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Athletics Update - October 28

The fall sports season has kept the King campus full of excitement, and there is no better time of year as we move toward the postseason. 

Football will be the first team to enter the playoffs in the Metropolitan Independent Football League. As the #5 seed, the players will travel to take on the #4 seed, The Dalton School, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. The winner will then travel to take on top-seed Riverdale Country School on Saturday, November 5.

Boys and Girls Crew will wrap up their season at the 52nd annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (HOSR) in Philadelphia on Sunday. Coming off two outstanding performances at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, the upcoming regatta will provide an opportunity for even more of the King athletes to race and represent the Vikings in the high school division races on Sunday.

The Cross Country teams will be next up for the postseason, as the FAA championships are scheduled for Halloween afternoon on Monday, October 31, at Sherwood Island in Westport.

JV Boys Soccer held its Senior Day on Thursday, October 27, for Bruce Balinsky ’23, Adom Laryea-Adjei ’23, and Erik Frenes ’23 in a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Brunswick School. The team will travel to The Masters School on Tuesday, November 1, and then wrap up its season in the FAA JV Tournament on Saturday, November 5.

Volleyball enters the week 13-0 with a key FAA match on Saturday at Hopkins. The week will be a busy one for the Vikings, beginning with a match against Westhill High School on Monday, October 31. Seniors Alex Oxenstierna ’23 and Tess Fredette ’23 will be honored before their home match against Masters on Wednesday, November 3. The regular season will conclude with a pink-out cancer awareness match against Wooster School on Friday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Upper School Gym. FAA postseason play will start on Monday, November 7.

The JV volleyball athletes will also wrap up their season in the FAA JV Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, November 5. The Red and Blue teams each have final matches this week before they enter the tournament as one of the favorites to bring home a title!

The result of the Girls Soccer home game against Greenwich Country Day School on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. will be an important one for FAA postseason play seeding. Before the game, the Vikings will honor seniors Charlotte Black ’23, Ava Bakes ’23, Emily Cook ’23, Sam Lockyer ’23, Avery Schwartz ’23, Abby Glassmeyer ’23, Gouri Krishnan ’23, Lilah Sweillam ’23, and Izzy White ’23. The team will then wrap up the regular season at home on Wednesday, November 2 against Hamden Hall before the FAA playoffs get started on Tuesday, November 8.

Boys Soccer will also take on Hamden Hall on Wednesday, November 2 on the road. Playoff placement is still wide open, and the boys will await seeding information heading into next weekend before FAA tournament play starts on Monday, November 7.

Field Hockey will travel to Rye Country Day School today, Friday, October 28, and wrap up their regular season with a key battle at St. Luke’s School on Wednesday, November 2, before a final home game versus The Frederick Gunn School on Saturday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. Before the game, seniors Hunter Fine ’23, Ellie Glinka ’23, Mischa Kandel ’23, Ellie King ’23, Cate Satrazemis ’23, and Moira Wathen ’23 will be celebrated with their families. The Vikings will then await New England tournament news to see if they will advance into the postseason.

Visit the FAA website for league standing and playoff information as it is set for the fall postseason.

King Captains' and Team Leader Workshop
Coach Nate Jean-Baptiste and Director of Student-Athlete Health Services Emma Jonsson welcomed in more than 50 of our captains and team leaders for our annual captains’ workshop on Tuesday, October 25. The students continued their work developing the mission statement for the Captains’ Council, including a reflection about what it means to be a leader, particularly in sports. The students also worked through interactive and engaging exercises around communication and listening skills and what it means to be an effective communicator. Captains’ Council meetings take place regularly each season to provide a space for team captains to meet to discuss their roles and their seasons and help develop their leadership and communication skills.


Upper School Winter Sports Info and Fair 

Winter Sports Fair
Winter Sports Fair

In preparation for the start of the winter season in a few short weeks, we held our annual Winter Sports Fair this morning, Friday, October 28, in the Upper School Dining Hall. Upper school students planning to play a winter sport stopped by to add their names to the team rosters. Coaches and captains of each team were present to answer questions from any undecided students. For students unable to attend, but planning to play a sport this winter, please reach out to Mr. Decker to make sure he adds you to that team’s contact list.

Upper School winter programs and starting dates are as follows:

Winter Sports Fair
Winter Sports Fair
  • Varsity Boys Basketball (Tryouts start November 14)
  • JV Boys Basketball (November 28)
  • Girls Basketball (November 14)
  • Indoor Crew (November 14)
  • Ice Hockey (November 14)
  • *Paddle Tennis (November 29)
  • **Squash (Team Testing Dates - November 16 and 17)
  • *Swimming (TBA)

 *Program status pending participation numbers.
**An open evaluation day for all King US Squash players will be held at MSquash SONO on Sunday, November 6, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

A complete schedule for the opening weeks of the winter season will be posted early in November. For specific winter team information, please visit our Upper School Athletics page and check winter season schedules when they post the first week in November.


Middle School Winter Sports 
Winter sports for our Middle School students will begin with an orientation day on Wednesday, November 16, and one practice day on Friday, November 18, before the Thanksgiving Break. Winter programs will then start back up on Monday, November 28. More details will be released soon, and team and program information can be found on the Middle School Athletics page on the King website.