After losing 12 seniors from last year, the team struggled due to lack of experience and leadership. After one of our co-captains sustained an injury before the season started, George Grimbilas ’18 stepped up as the other co-captain and did a wonderful job of organizing the squad.
On the pitch the players found it hard to compete against bigger and stronger opponents, sticking to their task despite suffering some poor results. Our overall record was 2-8, and although we showed some improvements in the latter part of the season, the players now realize they must work hard on their techniques and combination plays with their teammates. We look forward to new players joining the team so that we can continue to rebuild the program. Click here to view photos.
Browning’s varsity cross country team took a solid third place at the NYCAL Cross Country Championships at Van Cortland Park. Once again Ryan Eagan, the league’s best runner this season, was at his finest, finishing first in a competitive field. His teammates finished further back in the race, but all embodied the best of what Browning boys bring to our athletic contests: sportsmanship, engagement and, as always, “grytte.” These past two years, we enjoyed positive individual results; this season, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our runners, a promising and cohesive team was born. Click here to view photos.
The junior varsity soccer team had a rebuilding year, with only five returning players from the 2016 squad. The Panthers played in some competitive contests, but they were unable to earn a victory and finished the season with an 0-8 record.
The Browning team’s youth and inexperience playing together was tough to overcome in a short soccer season, especially when stacked against experienced and highly skilled opponents in the NYCAL conference. Improvements were made by each player throughout the season, and the boys’ understanding of how to play with better alignment and cohesion also increased as the season progressed. The team members were consistently positive and supportive of one another, and their effort was never in question. The team’s co-captains were Form V boys Raymond Diaz and Tommy Ramirez, who both did a commendable job. Click here to view photos.
The seventh and eighth grade soccer team experienced a successful season. From day one of soccer camp until our last game, the members grew both as individuals and as a team, finishing the season with a 6-4-1 record. Ours was arguably one of the most balanced teams in the league, with a formidable defense and goals scored by a variety of players. Overall, it was a great season. The boys were extremely committed, and we were pleased with the way they competed each and every day. Click here to view photos.
The team had a great season, full of improvements. Boys came to practice each day enthusiastic and ready to work hard, alternating between endurance and speed training. Their diligence paid off, as demonstrated by their time improvements over the course of the season.
The team was led by Andrew Naber, who consistently placed in the top 10. He had some setbacks later in the season but showed tremendous potential as a runner. Khai Shulman, Jamie Sussman and Kevin Twomey all finished the season with PRs, improving their times by two minutes. Unfortunately, Jonathan Stephenson and Greg Parizhsky suffered season-ending injuries and were unable to participate in the majority of the meets. With hard work and discipline, the Middle School boys will be great additions to the varsity program. Click here to view photos.
So last year I started my season wrap up with, “It’s not how you start but how you finish!” I think that motto is pretty fitting for us once again. We finished the regular season with a 5-5 league record (5-6 overall) and were positioned once again as the #4 seed for the post season tournament. Although fourth place was not what we had aimed for, considering we graduated two All League Players the year before (our starting catcher and SS), it was still good enough to make the playoffs. This is when our boys once again flipped the switch.
Although we were set to face off with undefeated league champion Columbia Prep in the first round, we had completely regained our team “grit!” In the two regular season games, Columbia had beaten us 10-0 and 5-0, so it wasn’t going to be easy. As I am sure you know by now, the boys once again dismantled the Lions, 11-3, in the semi-finals thanks to a genuine team victory with the seniors leading the way. This set the table for a rematch between Trevor Day and Browning. Trevor had also beaten us twice during the regular season, both times by a score of 14-5. Like in last year’s finals, we jumped out to an early lead. But nothing comes easy, and after scoring in the top of the fifth to put Browning up 3-0, our starting pitcher, who had a shutout going at this point, was injured sliding into home. In the bottom of the fifth, Trevor tied the game at three with a tremendous three-run homer. The Trevor comeback, coupled with a player injury, would have been plenty of reason for the boys to feel deflated, but instead, they did what Browning boys do and showed their “True Grytte!”
They scored in the top of the sixth to regain the lead and ended the game on a double play by tagging out Trevor’s star catcher trying to score. I am so proud of these guys and was excited by the support the entire Browning community showed us at the finals. Special thanks to our three senior staples; you will be missed but never forgotten. You have taught these guys what it takes to win and led by example. Thank you!
