On Monday, May 21, Ross Upper School School students celebrated the achievements of this season’s student-athletes during the Spring Athletics Awards ceremony. Congratulations to all!Read More
Following a successful pre-professional tennis career in his native Brazil, Ross School Tennis Director Vinicius Carmo came to the United States as a student-athlete for the University of Tennessee. After accepting a summer job in the Hamptons, Vinicius made his home here, leading tennis programs throughout the region. He is the founding director of Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) and has coached several championship-winning tennis teams during his nine years at Ross.Read More
On Monday, June 5, Ross School students assembled in the Great Hall to support their fellow students as they received athletic awards for their performance during the spring season. The only senior award recipient, Noa Langleben ’17, accepted her final Coaches’ Award for her long-term stint on the Cosmos rowing team. Congratulations to all of our student-athletes.
The full listing of awards is listed below.
Middle School Sailing Best Skipper: Harry Prager '21
Varsity Rowing Coaches' Award: Noa Langleben '17
Boys Varsity Tennis Most Valuable Player: Rainier Benard '18 Most Improved Player: Alex Saunders '19 Coaches' Award: Konrad Kopp '19
Boys Varsity Track Most Valuable Player: Albert Darchiev '18 Most Improved Player: Boqin Yang '21 Coaches' Award: Taito Shimizu '18
Girls Varsity Track Most Valuable Player: Autumn Coard '22 Most Improved Player: Caly Stewart '21 Coaches' Award: Naomi Schormann '19
Ross Upper School honored the achievements of student-athletes who played on winter sports teams this year. These awards included Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player), and Coach’s Award. Go Cosmos!
MS Girls Volleyball Most Valuable Player: Emma Tiedemann ’21 Most Improved Player: Maya Teixeira ’22 Coach’s Award: Greer Costello ’21
JV Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player: Andy Zeng ’18 Most Improved Player: George Rao ’20 Coach’s Award: Karsten Chan ’18
Varsity Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player: Jonas Linnman-Feuerring ’17 Most Improved Player: Ben Bijur ’18 Coach’s Award: Larry Li ’19
Eighth grader Taylor Thomas has followed Ross School’s tennis program since elementary school. He began playing with Ross as a member of the Junior Tennis Academy, where he impressed coaches with his commitment to improving his game—something he’s continued as he’s progress to full-time training with RSTA.
Most recently, Taylor competed in the Alley Pond Tournament in Queens, where he made it to the finals. “Taylor puts his every spare moment into raising the level of his game, and that shows in his results,” said Vinicius Carmo, director of RSTA. “He loves to compete and performs well in tournaments, which is a rare quality that cannot be taught.”
Junior Vitalina Golud was the top seed at the L1B Cary Leeds Tournament, and she won her division in an impressive way, dropping no more than three games in any of her sets. “Vitalina is an incredibly strong player who thrives on competition,” Vinicius said. “She joined this program to train, play, and win, and she brings her best to the court every time she plays.”
Both Taylor and Vitalina are members RSTA, Ross School’s comprehensive program for national and international junior players that combines an engaging, global curriculum with the highest level of competitive tennis training available.
Congratulations to Taylor and Vitalina on their success!
Ross Upper School held an awards ceremony in the Great Hall on October 26 to celebrate the achievements of the fall season student-athletes. Awards included MVP (Most Valuable Player), MIP (Most Improved Player), and CA (Coach’s Award).
As the coaches introduced the athletes, they spoke of the students’ teamwork, skill, and marked improvement throughout the season. “The Cosmos faced some challenges this season, from the weather, to travel schedules, to keeping up with the competition,” said Ross School Athletics Director Howard Brown. “Their dedication, spirit, and commitment to their teammates distinguished them on and off the field, courts, and seas.”
