St. John’s athletics year in review

stj_lions_circle2012 was a year to remember for the St. John’s Athletic Department. Here are some of the more memorable moments:

February 14 – On Valentine’s Day and Senior Night, the high school basketball teams hosted ISB.  In the Varsity Boys game, a three-point play with 16 seconds to go breaks the tie and STJ wins a hard-fought game. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6-I8CtkeLA)

February 21-26 – The high school basketball teams traveled to Israel and played games against the American school in Israel as well as local club teams.

March 7-10 (Winter ISST Championships) –

The St. John’s swim team broke several school records in The Hague, Netherlands. Soraya Kezelmann and Helene Seegert both broke three records, while Elliot Sodemann also entered the record books.

St. John’s hosted the girls basketball division 1 championships, welcoming 11 schools from 8 countries. The girls finished in a very good 6th place, while the boys finished in an excellent 5th place.

May 23-26 (Spring ISST Championships) –

St. John’s hosted the division 1 tennis championships. The tournament was a great success, with St. John’s sweeping the boys competition, winning gold in boys singles (Oskar Olin) and doubles (Joshua Tewes-McCoy and Arnaud Steiner), and taking home the silver medal in mixed doubles (Rebecka Olin and Ignacy Szweczenko).

The track and field team continued its recent success, finishing in third place (out of 12 schools), with the varsity girls and JV boys winning second place overall.

The baseball team narrowly missed out on third place and finished fourth, while the softball program looks to rebound in 2013 and win promotion to division 1.

Fall 2012 –

It was announced that St. John’s finished in second place out of all 23 ISST schools in the 2011-2012 Eddie Hufford standings, ranking all 23 schools’ performances in ISST championships throughout the school year.

November 7-10 (Fall ISST Championships) –

St. John’s teams achieved unprecedented success at the fall ISST’s. The boys volleyball team won the gold medal in Paris, for the first time since 2005, and the boys soccer team reached the final in Milan and returned with a second place trophy.

St. John’s hosted the division 1 girls volleyball championship. The STJ girls played great volleyball throughout the tournament and were rewarded with an outstanding third place finish. (http://ustre.am/_1OKPk:1h9I)

The cross country team worked hard throughout the season and posted several impressive individual results. Coaches and runners are eagerly awaiting next fall, with the goal to win promotion to division 1.

The fall season 2012 was defined by overall success:

• STJ Varsity teams (boys and girls soccer and volleyball) played in 87 official games, winning 58, drawing 10 and losing only 19.
• The boys JV soccer team finished the season with 9 wins, 3 draws and only 2 losses.
• The girls JV soccer team lost only 2 games in its first ever season.
• The middle school boys soccer teams finished with 9 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses (A team) and 12 wins and 2 losses (B Team)
• The middle school girls soccer team finished with only one loss out of 10 official games, even with all 8th graders playing for the high school team.

2012 was a very positive year on the field, court, course, track and in the pool. It was also a year in which all teams displayed remarkable companionship, integrity and respect – the three values of St. John’s. What it means to be a student-athlete at St. John’s is encapsulated in this 30 second clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfQki2j_EZA&list=UUIa3xUAdLum3ZqPXGCDmckg&index=1

Thank you to all volunteers who made the success of 2012 possible. Here’s to a great year 2013…