’17 had the most RBis in the league.

Boys Track finished one of the most successful seasons the team has ever had, culminating in a decisive victory at the state sectional meet. Coach Fred Daly provided the following recap: “The Bulldogs scored points in every event we entered, led by first-place finishes from Lenin “Dominic” Fermin ’18 in the 110 hurdles, Jeremy Bronstein ’19 in the 800, Naseer Wilson ’18 in the high jump, Folajimi “Fola” Olutiola ’18 in the long jump, and the 4 x 100 relay team. We ended the season with 15 new performances on the school top ten lists, seven new relay records, and three new individual records: Naseer Wilson ’18 in the high jump (6’ 1”), Jordan McKoy ’19 in the 110 hurdles (16.11), and Ho Jun Lee ’17 in the hammer throw (72’ 4”).

The Girls Track season featured several outstanding performances, led by Dasha Bychkova ’17 in the throws and Victoria Kong ’18 in the jumps. We added 16 new performances to our top ten lists, including a new school record for Audrey Leak ’20 in the hammer throw. The season ended on an exciting note when the 4 x 100 team of Sally Hwang ’18, Yasmin Watt ’18, Caroline Lee ’20, and Ashley Crawley ’17 set a new school record at the State Meet of Champions.

Presiding over our Track Team’s successes this season was the spirit of Coach Jerry Krauthamer aka “Kraut”, whose image graced the backs of our new uniforms.

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