UNIS Athletics: December Highlights

After a thrilling season for all of our fall sports teams, UNIS athletes are off to an exciting and positive start for the winter season. Director of Athletics Duncan Davison provides a brief recap and look ahead below.

Boys Varsity Soccer

After winning the NYCAL League Championship, the Boys Varsity Soccer team advanced to the state championship for the first time in over 15 years for a UNIS team. Their only defeat was during this match on November 8th against Riverdale, 0-2. Throughout the tightly contested game, UNIS spirit was palpable, with almost half of all of our high school students cheering the team on, along with many parents, faculty, administrators and staff members.

Varsity Cross Country

The Varsity Cross Country Team represented UNIS with a great showing in the NYSAIS state championships on November 8th. The results can be seen below.

Girls (145 total runners)

Boys (131 total runners)

Anna L. 44th – 22:58.79

Lila O. 66th - 24:05.02

Noella K. 73rd – 24:14.94

Alison S. 114th – 26:08.08

Savaria S. 126th – 27:56.24

Sean W.– 59th – 20:04.97

Preston G. – 93rd – 21:33.45

Max B. – 98th – 22:06.27

Adrian M.-121th – 24:00.55

Raymond F.g -127th – 24:38.06

Ben G. 131th – 25:20.57

Congratulations to all the teams for representing UNIS with pride and commitment during the fall season!

Winter Season Teams

Over 140 student-athletes will represent UNIS this winter season, competing in boys and girls basketball and indoor track and field in the NYCAL league championships and the American International Private School League. All teams will also play non-league games against other similar independent schools in New York City.

Boys Varsity Basketball (BVB) and Boys Junior Varsity Basketball (BJVB)

The Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball teams won their respective divisional finals in the Little Red Pre-Season Tournament on November 20th. Both teams played Browning School in the finals, with the varsity team victorious at 75-56, and the JV team winning in a close game, 49-47. The wins send a great message to the other NYCAL schools that UNIS is ready to compete for a League championship! Boys Varsity record to date is 3-0, with Boys Junior Varsity at 2-0.

Featured Team: Boys Varsity Basketball (BVB)

The 2015-2016 BVB team started the season by winning the 2015 LREI Invitational Tournament, with victories over the Garden School, 75-34, in the opening game and the Browning School, 75-56, in the finale. Sandwiched between the tournament games was a well-earned home victory over the Grace Church School, 58-47. Cameron S. (T2) made a loud splash as a first-time varsity player by being named LREI Tournament MVP. Ben R. (T3) picked up where he left off last year by making the LREI All-Tournament Team.

Returning T3 BVB players Jacob T., Preston G., Teymur G., Maksat N., and James L. gave great performances for newcomers Nimrod R. (T3), Isaiah S. (T1), Paul S. (T2), Renat A. (T4), Wyatt K. (T2), Vuk M. (T3), and Aleksander S. (T3), while captains Preston G. and Ben R. plan to lead the team into its full-fledged membership in the highly competitive New York City Athletic League (NYCAL) this year. Despite starting the season with many away games, UNIS enters with lofty goals coming off of last year's success and will represent the school to the highest degree on and off the basketball court. See below for a list of upcoming games.

Home Basketball Games at UNIS





Girls Middle School Basketball v Grace

4:00 pm


Boys Varsity Basketball v Browning

4:15 pm


: Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v Browning

5:45 pm


Boys Junior Varsity Basketball v Calhoun



Girls Junior Varsity Basketball v Calhoun

5:30 pm


Girls Junior Varsity v Columbia

4:15 pm


Girls Varsity v Columbia

5:45 pm

12/10/ 2015

Girls Varsity v Trevor

4:15 pm


Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Scrimmage (Australian Touring Side)

Boys Varsity Basketball Scrimmage (Australian Touring Side)

4:00 pm

5:30 pm

And last, but not least, I'll end this highlight with a brief shout out to our new coaching staff:

Coach Profiles

Andy Hofman: Girls Middle School Head Coach

Andy's experience includes coaching basketball and soccer in a variety of sports such as soccer, basketball and track and field. "I absolutely love coaching and teaching a variety of sports at any age level," says the qualified physical education teacher.

Gina Voskov: Girls Middle School Assistant Head Coach

Gina has been a classroom English teacher for 12 years (8 at UNIS), this is her first time as an official coach.

"I have always enjoyed getting to know kids outside of the classroom setting at school camp trips and similar events, so being an assistant coach for the MS Girls basketball team is a wonderful way to deepen relationships I've created with students," she says. "I love their energy and their drive for success and camaraderie on the court , and feel privileged to be able to work with them."

Troy Basso: Boys Middle School (White Team) Head Coach

Troy played basketball while attending Sul Ross State and has coached a variety of basketball teams throughout NYC over the past 20 years. Troy currently manages Junior Basketball development at NYC Parks and Recreation. Troy was Head Middle School Coach at the Holy Name school from 2000 -2015.

Hannah Axmacher: Girls Middle School Assistant Coach (Queens)

Hannah began coaching this year at Queens as Girls Middle School Assistant Volleyball Coach. After a successful and enjoyable season, Hannah has signed on to coach the Girls Basketball team. Hannah has been an active participant in many sports throughout high school and now in college.

Jah-Leah: Girls Varsity Assistant Coach

Jah-Leah Ellis makes her coaching debut with UNIS after recently graduating from college. A NCAA leader across all three divisions in a number of statistical categories during her final two basketball seasons, Jah-Leah hopes to bring her passion for basketball to UNIS Athletics. She is also excited to gain insight into the other side of the game, coaching, and is aspiring to play professionally.

Brenton Young: Boys Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

"Being a former player who played in high school and AAU with opportunities to play at the college level, it is important for players to use their four years of high school eligibility to the fullest," says Brenton. "I want my players to play to their fullest potential and to give it everything they have. Basketball can be their tool to advancing themselves in life. I want my players to look back and not have any regrets."

Alex Viscovich: Boys Middle School Assistant Coach (Queens)

Alex attends St. John's University, majoring in Sports Management. "Basketball has been a big part of my life, as I played till I finished high school and have been coaching for three years," he says. "I am happy to be a part of the UNIS coaching staff."

Joseph Brown: Boys Varsity Assistant Coach

Joseph describes himself as a hard-working coach who consistently sets firm goals for himself and ensures that his players do the same.

-Duncan Davison, Director of Athletics