That's a Wrap
Culminating with the KANTO tournaments this past Saturday, the third season and final season of 2016-17 has come to a close. Crazy to think that a whole year of athletics has already come and gone, but time truly does fly. Before we know it, the 2017-18 school year will be upon us, and the cycle will start anew. However, before we get to far off track looking at the future, lets recap an exciting weekend of sports for the middle school.
The MS Track and Field team got the weekend started nice and early, as they departed from YIS at 7:00 am to make their way to Yokota for the KANTO MS championships. In what was easily the longest day out of all the tournaments (from 9:00-4:00) the YIS boys and girls teams performed exceptionally well despite being by far the smallest squad there. While they did not take home any first place ribbons, the students were thrilled by the fact that they shattered 19 personal best records! Showing that all the hard work they had put in over the course of the season paid off.
Also catching the early bird bus from YIS was the MS girl's basketball team who made their way up to ASIJ for their KANTO tournament. In what was an incredibly competitive affair, the girls lost a tight first game to Seisen, which put them in the consolation bracket. However, rather than get down on themselves for not longer vying for the championship, the girls bounced back and took down both St. Maur and Sacred Heart to finish on a positive note.
Finally, the MS boy's baseball team managed to pull the lucky straw and catch a few extra winks as their bus did not depart YIS till 8:00 am. Also at ASIJ, the boy's tournament was an exhilarating day of baseball, with the boys taking on St. Mary's in the 2ndsemi-finals. After being down 6-2, with only 10 minutes left on the clock, the boys battled all the way back to tie the game at 6. The game went to extra innings, where unfortunately, in the bottom of the 6th St. Mary's plated the winning run. Similar to the girls though, rather than get down on themselves, the boys stepped up and took it to St. Maur and came away proud that they claimed 3rd place. Not bad for a team where 19 of 29 players had 1 year or less of baseball experience!
The future is certainly bright for all the YIS teams as there will be lots of returning faces. However, things will also be slightly different, as we welcome the 5th graders to the MS, the 8th graders to the high school and as is the case with all international schools many new students joining from around the world. Things will also be slightly different as we will soon be saying goodbye to our seniors, and of course, all those students who are moving elsewhere. Thank you to all the athletes for a fantastic season of athletics, and here's to an even better season next year!