Wyvern Nation Sports Wraps - May 16, 2019

Baseball
The Middle School A Baseball team lost 1-2 against Har-Bur on May 9. In its closest game of the season, KO fought hard against Har-Bur, but fell just short. Devin Wolff ’23 pitched a gem on Form 2 Day, going five strong innings and giving up no earned runs. He also struck out seven batters. Rayyan Haider ’24 came in to relieve Devin, and despite some early control issues, he only allowed one run. These performances made a big difference in keeping the game close. KO’s bats were quiet for most of the game, until the last inning, when James Livingstone ’24 scored on an infield hit by Jack Decker ’23. Even though the Wyverns did not get over the edge, they put up a valiant effort.

The Middle School A Baseball team lost 1-2 against Hopkins on May 15. In its last game of the season, KO put up some big numbers, scoring in every inning after the first. Despite some first inning struggles, Rayyan Haider ’24 pitched another great game, going three innings and striking out six batters. Mac Louis ’23 came in to relieve him and closed out the game in easy fashion. At the plate, the Wyverns made good contact and were also patient, working multiple walks throughout the game. This patience at the plate helped to put the game out of reach during an eighth run fifth inning. In that inning, Jaden Hinderlie ’23 and Boden Swanson ’25 also had RBI hits. This was a perfect way to end the year for KO. Everyone should be proud of the way they played in each game this season, as they worked hard to achieve a 4-4 record. Well done!

Golf
The Varsity Golf team played against Avon Old Farms, Loomis Chaffee and Suffield on May 9 and the final results were as follows: Avon Old Farms (382), Loomis Chaffee (421), KO (430) and Suffield (438). AOF left all in their wake as they cruised to an easy victory in this year's Coppola Cup. The House of Horrors that is Farmington Woods continues to haunt the linksters and despite a slight improvement from their front nine score the Wyverns could not catch the Pelicans, while staying ahead of the Tigers. Will Layden '20, a late call-up, led the way with a solid 38, followed by Niko Rodriguez '20 with a fine 41. The rest of the squad managed 44s for a day's total of 211.

The Varsity Golf team KO squad concluded their regular season with another double victory at the challenging Crumpin-Fox Club against hosts Northfield Mount Hermon and Wilbraham on May 11. The final scores were as follows: KO (402), Northfield Mount Hermon (416) and Wilbraham (437). The Wyverns lost their first eight matches of the year but have rallied to win their last twelve, finishing the year 12-8. Henry Krieble '21 led the way with a solid 74, followed by Niko Rodriguez '20 (77), Captains Garth Swanson '19 (79) and James Amenta' 19 (82). The Wyverns now enter the final phase of their season, "The Hunt for Hardware"- the Keyes Plate, the Founders League tournament and their own KIT- looking to play their best golf of the year.

The JV Golf team finished out their season with a win against Avon Old Farms and Loomis Chaffee at Farmington Woods. Final scores were as follows: KO (210), Loomis (246) and AOF (217). Shane Dawson '20 and Cole Banning '24 both tied for medalist with a score of 39. Following closely behind was Will Layden '20 and Karstian Lang '20 with 42 and 43, respectively.  It has been a great season and the team looks forward to next spring.
 
The JV Golf team, on a cold and windy day, Lily Liu '22 and Sydney Dwyer ‘21 traveled to Great Barrington to play at Wyantenuck CC in the Pippy O'Connor All Girls' Tournament. Both Liu and Dwyer played in the nine-hole tournament. Liu finished tied for seventh with a personal best score of 46 while Sydney finished 28th. It was a fun day and they both look forward to playing in the tournament next year.

Lacrosse
The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team lost to Loomis Chaffee 2-14 on May 13. The Wyverns worked hard and never gave up. Loomis got off to a solid start leading the game, but that did not discourage the Wyverns. At half time, KO made some adjustments on defense and offense which allowed them to continue to work hard but ended up losing 2-14. Nicole Genga ’19 had the two goals for KO that were assisted by Abby McLaughlin ‘22 and Mia Seymour ’19. Jane Dunbar ’19 and Caroline Dawson ’22 played extremely well for the Wyverns and were valuable assets.

