Packer’s Winter 2020 sports season was marked with many milestone accomplishments and rewarding victories. Several athletes set school records or achieved personal bests in performance time or points scored. There were teams that finished the season undefeated and others that earned league championship titles. Read on to discover the most memorable moments of the season, according to our coaches.
Girls and Boys Varsity Swimming
Memorable Moment: “Having both the girls team and boys team going undefeated in the ACIS league is right at the top,” said Head Coach Chris Rusk. “Both teams had such depth with the amount of swimmers. It made it easy to fill events when needed and move people around to get the best team results.”
Girls: Carolyn C. ’22 and Olivia D. ’24. Carolyn set three school records and won three medals at the NYSAIS championships. Olivia set five school records and won four medals at the NYSAIS championships, including a gold medal in the 100m Backstroke.
Boys: Dare R. ’20 and Ryan M. ’22. Dare set seven school records and won four medals at the NYSAIS championships, including gold medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle and the 200m Freestyle Relay. Ryan set four schools records and won four medals at the NYSAIS championships, including gold medals in the 100m Breaststroke and the 200m Freestyle Relay.
Girls: 6-0 in the ACIS
Boys: 6-0 in the ACIS
Girls: Second overall in the ACIS championships and fifth overall at the NYSAIS championships.
Boys: First overall in the ACIS championships and third overall at the NYSAIS championships.
Girls Varsity Basketball
Memorable Moment: “The team captured its third AAIS Playoff championship in the last four years,” said Head Coach Russell Tombline. “The core of the team (four seniors and one fifth-year junior) has been playing together for the last four years, developing a great chemistry and work ethic. They have helped elevate the play and expectations for the girls basketball program at Packer. It was a pleasure to watch them play, develop tremendous teamwork, understand their roles, and play great team basketball this year.”
In addition, Jolie K. ’20 scored her 1,000th career point this year, becoming the sixth girls player in Packer history to achieve this feat.
MVPs: Jolie K ’20, JoJo S. ’21, and Ella M. ’20 were AAIS All-Stars; Jolie and JoJo were also selected as ACIS All-Stars.
Season Record: 25 wins, 2 losses overall (the best record by any Varsity Girls Basketball Team at Packer). 9 wins, 0 losses in the AAIS league and 6 wins, 0 losses in the ACIS league.
Playoff Results: The team was the regular season and playoff champion in the AAIS league and the regular season champion in the ACIS league.
AAIS Playoffs: 71-25 win over Berkeley Carroll in the quarter finals, 32-19 win over Marymount in the semifinals, and 45-40 win over Sacred Heart in the finals.
NYSAIS Playoffs: 50-31 win over Poly Prep in the first round, 54-27 loss to Dalton in the quarterfinals.
Girls JV Basketball
Memorable Moment: “When we beat The Spence School in my first game as the coach,” said Director of Athletics Darrin Fallick. “The girls hadn’t won yet and we had changed coaches a few times and the season seemed like a rudderless ship until that game.” Reflecting on the season, Fallick added “The whole team worked super hard to improve, they played with a competitive spirit and learned to play better basketball overall. It was the most fun I had as a coach in 25 years. They are an awesome group of young women.”
Season Record: 1 win, 14 losses.
Playoff Results: Lost to Hewitt in the first round of the AAIS playoffs.
Boys Varsity Basketball
Memorable Moment: “Winning on the road at Friends Seminary in December was important,” said Head Coach Andrew Marinos. “We were injured, with players out of the lineup. We just hung in all game and got an important victory on the road.... It brought the team closer together and gave us confidence that we can compete with anyone on our schedule.
“Playing the last regular game of our season for the ACIS League Championship at Dwight was another memorable moment. We had three starters out of the lineup. Some players had to play more than they might have played all season. We almost pulled it off. It would have been one of the best wins I was ever a part of. Hopefully next season.”
MVPs: Nolan C. ’21, Owen S. ’21, and Bobby L. ’21. Nolan—an offensive force in the post and a leading rebounder — took a big step up in his development as a player this year. Owen moved into the point guard position this season. He was great at driving and attacking the basket and was a good defender who led our team in steals. Bobby was the best shooter on the team this season — “as good of a shooter there is in the league,” said Marinos. “He was a major reason why we were able to compete with the better teams in our league.”
Season Record: 16 wins, 10 losses overall. 9 wins, 3 losses for a second-place finish in the ACIS league.
Boys JV Basketball
Memorable Moment: “The start of the season where we went 5-1 in our first six games and we beat Fieldston after losing a close game to Dalton the game before,” said Assistant Coach Nick Morton ’12. “Jonah W. ’22 scored 30 points in the first game of our season and Danny B. ’23 scored 32 against Fieldston. Julien de B. ’23 had six steals against Fieldston. Those three players helped propel us to a hot start to the season. It is the most memorable part of the season because we started practices in early November and the players used the whole month to get better and brought everything together at the start of the season through hard work.”
MVPs: “Every game someone new stepped up, so it’s hard to identify a true “MVP,” said Morton.
Season Record: 12 wins, 4 losses
Playoff Results: 40-36 loss to Friends Seminary in the semi-finals.
Indoor Track & Field
Memorable Moment: One of the most memorable moments of the Indoor Track & Field season was the first place win of 5:01.00 by Sylvan W. ’21 at the Ivy League Prep School Meet #5 at the New Balance Track & Field Center,” said Head Coach Trevor Watson. “This, along with an outstanding performance in the Two-Mile Run at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Invitational where she ran 11:30.88, breaking her own school records in both events.”
MVPs: “Each member contributed to a fantastic indoor season,” said Watson.
Playoff Results: This year, 14 team members qualified for the NYSAIS Championship. Three athletes made it to the NYSPHSAA Indoor Championship, competing with the best of the best in New York State.
Memorable Moment: “As usual, the highlight of our season was the US Squash High School Nationals Competition. Along with 10 players, Coach Nick Kirkbride and Adam Walker, our outside coach from Eastern Athletic Club, we traveled to Wesleyan College for the weekend. The entire Nationals consist of 130 teams…. Our record at the competition of one win and three losses does not show the enthusiasm, competitiveness and team bonding that was shared during this weekend of squash.”
Season Record: 3 wins, 7 losses