Fresh/Soph Basketball (12 – 4 MIAA JV C Conference) finished its season with an agonizing defeat in double overtime to the Key School in Annapolis. As was the case in early January, Key came out strong in the first quarter and hit 8 shots to our 5 and led 18 – 11 after one quarter. The Crusaders turned up the defensive pressure and held Key to only 4 baskets in the second quarter and when Declan Pollard canned a three at the buzzer, SPS went to the locker room down 27 – 20. Resolved to bring more effort and energy to the second half, the game was bogged down until about the halfway point of the third quarter with the Crusaders down by 9 points. Then Coach took off his jacket and after laying it on a chair he proceeded to run the sideline frantically encouraging his players to make a run. Well that's exactly what happened. SPS started getting deflections and stops which led to easy baskets at the other end. The Crusaders took a brief lead but the third quarter ended tied at 32 after Key made only its second shot of the quarter. The fourth quarter was close throughout with the Crusaders holding a slight advantage only to have Key score with less than 3 seconds left to force the first overtime. Momentum stayed with SPS in the overtime and while holding a three-point lead with the clock winding down, Key found a shooter open in the corner for a tying 3 as time expired to force a second overtime. Unfortunately, momentum had finally left SPS and it was all Key in the sixth period as the season ended with a third-place finish. Final Score 65-52
St. Paul's should be extremely proud of the following student-athletes: Declan Pollard, Davis Johnson, Brendan Shelley, Dahon Saunders, Graham Preston, Manny Adede, Jalen Cherry, Ian Heidelbach, Caleb Atogho, Charlie Hall, Eryk Sagisi, and Jack Lanahan. Special thanks also go out to managers Matt Morris, Piers Hansen, and Joey Connors. Congratulations gentlemen on a season to remember!
In the final matches of the season, four JV Crusaders earned individual squash titles: Jake Trone, Patrick McCusker, Brendan Knott and Jaylon Thomas. Congratulations to all of them. In the picture Coaches Jack Hollick and Read Knox flank team member Luca Perell, Jaylon, Brendan, Jake, team member Nick Reith, and Peter Heffernan. At the Varsity level Will Ford was stopped short of his goal, 3-0, by Gilman's Ned Gildea.
St Paul's Will Ford lost to Gilman's Ned Gildea 11-1,11-5,11-6- at Meadow Mills in the varsity individual championship
The blue squash team finished out their season with a convincing 13-2 victory over Gilman. One of the highlights included T.J. Burkom defeating an opponent who beat him just two weeks ago. Mac Shafer and Ethan Beatty also won tight matches that both went to three games. The team finished the season with a record of 7-2.
The St. Paul's JV Crusaders faced off against the Mustangs from C. Milton Wright on Tuesday afternoon in their last home game of the season. With all 5 sophomores getting the start on "Sophomore Night", the Crusaders jumped out to 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs, however, used a disciplined approach on offense to prevent St. Paul's from pulling away. Meanwhile, the Crusaders struggled against the visitors' matchup zone defense. Adopting a more patient approach in the second half, the Crusaders were able to get to the rim with regularity and convert from the free-throw line at a high percentage. The sophomores provided excellent leadership throughout the 4th quarter as an adjustment to a full-court press helped St. Paul's pull away in the final minutes. The final buzzer sounded and St. Paul's escaped with a 42-35 victory.
Grant Greenstein demonstrated excellent toughness at the high post and the low block. Phil Stokes helped keep the Crusaders organized on offense and defense. Logan Williams provided tenacious and disruptive defense. Ben Ozga stabilized the Crusaders against their opponents' tricky defense. Finally, Jack Callis was a force on the glass while also running his lanes in a helpful manner.
Congrats to the sophomores on a great season at home!
St. Paul's varsity basketball hosted Harford County powerhouse C.M. Wright Mustangs on Tuesday night in Brooklandville. It was a special night for the Crusaders as they honored their three seniors; Nehemiah Page, Michael Ward, and Jared Simons. St. Paul's came out firing to start the game. They jumped out to a 9 - 0 lead early in the 1st quarter. They ended the quarter with a 7 point advantage. The second quarter was more of the same for the Crusaders. They were doing a great job on the glass, limiting the Mustangs to just one shot. Offensively they were driving the lane and kicking it out to wide open shooters. This combination led to a 12 point lead at the half.
St. Paul's kept their team play going in the third quarter. This combined with their toughness and energy helped them keep their 12 point lead. The Crusaders were able to keep the Mustangs at bay in the 4th quarter. They were able to thwart any momentum the Mustangs gained, which led to a 54 to 39 victory. It was special night for the three senior Crusaders who were all able to score in the game and we saw Michael Ward lead the way with 10 rebounds and Nehemiah Page adding 5! St. Paul's next game is this Friday at Archbishop Curley.