Varsity Boys Golf João Paulo Coelho ’17 (MVP) Mark Frenzel-Sulyok ’16 (CA) Filipp Gorodetskiy ’16 (CA) Yansong (Steven) Zhang ’19 (CA)
Varsity Co-Ed Cross Country Liqiong (Vivian) Cai ’18 (MVP) Sophie Griffin ’19 (MIP) Jiehong (Jack) Li ’17 (MIP) Dehe (Mark) Liu ’17 (CA) Xinmiao (Monica) Zhang ’19 (CA) Jiayi (Christina) Cao ’19 Weijia (Mike) Jin ’19 Suyi (Jessie) Li ’18 Junpu (Rebecca) Lin ’18 Jinglin Lu ’19 Lauren McClean ’18 Yanxi Mo ’19 Luiza Oliveira ’17 Leona Rethmann ’18 Yanshou (James) Song ’19 Mingjie (Mark) Tong ’19 Wanqi Yan ’19
JV Girls Tennis Laina Lomont ’20 (MVP) Julia Mueller ’18 (MIP) Karen Kikuta ’16 (CA) Bruna Armstrong ’18 Yini (Dorothy) Li ’16 Arlet Rivas ’18 Jing (Milly) Xue ’19 Lilah Yektai ’21
Varsity Girls Tennis Leila Murphy ’17 (MVP) Sophie Cassou ’18 (MIP) Kendall Scala ’16 (CA) Sailor Brinkley-Cook ’16 Deborah Casares ’16 Hannah Dayton ’17 Daniela Herman ’17 Melissa Ibrahim ’18 Savannah McMenamin ’17 Kanami Mikami ’18 Zoe Mintz ’19 Frances Sacks ’16
Varsity Boys Soccer Bruno Alves ’16 (MIP) Jonas Linnman-Feuerring ’17 (CA) Pedro De Assis ’17 Ben Bijur ’18 Sennan (Sean) Cen ’18 Zhanye (Mario) Chen ’18 Xiang (Jeff) Cui ’16 Albert Darchiev ’18 Qisen Hong ’18 Alex Lawson ’17 Lenox Loo ’16 Eisei Maeyama ’17 Seonghyun (Justin) Min ’18 Taito Shimizu ’18 Gonzalo Suarez ’16 Gonzalo Trapote ’16 Sihang (Chris) Xu ’18 Gustavo Zago ’18 RuiHua Zhang ’17 Israa Dhaif ’16 (Manager) Natalia Calcaneo ’16 (Manager)
Varsity Co-Ed Sailing John (Cole) Colby ’16 (MVP) Brian Brenninkmeijer ’17 (MIP) Isabelle Rowe ’17 (CA) Isoo Chang ’16 Jared Goldsmith ’17 Veronica Ko ’16 Seamus McCarthy ’17 Wyeth Moyer ’17 Yi (Bevis) Pan ’18 Yoora Song ’17
Varsity Co-Ed Surfing Lily Attias ’19 Julia Benedetti-Rutzen ’16 Pearl Brosterman ’20 Weizhong Chen ’18 Lang (Mark) Cheng ’16 Chris Fava ’19 Ella Gatfield ’17 Xipeng (Sunny) Guo ’18 Jenna Kestan ’19 Alba Knauer ’18 Miyu Matsumura ’19 Liam Murray ’19 (Hardest Charger) Anna Popova ’17 Nevia Schultheiss ’17 (Heaviest Wipeout) Diego Vanegas ’20 Leif Wood ’19 Hongzheng (Jacob) Zhang ’17 Jin Zhang ’16 Bohan (Oscar) Zhao ’17
Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing the successes of seniors Wen-To Chan, Inga Cordts-Gorcoff, Daisy Gallaher, Will Greenberg, and Miguel Monori; juniors Cole Colby, Kendall Scala, Yinggi Zhao, and Jin Zhang; freshman Emily Austopchuk; seventh grader Ally Friedman; Ross second graders; alumna Chelsea Tierney ‘02; teachers Heather D’Agostino, Alicia Schordine, and Shannon Timoney; and staff members Hleb Maslau, Jennifer Morgan, and Simona Weymar.
At the 2015 Ross School graduation ceremony, the Courtney Sale Ross Awards in recognition of faculty members most exemplary of the Ross School vision of leadership, academic excellence, and personal integrity, were awarded to Upper School Dean of Mathematics Heather D’Agostino and Lower School fourth grade teacher Alicia Schordine. Will Greenberg received the Ross School Board Award for demonstration of outstanding leadership qualities; the Anders G. Holst Award for a senior who demonstrates courage in creativity went to Daisy Gallaher; Wen-To Chan received the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award in recognition of his pursuit of excellence, magnanimity of intention, and personal integrity; and the first Richard M. Dunn Award went to Inga Cordts-Gorcoff for her achievements in the study of literature and journalism.
