MS/HS CROSS COUNTRY - KISAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
KIS competed in a cross country tournament hosted by NLCS this past Saturday! It was a great afternoon to run with perfect weather, cool but sunny. There were a total of six schools that participated in the meet with new schools that had never been apart of this tournament before, St. Johnsbury and Gyeonggi Suwon International School. We had two runners finish in the top three for both the middle school and high school teams, Alfred Yoon and Olivia Jang. Our girl’s high school team finished first overall for the first time in school history! The coaches are proud of all the runners that came and finished the season strong.
HS TENNIS - KISAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The KISAC tennis tournament was held at Branksome Hall Asia for the girls and St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju for the boys. The girl's tournament was a doubles tournament for Junior Varsity and Varsity. There were fourteen teams in total represented by three schools, with KISJ entering five teams into the tournament. KISJ’s Yubeen Jung and Cheri Lim were the best performing JV team, achieving 3rd place. In the Varsity division, the best performing team was a KISJ/SJA mix team with Kirstie Sim and Seo Yeon Yang, finishing in 3rd place. The boy's doubles tournament was destined to have a KISJ winner, given that all five teams were represented by KISJ. The winner of the doubles tournament was Alex Choi and Jake Kim, who beat Benjamin Hong and Joel Shin in the finals. The singles tournament concluded with the two winners from each of the group stages, Jason Kang and Jeff Ru playing for the title. The match portrayed a high level of play with the games tied for most of the set. Ultimately, Jason Kang won the set and was crowned as the new GEC tennis champion.
HS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL - AISA TOURNAMENT
The HS Girls Volleyball team travelled to Seoul to play in the international AISA tournament for the second time in the past three years. In 2016-17, the girls finished 5th and were hoping to improve on their performance two years later. Led by All Tournament Team selections Catherine Park and Avril Chung, KISJ beat the hosts Seoul International School and after tough games against Yokohama and Osaka were able to beat our sister school - KIS Pangyo to win the bronze medal. Third place is the best result that any KISJ team has had in the AISA tournament. After fall break, the girls will once again hope to take home KISAC gold on November 16th - 17th
HS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL - KISAA TOURNAMENT
10 girls travelled to Seoul this weekend to play in the KISAA tournament at BISC. Our team played 4 schools from Seoul over the course of the 2 day tournament, playing to the best of 3 sets. In round robin play, the Dragons dominated, winning every game, only falling short in a single set. KISJ went on to the Championship game on Saturday night and took 2nd place after a very close 3 set game, with a final set score of 16-18. Over the course of the weekend, excellent serving came from Natalie Kim and Becky Noh, while Karam Chung and Amy Cho took charge at the net. Shawn Lee made several amazing passes to assist the Dragons in their 2nd place win.
HS BOYS VOLLEYBALL - AISA TOURNAMENT
The boys represented the volleyball program well this weekend in Busan at the AISA tournament. The AISA tournament is composed of schools from Seoul, Japan and Busan. Our team was placed in a tough pool with Seoul International School and Senri & Osaka International School. In the first game SIS, who won their divisional championships in KAIAC for the past 2 years, took the game in 3 sets. The boys then played against the reigning AISA champions for the past 4 years, SOIS, and lost in a 4-set match. The improvement in their play was evident and was commented on by other schools and coaches on many occasions. On the second day of tournament play, the boys went up against Yokohama International School and had a great start going up 2 sets to 0. In the third set though, the experience of YIS started to show in their consistency and level-headedness. They went on to take the the game in 5. The result of the YIS game put our boys in the 5th place match against BIFS. The boys went in to their final game with fire in their eyes and took the match 3-0. Although the team expected a better result, the future shows promise. The team consisted of 1 freshman, 4 sophomores, 2 juniors and only 3 seniors. Of the 10 boys, 3 were rookies and another 2 had their first varsity level volleyball experience this year. Sol Lee was placed on the AISA All Tournament Team for the great job he did leading his team all weekend. Overall, the boys learned a lot and seem motivated to continue improving.
