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This Year in Inly Sports!

Photo courtesy of Matt West

Photo courtesy of Matt West

Over the past two years, Inly’s athletics have really amped up, thanks in large part to Jabari Scutchins, Head Coach and Director of Inly Athletics. Jabari has worked hard to recruit more students to play Inly sports, increasing participation by 10%. In addition, he and other members of the Inly community including parents, faculty, and staff, have offered their athletic talents to coach new sport programs like Flag Football, Cross-Country, and Floor Hockey. Jabari also lobbied for Inly School to become the first Montessori school to join NEPSAC, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Now, each athletic season includes games against schools in the MAC (Montessori Athletic Conference) as well as NEPSAC conferences. In addition, with the generous help from Inly parents, Andrew Sullivan and John D’Allessandro, Inly has also expanded the upper athletic field to make it a regulation-size soccer field. A new fence, donated by Mike and Stacey Grealish, will also help keep the balls in play in the coming seasons.

As a result of these collective efforts, Inly is establishing a strong foundation in athletics. As Inly’s athletic programs grow, it is our hope that our students continue to learn about teamwork, respect, competition, and many other valuable life lessons. It is also our hope that our participation in NEPSAC not only complements but enhances our existing athletic programming and gives students who crave additional competition the chance to challenge themselves.

Below you will find a few highlights from “THIS YEAR IN SPORTS.”

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Inly’s soccer team

Inly Soccer:

Inly’s soccer team had more than just fancy official team uniforms to add to their resume this year. They also had a great season. Most notably, one player scored a record 7 goals in a single home game.

Inly Basketball:

Flag football fall practice

Flag football fall practice

With the record snowfall this winter, Inly’s basketball season was brief but still exciting. Player highlights included 20 points scored in a single home game, 14 rebounds in one a single away game, and 10 assists in a single away game.

Flag Football:

Flag football has had two very exciting fall and spring seasons this year at the South Shore YMCA. This spring, there is a 7–9 team and a 10–13 team. Inly is proudly one of the most co-ed teams in the league and both male and female players alike have been dominating the field with touchdowns, tackles, and sacks.

Cross-Country:

Inly runners at their first meet vs. Kingsley Montessori

Inly runners at their first meet vs. Kingsley Montessori

Inly cross-country has been logging miles and crossing milestones over the past few seasons. They had their first meet against Kingsley Montessori in April along the Charles River Esplanade. In addition, students have been competing in local 5K’s on the weekends, some event earning top spots in the kids divisions. The Cross-Country team would also like to extend a special thanks to the After School Project “Juice Bar” for making them delicious juice creations for some post-run fuel!

Inly Students vs. Teachers: 2010 Post-Season Soccer Challenge

By Liz Knox

When the undefeated Inly MAC soccer team challenged the faculty to a friendly game of soccer, we said “Bring it on.”

It was only after we gathered on the upper field and watched our competition warm up that we began to have second thoughts. Maybe this was going to require effort—or even exertion. Indeed, it is my firm belief that had there been three more minutes in today’s game, the students would have outrun us and left us wheezing and pleading for it to stop.

As Tschol Slade (Middle School teacher, above in red) said, “I went in expecting pain to both my body and ego. I came out only with sore muscles. Despite the tie score, I’m counting this as a win.”

Ned DiGregorio (MAC coach on loan to the faculty for the day, and organizer of the game) thought the entire event was awesome: “The Inly faculty participation was super. I was really concerned I would be sitting there on game day, alone with a ball, in the middle of the field.”

Denni Edlund (Music and Spanish instructor and someone who obviously knows the game) summed it up with, “The MAC soccer team had some SKILLS!”

“Their passing was excellent, and their drive for the goal was intense. I was also really impressed with their sense of fun on the field, and they way they supported one another. And if they hadn’t had Zach S. on sweep, we may have had a chance at that goal. But with him there, no way. I should have known—he shreds on the guitar, of course he was going to shred us on D.”

“On the faculty side, Jeff Klein (Upper Elementary teacher, below in bare feet) told us he was an ‘enthusiastic liability’ on the field. No WAY! He tore it up out there. Along with Katelyn Chase (Bridging teacher), who told us she had never played. I just don’t believe her, she was such a natural. And might I just add here that Liz Knox may have had some training as a goalie in the past? She fielded those pickups with the touch of a veteran.”