At a dinner ceremony on June 18, the editor of The East Hampton Star presented 2015 All-Star awards to Cole Colby, Kendall Scala, Yinggi Zhao, and Jin Zhang in acknowledgement of their academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement.
2015 Teeny Awards for Outstanding Female and Male in One-Act Plays went to Emily Austopchuk, for her performance in Tassie Suffers, and to Miguel Monori, for his role in Misfortune.
One of Ross School Tennis Academy’s youngest competitors, Ally Friedman captured her first title at the USTA L1B Lynbrook June Challenger (Girls 14s).
Ross alum Chelsea Tierney was sworn in as the East Hampton Police Department’s first female sergeant at a ceremony on May 21. Sergeant Tierney holds a degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal/forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
In late May, the second grade and their teacher Shannon Timoney took a class trip up the Peconic River and saw firsthand thousands of bunker fish that died as a result of nitrogen pollution in local waters. They were inspired to make a positive difference, and organized a school assembly featuring guest speaker Kevin McAllister from Defend H2O as well as a popsicle sale to raise money for the cause. They also produced a powerful documentary about their experience and plan to continue their important efforts in the new school year.
Earlier this month, Ross Tennis coaches Hleb Maslau and Simona Weymar teamed up to win the mixed doubles title at the US Open National Playoffs New England sectional qualifier, held at the Yale University Tennis Center. Hleb completed an “unprecedented hat trick,” winning the men’s singles and doubles events as well.
Jennifer Morgan, editorial project manager, was recently selected to compete on the TV game show Jeopardy! The show will air in the U.S. on July 29.
Congratulations to all!
The athletic awards ceremony on June 1 marked the close of a tremendous spring sports season. Coaches from each team recognized outstanding athletes and individual accomplishments specific to the sport. Sailing, surfing, rowing, softball, baseball, tennis, and track coaches acknowledged athletes with Most Valuable Player, Most Improved, and Coaches’ Awards. Coaches also voted on the male and female athletes of the year; Director of Athletics Howard Brown presented this year’s honors to Anish Rishi and Kendall Scala for their outstanding participation in athletics. Congratulations to all coaches and athletes on another season well played!
Varsity Sailing Most Valuable Sailor: John (Cole) Colby Most Improved Sailor: Theo Legat
Middle School Sailing Best Skipper: Sophie Griffin
Varsity Surfing Heaviest Wipeout: Clara Wilkinson Hardest Charger: Chris Yakovtsev-Kapanets Most Improved: Alyssa Resch
Varsity Rowing Most Improved Rower: Quentin Bazar Most Dedicated Rower: Noa Langleben Hammer Award: Ferdinand Teichert
Softball Most Valuable Player: Lindsay Lerner Most Improved Player: Ava Seccuro Coaches’ Award: Gianna Scala
Baseball Most Valuable Players: Kei Maeyema, Tommy Jerido Coaches’ Award: Tony Kim
Boys Varsity Tennis Most Valuable Player: Dan Okin Most Improved Player: Gonzalo Trapote Coaches’ Award: Jonas Linnmann-Feuerring
Boys Varsity Track Most Valuable Player: Liam Cummings Most Improved Player: Jason Liu Coaches’ Award: Frank Qi
Girls Varsity Track Most Valuable Player: Kendall Scala Most Improved Player: Kate Tatarkina Coaches’ Award: Michelle Lin
Ross School Male Athlete of the Year: Anish Rishi Ross School Female Athlete of the Year: Kendall Scala
Nothing captures the spirit of the East End lifestyle more than the beaches and bays of eastern Long Island. Located in the heart of the Hamptons, Ross School affords its students the unique opportunity to participate in three nautical sports teams: sailing, surfing, and rowing. All three sports are piquing interest from the students, with some international students even indicating that being able to participate in these sports influenced their decision to study at Ross.
Every afternoon, the docks of the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor fill with eager student sailors from the local high schools, including eight Ross students. Under the direction of Breakwater’s Sailing Director Sean Elliot, sailors learn the intricacies of competitive racing. Thus far, the team has sailed in three regattas, and their final race will take place on June 7.
Just down the bay, rowers assemble for crew practice each afternoon. In the weeks leading up to spring, the team underwent extensive indoor training to get ready for competition. Rowers participate in a variety of individual and team regatta competitions throughout Long Island and New York. A handful of Ross rowers will also benefit from the training and conditioning as preparation for collegiate-level competition and possible university scholarships.