The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team lost 3-19 against Williston Northampton on May 11. Even though the Wyverns did not get the win, they Wyverns played hard for the whole game and never gave up against the talented and strong Williston Northampton team. Tori Swanson ‘21 was the offensive threat scoring all three goals for KO. Amelia Levine ’20 had 10 saves in the goal.

The MS Girls’ Lacrosse team won 13-8 against Hamden Hall on May 15. This was a closely contested game with the Wyverns seemingly taking a comfortable lead only to have the Hornets close the gap. Controlling the draw and winning the fifty-fifty ground balls were keys to the Wyvern's victory. Alle Kotowitz ‘23 lead all scorers with four goals and three assists. Quin Kearney ‘23 added two goals and one assist. Hadley Crowther ‘25 found the net twice, while Hana Roggendorf ‘23, Annabelle Jacobs ‘23, Jordan DiMauro ‘23, Olivia Gordon ‘24 and Addisen Nicholson ‘25 each had a goal. Macey Kotowitz ‘25, Jillian Alexander ‘24 and Kelly Stepnowski ‘24 all played solid games on the defensive end of the field.

The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team lost against Cheshire Academy on May 11 with a score of 5-17. The Wyverns took a tough loss against Cheshire Academy at home. KO started out strong scoring the first two goals of the game within 30 seconds but just could not keep the momentum their way. They battled through every play and continued to work hard but it wasn't enough to defeat Cheshire Academy. Offensively, KO received goals from Nicole Genga '19, Tori Swanson '21, Molly Jones '20, Mia Seymour '19 and Kathryn Westrick '20. On the defensive end, Jane Dunbar '19 and Keegan McMahon '21 played a great game while Amelia Levine '20 had 10 saves in the goal.

Softball
The Varsity Softball team lost 3-10 against Miss Porter’s on May 8. A rough start to this game proved to be a difficult challenge for the Wyverns to overcome. With that said, the adjustments made by each player in the third inning and beyond showed that we were easily capable of leveling the playing field and going toe to toe with our opponent. After the third inning, the team dug in on defense to stop Miss Porter's from scoring for the rest of the game, and we had smarter at-bats that narrowed the gap. On defense, Gabi Abramson '22 started off as the pitcher and struck out two batters in the first inning (with another strikeout that became a passed ball). Kyra Dunnirvine '23 took over in the second, quickly striking out two players to get us out of a rough patch in the inning, and she went on to make nine total outs in the game. Mackenzie Caruso '22 made three spectacular catches in center field in the second, fourth, and sixth innings, rushing in to stop the ball in its tracks and prevent some runs. At the plate, KO showed some good progress over the course of the game in terms of putting the ball in play to make things happen. Caruso started the team off with a quick bunt in the first inning, making it to first and then stealing all the way home for the first run. In the third inning, Josie Pinero '20 hit a perfectly-placed grounder right up the third baseline to reach second and eventually score on a grounder hit by Mackenzie. In the fifth inning, some great at-bats led the Wyverns to score our third run, particularly a hard grounder to short by Lexi Vail '22 that got her to first base and a calculated walk by Jocelyn Ram '20 with bases loaded that allowed a runner to score.

The Varsity Softball team lost 0-11 against Williston Northampton on May 11. The team had some challenges scoring in this game despite some key hits and plays that put us in the position to score. In the batter's box, Mackenzie Caruso '22 started us off with a bloop single to left center and used clever base running to put herself in position to score. Ava Radmanovich '21 went two for two for the day with a nice line drive single to right in the third inning, and a grounder up the middle that she beat to first base in the fifth. Kaylee Diaz '19 added one to the highlight reel with a cleanly sliced line drive single to left field in the fourth. On defense, the Wyverns had to deal with some strong hitting from our opponent. Despite that challenge, the team started off the game with an incredible throw from Lexi Vail '22 at the plate to catch a runner red-handed stealing second base. In the second inning, standing just in front of the fence, Kaylee Diaz '19 used effective positioning to rob a grand slam in center field and keep them in the game. After a difficult grounder that hit her leg in the third, Kyra Dunnirvine '23 showed her fortitude by quickly moved on to the next batter and striking her out.

