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Roster coming December 2014.
Head Varsity Coach
Coach Sherri Retif is in her 16th season at Germantown Academy.
During her tenure
the Patriots secured Philadelphia’s Inter-Academic Championship in 14 consecutive
years and appeared in the PISAA State Championship game in four of the five years since the organization’s inception, including a run of three consecutive state titles.
Memorable highlights throughout the past 16 years include the 2002, 2007 and 2009 seasons:
In 2002, the 25-2 Patriots, with Joey Rhoads (Penn) and Laura Kurz (Duke/Villanova) at the helm, finished the season ranked #1 in the East and #8 in the nation (USA Today).
The 2007 Team, led by Caroline Doty (UConn ’13), completed their season ranked 17th in the country (Sports Illustrated) and #1 in Southeastern PA (The Inquirer).
The ’09 Patriots completed the season with a 31-0 record and were recognized in three different national post-season polls including a ranking of 8th in the nation by MaxPreps. The ’09 Pats were led by Maggie Lucas (Penn State ’14) and Jesse Carey (Villanova ’13).
Before arriving at GA, Retif coached at the Ursuline Academy, New Orleans where her team captured back to back City Championships. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Sherri played basketball for the Tulane Green Wave. She was inducted into the Tulane University Hall of Fame in 1998 and selected to the All-Quarter
Century team in 2001. Her career coaching record is 585-160.
In March of 2008, Coach Retif was selected to serve as Head Coach of the East Team in the McDonald’s All-American game. In the spring of 2007, Coach Retif served as an Assistant Coach at the USA Basketball High School Sports Fest in Colorado Springs where she received a Silver Medal. In 2006, Sherri co-authored the book, More Than A Game (St. Mary’s Press) and recently received her master's degree in Holistic Spirituality at Chestnut Hill College. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate in Spirituality at Fordham University. An unexpected honor came in November of 2013 when Retif was inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame.
Varsity Assistant, JV Head Coach
A 2003 graduate of Germantown Academy, Joey Rhoads joins the coaching staff of her alma mater with 4 years of professional playing experience in Europe. Rhoads will be the Junior Varsity head coach and Varsity assistant. Coach Retif shared, "It is exciting to have Joey Rhoads return to the coaching ranks. The athlete's are drawn to her knowledge of the game. Her natural coaching instincts are nurturing and encouraging. She brings playing experience at the highest level and models a history of academic excellence."
Prior to her professional career, Joey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she obtained her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business. At Penn, Rhoads was a 2-year captain and team MVP. She led her team in scoring and assists her junior and senior years and finished as the 7thall-time leading scorer for the lady Quakers, amassing 1,213 points. Rhoads also earned three All-Conference acknowledgments and was selected to the All-Big Five team twice. During her freshman year, the Quakers won the Ivy League and made an NCAA tournament appearance.
At GA, Rhoads was a 3-sport athlete and captain in basketball, field hockey and lacrosse. During her basketball career, the Patriots were 25-1 against Inter-Ac opponents, ranked eighth nationally by USA Today, and No.1 in the East. Rhoads became the first female to break the school scoring record, previously held by former Toronto Raptor, Alvin Williams; scoring 1,713 career points. This record was subsequently broken and still stands today at 2,247, by her good friend, GA legend, and current Lehigh assistant coach, Laura Kurz ‘04. Joey stays involved in basketball year-round, through her own business which provides skills training to athletes of all ages and skill levels through individual training and group clinics in her hometown of Huntingdon Valley. PA. This will be Rhoads’ third year on the coaching staff, having served as Varsity assistant and JV head coach in 2009-2010, helping the team to both Inter-Ac and Pennsylvania Independent State Championships.
Bender Retif, Varsity Assistant
Coach Retif won four high school varsity letters and was selected to play in the All-Catholic Senior game while at Archbishop Carroll High School. A two sport varsity athlete, he played football as well as basketball. He began coaching as an assistant with the Philadelphia Belles in 2008, where his 14U team captured the AAU Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Bender later served as Head Coach of the 14U Belles. His team made great progress, ending the season winning 12 of their final 14 contests.
Brooke Watson, Varsity & JV Assistant
Coach Retif and the entire Germantown Academy Basketball program are pleased to welcome back Coach Brooke Watson to the coaching staff. Coach Watson previously served as a coach for the GA Basketball team from 1993-95. Coach Retif commented, "Coach Watson is an excellent addition to our staff. She is an experienced Varsity Coach who brings positive energy and lots of teaching wisdom to the program. It is a pleasure to have her working with our young talent."
Watson is best known for making her coaching mark in both Lacrosse and Field Hockey, where she is considered among the most knowledgeable coaches in the area. From 1982-84 Watson served as an Assistant Women's Field Hockey / Lacrosse Coach at Harvard University. Germantown Academy has been
fortunate to have Watson playing a critical role in the sports of both Field Hockey and Lacrosse, where she has roamed the sidelines for twenty and fifteen years respectively.
Additionally Coach Watson has served as Head Lacrosse Coach of the Champion Team Freedom Team in Orlando, Florida in 2012, as well as Head Lacrosse Coach in the Brine All-American Showcase Team Pennsylvania in 2013. Watson also directs the Germantown Academy Summer Program Field Hockey Camp and serves as Head Lacrosse Coach.
Germantown Academy Post Season Honors
Permanently endowed in 2013, The Alexa Gallagher Award annually recognizes the leader who best emulates the athletic excellence, passionate spirit and team-oriented vision of former basketball captain Alexa Gallagher '11.
'13 Kiernan McCloskey '13
'14 Margaret Anne Hubbell '14
Most Outstanding Offensive Player’99 Kristi Sarnosinki '99’00 Gillian Goring- exchange student’01 Gillian Goring- exchange student’02 Laura Kurz '04‘03 Laura Kurz '04'04 Laura Kurz '04'05 Nicole Finelli '05'06 Caroline Doty '08'07 Caroline Doty '08
'08 Maggie Lucas '10
'09 Maggie Lucas '10'10 Maggie Lucas '10
'11 The Starting Five - five players averaged double digits
'12 Kiernan McCloskey '13
'13 Kiernan McCloskey '13
'14 Olivia Gorman '15
Most Outsanding Defensive Player
’99 Chelsea Kaden '00
’00 Chelsea Kaden '00
‘01 Stephanie Spada '03
’02 Joey Rhoads '03
’03 Joey Rhoads '03
'04 Kris Guynn '05
'05 Kris Guynn '05
'06 Jenna Washabaugh '06 & Colleen Magarity '07
'07 Colleen Magarity '07
'08 Jesse Carey '09
'09 Jesse Carey '09 & Tory Thierolf '10
'10 Tory Thierolf '10 & Alexa Gallagher '11
'11 Alexa Gallagher '11
'12 Jaryn Garner '12
'13 Fran Sweeney '13
'14 Lauren Oeth '16
This award is presented to the teammate, in the opinion of the captains, who displays consistent hard work and dedication to the overall success of the team.
