Hewitt Athletics saw an increase in the number of skilled and determined students participating in fall sports, and it was clear that our middle and upper school teams worked their hardest this season no matter the outcome. Losses were not taken lightly and athletes learned where they needed to improve for the next game. Wins were celebrated with confidence in what the Hawks are capable of achieving with hard work and maximum effort. The positivity and excitement of the season shone through at each practice and game and it was clear that Hewitt athletes were proud to be a part of their respective teams.
The fall season started off with a trip to The Knox School in Long Island for preseason training. There, student athletes in grades seven through twelve prepared for the season ahead, taking time to bond with their teammates while physically and mentally preparing for tough Athletics Association of Independent Schools (AAIS) and New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) competition schedules. We were excited to see that our hard work during preseason paid off, as the Hawks enjoyed a strong fall season.
To learn more about Hewitt’s 2018 volleyball, soccer, and cross country teams, enjoy the coach recaps below.
Varsity volleyball had great chemistry as a team. These players developed new skills, built strong relationships with their coaches, and grew their confidence as they learned about each other on and off the court. The girls showed resilience throughout the season and proved that they were up to the challenge of AAIS competition.
JV volleyball had a number of strong wins throughout the season, most notably a two-game sweep over some of the fiercest teams in the league. This young team of seventh, eighth, and ninth graders played each set with intensity and drive. The girls’ skills and techniques grew stronger throughout the season and they will head into the 2019 volleyball season with a great foundation to build upon.
The 7/8 volleyball team finished their season with eight wins and two losses. The team’s success was a result of focus, hard work, and a commitment to improving. In their first competition of the season they were down 25-24 in the final set, but managed to rally back to win the game. This determined spirit stayed with them throughout the fall, and they closed out their season with a six-game winning streak.
Our 5/6 volleyball team had a successful season with lots of growth and game play. They began by focusing on the fundamentals--serve, bump, set, and spike--and steadily worked on combining these skills for more advanced play. Some highlights of the season were the proud faces of the team rejoicing in successful serves, sustaining and winning exciting volleys, and supporting each other with high-spirited cheers. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the sport and are already looking forward to next season.
Varsity soccer climbed to new heights this season. With six newcomers and thirteen returning players, they started the season off with a big 3-0 win, followed by a scoreless tie in their next game. With a 4-0 score, Hewitt soccer secured their first conference win in recent years. While the team just missed out on playoffs, their performance in conference was a huge step in the right direction and these athletes showed tremendous improvement over last year. Sixteen amazing returning players look forward to welcoming their new teammates to Hewitt soccer next fall.
The 7/8 soccer team quickly gelled together and the quality of their soccer play was outstanding as the season progressed. Their skills on the field developed rapidly, and the girls formed a true team bond. The main focus of the season was to increase understanding and competency of the game of soccer, and by the end of the season each player understood the expectations that come with each position. Every player on the team developed the ability to make a side foot pass, shoot from distance, and control a moving ball, and their efforts led to a very commendable 2-3-2 record, scoring 12 goals in the process.
Our 5/6 soccer team spent the season learning all of the different positions and how to play each on the field. Throughout the fall they developed their overall understanding of the game while participating in a number of jamborees, which allowed them to play on a variety of different teams in a round-robin style game.
The fall 2018 varsity cross country season was one for the books. The Hawks worked tirelessly as a team to put together spectacular performances, and both their AAIS and NYSAIS championship meets featured many personal bests. A highlight of the season was cheering on a junior on the team as she medaled and cracked the top 25 at the AAIS championship. The team showed overall improvement from last year and Hewitt’s cross country program continues to grow!
Our 7/8 cross country team demonstrated incredible participation, dedication, communication, and personal growth throughout the season. After each meet, athletes diligently reflected on their challenges and set goals for their next race, including action steps to reach those goals. The team was proud to cheer on a seventh grader who medaled during the final meet of the season.
Hewitt’s 5/6 cross country team worked hard at every single practice and showed the true essence of coming together as a team to perform well. The team’s goal was to improve throughout the season while learning proper running mechanics, and they did just that over the course of many exciting races. Our season highlights included watching Hewitt’s youngest runners beat their personal best times and finish meets in the top ten.