For the third and final time this year, Upper School Athletic Director Tim Williams took to the podium at McAneny Theater this week to present seasonal sports recaps. This time, he hailed all of the PDS Spring Athletics teams and recognized their student athletic award winners. It was great see the students come together for the last sports assembly this year to celebrate their classmates and their athletic accomplishments.
Here's a summary, followed by the athletic department's slideshow of PDS spring sports highlights!
Coaches Awards: Rebecca Tang '19, Vibhu Singh '19
Varsity Award: Lea Namouni '19
The skating team this year has had many successes! Some were as simple a learning a basic skill while others mastered multiple rotations while in the air. Each athlete worked hard to learn an individual routine as well as a group number that was choreographed to music from The Greatest Showman. The multitude of routines characterized teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences and were all performed flawlessly at the end of the year Skating Showcase.
Varsity Golf, 2-11
Boys Coaches Awards: Eli Soffer '22, Rahul Bandaru '19
Boys Varsity Award: Ty Eastman '19
Girls Coaches Award: Hayden Masia '21
Girls Varsity Award: Alex Dinovi '20
The golf team saw a surge in young golfers this year, with seven freshman making the team. This growth allowed the program to compete in Varsity, JV, and Girl's matches for the first time in program history. The season ended on a high note, with the team earning back-to-back wins in their last two matches against George School and West Windsor Plainsboro South. Throughout the season 11 different golfers were able to experience golf at the Varsity level; nine of them were underclassmen! As interest in golf at PDS continues to grow, the golf program has a bright future ahead.
Varsity Softball, 2-8
Coaches Awards: Brooke Smukler '19, Hailey Young '19
Varsity Award: Elisabeth Berman '19
The Softball team is always built around their dedicated senior class members and this year was no exception. The four seniors leading the team were pillars of the softball community, representing the structure, balance, learning and passion required to excel in their sport and to create a new culture for the program. The team also benefited from some new faces, including Charlotte Haggerty '20, who put on a glove for the first time this season and Veronica Vogelman '22, who became the first switch hitter in Panther softball history. With a young and energetic core, the team will continue to have success and a lot of fun along the way.
Boys Varsity Lacrosse, 13-3
Coaches Awards: Sam Bernardi '19, Matt Kuenne '19
Bob Krueger Memorial Varsity Award: Coby Auslander '19
From the start of the season, the boys came together and supported one another on and off the field. In a year of new young players joining veterans and a transition to new head coach Joe Moore, the team developed a true bond and found ways to build each other up in positive ways. With the only losses this year coming from formidable Prep A opponents Hun and Lawrenceville, the season was an unquestionable success. Coming from behind to beat Notre Dame in the MCT Championship to secure that title for the fourth season in a row was a sweet ending to a special season.
Varsity Baseball, 8-10
Coaches Awards: Kevin Flahive '19, Brendan Bucceri '19
Varsity Award: John Carroll '19
The Panthers gained strength through the season and ended with eight wins, ten losses and the privilege of making it back to the Prep B Championship Game after defeating Morristown Beard and Ranney to get there. Though they lost the title game to Rutgers Prep 6-2, their special season included key wins against their prep rivals Lawrenceville Prep and Peddie. Playing crosstown rival Princeton High School, the team notched an impressive 15-5 ten-run-rule victory. But the most memorable victories were gritty comebacks from an eight run deficit against Gill St. Bernards and a seventh inning winning rally against Bishop Ahr. Both victories were on walk-off hits by clutch junior John Carroll. The team will miss five senior players who shared their passion for the game and displayed great dedication and leadership. Junior John Carroll had an outstanding season, with a batting average over .500 and great success on the mound. Senior Matt Nyce continued to improve throughout the season and recorded very impressive offensive numbers and a 4-2 record on the mound. The team has enjoyed fabulous fan support throughout the season.
Girls Varsity Lacrosse, 8-7
Coaches Awards: Val Radvany '19, Zoe Cook '19
Kim Bedesem Varsity Award: Maddy Birch '19
The Girls Lacrosse team had a very successful season. The young team consistently improved and developed throughout the Spring. The senior leaders instilled in the team a sense of "sisterhood" that enabled them to play and play well against the top teams in Mercer County. Finishing the season with a 8-7 record, several highlights stand out. These include their overtime win against Peddie, a come-from-behind win at Hopewell Valley, and a competitive game against cross-town rival Princeton High, the eventual Mercer County Tournament runner-up.
Boys Varsity Tennis, 5-6
Coaches Awards: Aaron Chu '21, Eric Leung '20
Varsity Award: Neel Adusmilli '22
Several Freshman players contributed strongly to the tennis team this year. Freshmen Neel Adusmilli and Andrew Marshall played first and second singles while sophomore Aaron Phogot rounded out the singles line-up at number three. At first doubles were Junior Captain Eric Leung with sophomore Aaron Chu. Second Doubles saw a a rotation of key players including Senior Captain Shai Fruchter, senior Jake Harris and sophomore Will Sedgley. The young PDS Varsity Tennis Team fought hard to a 5-6 overall season record with key wins against Pennington and Peddie to open the season. At the Mercer County Tournament, PDS finished in 6th place out of 16 teams with Aaron Phogot winning 3rd place at third doubles. At the State Prep B Tennis Championships, PDS had three positions playing in the finals.
JV Boys Lacrosse
Coaches Award- Josh Rafferty '20
Coaches Award- Eric Gellasch '21
JV Girls Lacrosse
Coaches Award- Carly Kunkle '20
Coaches Award- Frances Bobbitt '22
Coaches Award- Albert Ming '22, Jason Ma '22
Coaches Award- Dylan Sakaria '19
Coaches Award- Jonah Soos '22
Coaches Award- Alex Stillwell '22
Photo, above: PDS Upper School Spring Athletics Award winners gathered for a group photo after the assembly. Enjoy the spring sports slide show "highlight reel" below, and PDS Flickr albums of spring sports highlights and action shots of team season play.- Contributed by Annabeth Donovan