In the final event of the varsity squash season, Will Ford upset Mcdonogh's Emily Schuster 11-6, (11-8), 13-11, 11-9 to earn a spot in Wednesday's final opposite Gilman's Ned Gildea. The other Crusaders all fell in the semi-final round: Ryan York lost a heart-stopping, virtuoso display to Charlie East (12-10), 11-6, 11-8, (11-9), 11-3: Harrison Warns, Tyler Caballero, Trip Smith, and George smith were each shutout victims of Gilman's Will Dewire, Mcdonogh's Alastair Cho, Gilman's Brad Levin and McDonogh's Jeremy Walkman, respectively; and Christian Schaefer fell in a comeback win by McDonogh's Samira Chatrathi.
Fresh/Soph Basketball St. Paul's 41 Concordia Prep 19
Fresh/Soph Basketball (12 – 3 MIAA JV C) recorded its 9th straight victory with a win over the JV squad from Concordia Prep. Playing without Graham Preston (sprained ankle) and Jack Lanahan (Strep throat), the Crusaders went to work attacking the opponent's zone defense. Unselfish play on offense and strong play on defense put SPS ahead 18 – 3 at halftime. Energy in the third quarter stayed high as Caleb Atogho scored 5 points and the visitors only recorded one basket. Ahead 33 – 5 going into the 4th quarter, the Crusaders began to look ahead to Thursday's critical game against the Key School. A victory on Thursday will give St. Paul's a chance to play for the Championship next week.
Dahon Saunders led the team in scoring again while Declan Pollard, Davis Johnson, Ian Heidelbach, Brendan Shelley, Manny Adede, and Charlie Hall also scored. The team repeatedly beat Concordia down court and took turns feeding each other for easy baskets
St. Paul's plays on Thursday at the Key School with a spot in the Championship game on the line. After 9 wins in a row, they must have a 10th to move on so please wish the team well when you see them in the hallway.
In the final wrestling match of the season. Your MS wrestling team took on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel of ran away victorious 11-2 matches. This was the culmination of hard work, growth and progress for some as they won their first matches of the season, pulled out a close and tough match, or stepped up their competition. Sam Evans (1,0), Godwin Burger (1,0), Oliver Walston-Lavdas (1,0), Oju Pohkrel (1,0), Carlos Fernandez (1,0), Mason Bortner (0,1), Will Buchanan (1,0 in 2OT), Charlie Garliss (1,0), George Bezhanshvili (1,1), Braden Ballenger (1,0), McCabe Millon (1,0), Sawyer Tryon (1,0). It was a great season!
8th grade basketball went over to Loyola to try and avenge a very bad loss from January. After losing by over 35 points to Loyola the first time Crusaders had something to prove. We came out playing really good Defense getting on the floor and battling on the boards. Down 12 with 3 minutes left the crusaders cut the lead to 4 points with 15 seconds left unfortunately that was the closes we were able to get Loyola 42 SP 38. The boys played some of their best basketball of the year yesterday. The crusaders had well balanced scoring with Matthew Cooper having 10 and Luke Trotta getting 12 pts. We have many hustle plays with Jack Keenan, Jack Mitchell ,Ayden Jett, Cameron Redhead and Zach Hill all diving on the ground to recover loose balls or securing rebounds. We have one game left on Wednesday at Calvert.
The Crusader Wrestling team competed at the MIAA championship this weekend. The team had 7 finalists and finished third in the standings. Kurt Mchenry, Imran Heard, Dale Tiongson, Jack Parr, Noah Kalishman, and John Urban come out with victories in the gold medal match. Dylan Blau finished second at 145 pounds, Will Guida finished third at 113 pounds, Nick Dintino finished fifth at 132 pounds and Sam Kalishman finished sixth at 120 pounds. Dale Tiongson was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament. The St. Paul's Grapplers look to next weekend where they compete in the Maryland State Tournament and look to bring home the hardware.
In the first of back-to-back home games, the St. Paul's JV basketball team faced off against the St. John's Catholic Prep Vikings. Lack of focus from the Crusaders on the defensive end—along with numerous turnovers against the Vikings' 1-2-2 zone—helped keep the game close in the first half. Taking only a 3 point lead into the third quarter, St. Paul's was determined to up its level of play in order to secure a season sweep against the visitors from Frederick. Fortunately, that is exactly what happened. The Crusaders clamped down on defense and executed a more patient and precise attack on offense. Proficient free throw shooting put the game out of reach in the 4th quarter, and St. Paul's emerged with a 56-44 victory. Sophomore Ben Ozga played excellent defense throughout the game while also stabilizing the Crusaders' offensive attack.
