On January 27th and 28th, Maplebrook School hosted Woodstock Day, Glenholme Academy, and Rumsey Hall schools for our annual Maplebrook Invitational Tournament (MIT) for basketball.
The 2017 MIT was packed with close games, dramatic wins, and a whole lot of fun. All teams were ready and eager to take home a trophy, and in front of a crowd consisting of parents, alumni, staff, and the MBS student body, all players demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and a high level of competitive basketball. Additionally, the MBS cheerleaders did an amazing job keeping spirits high throughout the entire weekend event. They performed a brand-new floor routine for the tournament, wearing new uniforms generously donated by the Park family and using pom-poms provided by the Helfant and Armusewicz families.
The first semifinal game of the tournament on Friday saw Rumsey Hall play a tough game against Woodstock Day School in a competitive match until the end. Ultimately, Woodstock Day would prevail and move on to the finals. The second semifinal match between Maplebrook School and Glenholme Academy turned out to be the best game of the tournament. The MBS Eagles jumped out to an early double digit lead, led by strong 3-point shooting from Ethan Crystal. Glenholme fought back and took an 8 point lead early in the second half. Ransom Larson, the MBS Eagles Athlete of the Month for January, played a superb game and led the MBS Eagles in a comeback with several assists and drives down the lane. The score went back and forth until, with less than a minute left, Glenholme scored the last basket of the game and upset the Eagles by one point.
In spite of the disappointing loss against Glenholme, Maplebrook came back ready to play again Saturday morning, but fell to defeat in the consolation game against Rumsey Hall. The Eagles fought hard, gave their best effort and delighted the home crowd with several 3-point shots, including one shocker of a basket from beyond half-court by senior, Diego Davila—but in the end, these exciting points weren’t quite enough for a victory. In the championship game at the end of the tournament, Woodstock Day won against Glenholme to earn 1st Place in the 2017 MIT.
Appreciation goes out to all the players, spectators, and cheerleaders who played well, had a great time, and helped others to enjoy this year’s exciting tournament. All of the coaches and referees noted the amazing sportsmanship demonstrated by the teams throughout the weekend.
Ransom Larson has been chosen as the January Athlete of the Month for his leadership and tremendous work ethic in practice and games this basketball season. Ransom is a true team player who plays with a lot of heart, and portrays good sportsmanship with both opponents and teammates. His basketball skills improve weekly.
On Saturday, January 14th, Maplebrook’s basketball team traveled to Forman School for the first game back from winter break.
MBS Coach Michael Brinson reports that both teams were eager to play and set a fast pace early on. Forman showed efficient shooting and rebounding, taking an early lead, and leaving the MBS Eagles trailing 25-9 at the half.
After halftime, the MBS Eagles began to catch up. Jackie P., Ethan C., and Ransom L. led the rally with on-target three-point shooting and effective ball movement. Max S. and Nick S. were key on defense, leading the team in holding Forman to 19 points in the second half. Maplebrook’s 27 points in the second half brought the MBS Eagles within 4 points of the lead.
After Maplebrook’s impressive comeback, Forman just outlasted them, winning a close game 44 to 36. Good game played by all, and good fight, Eagles! Better luck next time.
Malu D., a 3rd year returning athlete to the MBS field hockey team, is being awarded athlete of the month for November for her dedication, drive, and leadership qualities as an athlete and teammate.
This year Malu played a strong midfield, supporting both the offense and defense players on her team. Malu was also the top-scorer for this year’s MBS field hockey team.
At the start of Parent’s Weekend on Friday, October 28th, 2016 we officially broke ground for Maplebrook’s new natatorium.
The center will include Keillor Hall and Panichi Pool (heated and saltwater), thanks to the generosity of the Keillor, Neilsen, and Panichi families, as well as of all those who supported the final phase of our Capital Campaign, which was completed earlier this year.
We’re looking forward to having this final project completed soon, too. Thank you again to all who have contributed to this project in any way! We couldn’t do this without you. Thanks also to all who came out for the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday – we were glad to have you there to celebrate with us.
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