Seniors Leave Mark on Sports Teams
As Dr. Seuss famously said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. This time, it is the fall sports season that must come to its conclusion. This season, Packer’s sports teams were rather successful: Girls Varsity Soccer advanced in the NYSAIS tournament, junior varsity volleyball took home the ACIS crown, varsity volleyball finished as the ACIS runner up, and the Cross Country team had a very successful season with Sylvan Wold (‘21) finishing second at the NYSAIS championships.
The end of the season marks the end of the Packer sports careers of seniors on these teams. This is hard for many younger teammates to imagine, as they have had many close experiences with their graduating teammates
“The seniors have taught me a ton about running and running technique, but they have also given me plenty of advice for the coming years, from sophomore all the way until senior year,” said Sam Levine (‘21), a member of the cross country team. “Some of my closest friends on the team are seniors, and I’m going to be really sad to lose them next year.”
Seniors are not only stellar athletes, but are valuable mentors to the younger members of their teams. Jun Reiss (‘22), for example, has been hugely impacted by a teammate on the Boys Varsity Soccer team, “[Yusuf] was one of the captains and for part of the year was my center back pairing. Yusuf, as captain, wasn’t overly controlling or anything like that.”
The seniors were able to influence their teammates in ways that were beneficial not only to the game, but to life in general. “ Instead he completely led by example, and with his work ethic and passion in games showed us how to win.”
Fortunately, the end of the Fall Sports Season does not necessarily mark the end of their Packer sporting careers for every senior athlete, one being Jolie Krebs (‘20). Along with being a member of the girls varsity soccer team, Jolie has been a member of the varsity girls basketball team since the seventh grade, and has found it to be a valuable experience at Packer, “Get to know all of the upperclassmen. I know it could be hard because some of the social things, but once you’re on a team, the whole point is that there is no social hierarchy, so you get to know them as friends,” she notes, “it was a really nice way to transition and get to know people in the upper school.”
Taking part in a sport is a great way to make friends as a new student to the Upper School, a fun way to fulfill your gym credit, and a great way to support your fellow Packer Pelicans. Whether or not it is through being going out to support either by yourself, or with groups such as the Flock, teams always enjoy the support of the community and put on their best performance.
The senior class has been able to positively affect the community and will be greatly missed when the year comes to an end. As Sam put it, “I don’t think any Packer sports team will be the same without the Class of 2020.”