The fall season for athletics came to an end last week. Following is a summary of the season.
The 2018 Cross Country season had the boys working on the fundamentals of middle-distance running. Throughout practices the athletes were taught how to pace, accelerate, jockey, and push beyond any perceived limitations. Practices consisted of different types of runs: tempo, threshold, and interval. The boys learned to follow a proper pacing regimen that allowed them to consistently improve throughout the season. All this was tested at our six weekly Cross Country Meets at Van Cortlandt Park.
A-S Flag Football had a great season. The boys learned the concepts unique to flag football and worked hard to develop those skills so that they could be successful in competitive situations. Each boy had the opportunity to play both offense and defense in practice and games. On offense, boys learned passing routes, the running game, and various strategies. While on the defensive side of the ball, the boys were taught proper man and zone coverage concepts and techniques, as well as how to flag pull and rush the passer. The team finished the season with a record of 10 wins, 5 loses, and 3 ties.
Both the Varsity and J.V. Soccer teams recognized at the start of the season that coming together and practicing with purpose was critical to gaining success. For example, after losing the first game, the varsity team established a practice plan to strengthen our weaknesses and build upon our strengths. As a result, the team ran off several wins and had a memorable season, capped off with a big win against rival Buckley. The J.V. team focused their practices on a variety of game tactics: compressing on defense, staying connected as a unit, opening up on offense, communicating, making diagonal runs, defending dead ball situations, and much more. The coaching staff saw a tremendous amount of improvement and we are excited to see the success of our returning players on next year’s squad.