’03 Katie Morgan '05
'04 Lindsay Freid '07
'05 Colleen Magarity '07
'06 Jesse Carey '09
'07 Jess Erb '09
'08 Alexa Gallagher '11
'09 Jaryn Garner '12
’10 Angela Upright '13
'11 Natalie Toner '13
'12 Emma Silvers '14
'13 Maeve Connor '16
'14 Erin Lindahl '16
Somebody’s Hero Award
’00 Katie Curtin '00
’01 Erin Osborn '01
’02 Kelly Winning '02 & Stephanie Spada '03
'03 Joey Rhoads '03
'04 Becca Buckler '04 & Lauren Freid '04
'05 Katie Morgan '05
'06 Lindsay Freid '07
'07 Colleen Magarity '07
'08 Caroline Doty '08 & Jess Erb '09
'09 Alexa Gallagher '11
'10 Natalie Toner '13
’11 Monica Schacker '11
'12 Natalie Toner '13
'13 Dempsey Cooper '13
'14 Kendall Grasela '16
Team True-Spirit Award
’00 Leason Weatherill '00
’01 Joey Rhoads '03
’02 Jess Hoff '02
’03 Nicole Finelli '05
'04 Nicole Finelli '05
'05 Jessica Limbacher '05
'06 Torie Machikas '08
'07 Lindsay Freid '07
'08 Dana Lotio '11
'09 Jess Erb '09 & Laura Karbach '09
'10 Maggie Ebbott '10
'11 Dana Lotito '11
'12 Sarah Armstrong '12
'13 Melanie Repella '13
ALL INTER-AC TEAMS
2006 All Inter-AcFirst Team: Caroline Doty - Sophomore, Jesse Carey - FreshmanSecond Team:
Jenna Washabaugh - Senior, Colleen Magarity - JuniorHonorable Mention
Lindsay Freid - Junior
2007 All Inter-AcFirst Team: Caroline Doty - Junior, Maggie Lucas - Freshman, Second Team
: Colleen Magarity - Senior Honorable Mention:
Jesse Carey - Sophomore
2008 All Inter-Ac
First Team: Maggie Lucas - Sophomore, Jesse Carey - Junior, Caroline Doty - Senior Second Team: Tory Thierolf - Sophomore, Alexa Gallagher - Freshman
2009 All Inter-AcFirst Team:
Magie Lucas - Junior, Jesse Carey - Senior, Tory Thierolf JuniorSecond Team:
Alexa Gallagher - Sophomore
2010 All Inter-AcFirst Team: Maggie Lucas - Senior, Tory Thierolf - Senior, Alexa Gallagher - Junior
2011 All Inter Ac
First Team: Alexa Gallagher - Senior, Jaryn Garner - Junior, Monica Schacker - Senior
Second Team:Kiernan McCloskey - Junior, Dana Lotito -Senior
2012 All Inter-Ac
First Team: Jaryn Garner - Senior, Kiernan McCloskey - Junior
Second Team: Fran Sweeney - Junior
Honorable Mention: Dempsey Cooper - Junior
2013 All Inter-Ac
First Team: Kiernan McCloskey - Senior, Margaret Anne Hubbell - Junior
2014 All Inter-Ac
First Team: Margaret Anne Hubbell - Senior, Olivia Gorman - Junior
Second Team: Kendall Grasela - Sophomore
ESPN Rise Magazine All American
2009-10 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10
2001 Gillian Goring
2004 Laura Kurz '04
2008 Caroline Doty '08
2010 Maggie Lucas '10
Associated Press AA All-State
2006 First Team - Caroline Doty2007 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10; MVP - Caroline Doty '082008 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10; Third Team - Jesse Carey '092009 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10; Second Team - Jesse Carey '09; Third Team - Tory Thierolf '102010 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10; First Team - Tory Thierolf '102011 Second Team - Alexa Gallagher '112012 Second Team - Jaryn Garner '122013 Second Team - Kiernan McCloskey'13 2014 Third Team - Margaret Anne Hubbell '14
2010 - Maggie Lucas '10 (first in GA Basketball history)
Max preps All-American
2010 - Maggie Lucas '10
Intelligencer All-Area Teams
2007 Player of the Year - Caroline Doty '08
2007 Jesse Carey '09
2007 Colleen Magarity '07
2008 First Team - Jesse Carey '09
2008 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10
2009 First Team - Jesse Carey '09
2009 First Team - Maggie Lucas '10
2009 Second Team - Tori Thierolf '10
2010 Player of the Year - Maggie Lucas '10
2010 First Team - Tory Thierolf '10
2010 Second Team - Alexa Gallagher '11
2011 First Team - Alexa Gallagher '11
2011 Honorable Mention - Dana Lotito '11, Kiernan McCloskey '13, Monica Schacker '11, Jaryn Garner '12
2012 First Team - Jaryn Garner '12
2012 Honorable Mention - Kiernan McCloskey '13
2013 Player of the Year - Kiernan McCloskey '13
2013 Honorable Mention - Margaret Anne Hubbell '14,
2014 First Team - Margaret Anne Hubbell '14
2014 Honorable Mention - Olivia Gorman '15, Kendall Grasela '16
Times Herald All Area
Honorable Mention - Olivia Gorman '15, Kendall Grasela '16
Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA
2006 Second Team - Caroline Doty2007 Player of the Year - Caroline Doty
2009 Second Team - Maggie Lucas
2009 Third Team - Jesse Carey '10
2010 Player of the Year - Maggie Lucas '10
2010 Third Team - Tory Thierolf '10
2011 First Team - Alexa Gallagher '11
2011 Second Team - Jaryn Garner '12
2012 First Team - Jaryn Garner '12
2013 Second Team - Kiernan McCloskey '13
2014 Third Team - Margaret Anne Hubbell '14
Markward Club Honorees
2008 Caroline Doty '08 (co-Player of the Year in Southeastern PA), Bri Cowden '08
2009 Jesse Carey '09, Jess Erb '09, Laura Karbach '09
2010 Maggie Lucas ‘10(co-Player of the Year in Southeastern PA), Tory Thierolf '10
2011 Alexa Gallagher ‘11 (Inter-Ac Player of the Year), Dana Lotito ‘11, Monica Schacker ‘11
2012 Jaryn Garner ‘12
2013 Kiernan McCloskey '13, Dempsey Cooper '13, Fran Sweeney '13
2014 Margaret Anne Hubbell '14 (Inter-Ac Player of the Year)
Street & Smith's/Sporting News All-Americans
2001 Gillian Goring (exchange student)
2002 Gillian Goring (exchange student)
2003 Laura Kurz '04
2004 Laura Kurz '04
2007 Caroline Doty '08
2008 Caroline Doty '08, Jesse Carey '09, Maggie Lucas '10
2009 Jesse Carey '09, Maggie Lucas '10, Alexa Gallagher '11
2010 Maggie Lucas '10, Alexa Gallagher '11
2011 Alexa Gallagher '11
Every December Germantown Academy hosts the annual Make A Wish Basketball Showcase. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants special wishes to children suffering from life threatening illnesses. Besides providing an opportunity to contribute to a great cause, this tip-off tournament is always a chance to see eight of the area’s premier basketball teams compete. The Make A Wish Basketball Showcase is the brainchild of Jim Fenerty 1760, GA’s Athletic Director and head basketball coach. Coach Fenerty wanted his players, blessed with both athletic gifts and academic opportunities, to have a sense that not everyone is lucky enough to share their good fortune. He selected the Make-A-Wish Foundation as an exemplary organization and his players embraced the concept of helping to make wishes come true for local kids who have been dealt a difficult hand. He then enlisted other high school teams to join the tournament and asked Peter McVeigh 1760 and the Community Service Organization to organize the logistics.
