Article by Josh Miller
While the ISM community celebrated the annual Filipiniana feast and headed into October break, the Bearcat soccer teams headed to Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) while the volleyball and cross country athletes traveled to Taipei American School (TAS) last October 19-23.
The girls soccer team proved to be the surprise team of the tournament as they knocked on the doors of the girls championship match after three disappointing years of only draws and losses. After an unfortunate last-minute loss in their first match of the tournament, the girls picked themselves up, tied their next game against eventual champions SAS, and won their remaining four games to take home the bronze medal.
The ISM boys soccer team entered the tournament as the defending champions, having won their first IASAS gold medal in three decades last year. The team seemed well-set on their way to a back-to-back championship as they claimed 1st place at the end of the second day; however, luck was not on their side as they dropped both games on the final day to finish fourth. Junior and first-time IASAS athlete Andrew Y. shared, “I was disappointed with the end result, but am motivated to make sure it doesn’t happen again next year.”
Similar results befell the Bearcat cross country athletes, as after three grueling days of running, the girls team placed 4th while the boys team secured the bronze medal. Boys team captain Dirk S. also placed 6th overall individually in the 5K, a race he could have ranked higher in had he not stopped mid-race to help a fallen runner from another school back on his feet. Dirk was recognized and awarded with the Spirit of IASAS award as a result of his sportsmanship!
Meanwhile, the Bearcat boys and girls volleyball teams punched their tickets into the finals as early as the end of the second day. The girls team, also entering the competition as defending champions, beat the tough SAS on the first day and looked to be headed for another gold. The boys team came with all guns firing, beating SAS, the team that had knocked them out of the finals the year before. However, the girls lost to SAS while the boys went out to TAS to both claim silver. Senior captain and 4-year volleyball participant Ayaka S. says that “although it was not the ideal end to the tournament, I am so proud of my team!”
While ISM’s search for the first IASAS gold medal of the school year continues into second season, Ayaka is not alone in her sentiments as all of the first season Bearcat teams and athletes made the entire ISM community proud!
Volleyball – Boys and Girls 2nd
Cross Country – Boys 3rd, Girls 4th; Dirk Staal Top 6 Runners and Spirit of IASAS
Soccer – Girls 3rd, Boys 4th