Oaks Plus offers our students a variety of extracurricular activities such as before and after care, clubs, and sports. Sports, in particular, provide students with a different atmosphere to learn and grow where they face new and different challenges. Offering a total of seven competitive sports throughout the school year, our spring season offers Boys Baseball and Boys & Girls Track & Field.
The Oaks is one of 13 schools in the Indianapolis Independent School League (IISL), in which our Junior Varsity and Varsity Teams play. In addition to these teams, we follow a ‘no-cut’ philosophy that allows for every student that registers for a sport to be placed on a team in an in-house league. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the season so that coaches can assess the skills and abilities of players and assign them to an appropriately challenging team.
Our 33 baseball players faced a tough start to their season, with cold and rainy conditions sticking around for much of March and April as the season began. With this turnout, we were able to field two teams to participate in the IISL conference: the Junior Varsity (JV) team consisting of 5th and 6th graders, and the Varsity team comprising 7th and 8th graders. Despite being a relatively young sport at our school, our baseball program has shown great potential and enthusiasm among the players.
The JV team had an impressive season, finishing with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss. Their hard work paid off as they were seeded 1st out of 7 in the tournament. Having a first-round bye, they faced off against the fourth-seeded team, Bethesda, in the semi-final round. Although they put up a valiant effort, the JV team fell short in this game, ending their tournament journey and season. This young team is sure to return next year with redemption on their minds.
Our Varsity team faced a more challenging start to their season, ending with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses before the tournament began where they were seeded 6 out of 7 teams. Their first-round game against the third-seeded team, Mooresville Christian, resulted in a victory, showcasing their skills and teamwork that had developed over the season. However, their journey came to an end in the semi-final game against the second-seeded Greenwood Christian team.
Our track program continued to have a strong turnout with a total of 81 students participating this year. For the first time, due to this high turnout, athletes were selected for in-house or conference teams, allowing them to be appropriately challenged and ensuring that more students could participate in various events throughout the season.
The in-house team consisted of 12 boys and 23 girls. In-house team members had the opportunity to compete at conference meets throughout the season as the event roster allowed, and also celebrated their own successes at intramural meets. As with most In House teams at The Oaks, our coaches strive to develop a strong love for the sport or activity in these students while providing them with the tools that they need to develop their talents and reach that Varsity level in the next year.
Our conference team comprised 22 boys and 24 girls who made up the majority of the event roster in the main meets of the season and the final IISL tournament. At the season-ending meet, the boys’ team secured an impressive 3rd place out of the 11 participating schools, while the girls’ team performed exceptionally well and finished in 2nd place out of 10. In addition to these top placements, we also saw an outstanding number of personal records (PRs) from our athletes in their various events, demonstrating their growth and improvement over the course of the season.
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