MS/HS GOLF - KISAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:
This season was a huge success! The middle school team made a great effort this season to set individual goals and tried to shape each practice on taking steps toward achieving success. All of our golfers: Gina Kim, Taehoon Kwon, Roy Kang, Matthew huh, Daniel Lee, and Hongjoong Kim were committed, and demonstrated large growth in their skill development. Our season culminated with our first ever 18-hole KISAC tournament at Teddy Valley CC on Wednesday, October 10.
All students had a LARGE day! Despite some nervousness at the beginning, our team came through with a gallant effort. A special congratulations are warranted for Gina and Matthew as they brought the Middle School Girls and Boys Championships to KISJ.
The opportunity to compete against others schools, and befriend/socialize with some of our neighbors is unmeasurable. This experience not only helped our golfers develop their golf skills, but it also gave them the experience in a multi-school competition and greatly enhanced their overall educational experience at KISJ.
Our golfers represented KISJ admirably. Our DRAGONS were on full display throughout the day and their coach was particularly proud of them all. The level of success achieved was demonstrated in the bus ride back from the course when everyone was talking golf and eager to play again.
MS/HS CROSS COUNTRY
KIS hosted the second Cross Country meet this past Tuesday. There were over 50 runners from KIS, BHA, and NLCS! Our middle school boys had two runners in the top five, Alfred Yoon and Justin Hwang while our high school boys had seven in the top 10: Doomin Kim, Jake Kim, Spencer Kim, Mike Lee, Hojoon Choi, Ryan Kim, and Ian Jung! Our high school girls team was led by Olivia Jang coming in first overall and Serena Jeon came in sixth! Congratulations to all our amazing runners for your dedication and endurance you showed on Tuesday and every day that you have put into training!
MS GIRLS BADMINTON
The middle school girls badminton team traveled to NLCS for a match on Wednesday. The girls team has been improving all season. NLCS proved to be formidable opponents, winning in both doubles and singles, but our team held their own and won several sets. The players learned a lot of new skills and the competition allowed our team a chance to practice their technique. Overall our game was a great experience and we look forward to our next opportunity to play.
HS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
JV: The Junior Varsity girls have been working hard to perfect their game play this season. So far they have won their games played against BHA and NLCS! The girls have been improving their team cohesion and have come together as one unit - communicating in all parts of the game and supporting each other through every point. Our Libero, Luna, has helped her team pass up tough serves in each game. Our setters, Natalie and Annika, have demonstrated their leadership on the court while hustling to make successful plays. Our Middle Blockers, Erin and Jessica - who are both new to volleyball, have been working on defending the net. And our Outside Hitters, Gary, Becky, Youngseo, and Yoona, have been perfecting their “kills” to earn us points. The JV Girls are looking forward to closing out their season with an undefeated record.
HS BOYS VOLLEYBALL
KISJ Gold: On Tuesday 9 October the JV men's Volleyball team made the trek up the hill for a match against NLCS. The team stepped up to the challenge as they defeated NLCS in two closely contested matches. Both teams were content to seek points by the opposition making mistakes rather than taking the initiative on offense. After several missed serves by both teams, KIS managed to gain some composure and put together a string of several points to clinch the victory. The team is composed of students who have never played volleyball or have limited experience in athletics. The players are learning the basic skills of volleyball, but they need more game experience and exposure to constant competition in order to raise the level of their ability to play volleyball. With further practice and especially game experience, I believe that the team could be competitive in the KISAC tournament in November. - Mr. Baker
KISJ Blue: In the second meeting with NLCS this season, the boys took a 2-0 victory. Paul replaced Kyle early in the first set as the setter and led the team to a 25-17 victory. The NLCS showed significant improvement in their defense and serve receive making it a closer game than expected. Communication was a factor in to the slow start but the boys turned it up in time. The second set saw John and Peter come off the bench in the middle and outside respectively. The boys ended up taking the second set 25-23 and will use this victory as momentum in to this weekend as they leave to Busan for the AISA tournament.
