In many ways it is the longest season, stretching as it does over five months, from late November through early March, but the winter sports season at St. Mark's can also be very exciting. Hopes are high for 2018-2019.
Two teams are coming off their winningest seasons ever in 2017-2018.
Varsity wrestling (17 victories last season) has a number of key returnees, including All-ISL selections Kareem Chambers '19 and CJ Schumaker '19, as well as Micah Dwirantwi '19, Luis Perez '20, Louis Lyons '20, Thomas Banse '20, and Christian Dwirantwi '21 (Most Improved last year)— all Honorable Mention ISL honorees in 17-18.
Girls' varsity squash (9-4 last winter and recipient of the 2018-2019 ISL Sportsmanship Award) has All-ISL HM selection Caroline Dawson '19 back, along with last year's Most Improved Player—Frances Hornbostel '21, and last season's ETA (Effort-Teamwork-Attitude) honoree Kerrie Verbeek '19. The program is supported by rising players from last year's JV and 3rds squads, a combined 10-5-1 in 2017-2018.
Coach Carl Corazzini's boys' varsity hockey contingent also had a winning record in 2017-2018, going 14-11-4 overall. Although last year's top scorer Matt Toporowski '19 is now out for the season, still on hand is All-ISL selection Danny Ciccarello '20, as well as All-ISL HM selections Nolan Moore '19 (Most Improved last winter) and Tucker Hartman '20. ETA winner Robby Harper and goaltender Will Bundy are also among those back in action for 2018-2019.
Edwardo Perez '19 is back for boys' varsity squash. He was both All-ISL and MVP of last winter's 8-9 team. He will be joined by several talented and enthusiastic returnees, including the 2017-2018 Most Improved player Dom Mongillo '20.
Girls' varsity hockey went 12-13-1 in 2017-2018. Coached by alumna Casey Pickett Bates '09, this year's team will feature Grace Gibbons '20, Kate Normandin '19, and, back in net for her third straight year, Lydia Rascher '20.
Two-time MVP and ISL All-Star Ava Limonciello '20 is back in action for SM girls' varsity basketball this winter. She will be joined by fellow ISL honoree Mary Callahan '21 and last year's Most Improved player Brooke Farrell '21, among others.
Second year head coach Ilya Nicholas will be working with a young boys' varsity basketball squad this winter. While no ISL all-stars are back, he has leadership from players like last year's Most Improved honoree Alex Batista '19, some dedicated players from last season's JV team, and a host of talented new III and IV Formers.
So the stage is set and there is optimism in the air for this year's winter sports season at St. Mark's.