Athletics News, December 2, 2022

John O’Neill, Director of Athletics
December 2, 2022

Athletics Update: Record Numbers for Basketball Program

A program record 56 middle school athletes will be playing basketball this winter. In addition to a pair of varsity and junior varsity teams, the program also launched intramural basketball (IMBB). This pilot program provides an opportunity for middle school athletes to develop their foundational skills and participate in their sport of choice during the winter. Including IMBB, the five basketball teams speak to Belmont Day’s commitment to serving the full spectrum of sport-specific experience by providing an appropriate level of challenge for all athletes through differentiated experiences. By all accounts it was a great first week for all five teams … the program has never been stronger.

  • Yara Ibrahim and Emme Taylor demonstrated strong skills during tryouts and will be counted on to provide leadership for the girls’ JV basketball team this winter.
  • After successful campaigns a year ago, Anurag Mujumdar and Ezra Wolfson have already established themselves as leaders on the boys’ JV basketball team.
  • Copeland Maier and Sam Rodriguez were the lone sixth graders to earn spots on the boys’ varsity basketball team and have set their sights on earning playing time.
  • Cassie Greiner and Annika Vittal had a great first week of practice for girls’ varsity basketball and are hoping to make an impact on both ends of the floor this winter.
  • Newcomers Jordan Levine, Edwin Voiland, and Ethan Zipkin brought a focused approach to the first week of fencing practice and are eager to start competing.
  • Wyatt Baker, Alexander Kiraly, and Jun Murakami stepped up as the only sixth graders on the wrestling team this winter. The team is primed for another successful season.
  • With 32 athletes on the team, it’s been a busy start for volleyball. Veterans Kamila Ruiz, Natalie Jean, and Alden Largay are helping bring the rookies up to speed.
  • Sohan Shah, Jack Ward, Ben Fleming, and Charlie Rossi have brought great effort and focus to IMBB and have already improved their games.
  • The winter season’s non-interscholastic offering, PEAK, worked hard and had some fun this week. Lucy Walther and Leilani Dorilas brought their A-games every day.

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

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