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Hans Engl, Director of Athletics

Tournament News

Weekend 8-10 March

Amazing weekend! Never before did ISZL win their European championships in all 3 sports during the same season. For the first time in European Sports Conference history, our swimmers took the ESC championship, while the Varsity boys basketball team won their ESC championship for the 4th consecutive time, the Junior Varsity boys peaking with their 3rd consecutive Sports Council of International Schools championship, and our skiers repeating their Heinrich Harrer Cup championship from last season. With a bronze medal for our Middle School girls and a sportsmanship award for our Junior Varsity girls in their SCIS basketball championships, our Eagles made us super proud!

European Sports Conference Swimming Championship hosted by ISZL in Luzern

From Coach John Hay:

"The Middle School Swimming Eagles once again perched atop a peak this week, this time Mt. Pilatus, as they proudly combined with the high school team to win the ESC championship trophy in Luzern to finish their best season in team history.” Julia K set two new ESC records over 100 fly in 1:15.33 and, together with Claire K, TJ P and Justin H, over 4x 50m medley in 2:16.16. With Julia, the ISZL teams saw many other top scorers: Zoë S, Carla F, Emelie DC, TJ P, Jack W, Senan B and Gabriel CA with many others performing personal bests and contributing to the excellent team result. It was a great time hosting the ESC swimming championships in the Hallenbad Allmend in Luzern for the first time, showcasing our outstanding swim programme and enjoying our first “home” event in swimming. Over two days we saw exciting races and superb spirit contributing to a very special competitive and friendly atmosphere. I would like to thank the Schwimmklub Luzern, the ISZL Sports Booster Club and all our parent, student and staff volunteers, as well as the many ISZL bus drivers for their great support with officiating and promoting this competition: Dominik Berchtold, Ahmed Ibrahim, Titus Koller, Timothy Bradley, Carlo Bossard, Elena Affoltern, Jennifer Stokes-Smith, Nicole Engl, Ann Bouquet, Marc Chesterfield, Neil Sanders, Laurence Trengove, Francois Lordet, Adeline Lordet, Jill Gann, Meri DeJong, Sheryl Nick, Urs Kappeler, Aliber Mamudi, Franz Arnold, Ruedie Egg, Milenko Poletan, Milovan Likic, Alfons Birbaum, Radomir Danicic, Daniel Amacher, Uta Kobsik, Lisa Horsington, Ieda Garcia, Alex de Chazal, Federica Planarity, Tommy Wikstrom, Moira Managuan, Mark Hughes, Dessi Vassilev, Daniela Fankhauser, Jacob Agraou, Heike Hamburger, Meike Houben and Lucy Sheik.

European Sports Conference Varsity Boys Basketball Championships in Berlin

From Coach Fabio Paron: "The Varsity boys basketball team traveled to Berlin this weekend in search of a 4th consecutive ECS championship. The boys achieved there goal with 6 victories over two days, all in double digits and were the class of the 10 team tournament. Congratulations should be extended to the entire team for their efforts and especially Harry L for winning the tournament Most Valuable Player. Also, special thanks are to be extended to chaperone, Bob Sugden for his continual guidance and inspiration in all basketball-related activities."

Heinrich Harrer Cup Ski Championships in Seefeld

From Andrew Tewsley: "The ISZL ski team, comprised of 39 students across High School, Middle School and the Primary School, competed at the 44th annual Heinrich Harrer Cup this past weekend. This event, held in Seefeld Austria, represents the finale to the ski racing season. All of our students showed focus in their race preparation, excellent all around team spirit, and fantastic results across the three days of competition. In the end, our Junior team (made up of Middle and Primary students) won their team competition in dominating fashion, and our Senior team finished second by an agonisingly small margin. With that fine showing, ISZL won the overall team competition for the second consecutive year. Top skiers for Girls (Category D-A): Julie RdV, Louisa P, Sofie S, and Vanessa E. And for Boys (Category D-A): Sebastian T, Maxime RdV, Kevin E, and Holger P. Please pass along congratulations to all those who made the trip on their outstanding performance.”

Sports Council of International Schools Middle School Girls Basketball Championships in Brussels

From Coach Paul Steffan: "The Middle School girls had a very successful SCIS tournament in Brussels this weekend. Placed in a tough flight with 4 strong teams the girls managed to secure 2nd place. They started off with a tough first loss (16-13) to eventual silver medalist winners Munich International School. The game saw ISZL hold the lead for most of the game, only to see it slip away at the end. A determined offensive push, unfortunately, did not lead to any more baskets. ISZL won their second game 22-16 against a gritty International School of Brussels. In their third game against ICS the girls prevailed 26-19. Saturday morning saw us play ZIS. After being down 13-5 the girls came back and won 23-18. This was a roller coaster of a game with ZIS holding the lead until the middle of the 4th quarter when the girls used their speed and ball handling skills to give them crucial baskets. This ensured them a spot in the bronze medal match. In that game against the American School of Vienna, the girls controlled on both offence and defence winning 26-12. Overall, it was a great weekend of basketball from all schools involved. The ISZL girls made new friends, played a high level of basketball, but more importantly, were great ambassadors for our school. Well done and well deserved.”

