The U12 hockey picked up a victory yesterday with a convincing win against the Pickering College Pumas at York Mills Arena. Crestwood used swift skating, crisp passing and an overall team game to dominate the game from puck drop to the final whistle. Goalies Jayin Vohra and George Zhou were solid when called upon. All 9 of our skaters were efficient and hardworking throughout. Congrats to Sharkey Chen, Ben Maharaj, Daniel Rauchwerger, Hannah Hurwitz, Brayden Cox, Luke Hristovski, Mars Sun, Leslie Qiao and Brendan Barton. The U12 squad hits the road next week as we will be travelling to face Upper Canada College on Thursday @4PM.
The U12 Co-Ed Hockey team began their season yesterday by hosting the TFS Tigers at York Mills Arena. The game was tightly contested for the first period with both teams working very hard at both ends. TFS broke through with the first goal before Crestwood bounced back with a nice individual effort by defenceman Sharkey Chen who wheeled wide before snapping it upstairs shortside to tie the game. After that it was all Toronto French as they rolled shift after shift and wore down the home squad. George Zhou made many spectacular saves throughout the contest and our players never gave up but the opposition proved to be too much on this day. The Crestwood Cubs hit the ice next Thursday to play Pickering College. Game time is 3:15PM at York Mills Arena.
Being on a team, is more than just dawning a team jersey and taking to the field or court. It is competing to the best of your ability, working with your teammates on and off the field, performing plays that your coach has fostered throughout countless practices, and then being present and accountable during the championship games, no matter what the circumstances or weather conditions might be. That is just what happened this past weekend. Memories and bonds were created that will last a lifetime for all that participated.
The buzz and smiles of students, parents, and coaches has been front and center this entire season. Congratulations to all Crestwood Soccer team members and coaches. Special mention goes to both the U10 and U12 Soccer teams for bringing home the division banner and trophy this past weekend, in less than ideal weather conditions. As for the Cross Country team…you know your coaches are proud of your extraordinary accomplishments this season. Your results speak for themselves.
The U12 girls Basketball team improved all season long. The girls honed their skills and their confidence grew with each practice and game. They competed with pride in the new Crestwood gymnasium, to a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.
We can’t wait for the winter season to begin.
U12 Hockey ~ tryouts begin Thurs., Nov. 8th, 2018, 3:15-4:15pm
Transportation is provided to and from York Mills arena. Please bring your hockey equipment to school in the morning and leave the bags and sticks in a neat pile in the atrium.
U12 Basketball ~ tryouts begin Monday, November 12th. 3:40-4:40pm
U11 Basketball ~ tryouts begin Wednesday, November 14th. 3:40-4:40pm
U10 and U9 basketball ~ lunchtime practices begin Mon. Nov. 12th.
Times/days will be highlighted in the weekly Crestwood newsletter.
U12 Girls Volleyball ~ tryouts begin Tues. Nov.13th ~3:40-4:40pm
U12 Badminton ~ tryouts begin Friday, November 16th ~11:50-12:20pm
With primary skating, Burgerball at the College, our annual LCC Hockey and Basketball Tournament in Montreal, and finally our school ski day, Crestwood coaches and teachers are ready to go. For more information please check our weekly Crestwood newsletter under the heading SPORTS WEEK AHEAD and Edsby for regular updates, game and practice schedules.
On Saturday October 27th, the U-10 soccer team participated in our final tournament at Crescent School. Despite the rain and cold weather the team was ready to go!
Our first game was against CDS. We quickly took the lead with an amazing goal from George. Soon after, both Mahdi and Mikhail scored goals for Crestwood. Luckily, we were able to hold onto our lead and won our first game 3-1.
Our second game was against Crescent School. Unfortunately, Crescent scored the first goal; however, we were able to quickly come back with a beautiful goal from Sebastian. We had a great second half with Ben scoring 3 goals for Crestwood. Additionally, Harrison scored his first goal of the season! The whole team made sure to help out on defence, and we were able to finish the game off with a win. The final score was 5-3.
