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
VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
I was very pleased with the great spirit demonstrated by the boys starting with the preseason camp in Lenox, Mass. Over the season, the team showed serious improvement. A highlight of the year was the team spirit. Most of the boys learned that to assure top individual and team performances, they must start training during summer vacation and follow a weekly training calendar.
It is always a pleasure to meet with the boys in Central Park, to see them improving and, more importantly, to know each of them better. I am very confident that with additional Middle and Upper School boys, this young and promising team will continue growing in the future and achieve the results they are capable of.
--Coach Dominique Bernard
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
The 2016 season boasted some of the team’s best times yet, with the team growing to nine runners from Forms I and II. Eric Sigg and Christian Kim were able and spirited co-captains whose dedication, reliability and enthusiasm benefitted not only their own team but also the varsity runners.
Form II’s aptly named Carter Rocket-Munk and Form I’s Andrew Naber consistently finished in the top 10 at the meets. Gavin Mitchell, John Harrison, Khai Shulman and Jonathan Stephenson each saw their speed, endurance and standing improve over the course of the season. Blake Sanford saw the most improvement in his times and carried home the Most Improved Player award. The runners are primed and ready for the Winter Running Club and spring’s track season. The older boys will make excellent additions to Coach Bernard’s varsity cross country team next year.
--Coach John Young
The seventh and eighth grade soccer team had a challenging season, finishing with an overall record of 4-7-1. We started the season with three wins, outscoring our opponents 21-3, but lost our next seven games – four by only one goal! Not having a full roster affected the outcome of those games especially. This is a talented team, and we hope the boys have come to understand the value in staying true to their commitments to the game. This group has the potential to be great at the Upper School level, and we are excited to see their progress in the next few years. Overall, this was a fun season, and we enjoyed coaching this group of boys.
--Coaches Matt Brown and Gerald Protheroe
The fifth and sixth graders completed their season of intramural soccer at Randall’s Island with a select team representing Browning in two games against St. Bernard’s and St. David’s. The boys got a taste of real competition and the opportunity to demonstrate their rapidly developing soccer skills.
In a well-fought battle against St. Bernard’s, the game ended in a tie. Even though Browning did not fare quite as well against a stronger, faster, more polished team from St. David’s, we all feel that the future is bright for Browning soccer down the road.
--Coaches Marcia Wallace, Kristofer Pischell, Meghan McDermott, Andrew Wolf
“It’s not how you start but how you finish!” would have been a fitting motto for our team this season. After winning the regular season last year and losing in the playoffs to a rowdy Loyola team, the boys knew from the final out last season that we had our work cut out for us if we were going to repeat without last year’s league MVP, Alec Morea ‘15, who graduated. The boys took it upon themselves to get their bodies ready to compete and their skills up to par. After two easy wins to start the season, Browning struggled to maintain our swagger and poise which made us so tough in years past.
We dropped six league contests in a row (and seven overall) headed in to the final week tied for last place in the NYCAL. This is when the boys flipped the switch, winning our final two regular season games to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot. Although we were set to face off with undefeated league champion Columbia Prep, we had completely regained our team “grit!” In the two regular season games, Columbia had beaten us 13-3 and 12-4, so it wasn’t going to be easy. The boys dismantled the Lions, 6-0, in the semi-finals, thanks to a dominant performance by freshman sensation Shazeb Dayani on the hill and supported by the whole team. This set the table for the final rematch between Loyola and Browning. Like last year, we led by four runs headed into the late innings, and also like last year, Loyola battled back to tie the game late. But unlike last year, this time the boys showed their “Panther pride” and scored in the top of the final inning to bring home the title where it belongs. This was a special group of boys and one that we have been very proud to coach and even more proud to have represent Browning! Here’s to the 2016 NYCAL Postseason Champions!
-Coaches Andrew West, Mike Cohn, Matt Brown and Lauck Blake
Lead by co-captains Del Schunk ‘16 and Andrew Bendo ‘16, the varsity tennis team finished the season as league runner-up with a record of 6-2, and as league tournament runner-up, missing our sixth straight title by only one point. The team showed great chemistry in supporting each other, and every player had an opportunity to gain valuable match play experience.
Our starting singles players earned Browning MVP Awards for winning seven out of their eight league matches. Del earned an All League Team Player Award and the All League Team MVP Award, while George earned an All League Team Player Award.
Equally impressive, the team earned the All League Sportsmanship Award.
Del ends his Browning tennis career as the “winningest” player in the last 25 years, having not lost one of his 34 league matches (he retired from one due to leg cramps) and going undefeated in six straight League Tournaments. Interest continued to be large with over 22 boys vying for a limited number of spots during pre-Spring Break tryouts.
-Coach Michael Klein