“I love ‘peeling the onion’ and getting to know people in different settings,” said Denni. “The soccer layer was superb, and showed me again the joy and camaraderie that we are so lucky to experience at Inly.”

Agreement came from Pattyann Zotz (Lower Elementary teacher) who said, “I was not only amazed at how great the Inly School student soccer team was, but also stunned to find out that I was on a soccer team that included someone who played college AND professional soccer [Ned]…I continue to be in awe at the diverse talents of our faculty!”

According to Ned, the post-game word from the student team was unanimous: “A rematch has to happen. The students had a great time.”

Melissa Vidal-Mackay (Middle School teacher, above) agreed heartily. She reported, “I had so much fun!  It was a great game by all, they definitely kept us on our toes…definitely a rematch is in order!”

“I would play again for sure!” exclaimed Renay Stewart (Bridging teacher). “It was great to play with other members of the faculty. I’m such a huge fan of always playing, no matter what your age or ability. The MAC team showed great sportsmanship and teamwork. The school that plays together, stays together.”

Photos by Lucy K. (7th grade)

Inly's MAC Soccer Team Starts Off 2010 Season with a Kick

By Zach S. (7th grade)

After a great game at the Hanover YMCA, the Inly soccer team pulled out a 5-3 win over Thacher Montessori School (Milton) on Thursday, October 14, 2010. Both teams put in a major effort and played with great sportsmanship.

Chris G. (7th grade) playing strong defense. Photos by Annemarie Goode (parent and alumni parent)

Meg W. (7th grade) in a race for the ball.

The game started with a rapid pace. Both teams had scored within the first couple minutes. But after the first half of the game, the tempo slowed down and the game resumed at a steady pace. The ball went back and forth while, occasionally, the ball managed to make it into the back of the goal.

Mac M. (8th grade) focuses on the ball in the middle.

Joseph O. (8th grade) in the middle of a great block.

Joseph O. (8th grade) jumps for a great block.

The game was tied 3-3 when Inly managed to pull ahead and take control of the game with several great shots on goal. Joseph O. bumped the score up to 5-3 with two amazing shots on net. He had the chance to take those two goals because of a great defense getting the ball up the field and great offense passing towards the goal.

John B. (7th grade) congratulating his team mate on a good play.

In the last minutes of the game, both teams upped their effort and put all they had into playing the sport that they love. But, after a fast and thriving five minutes, the determined Inly soccer team achieved success and took home the win.

An Interview with Coach Ned

By Zach S. (7th grade)

On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, I managed to interview our MAC Inly soccer team head coach, Ned DiGregorio. MAC (Montessori Athletic Conference) is an interscholastic league of 12 Montessori middle schools in Massachusetts. Our division has four schools, and we will each play four home and four away games.

Zach S. (7th grade) interviewing Coach Ned in his classroom. Ned teaches in the Upper Elementary program. Photo by Chris G. (7th grade)

Zach: How do you think the team is doing so far?

Ned: I think the season is going well. We are more of a team this year than we were last year. Last year we had a lot of good individual players, but this year we have more team players.

Zach: What is the best quality of the team right now?

Ned: I think that we have a good defense this year. I think that we’ll have great teamwork and good passing.

Coach Ned during the 2009-2010 season. Photo by Holly Morris (alumni parent).

Zach: What do you think the team will make the most progress on this year?

Ned: Coach Barbara and I have been talking about team defense. We think that the team defense will progress a lot through out the year.

Zach: What else do we need to improve on this year?

Ned: I think that we can definitely work on individual skills and experience by just playing.

Zach: How long have you been playing soccer?

Photo of Coach Ned by Chris G. (7th grade)

Ned: I have been playing over 30 years. I was a four year- starter in college and went on to semi-professional playing for Boston’s United.

Zach: Are you looking for leaders on the team this year?

Ned: Yes, I would say all the 8th graders who participated in last years’ soccer team.

Zach: How are practices going so far?

Ned: Great, we’ve had three practices this year so its going well. I like to have the team do three things during practices. Individual, skills, team play, and then a scrimmage.

Zach: How do you think the first game will go?

Ned: Honestly, I don’t know. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes and how the new kids play.

[Zach S. plays for Inly.]

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