The final game was against The York School. We knew this was going to be our toughest battle yet, as they had also won their first two games. In the first half, Mikhail, Nathan, and Ben scored amazing goals for Crestwood. We were going into the second half with a score of 3-1. We knew it was important to keep our lead, as The York School was fighting back hard. In the second half, we had goals from Ben and Graeme. We also had two goals from George. With everyone playing a part in this tough battle, we won our final game 7-4!!
The Crestwood U-10 soccer team are officially your tournament champions! We are so proud of the whole team. We had such an incredible season! We learned how to work together as a team, and that made us come out on top. Both Coach Offman and Coach Hebscher could not be more proud. Congratulations to the U-10 soccer team!
-Coaches Hailey Offman & Carly Hebscher
The Crestwood U12 Team travelled to Branksome Hall to compete in the final, weekend tournament of the season. The girls got off to a hot start in the first game against Kingsway College, opening with a 6-2 run. By halftime, the team was rolling along with a 12-8 lead. The girls continued their excellent play into the 2nd half moving the ball with precision and making smart decisions on the court. The final score was 24-16 for Crestwood and the girls were off to the Championship Game against Branksome Hall.
The girls put their game faces on knowing they were up against stiff competition in the Athletic Centre. It was a back and forth first half with the girls giving it their all. The U12’s were up by 1 point at the break, as a result of a solid team effort. As the game wore on, the girls lost steam sprinting across the bigger court. The final score was 36-27 Branksome Hall.
We could not be more proud of the dedication and growth the U12 Girls showed this season! They played like a true team and learned how to trust each other and their own abilities. We hope the girls’ love of basketball will continue in the years to come!
Coaches Amy Fuller & Courtney Kanfi
The Grade 6 soccer team attended our end of season finals at De La Salle on Saturday. Placed on the strong side of the draw the odds of making the final were against us.
Our opening game against Pickering College showed how our team was determined to end our season on a high. Three goals and a clean sheet were enough to claim a victory. Crestwood 3 – 0 Pickering
The second game was against the hosts and favourites for the tournament. This would be our toughest test. With some tough lucks and questionable calls we had a high hill to climb. After a timeout, Crestwood regrouped and rallied. We fought our way back into the game with an equalizer. Soon after we gained the advantage with the goal of the season. A wonderful cross from Johnny for Griffyn to jump and head the ball home. Crestwood 2 – 1 DLS.
The final was against Crescent B. Crestwood came out fast and was quickly in the lead. But Crescent struck back with two breakaway goals. 1 – 2 advantage Crescent at the half. The second period was frustrating for Crestwood as chance after chance narrowly missed. Then the breakthrough goal to tie the game and the confidence came back. Two more goals sealed the well-deserved win. Crestwood 4 – 2 Crescent B.
Our Crestwood Champions are:
Thank you to all the players and parents for helping during the season.
-Coaches Kevin Greenacre & Patrick Munro
Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association
Respect… rules, officials, opponents, team, self
Honour the game!
Parents’ Workshop Invitation
The Conference of Independent Schools’ Athletic Association will be proudly presenting a very informative workshop for parents of our male and female student/athletes. The workshop will be hosted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 from 7:00-8:15pm in George Weston Hall (Upper Canada College Preparatory School – see map link below). Best of all, there will be no cost to attend.
“The Second-Goal Parent: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports” (75 minutes)
This interactive workshop explores the role of a Second-Goal parent, supporting their child so that he or she enjoys a positive experience in sports.
Topics discussed include:
RSVP is required as booklets for all participants need to be ordered. ALL are welcome – please feel free to invite a friend or coach from the neighbourhood.
Please click on the link below to register.
For some, the cool fall weather calls for crawling indoors and curling up under a blanket. For others, it takes us to running the final run of our cross-country season. Though there wasn’t any snow on the ground, the course took our Crestwood runners onto the chilly trails competing against a backdrop of changing leaves at Centennial Park. Our young athletes had their final opportunity to meet fellow runners, take part in a fun competition among peers, and create their own Cross Country memories. Congratulations to our nine competitors: Angus, Sanad, Dara, Cooper, Tate, Daniel, Jameson, Thato, and Tyler. The Cross Country Coaches are proud of every single member of the team that dedicated their time to practice, exercise, train, and run! What a finish to a wonderful running season!