On Saturday night, the St. Paul's JV basketball team took on the Lakers from Boys' Latin, who came into the contest in second place in the MIAA A Conference Black Division. The Crusaders' hopes of pulling off the upset seemed to fade early on as Boys' Latin jumped out to a 10-1 first quarter lead. A key early three pointer from freshman Miles Moore helped jumpstart the St. Paul's attack. Patient offense and tough defense allowed the Crusaders to outscore their opponents by six in the second quarter. Despite a quick run early in the second half from the Lakers, St. Paul's was able to battle back and keep the game within a one score possession late in the 4th quarter. Down 2 with just under a minute left, the Crusaders hoped for a key defensive stop against their arch rivals. Alas, it wasn't to be. A tough finish at the rim plus the foul helped the Lakers pad their lead for good. Clutch free throw shooting from the visitors allowed them to escape with a 54-45 victory.
Sophomore Phil Stokes toughness and leadership helped pace the Crusaders throughout the affair. Sophomore Grant Greenstein battled through injuries to help the Crusaders on both ends of the floor. The JV squad takes on C. Milton Wright in its final home game of the year this Tuesday afternoon in Pollock Gym.
Last Thursday and Friday, the blue and gold squash teams participated in the annual middle school squash tournament held at Meadowmill. Ten schools or clubs entered 34 teams (of five players per team) in 4 divisions (A, B, C, D) for a total of 170 players! We entered six teams (more than any other school) – 1 A, 2 B's, 2 C's and 1 D division team. All six teams placed at least 4th place or better (8-10 teams per division) in their division. The A team took 3rd or 4th (no playoff for semifinal losers), the two B teams took 2nd and 3rd or 4th, the two C teams took 2nd and 3rd or 4th and the D team won their division! Not a bad showing!
Match play ends his week with the gold team facing Calvert's B team on Monday and our blue team hosting Gilman on Wednesday. Go, Crusaders!
Blair Academy 4 - St. Paul's Varsity Squash 3
The Crusaders, brimming with confidence as the Nationals opened at Wesleyan, suffered one of their most stinging losses, losing a heartbreaker to their familiar New Jersey foes, the Blair Buccaneers, 4-3. Will Ford gave St. Paul's an early lead, hammering Apaar Anand 11-5, 11-3, 11-8. Ben Angotti brought he Crusaders to the brink of a 2-0 lead before falling to Adam Sobhy, 11-9, (11-4), (11-8), 11-8, 11-6. Tyler Caballero edged the Crusaders ahead, rallying for a strong (11-8), 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 win over their #1 player a year ago, Griffin Fitzgerald. Unfortunately, George Reith couldn't build on that win, coming up flat against Luigi Pasquiarello, 11-1, 11-6, 11-9. But in his most focused match of the season, Nick Del Hierro outplayed (and outlasted) Jacob Rusow, 11-4, (12-10), 11-7, (12-10), 11-4. But the Crusaders couldn't earn that 4th point, Ryan York losing an intense battle to Jonathan Carlsson, 16-14, 11-7, (11-7), 11-8 and Trip Smith in the day's final match falling just shy of a comeback vs. Harrison Moore, 11-1, 11-5, (11-3), 11-8
St. Paul's Squash 4 - Radford 3
The Crusaders ran their season record to 16-8 with a narrow win over Radnor, winning a spot in the Consolation Final match vs. Canisius Sunday morning. Playing at #7, Will Ford again started the team on he right foot, dominating Jimmy Clarke 11-6, 11-5, 11-7. Ben Angotti followed that win with an exhausting 11-8, 11--13, (15-13), 13-11 over John Sutherby. Cal Hanson put Radford on the board with a 11-7, 15-13, (12-10), 14-12 victory over George Reith. Tyler Caballero earned the third Crusader point with a shutout of Jonathan Lee, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 and Nick Del Hierro carried the day for St. Paul's with a tidy 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 besting of Jonathan Schwartz. In the final two matches Ryan York suffered a 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 loss to Charlie Sutherby and Trip Smith was outlasted by Paul Owens, (11-8), 11-5, 11-7, (12-10), 11-6.
In a bittersweet ending to a wonderful Nationals weekend, the Crusaders were beaten by Canisius in a match that featured some of the best squash of the season. Will Ford again got the team off on the right foot, completing a perfect Nationals with a 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 shutout, his third of the. weekend, of Evan Bray. Canisius' Allen Tompkins returned the favor, beating Ben Angotti 11-9, 11-5, 11-8. John Collins gave Canisius, who are also Crusaders, the lead with a (12-10), 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 win over George Reith and Brahm Brooks extended the lead, dexterously outpointing Tyler Caballero 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. St. Paul's now needed to win the final 3 matches. Nick Del Hierro capped an unbeaten weekend with a strong (11-8), 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 win over Jake Bradley to cut the deficit to 3-2. That left the Crusaders' fate in the heads of seniors Ryan York and Trip Smith, playing their final team matches. Ryan played as elegantly and resourcefully as in any match of his career but fell just short, owing to the brilliant play of Matthew Dukarm 11-9, 13-11, 17-15. Similarly, Trip served and played at a high level but was outlasted in a gritty 5-gamer by PJ Walsh, 11-6, (12-10), 12-10, (15-13), 11-6. For the season the Crusaders finish with a 16-9 record.
