Dear Oak Knoll Families,
While we were unable to hold our annual Middle School Awards Dinner this spring, we felt it was important to celebrate the accomplishments of our fall and winter student athletes. Due to the cancellation of the spring sport season, the Royal Athlete award will not be presented this year. Enclosed are the recaps from each coach, as well as the team award winners, and some more information regarding athletics for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to all of our student athletes, parents, and coaches for your commitment and dedication to making this a great year! Stay well and Go Royals!
- The OKS Athletics Staff
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY RECAP
The 11 young women on the middle school cross country team had a very competitive season. With a total of 6 events, 3 of them were large invitational races that included more than 100 runners in each of the races. Most of the courses were 2 miles in length on a variety of surfaces with a variety of hills and valleys. Our strongest showing of the year as a team, was at the Gill Pumpkin Run.
Season Highlight - 5th place out of 11 teams at the Gill Pumpkin Run with Emma Bradley placing first!
Coached by Mimi Hartnett
MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY RECAP
The team started the season strong with a 1-1 tie at Summit Middle School. The winning streak continued for three more games as they defeated Kent Place, Kawameeh Middle School and Montclair Kimberly. The team finished the season strong with the last home game win over Kawahmeeh Middle School.
Season Highlight - Three straight shut-out wins during the beginning of the season and the team participating with the other Oak Knoll middle school teams in the Run for the Hungry race to support the food bank at St. Joseph in Jersey City!
Coached by Erin Pettit, Kat Whitaker and Abby Wood
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER RECAP
The team finished the year with seven wins, four losses, and two ties. There were many memorable moments throughout the year, and although small in numbers, the team bonded closely and became one cohesive unit! The coaches were so proud that each player was willing to learn the game and because of that the team saw significant growth throughout the course of our season. Every athlete on the team improved drastically from the start because of her attitude and an open mind to learning.
Season Highlight - Brynne’s free kick goal with 25 yards out to tie the game and so many other great moments!
Coached by Emily Corn and Kristin Tullo
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECAP
With more than 20 girls playing middle school basketball this year, we had the opportunity to split into two teams. Each team learned to play with each other while remaining one Oak Knoll Basketball program. The girls were pushed in practice and learned new skills or honed existing skills, and developed more understanding of team basketball. The girls were able to improve throughout the season both individually and as a unit. The coaches are very appreciative of the work ethic shown and the desire to be better basketball players and teammates!
Season Highlight - The Blue Teams’ comeback victory at home in the last game of the season!
Coached by Jess Fairweather and Dylan Diaz
Although the season was cancelled, we were excited for an action-packed spring sports season this year with softball and lacrosse. Hope to see many of you next spring!