-Coach Paula Georgiou
A penalty kick, plus a hat trick from open play by Johnny and some more glorious goaltending from Mikel was enough to take Crestwood to victory.
A slender squad of just 9 players from grade 6 set out with much vigor and dominated much of the first half play to take a 4-goal lead. After the interval, the game became more balanced and Crestwood once again relied on their superb goalkeeper to keep the visitors at bay. Final score Crestwood 4 – 1 Crescent.
The Grade 6 soccer squad finishes up their season with a tournament on Saturday at De La Salle College. Good luck lads.
-Coach Kevin Greenacre
On Monday the U-10 soccer team travelled to Crescent School where we participated in a mini tournament. Our first game was against Country Day School. George, Ben, and Nathan all scored, which lead us to win our first game 3-0! Next, we played against Crescent School. Both teams battled hard, but our goalies George and Harrison were not letting anything past them. The final score was 0-0! Next, we played another team from Country Day School. We battled through our tiredness, and managed to keep another 0-0 tie throughout the whole game. Our final game was against another team from Crescent School. We went into the final quarter with a 0-0 tie, until Nathan took the lead for Crestwood with an unbelievable goal. The final score was 1-0 for Crestwood! We are so proud of each and every team member. We have improved tremendously throughout our season. We are looking forward to our last regular season game on Thursday, and our final tournament on Saturday. Way to go team! Keep up the great work!
Congratulations to the U-10 soccer team for finishing their regular season with a big win at UCC yesterday! Coach Hebscher and I are so proud of each and every one of you! Shoutout to Nathan who scored an awesome goal for us, and Ben who scored two! Lastly, a huge shoutout to Sebastian who scored his first goal from a corner kick!! We are looking forward to our tournament tomorrow at Crescent School. See you all tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. Way to go team!
-Coach Hailey Offman
Our final qualifying meet took place at Crescent this past Wednesday. With laces tight, our runners took off running through the fall trails. Many of our team members conquered the muddy, hilly terrain obtaining personal best scores. James, Jordyn and Davis all placed in the top 10 category for Under 9s. Congratulations to all of our racers Johnny, Cooper, Daniel, Tate, Jameson, Tyler, Natasha, Dara, and Sanaad and a special thank you to Aiden for coming out to support the team as he recovers from an injury. The Cross County Finals take place next week at Centennial Park. Go Crestwood Go!!
-Coach Paula Georgiou
The U12 Girls Basketball team traveled to Pickering College on Monday, October 15th for their 5th game of the season! The girls were eager and ready to play from the sound of the first buzzer. Once again, it was a close game throughout, but the Crestwood Cubs managed to maintain the lead for almost the entire game. Finally, in the last shift of the game, our defence stepped it up a notch, and our offence took over, finally pulling ahead for the win. The final score was 26-21. A special thanks to our fans that drove out to Newmarket to cheer us on! With one game left on Thursday at Havergal, we are focused and ready to continue to improve and succeed as a team. Go Crestwood!
-Coach Amy Fuller
The U-10 Soccer team hosted their second home game of the season yesterday against Bayview Glen. Despite the cold weather, we pushed through and played an awesome game. Both Harrison and George made unbelievable stops in net. Congratulations to Ben who scored a breakaway goal for Crestwood. We are looking forward to our next two games on Monday! Way to go team!
-Coach Hailey Offman
The U11 soccer team put in a great performance away to Bayview Glen last night! On a cold, windy afternoon the team showed a true battling spirit and really grew into the game after falling behind. Thato scored a majestic goal with a chip of the opposition goalkeeper to cap a great 2nd half. The result really sets us up for the games and tournament next week.
-Coach Paul Pembridge
It was another close game for the Grade 6 Soccer team but ultimately another defeat. The long road trip north to Newmarket to play Pickering College caused the team to have some ‘bus legs’ as we got off to a slow start and quickly fell behind 3-0. Some magnificent goalkeeping from Mikel kept the lead at 3 and the team rallied in the second half bringing the game back to 3 -2 but we could not find the equalizing tally. Good effort team.
