Herons Celebrate Spring 2023 Athletic Season

Girls Tennis Spring 2023 Sports Awards
Boys and Girls Lax award winners, spring 2023
Herons Celebrate Spring 2023 Athletic Season

Student athletes, their families, and coaches gathered in the Field House to celebrate their achievements at the Spring Sports Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16. The evening began with remarks from Head of School John Lewis, who invited former Gunston teacher and coach Ned Southworth to speak on the athletic accomplishments of this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Cusimano ’12. (Click Here to Read About this Year’s Inductee!)

The Spring 2023 season had 186 student athletes (about 75% of the student body) on nine teams led by 23 coaches with an additional 18 students completing an independent sport including sports such as dance, horseback riding, swimming and more.

Highlights:

Sailing

Spring Sailing Team 2023
  • They started the season by hosting the Gunston Girls regatta, a tradition for many years, where eight schools attended the bronze level qualifier.
  • The team qualified for and competed in the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association Silver Championship. Gunston has not competed in this event in more than a decade. They competed against the top sailing schools in the country and landed a couple of 3rd places out of the many races held over the course of 2 days.
  • Sailors went to North East River Yacht Club to sail in the MDISA Teir 2 Championship. With steady heavy winds it was the perfect condition for our sailors. Out of the many races both GraceAnne and Ian won their final races of the day. 
  • We ranked 7th out of 30 JV teams and 12th out of 25 Varsity teams for the overall season.
  • A big congratulations to Alix Allison and Justin McCubbin for being the newest additions to the varsity team this season!
  • MVP: Tommy McGeady
  • Coach's Award: Julia Buchanan
  • Comeback Sailor: Alix Allison  
  • THANK YOU TO THE SENIORS: Julia Buchanan, Cy Johnston, Ian Kissle, Angelina Lin, and Grace- Anne Phillips
  • THANK YOU TO THE COACHES: Head Coach Tom Chafey, Assistant Coaches Kate Larrimore ’16 and Simon Kelly ’06.

Crew

Spring 2023 Crew Team
  • This year we hosted the Maryland State championship for the first time! Our Men’s Varsity 4, Women’s Varsity 8, Women’s Varsity 4, and Women’s JV 4 all took home gold medals and helped the team earn the title of Maryland State Champions! 
  • The Women’s JV 4 “A” boat was also able to earn a gold medal at The Baltimore Invitational! 
  • MVP: Turner Day
  • Coach's Award: Kate Porter
  • Comeback Rower: Mia Walker
  • THANK YOU TO THE SENIORS: William Stuart, Aiden Lafferty, Kelby Booth, Kate Kronke, Paige Kronke, Olivia Amygdalos, Isabelle Wagner, and Autumn Watson
  • THANK YOU TO THE COACHES: Head Coach Natalie Reading ’16, Assistant Coaches Tammy Boone, Kylee Naumann, Ryan Redding, and John Wagner.
Spring 2023 Tennis Team

Girls Tennis: ESIAC Champions

  • The girls tennis team took down all challengers! They went a perfect 10-0 this season! 
  • Against 3 separate opponents the team went 7-0. Meaning every single player on the team won their match. 
  • The girls put three gigantic exclamation points on the season by going truly undefeated in every sense of the word and winning the ESIAC Tennis Championship!
  • What you accomplished this year is historic. Congratulations!
  • ESIAC All Conference: Evelyn Volkmer, Alice Crouch, Isabella Taylor & Caitlin Myers
  • MVP: Jessica Hammond
  • Coach’s Award: Isabella Taylor
  • Comeback Player: Kate Andrews
  • THANK YOU TO THE SENIORS: Natalie Henry and Catherine Hansen
  • THANK YOU TO THE COACHES: Head Coach Will Freda, Assistant Coaches Megan Cook and Dorothy Johnson. 