HS BOYS TENNIS
The KISJ Varsity Boys team played St. Johnsbury Academy for the first time, ever. The two doubles teams, composed of Alex Choi, Jake Kim, Jason Kang, Sam Cho, and Brian Shin finished with four wins and zero losses. There were two singles matches, which took place between Jeff Ryu and Ewan Chang against St. Johnsbury. Jeff and Ewan both lost their matches by 1-game (5-6 and 2-3). The Boys team will be facing St. Johnsbury again on the 13th of October at the KISAC tournament.
HS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Varsity White: The KISJ Girls Varsity White team followed in the Varsity Blue’s footsteps by being BHA 2:1 on Tuesday. After a slow start in the first set due to many serving errors the girls rallied with a strong serving performance in the second and third sets. The team was led by Junior, Jimin Kim who served 92% and led the team with 4 blocks while Senior, Aleum Chung led the attack with 5 kills. Blue and White now sit atop the GEC Cup Standings and will play each other on October 17th. Next week, Blue and White reunite as they head to the AISA Tournament to take on Seoul International School and Senri-Osaka International School in Friday’s Round Robin.
HS BOYS VOLLEYBALL
KISJ Gold: In the first official match of the year for the team, they rallied strong and made a great showing. Neo Park, our starting middle, was out due to a sprained ankle but Jace Kim stepped in for him. With Tom Choi and Lin Jung on the outside, Jace Park and Andrew Han in the middle, Tommy Seo on the right side, Philip Shin in the back-row as our libero and Justin Lim leading the squad as our setter, we took the first game 25:21. In the second set, Inha Hwang (recently out with a cold), substituted Tom Choi out, Alex Park went in for Jace Kim and our freshman setter, Hugo Cho took Justin Lim. The boys had some issues with missed serves but stuck together to stay in the game. Lin Jung assisted with a run of 9 serves to win the second set by 2.
KISJ Blue: In the first competition playing together with Justin Lee and Eric Kim on the outside, a fresh face, Han Choi and Sol Lee in the middle, new to the team, Mike Choi on the right side, Alex Kim in the back-row as libero and Kyle running the show as the setter. The boys had 5 aces, 4 kills and 3 blocks in the first set guiding us to a 25-13 victory. In the second set, Peter Yang subbed in for Eric Kim, John Lee went in for Mike Hwang and Paul in for Kyle. The team struggled with communication at the beginning as Han Choi and shifted to a new position to the right side. 8 serves were also missed in the second set and we were down 14-7 at one point. Through perseverance and support from each other they rallied back to take a 27:25 win.In the match, Justin Lee and Han Choi recorded 2 aces each, Eric Kim and Sol Leechipped in 5 kills each, Alex Kim contributed 6 digs along with Sol Lee’s 2 block assists and 1 solo block.The team will be travelling to Busan next weekend to play in the AISA Tournament taking on Seoul International School and Senri-Osaka International School in Friday’s Round Robin.
MS GIRLS SOCCER
Team Seogwipo Team Seogwipo won a great game today over SJA, with a final score of 4-0! We had one goal by Diane in the first half, with goals in the second half by Ella, Sarah and Teresa. Coach Kipfer and Coach Quispe were both very proud of the girls for having improved greatly from our previous game against NLCS both in confidence and energy. Most impressive was that the girls demonstrated that they are clearly learning and retaining skills and concepts they've been learning from drills and practice time. We were very pleased to see many girls actively look for space to support each other and for drop passes, being successful on more than a few occasions.
MS BOYS SOCCER
Both KISJ Yellow and Blue had the privilege of being our first teams to play against our new neighbours: SJA. With a burgeoning athletics program, SJA proved themselves a great test for our team. We are extremely proud of all of our boys for playing like Dragons and implementing much of the work we have put in at practice. With the same level of dedication and perseverance our players have shown throughout the season, we are certain that they will continue to find success in their growth on and off the pitch.