At Ocean Road Beach in Bridgehampton, surfers grab their boards and enthusiastically paddle out into the waves. Shane Dyckman, owner of Flying Point Surf School, reintroduced surfing to Ross’s athletic roster last spring, “giving local and international students an opportunity to take advantage of the East End’s natural resources.” Shane and his team of coaches emphasize the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety with the students, and the sport’s popularity has exploded among both local and international students.
Sailing, rowing, and surfing are varsity sports in both the fall and spring athletic seasons. These nautical sports epitomize the East End experience—living a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle with access to some of the United States’ most celebrated beaches and waterways.
The Boys Varsity Tennis team is down to the last few matches in the regular season and is currently in second place in League XII. Assistant Coach Kevin Snyder said he has seen huge improvements this year, and the players’ skill and passion for the sport is evident in their dominant performances on the court. Their win against Longwood on April 30 bumped their record up to 9–3, and Kevin is confident the team will head into the playoffs at the top of their game.
All players on the team are swinging with confidence. Coach Juan Diaz says senior Dan Okin is “on fire” and has played great in some very tough matches this season. He has been working hard to improve his game, and it’s paying off on the courts. Other standouts are juniors Jonas Linnman-Feuerring and Gonzalo Trapote, who have been rock-solid in the team’s number two and three singles spots; and senior Madison Hummel, who is first in doubles and fourth in singles. “He is playing great at the net and putting a lot of shots away,” Kevin said.
Overall, the team is advancing every part of their mental and physical game, and all have shown flashes of great tennis. The coaches have been stressing consistency with all players, which means something different for each of them, whether it’s getting more shots in the court, putting volleys away at the net, or making more first serves. “On an individual level, there has been a lot of growth in those areas,” Kevin said.
As far as big challenges ahead in the regular season, the team will wrap up with a match against East Hampton. The focus will then be on the playoffs, with the individual tournament on May 8 and 9, and the team playoffs the following week.
Good luck, Cosmos!
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer days, the spring sports season is off to a racing start. Afternoons are bursting with energy and enthusiasm as students began training for track and field, baseball, softball, tennis, sailing, rowing, and surfing. Teams are meeting with coaches and getting in shape for the athletic season.
More than 100 students signed up to participate in junior varsity and varsity athletics this season. Track and field coach Dan Bruni notes, “The start of sports season is hectic, but I’m excited.” With the weather improving each day, students eagerly anticipate getting active with their teammates.
The East End of Long Island presents Ross students with opportunities to learn nautical sports like rowing, surfing, and sailing from experienced coaches in a premiere environment. Surfing was first offered last year, and it has grown from a group of three surfers to 24, some of whom have never stepped in the ocean before. The rowing crew consists of 23 local and international students, most of whom worked to maintain their fitness training throughout the winter. They will soon be sculling in the waters of Sag Harbor. Sports present the chance for local and international students to join together, share their passions, and be a part of the community that makes Ross School so special.
The excitement this season is palpable. Let’s go, Cosmos!
On February 6–8, Ross School Tennis Academy player Jonas Erdman ‘16 dominated the courts at the Point Set winter championship, taking first place in the Boys’ 16 Singles category. The event, held at Point Set Indoor Tennis Center in Oceanside, New York, gathered a full 64 player draw. Jonas ultimately triumphed in two final matches 6–1 and 6–2.
Fellow RSTA teammate Gabe Rissman ‘18 advanced to the semifinals of the same event; eventually losing to Jonas in a close match. Jonas, who joined RSTA in January, is Germany’s top-ranked 16 and under player.
The excellence continued this past weekend at the L1 Huntington Station February Championships. RSTA player Athanasios Bilis ‘18 fought his way to the finals, eventually losing a very close match to another strong L1 player.
Next up, Jonas and Athanasios will join Ross tennis pro Hleb Maslau to play in a professional hardscrabble prize money tournament in Brewster, New York on February 21 and 22. RSTA coaches agree it will be a great experience for the students to play against college-level and pro-level competitors.
Phil Williamson, RSTA head coach, said RSTA’s excellence on the courts is testament to the abilities of the players as they continue to develop to improve their game in stronger and more competitive competitions with some of the best players on Long Island.