Coaches West, Cohn, Brown and Blake
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To run the NYCAL and the NYSAIS championship, each individual "athlete" must compete in three regular season meets. Also, in order to compete in a given event at the championships, a competitor must achieve a minimum time standard in the event during the course of the current season. A team is allowed to enter three athletes in an individual event and one in a relay. An individual is permitted to compete in any four events. It is quite challenging to qualify for any events; through the years, this league has tremendously increased the standards.
Despite all the obstacles and after the superb victories of the varsity tennis and baseball teams in their respective league, our track runners had to try to do as well as their peers. Despite the pressure on their shoulders, they met all expectation and won the 2017 NYCAL Track champs with style and plenty of grit at River Banks stadium!
It is an excellent result indeed, and we all can be very proud of the boys. Browning won the 4X800 and placed second in the 4x100 and the 4X400. A quartet of boys ran the 4X400 with poise and courage. We secured the second place again in the 4x100, raking in eight more points in the general classification. Our captain, who has been impeccable during his entire track and cross country career at Browning, won the 400 dash and placed third in the long jump. A senior won the shot put event. Finally, a promising freshman athlete won the 3200 followed by a senior. Another senior finished the work by winning the 1600. A great afternoon indeed!
As a coach, I am very pleased to see that, years after years, the boys at Browning have totally adhered to the project to create competitive track and cross country teams. In all those years as a coach, I have seen mediocre to excellent track seasons, but two things have never changed: the great spirit demonstrated by the boys and the pleasure I get from being with them every day in Central Park.
The Browning track team will clinch the season with the NYSAIS Track Championship on May 24. And it will really be a whole new ball game up there...
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The varsity tennis team returned to winning form this season, finishing with an overall record of 12-3 while becoming Regular Season NYCAL Champions with a record of 7-1, as well as NYCAL Tournament Champions.
The players were from grades Form I through Form VI, making for a solid and deep team. Each player played in a match that counted during the year.
We say “thank you” to two seniors for their five-year dedication to Browning tennis.
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The golfing Panthers were the youngest team ever to compete at golf for Browning. Consisting of seventh, eighth and ninth grade students only, they worked hard on the driving range at Randall's Island and came away with victories over Loyola (twice) and Staten Island Academy during league play. Their other success was against Packer Collegiate School.
With only one player not returning next year, the future looks rosy for the golf team for years to come!
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“You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.”
From a roster of 19 players, 17 had an opportunity to participate this season. Our record is a testament to those who showed up and endured. Young and inexperienced, the learning curve was steeper than normal. With flashes of actual baseball being exhibited, however, these students started to understand the lesson. In order to compete, we must first execute. In order to execute, we must have the basic skill set to complete the task at hand. As a student-athlete, these things go hand in hand on the playing field and in the classroom. The act of finishing what you start, in a way whereby you can be proud of the process, allows the journey to ensure the destination. Thank you for the opportunity and your support!
Coaches Williams and Wolf
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Following a challenging first half of the season, the varsity team finished the year in strong form, winning five of 10 games down the stretch and earning a postseason bid on the final day of the regular season. Before a vibrant crowd of Browning supporters, the Panthers climbed back from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to notch a thrilling two-point victory.
Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs, the team competed admirably, nearly making another late comeback before falling by a score of 48-61. Through their diligence, commitment to teamwork, and continued optimism in the face of setbacks, the Panthers finished the season playing their best basketball. View photos.
-Coaches Dan Ragsdale, Michael Cohn and Matt Formato
The team took another step in the right direction this past season by clinching its first playoff berth ever and setting a school record of 14 wins. It was a fun and competitive season!
Browning started strong, winning its first eight league games and eventually finishing in second place overall in NYCAL. Other high points of the season included a road win at Trinity from the Ivy League as well as sweeping Trevor Day during the regular season. Unfortunately, struggles and injuries besieged the team toward the end of the season. We were unable to reach our full potential, losing to Trevor Day in a tightly contested playoff game.
We had a large roster that featured several talented freshmen who have bright futures ahead of them. The young men on the team made coaching extremely easy with their discipline and commitment to the sport. Our returning 10th and 11th grade players also deserve much credit for displaying consistent leadership and attention to detail. View Photos.
-Coaches James Miller and Sankara Iwelu
Participating in fencing accounts for a particularly long day, as every school fences every other school in a full match in one day. The tournament is a season in itself – a true and steady test of a team!
Browning fencers have shined in the past: a team of seniors with only three years of training came within a touch of unseating a team of nationally ranked juniors. They knew it could be done; they lost any idea of limit and merely did their best.
