Article by: Ryan S.
For most students at ISM, the end of spring break marked the return to dreaded tests, assessments, and the final home stretch before exams. However, for our third season athletes, the end of spring break was the crucial preparation time before IASAS. IASAS took place from April 7th to 9th, during which time our Bearcat athletes displayed success across the board of third season sports.
In Singapore, both the boys and girls badminton teams battled hard despite not medaling. Bryan T, sophomore, notes that, “Everyone played with heart and to the best of their abilities.” The boys team, led by captain and four-year badminton participant, Justin P., was able to pull off a big win over ISB, however narrowly losing to JIS, Taipei, and ISKL. Although still qualifying for playoffs, the boys struggled to find their rhythm, and finished in 6th place. The result was definitely not the one that they wanted; however, Bryan is confident that the team will “come back much improved and more competitive” next year. Meanwhile, despite several injuries, the girls team was able secure a couple of wins during the round-robin stage against ISKL and JIS. In the playoffs, the girls continued to see success making it all the way to the quarter final before unfortunately falling to TAS and ISB, to eventually settle for fourth place.
During IASAS Golf, both of the teams were eager to make their mark in Jakarta. The three days of matches took place at the renowned Jagorawi Golf Course, where all athletes competed aggressively. Despite the boys finishing 4th and the girls finishing 5th, the final standings were overshadowed by several gutsy individual performances. Some of these performances included rookie freshmen, Kishan B. and Luca R., winning their matchplay games, as well as junior Chico R. showing extreme grit playing through an ankle injury. Similarly outstanding, four-year participant Jenny K. finished her last IASAS with a bang, rounding out the tournament as the top-seeded member of the girls team.
This year’s IASAS Track and Field Championships were held in Taipei. Comprised of mainly new participants and underclassmen, both teams displayed great individual success. Junior Trinity M. instantly became an IASAS sensation with golds in the Long Jump, 400m, 200m, and the 100m events as well as a silver medal for being the anchor runner in the 4×100 relay team. Additionally, she made the IASAS history books by breaking the 200m record and narrowly missing 100m and 400m records. Other notable performances include a gold in the Boys Shot Put for sophomore Matthew D., as well as several other podium finishes for senior Megan M.
The most successful team performances came from our boys and girls slow-pitch softball teams who competed in Bangkok. Both teams aimed for medals in the final tournament before the implementation of baseball for boys and fast-pitch softball for girls. The girls, who played very well in the group stage, settled for an impressive bronze medal. Meanwhile, having lost only one game, the boys sailed through the round-robin stage and qualified for the final. Up against the home team, ISB, the boys team maintained a three-run lead with two outs in the last inning before ISB launched an impressive comeback. Though experiencing a heartbreaking loss, the boys nevertheless put up a great fight and brought home a remarkable silver medal.
As the Third Season concludes, the end of another very successful year in ISM sports that has been filled with new milestones and achievements also comes to a close. To celebrate these events, all Third Season athletes and their families are invited to attend the final end of season Sports Awards Banquet on April 21st in the Lofthouse.