Girls basketball was added to the tournament the second year when Sherri Retif joined GA's faculty. Coach Retif is happy that the Patriot girls have the opportunity to contribute their time and talents: "The Make a Wish tournament is always an enjoyable event...besides being for a good cause, it is amazing to see the entire community come together to support the CSO and athletic program. Mr. McVeigh nurtures a sense of generous gratitude at this special time of the year, and I'm glad our basketball program is afforded the opportunity to participate. We can never imagine how many lives are touched and stories are retold about the Make-A-Wish foundation. Peter McVeigh is an icon of inspiritation who keeps us all grounded in our giftedness.”
Growing up as a GA lower schooler I always loved coming to the Make-A-Wish tournament. It was always a tournament filled with great teams and great players, but the best part always happened after the tournament when the money was delivered to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Playing in this tournament means so much to me because not only do I get to play the game I love, but we get to help a great cause and some great young kids who are going through a tough time.
In 2008 we played a game at Hatboro Horsham and we met a 9 year old named Jake and unfortunatly Jake was in the middle of a tough fight with cancer. That day Jake sat in our locker room and told us how he dreams to play high school basketball. Just being able to meet us gave him the biggest smile. At the end of the year we were going into our second to last game and we learned that Jake had passed away. We sat with tears in our eyes and thought about that earlier day. We thought of how even though Jake was facing a terrible disease he always had a smile on his face and never shed one tear. Jake was never able to play basketball, but was truly an inspiration because of how tough and strong he was off the court.
We may have won 18 games that year but there was nothing more important that what we did for Jake. It is an honor to be able to play for Jake and all the young children of the Make-A Wish-Foundation.
Sometimes the deeper meaning of the Make- A-Wish tournament isn’t always apparent. When someone walks up to the gym on that Friday or Saturday night, they probably notice a number of things. They see student volunteers dishing out snacks to the people at the concession stand or monotonously handing out admission tickets to excited spectators. They hear the pounding of basketballs against the hardwood floor as teams prepare to play some of their best competition, or the resonating cheers of the GA Superfans as our teams pull out a win.
But often times these sights and sounds don’t reveal the real meaning behind the Make-A-Wish Tournament. Each person involved in the tournaments is contributing to a cause much bigger than what goes on in the gym. The Make-A-Wish Tournament donates all its proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which “grants the wishes” of children with terminal illnesses. It provides these kids with a family trip they might not have been able to take otherwise.
To be a participant in this tournament shows me that this whole thing isn’t about the basketball, the spectators, or even Germantown Academy itself. It’s about becoming a part of something bigger than me. When my teammates and I step on the court Friday and Saturday nights, we aren’t just playing to defeat an opponent. We’re playing for children who benefit from our efforts, and that’s what makes this tournament so special to me. I’m thankful to have an opportunity to contribute to this tournament and help those in need, and I speak for the whole Girl’s Basketball Team when I say this.
Many thanks to the players, coaches, CSO members, faculty, alums and families who have contributed so much to this tournament’s success! Your commitment to giving back to the community has made OUR dreams come true.
2013-2014 20-7, 9-3
2012-2013 18-11, 8-4
2011-2012 18-11, 11-1
2010-2011 23-5, 12-0
2009-2010 23-4, 12-02008-2009 31-0, 12-02007-2008 22-8, 12-02006-2007 26-3, 12-02005-2006 24-4, 6-02004-2005 22-4,
2002-2003 20-8, 7-0
2001-2002 20-4, 7-0
2000-2001 25-2, 7-0
1999-2000 24-3, 7-0
1998-1999 17-7, 6-1
'84, '85, '86, '87, '88, '89, '90, '91, '95, '96, '97, '99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ‘06, ‘07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12
'09, '10, '11
Laura Kurz '04 --- 2,247Maggie Lucas '10 -- 2,197Joanna Rhoads '03 -- 1,713 Alvin Williams '93 --- 1,702 Paul Hutter '70 --- 1,627 Matt Walsh '02 --- 1,601 Julius Williams '97 --- 1,564Cameron Ayers '10 --- 1,486 Diana Caramanico '97 --- 1,486Craig White '88 --- 1,432 Brian Burke '98 --- 1,429 Otis Ellis '85 --- 1,421 Lawrence Talley '91 --- 1,417 Ryan Ayers '05 --- 1,370Rick Williams '85 --- 1,358Eric Minkin '68 --- 1,358 Bryan Grimes '05 --- 1,352 Kiernan McCloskey '13 --- 1,345 Chris Krug '98 --- 1,330 Lee Melchionni '02 --- 1,261 Marvin Walters '86 --- 1,254 Cathy Hebling '94 --- 1,187 Caroline Doty '08 --- 1,166Jesse Carey '09 --- 1,159 Tory Thierolf '10 -- 1,150Larry Leith '94 --- 1,153 Kyle Griffin '07 --- 1,123Rodney Duncan '76 --- 1,100Andrew Ott --- 1,074 Chelsea Kaden '00 --- 1,073 Monica Williams '97 --- 1,061Margaret Anne Hubbell '14 -- 1,058
Margaret Anne Hubbell '14, Captain It's All About Heart
Recently Coach Retif chatted with graduating Senior, Margaret Anne Hubbell, to reflect on their shared experience during Margaret Anne's tenure as a Patriot. Hubbell's time at GA may have been brief, but her impact on the GA program was significant. The dialogue offers a glimpse of the solid character and poised demeanor of this very special young woman.
Coach Retif: Your high school career is over, but you left your mark on the GA program. You were chosen the Inter-Ac MVP and scored over 1000 points. What is one of your most memorable experiences?
Margaret Anne: One of the most memorable experiences happened Junior year when we came back from behind to beat Notre Dame….then beat them again in the States semi-final game.
CR: You are amazingly quick with your transition from defense to offense; and you are consistently the fastest player in transition. What do you attribute that quickness to; reaction time, conditioning or both? What advice can you give to younger players about improving this ability?
MA: I think this quickness is attributed to both reaction time and conditioning. I know when to react and to start running down the court when I know one of my teammates had possession of the ball. After that I take off sprinting down the court. Conditioning helps a lot so that I can consistently sprint down the court throughout the whole game. I don't know if I am the fastest on the court, but I can get down the court before other people because I want it more. It's all about heart.