Boys Tennis: ESIAC Champions

  • The boys nearly went undefeated this season! With only a narrow 2-3 loss to an extremely experienced MIAA opponent in Indian Creek.
  • The team’s signature wins this year were against Saints Peter and Paul: 3-1, St. Michaels 6-1 and against Worcester Prep 4-3 to win the ESIAC Boys Tennis Championship! Congratulations champions!
  • ESIAC Doubles Champions: Jan Serraviñals & Jackson Frederick
  • MVP: Garrett Lang
  • Coach’s Award: Jan Serravñals
  • Comeback Player: Kazys Morris
  • THANK YOU TO THE SENIORS: Aaron Sanderson, Garrett Lang, Jason, Ye and Alfred Zhao
  • THANK YOU TO THE COACHES: Head Coach Will Freda, Assistant Coaches Megan Cook and Dorothy Johnson.

Boys Lacrosse (5-6)

Boys Lacrosse Spring 2023
  • The team had numerous marquee wins this season with the two most high profile being against MIAA opponent, Mt. Carmel 13-1 and Bayside opponent, Cambridge South Dorchester 7-1!
  • The boys scored 74 goals this season on their way to making it to the ESIAC Finals! 
  • Jonah Smith moved into the top 5 in school history for saves in a single season with 199 saves this season.
  • ESIAC All Conference: Jonah Smith, Mekonnen Sahle-Selassie, Zack Adams, and Eddie Gillespie.
  • Honorable Mention: Nathan Porter
  • MVP: Jonah Smith
  • Comeback Player: Nathan Porter
  • Coach's Award: Zack Adams
  • THANK YOU TO THE SENIORS: Zach Adams, Mekonnen Sahle-Selassie, Cooper Hightower, Nathan Porter
  • THANK YOU TO THE COACHES: Head Coach Millicent Sheets, Assistant Coaches Jay Walker, Jeff Smith, and Robb Wirts.

Girls Lacrosse (5-7)

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Spring 2023
  • The team scored 156 goals in 12 games. That is an average of 13 goals a game!
  • Kate Campbell had 109 saves this season, averaging 9 saves per game!
  • Their signature wins came against Bayside opponent Cambridge South Dorchester 23-3 and Chesapeake Bay Association team Bohemia Manor 17-3!
  • ESIAC All Conference: Sophia Kent, McKinsey Brown, Kate Campbell.
  • Honorable Mention: Grace Shepherd
  • MVP: Kate Campbell
  • Comeback Player: Lea Berling
  • Coach’s Award: Lane Parkhurst
  • THANK YOU TO THE SENIORS: Kate Campbell, Julia McClary, Lane Parkhurst, Julia Reed, Jenna Frederick, Eli Ireland, Calla McCluskey, McKinsey Brown, Celine Denat
  • THANK YOU TO THE COACHES: Head Coach Imani Black, Assistant Coaches Brian Aikin and John FauntLeRoy.

Triathlon 

Triathlon Spring 2023
  • The team competed in the General Smallwood Triathlon on April 29th. We had 7 athletes finish in the top 5; including 1st place finishes by Zach Mozher, Zoe Buzzelli, Colin Hallmark, Aidan Trautman, and Coach Stephenson in their respective races and divisions.
  • At the Nanticoke River Triathlon the following weekend, the team did even better with 8 top 5 finishers!
  • Good luck to the team at their next two events: The Crisfield Tri this weekend and then the MD State Championships in June!
  • MVP (Boys): Colin Hallmark
  • MVP (Girls):  Zoe Buzzelli
  • Comeback Runner (Boys): Nick Abell
  • Comeback Runner (Girls): Allie Fitzgerald
  • Coach’s Award: Aidan Trautman
  • THANK YOU TO SENIORS: Zach Mozher, Aidan Trautman, Oliver White, Nick Abell and Henry Feng.
  • THANK YOU TO COACHES: Head Coach Bobby Stephenson and Assistant Coach Tony D’Antonio. 
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The Gunston School is pleased to announce that an additional seven members of the class of 2024 have signed their letters of intent to play sports at the college level, for a total of 13 students this year, or about 23 percent of the graduating class.

The Gunston School is pleased to announce that an additional seven members of the class of 2024 have signed their letters of intent to play sports at the college level, for a total of 13 students this year, or about 23 percent of the graduating class.