Boys’ Basketball Season

It has been a big season for basketball with the Varsity Boys capping off a spectacular season with a championship win!  Following this huge win, the boys’ team felt ready to take on the world and the world arrived at their doorstep in the form of the Teacher Team. A thrilling back and forth game ensued and, at the end of 30 minutes of play, the championship team stared unbelieving at the scoreboard. They had been defeated, humbled even, by the Teacher Team. The score: 37-34.  What a season and what a game to end this year of basketball at  ISS!

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Varsity Girls’ Badminton

Written by:  Apoorva Chugh

The ISS Girls Badminton Varsity team won their first match against UWC last week. With other matches coming up soon, the team has been practicing with enthusiasm and energy.
Typically for some people, practicing badminton would mean playing matches. However, the practices are not only about applying our skills and playing matches- but also about learning new skills. Mr Bushong, the girls badminton coach has been really supportive and encouraging towards the team. “He has taught us a lot of new shots which are really helpful” says a player.
Slowly working our way up, the team has developed many new skills that have helped our performances improve.
We learnt new shots like drop shot, smashes and deep shots which not everyone was familiar with before.
The team used to go over to the HP building to practice but now we go over to the Clementi Sports Hall which gives us more space to practice. Recently we were taught how to hit net drop shots and Mr Bushong told us to play a game involving only drop shots – this way we learnt a new shot type and practiced it throughout the game which made us all learn the new skill really fast.
“Badminton has been really exhausting but fun at the same time, we have been practicing a lot and I’m really happy that we won against UWC, hopefully we will win more matches!”

Strong Effort Made this Season, and… Success!

The ISS girls’ volleyball season has ended on 4th of November 2016. The girls in the team practiced every Tuesday and Thursday for about 2 hours for 2 months. This season made ISS so proud and it was amazing! The 2016 season was the best, since they ended up with winning the gold medal! After the last match, I had the chance to interview some players of ISS girls’ volleyball team.

Tania Lo, was one of the players who said she really enjoyed this season. Tania said she has little

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experience playing volleyball before, but she has never been on a team. She thought practice in general went better and better as time went by. She emphasized Mr. Jungo, the coach of team made the team get better. “As we played the game, Mr. Jungo told us what we should do for improvement, so we could focus on the specific part. I think Mr. Jungo’s contribution to our team was really significant, because he was the one who’s observing the game and learn strategies from the other teams and taught us. We needed to know what we are doing good and bad but since Mr. Jungo watched all of us, we could realize what we should concentrate on.” She also mentioned every player had such enthusiasm and passion towards winning the game, they could made such a result happen at the end. Tania was satisfied with how much she improved throughout the season saying, “I improved much better that I could be considered as an ‘okay player’ (giggles). Before, I even didn’t know how to serve or spike but as I practiced, I became much more confident with them.” She ended her interview by setting a goal to continue playing volleyball in the future.

And the other player, Kinari Adiarni who has played since grade 9 and continues until now, answered some of my questions, as well. She said she just joined volleyball because she thought it’s quite fun when she was in grade 9, and she found it fits her so she continued. She mentioned that teamwork is the most important element of being part of this team and that communication was key as players cannot play volleyball alone. Also, she found out it is quite difficult to play when new players enter as the year changes, but it’s it’s okay as the time goes by because they can know each other well what they are good at. She said this year, she had more fun and felt very comfortable as the team bonded very well together and that practices got better from the very beginning. She added that it was such a honour to end the season with gold medal although she found herself to be very nervous prior to and during the match as there were a lot of fans out for this gold medal game.

We also interviewed Mr. Jungo, this year’s volleyball coach.

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Mr. Jungo started coaching in 1994, and he had such an amazing experience. So he used to play for 10 years when growing up in the Swiss regional leagues, was a coach for the Swiss local teams, and also served as a referee. He mentioned that players this year were very nice because they had good atmosphere on the court, like helping each other and always supporting each other. But Mr. Jungo mentioned there are difficulties when coaching team sports because there are 2 to 3 players who are exceptional all the time. It’s difficult to choose the players to send out during the match because he needs to choose whether to give exceptional players play to win the game, or give every player the opportunity to play. But Mr. Jungo usually tries to provide chances to everyone to make big progress and to balance the different age groups. But this team performed great because ISS beat strong teams such as the German European school and UWC. Lastly, he answered that he mostly focuses on making students improve individually. But he considers the most important thing to be building an understanding of the game because they really can perform well when they understand positioning on the court. Also, anticipation is important, such as making players figure out what is going to happen next leads to practical skills for people. He added that the last match was the best because they had two matches with SJII in total this year. The first time they met, ISS lost. However, they were able to beat SJII in the finals to end and finish the season with a gold medal.

As part of the audience who went to see the last match, I could see how much effort every single person on the team was putting in. Before the match, some players seemed like they were feeling the pressure because it was the last match for the gold medal and there were big expectations from the school. In

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addition, there were more than 20 people who went to watch the match. Overcoming their nerves, the ISS volleyball team won the first 3 games on the last match, and they went straight forward to the gold medal.

The ISS Varsity girls’ volleyball team brought big honour and pride to ISS. Throughout this year’s girls’ contribution and practice, we could learn the lesson that we can do it, if we put effort into it.

Personally, I was very impressed with the results and appreciated how hard each player worked, because their teamwork seemed so great and there were even some people who were brand new to the team.

The world could use more heroes…

Written by: Tarish Kadam

Overwatch, one of the biggest first person shooter games of the year released on the 24th of may this year, has hit a huge success in it’s first six months post-release, with the end of its second competitive

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season last week and and an overwhelming player base of over 7 million in the first week and more than 20 million today. The team based shooter set in the near future in a world with laser pistols and teleportation to A.I robots and superhuman abilities. It’s a technophile’s paradise! The 3d graphics can seem appealing to almost anyone with high quality performance and server connectivity to the three main servers in the US Europe and South South Korea. The game has incorporated an intensive competitive system for its players ranking them amongst others and globally.