Friday Night vs St. John's Catholic Prep
St. Paul's hosted the defending MIAA champs St. John's Catholic Prep Vikings on a chilly Friday night in Brooklandville. The Crusaders started the game with unbelievable energy. They were able to get wide open shots by sharing the ball. When they got the open looks they knocked them down to take an early 8 - 0 lead. The Vikings called a timeout to attempt to cool off the red hot Crusaders. Unfortunately for them their plan did not work. The Crusaders marched on to a 17 point lead at the end of the first quarter. St. Paul's was able to keep the ball rolling in the 2nd quarter. They were stifling on the defensive end and rebounded the ball with great intensity. Offensively they kept sharing the ball, which led to an even bigger lead for the Crusaders. By the end of the half they were up by 24.
St. Paul's started the 2nd half right where they left off. The entire team kept up the energy whether they were on the floor or on the bench. This helped fuel the Crusaders to a 28 point lead at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was more of the same for St. Paul's. Their great ability to share the ball made it possible for everyone on the Crusader's roster to score. The final score was 70 to 42.
Saturday Night Vs. Boy's Latin
St. Paul's played for the second time in as many nights as they took the Boys Latin Lakers. It was a packed house in Brooklandville. Both team's fans sections were out in full force for this exciting game. The Lakers were able to jump out to an early lead on St. Paul's. They were up by 6 early in the first quarter. The Crusaders however, were able to fight back. They cut that 6 point lead to 1 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Lakers came out in the 2nd and took another early lead. The Crusaders fought back once again but were unable to chip into the deficit. They were down 16 going into the half.
St. Paul's came out in the 2nd half ready to cut into the Laker's lead. Unfortunately for the Crusaders their shots were not falling and the Lakers stayed hot offensively. Boys Latin was able to make it a 20 point lead going into the 4th. St. Paul's kept fighting in the 4th quarter. At one point they cut the lead down to eleven. In the end though, the Crusader's run proved to be too late. The final score 66 to 45.
St. Paul's next game is this Tuesday at 5:45 PM in Pollock Gymnasium vs Harford County powerhouse CM Wright. This will also be our senior night and last home game of the regular season. Please come out and support our basketball team and three seniors, Jared Simons, Nehemiah Page, and Michael Ward as they look to finish the regular season strong. Go Crusaders!!!
Fresh/Soph Basketball St. Paul's 41 Saints Peter & Paul 29
Fresh/Soph Basketball (10 – 3 MIAA JV C) travelled across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Friday afternoon to take on Saints Peter & Paul. There was a noticeable lack of energy following the almost 2 hour bus ride and the 1st quarter ended in favor of the Crusaders 7 – 3. The energy did not pick up in the 2nd quarter even after the entire starting team found themselves on he bench. Tied 17 all entering the 3rd quarter, the starters imposed their will on the home team. Finally running their press defense to perfection and increased efficiency on offense, SPS ground out a solid victory for the 7th time in a row.
Brendan Shelley, Manny Adede, and Davis Johnson used most if not all of their fouls by harassing the opposition into multiple turnovers. Graham Preston added two more charges to his mounting season totals and Dahon Saunders again led the team in scoring. The Crusaders rode home thinking of their game the next afternoon against Boys Latin.
Fresh/Soph Basketball St. Paul's 34 Boys Latin 25
Fresh/Soph Basketball (11 – 3 MIAA JV C) hosted the Lakers on Saturday afternoon and prevailed for the second time this season! Having won their 7th game in a row an evening earlier, confidence was high among the Crusaders. Over confidence may have led to a sloppy 1st quarter which ended in favor of SPS 5 – 4. The 2nd quarter was much improved as the Crusaders picked up the defensive intensity and essentially ended the suspense by taking a 21 – 10 lead. Much of the second half was spent giving every player multiple shifts on the court. Although the final score seemed close, the outcome was never in doubt.
Jalen Cherry was the outstanding player of the game, logging multiple minutes especially after Graham Preston turned his ankle. Graham went down hard in the 3rd quarter and while he lay on the court his teammates stopped the Crusaders on the defensive end only to have Graham hobble to his feet in time to receive a pass from Dahon Saunders and finished the layup.
The Fresh/Soph squad has now won 8 games in a row and with two games left this week is in the hunt for a place in the Conference Championship game. The last chance to see this amazing group of freshman athletes play together at home is this Tuesday at 4 pm in Kinsolving Gymnasium. Hope to see many of you there!