Gann Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Clinch League Championships
“The environment at the championship games was electric,” recalls Director of Athletics Pam Roecker. “One of the boys' game highlights was senior Noah Klar hitting a three-point shot at the buzzer – a great spark going into half-time! And the girls played arguably their best all-around game of the season.”
Fresh off its victory, the girls team was honored to be selected to compete in its fifth consecutive NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) tournament game on March 1. It was a history-making evening as Gann hosted a quarterfinal game for the first time. The Red Heifers ultimately fell to a scrappy Heritage Christian squad by a score of 29-25, finishing the season with a 14-5 overall record.
In addition to celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of the boys and girls varsity basketball teams, Gann was very proudly represented in post-season awards. Six Gann players received IGC and MBIL All-League honors for the 2016-2017 season—for the IGC: Libby Mael, Shayna Mael, and Sarah Preuss, and for the MBIL: Ben Edry,, Noah Klar, and Ethan Weiss.
Gann athletes were also honored with Most Valuable Player awards for both boys and girls basketball for the first time in school history as voted on by the respective league head coaches: Ben Edry (2017 MBIL MVP) and Shayna Mael (2017 IGC Co-MVP). This is the second consecutive MVP honor for Ben.
The honors continued to roll in as Gann had two girls basketball players selected to compete in the Class D/E NEPSAC All-Star game on Sunday, March 5 at Loomis Chaffee High School in Windsor, CT— Shayna and Libby Mael. This was the second consecutive selection for Libby, although she was not able to participate due to a community service commitment. Shayna did play on Sunday, hitting her trademark 3-pointers in an outstanding effort. Congratulations to both girls.
Gann is proud of the accomplishments of our winter basketball teams and of the strong tradition of championship excellence. Including the recent boys and girls basketball titles, Gann has won an impressive 43 total championships in boys & girls tennis, softball, basketball, co-ed cross country, girls volleyball and co-ed ultimate.
Gann’s philosophy of athletics, whether competing for a coveted championship or participating in daily practices, is that athletics is an extension of the classroom. Students learn to become leaders, thrive in competition and handle adversity-- building resilience in all aspects of their lives and building relationships that will last a lifetime. And for senior Sarah Preuss, captain of the varsity girls basketball team and a varsity soccer player as well, athletics has been an important complement to the rigor of academics. “I've loved sports at Gann and they've helped relieve the stresses of being a student-- and helping me do better academically in the long run. Athletics has also expanded my social circle because I've been on teams with kids of all ages.”
Students have moved on to participate in their spring sports at this time, but the philosophy of athletics as an integral part of their Gann education remains the same. Best of luck to all team members as they strive to achieve their goals. Go Gann!