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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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Recapping a Banner Year in GFS Athletics!


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!

FALL SEASON

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Cross Country:

Varsity Boys Cross Country Wins 19th Consecutive FSL Championship

US Cross Country Shines at 2021 FSL Cross Country Championship; Girls Capture 2nd

Anna Macdonald '22 Wins the Nike Northeast Regional Championship

Top Runners Shine at State Meet; Donovan ‘23 and Macdonald ‘22 Capture Gold

Varsity Girls Soccer:

Varsity Girls Soccer Explodes Offensively to Win FSL Crown

Margaret Harvey '23 Earns All-State Soccer Honors — the Second in Girls Program History

Varsity Girls Tennis:

Varsity Tennis Fights Hard as the Underdog to Capture the 2021 FSL Title

Senior Leaders Share Insight on Junior Varsity Tennis' Undefeated Season

Boys Soccer:

Varsity Soccer Wins Quaker Cup on Penalty Kicks

Field Hockey:

Team Celebrates Five on Senior Day

Rachel Steinman is the New GFS Varsity Field Hockey Coach

Fall Program:

Twenty-Eight GFS Fall Athletes Named to All-League Teams; Nine Earn All-State Honors

View the Fall Season Senior Day Gallery

WINTER SEASON

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Varsity Wrestling:

Varsity Wrestling Advances to the FSL Championship for the first time in program history since the tournament became a dual-match format. 

Varsity Wrestling Sends Three to Nationals After Strong Team Performance at States

View the video: The 2021-2022 Varsity Wrestling: A Historic Season

Upper School Basketball:

31st Annual Germantown Community Tournament a Huge Success: Boys Basketball Wins and Community Leaders Honored

View the gallery of 300+ photos
Watch the highlight video that captures the tournament’s highlights
Listen to student interns on the Tiger Sports Network.

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 Girls Basketball Team Advances to State Quarterfinal

Clare Meyer Named to All-State First Team

Varsity Boys Basketball:

Tigers Advance to the 2nd Round of PAISAA State Tournament

Muhsin Muhammad ‘23 Named All-State First Team

Squash:

Varsity Girls Squash Finish 4th place in Division 2 at the U.S. High School Squash Nationals 

Varsity Boys Squash Finish 3rd in Division 3 at U.S. High School Squash Nationals

JV Boys Squash Team Wins at U.S. Squash Nationals

Varsity Indoor Track & Field:

Varsity Indoor Track Runners Soar at New Balance Nationals

Winter Program:

Ten Winter Sport Athletes Earn All-League Honors

View the Winter Season Senior Day Gallery

SPRING SEASON

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Varsity Lacrosse:

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. 

Clare Meyer '22 Named FSL MVP and USA Lacrosse All-Academic; 3 Named to PASLA All-Academic Honors

Lacrosse Team Hosts Godstowe School from UK

Varsity Tennis:

Varsity Tennis Wins FSL Title for 5th Consecutive Season (& earned undefeated league record)

View the Video of the Varsity Boys Tennis Team Earning the 5th Consecutive FSL Title 

Varsity Track & Field:

Boys Track & Field Team Wins FSL Champions (2nd consecutive; 10th title in 12 years; 21st in 40 years)

Girls Track & Field Team Captures FSL Championship

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. 

Eleven (7 boys, 4 girls) athletes advance to New Balance Track & Field Nationals 

US Crew: 

Aidan Cusack ‘23 and Otis Solomon '22 became the first in GFS Athletics program history to capture Gold at Stotesbury

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 

VARSITY BASEBALL:

Varsity Baseball Wins PAISAA State Commonwealth Cup

Dan Mateffy '23 represented GFS at the annual Phillies Baseball Carpenter Cup, comprised of tri state All-Stars. 

Varsity Softball:

Alison Hammond Named Varsity Head Softball Coach

Spring Program:

Thirty-Three Varsity Spring Athletes Are Named to Friends Schools League All-League Teams – the most in GFS spring sports program history.

Four Tiger JV Teams Shine at the Annual Friends Schools League JV Tournament

View the Spring Season Senior Day Gallery

ATHLETICS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Athletics Leadership and Coaches Benefit from DEI Training and Professional Development

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. 

Seven Athletes made NCAA Athletics College Commitments (5 in November, 2 in May); Nine more have goals to continue their athletic careers in college but whose participation is pending. 

33rd Annual MS Cross Country Belmont Invitational A Success!

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

Varsity Wrestling Program Soars; Posts Historic Win

Varsity Girls Soccer Wins FSL Championship

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:

Varsity Girls Tennis Captures FSL Title

Boys Basketball Honors Four on Senior Day

Varsity Lacrosse Wins Second Consecutive FSL Title

Middle School Boys Squash Compete at US Squash Nationals

Athletics expands social media presence on Instagram and Twitter, and increases followers. Follow us!

Athletics Honors Deb Brackett’s Commitment to GFS Athletics 

Athletics Pays Tribute to Pam Lutz After 30+ Years of Service (will link once complete)

Rachel Profit Scott Appointed Assistant Director of Athletics

Kathleen Harte Simone Joins GFS as Athletics Media Manager

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).  

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