-Coach Kevin Greenacre
Anxiety disorders among children are on the rise: more medications are being prescribed, new disorders are appearing and children are struggling to take on the world around them. Taking a health perspective, Dr. Russell will help us understand how to shift the burden or responsibility to children, something that helps them take on anxiety.
Returning to the Crestwood Community for an evening of thought provoking discussion on how to best help kids thrive in anxious times. Come ready to learn common sense strategies to help children navigate ‘That Big Bad World’.
Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Crestwood Lower School
Kindly RSVP to Grace by October 18th, 2018
A brace from Griffyn was not enough as Crestwood grade 6 soccer team conceded two penalty kicks in a tough loss to Montcrest School. On an unseasonably hot day, the boys started slowly and were behind inside 5 minutes, more goals against followed and the team found themselves 4 goals down at half-time and fading fast. A spirited second-half performance most notably from Nicolaas and Griffyn brought Crestwood back into the game, but it was not enough. Final score Crestwood 3 – 5 Montcrest.
The U-10 soccer team hosted their first home game of the season against Montcrest School. We are so proud of the team for putting in their best effort this game! We showed major improvement from our first game and we can’t wait to play again next week. It was a very close game with Ben and George both scoring goals for Crestwood. Way to go team!
The U9 soccer team hosted our first at home game against Montcrest School this past Tuesday, October 9th. It was an exciting game and we got our first win of the season! Everyone played hard and had fun! A special shout out to Mark and Zachary for scoring our goals. We ended the game with a final score of 6-4. We are excited for our next game at Bayview Glen. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who came out to cheer us on!
-Coaches Robinson & Solski
The U12 Girls basketball team played their 3rd game of the season on Tuesday, October 9th in their home gym against Montcrest School. It was a nail biter of a game from start to finish! We started off slow with a deficit of 7-0 in the first quarter, but we stayed positive, knowing our shots would start falling. We started to make our comeback and with numerous lead switches throughout the first 3 quarters, the team stayed focused and confident into the 4th quarter. With the help of a few clutch baskets in the 4th quarter, Crestwood celebrated their first victory of the season with a final score of 26-19. We are so proud of the improvement the team has demonstrated into the second week of their season. We are looking ahead to our first away game on Thursday, October 11th against Villanova. Congratulations to the team (and fans) for a fantastic first win!
The Cross Country Team laced up on a beautiful fall afternoon to conquer the trails at Sunnybrook Park. Our Grade 3s set off running first and many of our students placed top 10 in the Under 9 category. Way to go James, Jordyn, Aiden, George, Dimitri, Natasha and Davis! Next, our Grade 4s zoomed through the finish line. Again, Crestwood had some top 10 racers. Well done Angus, Nathan, Fergus, Dara, and Sanaad. We ended our afternoon meet when the Grade 5 and 6 team members took off at a steady pace and completed a challenging 2 km run. Jameson, Daniel, Cooper, Tate, Noah, Elle, and Johnny all came across the finish line with a smile. Keep challenging your personal best Crestwood Cross Country Team. Your coaches and parents can’t wait to cheer you on at our next meet on Thursday!
The U12 Girls basketball team had their first game of the season on Tuesday, October 2nd. Not only was it the first game of our season, but it was the first game ever played in our brand new gym! The excitement in the air from the team, the coaches, and all their fans was extraordinary! We were so impressed with the improvement the players have made since last season, and they hustled their way to an almost victory. It was an extremely close game through all four quarters, ending in a 3 point deficit for the Crestwood Cubs. Multiple players scored baskets, and we witnessed some beautiful assists and intense defence. Coach Fuller and Coach Kanfi are so proud of the teamwork and sportsmanship displayed by all the athletes.
Thank you to our scorekeeper – Carly Sherman. Our next game is this Thursday, October 4th, in our home gym once again! Hope to see you there!
Goals for Grifyn and Christopher were not enough as the Grade 6 Soccer team lost 3 – 2 against TFS. On a rain-soaked evening, Crestwood started the game slowly and was quickly behind by two. The boys rallied in the second half and brought the game level, but with only one minute remaining TFS stole the victory.
