Senior Ian Oakly putts against FDU. (Photo courtesy of King’s College Athletics.)

King’s fall sports are concluding and winter sports are about to begin. This fall has provided the College community with plenty of excitement as the field hockey team qualified for the Freedom Conference tournament, earning the top seed with a 12-6 record. The men’s soccer team also qualified for the postseason with a 10-5-2 record. Cross country recently completed the MAC championships, where the men placed 7th and the women placed 12th and will conclude their season Saturday, Nov. 10 in Carlisle.

Women’s soccer and volleyball came up short this season, as soccer finished a disappointing 4-12-1 while the volleyball team was 9-18. One piece of excitement that the volleyball team provided was seeing Jillian Foster record her one-thousandth career dig as she finishes her King’s career in the top 10 in digs.

Football has posted just two wins on the season, defeating Misericordia and Stevenson. They will conclude their season this Saturday as they travel to Wilkes in the annual Mayor’s Cup game.

Men’s golf failed to win a match this fall, posting a record of 0-4.

The women’s swimming team has gotten the winter off to a good start, posting wins in their first two matches. The same cannot be said for the men’s swimmers, who have started the season 0-2 but have plenty of time to turns things around. Both swimming teams will be home to Misericordia on Nov. 8 and then Mount St. Mary’s College on Nov. 10.

Monarch wrestling comes off of a disappointing 6-16 season, but it was a season that saw standout Mike Reilly finish as the national runner-up. While Reilly may be gone, the Monarchs have a very talented freshman class and several seniors who could make wrestling very exciting this winter.

Last but not least is basketball. The season that everybody is buzzing for is women’s basketball as they come off a 24-6 season that saw them advance to the Sweet 16. The Lady Monarchs return the majority of the team that made it to the Sweet 16 and are led by four seniors, including Kaitlin Michaels and Celia Rader, who will both contribute to the team in a big way this season.

As for the men, they come off a disappointing 9-16 season. The men have higher expectations this year and hope they can improve off of last season. Ian Oakley and Matt Fiorno lead the way as the senior leaders with junior standout Kyle Hammonds hoping to return the Monarchs to the promised land.

Monarch sports never fails to provide excitement, and that is expected to continue with the sports seasons ahead.