A Strong Showing by the IMS Falcons

By Eliza Statile

On the Court

The 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball team had a strong showing in their first game and home opener against Oakwood Friends School. This was the first game hosted in the IMS Gym since 2019, and the boys made IMS proud. Dashiell Guariglia (Grade 7) scored an impressive 14 points, while AJ Horosky (Grade 7), Thatcher Meili (Grade 7) and Edward Park (Grade 7) tallied two points each. On the defensive end, Thatcher Meili and Jasper Andreani Pandeff (Grade 8) played terrific defense “in the paint”, while AJ and Max Blumenthal (Grade 7) made some crucial steals. Despite a hard fought game until the buzzer, the Falcons came up just short losing 20-24 to Oakwood Friends School. Upon return from break the team will look to compete against Region 1 on January 12. 

On Friday, December 10, the Varsity Boys Basketball Team defeated Westminster winning 57-31. Jeremiah Coty (Grade 8) dominated on both ends of the court, tallying a total of 17 points and 5 steals. Meanwhile, Jeremiah’s brother, Paul Coty (Grade 9) played an important role in maintaining possession with 8 rebounds in addition to his 15 points and 4 steals. Jose Jiminez (Grade 8), Jayden Hernandez (Grade 9) and Jonathan Buxton (Grade 9) all contributed significantly to the team’s success. The team is now 2 – 0 in the season and looking forward to their first home game on January 5. 

The Varsity Squash team had another successful match against Albany Academy, resulting in a 4-1 win for the boys and a 3-2 win for the girls. The “match of the day” according to coach Perkins went to Ingrid Schmitt (Grade 8) who came up “from game point down in the fifth game” and fought hard until the end to come out on top. The team will continue to work on controlling the “T” and playing consistently in order to find further success on the court and have depth to their game.

In the Pool

Recently, Daniel Qiu (Grade 9) and Claudia Li (Grade 9) were named captains of the swim team. The team is on a winning streak with two successful meets against Ethel Walker, and Shepaug Valley High School, 84-78 and 145-75 respectively. The team won 6 out of 8 individual events on Wednesday at Shepaug and had a strong showing in team events. With many talented and passionate swimmers the team will look to take home another win upon their return from break on January.