Athletics News, December 7

John O'Neill, Director of Athletics
December 7th, 2018

Volleyball Takes Flight 

After being taught in lower school physical education classes for years, volleyball was introduced as a middle school athletics offering for the first time this winter season. Eighth grade classmates Elena Dainora Cohen and Sonia Kim lobbied to have volleyball offered intramurally this winter with the hopes of developing the program for an interscholastic rollout next year. Although the future of the sport at Belmont Day is yet to be determined, the team has already shown marked improvement under the tutelage of head coach Ellie Brennan. Brennan was a standout player for Bowdoin College and is eager to share her passion with her players. “I want the girls to learn the sport, improve their skills, and have some fun,” Brennan said. “The future of the program will be in their hands.”

 Athletics News

  • The badminton team introduced a Harry Potter-style system this week, dividing their 18-player team into three separate six-player houses. Classmates Eden Lewis and Sophie Myers have bought in to the new structure and are both off to a great start.
  • The wrestling team held joint practices with Belmont Hill this week. The sixth grade trio of Cameron Colbert, Chris McEvoy, and Harry Reitshamer all held their own against some experienced competition on the mat. The team heads to Fessenden next week.
  • Siblings Rosie (sixth grade) and Orion (seventh grade) Schrag have been great additions to the fencing team, which prepares to embark on its most ambitious interscholastic schedule in program history. Currently, the 15-person team is scheduled for nine matches.
  • With no eighth graders on the squad, this year’s boys’ JV basketball team will be counting on seventh grade classmates Jack Abruzzi, Noah Burd, Quinn Foley, Cole Sparks, and Theo Wallach to provide leadership both on and off the court for the 16-player roster.
  • Ellie Kadnar and Alice Morton have set a strong example early on for the girls’ JV basketball team. Second year head coach Andy Rentschler is excited about the season as a whole, and in particular about the focused play of Kadnar and Morton.