The Future of GDS Athletics

With an unprecedented swarm of athletes entering the GDS men’s basketball program this year, a larger question about the future of the athletic program has been raised: will GDS begin recruiting athletes? GDS has struggled to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) recently due to an increase in recruited athletes and a more serious approach to athletics at other schools. While MAC schools have started recruiting athletes in order to stay competitive, GDS has stuck to the principle of building teams that consist of athletes already attending the school. This raises the question of what the best path is

A Part of the Team: The Importance of Freshmen Playing Sports

Have you ever been new to something? For many freshmen, their first experience with the GDS high school is through pre-season sports. Through team events, icebreakers, and competitions, sports can help new high school students acclimate to the high school environment. During pre-season, freshmen have the opportunity to meet sophomores, upperclassmen, and faculty. These outlets can provide much-needed support for the first few hectic weeks of high school, while students get adjusted to the new academic space. By being a part of GDS sports teams, freshmen can be a part of various communities that value competition, respect, and collaboration. Freshman

D.C. Stars Hockey Team Prepares for Upcoming Season

Although the new National Hockey League campaign began over a month ago, the real 2018 hockey season took a few extra weeks for GDS students, as Montgomery Hockey Divisions I and II didn’t get underway until October 26th. For the D.C. Stars, a team composed of students whose schools do not have high school hockey teams, this season is going to mean more than ever before. Fresh off a disappointing end to last season, in which the team finished second in Montgomery Division II to Sherwood, the Stars believed that they had been given the opportunity to make amends. Under

Alumni Jaren Zinn ’17 and Simone Ameer ’17 on Life as Collegiate Athletes

GDS has never been known as a sports school. Just ask alumnus Jaren Zinn ’17, who never let the school’s supposed inadequacies stop him from dominating the local baseball circuit en route to being recruited by several Division One college programs. “Don’t sell yourself short,” said Zinn when asked what advice he would give to current GDS athletes with collegiate aspirations. “GDS might not be a traditional sports powerhouse, but as long as you put in the work, that doesn’t matter.” Zinn, along with Simone Ameer ‘17, comprised part of one of the most athletically gifted graduating classes in GDS’s

Men’s Varsity Soccer Shoots For Another Successful Season Despite Losing 16 Seniors

2017 felt like the year for the varsity men’s soccer team. 16 seniors, many of whom had played travel soccer since grade school, stepped up to the spotlight. The vibe was electric, the team’s confidence soared, and the pressure for success was ever-present. So large were the expectations that the team’s eventual eight wins, three losses and four ties felt like a disappointment to many. The team finished as co-champions of the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC), sharing the banner with both the Potomac School and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School. And although GDS made it to the semi-finals round

Heat Safety and the Consequences of Negligence are Called into Question after UMD Death

College football is a true obsession. Fans come to games decked out in school colors, covered in facepaint, and ready to cry if their team loses. But, in recent years, many teams have been plagued with accusations of fostering toxic and even abusive cultures. These teams have diehard fans that will always support their teams’ actions, yet some people are now beginning to wonder just how much players might be suffering behind the scenes. Much of this burgeoning decline in support for college football can be attributed to a recent scandal at the University of Maryland (UMD). Jordan McNair, a

Win, Lose or Tie: At Least We Still Have The Opportunity

Last spring, for an end-of-year history project, I got the chance to read Shoeless Joe, the book upon which the hit film Field of Dreams was based. The novel chronicles the fictional story of Ray Kinsella, a man who briefly abandons his idyllic life as an Iowa farmer to build a public baseball field. The journey takes Kinsella through the dark and dingy cities of northeastern America before he makes it back home to a happy ending on the farm. This summer, I went on a road trip through the midwest and got the chance to witness firsthand what Kinsella’s

A Sea of Red: Caps Win the Stanley Cup

The National Portrait Gallery is one of the most prestigious art museums in the world. Located on the corner of 7th and F streets in downtown DC, it houses some of the greatest works of American portraiture. In fact, the museum’s website proclaims that its collection “help[s] us understand who we are and remind[s] us of what we can aspire to be.” Residents of the nation’s capital, however, know better. It isn’t the art that’s powerful and symbolic. It’s the stairs. On the fateful night of November 20th, 2013, an infamous tradition was born. Bitter NHL rivals—the Washington Capitals and

Don’t Sleep on Them: The Crew Team and the GDS Rowing Program’s Future

There are some stories about Georgetown Day School (GDS) athletics that the school hears about all the time: the women’s varsity soccer team’s season of undefeated league play, Ziyah Holman’s victories in track and field, and the women’s varsity softball team’s recent Independent School League championship title. Beyond the popular teams, there’s the crew team, which endures exhausting practices that take place before the sun rises, yet remains untriumphant in most competitions. Through spending early mornings together every day, the crew team becomes notoriously close. Alyssa West, a freshman on the crew team, compared the team’s culture to the cross

Meet Varsity Baseball Coach: Jonathan Kane

I played junior varsity baseball this spring and, at full team practices, I had the opportunity to work in the batting cage with newly hired varsity coach, Jonathan Kane. Between his emoji-littered team emails and aggressive use of non-existent hashtags to get the team riled up, Kane’s electric personality has made an impact on both the baseball team and GDS athletics communities. Since I did not have the opportunity to play on his varsity team, I wanted to interview him to learn more about his coaching philosophy.   Q: When and why did you start playing baseball when you were

Not So Soft: Softball Wins ISL A Championships

After a 5-1 record in Independent School League (ISL) games, the women’s varsity softball team was determined to see a postseason victory. Throughout the season, the team fought to prove their spot in the league as a strong force among DC-area private schools. After losing last year in the ISL finals to Stone Ridge, their semifinal game against Stone Ridge this year ran high with emotions. Fortunately, GDS came out on top in a triumphant game. After their postseason ISL tournament victories against Holy Child 16 to 1 and Stone Ridge 13 to 5, the team approached the ISL finals

Let’s Go Nats! A Review of the Washington Nationals

At this point in Washington Nationals history, it almost seems normal to watch the divisional competition come to a stop while the Nats sprint away from the pack in hot pursuit of yet another 90-plus win season. Despite offseason improvements made by divisional foes Atlanta and Philadelphia, the Nationals, especially Stephen Strasburg, observed as 2017 National League Most Valuable Player, Giancarlo Stanton, who has a career .313 batting average along with three home runs against the Nats pitcher, departs for the New York Yankees as just one of many casualties of the Miami Marlins’ fire sale. Unlike the Yankees, the