Each season, the Independent School League (ISL) recognizes one team in each sport for outstanding sportsmanship. In 2012, for the third consecutive year, the St. Mark’s Girls’ Varsity Tennis team was honored with this award.
“Striving together through athletic competition to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play and mutual respect in preparation for good citizenship and leadership in society” is how the ISL describes itself. Article V, Section F, Part 2 of the Bylaws of the Independent School League states that, “the ISL is proud of the behavior and sportsmanship displayed by its players, coaches and fans. We value spirited and fair play as well as positive support for our players and teams...Players and coaches shall at all times represent themselves and their schools with honor, proper conduct and good sportsmanship.” The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team at St. Mark’s has consistently lived up to these ideals over the past three years.
Coach Ann Behnke is proud of the players who have exemplified this successful spirit of sportsmanship. “Megan Giblin ‘12 and Willa Deeley ‘12 were on the team all three of those years as was Livie Colburn, a rising SVI Former. Gabriella Salerno and Meg Josephson have been on the team two years and congratulations to our four new Third Formers, Hannah Fuller, Katie Fuller, Kolbe Renkert and Kristin Smith who played a big hand in helping us win this award.”
This year, Girls’ Varsity Tennis joins St. Mark’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball as ISL sportsmanship honorees over three straight years. St. Mark’s School is proud of the fact that many of its teams have been so honored over the years, including Varsity Football, Girls’ Varsity Soccer, Varsity Girls’ Squash, Boys’ Varsity Hockey, and Varsity Baseball.