Congratulations and good luck!
On Friday, January 16, the Ross School Alumni Association hosted their first Alumni vs. Faculty Basketball Game in the Center for Well-Being. It was a great success, as more than 120 very supportive students, faculty, alumni, parents, and members of the community came to watch and catch up with old friends. Not surprisingly, the alumni triumphed, with a final score of 47–36, but the teachers put up a valiant fight, and the vibe on the court set the scene for a fun afternoon with lots of laughter and reminiscences.
The alumni who participated were Franco Cuttica ’08, Miranda Milligan ’06, Brandon Pettaway ’11, Peggy Stankevich ’06, and Sam Yarabek ’04 (also the new twelfth grade English Literature teacher at Ross). In fact, Brandon traveled all the way from Rhode Island to get in on the game! The faculty, associates, and house parents who participated were Anna Strong, Jack Szczepanski, Dwight Curtis, Adam Bendon, Wes Howard, Anders Samuelson, Evan Dyal, and Dan Bruni. Howard Brown, dean of Athletics, officiated, and varsity players Anish Rishi and Madison Hummel coached the teams. Sophomore Chris Ragone served as scorekeeper.
The crowd was rowdy, and students enjoyed seeing their teachers hit a few three-pointers as well as put up the occasional air ball. The Great Hall was filled with tremendous energy, and all who participated enjoyed the friendly competition. Students and teachers have commented that they would like get together more frequently for similar events.
Already, there is talk of an Alumni vs. Faculty Softball Game this spring, so stay tuned, and stay fit, until the next celebratory challenge!
The tournament took place December 26–31 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, and there was a draw of 64 mixed doubles teams. The couple was seeded as the number five team, having won the Eastern Sectional qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open this past summer and another USTA tournament in Long Beach, New York, in late December.
Winning the championship was not easy, however; Hleb and Simona faced several tough competitors, including top players from Columbia University in a semi-final match, with a final score was 6–4, 6–2. In the finals, they played against the previous winners of the U.S. Open qualifying sectional. “We played at a very high level and did not give them a chance to get into the match. We beat them 6–3, 6–1,” Simona said.
Hleb, a coach for the Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA), and Simona, an associate with the Ross Admissions office, practice daily at the Ross Tennis Center. Simona said this was a huge accomplishment, and it was made possible by the time they spend training in the excellent Ross tennis facilities. Simona and Hleb are 22–1 in overall wins and losses and have won five tournaments since they started playing together.
Next up for Hleb is a tournament in Sea Colony, New York, on January 10, where he will compete in men’s singles and doubles along with RSTA players. The pair is also looking forward to taking another shot at winning the U.S. Open mixed doubles championship in summer 2015.
Good luck, Hleb and Simona!
Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) players dominated the courts at the USTA Eastern Tennis Section on December 6 and 7, capturing a title in all but one of the divisions in which they competed. The matches were held across Eastern Long Island.
Paul Voigt ’17 won the Boys 16s Sportime December Challenger in East Quogue, Fernando Fernandes ’15 earned the Boys 18s World Gym December Challenger title in East Setauket, and Gabe Rissman ‘18 won the Boys14s CMTC Winter Challenger title in Oceanside.
Other great performers were Athanasios Bilis ’18, who reached the semifinals of the World Gym event, and Bruno Alves ’16, who reached the semifinals at Sportime.
Phil Williamson, RSTA head coach, said the Eastern Tennis Section sees some of the best players on Long Island, and the excellent performances of the team are a testament to the technical and mental abilities the players have developed to improve their game.
The Academy includes 18 international players from the United States, Germany, Brazil, Greece, and Saudi Arabia. Ross Tennis Pro and RSTA Coach Hleb Maslau said the students have become a very close group in recent months, adding, “They have each learned a lot about their different cultures and ideas, and it has really helped to bring them together on and off the court.”
The success of the RSTA program continues to attract attention from the international tennis community and potential students. In October, Germany’s number-one player in his age division spent a week at Ross with tennis coaches and players, and he will be joining RSTA in January.
“RSTA has, by far, become the premier high school tennis program in the Northeast,” Hleb said.
Going forward, the RSTA students will continue to progress and compete in higher-level tournaments. Several players also plan to enter local professional matches.