CR: You averaged over 17 pppg and were one of the top scorers in the area. Late in the season your name was inadvertently left off the newspaper's list of top scorers. I remember apologizing and your poised response was "I don't care, that doesn't matter to me." It made me smile inside. Can you say more about what you were thinking and how to be a selfless leader?
MA: Nobody gets to be a top scorer by themselves. You have to remember that you have your teammates who give you the passes and get you open so that you can score. I didn't become the player I am by myself I had coaches and other people to help me and teach me how to play and develop as a player and a leader.
CR: Thanks for sharing your thoughts, that such a mature stance. Moving on, when you transferred to GA your junior year; what were the biggest adjustments and what advice do you have to incoming student athletes?
MA: Transferring as a junior was kind of like starting freshman year all over again. I had to prove myself to the coaching staff and my teammates. I didn't know if I was going to get to play a lot or start like I had previously at my old school. To any incoming student athletes my advice is to just try your hardest and don't leave any regrets on the floor. Everybody makes mistakes you just have to think positively and make up for your mistakes. You have to fail before you can succeed.
CR: What do you see as possible challenges for next year as a freshman and how have you prepared for the transition?MA: Next year I know that I am going to be at the bottom of the totem pole again. I'm going to have to work the hardest I ever have in my life to try to be able to play. I'm already short for a post player in high school now I am going to be even shorter at the next level. To prepare for the next level I have been working a lot more on ball handling and shooting, so that I am prepared to be able to play facing the goal instead of just posting up all the time.
CR: You are passionate about CrossFit. How does that impact your basketball game? How often and how many days a week do you normally train? Do you have to train at a gym?
MA: CrossFit has helped me a lot with basketball. It has made me stronger and helped me a lot with my conditioning. Strength helps battle through the fouls and have more control over my body. The conditioning aspect of crossfit helps me to be able to play the whole game at full speed. Currently I crossfit 5 days a week. Before basketball season I used to do crossfit around 3 days a week, and shoot almost everyday. You don't have to belong to a gym to do crossfit, but it is better to go to a crossfit gym so that you can gain strength.
CR: Can you give a sample of a CrossFit W.O.D – Workout of the Day?
MA: This would be 5 Rounds for Time: 15 box jumps 21 kettlebell swings Run 400 metersCR: You're moving on to a new phase in your life; you can't turn back the hands of time. What advice would your share with the returning players?
MA: Enjoy the time you have to play in high school, it goes by fast. If you are having a bad game control your emotions so that it does not affect you or your teammates in a negative way. Be positive and always try your hardest no matter what.
Margaret Anne leaves home at the end of this month to continue her studies at West Point. Hopefully, before she heads out, we will have her on the bench for a few more summer games. Thanks for sharing you thoughts with the GA community.
Kiernan McCloskey '13, Captain - Learning to Lead
A leader is someone who can take the talents and goals of a
collection of people and orchestrate them to work together for the good of the
group. While our GA girls’ basketball program is known both locally and
nationally for the excellent teams and players that we produce, I think that
one of the greatest skills that our coaches teach us each season is how to
lead. From the beginning of my time at GA, it was made obvious to me that
leadership is a quality that we all should strive for. We each have the ability
to lead in one way or another and part of the goal of our oaches is to bring
out the leader in us.
I think that one of the most rewarding things about
leadership is that there are many ways in which we can lead and many
characteristics that make a great leader. John Wooden was regarded as the
greatest basketball coach of all time. He published a book in which he defined
his pyramid of success. Within the pyramid, Coach Wooden highlighted fifteen
traits that can help guide us as we look for success both on the court and off.
The five traits that build the foundation of the pyramid and represent the
first steps to success are industriousness, friendship, loyalty, cooperation,
Industriousness refers to the idea of working hard and
leading through our actions. Starting with the example of older players, the
hard work that all GA basketball players put in each and every day serves to
inspire ourselves and our teammates to push each other farther than we could
When speaking of friendship, Coach Wooden said, “Strive to
build a team filled with camaraderie and respect.” As part of the GA basketball
program, our teammates act as our sisters and best friends. We play so well
together on the court because of the bond that we have off the court. And while our captains and
upperclassmen act in a position of leadership, they do so as our friends and
With the foundational characteristic of loyalty, Coach
Wooden said, “Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.” As the example
of the leaders who came before our senior class now have shown, by relying on
each other and by trusting in the power of working together, we have seen great
Cooperation within a team shows the desire to play for more
than yourself. In our GA basketball program, beginning with the coaches and
running all the way through the players, we havea sense of pride in the
accomplishments of our team. No individual
goals or agenda ever come before the good of our teammates. We care
about each other and put the team’s best interests ahead of our own.
Finally, Coach Wooden said of enthusiasm, “Your energy and
enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others.” As
leaders of this basketball team, our senior class hopes that our love of the
game and our true happiness at being a part of such a great tradition will rub
off. We cannot wait to enjoy the journey of this season with our whole team.
Dempsey Cooper ’13, Captain - Friendships
given me so many things since the day I started playing. One of those things is
the many friendships that I have gained. I really started to cherish those
friendships here at GA. During my many AAU seasons I never really had to say
goodbye to anyone, minus a few, because I knew that I was always going to see
them next season. But freshman year I realized that I would have to say goodbye
to a class of seniors every single year. It got harder and harder as the years
progressed, last year being the hardest. I had known Sarah since sixth grade
and Jaryn is basically my sister. Saying goodbye to them and watching them
graduate was extremely difficult. Playing with them here for three years gave
me so many memories. I share these memories with my own class, who have readily
filled the shoes of the seniors before us. We have been through and shared ups
and downs, thick and thin, laughs and cries, health and injuries and I am not
only ecstatic to call them my teammates or my friends…I am priviledged to call
them my family. As hard as last year was to say goodbye, this year is going to
be ten times harder. We are the biggest class of seniors that has gone through
4 years of high school basketball together that I know and we are also the
closest. I have known Fran since we were 11, Natalie and Kiernan since we were
12 or 13, and Mel and Ang I met freshman year. We all have a pretty great
history together and we all clicked freshman year. You wouldn’t even know
Kiernan came in sophomore year; she fit right into our motley crew.
Filming the video together, that you are about to see, is
something that I will never forget. It shows how well we work together and
trust each other. I am so lucky and grateful to be a part of our fun and crazy
class. But before I get too emotional, the time to say goodbye is yet to come
and I am so happy that we have another season ahead of us to suit up together.
Every year I have watched our team turn into a family through the leadership of
our seniors. And this year I am truly looking forward to watching and helping
our team transform into a family. Being a part of this team is a special thing,
so cherish it while you can and make the most of it because it goes by
Angela Upright ’13, Captain - Team Traditions
The traditions we have on our team is what connects every
past, present, and future GA Girls’ Basketball player. They are some of the
things that Alumni remember most about their high school experiences, what
present players look forward to all Fall long, and what I’m so excited to tell
the new players about tonight. It would be easy for me to just read a list of what we do every year as a team,
but now that I’ve experienced everything for a few years now I’ve come to a
greater appreciation of why we do them.
