Journey to NYSAIS

Credit: Dawn Crainer
Cross country runners celebrate victory after high placement in their meet. Each of the runners, Freshman travis Knaggs, Freshman Asher Beck, Senior Brendan DiStefano, and Senior Eve Spencer, qualified for federations.

The fall season came to an end with five of Hackley’s varsity teams qualifying to compete in the NYSAIS, New York State Association of Independent Schools, tournament. All of the teams were strong competitors and had an impressive end to their seasons.

The Girls Varsity Tennis team ended the season with a record of 48 wins and two losses in the Ivy League. They ended the season in 1st place in the Ivy League and won the title of Ivy League champions. In the championship, the first singles and second singles lost in very close matches, however, third singles sophomore Asahi Goods won. Hackley won both doubles matches with the first doubles played by senior Maya Miller and sophomore Remi Myers and the second doubles played by junior Sami Rowbottom and freshman Bella Barriera. After the Ivy League championship, tennis went on to play in the NYSAIS tournament, which everyone who played in had to qualify for. Senior Samantha Rainero was the runner-up in the singles championship while senior Maya Miller and sophomore Remi Myers were victorious in winning the NYSAIS doubles championship, making HGVT back-to-back NYSAIS doubles champions.

Field Hockey finished the year with 6 wins and 0 losses in the Ivy League and an overall record of 9 wins, 1 tie, and 3 losses. With their record, they were eligible for the NYSAIS tournament and would have either been seeded first or second in the tournament. Hackley and Rye Country Day School were the only teams that applied for the NYSAIS tournament. Other teams did not apply to the tournament because of controversy related to Hackley senior field hockey player Colin Ives; read about the controversy here. However, RCDS withdrew their application right before the bracket was released for an undisclosed reason. This is the first time since 2003 that Field Hockey has not had a NYSAIS tournament.

The Girls Varsity soccer team ended their Ivy League season in 2nd place with a record of 7 wins, 1 tie and 4 losses. They had an overall record of 9 wins, 1 tie, and 5 losses which secured them the 3 seed spot in the NYSAIS tournament. As Field Hockey was stripped of a NYSAIS tournament, the soccer team invited the seniors from the field hockey team to cheer on soccer from the bench. The girls played Poly Prep Country Day in the quarterfinals on October 27 and lost 1-0.

The Boys Varsity soccer team ended their regular season fourth in the league with a record of 6 wins, 3 ties, and 5 losses. They were placed in the NYSAIS bracket as the sixth seed and played in the quarterfinals against Trinity winning 2-1. They went on to win in the semi-finals against Collegiate 3-1; junior Dan Paridis scored twice, junior Micheal Abbey scored once, and junior JT Goswami had two assists. They then played Masters, the one seed, in the finals and lost 2-1 in a close game, with a goal by Dan Paridis. Boys Soccer had an exciting season and showed tremendous effort in a great run to win the NYSAIS title.

Boys varsity football ended their regular season with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Hackley qualified for a tournament in the Metropolitan Independent Football League as a 3 seed and were set up to play Poly Prep in the semi-finals. They lost to Poly Prep in the semi-finals but are feeling hopeful for next season.

Varsity cross country competed in the NYSAIS championship and the top 10 boys and girls ran the 5K at Van Cortlandt Park. For the girls, senior Eve Spencer came in third and senior Skylar Safriet placed fourteenth. For the boys, junior Brendan Distefano came in third, sophomore Asher Beck came in fourth, and sophomore Travis Knaggs got eleventh. Overall, the boys team came third and the girls team came in fifth. Eve Spencer, Brendan Distefano, Travis Knaggs, and Asher Beck have all qualified to move on to Federations.

All of the fall sports had a great return to sports after not having a season, and there are more exciting sports to look forward to as we move into the winter season.