At the end of each sports season, the Ross community gathers to acknowledge the efforts of our athletic teams and individuals on the teams who have made great contributions or improvements during the season. On November 17, an awards ceremony was held in the Great Hall to confer certificates on student-athletes participating on Fall 2014 teams.
Coaches for the cross country, rowing, surfing, volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, and sailing teams conveyed their pride in the tremendous progress the students made during the season, noting that many were participating in their chosen sport for the first time.
They also remarked on the teamwork and respect the students showed for their fellow teammates and competitors. “The dedication and determination to excel at their sport was impressive. They left 100 percent ‘on the field’ at every practice and match,” said Athletics Director Howard Brown.
Awards included Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and Coach’s Award. Congratulations to all our student-athletes!
ROWING Noa Langleben (Coach’s Award) Lucia Robinson (Most Improved) Greta Falser James Lytton Milo Munshin Alona Shulyak Fei Wade
SAILING Cole Colby (Most Valuable) Wing Ka (Veronica) Ko (Most Improved) Theo Legat Wyeth Moyer Isabelle Rowe
SURFING Nevia Schultheiss (Most Improved) Sunny Guo (Coach’s Award) Julia Benedetti-Rutzen Mark Cheng Yanni Giannakopoulos Max Schlabach Josephine Witte Jin Zhang
GOLF Phillip Gorodetsky (Most Valuable) Jack Lycke (Coach’s Award) Jenny Chen Feng-Ping Cheng Shane Han Victoria Hu Peter Kim Henry Oh
CROSS COUNTRY Mark Liu (Most Improved) Anna Popova (Most Improved) Anish Rishi (Most Valuable) Mingjie Tong (Coach’s Award) Shanshan Yang (Coach’s Award) Sung Wook Han (Most Improved) Nikki Betuel (Most Valuable) Erick Guzman Gangjun He Neo Huang Zhuoyue Lian William Lin Justin Liu Jakob Strobel Peter Zhang Jiale Zhi
GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS Kendall Scala (Most Valuable) Leni Haslberger and Anna Narzibekova (Doubles) (Most Improved) Zoe Yektai (Coach's Award) Livia Azevedo Constance Caiola Sophie Cassou Hannah Dayton Rory Gallaher Daisy Gallaher Kanami Mikami Amanda Mintz
GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY TENNIS Marie Vocke (Most Valuable) Adelia Rattray (Most Improved) Nadzia Kempski (Coach’s Award) Kendall Scala (Most Valuable) Ariel Anza Sailor Brinkley-Cook Natalia Calcaneo Carla Eickelkamp Maria Francisco de Melo Oliveira Denise Garcia Leni Haslberger Sarah Jannetti Dorothy Li Zoe Mintz
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER Lenox Loo (Most Valuable) Jonas Linnman-Feuerring (Most Improved) Raul Valle (Coach’s Award) Guillermo Beroy Thomas Ding Pedro Duarte Marcello Alexander Lawson Roman Kostin Eisei Maeyama Keiichiro Maeyama
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER Ben Bijur (Most Valuable) Jared Goldsmith (Most Improved) Miguel Monori (Coach’s Award) Dennef Chiriboga Jeff Cui Jared Goldsmith Qisen Hong Tek Kan Tony Kim Chengzhi Ma Nacho Monreal Ted Morency
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Gloria Feuer (Most Valuable) Kate Tatarkina (Most improved) Jhane Gibson and Olivia Eberstadt (Coach’s Award) Nikki Fung Dillon Kab Tracy Kwok Maria Makhmudova Liza Marinokh Dorsa Mehdizadeh Camila Mendonca
GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Manuela Marinho-Cardoso (Most Valuable) Ting-Yu Lin (Most Improved) Shuyu Pan (Coach’s Award) Hannah Baker Caroline Breitweiser Georgia Briere Sherry Chen Nina Damiecki Tatjiana Freesz Tali Friedman Sharon Kim Jessica Krenz Michele Lin
On October 18, a gorgeous springlike day, the East End community turned out for the third annual Run for Ross 5K race. About 150 people, including the Ross cross country team, students, teachers, staff, and families, completed the course that began and ended at Main Beach in East Hampton, winding through beautiful tree-lined streets and along the ocean. Runners, walkers, cyclists, inline skaters, and furry four-legged companions all joined in the fun.