One of my favorite traditions is the Thanksgiving circle we
do after practice before Thanksgiving. Everybody sits around in a circle, takes
their shoes off and says what it would be like to walk in the person’s shoes
next to them and says why they are thankful for that person. I remember
freshman year, I was next to Coach Bender and Sarah Armstrong ’12. I was so nervous for my turn because I never
really had to talk in front of people and I was new and I just didn’t really
get was going on. But, today, I still remember what I said and what they said
about me. This tradition has always brought our team closer because it
shows everyone how much the people around them really care about them.
Traveling across the country together is another tradition
we have. My freshman and sophomore year we went to Naples, Florida and last year, and this year we are going
to Georgia. Travelling with the team is one of the most fun experiences ever.
Natalie experienced her first time flying freshman year, and Nat, Fran, and I
flew across the country together and experienced our first First Class flying experiences.
We get to compete against some of the best competition in the country which
helps us grow as a team. We have tons of team meals and outings on the trip and
it is so much fun.
Another tradition type thing is that we host the Make a Wish
tournament. All of the proceeds benefit the Make a Wish foundation which grants
wishes to children with terminal illnesses.
What makes this such a special tournament is that it brings the whole GA
Other notable traditions are the community service projects
we do every year, the Team Pollyanna, the 6am practice, and the singing of “Oh
Happy Day”. Now I don’t want to give too much a way about the season but I want
to end my speech by telling you guys how truly excited I am for this season. I
am so happy all of you guys are playing and I’m really excited to continue and build upon the past
traditions and make new ones as we go.
Fran Sweeney ’13, Captain
When I think about all of my high school memories, my mind
constantly takes me to the basketball court. All of the basketball practices,
games, and shooting sessions with my dad, gym classes, pep rallies, holiday
programs, and senior step rehearsals bring me back to the place where I feel
most at home. Yet, no matter how many events the gym holds, I remember it as
the place where I became a part of the GA Girls Basketball program.
Being a part of this team is not just an activity, but is a
part of me. I can’t imagine the person I would be today if I didn’t have this
team, this school, and these experiences that have taught me so many crucial
life lessons. It wasn’t always easy, and I wouldn’t expect it to be. Good
things aren’t just handed to people, and sometimes you have to prove yourself
to be deserving of the glory. GA lives on its tradition, and this tradition
applies to basketball as well. Here, people wait their turn to be in the
spotlight, step aside to give others the glory, because they know that the
people in front of them have earned it. I have learned that your role on a team
changes every season, no role is more or less important, but they are different
nonetheless. I have been the bench warmer, the practice player, the starter,
the shooter, the shorty (well I guess I have always had that role), but each
role I had played made mea better player and person. I am certain of that.
I can’t help but smile when I think about when Coach Cath
told us that when we get older “sometimes you’ll just pee a little,” or the
time after we played Episcopal at their place after we had officially won the
inter-ac and we danced and chanted in their locker room until it hurt. These
are the memories that I will remember about high school. I won’t remember the
essays I wrote or the tests I took; I will remember the times I spent with my
friends on the athletic fields, the track, and especially on the basketball
Melanie Repella ’13
When I look out at this room, there is such a wide variety
of people who are going to make up the girls basketball team this season, such
a balance. Some of us worry about going to college, while some are still
worrying about getting used to high school. Some of us are entering our final
months here at Germantown Academy, while others have been here merely three
The academics and athletics at Germantown Academy are beyond
excellent. That is why most of us have chosen to spend our high school career
here. I think the athletics here are truly defined by the academics. Finding a
balance to your academics, extra-curriculars, and athletics is the key to
success. At GA, it’s impossible to do everything you want to do and to do
everything well. But instead of that being something that makes GA undesirable,
it is exactly the reason that so many people know and honor the Germantown Academy name.
Basketball season is one of the busiest, and one of the
best, seasons of the school year for basketball players. Beyond the normal sports team practices, add in the bus rides, Saturday games
and practices, those nights where we have late practice, and it’s clear that we
dedicate a lot of time to the sport. Then we think about the homework, tests,
quizzes, papers, and other schoolwork that needs to be done. We worry about
this balance between basketball and school that we are trying so hard to
maintain. When I start to worry about one or the other, I try extremely hard to
remind myself of what I call “the balance” because the reality is athletes have
doing this for decades at GA. The academy has always had the facilities to help
each student succeed at their fullest potential. While basketball is a sport
that can take you far in life, at the end of the day, the academic foundation
that Germantown Academy will provide you with and the life lessons you will
learn on the court or in the classroom are the necessities that will help you
not only succeed in college, but beyond.
One of the best things that Germantown Academy has provided
me with is the opportunity to be seen as a multi-faceted person. I am never
just seen as “a girl who plays basketball” or “a girl who takes four AP
classes”. As GA student athletes, we do not fit into any specific categories.
So I urge everyone who is younger or new to GA to be open to the idea of
expanding your horizons and to always try to maintain the balance. You will
only be at Germantown Academy for four years. And while I wish I had figured out the balance that I wanted, that worked for me, sooner, I
am so glad that I finally did. But now the underclassmen have the opportunity
to find their balance, and when doing so, I urge you to challenge yourself.
These four years go by too fast, so I suggest that you always challenge
yourself on the court and in the classroom because the truth is that the day
you stop, you are not truly utilizing all that GA athletics and academics have
There is no basketball team that I would rather play for. I
have been playing with most of the girls in my class since freshman year, when we stepped out onto the JV court as our own
self-proclaimed “fab five”. But beyond
that, there is no school I would rather go to. I have been in the classroom
with these girls for years, and I truly respect all that they have accomplished
academically. I hope that by the time we get to the end of the season, all of
the girls who will be playing GA basketball for the first time, will agree that there is no other team, or school,
they would rather be a part of.
Jaryn Garner '12, Captain - The Grand Scheme
From the outside looking in, our families, friends,
spectators, fans and any others who may have witnessed any game played by the
Germantown Academy Girls basketball team might normally comment on the success
and history of the program. But to us players, who have learned unforgettable
and essential life lessons through the guidance of our coaches, the Germantown
Academy Girls Basketball team is so much more than that. Sure, our coaches have groomed great players,
we are all assets to a phenomenal program and we have a wide spread reputation
as a winning team but it goes way beyond the X’s and O’s. Not too long ago I
realized that all these years we have been maturing in the sport of basketball,
but in the grand scheme of it all we have been shown the paths of becoming
It all started with our first Christmas Tournament in
Naples, Florida. We were there to play a few games with the hopes of returning
with the championship banner. But that wasn’t our main focus once we arrived.
Coach Retif introduced our team to eleven-year-old Andrea Constain, who had a
life threatening disease but loved the sport of basketball. The team
immediately fell in love with Andrea and we were touched when we saw how much
it meant to her that we spent some time with her each day.
Andrea was one of many people whose lives we became a part
of thanks to the selflessness we learned from Coach Retif. Along with that, our assistant Coach Nerney
mentored the team on the importance and impact of our attitudes.
How our attitude is just as paramount in basketball as it is
in life. We’ve learned how we must react to a tough loss the same way we can
react to a bad grade. We have been taught to play on the string we have and it
is essential in each of our lives.
