Fall Sports have ended, but not without the Cougars amassing some of their finest seasons in years. The football, tennis and boys and girls soccer teams were all at the top of their league. Here’s a look back at the fall sports season.
Tennis: This season the tennis team was undefeated, 10-0, with one of their best seasons in history. Led by 8th grade history teacher Ms. Amendola and captains Savannah F., Nadia U., Kassandra F. and Mary Kate T., the team won big victories against Heritage Middle School 3-2 and Kent Place 3-2 and key rival Pingry 5-1.
Boys Soccer: Led by captains Tommy F. and Mauricio T., the A soccer team finished with a fantastic 9-1 record. With a vast array of experienced and polished 8th graders that included Jack S., Luke P., Tommy and Mauricio the team was very balanced. But the team also had one other major thing going for them. They had one of the strongest seventh grade classes in years led by standouts Wesley W. and Malcolm D., who play for the New Jersey Rangers, which is the number one team in New Jersey and sixth in the country. Wesley was recruited to play for the USA National U13 and Under Team, part of the top 18 thirteen-year-old players in the country to tour the Netherlands and Germany early next year. In addition, Coach Janus and Coach Ruddy gave out two awards, both to seventh graders Lucas M. and Wyatt N., citing their “dedication and
commitment to the team as well as their excellent skills on the field.” Their most notable game was their last game of the year against Roosevelt Middle School, a gritty 6-5 victory with a goal being scored in the last seconds of the game. As for the boys B team, they finished with a 4-3-1 record. “The boys worked hard all year and it paid off,” said librarian and Coach Tom Ruddy. He gave out two coach’s awards to Joe S. and Jay A.
Football: Last year, the Cougars went undefeated behind quarterback Rob P. (now starting for the high school) and P.C. P. (linebacker for Don Bosco Prep, one of the top high school football programs in the country). What could they do for an encore? The Cougars finished with a record of 5-1, losing their only loss to a very tough Pingry team. They won demanding games against Delbarton and Rumson. “Both of the games were battles,” said Coach Dan Weller. “We really earned our victories. Against Rumson, with 20 to 30 students of MKA and countless adults on hand, Kyle B., the team’s star running back, ran for two long touchdowns that left the crowd in such a state of craziness that the referees had to yell at them! Even with the team’s best defensive player, Elliot F., sidelined, they still managed to easily win with an early touchdown by Asante G. and two huge catches from tight end Joey A. Mr. Weller summed up the memorable season with one quote about the final game against Newark Academy: “Our final game was also notable just because we were really able to see how much some of our new players had grown from the beginning of the season.” The team gave out four awards; Defensive Player Of The Year went to Elliot F., Offensive Player Of The Year to Kyle B., Breakout Performance to Greg B. and a Coaches Award to Bernard P.