The day kicked off at the Main Beach pavilion, where participants picked up their race numbers and chatted as they enjoyed the beautiful vista and music provided Chris Engel, Community Programs director. Many limbered up on the beach and prepared for the event with tai chi led by Wellness Teacher John Germano.
Post-race festivities included a ceremony where Mr. Chris presented awards for first, second, and third place age group finishers as well as for the top overall male and female. In addition, all 10 and under participants received a medal for participating. The race was officially recorded by Island Timing.
“This is such a great event for the community, and we are thrilled that so many came out to support Ross,” said Courtney Wingate, associate director of Development. "This year we had a father daughter team, Alden and David Powers, cross the finish line together. Alden was the first overall female finisher with a time of 21:53 at 11 years old! An average of 7:03 per mile is very impressive for her age!"
Courtney noted the generous support of the Run for Ross sponsors, including Bach & Grazina Orthodontics, The Baker House 1650, Biondo & Hammer LLP, Hamptons Gym Corp, East End Limousine, East Hampton Physical Therapy, East Hampton Village Hardware, Fiji Water, Race Lane Restaurant, and Wainscott Hardware.
Proceeds from the event went to the Steven J. Ross Scholarship fund to help ensure that over one-third of the Ross student body benefits from a Ross School education, regardless of economic circumstances.
Already known for its Tennis Academy, powerhouse JV and Varsity teams, and the renowned pros, coaches, and staff at the Tennis Center, Ross School has extended this excellence to the Lower School, with Tennis now part of the pre-kindergarten through grade 3 Wellness curriculum.
“The students now take tennis lessons at the Lower School Field House every Tuesday, and it has been a huge success. The mental and physical aspects of the sport can be a tremendous benefit to the children in their formative years,” said Vinicius Carmo, Ross Tennis program director.
He added that the faculty, coaches, and staff are grateful to the Lower School Parents Association for sponsoring the program for the school year, making this wonderful opportunity possible for the students.
The Lower School offers an ideal setting for such a program, exposing students to tennis at an early age in the nurturing Ross environment. Joao Casagrande and Pedro Davisson, tennis pros at the Ross Tennis Center, are teaching the lessons, and loving the experience. “We already see the marked improvement in the students’ skills, and most important, we have more children interested in playing tennis,” Joao said.
Ross also offers the Jump Start and Junior Development Program during after-school hours at the Tennis Center for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 6.
Ross Upper School held an awards ceremony in the Great Hall on June 9 to celebrate the achievements of the spring season student-athletes. Awards included MVP (Most Valuable Player), MIP (Most Improved Player), CA (Coach’s Award), and Iron Man/Iron Woman for each team; and special recognition for athletes who played multiple sports in all seasons.
“The Cosmos noted sweet triumphs, some tough losses, and many proud moments,” said Howard Brown, Ross School Athletics director. “Overall, the season will be remembered for teamwork, fun on and off the fields and seas, and significant improvement in skill sets and level of play.”
Girls Varsity Track Nicole Betuel Constance Caiola Blair Choi Romy Deckert Sophia Do (MIP and Senior Female Athlete of the Year) Natalie Earsakul Emma-Scott Egbert Gloria Feuer (CA) Ella Gatfield Sahar Gray Angelina Gritcuk Eunice Han Sophie Haslberger Daniela Herman Amelie Huerbe (Iron Woman) Victoria Iskiyaeva Wenqian Jiang Lauren Jung Emma Kim Eunice Kim Serena Kim Polina Kutina Marie Lovrek Kate Mandrukevica Liza Marinokha (MVP) Sabrina McMenamin Savannah McMenamin Jordyn Moncur Aimee Velez Terrazas Rives Kendall Scala Krystsina Siniauskaya Annabel Targownik Aina Tomas Abby Wang Carley Wootton Wenjing Wu Claire Yu Shirley Zhang Yvonne Zhang
