Talent is nothing without dedication and teamwork. – Coach Evan Adair, JV BASKETBALL
Varsity Basketball roared into its season with a 6-2 record before its momentum was impacted by injury and illness. However, the team continued to press and it reaped its reward in the EIL Tournament semifinal game. Facing Bancroft, a team that handed the Falcons a double digit defeat a week earlier, Newton was tenacious in a double overtime 54-50 thriller. Moving onto the Championship game, Dana Hall prevailed over Newton. The team finished the season 8-12 overall (8-10 EIL). Top scorers and co-captains, MVP and EIL All-League L. McDonough ’12 (243 points) and Coaches’ Award Winner M. Kelly ’12 (153 points), accumulated career tallies of 659 points and 319 points, respectively. EIL Honorable Mention G. Tricomi ’13 (103 points) led the team in rebounds, grasping as many as 15 in a single game. Behind the court leaders was a cohesive corps. In a game against Concord, ten players put points on the scoreboard. Throughout the season, the team voted each game’s MVP and eight different players earned the title.
Junior Varsity Basketball finished the season 9-5 (8-4 EIL) that included a five-game winning streak against EIL opponents. The team scored 360 season points, tallying 114 more points than the competition. The top two scorers were MVP M. Warner ’14 (91 points), recognized for her trademark three-point shots, and G. Vitale ’15 (75 points).
The varsity dance team, captained by G. Quirk ’12 and K. Sullivan ’12, first performed at the Emmanuel College Competition where they opened their season with strength and excitement and won first place in the Jazz entry to the music “Turning Tables” by artist Adele. Their Pom entry to music “Superstar” by Moises Modesto took second place. The team increased its scores at the Headliners Competition in NH performing in recreational line Pom-Pon and Jazz events to the same music and garnered High Silver Awards for both events. Moving on to the Starquest event at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts in Andover, the team succeeded in winning High Gold for both their Pom-Pon and Jazz entries. Having worked on their commitment to the storyline behind their piece to “Fully Committed,” the judges presented Newton the Special Award for Jazz. They were ranked first and second place in the Senior Classic Division. At the concluding UDA Dance Competition at Westfield State College, the team took first place in Pom and second in Jazz.
At the time of try-outs for varsity dance, thirty girls vied for twelve slots. With an opportunity to build the program, the school inaugurated a competitive junior varsity dance team. The team first performed at Emmanuel College in the Novice All Styles category. Eleven dancers performed “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga and placed fourth. At the March 4th UDA Dance Competition, dancing to the same piece, the team took first place.
Varsity Hockey opened its season hosting Framingham, Dedham, and Natick in an exciting December Jamboree that finished with NCDS and Dedham locked in a tie before Dedham won the trophy in a shootout. In December, the Falcons put great pressure on the opponents’ nets, racking up 20 goals, two wins, and one tie. January brought in the toughest rivals, EIL and non-league, to face off against a resilient Newton team determined to battle back from any deficit. In an exhilarating game against Winsor, MVP and EIL All-League L. Richmond ’12 netted a goal with 1:11 left in overtime for the victory. Heading into the EIL Tournament in third place with a 7-4-1 league record, a gritty NCDS team faced Pingree that had twice defeated them during the season and tied the score twice in the third period. Three minutes into overtime Pingree netted the win. Behind starting goalie H. Stillwell ’12 who took 382 season shots and allowed only 37 to pass her, the team clinched a winning EIL season and an overall record of 7-7-1. Stillwell earned a .903 save percentage and back-up goalie K. Famolare ’12, who was called to duty with Stillwell injured, took the team to the EIL Tournament. She earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award and earned a .859 save percentage. Top scorer (13 goals) and point-getter (24) co-captain L. Richmond ’12 finished with 71 varsity career goals. Congratulations to the seven seniors who committed a total of 23 years to Newton’s varsity hockey program. Among them, co-captain and EIL All-League A. Cybriwsky ’12 and EIL Honorable MentionA. Godley ’12 rank the second and third players who played NCDS hockey for eight-years.
Ten members of the varsity squash team played in ten meets prior to the New England Interscholastic Squash Association Tournament at Pomfret School in CT. Co-captains K. Neuberger ’12 and C. Kelly ’12, A. Torrence ’14, J. Harrington ’15, and M. Rocco ’14 consistently played the top 1-5 divisions in the season’s matches. The team ended the regular season 3-7 (2-6 EIL) with J. Harrington ’15 and M. Rocco ’14 garnering the most match wins. In a match against Moses Brown, the team came away with a shut-out in which five Newton players blanked their individual opponents. In the NEISA Division “C” Tournament against teams from Greens Farms, Pomfret, Canterbury, Williston, Concord, Holy Child, Moses Brown, and Ethel Walker, NCDS squash finished fourth with 40 points. Top individual winners are: in second place J. Harrington ’15 (Division 4) and C. Dubuque ’14 (Division 7), in third place M. Rocco ’14 (Division 5), and in fourth place A. Torrence ’14 (Division 3).
Club Swim Team
The nineteen members of the Middle and Upper School club swim team swam in joint meets against Dana Hall and Winsor. The Newton swimmers decisively won all meets by as many as 35 points.
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETIC AWARDS
MVP: L. McDonough ’12
MIP: H. Tyrrell ’15
Coaches’ Award: M. Kelly ’12
Captains-elect: C. Hurley ’13, J. Smith ’14
EIL All-League: L. McDonough ’12
EIL Honorable Mention: G. Tricomi ’13
Junior Varsity Basketball
MVP: M. Warner ’14
MIP: G. Fotiades ’14
Coaches’ Award: C. Cloonan ’15
MVP: E. Chadwick ’12
MIP: E. Marano ’14
Coaches’ Award: K. Ober ’15
Captains-elect: E. Marano ’14, A. Riobueno-Naylor ’13
Junior Varsity Dance
MVP: K. O’Hara ’12
MIP: D. Cottrell ’15
Coaches’ Award: M. Drouillard ’12
Varsity Ice Hockey
MVP: L. Richmond ’12
MIP: K. Famolare ’12
Coaches’ Award: A. Cybriwsky ’12
Captains-elect: K. Addonizio ’13, R. Albanese ’13
EIL All-League: A. Cybriwsky ’12, L. Richmond ’12
EIL Honorable Mention: A. Godley ’12, C. Stadtler ’14
MVP: K. Neuberger ’12
MIP: C. Greenwood ’14
Coaches’ Award: A. Torrence ’14
Captains-elect: M. Nilles ’14, M. Rocco ’14