It would be an understatement to say that this weekend GSIS cleaned up in the sports scene. Whether it was the boys tennis defending their home, or the boys cross country team traveling all the way to Jeju, their performances were perfect leaving no doubt about the final results. Both teams had clean sweeps over their opponents!
The boys' tennis team, which is one of the top teams in the league and boasts the best singles player in the league, Jun Kwon, hosted Deagu High School on Saturday morning for the last home game of the season and the last home game of Jun's career. Jun had never lost a KAIAC League match is his entire time at GSIS, and Saturday would be no different. Coach Evans reversed the typical order of play allowing the number one singles players to be the last match of the day, so that Jun's match would be the highlight match and there would be more people to support him.
In the first match of the day, Rikumu Shigeta and Dash Lee wasted little time in cruising to an 8-1 victory in their doubles "two" matchup. In the doubles "one" match, the coaches were extremely happy to see Caelan Hodge and Michael Ahn take what they had learned at practice that week and put it to great use as they won convincingly over one of the best double teams in the league by a score of 8-3. Next were the singles matches, and Eric Lee continued the outstanding play the Knights had established in the doubles with his own convincing 8-3 win over his singles' "three" opponent. In the singles "two" match Dongin Kwak, who has also been outstanding this year as a strong number two player, dominated his opponent 8-2. That set the stage for the match of the day, singles' "one" and with a crowd that included his parents, friends, and teachers, one might think great pressure would be felt on Jun. That wasn't the case at all as the savvy senior made short work of his opponent with crushing forehands that sent the Deague number one sprawling over the court. Appropriately, Jun finished off a perfect career record at home with a perfect set score of 8-0 in this match. Next up the boys will travel to Humphreys on Friday for the last league match before the KAIAC tournament.
While all of this was happening Saturday on the GSIS home courts, a small contingent of runners traveled down to participate in the Jeju Athletic Conference Invitational meet. The meet was co-hosted by North London Collegiate School and KIS Jeju and took place in the newly developed Global Education City on the island. The team arrived the night before and had a late meal before getting some sleep at the KIS dorms. Then they were up early the next morning to run on unfamiliar pathways, but had been well prepared by the coaches during the season. The GSIS course for the workouts and the races, is a mix of some paths and sidewalks, but mostly rugged trails on the nearby hills that surround the school. So, the mostly flat and paved course proved not to be a physically challenging as their typical trainings and their times showed it as they all had personal bests. In fact not only did they have their own personal bests, but the three boys' entries from GSIS also had the three best times of the entire race as Kona Brumsickle (1st place), Adam Bae (2nd place), and Guang Tseng (3rd place) literally ran away from the opposition to dominate this race. On the girls' side, So Eun Kim and Yuhee Hong came in third and seventh overall.
GSIS also hosted and elementary soccer jamboree with eight schools participating in a total of 52 games. Special recognition goes out to Miiki Yoon for her great organization. "Mikki really started this elementary soccer competition years ago and has done an outstanding job," proclaimed the assistant principal at Chadwick.