FAAs Canceled, but Storm Sports Prevail

The winds, floods, and power outages of Hurricane Sandy put the St. Luke’s sports teams in disarray. After all, the week that school was closed due to Sandy was one of the last and most important weeks for Storm athletics. When we left on Friday before the hurricane, the Storm Football team was still undefeated, Girls Soccer was still a New England powerhouse, and Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball were both fighting for FAA bids. Since school Mr. Butler and his team have met constantly to figure out how to make up for lost games.

Recently, Mr. Butler announced that there would be no FAA tournaments for any of the fall sports teams. However, the NEPSACs, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council, are still scheduled as a possibility for four of the St. Luke’s teams: Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, and Football.

Girls Volleyball’s Sasha Clark ’14 spikes during the Homecoming game.

Last Saturday the Boy’s Varsity Soccer team prevailed on Senior Day. Facing off against Masters, St. Luke’s was able to win the game 2-1 and improve their record to an impressive 7-2-3. Christian Bretschneider ’13 and Clay D’Alessandro ‘15 scored the two goals for St. Luke’s. It was the first career goal for Bretschneider in his St. Luke’s varsity career. When asked how it felt to score his first goal for St. Luke’s Bretschneider responded, “It was nice to cross it off my to do list before graduating.”

So what does this mean for the NEPSACs? If the teams qualify, the Quarterfinals for both Boys and Girls Soccer and Girls Volleyball is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 14th. If any of these teams win they will move on to the Semifinals scheduled for this Saturday, November 17th. A win in the Semifinals would give St. Luke’s a chance to win the NEPSACs on Sunday, November 18th. Girl’s Volleyball finished their season at an even 6-6, while Girl’s Soccer also had an outstanding season finishing with a record of 11-0-2.

However, it is a different scenario for Storm football. Last Saturday, St. Luke’s Football had their final game of the regular season. In a hard fought battle against King, St. Luke’s came up short losing 18-12 at home. Charlie Nelson ’13 threw for over two hundred yards, while Noel Thomas ’13 racked up eighty yards receiving. The heart-breaking loss halted the Storm’s undefeated season but on Sunday it was announced that the boys would be able to redeem themselves in a bowl game this Saturday against the Hyde School. St. Luke’s will be playing in the Dan Rorke Bowl on neutral turf at Kingswood-Oxford at 12 pm. Second year quarterback Charlie Nelson ’13 believes his squad will avenge themselves. “We will play better as a team, make less mistakes, and win the game,” he stated.

With four teams possibly in the hunt for the NEPSAC Tournament, it looks like St. Luke’s sports were able to overcome the “storm.” It is crucial that the student body, teachers, and faculty come out and support the teams this week. Let’s hope that we storm the field (and court) this week and weekend and bring the championship home to the hilltop.

— Ben Decatur, Sports Editor

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