The winter sports season has officially ended, and spring sports are in full swing for our high school athletics program. To wrap up the season, each of our winter sports coaches wrote up a season summary. Enjoy reading these season overviews???and then come out to cheer on our tennis teams and track & field team. Go Sharks!
Boys Varsity Soccer
By Head Coach Tim Biesterfeld
The inaugural boys??? high school soccer team began practice on Monday, October 14 with 20 players eager to begin the season.?? This was an exciting day, as a number of the upper classmen had been waiting patiently for the opportunity to represent Divine Savior on the soccer field at the high school level.
After three tough weeks of practice, which entailed a lot of physical training, the team had their first contest against Colonial Christian in early November.?? The boys came out ready to play and easily won this first game by a score of 8-0.?? The second game of the season was a tough loss against Palmer Trinity, whose team is a perennial power in district play.?? The Sharks used this game as motivation to work harder in practice and to strive to function better as a team in upcoming games.?? The hard work paid off, and the team headed into the Christmas vacation with an 8-3 record.?? After returning to the field in January, the Sharks split their remaining four games, winning and losing two each.?? Both losses were games in which the Sharks dominated the opponent in terms of ball and field possession, as well as shots on goal, but as can happen in a soccer match, a couple of loose plays caused us to lose both games by one goal.?? Despite the losses, the team finished with a final record of 10-5 and looks to return many key players next season, which should be an exciting one in which the team will be eligible for post-season play for the first time.
This year???s team was led by captains Matheus Pereira (Class of 2014) and Antonio Di Ventura (Class of 2015).?? These two young men worked hard to demonstrate leadership on the field and gave 100% in every practice and game.?? Throughout the season, our defense was a major component of our success, and the offensive players learned to complement each other very well, especially toward the end of the season.
Overall the season was a tremendously successful one.?? There was a great deal of growth exhibited by each player in regards to their teamwork and improvement of skills.?? Most importantly, our Sharks represented DSA and their Lord very well in each and every game through their exemplary sportsmanship and positive attitudes.
Varsity Girls Basketball
By Head Coach Erika Laete
After losing in the first round of district playoffs, the Varsity girls basketball team finished up their season with a record of 6 wins and 12 losses.?? All but one of the players scored during the year, and every girl became much more knowledgeable of the game and confident of her skills.?? The 11 girls had a tremendous year of growth, and with only one senior on the team, there is potential for a strong future!
Varsity Boys Basketball
Our high school boys??? basketball team had a historic season this year.?? We more than doubled last year???s win total by winning eight games this season!?? In addition to the wins, we had tremendous effort and dedication from all the members of our team.?? We had 10 participants that included 4 Freshmen, 1 Sophomore, 4 Juniors, and 1 Senior.?? The boys came to practice every day with the goals of working hard and improving skills, both individually and as a team.?? We met both of those goals as we steadily improved throughout the season.?? We spoke often about improving every day and the boys worked very hard to make that happen.
This season was also very exciting in that?? this was our first year of District and Postseason eligibility.?? We finished our district play in 4th place out of six teams.?? This may not seem that great, but was quite an accomplishment considering this was our first year participating in a district.?? We also had the privilege of playing in our first postseason playoff game.?? The boys fought hard in an evenly matched game.?? The action was back and forth all game with us taking an early lead off of easy baskets created by our full court defensive pressure.?? We then hit a cold spell and fell behind by as many as fourteen at one point in the second quarter.?? We picked up the intensity and made another great run fueled by our defense and took the lead back and went up by as much as seven.?? Unfortunately, our opponent was able to make a few big plays down the stretch and ended up beating us and ending our season.?? This was a great experience for us, and we look forward to these exciting opportunities again next year and for seasons to come.
Thank you very much to Andres Anez, our lone Senior and Team Captain.?? He was a great leader for our team all season and we will miss him next year.?? Good luck and God???s Blessings to him in the future!
Divine Savior Academy is a Christian academy dedicated to excellence. Located in Miami proper, DSA is the only private Christian school in Doral and serves the community with early childhood, elementary school, middle school, and high school programs. Accredited by AISF, SACS, AI, and NCPSA, Divine Savior Academy provides a college-prep curriculum that prepares students academically, athletically, socially, artistically, and spiritually in a safe and moral environment.