St. Paul's Boys Varsity Basketball was at home on Wednesday night to take on St. John's Catholic Prep in their final regular season MIAA 'B' Conference game. The Crusaders started slow early on and battled back and forth with the Vikings to only have a 17-16 lead after the 1st quarter. St. Paul's began to control the pace of the game led by AJ Sawyers and Trayon Wright who forced St. John's into bad shots and created turnovers. The Crusaders entered halftime ahead 37-26. St. Paul's exploded for a 26-point 3rd quarter and never looked back en route to a 75-41 victory over St. John's Catholic Prep. The Crusaders had a balanced effort on both ends of the floor with 4 players in double-figures and 3 players with at least 5 deflections. Leo Kelly led all Crusaders with 7 rebounds followed by Troy Barthelme and Ziggy Reid with 6 and 5 rebounds respectively. Trayon Wright looked to create shots for others by getting a team-high 7 paint touches for others. St. Paul's has their regular season finale on Senior Night in an inter-conference game on Friday February 16th to take on MIAA 'A' opponent Archbishop Spalding at 7:00pm.
In their final MIAA B Conference game of the season, the JV Crusaders took on the Vikings from St. John's Catholic Prep in Pollock Gymnasium. The game proved to be a close affair throughout with both teams grinding out possessions and digging in on defense. St. Paul's began to share the basketball much more effectively in the second half against the Vikings' 2-3 zone.
With the score tied at 35, Sophomore Alex Sulin's shot with less than 5 seconds fell short, and the teams headed to overtime.
Thanks to their toughness and togetherness, the Crusaders were able to hold the visitors scoreless throughout the overtime period. Sophomore Dahon Saunders knocked down a clutch three from the left corner with just under a minute left to push St. Paul's ahead for good. Freshman Luke Trotta went 4-4 from the line to seal the game for the home team and allow St. Paul's to emerge with a 42-35 victory.
The Crusaders next take on Archbishop Spalding this Friday in their final game of the season.
For those of you who couldn't make today's MIAA Individual semis, it was a historic day. Jake Trone at #3 becomes the first. Crusader Finalist since Tyler Springs '08 won at #4 10 years ago. Ben Korn will be a tough opponent but, after all, we're talking Trone here. Way to go, Jake, and good luck tomorrow.
At #8, Forbes Arbaugh posted a thrilling shutout upset of Brandon Ahearn (Gilman) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 but then lost a physical Final to Joe Radek (McDonogh) 11-8, (11-8), 11-6, 11-8.
At #7, Nick Reith lost to Clark Dowling (Gilman) 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 but then earned third place with a dominating shutout of Harry Hinkle (Boys Latin) 11-5, 11-8, 11-2
At #6, Patrick McCusker shone as brightly as he has at any time this season, dropping a brutal match to Gilman's Andrew Fried (11-9), 11-6, 11-4, (11-8), 11-5.
At #5, Aidan Ray was frustrated by Grant Emry (Gilman) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 but he will play tomorrow vs. Connor Knott (Boys Latin) for third place.
At #4, Natty Dunn was shutout by Winston Park 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 but he then won 3rd place over Parka Barta 11-7, 11-6, 11-7.
at #2, George Reith dropped a 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 decision to Will DeWire (Gilman) but he will decide 3rd place tomorrow vs.Logan Thomas (Boys Latin.) That match will be a beauty given their splitting 5-game matches during the regular season.
At #1, Ben Angotti had no answer for much of Alastair Cho's shotmaking, losing 11-2, 11-8,1 11-2. Like George, Ben will close out his Crusader career vs. Boys Latin tomorrow, trying to avenge two regular season losses to John Bryan.