Tennis
The Varsity Boys’ Tennis team finished their season with a huge 4-3 win against Salisbury on May 15. The final match of the year proved to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. Salisbury is a strong team, and the team knew this would be a close match. Salisbury was missing their #2 player, and the Wyverns were missing their #3 (Adam Sonntag ‘19) and #5 Avi Shastri ‘20, so both teams had to go deep into their lineups. Salisbury earned the doubles point with wins at one and three (KO's Max-William Kanz '22 and Teddy Keegan '22 won at #2). So, KO needed to win four of the six singles matches. Salisbury's exceptional #1 player outlasted Luke Riemann ‘19, who played some of his better tennis of the season to finish a remarkable four-year career at KO that includes a New England Class A title as well as a second place finish. Salisbury earned a hard-fought win at #5 as Jacob Schwartz ‘21 competed really hard but ultimately lost 7-6 in the second set. Kanz jumped up to #2 singles based on his exceptional play throughout the season, won in straight sets. The other three matches, #3, #4, #6 would all come down to third set super tiebreakers. Adam Na ‘21 rallied from a set down to win 4-6, 6-1, 10-6 at #3 singles, and Keegan won his third set tiebreaker 10-6 as well. At this point, the match was all tied up at 3-3, and it came down to sophomore Jaden Weinstein ‘21 at #6. The score was 4-6, 6-4, and they played a super breaker. Weinstein played an awesome tiebreaker, taking the initiative and dictating points to win 10-5. It was a great moment for him, as he has battled some sickness and been patiently waiting for his time to play. KO finishes the season with an 8-5 record, A big thanks to our seniors, Luke Riemann ‘19, Adam Sonntag ‘19, Andrew Holland ‘19, Michael Autorino ‘19, and Jack Gao ‘19.

It was a fantastic day for the Varsity Girls’ Tennis team at the Coe De Villafranca tennis tournament at Kent School on May 11. Kay Chin ‘24 won the #1 singles draw becoming the youngest player to ever win the top draw of this 40-year-old tournament. Chin defeated Loomis in the semifinals and Andover in the finals. The previous youngest winner had been KO's Dayna Lord (2013) who won the event as an eighth grader. KO has won the #1 singles draw in ten of the past eleven years at this prestigious event. (Dayna Lord in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Melissa Lord in 2014, 2015, Lexi Kubas in 2016, 2017, and Kay Chin in 2019). The great play was not limited to Chin. Captains Isa Raymond ‘19 and Molly Baron ‘19 finished in second place in the doubles draw with wonderful wins over Loomis Chaffee and Kent as well as a great performance against Andover in the finals. This was only the fourth time in the past 20 years that a KO doubles team made it to the finals. Furthermore, Aimee Zheng ‘22 was a semifinalist in the #2 singles draw with inspired play against Rye Country Day. Coach Garcia said,  "I couldn't be more proud of the team this year. They have consistently surprised me with their rapid progress and tremendous results. They are great teammates and are determined to compete with emotion every day. I truly enjoy each of our practices and matches.”

The Varsity Boys’ Tennis team finished second place out of a strong eight-team field in the Annual Southern New England Tennis League Tournament on May 11. The league consists of Hotchkiss, Taft, Westminster, Loomis, Kent, Salisbury, Berkshire, and KO. Hotchkiss finished in first place, and KO's second-place finish is an impressive result in a terrific field.

Highlights:
Max-William Kanz ‘22 won the #4 singles draw
Adam Sonntag ‘19 was the runner-up in the #3 singles draw
#2 doubles - Teddy Keegan ‘22 and Kanz were runner-up.
#3 doubles - Jacob Schwartz ‘21 and Adam Na ‘21 were runner-up.

It is a point of pride that KO, as the smallest school and only day school in the tournament, was able to earn a second place finish in this highly competitive league. The boys worked hard and played well.

The Middle School B Tennis team won all their lines against Renbrook on their spring sports day Saturday, May 11. Though the team only had two matches this season, they went undefeated, losing only two lines on the season. This match was decided early with all three singles players winning their matches, Arav Kumar '23, Alisa Ruban '24 and Jacob Barash '25. Doubles pairs continued the winning streak, taking all four lines against Renbrook for the 7-0 win. Doubles teams were: Audrey Karasik '24 and Lucia Matinez-Castro '23, Evelyn Beaule '23 and Ysabel Albert '25, Alexandra Arcaro '24 and Jacob Mapp '24, Aayan Mapara '25 and Albert all took deciding wins for their KO team. The KO team showed so much improvement on the season and should be proud of their two strong wins!


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