The 2020-21 school year has featured unprecedented challenges and disruptions to normal routines in the Brooklyn City Schools, including athletics. Through it all, our student-athletes have displayed a sense of perseverance and determination to overcome those obstacles and continue to pursue their individual and team goals. In recognition of our Winter Sports teams and athletes, please read the spotlight below.
Indoor track was coached by Jason Hubbell and witnessed an impressive performance by sophomore high jumper, Jenna Young, who placed second at the OATCCC Indoor State Championship and cleared a season best 5’4” during the competition!
Since the beginning of the season, the Girls Varsity Basketball team was united in striving to improve every day, focusing on controllable factors, and giving total effort and energy every time they stepped onto the court. The result was steady improvement and a defensive mindset that increasingly converted turnovers into scoring opportunities. The team’s growth under Head Coach Scott Urig led to an overall record of 5-9, which included a resounding 64-33 victory over Richmond Heights and a 55-52 win against Independence. The Lady Hurricanes also made the playoffs, losing 64-23 in the Sectional Finals against a formidable Tuslaw HS team.
Ashlyn Dyson was named CVC Player of the Week for the Week of January 11th and First Team All-Conference. Teammates Genesis Caraballo, Delaney David, and Shariah Gailes earned Second Team All-Conference, while Savannah David and Jaida Domingues received CVC Honorable Mention for their standout playing.
Under head coach Rebecca Byndas, the JV Girls Basketball team demonstrated a positive, team-first attitude throughout the season, exhibited by relentless effort and toughness on the court. Embracing the motto, “The score is always 0-0,” the young team finished at 1-5, and were able to grow and support each other through every success and challenge. The team looks forward to continued growth next season.
In spite of a late start to the season and an unpredictable game schedule due to COVID-19, the 8th grade Girls Basketball team maintained a focus on mastering fundamentals in preparation for the future jump to high school competition. The team also demonstrated steady growth in running plays properly and defensive technique during games. With only seven students on the roster, the 8th graders became a close-knit unit that worked hard while also remembering to have fun playing on the court!
Under the leadership of Head Coach Mr. Jerrod Karl, the Varsity Boys Basketball team displayed toughness throughout the season which ended with a hard-fought playoff defeat against Norwayne HS. Several players earned Conference Awards, including Second Team recipient Maceo Pytel, and Honorable Mentions Jordyn Fougerousse and Ryan Cutright.
Led by Coach Matthew Masuga, the JV Boys Basketball team focused on playing at a competitive level each and every game, as well as leading by example on the court through defensive effort, and in the classroom with an emphasis on hard work and dedication. The team featured rotating team captains, a role that was earned weekly in practice. During the season, the JV boys basketball team earned a significant 43-34 victory against rival Trinity HS on January 19th.
The 8th grade boys basketball team is coached by Kyle Akins and persevered through a difficult 0-10 start to win their last three games, establishing a strong foundation to build off of next year!
Throughout this past season, the High School Cheerleaders were focused on building team spirit, as well as improving skills on an individual and team level. This included practicing their jumps which greatly improved since tryouts this past November. Team members also demonstrated consistent improvement on their cheers, chants, and dance routines. To maintain social distancing, Head Coach Katie Demyan divided the Varsity and JV into two separate groups while on the court. Varsity leadership is comprised fully of seniors and includes Group One led by Captain Alonah Jackson and Co-Captain Breanna Clague, while Captain Haylie Cox and Co-Captain Samantha Eberhardt lead Varsity Group 2. JV Team Captains include ninth graders Aaliyah Bartosh (Group 1) and Chloe Rojak (Group 2).
The Wrestling team exhibited maximum effort and preparation towards achieving individual and team success. Freshman Isaiah Perez earned a 4th place finish at the Division III Sectionals at Independence HS to advance to the District Finals, while Senior Jimmy Gray earned a 5th place finish.
The coaching staff of the Coed Hockey team, led by Head Coach Mike Wrost, is extremely proud of the individual and team progress achieved this season, which included the addition of six new players, some of whom were beginners to the sport of hockey. Individual player honors included CVC Player of the Week and First Team Conference Honors (Blue Division) for Derek Wrost, Second Team (Blue Division) Conference Honors for Jacob Pena, and CVC Honorable Mention (Blue Division) for Jed Williamson.
Congratulations to our Winter Sports athletes and teams on their respective growth and accomplishments this season!