Winter Teams End Sports Saturday With Four Wins

Photo by Kaiden J. Yu.

GDS’ triannual Sports Saturday took place on Jan. 21, with events in men’s wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball. All of the events ended in wins for GDS.

The GDS men’s wrestling team kicked off winter Sports Saturday in commanding fashion, beating a short-handed St. Andrew’s team by a score of 63–6. The GDS team was originally scheduled to play Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, but they canceled the game at the last minute. 

“Things went pretty well,” head coach Grayson Shepperd ’11 said. Shepperd was especially pleased with sophomore Tyler Smallwood’s win. “That’s his first match back from injury, and he looked really good,” Shepperd added. “It’s good to see he hasn’t really missed a beat.” Team captains senior William Edwards and junior Mario Imbroscio also picked up wins. 

As the season moves past the halfway mark, GDS wrestling sets their sights on winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship again. “We want to win the MAC again,” Shepperd said. “We definitely have a good chance, but we definitely have our work to do,” he said. The team won the conference last year.

Edwards said he thinks the team will “do really well” in the MAC championships. “I think we should have at least four to five champions,” he said. “We have a strong chance of winning it.” He added that he thought Saint James Catholic School would be their toughest competition.

Photo by Kaiden J. Yu.

In the second event of the day, the junior varsity men’s basketball team won its game against St. Anselm’s Abbey School with a score of 41–39. GDS was losing 39–38 with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter until freshman Benjamin Gold scored a layup to put GDS up 40–39. The GDS defense was able to fend off St. Anselm’s offense, and the game ended with a score of 41–39. 

“Even though we played bad, we found a way to win,” head coach Cliff Coates said about the team’s performance.

Team captain Julien McGinniss played an essential role in the team’s victory, scoring 11 points and ending up as the highest scorer of the game. “I think I played all right, but I could have played better,” McGinniss said. “This was a tough game for us but I’m glad we still won.” The team looks forward to its next game against Potomac School on Tuesday. 

The varsity women’s basketball team managed to defeat D.C. International School (DCI) in a tightly contested match ending with a final score of 48–39. GDS started off slow, with the first quarter ending with them down 10–5 due to DCI’s defense. They managed to close the gap, and the first half ended with a score of 20–19 favoring DCI. The GDS offense improved in the third quarter and took the lead 33–29. 

GDS lost the lead with three minutes left, going down 36–35. Freshman Cai Roberson regained the lead, making a two-point shot to put GDS up 37–36. Layups and free throws by junior Madisyn Moore-Nicholson and freshman Sabine Hletko Wood allowed GDS to maintain their lead over DCI and take the victory.

Head coach Pam Stanfield said that she was happy with the team’s victory, but she added that she wants the team to work on rebounding because “we’re giving up too many offensive rebounds.” The team’s next game is on Tuesday against Holton-Arms.

The final game of Sports Saturday was the GDS men’s varsity basketball team against St. Anselm’s and ended in a 59–42 victory for GDS. During the first half, GDS had a slim lead over their opponents, leading 26–19. But in the second half, the GDS offense scored 20 points in the third quarter and 13 points in the fourth quarter. St. Anselm’s was only able to score nine points in the 3rd quarter and 14 points in the fourth quarter. Junior Toby Viorst was the highest scorer for GDS, scoring 15 points.

Junior Alion Glover went down from a head injury in the last minutes of the fourth quarter and was lying on the floor for approximately five minutes. An ambulance was called and Glover was able to get up and sit down by the court while EMTs observed him. Athletic Director David Gillepsie declined to comment at the time. 

The GDS varsity men’s basketball team posted on its Instagram page on Sunday afternoon that Glover was “recovering well and in great spirits.”

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