The Knights Take Center State in the ISL

by Jayden Personnat

Most memorable moments for Knights athletics in recent years

In the last four years, BB&N has seen its fair share of winning seasons, accolades, and championships. From MVP awards to multiple ISL titles, the BB&N athletics program has dominated New England sports in recent years. Here are some of the best moments that took place for the program from 2016 to 2020.

GVS wins the NEPSAC Class ‘A’ Championship

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Girls Varsity Soccer (GVS) finished their 2019 fall season with a record of 10-2-0 (13-2-1 overall). Their two losses came early in the season to rivals Rivers School and Nobles & Greenough School. However, the team retaliated and concluded the regular season with a 9-game winning streak that earned them a 2nd place finish in the ISL. GVS played well on the offensive and defensive side of the ball: they scored 41 goals and recorded 20 assists as a team while only allowing 8 goals.

The team entered the postseason as the 2nd seed in the NEPSAC Girls Soccer Class ‘A’ Tournament and were first scheduled to take on Phillips Andover Academy in the quarterfinals. The team secured a comfortable 5-0 win against the Andover side and went on to compete against Thayer Academy (the ISL champions) in the semifinals. The Thayer-BB&N game was a physical affair with plenty of fouls and a few yellow cards. However, GVS scraped together a 1-0 win to advance to the championship final against Miss Porter’s School. In the 13th minute of the match, forward Meredith Mcdermott ’22 received the ball at the top of the eighteen, struck it into the top left corner of the goal, and put her team into the lead. The defense, with the help of some stellar saves from goalkeeper Nora Ryan ’21, held Miss Porter’s School scoreless for the entire game to win the championship.

For their excellent season, the GVS team was honored with several individual and team awards. GVS had 3 players named All-ISL, 3 players named All-ISL Honorable Mention, 5 players named All-NEPSAC, 1 player named NEPSAC Honorable Mention, and 2 players named All-State. Defensive midfielder Molly Martin ’20 won the NEPSAC Class ‘A’ Player of the Year award and coach Graeme Blackman ’10 was named the 2019 Massachusetts Prep Coach of the Year. The team also ended the season as TopDrawerSoccer #1 prep school team in the country. During this championship season, GVS showcased to New England their talent, determination, and perseverance.

Mia Biotti ‘21 wins ISL MVP in Hockey

Defender Mia Biotti ‘21 was named ISL MVP in Girls Hockey for the 2019-2020 season. Her team had a great season and finished with a record of 9-3 for third in the ISL and qualified for the NEPSAC Class ‘A’ Girls Hockey Tournament. There, they lost in a tough matchup against Phillips Andover Academy in the quarterfinals. Along with Biotti, forwards Molly Griffin and Maya Mangiafico (both ’20) were granted All-ISL honors while goalies Dani Bernstein and Victoria Kennedy were named Honorable Mention.

During the season, Biotti also represented the United States at the IIHF Under-19 Women’s World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. The U18 USA team won the gold medal in a 2-1 overtime win against national powerhouse Canada. With her talent, it should come to no surprise if she wins more gold medals wearing the USA jersey in the future.

Softball dominates the ISL

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The 2019 Girls Varsity Softball (GVS) team, led by coaches Paige Kemezis, Beth McNamara, and Melissa Courtemanche, went undefeated in the ISL with a 10-0 record (17-1 overall). GVS also won the ISL title and the Big East Tournament for the second consecutive year.

Pitcher Rowan Park ’20 was named the ISL MVP for softball. In addition, her teammates Hally Douglas ’20 and Mia Biotti ’21 were distinguished as All-ISL while Molly Griffin and Natalie Hopkins (both ’20) were named Honorable Mention. The team also had four players named to the Big East All-Tournament Team and Douglas was given Tournament MVP.

Like Girls Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Softball is a testament to BB&N’s impressive girls sports programs.

Track Comes Back

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After an 8-year hiatus, the BB&N track and field program returned as a club team in 2017. While they competed in meets against other schools, they did not have an official record. The track team had its first official season in 2018; while it was full of some stumbles and obstacles, the track team showed potential for greatness in the future. The girls track team finished with a record of 11-4 and finished 6th at the ISL Championship and 5th at the NEPSTA DII Championship. The boys, on the other hand, struggled through their first season: they failed to win a single meet and came last at the ISL and NEPSTA DII Championship.

Both teams returned in 2019 much improved and ready to compete for wins and championships. The boys finished with a winning record of 13-7 and came 7th at the ISL Championship and 9th at the NEPSTA DII Championship. On the other hand, The girls went undefeated with a record of 17-0 and finished 2nd at the ISL Championship and 3rd at the NEPSTA DII Championship. The young program is full of potential and will look to win its first championship in the coming seasons.

Kayla Koolostian ’18 scores over 1,000 points for GVB

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On January 27, 2017, guard Kayla Koolostian ’18 made history when she scored her 1000th point for Girls Varsity Basketball (GVB) in her junior season. Her 1,000th point came during a game against Saint Paul’s School, where she scored 37 points and made 8 three-pointers. She scored 1,000 points in the shortest amount of time in BB&N history and became the basketball program’s highest scorer (for both boys and girls) finishing her career with 1,662 points and 251 three-pointers. In her final season, she averaged an impressive stat line of 22.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.7 APG, and 4 SPG and was named All-ISL and a NEPSAC All-Star.

Kayla Duran ’18 named Massachusetts Gatorade Prep Player of the Year

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Boston College midfielder Kayla Duran ’18 finished her BB&N career with an impressive senior season. She captained Girls Varsity Soccer to an ISL title with a record of 9-0-3 (12-1-4 overall) and a NEPSAC Class ‘A’ Finals appearance. That season, she was named ISL Defensive Player of the Year and a High School-All American. She was also named Massachusetts Gatorade Prep Player of the Year, an honor given to the best girls soccer player in the state each year. She scored 63 goals and 44 assists over her 4-year BB&N career, made multiple All-ISL and All-State teams, and was a 2x ISL MVP.

BVF captures the ISL title in 2016 and 2018

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Boys Varsity Football (BVF) has been very successful in the last four years. They won the ISL title in 2016 with a record of 7-2 and the Ken O’Keefe Class ‘A’ Bowl Game, beating Suffield Academy 63-41. They repeated this feat in 2018 when they finished with a record of 8-1, won the ISL title, and won the Kevin Driscoll Class ‘A’ Bowl game against Avon Farms. The defense played well and shut down their opponent 21-0. That season marked their 15th straight winning season and 5th bowl victory in the last 12 years.