The U9 soccer team had their first game against Sterling Hall School this past week. Fun was had by all! Special shout outs to Blake and Joey who each scored a goal. We finished with a final score of 5-2 for Sterling Hall. Even though we didn’t win, all players were stars on the field-Your coaches are very proud of you!
The Crestwood Ball Hockey League will launch on Tuesday, April 24th at lunch recess. We held a short meeting today to see how many players were interested and ended up with close to twenty boys and girls. Each player is asked to bring in their helmet, stick and gloves in order to protect themselves during games. The CBHL has been running for over 5 years now and focuses on participation, competition, and primarily fun. We will see everyone on Tuesday.
It was an excellent day for Crestwood’s Track and Field team yesterday. The team participated in 50m sprint, 200m dash, hurdles, javelin, high jump, long jump, and more. Congratulations to all the runners at yesterday’s meet, as they truly did their best. The U10 relay team came 2nd place. Congratulations to Grade 4 students, Aidan Tatuch, Jayin Vohra, Ben Perenbroom, and Daniel Hayeems. Give those students a round of applause. In the U11, we had a mix of U10s and 11s. They came last unfortunately but amazingly faced all U12 runners! It wasn’t very fair, but the U10 and 11 runners did just as well with Oliver starting the relay and Max ending it. Remember, first isn’t the goal. The goal is to have fun, participate and compete. Congratulate Gr 4 students, Oliver and Max Turnbull, and Gr 5 students, Noah Kassam and Tyler Elwood! In the U12 race, there was another mix! They tied first, with Kamni starting the relay and Christopher ending it! The final congrats are to Gr 6 students, Kamni Akodi, Coen Rocha and Ben Aspden, and in grade 5, to Christopher Bar. Another round of applause! In the other races and activities, everyone did a superb job. But also big thanks to Coaches Fuller, Brenzel, Kanfi, and Davies who helped because we could not have done it without you.
-Gr.5 student Christopher Bar
Crestwood School and Crestwood Preparatory combined forces to take on Blyth Academy in some exciting exhibition hockey games at Scotiabank Pond this past Wednesday. Players from Grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 were invited to participate and we created two equal teams to take part in three games. Our final game was fantastic as the two Crestwood squads battled to a 7-7 tie. It was a beautiful sight to see the lower and upper school players working together and having fun on the ice, dancing, singing, skating and scoring with – and against – each other. The camaraderie, teamwork and displays of skill between the two schools on Tuesday is a great indication of the things to come in Crestwood hockey! We would like to thank Principal Adam Hurley and the Blyth Academy for their hospitality (including a delicious lunch) and all of our participating players and supporting parents.
Special thanks to Lee Grunberg and Joe DiIulio for you help.
The Spring Sports season is warming up here at Crestwood School. The U12 softball and the Jr. track & field teams will launch their seasons next week on Monday, April 9th.
We welcome students from grades 3-6 interested in track & field to join us as we kick off our season. Athletes interested in Softball try-outs, please make sure you have your softball glove and running shoes this Monday, as spring training begins. Primary track members your season will begin later in the month as the weather turns from winter to spring. Practices will take place during lunchtime recess.
Starting this coming Thursday, all students in the junior division excited about an intramural ball hockey league, sign your name to the list outside the computer lab. This league will run at lunch recess. All players will be required to supply their own helmet with faceguard, hockey gloves and a stick.
– Sherri Brenzel
Every Thursday Grades JK-3 busily boards the Fun Bus en route to York Mills Arena. With the help of their teachers and parent volunteers, the students lace up and hit the ice for their skating instruction as part of their Physical Education program.
The Letskate® and Letspowerskate® programs were designed by Tammy Keogh, owner and founder of Performance Skating Schools. Tammy’s passion for skating and expertise are the driving force behind her renowned methods. Modern teaching techniques along with interesting teaching aids are applied. Their success is largely due to the fact that skills/levels are taught in proper sequence. Performance Skating Schools’ vision is to bring a positive skill building athletic experience to your students. By introducing skating lessons in a learning atmosphere that will challenge students to do their best, inspire them to love skating and develop lasting skills they will share with friends and family.