This year there have been glimmers in an up-and-down season. Raymond Diaz ’19, who only started fencing in the middle of last year, came in third in the league individual championship. Caleb Sussman ’18 buckled down and made beautiful touches. Robert Nielsen ’18, a fine epee fencer, sparkled as a saber fencer when the team needed someone to fill a gap.
There are strengths waiting to be tapped and Browning spirit in abundance! View Photos.
-Coach Joel Glucksman
The squash team, now in its second year, completed another successful season with six wins and three losses. With the exception of one decisive loss, the other two matches might have gone our way but for a few players who were out with the flu. The boys’ enthusiasm and practice have turned Browning into formidable opponents.
More importantly, each player continues to display outstanding sportsmanship. Win or lose, the boys always behave as gentlemen both on and off the court. The team continues to hone its skills during the off season and is looking forward to more exciting challenges next year. View photos.
-Coach Roland Lafontant
The team had a highly successful season, finishing the year in second place with a 11-4-1 record. Browning was able to defeat each team in the league, with a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback win against first-place finisher Columbia Prep. Adding to their accomplishments, the team narrowly defeated Calhoun School on a last-second basket. The boys also defeated Trevor Day in overtime.
Throughout the season, the boys were committed to getting better. They worked together during each practice and arrived with focus and a strong desire to improve their game. Browning had a strong core of players who played unselfish team-first basketball. Defensively, Browning was known as the biggest, most physical team in the league, led by Hercules Sotos ’21 and Dylan Steck ’21. Offensively, guard William Bousquette ’21 led the team in scoring with 126 points in 15 games played. Standout Dylan Steck finished second on the team in scoring with 120 points in 16 games played. View photos.
-Coaches Lauck Blake and Gerald Colds
Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells once said, “You are what you are.” No better words to describe this year’s team. Even though this season was tough, every player showed the promise of improving from where they started.
With the understanding that activity is not the same as effort, the boys practiced their fundamentals every day, creating a chain of consistency and the application of basketball knowledge necessary for them to compete when they are keeping score. The bounce-back for next season is simply said in a quote by Hall of Fame basketball Coach Bobby Knight, “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” View photos.
-Coach Lance Williams
If success is based on improvement, then this year’s sixth grade team was one of the most successful in a long time. From the beginning, the boys worked really hard on their individual skills while learning the various plays from their play sheets. Unfortunately, wins were hard to come by. The boys never gave up, though, and always put their best effort into every single game.
Although the mini Panthers lost their last two games by three points and one point respectively, the coaches had no complaints about their total commitment and effort. We look forward to watching this team grow and further improve next year in pursuit of glory in Form I. View photos.
-Coaches David Watson and Lance Williams
The Panthers enjoyed a productive season! An extension of intramural basketball, this program offers the boys the chance to put on a Browning uniform for the first time and compete against other schools. The boys practiced hard and competed with class. We enjoyed a couple of wins, but more importantly, we achieved the true goal of the program: to teach the boys the fundamental skills and strategy of the game, as well as how to be a productive member of a team.
It was fun to watch the boys improve throughout the season. Toward the end, the boys really began to gel and were playing some of their best basketball. I am excited to see what this group of boys can do next year with Coach Watson. The future of Browning basketball looks bright! View photos.
-Coaches Matthew Brown and Lance Williams
This season started with great promise after a very successful soccer camp in the Berkshires in August. Soon after the term began, the varsity team was in the thick of things with a win and a tie in the first two games. Unfortunately, injuries to key players stopped our initial progress, but the boys rebounded well and had two wins, two ties and a close loss in their last five games.
Throughout the season the boys have worked tremendously hard and showed some wonderful soccer in reaching the playoffs. I hope that those players who return next year will benefit from this experience.
--Coach David Watson and Assistant Coach Nate Monteverde
The junior varsity soccer team, captained by Philip Raftopolous (Form V), Max Beem (Form III) and Ryan Eagan (Form III), played a 10-game season and finished the year with a 3-7 record. The boys were fifth in the standings and almost made the playoffs; this was a step up from a 1-9 record the previous year.
Overall, there was a great turn-out for JV soccer, with 30 players on the roster. The boys each had varying levels of experience, with some having played for outside travel teams and others trying soccer for the first time. By the end of the season, each player had built his fitness level and enhanced his teamwork and individual skills. The boys worked hard against very skilled opponents and played in a lot of evenly matched contests. We were impressed by the boys’ commitment and dedication toward practice, as well as their work ethic during games. We look forward to continuing to build a strong team.
--Coaches Lauck Blake and Mike Cohn