Fall Sports Interviews- Anna Stiesi ’23

Sports play a huge part in school pride at Oak Knoll, and the teams allow for everyone to support their fellow royals. After interviewing the captains from each fall sport, it is clear that there are exciting things to look forward to and great camaraderie among the fall teams.

When asking soccer team captains, Lily Anderson ‘23 and Alanna Chobor ‘23, what their best memory from the season has been so far, they recalled going undefeated for ten games consecutively. That tenth win was a huge highlight for their season. The team’s slogan, “Family Gets it Done,” has fostered a healthy environment among the team that helps every practice and game to “truly feel like a tightly knit community.” The team was extremely excited to be challenged with some tougher competition at Preps and States.

Field Hockey captains, Julia Ramsey ‘23,  Emma Ramsey ‘23, Lea Good ‘23, and Katherine Siedem ‘23, said their favorite daily activity is “having our handball and kickball games, and our dance parties.” When asked how the team has made progress this season, they responded by saying that the team has improved not only on the field but also off the field. The team has created a stronger bond overall this year as well, ensuring that every teammate is supported and uplifted. At the time of this interview, the royals were most excited to go to counties. In the Union County semi-finals, Varsity field hockey defeated Johnson 6-0 and JV played in the Union County finals, winning against Kent Place 6-0! Awesome job, royals!

The tennis team has had a lot of exciting memories this season, such as getting Dairy Queen after a match and taking the Yukon to a match against Mount Kimberley Academy. Team captains, Kelly Troczynski ‘23 and Ava Cusack ‘23, also noted that team camaraderie has significantly improved “over ice cream and singing!” The team is excited to continue going strong throughout the rest of the season.

The volleyball team captains, Katherine Gupta ‘23, Mary Kate Bolster ‘23, and Mya Arends ‘23,  recalled many memorable moments from the season so far, such as the varsity win against St. Dominic’s Academy, team bonding, and the very heartfelt senior night. When asked about the team’s progress, they said, “the team has greatly improved since the start of the season.” The team was very excited for their ‘pink out’ game on October 24th against New Providence. Aside from actually playing volleyball, the team was very excited to sport pink to spread awareness for breast cancer!

Our cross country captains, Megan McCann ‘23 and Kate Cugno ‘23, reminisced on “bonding with all the girls on the team and making a connection with everyone.” The team has improved with every practice throughout the season, becoming faster and stronger. The captains also noted that the team’s overall support for one another has greatly improved this season. They are excited to run in the meets towards the end of the season and show how much they’ve improved. We can’t wait to see all their hard work pay off!