Tough day for SPS JV squash. Losing 7-0 to Gilman but making it tough for them at times. We have much to work on, and look forward to our re-match
Varsity Squash (5-1, 4-1 MIAA) suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Greyhounds. Natty Dunn earned the lone SP point, outhustling Andrew Freid 12-10, 11-8, 11-9. The Greyhounds dominated the other matches as Will DeWire, Ned Gildea, Grant Emery, Winston Park, Clark Dowling and Brandon Ahearn each earned a 3-0 win over Ben Angotti, George Reith, Jake Trone, Forbes Arbaugh, and Luca Perell.
In exhibition matches, Fred Allner bested Matt Gajewski and James Zollinger took the measure of Nick Reith.
JV hockey lost to Calvert Hall 8-2 on Thursday. Zach Walker and Pierre Roger-Dalbert scored for St. Paul's. We play Gilman Friday, December 8th at Patterson Park at 3:30pm.
McDonogh won over our 6th grade Crusader basketball team 19-18
The MS wrestling team travelled to Jemicy for an early season match up. Great performances by Will Buchanan, Ryan Kness, Zach Felton, Victor Davidson, Godwin Burger and Carlos Fernandez, all who won by pin.
JV hockey played the Glenelg varsity team in a non-league game on Wednesday. Although we ended up on the short-end of the 6-4 score there were positives we can take into our league games Thursday and Friday. Mason Woodward, playing defense, also managed to score all four of our goals. We worked out some issues with both our power play and penalty kill units. We have three solid goalies who are all making progress and fighting for that #1 spot. Thursday we play the always strong Calvert Hall Cardinals and Friday we take on Gilman. Both games are at Patterson Park.
Yesterday the middle school blue squash team defeated McDonogh, 13-2. Tied at 1-1 and winning their decisive 3rd games were Joseph Mostwin, Trey Wyatt, Henry Oh, Adam Warburton and Matthew Garliss. Other victors winning in two games were Nicholas Gilman, Jacob Hobson, James Vitale, Drew Nemphos, Alex Tremblay, Nate Kennedy, Hunter Muth, and Vladik Sergiev. Our next match is next Friday, Dec. 15th against Friends.
On the evening of 12/6, the nationally ranked No. 39 St. Paul's Wrestling team picked up 2 league victories. The crusaders topped the Patriots of John Carroll 51-15 and Archbishop Spaulding 42-24. Key pins in the two matches were picked up by Nasir Wilkinson, Max Hammond, Imran Heard, and John Urban. The team looks to the weekend where they will compete in the Mad Mats tournament hosted by McGruder High School in Rockville, MD.
Fresh/Soph Basketball St. Paul's 49 Concordia Prep 29
After three scrimmages over the past two weeks, the Fresh/Soph team was anxious to play a game that counted. The first game of the season in the MIAA JV Basketball C Conference was all Crusaders from the beginning. The visitors had some height in their lineup with two players significantly taller than our squad, but we would not be intimidated. The Crusaders were controlling the 1st quarter 6 – 0 when the visitors got an open look from three and they banked it in. However, SPS led by 4 points after one. Following a stifling defensive effort in the 2nd quarter, which the Crusaders won 16 – 8, the home team led 25 – 13 at the half. SPS came out in a zone in the second half and didn't miss a step on defense as the 3rd quarter finished 37 – 20. The final score was a result of all the players playing unselfishly by sharing the ball and playing together. Nine of the 12 players made it in the scoring column and we filled up the stat book with deflections, steals, dives, and rebounds.
St. Paul's travels to the Key School in Annapolis next Wednesday, December 13th for a 5:00 pm game. Please feel free to wish the players good luck in the hallways.
The Crusaders Varsity squash team strong start to the season (5-0, 4-0 MIAA) continued with a shutout of the Dons 7-0. Ben Angotti keynoted the team's success with a win over Riley Knott in which Ben surrendered but two points in the match. Also posting shutout wins were George Reith, Jake Trone, Patrick McCusker, Forbes Arbaugh, Natty Dunn and Luca Perell with wins over Hugh Mohler, Jack Kinkead, Kalan Ohara, Tommy Grothman, Garrett Busse and Henry Ihle.
Exhibition winners were Matt Gajewski, Connor Hamed and Aidan Ray.
The team will meet its sternest test so far of the young season versus Gilman on Thursday.
JV squash defeated Loyola yesterday 7-0
Gold Squash opened the season with a convincing win over Friends. The boys played outstanding games with high levels of sportsmanship displayed, and our team only had one loss out of 16 matches. We will face Calvert next on Dec. 14th.
St. Paul's traveled to Forestville, MD on Tuesday night to take on Bishop McNamara of the WCAC. The Crusaders battled back and forth with the Mustangs, but the Mustangs took the first quarter with a 14-7 advantage. Struggling offensively in the first half, the Crusaders entered halftime down 34-21 to Bishop McNamara. St. Paul's came out strong with a 25-point 3rd quarter performance sharing the ball, getting PT4O and giving up Good shots for Great shots which led to 5 players scoring 4 or more points in the quarter and chipped away at the halftime deficit entering the 4th quarter down 52-46. A valiant effort to forge a comeback by the Crusaders was cut short as Bishop McNamara defeated St. Paul's 70-60. The Crusaders had 4 players in double-figures led by Trayon Wright with 6 Pts. Ziggy Reid, Troy Barthelme and AJ Sawyers battled against a very physical Bishop McNamara to pull down 8, 6 and 4 rebounds respectively. Marco Nandalal displayed incredible toughness on both ends of the floor rebounding, creating space for others and taking the lone charge for the Crusaders. St. Paul's returns to action on Friday night as they travel to Haverford School in Philadelphia to play in the 2017 Don McBride Classic at 7:30pm vs LaSalle College High School.