The importance of putting others before ourselves, giving
back, and the vast potential of our attitudes are just a few life lessons we
have been taught. We have also learned the strength in building relationships,
staying positive through adversity, and most of all no matter what it may be,
giving 110%. We all put on the jersey
and are honored to play for the Germantown Academy girls’ basketball program,
but we leave the court and the program as better people and I am both thankful
and blessed to have been a part of something so special. I dedicate this season
and all my seasons to come, to Andrea Constain who passed away last year but
will always have a place in my heart and in the Germantown Academy Girls
Sarah Armstrong '12, Captain - The Gift of Good Teammates
Everyone knows what a great girls’ basketball program GA
has. We have the best coaches, the best players, and so much drive
to win. I have been proud to be a part of such a talented team my entire career.
However, the thing we do not always talk about is how much our team loves to
give back. Community service just became a requirement here at GA, but it has
always been an integral part of this team. Helping out with Coaches vs.
Cancer, playing the Think Pink game, playing in the Make- A-Wish Tournament,
running the clinic with the LaSalle Academy students, the list goes on and on.
This year, we also plan to do service projects as a team. It is easy to forget
how fortunate we all are, and working together as a team to help others is one of
the best things we can do. When you help others, you gain even more compassion,
and this is the type of person I want to play with. I have faced tragedy and
tough circumstances, and seen the pain that they cause. When
disaster strikes, whether it be disease, losing ones job, or any other
misfortune, it is the kindness and support of others that really helps you get
Coach Nerney often says that one should have an attitude of gratitude. This means being excited to be where you are, and
grateful for the opportunity you have to face each challenge. Our team has
really learned to exemplify this mantra. When we give back, we show our
gratitude for being so privileged, because we are. Our lives are all very lucky,
and when you are on this team, you learn what it means to be grateful, to take
advantage of every test, because it is a chance to prove your worth.
Coach Retif likes to say that GA basketball does not just
make you a better basketball player, but also makes you a better
person. This is true. This team is about so much more than winning. It is about discipline, determination, teamwork, and kindness. We have helped each
other through problems in the past, and will continue to do so. The
inherent goodness in each player on this team is what tells me we will be successful
this year, even more than statistics and impressive plays. When we are good
people, we are good teammates, and a team full of good teammates can do
Dana Lotito ’11, Captain- Who We Are
GA Girls’ Basketball has a unique identity that is not solely
built on the present or on the talent we have any given year. We are a
conglomerate of past players and their characters and present players and their
talents. We are Caroline Doty’s resilience through knee injuries; we are Laura
Kurz’s leadership; we are Tory Thierolf’s quiet example, Maggie Lucas’s pumping
energy. We have built upon the past to become the team we are now. We are not
only Alexa Gallagher’s hustle or Jaryn Garner’s fierce tenacity, but our
bench’s thrilled cheers and our JV’s dutiful defense in practice that pushes
us. We are not only players; we are Coach Retif’s passion and Coach Nerney’s
attitude. We embody our assistant coaches’ love for the game. We are our
school’s emphasis on tradition. We have melded together as a team and unit.
But we are also something special off of the court. I have
always felt special being a part of such a talented team from year to year.
Maybe I am incredibly biased, but I have never been a part of or seen another
team come together as we have off the court. We emphasize our attitudes and how
basketball translates to other parts of our lives. We are all different people
but the respect that we learn on the court helps us respect and love each other
during the other times we spend together. We all understand that someday, we
will stop playing basketball, some earlier than others, but that the feeling of
GA Girls’ Basketball will carry with us.
'11, Captain - Oh
If I tried to sum up in a few words what it’s like to play
for this team, it would be impossible. So instead, I’ll share a moment that I
think describes our team and shows why we’ve been so successful each year.
Three years ago when I was a freshman, we went into the locker room at halftime
after playing a really bad half, and I remember everyone’s heads were down and
nobody said a word. Finally, Caroline Doty stepped up in front of us and
started singing ‘Oh Happy Day.’ Slowly, everyone started clapping along and
filling in the chorus as Caroline sang a solo, and then the big high-pitched
note came, and she hit it perfectly. After the game I remember hearing parents
say that they could hear us all the way in the stands, we were so loud.
Although it seems like a typical girl moment, where you sing a song and
everything is better momentarily, this song actually has a much bigger
long-term impact on the team and me.
Most importantly, it shows how close we are as a team. There
are always going to be times when you face adversity as a team, but the ability
to bounce back together instead of trying to conquer something individually,
makes a great team. Singing this song made us come together closer than ever,
and helped us win that game. One of the great things about this team is that we
always stick together, especially in tough games. Staying together as one unit
is a big reason why we’ve been so successful, and this moment demonstrates how
tight we are.
The ‘Oh Happy Day’ song has now become our staple song every
season, and for that, I think this moment shows the tradition our team has.
Even though this happened when most of the current team wasn’t there, it is
sung every year, and they will soon experience it. When traditions are passed
on from team to team, a bond is created, and this song is the bond that will
keep our team together as we start our season. It will energize us again just
like the first time, it will remind us of Caroline, and make us work hard and
strive to be the best we can like she does, and it will makes us come together
as a team like it did three years ago. I hope this song gets carried on in the
future, and makes everyone realize the things that are special about this team.
Alexa Gallagher '11, Captain
Coming to Germantown
Academy in 7thgrade was one of the best decisions I have made so far in my
life. This school has such high expectations both academically and athletically
and has taught me so many lessons. Having the privilege to play varsity basketball
in 8thgrade was definitely a blessing. It was not easy since I was one of the
smallest players on the team however it taught me where I had to get to. Coming
in as a freshman I knew what was expected but still had so much to learn. I
learned so much from the upper classmen who took me under their wing and looked
out for me. This is just one that that has stood out to me in the years that I
have been here and that is the willingness people have to go out of their way
and help others.
Playing basketball at
GA for the past four years has also provided me with so many opportunities and
has likewise taught me several valuable lessons. I have learned how important
it is to work as a unit and to sacrifice individual gain for the team’s greater
good. It has taught me how to be a leader and along with that how to
communicate with others. There have been different obstacles that have come my
way while playing basketball and these experiences have prepared me to deal
with adversity, have patience, and to become accountable for how I perform on
and off the court. Playing GA basketball is therefore more than just a sport
for me. It has helped me to grow as a person, to learn how to manage my time,
and to develop and maintain positive relationships with others. This is what
basketball has done for me however what makes my experience on this team
exceptional is the people that have taught me, challenged me, and helped me
along the way.
