MS Hockey lost to Landon 7-0 yesterday.
St. Paul's Varsity Squash – 7 Park - 0
The Crusaders overwhelmed the Bruins posting shutout wins in each of the matches: Ben Angotti over Zach Hobbes; George Reith over Ben Inglesby; Jake Trone over Peter Luljak; Forbes Arbaugh over Kendall Laughton; Natty Dunn over Asher Baraban; Aidan Ray over Paul Stumpf; and Matt Gajewski over Zach Sirody.
In the lone exhibition match Brendan Knott prevailed over Luke Merrill 11-3, 11-4, (11-7), 11-1.
Jv squash defeated Park 7-0
The JV Basketball Crusaders took on the Gerstell Falcons in a Wednesday afternoon matchup in Carroll County. Aggressive play on both ends helped the Crusaders stay close early in the 1st quarter. Turnovers, foul trouble, and strong transition offense from the hosts ultimately doomed St. Paul's. Gerstell emerged from the contest with a victory by the score of 70 – 45. St. Paul's next heads to Severn for a 12 PM noon showdown this Saturday.
St. Paul's Boys Varsity Basketball went on the road on Wednesday night to take on Gerstell Academy in a MIAA B conference match-up. Gerstell defeated St. Paul's 64-56. The Falcons jumped out to an early 1st quarter lead going up 21-8 on the Crusaders. St. Paul's battled throughout the next 3 quarters but came up short falling 64-56 to Gerstell. The Crusaders return to action as they travel to Severn School on January 13th.
Yesterday, the blue squash team continued their undefeated streak with a convincing 10-5 win over Calvert School. After beating them in a close 8-7 match back in December, the Crusies wanted to show their opponents that the first match was not a fluke. Nicholas Gilman (2-0), James Vitale (2-0), Mac Shafer (2-1) and Jacob Hobson (2-0) set the tone by sweeping the first four matches. Before we knew it, Calvert won the next four to tie it up at 4-4. From that point on, we won 6 of the remaining 7 matches to seal the victory. Winning were Nate Kennedy (2-0), Trey Wyatt (2-0), Tommy Sharps (2-0), Adam Warburton (2-1), Vladik Sergiev (2-0) and Matthew Garliss (2-0). Our next match is home this Friday against Friends.
Fresh/Soph Basketball St. Paul's 25 Park School 48
Playing in the C Conference JV league for the second year in a row, the Fresh/Soph team is finding an improved level of play by some schools. There doesn't seem to be any sneaking up on teams this year. On Friday, the Crusaders travelled just a few minutes away from home for a game at the Park School. A low scoring contest early, with both teams trying to hold on to the basketball saw Park ahead 9 – 4 at the end of one. The second quarter opened with promise, but Park kept winning the battle of the boards and ultimately outscored SPS 16 – 6 to lead by 15 points at the half. Some excellent defense and better offense appeared in the second half, but the Crusaders could never get the deficit under 10 points.
Jack Keenan had another superb game, playing in the middle of our zone defense and battling hard as usual. Jack Mitchell helped on the offensive end as usual but led the team in rebounding. Zavier Bell and Olu Kopano gave the team energy while Noah Chizmar was aggressive on both ends of the court. The team doesn't play again until Tuesday, January 16th when they host Cristo Rey in Pollock Gymnasium at 4:15pm. Make plans now to come out and support the team.
On Friday night, the JV basketball team took on the Quakers from Friends School on the road. Eager to get back in the winning column, the Crusaders used an early full court press to take a quick and commanding lead. St. Paul's never looked back as the Crusaders used tenacious defense and unselfish play on offense to win by a score of 74 – 28.
JV hockey defeated Spalding in a late game Friday night 6-2. The scoring was spread out evenly across the roster, but Cole Abel's first career goal was a highlight. Brian Connolly contributed positively with his strong play, positive words of encouragement, and leadership. Davis Wille held Spalding to two goals in the first two periods, and then Loki Baum shut them out in the 3rd period. JV hockey is now 3-2-0 in league play. Our next game is against Loyola at Reisterstown on January 17th.
St. Paul's JV squash did quite well against Calvert Hall on a chilly Friday afternoon. Winning 7 – 0, however, does not tell the entire story. Both our number one (Jalon Thomas) and number two (Marco Grados) were pushed quite hard by their opposite number. Well-coached and spirited, Calvert kept the St. Paul's squad on edge for several of the matches.
St. Paul's Varsity Squash– 7 Calvert Hall - 0
The Crusaders, still showing rust accumulated during the break, nonetheless shut out the Cardinals.
At #3 Jake Trone was notably dominant winning 11-1, 11-2, 11-2 over Beau Quaerna. Other strong performances among the shutout wins were Forbes Arbaugh over Evan Simmons, Natty Dunn over Michael Hershey and Aidan Ray over Daniel Rohd. Playing in the top positions, co-captains Ben Angotti and George Reith pointed the way, blanking Matt Kearney and Colin Shoul, respectively. Patrick McCusker gained the final point, besting Pablo Gonzal 11-5, 11-5, 11-9.
Matt Gajewski, Luca Perell, Nick Reith, Brendan Knott and Connor Hamed contributed exhibition wins.
The Wrestling team competed this weekend in the Hub Cup in North Hagerstown, Maryland. Despite a very long weekend, the crusaders came away with 2 champs in Nasir Wilkinson with his 20 second fall and Max Hammond. Everette McDuffie and Dylan Blau came in 3rd place, Dom Piazza took 5th, and Logan Johnson finished 8th. The team in back in action this coming weekend in Hampton, Virginia at the Virginia Duals
St. Paul's Boys Varsity Basketball went on the road Friday night to take on Friends School in a conference match-up. St. Paul's came out of the gates fast quickly jumping out to a 14-2 lead and never looked back. High energy and dictating defensively were keys to the Crusader's success as they outhustled Friends to build on their first quarter lead to enter halftime ahead 34-13. St. Paul's held Friends School to 28 points on the night; setting their season-low for points allowed. The Crusaders had all 11 players record a rebound including 4 Crusaders who secured 6+ rebounds and created 19 points off turnovers. St. Paul's defeated Friends School 59-28. The Crusaders return to action as they travel to Gerstell Academy on Wenesday, January 10th.