The Rhoades School winter athletic season of boys’ basketball concluded in February with a successful season.
Twenty students in grades 5-8 participated this season, helping us yield 3 teams: Grade 5, JV, and Varsity. We were impressed by our athletes’ constructive attitudes towards one another. Our best athletes were extremely helpful to developing players, who worked hard to be significant contributors. Jeff Nolan, assistant coach, shared, “As a team, we were socially gentle and polite, while being fiercely competitive,” adding that Syd Molenkamp, head coach, “knew how to get the best from each player.” Our parents were very supportive and sometimes outnumbered the home team crowd at away games.
The Varsity team finished first in the Independent Middle School League with an undefeated record of 6-0 in league play. In the semis, Rhoades defeated Nelson Middle Years and in the final round, they played Cambridge. It was a close and exciting competition, but our team pulled firmly ahead in the final quarter, winning the league championship with a score of 32-20. Made up of mostly Grade 8 students, it was a great way for these student-athletes to end their basketball careers at Rhoades.
Coaches this season were Syd Molenkamp (LS teacher), Jeff Nolan (Assistant Principal at the LS), and Paul Ruppert (LS teacher).