The varsity baseball team started the season off with a strong showing in Florida where we worked on fundamentals and fitness. We finished the season in third place behind two very strong teams, Loyola and Trevor Day. After an exciting semifinal game where we knocked off #2 Trevor Day, we came up short in the finals against undefeated Loyola, but the boys played well and fought until the final out. This season we had very strong senior leadership from captains Shazeb Dayani, Eric Pena and Alex Wittenberg. Each one of them contributed a great deal, both on and off the field. They will be missed. However, we also have a strong core of younger players and are confident we can continue to improve.
The varsity track team had a successful outdoor season. The boys worked hard each week, incorporating endurance, interval, hill and weight training into their weekly schedules. They also worked hard to improve their race strategies and running form. Together they were able to push themselves and each other in practices and at meets to achieve better times and season goals. The team finished the season with six NYCAL qualifiers and two NYSAIS qualifiers. Ryan Eagan' 20 finished the season as NYCAL 3200, 1600 and 800 champion.
Among the many new activities we proposed this year at Browning, one was the creation of a Middle School track team. The purpose of this team is "to introduce Middle School students to track and field and help our boys to develop athletic skills for success in this sport - from sprints and relays to middle and long distance."
This year the varsity basketball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history! Finishing with a record of 19-5, the boys captured the NYCAL Regular Season Title and the NYCAL Postseason Championship in dramatic fashion, defeating Columbia Prep 61-58 on an Alex Liptak three-pointer with 10 seconds left.
The varsity indoor track team had a successful inaugural season. The boys endured the cold winter season and worked hard each day, alternating between endurance and speed training. The team also spent time in the weight room every week and improved their strength over the course of the season. The team competed in five meets and sent two runners to the NYSAIS Championships.
The Red team finished their season with a 7-9 record. The boys started the first half of the season with a 5-2 record, and during this time, they displayed excellent ball movement and spacing within their offensive sets. Their biggest win of the first part of the season came against Riverdale School, which marked the first time in seven years that a Browning 7/8 grade team has defeated Riverdale.
Chuck Norris said, “Cross Country: No half times, no timeouts, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport.” The 2018 NYCAL season experienced a riveting conclusion and delivered its verdict on October 23 at Van Cortland Park. A strong and experienced Trevor Day team won the competition, just edging out Columbia Prep. Browning’s varsity co-captain, Ryan Eagan, won the race (again) with a great time (17:15), close to his personal record (16:58). Ryan has been consistently training hard, pushing himself during interval and hill work-outs, running during the summer and being very responsible about his training. He is a talented runner, and his hard work has paid off in the end. It has been a true pleasure for me to run with the boys this fall and try to share with them my running experience. All of them improved over the season, thanks to their efforts during daily sessions. Most of our harriers will be back next year when we will hope to correct our deficiencies and build on our assets.
While team members started the season with a few ties in league contests, they failed to hit their stride in the weeks after. They were a young team with only four seniors, and the talented freshmen who started often appeared intimidated by the bigger and stronger opponents. Special mention must go to the captains on the team, Blaise Lowen, Nick Hurley and Fernando Cohate, for their leadership and example on and off the field, and to George Newberry, our top goal scorer, who played with a broken wrist for most of the season! We’re very optimistic about the future, as we have some skilled players coming up the ranks to compete at the varsity level.
The team finished the season with a 0-6-3 record and just one win away from a fourth seed playoff spot. The team played an extra play-in game with Loyola and ended it in a 1-1 tie, but narrowly lost the game in penalty kicks. Highlighting the Panthers season were suburb dribbling skills from Captain Luis Altamirano, controlled and timely slide tackles and clears from defensive backs Henry Smith and Alex Raftopoulus, and two late goals to tie games against Loyola and Masters by Jeffrey Ramos and Evan Taylor.
The Middle School cross country team had a great season, full of improvements. Captain Jack McNeill set a positive tone for the team with his hard work and dedication. The boys came to practice each day ready to work hard, alternating between endurance training, speed workouts and weight training. The team was led by Sasha Maslennikov, who ran consistent times throughout the season and placed in the top 10 each meet. He was followed by teammates Sam Snyder, Kevin Twomey and Jack McNeill, who all improved their times. With hard work, discipline and consistent training, the Middle School boys have strong running careers in their future.
The 7-8 soccer team had a successful season with a final record of 8-3. As the season progressed, the boys meshed and played some of their best games. They learned a lot from their three losses, which were all extremely close. Our best games of the season were against Columbia Prep and St. David’s. We beat Columbia Prep in a close game, 3-1. We played St. David’s in our last game of the season, scoring eight goals and moving the ball extremely well. We scored 35 goals and only let up eight throughout the season, which is a testament to our excellent defense and goalkeeper. The boys should be proud of all they accomplished.