MS GIRLS BADMINTON
The MS Girls Badminton Team took on SJA Wednesday night in their second game of the season. The girls won the majority of their games and even competed against some of the SJA’s boys for some added competition. The Girls will be back in action next week as they take on NLCS.
MS BOYS BADMINTON
The MS boys fought hard in this first contest against SJA and this time the results were more favorable. The final result was 5-3 KISJ in doubles matches and 4-0 KISJ in singles matches. These young men are growing, learning and improving quickly.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th
This morning we arrived at Morrison Academy and began with a 30 minute dry-land workout. It is important that swimmers maintain their aerobic capabilities and physical strength by engaging in workouts outside of the swimming pool. This morning, they did three laps around the 400 metre track and did some strengthening exercises such as burpees and a 30 second plank. Later, the team participated in a joint-training session with the Morrison swim team. This was a great opportunity for both teams to bond before the Hero Games and Invitational Meet on Saturday.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
This was the most memorable part of the trip as the swimmers worked with children with disabilities in the Hero Games. Each swimmer was paired with a child, helping them to participate and enjoy some activities in the water. From our youngest to our oldest swimmer, they demonstrated the DRAGONS through their service to others. There was much debate over who benefited the most from these activities as our students thoroughly enjoyed working with the children. A great experience for everyone involved.
During the evening, the Taiwan Invitational Swim Meet began with the longer distance events. Special mention to Kevin C. who swam 400 meter freestyle, and to Daniel C. who won the event with a time of 5:22.71. Hoseong N., our only middle school swimmer was fourth place in the boys 200 meter individual medley (IM), Annika K. was second place in the girls 200 meter IM, while Daniel C. again won first place in 400 meter IM. Our boys relay were third in the 400 meter medley relay. Great participation from all swimmers and lots of support from the KIS team.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th
Today was the big competition day with eight teams from throughout Asia competing in the Taiwan Invitational Meet. Our team of thirteen swimmers won fourth place overall, only missing on third by one point. For such a small team, this was a tremendous achievement. Every swimmer competed in their assigned events and swam with 100% effort.
Winning first place in the boys 200 meter freestyle relay team were Justin H., Daniel C., Edward M., and, Ho Youn S., with a time of 2:01.54. The stand-out achiever of the KISJ team was Daniel C. who won boys 200 meter freestyle (2:11.36), 50 meter freestyle (26.70), and, was second place in 100 meter freestyle (1:00.74). In the girls, Annika K. was third in the girls 200 meter freestyle ( 3:12.69), and Janet O. was fourth in the 50 meter freestyle (41:57). Special mentions to Edward M. who was fourth in the 100 meter butterfly (25.86), Kevin C. who was fourth in 200 meter freestyle (3:24.59), and Ho Youn S. who was fifth in 100 meter backstroke (1:44.49). This was a great competition and the coaches were proud of their achievements both inside and outside of the pool as well as their positive attitude and willingness to put in genuine hard work and effort to represent themselves and KISJ so well.
HS GIRLS TENNIS
The HS girls Tennis team played their first set of friendly matches with Branksome Hall Asia on September 18th. The matches were all doubles and each team played two matches each. KISJ showed a valiant display in sportsmanship and effort, ultimately winning three of the nine friendly matches in total. Although losing her first match, sophomore Ruby Kim, was able to bounce back with two wins overall with her doubles partner, freshman, Yubeen Jung. The boy's team will be having their first set of friendly matches on October 2nd, against neighbors St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju.
HS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Varsity Blue: Won a 3 set victory over a much improved BHA team. Junior Catherine Park led the attack with a perfect 23/23 serving performance and 7 kills. Freshmen, Jennifer Lee was close behind with 6 kills, all assisted by Cellina Park who had 15 assists in the match. Rookie, Shawn Lee held down the backcourt with 8 digs while Jaeah Lee patrolled the net. The Varsity White team will look to follow Blue’s success over BHA after Chuseok.
