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At WS basketball reigns supreme

Woodstock boys burst into the spring basketball season, sweeping the Woodstock Invitational Tournament on April 17-18. In its third year, the tournament is organized by Ajay Mark, Head of Physical Education at Woodstock and coach of the WS boys' team. Girls' teams were drawn from American Embassy School in Delhi (AES), Welham Girls and Woodstock; boys' teams were from AES, Doon, Welham Boys and Woodstock.

Woodstock girls, coached by Barb Bulthius, lost in their opening game and Welham Girls went on to take the tournament. Woodstock boys beat all three competing teams including AES in a rousing final game. Soe Nam Dorjee ('98-Bhutan) was Most Valuable Player.

The Welham in Boys Tournament opened on April 27th with eight teams competing. Woodstock tournament, too; the final game against Doon went to WS, 58-38. Again a Woodstock Bhutanese, Leki Norbu ('98), got Most Valuable Player.

. The Middle School saw some action on May 1-2, in the Woodstock-AES Exchange, an annual event since 1992. Woodstock hosted this year, giving the AES teams a resl5ite from the Delhi heat. Louise Kemp and Lisa Schrock coached the Woodstock girls who won both their games. Paul Kemp was coach for the boys who made a good effort but didn't win.

The crowning event of the packed season was the Afzal Khan Tournament, which Woodstock won in a blaze of glory, 71 to 56, over Delhi Public School (5,000 students). SoeNam Dorjee made 42 points and was Most Valuable Player. Mr. Mark credits all his players with excellent team work. The tournament was hosted by Doon School on May 2-5. Twelve teams competed, from as far afield as Sri Lanka, Delhi, Punjab and Shimla. Local schools included Welham Boys, Doon and Woodstock. Three busloads of excited WS fans went down to cheer their team to victory. This is Woodstock's second win in three years at the Afzal Khan.

Most Woodstock games were played on the Hostel court and the newly completed court in Ridgewood field saw its share of action. Mr. Mark contributes the good atmosphere at home games -- the friendliness and fun -- to the beauty of our setting and enthusiasm of the fans. Student Council organized a pep rally before the first tournament to practice traditional and brand new cheers. In was an excellent season, Mr. Mark reflects. Basketball still reigns supreme at Woodstock.

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