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2020

  • August

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020:

    In Tuesday’s Athletic Events.....The Softball Team (2-4) beat Somerset Homestead 19-4. Maggie Houser led the way with a double, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored, Tatiana Barnes tripled and drove in 2 runs, Logan Sennett tripled, drove in 3 runs, and scored 2 runs, Leyka Rojo added a double, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored, Arielle Germeus and Nina Versluis each singled and drove in a run, Saarah Rassif singled, scored 2 runs, and drove in 2 runs, and Sophia Gostfrand singled, drove in a run, and scored 3 runs.
     
    Today.....The Middle School Baseball Team hosts Doctors Charter at 4pm.
     
    On Thursday....The Girls Middle School Tennis Team travels to Divine Savior at 3pm, the Girls and Boys Varsity Tennis Teams hosts St. Andrew’s School at 3:30pm, the Girls and Boys Water Polo Teams host Miami Beach High School in their annual “Senior Game” at 5/6pm, the Softball Team travels to Colonial Christian at 4pm, and the Varsity Baseball Team hosts Palmer-Trinity at 7pm.
     
    Games of the Week (Thursday, March 12) .......Please come out and support this week’s “Spartan Pride Games of the Week” on Thursday, March 12th, as the Girls Varsity Water Polo Team hosts Miami Beach High School in their “Senior Game” at 5pm and the Boys Varsity Water Polo Team hosts Miami Beach High School in their “Senior Game” at 6pm. Prizes and games will occur during halftime of each contest, with our ‘Senior Ceremony” taking place between games.
     
    Spring Fling........This year’s Spring Fling Spartan Family Fun Day is Friday, April 3! Please join us for an ALL-SCHOOL Spartan Day! Create a team and participate in our Dodgeball Tournament! Win some Spartan Swag at our Carnival Games! Jump around on our Bounce Houses! Grab a bite at one of four FOOD TRUCKS! Then, cheer for the Spartans Middle School Baseball team at 4:00 and the Girls’ Softball Senior Game at 7:00! Events will begin at 1:30pm. Cheer on your favorite boat in the Middle School Buoyancy Cup or watch the Upper School play kickball, trivia, and dodgeball. Get a family team together and join in the fun! Sign up information to follow.
     
    All-Sports Program Spring Issue!   Thank you to all of those who have already submitted your congratulatory ads! If you still want to be a part of this issue please sign up now! Deadline is the end of the day today. Sign-Up Form
     
    MCDS Athletic Facebook page – If you are a “Facebook user” please like us at “MCDS Athletics”.
     
    MCDS Athletic Instagram page – If you are an “Instagram user” please follow us at “mcdsathletics”.
     
    MCDS Sideline Store.......Please take some time to shop at our new Miami Country Day School sideline store.  It has replaced our old “My Spartan Locker” store, and has many new and exciting options for Spartan gear. A special thanks to Caryn Lubetsky and Nolan Sutker for helping to launch our sideline store at https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/florida/miami/miami-country-day-school.  All proceeds go directly to our Parents Association.
                                
    Open i Studio Check-out all of our athletic photos at www.miamicountryday.org – go to athletics, then athletic photos, or go directly to Open i Studio at http://www.openistudio.com
     
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  • Monday, April 13, 2020:

    FHSAA Announces 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team……..The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Monday the 26th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors 24 graduating student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. With this being one of the most important special recognition programs the FHSAA sponsors, 12 girls and 12 boys from all over the state will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships. “The hardworking men and women of Florida’s dairy industry are honored to recognize the significant accomplishments of these amazing student-athletes,” says Florida Dairy Farmers CEO, Michele Cooper. “We’re excited to support a program that has a great tradition of encouraging excellence on the field and in the classroom and we’re proud to support students that have the special mix of work ethic and determination required to succeed at both.” To be eligible for this award, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and have earned at least two varsity letters in two or more sports during their junior and senior year. The 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team selection committee received applications from 50 male nominees and 77 female nominees across the state. Each nominee was evaluated by their athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service and essay. Each Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team member will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will be named the Ronald N. Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a commemorative trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds – $6,300 in total.
    Taisa Strouse, Miami Country Day – Taisa Strouse owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class. She lettered in cross country and soccer all four years of high school. Taisa participates in Cancer Walk, Girl Up and Mental Health and Suicide Awareness where she has over 600 community service hours. She is the daughter of Soraya and Charles Strouse and plans on studying industrial and labor relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York this fall.
     
