News from School
The school's four basketball teams completed the season with an impressive 37-4 record. Patti Lesser, director of P.E. and athletics, attributed the Hawks' success with excellent preparation from their coaches and teachers and a desire on the part of every student-athlete to bring his or her best efforts to each game and practice.
"We don't emphasize the record," Lesser said, "though we are thrilled for all of our students that their hard work led to satisfying results. What makes me feel especially good about this basketball season is that way that each and every student believed in the philosophy of our program."
Sixth grade basketball, Lesser said, is an "all-in" program. "Everyone in the grade plays—it is their P.E. requirement. We have some students who've never played on a team and others who have been playing since they were babies. Our players supported each other, encouraged each other, and cheered each other on. They shared playing time equally, and every one of them was proud to be a Hawk."
Lesser says that daily P.E., beginning in senior kindergarten, contributes to the success of St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's basketball teams, led by Coach Sean Parker and Coach Virgil Smiley, who also teach P.E. "These coaches have been working with our students for years—many of them since pre-school. Our student-athletes begin their competitive playing careers with strong fundamentals and a desire to work hard. That's a great place to start."