Director of Physical Education, Athletics, and Summer Programs
Daily physical education class demonstrates the value that St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s places on the importance of physical education and the power of play to educate young children.
What I hear back from high schools is that St. Hilda’s graduates are coachable. They work hard. That’s exactly what we set out to do.” Patti Lesser, Director of P.E. and Athletics, Faculty Since 2006
In sixth grade, students have their first opportunity to compete on a school team, with the introduction of the basketball teams, which every sixth grader joins. In seventh and eighth grade, students have the option of pursuing competitive team sports or lifetime sports, including yoga, martial arts, step dance, table tennis, and Ultimate Frisbee.
- Fall: Soccer, Volleyball, Cross-Country
- Winter: Basketball
- Spring: Track and Field, Baseball
Students compete in the New York City Athletic League (NYCAL).
A fully-equipped, regulation-size gymnasium, an indoor playspace and climbing wall, and a half-block-long, protected roof playdeck afford ample space for physical activity within the school building.
- February 6 | Championships
- January 11 | Exciting Week for Hawk Athletics
- December 11 | Double Victory Over Dalton
- December 6, 2018 7-8 | Girls Post Another Win
- December 7, 2018 | Big Week for the Boys Team
- November 30, 2018 | Hawks vs. Calhoun
- November 27, 2018 | Big wins for Hawks during first games for Girls and Boys 7-8th Grade teams vs. Trevor Day.
With an impressive 65-47 win over Trevor Day on Tuesday our 7-8 boys basketball team captured their second consecutive NYCAL championship. The team was led by Caleb and Bryson who together scored 51 points. Our Hawk team will be looking to add to their 13-0 record with games ahead against Columbia Prep on 2/6 and Calhoun on 2/14.
Our 7-8 girls basketball team is also on a roll compiling a 12- 0 record with a 49-12 win over Trinity yesterday. The team was led by eighth graders Caroline C., Charlotte D., and Elizabeth. The girls look forward to facing Columbia Prep on 2/6, Bank Street away on 2/11 and Calhoun on 2/14. Our Hawk girls are currently 12-0 and have already captured the NYCAL Championship for the 13th consecutive year.
We are fortunate to have Sean Parker, Virgil Smiley, Carmine Curcio at the helm of our 7-8 grade teams.
This past week our young 7-8 grade student athletes picked up where they left off adding three more victories to their records. Our boys basketball team defeated Columbia Prep and our girls team gained wins over Calhoun and Columbia Prep.
Our sixth grade boys team opened their season on Thursday with a decisive win over The Cathedral School.
The Hawks boys team soared across town to play Ivy league rivals, the Dalton tigers. The game was evenly matched after the first period with a score of 18-18. In the second quarter the Hawks began to stretch their wings and outscored the tigers 15-7 giving the Hawks a halftime lead of 33-25. The tigers were not done as they clawed their way back into the game and outscored the Hawks in the 3rd quarter by 2 points. In the 4th quarter Caleb caught fire scoring 9 of his game high 29 points. When the fur and feathers settled, the Hawks were victorious by a score of 60-54. The Hawks close out the start of the season and are currently undefeated with a 5-0 record.
Our Hawks girls team showed great determination against the Dalton School as well, and capped off a 31-11 victory. The tenacious defense from both teams was on display in the first quarter. Estella and Charlotte J. provided the defensive spark that led to the hawks offense coming alive. Charlotte D. scored 8 points to lead all players.
The 7th and 8th grade girls posted another NYCAL win, facing United Nations International School on Thursday. After a slow start with many missed attempts, the girls were finally able to put the ball in the basket, and finish with 49-10 win. The Hawks were led by Elizabeth, 14 points, Bailey, 8 points, and Charlotte, 6 points.
Our 7-8 boys basketball team had a great week in league play. On Monday they faced Lycée Français New York. The Hawks started off slow missing seven of their first ten shots but were able to regain their form by the end of the first quarter and held the lead, winning 54-26. The team was led by Caleb and Bryson but this was a total team victory with nine hawks players who managed to out their name in the box score. On Wednesday, our Hawk team match up with United Nations International School, capturing their fourth NYCAL win, 56-36.
Our Hawk girls basketball opened their season with Trevor Day. They took an early lead and held it. All of the players contributed to the 44-12 win.
The Hawk boys team won a nail biter over Trevor Day 53-51. With 3.4 seconds on the clock, down by 1, Caleb hit a 3-pointer to put the Hawks ahead 53-51.
In moving forward, the boys face Calhoun on Friday, November 30 away at their gym at 3:45 p.m. The girls play UNIS next Thursday, December 6 at home at 4 p.m.
Director of Play, Senior Master
Grade 3, DEIL Member
Director of Extended Day Programs