    Spartan Team “Tik Tok” Challenge.……..Here We Go……It’s Time to start the “Spartan Team Tik Tok Challenge”.  All teams should be ready and prepared to accept the challenge. Our Baseball Coaches first challenged the District Champion and Regional Finalist Boys Varsity Soccer Team, and they have since challenged Cross Country. Please follow our postings on Instagram @mcdsathletics and on Facebook at MCDS Athletics.
     
    Spring Senior Celebration……Please check our “Spring Senior Spotlights” on Instagram @mcdsathletics and on Facebook at MCDS Athletics.  We are working on specifics for more personal “Spring Senior Celebrations” in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned for additional information on this event.
     
    Spring Sports Awards Ceremony………Our Spring Sports Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30pm via Zoom.  Additional information will be sent out next week for all Spring student-athletes and their families.
     
     
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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020:

    Update on Athletics for the fall

     
    Dear Members of the MCDS Community, 
    Athletics are an integral part of many students’ educational experience, and the Miami Country Day School community takes great pride in the accomplishments of our student-athletes, both in and out of the classroom and on and off the field. Over the last few months, our Athletic Department has been working on plans for the return of school sports this fall. We have been following local and national trends, as well as working with other South Florida independent schools and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).  As many of you are aware, the FHSAA Executive Board held an emergency meeting on July 23rd to discuss fall sports. Similar to many other state high school associations, the FHSAA voted to delay the start of the fall season until August 24th. Although the FHSAA has identified a start date for fall sports of August 24th, they have given schools the opportunity to determine a fall athletic season that suits each school’s needs. In addition, teams will still be eligible for FHSAA playoffs no matter their start date. 
     
    In the event we have an on-campus start to the academic year, Miami Country Day School, along with many other schools, has opted for a fall sports start date of no earlier than August 31st. We are exploring the option of beginning voluntary athletic workouts that meet local CDC guidelines prior to that date, but the earliest formal team practices will begin is August 31st. Schedules will be built around our competitors’ athletic policies. Our decision is consistent with what many other private and public schools are doing in South Florida and other areas throughout the state. 
     
    We will continue to monitor this unique landscape and work to provide the safest environment for our student-athletes, coaches, and Spartan community. We will follow up with further information on our return to play protocols and procedures as we get closer to beginning athletic activities on campus. 
     
    Should you have any additional questions relating to Spartan Athletics at this time, please contact me at sennettc@miamicountryday.org, and I will be happy to assist in any way that I can. 
     
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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020:

    Good afternoon.  As we “close out” the 2019-20 Athletic season, I would like to send a special “THANKS” to all of our coaches, student-athletes, parents, teachers, and administrators for all of your support.  On behalf of all of you, we are donating $2,000 to our “adopted” athletic community service partner (Feeding South Florida).
     
    Below are our accomplishments for this year.  We are excited about what 2020-2021 school year and athletic calendar has in store for us.  Have a great summer!
     
    FHSAA Academic All-State Finalist
    Taisa Strouse
     
    Major Sports Awards
    Upper School
    Athletes of the Year
    Taisa Strouse
    Noah Markofsky
     
    Sportsmanship Award
    Sofia Benenson
    Jackson Halliwell
     
    Harrison Greenberg Award
    Francesca Malo
    Griffin Steutel
     
    Sandra Lee Kenna Award
    Sabrina Cabarcos
    Alessander Carrillo
     
    Spartan Award
    Ashley Michelin
    Ethan White
     
    Middle School Awards
    Athletes of the Year
    Isabella Brod
    Evan Hurwitz
     
    Sportsmanship Award
    Gianna Corbitt
    Max Manhire
     
    Harrison Greenberg Memorial Award
    Tiana Tolles
    Tanner Sennett     
     
    Miami Herald Awards
    Miami Herald Scholar-Athlete (Winner)
    Sofia Benenson
     
    Coach of the Year
    Ochiel Swaby – Girls Basketball
     
    1st Team All-County Winners
    Griffin Steutel - Golf
    Matthew Yamin - Golf
    Andrea Daley - Basketball
    Sydney Shaw - Basketball 
    Jordan Cooke - Basketball 
    Sofia Benenson - Soccer
    Taisa Strouse - Soccer
    Enzo Lagrassa-Gillet - Soccer
    Erik Pantin - Soccer
     
