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The 1987 St. Stephen's varsity basketball team was described by the school yearbook, "Scroll," as "simply awesome" and the "one bright star as dependable as the sunrise" to pull the student body out of the gloom of winter. The team that year had only two returning starters but came together for a perfect regular season. They played to each player's strengths, despite role changes from the year before, and the term "Proud to be the Sixth Man" really rang true as they used their depth in almost every game to edge their opponents.
Leading the team were senior co-captains, 6'0" Rory Perkins and 6'3" Orson Williams. Orson ran the offense averaging 20-points a game, while Rory, known as "Mr. Defense," handled the defense. Also contributing to the team's success was Alain Nana-Sinkam '87 who averaged 15-points a game, and Justin Palmer '88 who led the team in steals.   
The school's rivalry with Episcopal High School heightened throughout the 1987 season, and during the two games against Episcopal, school spirit and emotions ran high. During the first game, the lead went back and forth, until the end of the second half when St. Stephen's pulled ahead. During the equally exciting second game, the St. Stephen's team once again came from behind for the win. The composure and level-headedness of the players guided the team that night to their 12th straight win against Episcopal in five years.
Head Coach Win Palmer, later selected as the Virginia State Coach of the Year, coached the team to a perfect regular season and undefeated play in the IAC, leading to the IAC Regular Season and Virginia State titles, as well as a final ranking of No. 8 by The Washington Post. Orson, Alain, and Justin received school athletic awards, and Rory, Alain, and Orson were selected to the All-IAC team. 

Season Record

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  • Overall Season Records

    Regular Season Record: 19-0
    IAC Record: 12-0
    Full Season Record: 26-1
    Win streak: 22
  • Regular Season

    Bishop O’Connell: W, 72-27
    Charlotte Day: W, 66-46
    Greensboro: W, 61-50
    Woodberry Forest: W, 77-38
    Jefferson: W, 72-61
    Episcopal: W, 56-53
    Landon: W, 67-59
    Paul IV: W, 59-58
    Episcopal: W, 54-46
    Bullis: W, 90-48
    Georgetown Prep: W, 67-58
    St. Albans: W, 63-53
    Sidwell: W, 69-58 (2OT)
    St. Albans: W, 63-56
    Landon: W, 60-52

  • Jefferson Tournament

    Marshall: W, 62-43
  • St. Stephen's Tournament

    St. Alban’s: W, 82-68
    Gonzaga: W, 71-63
    St. John’s: L, 57-83
  • IAC Tournament

    Sidwell Friends: W, 56-46
    Bullis: W, 82-65
    Takoma Academy: W, 79-54
    Georgetown Prep: W, 75-54
  • Virginia State Tournament

    Prince Edward Academy: W, 94-60
    Portsmouth Catholic: W, 73-42
    Blue Ridge: W, 79-69
    Bishop Ireton: W, 70-60

1987 Varsity Basketball Team

Len Armstrong ’88
Pat Dyson ’88
John Feden ’88
Alex Fisch ’88
Erik Jurgensen ’87
John LaValle ’87
Marc Miller ’87
Alain Nana-Sinkam ’87
Justin Palmer ’88
Rory Perkins ’87, Co-Captain
Christian Simpson ’90  
Coke Whitworth ’89
Orson Williams ’87, Co-Captain

Win Palmer
Rich Fairley
Dennis Giuliani

Honors and Awards

Team Honors & Awards
Jefferson Tournament Champions

St. Stephen’s Tournament Runner-Up

IAC Regular Season Champions

Virginia State Tournament Champions

No. 8 Ranking in The Washington Post

Player and Coaches Honors & Awards
1987 All-IAC Players: Orson Williams ’87; Alain Nana-Sinkam ’87; Rory Perkins ’87

1987 St. Stephen’s Tournament All-Tournament Team: Orson Williams ’87; Alain Nana-Sinkam ’87

1987 St. Stephen’s Outstanding Athlete Award: Orson Williams ’87

1987 St. Stephen's Medal: Orson Williams ’87; Alain Nana-Sinkam ’87

1987 John Morrow Stanton Athletic Award: Justin Palmer ’88

1987 Virginia State Coach of the Year: Head Coach Win Palmer

1988 Sportsmanship Award: Alex Fisch ’88

1988 3-D (Dedication, Desire and Determination) Award: Pat Dyson ’88

1989 St. Stephen’s Outstanding Athlete Award: Coke Whitworth ‘89

Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia


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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304