Being a part of the girl basketball program at GA has
definitely had a huge impact on my life. When I started out in the program
freshmen year, I was scared, timid, and nervous. The basketball team is intense
and I felt insecure about my ability. Winter break of my freshmen year, the
team traveled to Florida for a tournament. While on the trip, I became
comfortable with the team; building lasting friendships that I don’t know what
I would do without today. From that point on, I loved everything about the
basketball program. Thinking back to being nervous makes me laugh, because
being a part of the basketball team is one of the best decisions I made at GA
and it will be one of my best memories from high school. The team has become a second family. Although basketball is not my best or first
sport, I am fully dedicated to the program, knowing that it will make me a
better athlete and person. I love the intense practices that require focus and
drive, and the games are always exciting. To be part of something greater than
myself means a lot to me, and basketball offers just that. Coach Retif and
Nearny have helped me understand determination, and attitude. The lessons I
have learned from them have helped me in school, sports, and life in general. Last
year, Coach Neary gave each player a quote about attitude. It sits on my
nightstand and I look at it almost every day. The basketball team has helped
shaped me into the person I have become, and I plan on using many of my lessons
from basketball throughout life.
Tory Thierolf ’10, Captain
Basketball is a game of hard work filled with challenges and
rewards. To be successful a team must obviously work hard individually, but
must also work hard together. Chemistry is one factor that can make a team
unstoppable and my team, the Germantown Academy Patriots, experienced such
success last year when we went undefeated. Our team was overflowing with talent
but we played our best due to our team unity. In games, our unselfish play
allowed us to make the extra pass, which in the end resulted in everyone
contributing to the win. This technique created positive energy throughout our
team and everyone was always supportive, especially in practice where we
challenged each other. We began to learn each other’s way of play and together
grew as not solely players, but as a team. This family-like bond elevated our
game to a new level where opponents could not physically or mentally beat us.
Overcoming the challenge of uniting our talents to form a cohesive team allowed
us to not only have an undefeated season but also an enjoyable one.
Maggie Lucas ’10, Captain
Over the years I have had some of the most amazing
opportunities through playing on the Germantown Academy Girls Basketball team.
We have traveled to Naples Florida and Phoenix Arizona, we have played against some of the best
players and teams in the country, and have received countless numbers of
accolades as a team. One of the most memorable and rewarding experiences for
me, however, has been when our team was introduced to a little girl named
Andrea last year at the Naples Holiday Shootout.
Andrea copes with several physical disabilities and has gone
through about twenty surgeries over the course of her life, and she still has
one of the most positive and mature attitudes that I have seen in someone,
especially at her age. Her perseverance has had a huge effect on my life and
has inspired me greatly. It can be easy sometimes in athletics to lose
perspective, or to think it is the end of the world after a loss or a bad game.
But after having the opportunity to meet someone as special as Andrea, who overcomes
challenges everyday you come to realize what is really important. Andrea may
not know it but her strength has taught me so much, and since I met her I have
done my best to apply what I have learned from her to every aspect of my life,
whether it be on or off the court.
Jesse Carey ’09, Captain- Character Revealed
Since I have been born, basketball has been so much more
than just a sport. Nearly every aspect of my life has been affected by and
prioritized by basketball. Its seemingly monumental influence has blessed me to
meet amazing people, build lifelong friendships, and experience some of the
best moments of my life. My love for basketball matured as my goals grew
greater – earning a Division I college scholarship. It always seemed appropriate to live or die
by each game because of the sport’s impact on my future. Two years ago my eyes
were opened to the sport’s most important value for people who relied on it
purely for the game and its camaraderie. When Hurricane Katrina hit New
Orleans, a high school by the name of Chapelle was deliberately affected. My
high school coach, Sherri Retif, a native from Louisiana, organized a
tournament in which all the proceeds would benefit the rebuilding of their
town. She invited Chapelle to come to Pennsylvania to play two games, one
against our team. In meeting the girls and coaches at a dinner held the night
before our game, my teammates and I listened to their stories and experiences.
They had suffered greatly; many completely losing their homes and belongings,
and having to work to help their families survive financially. Emotionally,
these girls relied on basketball as their escape to the turmoil that surrounded
them. There was a heartwarming atmosphere the next day at our game. The
Chapelle players displayed the utmost respect for my school and team. Their
sportsmanship was incomparable to any other team we faced. I will never forget their sincere
thankfulness to the sport in continuing to bind them together no matter the
outcome of the game. This experience showed me the power and significance
sports truly have. The Chapelle players revealed such an honorable character
that I will always admire and never forget.
Jess Erb ’09, Captain - Make-A-Wish
Sometimes the deeper meaning of the Make-A-Wish tournament
isn’t always apparent. When someone walks up to the gym on that Friday or
Saturday night, they probably notice a number of things. They see student
volunteers dishing out snacks to the people at the concession stand or
monotonously handing out admission tickets to excited spectators. They hear the
pounding of basketballs against the hardwood floor as teams prepare to play
some of their best competition, or the resonating cheers of the GA Superfans as
our teams pull out a win. But often times these sights and sounds don’t reveal
the real meaning behind the Make-A-Wish Tournament. Each person involved in the
tournaments is contributing to a cause much bigger than what goes on in the
gym. The Make-A-Wish Tournament donates all its proceeds to the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, which “grants the wishes” of children with terminal illnesses. It
provides these kids with a family trip they might not have been able to take
otherwise. To be a participant in this tournament shows me that this whole
thing isn’t about the basketball, the spectators, or even Germantown Academy
itself. It’s about becoming a part of
something bigger than me. When my teammates and I step on the court Friday and
Saturday nights, we aren’t just playing to defeat an opponent. We’re playing
for children who benefit from our efforts, and that’s what makes this
tournament so special to me. I’m thankful to have an opportunity to contribute
to this tournament and help those in need, and I speak for the whole Girl’s
Basketball Team when I say this. Good luck to all the participating teams and
thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this tournament’s success.
Laura Karbach '08 Captain - Two Sport Athletes
In middle school, I
played a lot of sports. Soccer wasn’t my thing, no foot-eye coordination. Field
Hockey hurt my back too much, and I couldn’t hit the ball in softball. But
basketball and swimming were two sports that I excelled in. Going into high
school, I had to make a choice because basketball and swimming were the same
season. I chose basketball but decided to keep my feet in the water by playing
water polo in the fall. I found that water polo was somewhat like basketball –
play development was similar, like setting picks, shooting the ball,
rebounding, fast breaks, outlet passing. Teamwork is key to success. These
sports provided a great cross training regiment for me. I quickly became
dedicated to both.
I chose to be a two-sport athlete for two reasons. First,
sports have always been a huge part of my life and they have taught me so much.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the lessons that I have learned and
the adversities that I have had to overcome. Sports have taught me to
persevere, to work hard and the rewards will come. Maybe not immediately, but
if you keep working, you will reap the benefits. The second reason is the
people that I’ve meet through sports. The girls on my teams have become like
sisters to me. The relationships that I have formed with them have influenced
me in a way that will last forever.
The time is fast approaching when I will become a one-sport
athlete – college presents the challenge of Division 1 water polo. My years of
playing basketball will stay with me forever. The lessons I’ve learned on and
off the court will be with me in the pool and beyond my college years. The
friendships I’ve been privileged to form will last a lifetime.
Meredith Carber ’09, Captain - Attitude
I’ve always heard the saying, when life gives you lemons
make lemonade. I always thought that the saying could only be applied to one
part of my life, the part outside of basketball. However, after playing
basketball for eight years of my life that saying means a lot more than the idea
that you have to make the most out of what you have.
