2021-2022 was a banner year for GFS Athletics! Seven teams captured Friends Schools League Championships, the Tigers regained the Felsen Cup, teams and athletes advanced to national events and smashed school records, and students made college commitments. More so, memories were made by all of the student-athletes who left it all on the fields, courts, track, and mats each and every day! Well done, Tigers!
Read feature articles, view videos and galleries, and celebrate a year in GFS Athletics!
US Cross Country Shines at 2021 FSL Cross Country Championship; Girls Capture 2nd
Varsity Girls Soccer:
Margaret Harvey '23 Earns All-State Soccer Honors — the Second in Girls Program History
Varsity Girls Tennis:
Varsity Wrestling Advances to the FSL Championship for the first time in program history since the tournament became a dual-match format.
Upper School Basketball:
31st Annual Germantown Community Tournament a Huge Success: Boys Basketball Wins and Community Leaders Honored
Varsity Girls Basketball:
Varsity Girls Basketball Storms to the Top of the GFS Girls' Record Book; Tigers Also Advance to the FSL Championship Game
Varsity Boys Basketball:
Varsity Indoor Track & Field:
Tigers Win the FSL Championship (the 2nd consecutive and 4th time in 5 years). The Lacrosse program has amassed a 34-2 league record in 5 years, including this year's undefeated league record.
Laxers earn a PAISAA State Tournament bid in the top division.
Varsity Tennis Wins FSL Title for 5th Consecutive Season (& earned undefeated league record)
Varsity Track & Field:
Boys Track & Field Team Wins FSL Champions (2nd consecutive; 10th title in 12 years; 21st in 40 years)
Nine Athletes Medal at the PAISAA State Meet; Graham Greene ‘23 captured Gold in the 300M Hurdles. Freshmen Ben Idinipulos and Alayah Campbell medaled in field events in their rookie seasons.
Fourteen athletes advanced to the USRowing Youth National Championships on June 9-12 at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, FL.
Six Boats Medal at City Championship
Dan Mateffy '23 represented GFS at the annual Phillies Baseball Carpenter Cup, comprised of tri state All-Stars.
Thirty-Three Varsity Spring Athletes Are Named to Friends Schools League All-League Teams – the most in GFS spring sports program history.
ATHLETICS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
GFS Regains the Felsen Cup! Tigers Beat Friends’ Central Handily in 2021-2022: 11.5 to 3.5!
It was a Record-Breaking Participation from Class of 2022! 82 played at least 1 season; 32 played 2 seasons; 25 played 3 sports/seasons. 76% of the entire senior class played a sport; 50% of the class competed in 2/+ seasons.
Tiger Sports Network Kicks Off, Providing Live Commentary at Boys & Girls Basketball Games
Athletics Expands Live Streaming to Cover 51 Games in 2021-2022!
Athletics develops a relationship with Philly Sports Digest leading to extensive coverage of GFS and all Friends Schools League teams.
Athletics expands Coaches’ Corner to a weekly column to highlight the high caliber of coaching staff. One such article: Corlis Gross Appointed Year-Round Assistant Varsity Crew Coach
New #Tiger Weekly Scoreboard Keeps GFS Community Updated on Weekly Record, Stats, Highlights and Photos (example)
Athletics expands sports information to include video tributes, bringing Tiger programs to life:
Girls Varsity Basketball Season Highlights from a Remarkable Season
Athletics expands coverage of alumni in sports coverage every week and promotes successes on social media. Example: Persistence Pays Off for Riley Knowles '18 on Sagehens Lacrosse
Athletics posts photo galleries of Varsity teams highlighting program successes, Senior Days, and major events. A few samples:
Athletics Pays Tribute to Pam Lutz After 30+ Years of Service (will link once complete)
View the gallery featuring many of the GFS Coaches who lead, inspire, and support our student-athletes to be the best they can be.
Fall and Winter Athletics admissions events are successful in sharing the GFS Athletics experience with prospective students.
GFS Athletics develops an official social media program to expand coverage on team accounts and provide student leadership opportunities focused on responsible social media activity.
Middle School athletes participated in national and local tournaments including:
US Squash National Tournament (Boys and Girls teams)
Snowball Tournament at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy (Girls Basketball)
Middle School athletes benefit from several postseason programs focusing on methods for gaining the mental edge (facilitated by Colleen Finnegan) and team building skills (facilitated by the Positive Coaching Alliance).