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Mar 27, 2020

RCDS Winter Athletes Celebrate End of Victorious Season

After three months of discipline, teamwork and hard-earned wins, The Rumson Country Day School (RCDS) winter athletes celebrated great success in their respective sports. The RCDS boys’ basketball team ended its season with an undefeated record in the league while the boys’ and the girls’ basketball teams were both crowned Shore Athletic League Champions. The club squash team proudly represented RCDS for the first time at the Middle School Squash Nationals, and the RCDS hockey team celebrated a 5-0 win against its biggest rival in the Princeton Cup, a 17-year-old tradition.

RCDS Athletic Director Paul “Campy” Campanella attributed the recent achievements to the dedication and teamwork the Gators exemplified.

“I’m so proud of our athletes, some of which were new to their sport,” Campanella said. “They committed to their team, juggled busy schedules, overcame injuries and stepped up when they needed to. This year was particularly special to have two of our teams win their championship games – an accomplishment that has happened concurrently only twice in my 21 years of coaching at RCDS.”

Being a part of such a successful season was all the more meaningful for RCDS eighth-grade basketball players Finn Kelly and Iva Carton.

“Winning the championship game will be one of my fondest memories made at RCDS,” said Kelly, who hopes to continue playing basketball at Christian Brothers Academy next winter.

Carton added, “This season was amazing. It helps that we play alongside teammates that we have known for years. Because of our strong bonds, we were able to push through challenges and pull it off as a team.”

Among their memories, Kelly and Carton say they will never forget their coaches who were a constant source of motivation and made each player feel like an important part of their teams.

Boys’ basketball Head Coach Michael LeCardi said, “The biggest reward is teaching our young athletes how to be responsible teammates who give it their all. As long as everyone works together I consider that a win, and this year there were no exceptions.”

This outlook lays the groundwork for measuring success in a number of aspects at RCDS, from work in the classroom to a performance on stage or a victory on the sports field.