Over the past three years I have learned through basketball
that things aren’t guaranteed. Sometimes the outcome of games won’t go as well
as I had hoped, or sometimes I wish I had played better. However, I have
learned that the past is the past and if something doesn’t go my way or I don’t
play as hard as I had wanted to, to keep my head up and persevere even when it
gets tough. Recently, I was told that the only thing in a game that I can
control completely is my attitude. I have realized that I have to take what I
am given and the lessons that I have learned through my mistakes to become the
better player that I want to be. I know that I will make mistakes but I have to
use my attitude to keep my head held high so that I can become a stronger and
Caroline Doty ’08, Captain
Being a part of the Germantown Academy varsity basketball
team is indescribable. There is a team
chemistry that has evolved over many years of dedication and hard work.
This year, as I watched try-outs from the sidelines on a
fold out chair I knew this season was going to be another experience I’ll
always remember. The most I have ever missed of an athletic event was when I
was 14 and fractured my ankle ten days before the AAU National Championships.
At the time it was the worst thing that could have happened. I was determined
to continue to be a part of that team, even if it was from the bench. The
experience was unforgettable, as I rooted my team on to a National
Championship. Now, not being able to
compete from the floor only adds more determination to the challenge of
becoming InterAc champions for the 10thstraight year in a row.
Being apart of this team is so special and honorable that
even being out the entire year with my ACL injury doesn’t stop me from feeling
any less a part of this team. This team is very special with not only our
committed coaches but each and every player. Sitting on that fold up chair I
witnessed skilled players helping out the inexperienced players, the veterans
joking around with the freshmen, and the whole team working together as one.
Being apart of such a tremendous tradition as a senior, I realize each year is
a different experience, a different challenge. Being stationed on the bench
isn’t a detriment but is a chance to experience yet another great year with a
remarkable team, a team I’ve grown to love.
The experience of being a part of the GA Girls basketball
team is about Saturday morning practices, traveling to and playing in winter
tournaments and the 30 games played throughout the season. We go through both
the good and the bad, but whatever we encounter, we always stick together. My
experience at Germantown Academy has been unforgettable. The bonds that I have
developed with all of my teammates throughout the four years I have played here
have really helped me to become the person I am today. The excellent leaders
who have helped guide me since freshman year were great examples for how I can
be a leader for the younger players this year. As a senior this year, I have
the privilege of being a captain, and I am looking forward to living up to the
past leaders by winning another Inter-Ac championship.
Bri Cowden ’08,Captain - Measuring Success
When looking at records from years past, it is evident that
our team has been successful. Although the success of the Germantown Academy
basketball team goes much deeper than any numbers can show. Here at GA success is determined both on and
off the court. Success is measured in practice with every last sprint, every
lay up and every pass made. Success is measured in games by preparing mentally
and physically, executing plays correctly and encouraging teammates. Most
importantly success at Germantown Academy is measured within the people who
make up the team. The support we have for one another has led us to become
better basketball players and better people. The bonds between teammates and
coaches have helped to encourage everyone to work harder and achieve goals we
set for ourselves.
Success is a journey. It’s achieving something you set out
to do and overcoming obstacles along the way. As a senior at GA this year, I’m
excited for the journey ahead and all the endeavors we as a team will encounter
this year as we continue our tradition of success.
Colleen Magarity ’07, Captain- Team Participation Develops Character
Character building is what happens on a good team when you
think your just learning how to play basketball. You come in as a freshman
trying your best and a senior helps you up when you fall down. This kind of
thing becomes contagious and you learn that doing what is best for the team
usually ends up being best for you.
Here at Germantown
Academy I am a senior and I have been lucky enough to play with some great
players and even greater people. We have pushed each other to be the best we
can be day in and day out on and off the court. My team has become a second
family to me from my coaches teaching me valuable lessons everyday, to my
teammates whom I have shared incredible experiences with. I only hope that I
can do my part to reach out to the new freshman and help them to grow as
athletes and people too.
I am still learning everyday and I am extremely excited
about our team this year. I know the ball will not always bounce our way, but I
also know that when it does not we will just work harder and pick each other up
because that is what good teams do and that is what character athletes do. It
has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of Germantown Academy’s
basketball team and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow stronger
with my teammates this year.
Lindsay Freid ’07, Captain- What Does It Mean To Be a Member of This Team
There are few greater honors bestowed upon a student than
the honor of representing her school through participation in varsity
athletics. As a member of the varsity basketball team at Germantown Academy
since my freshman year, I have practiced and competed alongside some of the
finest female basketball players our country has to offer. As a team, we have
traveled to just about every region of the United States and have enjoyed many,
many victories. Our school has been dubbed a basketball “powerhouse” in the
local area, and while there is a lot of excitement generated by such language,
being part of this team at this particular school carries with it a much deeper
meaning to me.
When I step on the court to play basketball for GA, I can
look up into the stands on any given day and see the faces of my classmates and
their families, my teachers, and our administrators. I know they are there not
only to see a great performance or contest; they are there to support my
teammates and me through encouragement, consolation, and congratulations. The
community of Germantown Academy is ever-present, and it inspires me to give my
heart and soul on the court for the school--the family--that I have come to
Stephanie Spada ’02, Captain - Why Our Team is
When asked what makes us unique: three things stood out, and
although they soundcliché, they
fit: teamwork, determination and balance. . We play in the Inter-Ac Leagueand have been champions of this
league for four consecutive years; so you could say that we are used to winning. However, that alone
cannot make a team. There are countless
teams with winning records, but there are few, if any teams that work
harder than us. Looking at our team we
are not very intimidating. We overcome our lack of height with speed, intellect and most of all, HUSTLE! In
practice, we are always challenging and
pushing each other to make our teammates better players. We can honestly
say ourpractices are so tiring that
our games sometimes seem easy.
Many teams rely on only a few players to carry the team. We
have confidence that each player has an
important role. On any given day, someone else could step up and make the
difference in a game. We attribute this not only to the talent we have but also
to our close relationships. Our long
distance trips have enabled us to travel and mature, and we have created strong
bonds. We are good friends inside and outside of basketball as well. Time spent
at holiday tournaments has helped us form friendships that we otherwise might not have developed.
Finally, our team is
full of multitalented girls. We must be able to balance basketball and our
rigorous academics, as well as outside activities. Every player on our team plays more than one sport. Over half of
us play three sports, including cross-country, field hockey, soccer, water
polo, softball, tennis, track, lacrosse and diving. Also, at our school there
are many opportunities to get involved with Community Service. Many of our players are a part of this
organization, spending Saturdays with
underprivileged children on ‘Buddy Day’ or helping to build house at
Habitat for Humanity. While we all devote much time and effort to basketball,
we also have other interests that make
us unique. The GA Girls Basketball Team prides itself on being well- rounded,
but when November 11thcomes around we are focused and ready to work.
Margaret Anne Hubbell '14
Representing 10 Consecutive Inter-Ac Championships