 

More tournament news… Junior Varsity boys proudly took the SCIS championship in Geneva, Junior Varsity girls won the SCIS sportsmanship trophy in Brussels, Varsity girls took 4th, by a close 2 point loss to LGB in the 3rd place game, at ESC in Lausanne, and Middle School boys coming 8th, with our young and small team taking a 1-4 win record, at SCIS in Zumikon, all representing the school in the best possible way.

All this would not have been possible with the excellent preparation and organisation of all the travel and housing logistics from Ann Bouquet. THANK YOU Ann for all your hard work, efforts and dedication towards our sports programme!

And finally, a huge THANK YOU to our coaches and chaperones for another amazing season. I highly appreciate all your efforts and hard work with our student athletes and am proud to have you on our team: John Hay, Taryn Berghuis, Jennifer Stokes-Smith, Meirion Jones, Marie-Pierre Debiton, Fabio Paron, Michael Neil, Bob Sugden, John Dalesio, Isabel Miguens, Pitt Max, Dion Harmsen, Derek Blackmore, Eva de Neuville, Vicki Gorman, Lee Massey, Paul Steffan, Janet Powell, Tanya Roby, Danny Hamilton, Chris Lodge, Andrew Tewsley, Jennifer Lowe, Nacho Garcia, Paul Craig and Kamil Tuma.

 

Weekend 3-4 March

Primary School Ski Team in Zug Cantonal Races

This weekend our youngest skiers participated in the cantonal championships hosted at Sattel-Hochstuckli. 33 skiers from Grades 3-5 raced amongst 200 skiers from across the Kanton of Zug. It was great to see our students being involved in a local event where they celebrated personal bests and the completion of their ski season. On Saturday our younger Middle School boys and girls teams rounded up their season with the SGIS category D championships in Basel and Hünenberg taking 4th and 6th places. Thanks for all your hard work and determination!

 

A huge THANK YOU to Colin Walker for hosting the SGIS girls tournament while I was away coaching the ski team, as well as to Paul Steffan, Neil Sanders, Kyle Hawkins, Sara Collingwood, Ryan Burchart, Eirian Owen-Jones, Nacho Garcia, Paul Craig and Christian Grossenbacher for their great efforts and work with our teams this weekend! A special thank you to our Sports Booster Club parents for providing the concession stand at our home tournament this weekend, as well as to our nurse Emma Sugden, our referees Nico Castro and Robi Jablan and all the scorekeepers for their special engagement.

 

Weekends 9 and 24 February

Congratulations to the excellent performances of our Middle and High School swimmers who competed in Zurich this weekend, as well as our Primary School ski team, racing in the French part of Switzerland just before the holidays! Read more from our coaches…

ISSL Swim Competition in Zurich

From Coach John Hay: "The Middle School swimming Eagles once again flew high to take a 1st place trophy at ISSL in the combined boys and girls category and were proud to team up with the high school team to come in 2nd overall.”

Swiss Group of International Schools Invitational Ski Race in Morgins

From Coach Sara Collingwood: "Just before February break our youngest skiers headed to Morgins for their second race of the season. Considering we could not see more than 5m in front of us on our Thursday training day, the students coped extremely well and trained hard despite the challenging conditions. They showed real perseverance and determination to use the opportunity to continue to progress their skiing techniques. When Friday, our race day, came, we were greeted with a beautiful cloud free day . Well-deserved after Thursday! Every student did us proud and tried their hardest to put everything we have trained for into practice. Amazingly our Cat F girls won 2nd place in the team event, meaning Eva M, Anna K and Nathalie D had the 2nd fastest combined times for the top 3 racers in every school. A fantastic result for a fantastic day. Well done to all our skiers.”

THANK YOU coaches for your dedication, effort and care to our teams: John Hay, Taryn Berghuis, Jennifer Stakes-Smith, Marie-Pierre Debiton, Meirion Jones, Sara Collingwood, Kyle Hawkins, Becky Hamilton and Nacho Garcia.

 

Week 6-7 February

SGIS Category E & F Football Tournaments

Our youngest played their yearly SGIS indoor soccer tournaments. 5 mixed teams from Grades 2-3 took part in our 12-team home tournament at the High School on Tuesday, while the Grades 4 and 5 teams travelled to ICS yesterday. The boys took Runners-up and girls came 3rd! Well done!

From Coach David Edwards: "The boys' Category E football team recovered from a slow start to enjoy a great tournament in Zurich. Losing the first game 4-1 to eventual winners ZIS, the boys regrouped and strung together 5 back-to-back wins. Pressing the opposition high up the pitch, great one-two passing and relying on a training ground routine for many of the goals, the ISZL boys were in scintillating form. The most exciting match was a 1-0 win against old foes Basel. Having dominated the first ten minutes, hitting the bar twice and post once, we ended up holding on for the final two, as it was Basel's chance to dominate. They too hit the post but our goalie Jack was in inspired form and we held on.