    2nd Team All-County
    Gianna Corbitt - Basketball
    Jasai Miles - Basketball
    Alyson Rodriguez - Soccer
    Chris Capote - Soccer
    Ethan White - Soccer
     
    3rd Team All-County
    Isabella Smilowitz - Cross Country
    Jaden Russell - Golf
    Dylan Smiley - Swimming
    Emani Theodule - Basketball
    Mia Batista - Soccer
    Becky Bibas - Soccer
    Alejandro Roye Frangie - Soccer
     
    Honorable Mention All-County
    Isabella Galofre - Cross Country
    Rachel Hodes - Cross Country 
    Anastasija Moskvina - Cross Country 
    Ryan Mendelson - Cross Country
    Sabrina Cabarcos - Golf
    Alexandra Pool - Golf
    Samuel Netkin - Golf
    Francesca Malo - Volleyball
    Ashley Michelin - Volleyball
    Sophia Rosenberg - Volleyball
    Ryan Richardson - Basketball
    Lucia Arcila - Soccer
    Sofia Nelcha - Soccer
    Logan Sennett - Soccer
    Victor Destri - Soccer
    Stefano Dumas - Soccer
    Josef Frenkel - Soccer
    Lucas Hansen - Soccer
     
    District Championships (6)
    Girls Cross Country
    Boys Golf
    Girls Soccer
    Boys Soccer
    Girls Basketball
    Boys Basketball
     
    Regional Championships (2)
    Girls Cross Country
    Girls Basketball
     
    Middle School Championships (1)
    Girls Basketball (undefeated season)
     
    Seniors Signing to Play in College
    Chantell Gonzalez - Siena College
    Juliana Martinez - Bradley University 
    Griffin Steutel - Oglethorpe University 
    Rianna Washington - Mount Holyoke College
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  • Week of February 15 - February 21, 2020:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette – Tennis
    Gabrielle won her singles and doubles match against Pine Crest.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Kristina Godfrey – Basketball
    Kristina had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Spartans’ Regional Semifinal win against St. Andrew’s School.
                                                                                                                                                
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jordan Cooke – Basketball
    Jordan scored 21 points to lead the Spartans to the Regional Quarterfinal win against Florida Christian.
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  • Week of February 24 - February 29, 2020

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Olivia Pelletier – Lacrosse
    Olivia scored 4 goals in games against Westminster Christian and Lourdes Academy.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Edoardo Figari – Water Polo
    Edoardo combined for 11 goals, 5 assists, and 8 steals in matches against Spanish River, Suncoast, Hialeah, Belen, and Krop.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sophia Agurcia – Lacrosse
    Sophia scored 10 goals in games against Westminster Christian, Lourdes Academy, and University School.
                                                                                                                                                
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jack Finvarb – Lacrosse
    Jack had 7 goals and 3 assists in games against Palmett0, Archbishop McCarthy, and Pines Charter.
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  • Week of January 26 - February 1, 2020:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Kaliyah Morales – Basketball
    Kaliyah combined for 32 points, 18 rebounds, 24 steals, and 11 assists in leading her team to the South Florida Middle School Conference Championship.  Kaliyah was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Max Manhire – Soccer
    Max scored 2 goals in the District Semifinal win against Booker T. Washington.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Aly Rodriguez – Soccer
    Aly scored two goals and led the Spartans’ to their 8th consecutive District Championship with an 8-0 win against SLAM Academy.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Erik Pantin – Soccer
    Erik scored 2 goals and added an assist in the District Semifinal win against Booker T. Washington.
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  • Week of March 1 - March 6, 2020:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Leyka Rojo – Softball
    Leyka had 2 hits, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI in a win against Everglades Prep.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Nico Dunn – Water Polo
    Nico combined for 7 goals and 3 steals in games against Cooper City, ATM, Venice, and Cypress Bay.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Noah Markofsky – Lacrosse
    Noah combined for 13 goals in games against key West, North Broward Prep, St. Brendan, and Belen.
                                                                                                                                               
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Chloe Cartledge – Water Polo
    Chloe combined for 15 goals, 24 assists, and 27 steals in games against Cooper City, Venice, Cypress Bay, ATM, and Pines Charter.
     
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  • Weeks of March 16 - April 13, 2020:

    Monday, Mar 16 - Monday April 13, 2020              

    No Athletic Activities
     
     
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