Dwight Lions Bring the Heat in Winter Sports

Roaring congratulations to our winter Lions, who, after a long season on the court and in the pool, claimed a handful of league championship titles and tons of personal bests!

Roaring congratulations to our winter Lions, who, after a long season on the court and in the pool, claimed a handful of league championship titles and tons of personal bests! 

Varsity Swimming

Led by team captains Jackson Guthart ‘19 and Sara Debs ‘20, our Dwight “sea” Lions went through their most rigorous swim schedule to date with roughly two meets per week. They emerged victorious, as the girls won the ISAL League Championship title and the boys placed second!

Congratulations to the following swimmers, who alongside Jackson and Sara, placed in the top three in the ISAL League championship in individual and relay races: Georgiana Bailey ’21, Nefeli Brandhorst ’20, Deba Kermanshah ’20, Lily Harari ’20, Jeanne Rondot ’21, Killian Terrisse ’21, Jacob Swain ’20, and Justice Carrenard ’21. 

A special shout-out goes to Georgiana, who placed in both the ISAL and ACIS Championships.  

ISAL League Championship:

  • 1st, 100-yard backstroke
  • 3rd, 50-yard freestyle
  • 2nd, 200-yard freestyle

ACIS League Championship:

  • 3rd, 100-yard backstroke 
  • 3rd, 50-yard freestyle 

Varsity swimming looks forward to another phenomenal season in 2020!

Boys Varsity Basketball 
Meanwhile, on the basketball court, our boys Varsity team had a season full of wonderful milestones and great success. They hit the ground running with a 6-0 record, including a victory over tough opponents, Lawrence Woodmere.

As the regular season continued, Dajuan Piper ’19 recorded his 1,500th career point, Barry Evans ’19 surpassed his 1,000th career point, and coaches David Brown and Dermon Player earned their 100th career win in their sixth season at the helm!

Dwight finished as the ACIS League regular season champions with an 11-1 record. They continued into their league tournament with two impressive wins en route to another ACIS Tournament Championship, in a 68-46 blowout victory over Friends Seminary. 

This year's senior class of three players will continue playing basketball in college next year at schools they have committed to: Arthur Palaci Zani (Pratt Institute), Dajuan Piper (Bowdoin College), and Barry Evans (Clark University). Congratulations to all — you will be greatly missed! 

We look forward to next year, when talented players Chaz Jackson ’21, Richard Nweke ’22, Johnik Moores ’22, Ethan Wong-Chassine ’22, Alex Rich ’21, and Alex Putzer ’20 will return.

Girls Varsity Basketball
The girls Varsity Lions also enjoyed a successful season, finishing the regular season 7-10 and earning the fourth seed in the ACIS League playoffs. They lost to the number-one seed, Grace Church, by just four points after overcoming an 11-point deficit at the half. 

Senior captain Lara Gardiner was an all-around top player in the league and led the team in scoring with 234 season points. She will be missed next year! Sophomore Jacey Hootstein provided terrific defense and was one of the better three point shooters in the league, ending her season with 103 points. 

Sophomore Apolline Marcel and freshman Victoria Pauwels were crucial to the team’s success, anchoring the defense and scoring from down low. Freshman Gine Grydeland played with great heart and never took a play off, giving every opponent under the basket a challenge. 

Sophomores Lexi Colodne and JackieRay Lindsey battled injuries throughout the season, but showed leadership on and off the court. The team looks forward to returning with the majority of its players next year for what will surely be another great season!  

Boys JV Basketball
The JV boys’ team finished the regular season with a record of 9-8 and earned the fifth seed in the ACIS League playoff, showing lots of development since last year. They were led by sophomores Ross Brodsky, and Jordan Sotomayor, and Chase Stenberg, who had the most  minutes played. His coach commends Chase for always being the first to dive for a loose ball, as well as the first to pick the team up when they needed encouragement. Ross ran the offense, led the team in assists, and was a sharp shooter. Jordan led in ever-important rebounds, averaging eight per game. 

Boys Middle School Basketball 
This winter proved to be an exciting learning journey for the Middle School boys team, with many players brand new to the game! The boys brought intensity to every practice, where they learned everything from fundamental skills and proper team play to offensive and defensive sets and schemes. 

Their season philosophy was to play with focus, energy, effort, and as a team! There were plenty of opportunities for growth, and the boys recorded a win over Churchill in addition to several close games.

Girls Middle School Basketball
Before the season began, this team was comprised of just three players! One enthusiastic and dedicated student, Julia Dubrovsky ’23, wanted to ensure there would be enough Lions to take the court. She recruited seven girls, some of whom had never played basketball before!

Throughout the season, everyone learned new skills like foul shooting, boxing out, and dribbling with both hands, all while making friends and lasting memories. They won some games along the way as well, and several eighth graders look forward to going out for the Varsity team next winter! 

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