Junior Varsity: Won a tight straight-set victory (26-24, 25-21) over BHA in their opening match of the year. The JV Dragons were led by newly-anointed captain Natalie Kim and strong defensive play by Luna Kim. The girls will look to further improve their performance after Chuseok vs. St. Johnsbury Academy.
HS BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The HS Boys Volleyball team welcomed NLCS back into league play after a 2 year hiatus. With many of the Varsity players coaching during the match, KISJ was able to pull off a 4-2 set victory. After Chuseok, KISJ will welcome another team making their GEC debut as they travel to St. Johnsbury on Wednesday, in their final tune up before the Jeju Invitational.
HS CROSS COUNTRY
NLCS hosted our first Cross Country meet this past Thursday for middle and high school runners. The team did well with at least 2 runners finishing in the top 5 for both girls and boys for the high school as well as the middle school boys. Most of our runners were in the top 10. The runners who came out for the meet were Annie Kang, Cheayoung Park, Mike Lee, Olivia Jang, Seonghyun Park, Lucy Seo, Spencer Kim, Hojoon Choi, Serena Jeon, Alex Jun, Stella Choi, Sophia Cha, and Kitty Jeon for the high school. The middle schoolers were Justin Hwang, Alfred Yoon, and John Kim. Congratulations on a great first meet! Looking forward to the next one on Tuesday, Oct. 2 hosted by Branksome Hall Asia!
MS GIRLS SOCCER
Team Moseulpo played the always-tough NLCS A girls and took the battle to their pitch by winning 2-0. Huge contributions were made by incoming new players, Chloe Shin (grade 8), Minwoo Jeong (grade 6), and Ashley Lee (grade 8). Chloe made excellent defensive decisions as our new LB to clear the danger and set up crucial opportunities on offense. Minwoo played a strong anchor role in the middle setting up golden opportunities for our forwards or leading the attack herself. Ashley hopped on every loose ball and made it uncomfortable for NLCS’ defenders, which eventually earned her the first goal of the season for the whole team. Returning players made sure the team culture and positive and encouraging, and the whole team walked away with a quality win. This is the first time in a long time that KISJ won an opening game against their British rival.
Team Seogwipo played the NLCS B team that proved to be challenging but was still a good learning experience. Goalkeeper, Katie Oh (grade 8), made crucial stops and continued to anchor the team even though we were down a few goals. Standout rookie, Diane Moon (grade 6) played the field in the central midfielder position and stepped up to relieve goalkeeping duties. This is a team with plenty of potential and ceiling for growth.
MS BOYS SOCCER
Four, yes, four MS Boys Soccer teams kicked off their season vs. NLCS on Wednesday. While they didn't get the results they were hoping for, Coach Razzari, Coach Harveycutter, and Coach Cantarutti are extremely proud of their players for displaying their Dragons values on and off the pitch yesterday. With positive attitudes and a sportsmanlike approach, the coaches are confident that our team will return from Chuseok rested and prepared to work towards our goal of improvement
MS GIRLS BADMINTON
The MS Girls Badminton team kicked off the year with a few practices to ready ourselves for our first match against BHA on Wednesday. Although we didn’t get the wins we were hoping for, our girls really showed what it is to be a DRAGON. We saw perseverance, great sportsmanship, and lots of fun. On our walk back to campus, we shared some of what we learned through the many singles and doubles matches we fought hard in. Coach Snider & Coach Sowell are absolutely confident in our ability to come back even harder by working to improve our agility, refine our strategy and polish our skills. A fantastic beginning to a great season!
MS BOYS BADMINTON
The MS boys badminton team traveled to NLCS for their first match of the year. We didn’t receive the results we hoped for, but the students fought hard even with minimal practice time. The young men demonstrated grit and DRAGONS. We will continue to work hard to improve.