Boys Varsity Track Yushaui Bu Karsten Chan Jimmy Chang Feng-Ping Cheng Leonard Cheng Mark Cheng Teague Costello Xiang Cui Will Greenberg Jeong Ho Ha (CA) John He Jack Kim (MIP) Tony Kim Alex Lawson (MVP) Jinwoo Lee Nacho Monreal Ted Morency (Iron Man) Henry Oh Anish Rishi Flavio Sousa Anil Tickaram Nodo Ugulava Zac Wan (Special Recognition) Charles Wang Martin Wang Ricky Wang Vins Wu Ryan Yang Dongfang Zhang Jack Zhang Jin Zhang Peter Zhang Jiale Zhi
JV Baseball Huy Dang Mark Do Mark Frenzel-Sulyok Tristan Griffin Greg Gropper (MVP) Sam Hamilton Tommy Jerido Griffin Kim Anderson Lin Shiyang Liu Eisei Maeyama (CA) Kei Maeyama Seamus McCarthy Eli Schultz (Iron Man) Eric Sun David Tang Kevin Weiss (MIP) Jingyi Xu Oscar Zhao Steven Zhao Tommy Zhao
JV Softball Caroline Breitweiser Nina Damiecki Daisja Feuer Vincy Fu Olivia Gan Sunny Gou Rachel Lerner Lindsey Lerner (MVP) Dorothy Li Katie Morgan (CA) Bella Pan Giovanna Trabasso (Iron Woman) Katya Wolosoff Big Kitty Xue (MIP)
JV Boys Tennis David He Hawke Huang (MVP) Peter Kim (MIP) Aaron Kresberg (Iron Man) James Mulvey Alex Saunders (CA) Nick Swanson Bob Xiao (MVP)
Varsity Boys Tennis Matt Benedict Jack Boyland Jiahui Guo (Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Special Recognition) Madison Hummel Alex Kang Jonas Linnman-Feuerring (MVP) Jan Menke (Iron Man) Niko Ochs Daniel Okin (CA) Fuad Rassi Neto Harrison Rowen (CA) Gideon Yektai (MIP)
Rowing India Attias Lillian Attias Eddie Chan (CA) Tassio Garcia (MVP) Noa Langleben (Iron Man) Joe Lin Marco Marsans Sam Passavia Luca Savarese Karen Son (MIP) Konstantin Strobel King Sun Helen Wang
Varsity Sailing Cole Colby (CA) Caitlin Cummings (Most Valuable Skipper) Daisy Gallaher Miguel Monori (Most Valuable Crew) Wyeth Moyer Patty Pang Carrie Qi Isabelle Rowe
The Ross School Cosmos returned from Spring Break ready to take to the field, the court, and the seas. The athletes persevered through recent rains, winds, cancellations, and tough losses, and all teams are looking to make their mark as they wrap up a successful season. View the Spring Athletics Schedule on Section XI’s website
Varsity Tennis Boys Varsity Tennis finished second in the league after a loss to Westhampton on May 1 in a battle to the end. Jan Menke, a junior, lost his sets after fighting for nearly three hours. Freshman Jonas Feuerring won easily at number-three singles with scores of 6–1 and 6–0. Juniors Dan Okin and Harrison Rowen won playing number-one doubles. Sophomore Alex Kang and eighth grader Gideon Yektai lost in three sets, and junior Madison Hummel and freshman Jack Boyland were defeated in a very close match.
This past weekend, the team faced off against East End high schools in the start of the Suffolk County Tournament. Dan and Harrison took second place, and Jan beat East Hampton to place third.
The team advanced to the Tournament finals, and will play at William Floyd on May 10.
JV Baseball With solid pitching by senior Eli Schultz and freshman Greg Gropper, the baseball team has powered through stormy weather, cancellations, some tight games, and frustrating losses. The team will play their final game at home on May 9 against Shelter Island. “We’re looking to finish out the season strong,” said head coach Mark Foard. “We’re well matched against this team, so it’ll be a great game. We invite everyone to come out and support us.”
Sailing Due to high winds this spring and damage done to docks this winter, sailors have only been able to participate in two regattas to date. The first, the Long Island Fleet qualifier regatta, was held in Port Jefferson and hosted by the Stony Brook School. Eleven teams attended and entered boats in both A and B divisions. Senior Caitlin Cummings skippered A division, and started out the day with freshman Isabelle Rowe as crew, placing eighth and seventh in the first two races. Sophomore Cole Colby skippered B division with junior Miguel Monori as crew. In the increasing winds, they sailed three races before coming in, finishing eighth, ninth and fifth. Caitlin went back out for the last race with freshman Wyeth Moyer, and after capsizing in the high winds, placed tenth. Their next regatta is at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay on May 10.
Congratulations and good luck to all teams in their final competitions!