This is common with the game’s developer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. That has over the years developed highly successful and popular Massively Multiplayer online or MMO games like the infamous StarCraft II and World of Warcraft with energetic youths from all over the world ready to play actively on a regular basis. The competitive scene was getting some serious heat last in late October to early November with the announcement of the Overwatch World Cup planned to take place Blizzard’s annual video game convention, BlizzCon X 2016. Months after they were assembled following a community vote, teams representing nations and regions from around the globe will compete for glory at BlizzCon. Sixteen teams would compete in best-of-three round-robin group stages during Opening Week, all hoping to progress to the single-elimination playoffs and play on the BlizzCon stage.

The final chosen teams from the various participating regions of the world were grouped into four alphabetical groups, similar to regular sports with four teams on each group. Grouping nonetheless, with each team’s intention to defeat all others in glorious combat and outstandingly climb their way to the top and win the Overwatch World Cup! After a week and a half of intensive competitiveness with the whole world watching and rooting for their favourite teams, the teams placed in the quarterfinals were announced as the teams that would play at the live BlizzCon event. The teams, Russia, Finland,

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South Korea and Sweden more than easily stomped over any of the other teams’ slivers of hope and paraded their way onto that live BlizzCon stage to participate in monumental battles striking one another down and on the final day of BlizzCon two legendary teams emerged, Russia and South Korea, in a final showdown to take the Overwatch World Cup!

I think its obvious who won…

It’s a known thing that South Korea is generally better than everybody else when it comes to eSports. They’ve dominated eSports league after league, but this World Cup was something special. South Korea not only won it all against Russia, but did it without dropping a single map. They never lost a single map the entirety of the tournament in fact taking a perfect score back home and with all that glory to go and play more video games. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Boy’s Football: An Outstanding Start

Article by Khin KoKo Hsu and Kyi Shinn Khin

“Go, ISS!”

Football is a sport loved all around the world by men, women, boys and girls. The 15 talented and hardworking members of ISS’ Boys Football Team are no different. They kicked off with their first game of the season on September 20th, 2016, against CIS.

Arriving to the CIS campus with full spirit and energy, the boys started practicing shortly after a meeting with their coach. Even when the CIS football players came over to the football field, they still had a lot of energy and trained hard no matter how powerful and skillful the CIS players had looked. As we watched the boys practice, we were very sure that they were going to win.

Before the match, we had asked a few players about how the season was going so far. “It’s hard, but also fun,” said Ryunosuke Kida, a 10th grader. “We can feel that we are improving and getting better.”

The boys looked tired during the first half but they didn’t give up. They tried their best to score, and despite a few injuries, fouls, corners and offsides, the boys won 2-1. There’s no better way to kick off the start of the season than an outstanding win, composed entirely of pure effort and passion. And to us, the audience, being able to watch the boys win their first match of the season was totally worth it.

After the game, we asked some of the members how they felt winning their first match. “It was good,” said Rodolfo Spiegel, a 9th grader. “We were really proud of ourselves.”

After the match against CIS, the boys took home many wins, including a bronze trophy at the LIons Friendship Varsity Tournament, 6-0 against Nexus and more. The season may be ending quite soon, but support the boys with all you’ve got! #isspride

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ISS Boys Basketball 2015-2016

Story by Yongjian Liu

With 4 proud wins and 4 tough losses, 2015-16 was a memorable season for the Mustangs over 4 months of hard work. “I think out of my 4 seasons here at ISS this has been one of the best,” says Shane Yap, team captain.

Our first win against Waseda was one of the toughest victories out the four, with new teammates and plus it was the first team of the season; we didn’t seem to be affected; instead, we started off hot, and took the lead after the 1st quarter. But we had a problem scoring baskets and were relaxing on defense. Since we were a little bit too comfortable on the lead, the opponent came back fast and it was back to a close game as 4th quarter started. Both of us and the opponent fought hard to get the first win, with much more intense defense. We managed to cause some turnovers from them and turned them into some easy points on fast break; so we got the win with 29 – 27, as we fought harder than them.

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The toughest loss was not the one for Bronze medal; it was a loss against the undefeated team – ICS; even though we lost by 12 points at the end, we fought hard from the beginning second of the game till the last. Coach Bell said, “Out of all the teams that ICS has played, we were the closest team to beat them.” 

It was a season that everyone in the team enjoyed, a season that everybody was proud of!

How did we improve during the season?

Every loss shows us what we are struggling with; it could have be defending, passing or scoring, but for us overall, it was rebounding, and this is caused from our mentality. In a game, controlling defensive rebounds is an important thing to do, because if you are doing it well, you are preventing your opponent from getting a second chance on scoring. But we didn’t do well on this all season which gave our opponents some second chance baskets, and it was an important factor that affected the scores on the scoreboard. Even though rebounding has been a big issue for us, we kept working on boxing out in training as the season processed, and hard work pays off. We had much better rebounding skills at the end of the season than what we had at the beginning. This all came from us, everyone of us. Coach push us hard in trainings so that we are always competitive, and being competitive always brings you more energy to play hard in the game.

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What a game!!! We were the GUEST.

Looking Forward

As a team, we look forward to work hard together and come back strong in the league; as in individual, every one of us look forward to improve what we are capable of doing right now, and contribute as much as we can to the team.

We look forward to be united, to be a TEAM that overcome any challenges we face, and be strong together. Go Mustangs!