The Ermitage Mustangs Girls and Boys Varsity teams participated in the 5th International Round Square Basketball tournament of Herlufsholm School in Denmark.
Let's start with the Girls:
It was the first ever Girls Basketball game in Ermitage history.
They were only 6 players, and only one of them played organize basketball before this tournament. But even if their lack of experience didn't allowed them to win a lot of game, they've played amazingly hard with passion and hart.
They kept on fighting every single minutes of each game, and all the coaches their agreed to say that they've improved a lot while playing.
Their coach”Hannah Jones” did an incredible job and the girls really came out as a real team.
Anna Sok. was awarded best “Fighter” of the tournament. She was the most intense player on the court. I truly believe that any girl from our team could have won this tittle since they’ve all played with an incredible high intensity level during the entire tournament.
Ayila got the “Fair Play award”, and this can tell you that even if you play hard, you still can be an example on and off the court.
Let's talk about the boys now..
Our boys Varsity team played in this tournament 2 years ago. It was their first tournament ever, and our team had a tough time there.
Jeff C. was part of the team then, and he was explaining me how they got “killed” every game in 2013 (lost by 40+ vs Herflusholm School).
Actually, the activities coordinator told me that he never taught our team will be that good.
The team played incredibly well during the first game, leading by our team Captain, Jeff C.
Everybody told us that we improved so much that we should even be able to beat the 2 times tournament champions.
And this was clearly our goal.
We've made ii all the way to the finals, and we got to face the defending champions: Herfulsholm School. And they were clearly not ready to let it go without fighting.
We lost 21:24 against a team with three 6”8’ kids and without our starting power forward and Captain who had to leave Saturday night because of the IB mock exams.
Malo C. was named tournament MVP, and our school finished with more awards than any other school in the tournament.
I’m really proud of our 2 Mustangs teams, not just because they did good on the court, but also because every coaches and Herlufsholm staff members came up to us explaining how well behaved, nice, and educated our students were, and this is exactly what Ermitage is about!!!
The Varsity boys Basketball Mustangs played their last game of the season last Saturday against ISP.
It was a really tough and fun to watch type of game, with a lot of intensity from both Varsity teams.
ISP got a really competitive team with some students playing at the national level in France and use to club competition.
Our team played until the last second of the game and the players did their best, but without 2 of our main inside players and only 7 players able to make it, we came up short and lost the game: 48-42.
We are definitely looking foward to play them next season, just like ASP, and of course, this time, we will look for the W's...
Even if we won't have any more games, the Girls and Boys Varsity and MS teams are still practicing every Tuesdays and Saturdays.
It's time to get better and be ready for next season...
Our Varsity players did a great job at the American School of Paris facilities. We lost this game by 10 points (40-30) against a team playing ISST first division (International Schools Sports Tournament) and without our entire team (Cesar, exchange program, Clement and Arvin unavailable).
We didn't start the game the best way, turning over the ball too many times and just playing like we were intimidated of them. The score at half time was 21-7. But after the break, our Mustangs got back on track, playing with a better intensity level but most of all, playing with confidence and as a team. Our lack of bench (only 7 players available) got us too tired to be able to come closer to ASP but the "fighting spirit" of our team was incredible.
This was a fun game to coach, and it seems like it was also a fun game to watch. Talking about watching games, we will have the last game of our season this Saturday against the International School of Paris, at 12:00 at Marymount School, 72 Boulevard de la Saussaye, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.
It will be really great to have people from our school coming to cheer their Basketball team.
Hope to see a lot of Ermitage students wearing green this Saturday...
First of all, hello my names is Philippine and i run cross-country and track and field. This sport is all about running with a goal, and working with your teammates.
How and when did you begin it?
I began running competitavely in 7th grade when i move to Lexington, Kentucky in the U.S.
How often do you practice?
I ususally practice 4 times a week and plus a competition on either saturday or sunday.
Do you have a special motivation technique for practice?
Honestly i think running is the best way to stay in shape. My motivation for running at practices is extremely mental. I tell myself that if I practice well i'll get better scores, and these scores coaches can you look at them and see if i am able to run for college and get a scholarship.
What do you like the most about your sport?
As we all know, running is extremely fun and simple, but i've learned how to love running by doing competition. It's a great feeling when you accomplish a race;
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future is to be able to get a scholarship in the U.S with my running abilities.
Are you playing any other sport?
Well, in the U.S i used to play basketball and soccer as well. I managed to do to cross-country and socccer season together. Moreover, i managed to do Basketball ans Track and field during the same season. I had to make a choice, and i picked running.
Are you actually rank? If yes, what is your actual rank?
Last year, Sophmore year, i was in Kentucky and i was 7th in the state. This year, in France, i was able to go to the France's championships and i got 49th in the Cadettes category.
What is the biggest competition you've been a part of so far?
My biggest competition was surely the Footlocker race in North Carolina.
Do you think sport is actually helping you with your study and the way you approach school? If yes how? (competition, sport education, leadership...)
Yes, sport is helping me getting a scholarship for college.On the other hand, sports takes up a lot of your time during the week, which was a bit of a struggle for me to get my homework done on time. Doing a sport is surely helping you with a lot of things. It also helps you become a more patient and independent person, and someone that can work collectivaly and who cares about others, such as your teammates for example.
INTERVIEW WITH JEFFREY COLLIE (IB1 AND BASKETBALL PLAYER)
Hi, can you let us know what is Basketball for you?
Personally, basketball is a sport that teaches me how to keep your head cool while giving your it your all physically. It also enables me to build a friendly connection with the people I play with and against.
How and when did you start to play?
I've been doning little things with my dad for a while, but i've never really gotten into it until late 2013, where i entered a club of players who had much more experience than I did.
How often do you actually practice?
I have been practicing three to four times a week.
Who is your favorite Basketball player?
I can't call him a favorite, but I do admire Scottie Pippin for his defensive skills and prowess.
What do you like the most about your sport?
I like the way in which you could enjoy learning and improving with supportive teammates.
What are your Basketball goals for the future?
I want be good enough, if not better, to get a scholarship.
Are you playing any other sport?
Not exactly, no.
What is the highest competition level you’ve been a part of so far?
The highest competition level i've been is in the regional level, 2nd division.
How important do you think sport is in life?
I think that sport enables one to gain mastery over body and mind. I see it as being as beneficial and academic studies.
Do you think sport can help a student to be better at school?
It can, but only if that person finds a god balance between the two. Or else, one will hinder to the other.