SAAS Season One (FALL) Sports Wrap-up
Seattle Academy just wrapped up Season One of a COVID-19 adjusted season of what would normally have been a regular fall. This was the initial season of the newly formed Emerald Sound Conference (ESC) and the Cardinals had outstanding performances in all six sports!
"Considering all the craziness due to COVID-19, I think we had a great Season One," said SAAS Athletic Director Cathy Schick. “The enthusiasm from our student-athletes was great and the coaches adjusted to make the most of a very different kind of season.”
In girls’ soccer, SAAS advanced to the championship game before falling to King’s. Senior Lucy VanNewkirk '21 and juniors Zoe Bishop '22 and Kiki Caputo '22 were all named to the ESC All-League 1st Team. Senior Annika Daniel '21 and sophomore Lucy Bishop '23 were named to the 2nd Team.
In tennis, the Cardinal boys’ team finished the season in second place with a record of 8-2. In the end of the season team tournament, SAAS advanced to the ESC finals before losing a tough match to University Prep, 3-2. SAAS received standout performances from junior Spencer Bryant '22 who went undefeated in singles (11-0) and seniors Mack Dougan '21 and Will Norden '21.
In boys’ ultimate, the SAAS squad advanced to the conference semifinals before being eliminated. Junior Lex Capestany '22 and seniors Nayan Birnbach '21 and Zubin Birnbach '21 all earned ESC All-League Honors, while Head Coach Taylor Kanemori was named ESC Coach of the Year.
In girls’ volleyball, the Cardinals advanced to the ESC playoffs with an 8-4 record before losing to South Whidbey. Sophomore Ella Hendelman '23 and junior Maiya Gonzales '22 both received ESC All-League Honors.
In cross country, juniors Jaden McCleery-Brown '22 and Lucas Ringer '22 both earned ESC All-League Honors.
The SAAS boys’ golf team will hold their end of the season tournament on May 12, but a big congratulations to Head Coach Freddy Carley who was named ESC Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to SAAS golf coach Freddy Carley and Ultimate coach Taylor Kanemori both named Emerald Sound Conference Coach-of-the-Year in their respective sports! Great season coaches! @seattleacademy #GoCardinals pic.twitter.com/kiicra7cMN— SAAS Athletics (@SAASCardinals) April 9, 2021
This successful sports season was not just limited to the upper school level. Although the middle school did not competitively compete against other schools, Seattle Academy ran numerous clinics and ‘pods’ throughout the season. Over 200 kids participated in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, and ultimate.
And finally, a shout-out to our Season One seniors! Thank you and good luck the rest of the school year and beyond! Go Cardinals!
Season One Athletes - The Class of 2021
|Eli Bayuk||Jackie Kranick|
|Nayan Birnbach||Kjellen MacBain|
|Zubin Birnbach||Elias Malakoff|
|Tyler Carter||Max Malakoff|
|Avery Colwell||Will Norden|
|Annika Daniel||Jamara Putney|
|Leo DeBruhl||Barak Reibman|
|Ruby Desai||Mazzy Rosenast|
|Kaitlin Diamond||Sam Sakaguchi|
|Mack Dougan||Eva Smith|
|Marley Dougan||Maelle Thomelin|
|Jake Everard||Will Troop|
|Oliver Every||Dylan van der Veen|
|Camille Johnson||Lucy VanNewkirk|
|Luca Kennedy||Sachin Zachariah|
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