The Gold Squash team defeated Calvert 9-7 yesterday. Charlie Schlossberg, Brett Sullivan, Trevor Seymour, Ryan Carroll, Ollie North, Grady Carroll, Brady Lanahan, Chase Horn, and Tucker Stevens won their matches. We had eight 3-set matches against this tough Calvert team, which showed the gritty nature of this rivalry. All of our boys played hard and well, and they showed great spirit and sportsmanship. SP faced Calvert three times and won twice over the winter. The win was a superb way to close this season, in which the boys showed tremendous growth. Coach George really appreciates the efforts of Coach Bedore and Coach Knipp in helping our boys become better squash players.
The team will celebrate with their End of Season Party on the courts this afternoon.
Our St. Paul's Gold Basketball team was back at the friendly confines of Pollock Gymnasium, taking on the McDonogh Eagles. The boys came out ready to play, as our boys matched up against the best McDonogh had to offer. Baskets by Max Rottinghaus, Paul Koukoulas, and Declan Brady kept the game tied throughout the first quarter, though McDonogh took a 12-10 lead headed into the 2nd quarter
As we continued to make changes in the line-up, the next player up philosophy worked, and every player stepped up and contributed to our success on the court. Great defensive plays by Aiden Gould, George Hardy, Tyler Tucker, and clutch rebounding by Michael Smyth and Paul Koukoulas kept the pressure on McDonogh, and our shots just seemed to fall today, unlike most of our games this season. The effort, tempo, and teamwork these boys displayed was thing of beauty. This was our best all around half of the season to date, and you could see the excitement in the boys faces as the second half started.
McDonogh started the half by being aggressive offensively, pushing the ball in to the post, and swinging the ball out for their long range shooters. Grant Willie, Matthew Marino, Cameron Nelson, and Dessian Oula were up to the challenge charging out to disrupt shooters from up top. Their pressure hurt the shooting percentages of this great shooting team. The game remained close all along, but the difference maker for St. Paul's today was Paul Koukoulas. Paul kept us in the game today. Three easy put backs in the half gave St. Paul's much needed scoring punch, and strong defensive work helped keep McDonogh shooters off the scoreboard.
The boys continued there aggressive play into the 4th quarter. Big baskets by Declan Brady and Paul Koukoulas put a scare into McDonogh. Unfortunately the last few seconds of the game summed up of deficiencies as a whole. We took 11 shots, mostly all rebounds within 3 feet of the basket, and just could not put the ball in the basket. As the clock ran down, and we missed our 6th put back In a row, the final buzzer sounded as McDonogh pulled out a hard fought win 44-38.
Player Spotlight - Paul Koukoulas hands down had his best game of the year leading our team with 12 points and 10 rebounds. I think Paul took a giant step forward today. Paul played great defense, showed tremendous footwork, was aggressive on rebounds, and finally, he was aggressive attacking the rim offensively. Paul, great job on a well played game.
St. Paul's Boys Varsity Basketball went on the road on Monday evening to Crownsville, MD for their last regular season away game against 1st place Indian Creek. The Crusaders came out looking to share the ball. St. Paul's led 9-8 after the 1st quarter, but a strong defensive effort that forced Indian Creek into tough shots extended the Crusader 1-point lead to 12-points entering halftime ahead 24-12. Ziggy Reid recorded 10 rebounds to lead all Crusaders. Jon Walker took two crucial charges and had 8 rebounds, while Troy Barthelme had 6 rebounds. Trayon Wright led all Crusaders with 7 deflections as well as showed great toughness and leadership down the stretch to fight off Indian Creek's late surge. AJ Sawyers had 4 deflections while Leo Kelly also had 4 deflections and sealed the game by knocking down key free throws late to defeat Indian Creek 45-40. The Crusaders return home on Wednesday February 14th as they host St. John's Catholic Prep in the final MIAA B Conference regular season game.
In their final away game of the season, the JV Crusaders took on the Indian Creek Eagles in Crownsville, MD. Despite getting off to a strong start, the Crusaders were ice-cold from the field missing upwards of 40 shots from the field. Nonetheless, St. Paul's battled until the end using a full-court press to cut into the Indian Creek lead. It proved to be too little too late, however, as the Eagles were able to emerge with a 40 -34 victory.
