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.
This was the inaugural season for the 5/6 soccer team. Playing together for the first time can prove challenging, but this group was up to the task. The team was deep, loaded with skill and always played with a purpose. After coming up short in their first game despite severely outplaying their opponent, the boys reeled off four straight shutout wins, each one more impressive than the last. This team has a bright future, and we look forward to seeing their continued success as they get older. The boys finished the season with record of 4-1.
The varsity baseball team had yet another successful season. Making sure to not rest on their laurels after winning back-to-back championships, the boys started the season strong with a great turnout for spring training in Florida. Once again, the team played competitive games all season, finishing with a 7-7 record and playing their best ball as the postseason approached. Despite coming up short in the semifinals against a strong Loyola team, our young team should be very proud of their improvement throughout the season. We return a strong team next year. The coaches would like to congratulate and thank our senior captains Tak and George on their fantastic four-year baseball careers, winning a regular season title and two championships, as well as displaying excellent leadership throughout their senior seasons. Go Panthers!
Our boys repeated as NYCAL league season champions and NYCAL tournament champions this season, extending the success of Browning tennis over the last eight years.
We finished the season undefeated in our league, losing only three matches for a record of 12-3. One of those losses resulted from five players being too sick to play. Our other losses were against IVY league teams Riverdale and Trinity. Our players probably gained more from those losses, since they get better by playing better players. Our last match of the season against Trinity left us revved up and ready to go for the tournament, where we won 19 of our 20 matches and swept league archrival Columbia Prep, 5-0.
The Browning varsity track team’s season ended very well, with the boys placing third right behind Columbia Prep, the 2018 NYCAL league champion, and Lycée Français. These are good results, considering the difficulties and numerous injuries encountered over the season. We won the 4X800 and placed third in the 4x100. Fernando Hierro, Tommy Ramirez, Philip Raftopoulos and Ryan Eagan enflamed the stadium and were outstanding during the 4X800. The quartet of Giovani Taveras, Blaise Lowen, Fernando Hierro and Manny Medina placed third in the 4X400. Captain Ryan Eagan, who has been impeccable during the season, won the 3200 and the 1600. He also placed sixth in the 800.
The season started in cold and windy March out on the practice range at Randall’s Island and ended on the greens and fairways of Mosholu Golf Course in the warmth and sunshine of May. The golf team battled weather conditions throughout the season, working hard to improve their game, and ultimately succeeded in lowering their personal scores.
The boys finished third in the NYCAL league and made Browning history by playing a match on simulators at Konnect, an indoor facility! I am proud the boys’ commitment and look forward to next year, with the hope of better weather to start to season!
The Middle School baseball team displayed tremendous growth as the season progressed. With 13 members strong, the team had lots of opportunities to play in games. We ended up with a 4-4 record, which is definitely commendable. As the season progressed, the boys gained a better understanding of the game. They became more aware of the little things, which in turn helped the outcomes of many of our games. The boys stepped outside their comfort zones by playing in numerous positions, including catcher and pitcher. We had some great wins this season and also learned a lot from our losses. Overall it was a successful season; the boys gave a great effort and should be proud of their accomplishments throughout.
The varsity basketball team showed significant improvement this year, doubling its win total from the 2016-17 season and finishing the year with a record of 10 wins and 12 losses. The Panthers ended the season with a thrilling game in front of dozens of Browning supporters in the first round of the NYCAL postseason tournament. Despite a heartbreaking one-point loss in the final seconds, the boys played an outstanding game. Both the team and our fans represented Browning with admirable spirit and sportsmanship. View photos.
This year’s team emphasized accountability, teamwork and communication, resulting in a successful season despite ups and down. The team’s dedication to these standards, along with “grit and grind,” helped them persevere into the playoffs.
The leadership of Shazeb Dayani, day in and day out, kept us afloat throughout the season. Hercules Sotos and Dylan Steck showed signs of greatness in their domination in the post. The sharp shooting of Hugh Chapin and tenacious defense of Mickey Westman helped us to secure leads and kept us in games, time and time again. Eric Pena, Tommy Ramirez, Andrew Halajian, Alexander Raftopoulos, Fernando Hierro, Evan Taylor, Gus Stimpson and Gabe Flicker were extremely valuable, keeping the tempo as alternating pieces in our match-ups through out the year. View photos.
The team had a rebuilding year, as they returned only one player from last year’s team, and finished the season with a 2-14 record. Although the wins were few and far between, the boys played in many competitive games, and their commitment to improving individually and as a team was apparent throughout the course of the season.
Some highlights include a come-from-behind win against UNIS School and playing two close contests against Avenues School and Grace Church. As coaches, we were impressed by the leadership displayed by the Form II players down the stretch. The team looks to improve with a strong core of Form I boys for next year. View photos.
The team showed tremendous growth and improvement throughout their season. Despite some tough initial losses, the boys rebounded to win home games against St. Thomas Choir and Calhoun, ending the year with a close 34-30 away win over LREI. The boys also demonstrated hard work and determination in two tough losses to Trevor Day and Allen Stevenson that were both decided in the last minute of play.
The collaborative efforts of Form I and Form II athletes allowed the team to develop a strong camaraderie during both practice and games. Liam Westman, Tomas Infantino and Jackson Hellman were effective leaders as point guards and commanded the team with offensive play calling. Malek Assaf and Nicholas Dingle were powerful shooting guards who could be counted on to make jump shots and steal the ball at crucial moments of a game. Henry Smith, Federico Schmidt and Greg Parizhsky were reliable “big men” who led the team in rebounding and lay-ups. Lastly, the team counted on Michael Stitt , Jonathan Stephenson, Jonathan Mota, Johir Jossain and Chris Bowen to play all positions on the court and adapt to critical game situations. View photos.
The team started the season determined to get the program back to winning ways. Although they lost the opener in early January, there were signs that the boys were up for the task. Through some hard work and latterly smart play under pressure, the team won its last three games to finish 4-4 for the season.
Special mention goes to Michael Gabriel, who was top scorer with 60 points, and to Sam Snyder, who sunk both foul shots with 20 seconds left to lead the team to victory over Trevor Day School by 19-17 in the final game of the season. It was gratifying to see the effort and work that the boys put in, and we look forward to hearing about their exploits next year. View photos.
The team had a wonderful season with many of the boys playing for the first time ever on an organized basketball team. The progress made in a short period of time was immense. From our first game against Rodeph Shalom to our last games against St. Bernard’s and Trevor Day, it was evident that the boys had begun to understand the game and worked nicely together.
Our final record was a commendable 4-4, and the team should be very proud of this accomplishment. It was truly a pleasure to coach this team, and we are certain that the boys will be ready for the sixth grade team next year. View photos.
Browning’s squash team had an impressive season with eight wins and four losses. While we lost two team members, the rest of the squad was able to make up the difference. All members of the team contributed to a successful and fun season, and we look forward to continued success next year. View photos.
Despite being small in numbers, the Browning team played a huge role in this season’s success.
Caleb Sussman proved to be an integral part of the team this year. He admirably fulfilled his role as a senior leader on the team and has done a very respectable job with outreach to his fellow fencers. He made it a point to keep them up to date on our schedules and even sent out regular notices about meets and practices. He is responsible and continually proves to be an asset to the team. He attends practices regularly and fences foil instead of saber when the team needs him to do so – a true team player!
Raymond Diaz, another model team member, is punctual and attends all meets and practices. He is patient in general, and this quality makes him a good epee fencer. Raymond is a starter on the team and a steady presence. He is currently eighth in the league with 13 victories and eight defeats and well-placed to be a team leader next season. View photos.
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.
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