Well done to the boys for a great day."

A big THANK YOU to our coaches: Sara Davidson, Jessica Held, James Darley, Steve Giraudo, David Edwards, Laurence Trengove, Laura Carlson, Frans Hoofwijk and the Grade 8 students helping on the day! You gave the kids a unique experience and great memories!

 

Weekend 3-4 February

Another busy sports weekend... Please join me in congratulating our Varsity boys basketball team for their SGIS championship, our Varsity girls and Junior Varsity boys for 3rd places and all teams for their great efforts and individual performances.

SGIS Category A Boys Basketball in Geneva

From Coaches Michael Neil and Fabio Paron: "The Varsity boys travelled to Geneva this weekend and repeated as SGIS champions! The boys went undefeated throughout the tournament beating CDL, LGB, Haut Lac and Lausanne in pool play.  On Sunday the boys played their best basketball of the year and comfortably beat Nations in the semi final and went on to play our arch rivals from ZIS in the final.  In the final, the boys found the defensive intensity needed to beat a very good ZIS squad 37-27. Niko R threw down a gymnasium rattling dunk late in fourth quarter to cap off a great win. Please feel free to congratulate the boys this week.”

SGIS Category A Girls in Hünenberg

Our Eagles went off for a good start with a comfortable win over Berne. Facing Lausanne the Varsity girls kept a tight lead most of the time, but in the last minutes ISL pressed hard, forced foul shots and managed to win by 3 points. Nevertheless ISZL came back with another clear win over TASIS to face ZIS in a Sunday morning semifinal. It was a tight game and our Eagles kept a strong defence, but with a few missing shots and lost balls the girls had to let ZIS go ahead. With strong moral and clear focus they then dominated Basel in the 3rd place game to take bronze medals. Well done girls!

SGIS Category B Boys Basketball in Zumikon

From Coach Pitt Max: "We finished SGIS in 3rd place. The team played hard throughout the whole weekend, despite lacking some crucial players because of injury and illness. We lost in a nail-biter against ZIS by 2 points and to La Chat by 5. Both games could have gone either way, but they have shown the team how important it is to focus on good decision-making down the stretch. Very proud of the players, their effort and dedication to the team. Looking forward to SCIS.”

SGIS Categories C-F Skiing in Schönried

From Coach Sara Collingwood: "There’s always such excitement and trepidation in the lead up to our first Primary Ski Race of the season and this year was no exception. However after 3 extremely successful Flumserberg trainings, we were almost ready. We had one more training planned for the Thursday before the race to practice everything we had learned and get ourselves prepared. It was a very snowy and cloudy day but that didn't stop us and the team was in great spirits. Friday - race day - came and the whole team was buzzing! The race went without a hitch and every single racer came down the mountain with smiles on their faces. As we tell all the racers before they start, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself and I am positive that was the case for our whole team. Every race we take part in ends in a prize giving on the mountain and this one was in glorious sunshine. The whole team did amazingly but our Cat F girls surpassed themselves with a 2nd place for Eva M and a 5th place for Anna K. What an amazing result to end a brilliant day. Well done Primary Ski Team!”  The PS team took an impressive 5th place out of 18 teams, with many of them being mountain schools and training several days per week. Also our MS team came along with a small group, missing a few of our top skiers and allowing others to take the limited entries. They showed good spirit and gained some valuable race experience. Well done skiers!

SCIS Middle School Swimming in Basel

From Coaches John Hay and Jennifer Stokes-Smith: "The Middle School Swim Team turned in a valiant effort without five of their 8th grade starters at SCIS in France on Sunday, with superb swims and medals by 7th graders Emilie DC (3) and Zoë S (1). There were numerous personal bests and swims of promise by the 6th and 7th grade swimmers as the team looks to peak at ISSL on the 24th.”

SCIS High School Swimming in Athens

The team traveled for a long weekend, departing on Thursday and returning Sunday. They performed in 2 days of competition at the American Community School of Athens, who are known for hosting excellent swim competitions in the school owned pool. Congratulations to our medal winners Carla F taking 3rd over 50 breast (3) and Senan B 2nd over 50 fly. The team also enjoyed some historic sightseeing and visited the Acropolis on Sunday morning.

 

A big THANK YOU for everyone’s efforts commitment and time spent away from home. Our coaches and chaperones: Michael Neil, Fabio Paron, John Hay, Isabel Miguens, Pitt Max, Sara Collingwood, Laura Carlson, Kyle Hawkins, Kamil Tuma, Cristian Grossenbacher, Chris Lodge, Danny Hamilton, John Hay, Taryn Berghuis, Jennifer Stokes-Smith, Marie-Pierre Debiton and Meirion Jones; our nurses Tanya Bell and Sylvia Kreuzbauer, our site managers and bus drivers Richard Herzig and Dion Harmsen, and our ISZL Sports Booster Club parents, referees, scorekeepers and live-streamers for running an excellent home tournament this weekend!

 

Results and Final Standings

Check out our Athletics Website for all game and tournament scores as well as the upcoming events.

Go Eagles!!!

 

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