After much anticipation, hard work and, most importantly, a massive collaborative among many individuals, high-risk winter sports recently began at Briarcliff High School.
Girls varsity and junior varsity basketball began in the high school and middle school gyms, along with varsity cheerleading and varsity and junior varsity boys basketball. Freshman boys basketball and varsity ice hockey practice is taking place off-campus.
“Every day we come in and see smiles on the students’ faces. I think having them in the gym and seeing them so excited to be there makes us excited to be there as well,” said assistant coach for varsity girls basketball Denise Hamlin, who coaches alongside her husband, Head Coach Donald Hamlin.
Peggy Rosenzweig, junior varsity assistant coach for shares her enthusiasm.
“I am looking forward to just being here every day, along with Head Coach Ellen Mager,” she said. “I love the camaraderie between the girls and the coaches. We learn something new every day, it is so much fun!” she added.
Athletics Director Chris Drosopoulos acknowledges the effort made to open the season safely.
“The health and safety of our students and staff is out top priority, so for something like this to happen we needed everyone to be on board,” he said. “This was a collaborative effort by people who share the same goal. The parents got all of the necessary forms, the coaches organized safe tryouts, the students followed all the safety guidelines and focused on the game.”
Mr. Drosopoulos was eager to thank the individuals who contributed to this.
“I want to thank Dr. Kaishian and the entire administration and Board of Education, medical director, nurses, athletic trainer, coaches, families, student athletes, the custodians and my assistants Valerie Asher and Skip Stevens. Everyone did a great job!” he said. “I am confident that with all the safety measures taken and everyone’s hard work the numbers will remain low,” he added.