Article by Josh Miller
Photograph by Joungbihn Park
This year is marked by the longest first season for sports in the IASAS calendar for the last few years. Consequently, the beginning of second season sports has been delayed and second season varsity coaches have even less time to whip their athletes into shape and into cohesive units before the Pre-IASAS exchanges.
This year, second season tryouts started as soon as students returned from their October break at the beginning of November, and within two weeks’ time, a delegation from each team was sent to test their skills against other schools and teams at the annual exchanges. This year’s exchanges, from November 18-20, saw ISM’s varsity touch team and both swimming teams head to SAS, the boys rugby to ISB, the basketball teams to TAS, and the boys tennis teams at home in ISM.
The girls touch team participated in the U20 SAS Touch Invitational, placing second in their group that saw them lose only to a non-IASAS school. ISM’s swimmers also headed to SAS where the girls placed third overall while the boys placed fourth. Meanwhile, a few hundred miles away in Bangkok, the boys rugby team embarked on their journey to defending IASAS gold, dropping games against ISKL and SAS but overcoming JIS and hosts ISB.
ISM’s basketball teams took to Taipei for the exchange ahead of the much-anticipated IASAS tournament that ISM will be hosting in February. The ISM boys basketball team came away with fourth place while the girls team brought home the gold. Not a bad way to open the season and work towards a home IASAS!
While the basketball teams can now look forward to their turn to having IASAS in Manila, the boys tennis teams enjoyed their fair share of home support as the exchange was held here. According to senior boys tennis player Riki O., the boys team did great. “We had two teams, a green team composed of Varsity B players and some middle schoolers, and a gold team composed of Varsity A players,” he said. Riki shared that the Gold team did well to place third overall, only behind JIS and a local university team, while the Green team placed fifth. Meanwhile, the girls tennis team opted not to attend their Pre-IASAS exchange and stayed behind to support their boys!
All is looking well for ISM’s second season Bearcat athletes as they continue training hard ahead of IASAS. If the results of the exchange are any indication of what is to come, ISM may soon get its hand on its first IASAS gold medals of the school year!