The St. Paul's JV basketball team took on the Gilman Greyhounds on Monday afternoon in a loud and raucous Kinsolving Gym. The Crusaders came out and sought to impose their physicality right from the get-go. This proved effective as St. Paul's battled to take an early 1 point lead. Gilman's athleticism and talent was on full display in the second quarter as the Greyhounds took a double digit lead into halftime. Still, the Crusaders did not give up, nor did they let the scoreboard dictate their effort or attitude. Instead, the second half featured tremendous hustle, energy, and enthusiasm from the home squad. Graham Preston, Jack Wilhelm, and Sam English were tenacious on defense and energetic in cheering for their teammates. Peter Sheehan penetrated and passed at a high-level, and Austin Meisel played as hard as he could throughout the whole game.
Ultimately, Gilman's talent allowed them to come away with a 49 – 22 victory.
The Crusaders have a key stretch of practices before taking on Indian Creek at home on Wednesday, 12/13.
The St. Paul's 7th grade Basketball (Gold) team took to the floor yesterday afternoon with their opening game for the 2017/2018 season against McDonogh. The boys fought hard, though fell to McDonogh 44-34 on their home court. From the opening tip-off, the St. Paul's boys looked a little nervous to start the game, but regained their composure as the game wore on through the opening half. Down by 15, the team mounted a tactical comeback through the rest of the game. Cameron Nelson set the tempo for the offense as he was able to penetrate McDonogh's tough defense. With Paul Koukoulas, Michael Smyth, and Max Rottinghaus working hard on the boards and scoring some key baskets, St. Paul's was able to bring the game to within 4 points with 7 minutes left in the game.
Though McDonogh had a clear height advantage in the paint, the athleticism of the St. Paul's team allowed them to creep back into the contest. Defensively, Tyler Tucker led the way with disrupting the passing lanes and the flow of the McDonogh offense. Though the team played well in the second half, they were unable to overcome the large lead McDonogh was able to build in the first half. This team works hard in practice, so we will be able to work on a few things that will help us get off to a quicker start for our next game. Our next game will be played on Monday, December 11th at St. Paul's against Boys Latin. This game will be a great test for our players as we look to bounce back from our opening season loss against McDonogh.
Player Spotlight - Michael Smyth - Michael was all over the court today, scoring points, making steals, grabbing rebounds, and just hustling to the best of his ability. He was one of the main reasons why St. Paul's crept back into the game. Great job Michael, keep up the great work and leading by example.
This weekend the varsity wrestling team hosted the inagural Crusader Duals....teams that participated were Calvert Hall, Eastern View, VA, and St. Christophers, VA. It was a long day but the boys and team wrestled very well. My staff and I were happy with the individual and team success we had. Below are the team results from each dual meet:M
STP vs Calvert Hall - WON 66-6
STP vs St. Chris - WON 44-21
STP vs Eastern View - WON 52-18
Junior varsity squash hosted a tri-tournament this weekend, playing Potomac School and Hill School. It was a valuable tournament that tested the JV in preparation for the coming week against some strong competition. St. Paul's was victorious in both of its matches, winning 5 – 2 against both teams. On Friday the JV squash team defeated Calvert hall 7-0 as well.
St. Paul's welcomed Chapelgate Christian to Brooklandville on Thursday night for their 2017-2018 home and conference opener. The Crusaders jumped out to an early 1st quarter lead and never looked back entering halftime up 41-22 on the Yellow Jackets. Chapelgate made multiple efforts in the second half to attempt to close the gap, but St. Paul's always had an answer for each and every run. A balanced team performance highlighted by a season-best 47 total rebounds and a +18 rebound differential led by Ziggy Reid with 11 followed by Jon Walker and Troy Barthelme with 10 and 9 respectively. The Crusaders had 21 total deflections led by AJ Sawyers with 5 and Trayon Wright with 4. St. Paul's finished with 4 Crusaders in double-figures for the second time this season behind Trayon Wright's 10 PT4O while AJ Sawyers and Ziggy Reid each had 4 PT4O. The Crusaders defeated Chapelgate Christian 69-46 to move to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. St. Paul's travels to take on Bishop McNamara out of the WCAC on Tuesday December 6th at 6:00pm in a non-conference match-up.
The young Crusaders (4-0, 3-0 MIAA) continued their early season dominance, shutting out the Cardinals 7-0 and remaining unbeaten. They remain tied atop the standings with Gilman, McDonogh, and Boys Latin.
Ben Angotti, Jake Trone, Forbes Arbaugh, Natty Dunn, Matt Gajewski, Nick Reith and Connor Hamed each posted 3-0 wins over Matt Kenney, Colin Shoul, Beau Quearna, Paulo Gonzal, Evan Simmons, Michael Hershey and Daniel Rohd. Brendan Simmons was similarly a 3-0 victor in an exhibition match.