The Crusaders take on St. John's Catholic Prep in their final league game of the season this Wednesday afternoon in Pollock Gymnasium.
A good end to a great season for JV squash at MIAA Individuals. TJ Burkom, Miles Arbaugh, Chase Gennari, and Luke Ritchie all played in the finals against Gilman. Jalon Thomas and Marco Grados played some of the best squash of their season, nearly upsetting their Gilman semifinal opponents. Davis Peltier and Ian Marsico also played quality squash in the semifinals of the tournament. It was a delightful and fruitful end to an excellent JV season.
In the MIAA wrestling championships, St. Paul's equaled St. Joe and McDonogh with four champions, which landed them in third place with 201.5 points.
Will Guida won a battle of the state's top two 106-pounderss, 1-0, over Flynn. Guida also downed Flynn by the same score two weeks ago.
At 120, Kurt McHenry (No. 1 at 113) captured his third crown with a 10-4 decision of Spalding's PJ Truntich.
No. 1 Imran Heard's all-out pedal-to-the-metal style of wrestling features big action and big moves. The senior outpaced Fillers, 17-7, for the 138 gold. The title was Heard's second straight.
Jack Parr (No. 2 at 195) also became a two-time champion when he edged Schultz, 1-0. The junior was second as a freshman.
Dylan Blau finished 2nd while Max Hammond and Gene Quodala finished 3rd. Nick Dintino and Everette McDuffie were 4th and 5th respectively.
St. Paul's Boys Varsity Basketball hosted St. Mary's on Friday night in a key MIAA B Conference match-up. The Crusaders came out of the gate hot sharing the ball and driving for others offensively and being relentless defensively ending the first quarter up 26-3. AJ Sawyers led all Crusaders with 6 deflections while Trayon Wright had 4 deflections. Ziggy Reid finished with 10 rebounds and Jon Walker, Troy Barthelme and Miles Moore each finished with 5 or more rebounds. Marco Nandalal, Ziggy Reid and AJ Sawyers each had 3 paint touches for others. Trayon also led the Crusaders with 5 assists. St. Paul's defeated St. Mary's 64-16. The Crusaders travel to Crownsville on Monday February 12th to take on first place Indian Creek.
On Friday night, the JV Crusaders took on the Saints from St. Mary's in Pollock Gymnasium. The Crusaders came out strong and utilized a quick fast-break attack to score 15 first quarter points. The visitors from St. Mary's tightened their defense in the second quarter, yet St. Paul's was still able to take a one point lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half remained tight with both teams trading baskets and fighting for stops on defense. Consecutive three point plays allowed the Saints to stake a small lead midway through the 4th quarter. Alas, turnovers doomed the Crusaders once again, limiting their ability to mount a comeback. Despite playing hard and battling until the end, St. Paul's fell to St. Mary's by a score of 43-38.
SP next heads to Indian Creek on Monday for its last away game of the year.
St. Paul's Varsity Hockey celebrated their Seniors on Friday night at Patterson Park, but unfortunately could not get the win against Mt. St. Joe losing 3-1. One tough shift in the first period led to a 2-0 deficit, and the lead was extended to 3-0 before Roscoe Eade scored with only seconds remaining in the 2nd period. St. Paul's controlled the play and the chances the rest of the way but could not close the gap any further. Sophomore, Jordy Kaplan played strong in the start, and the team will now shift focus to their last game of the season this Thursday at 4:00pm at Reisterstown Sportsplex against Delaware Prep. Please congratulate the following 13 seniors when you see them around campus, as all have put considerable time and energy into our program: Managers – Jack Brocato, Jon Dulin, Brendan Fusting, Jack Higinbothom, and Players – Christian Baran, Matt Hart, Nick Ioannou, Owen Knott, Zach Zeisler, Assistant Captain's Ryan Ali, Michael Blandino, Jack Cunneen and Captain, Kevin Madden.
St Paul's JV Squash had a stellar day out on Saturday, traveling up to Mercersburg Academy for a tournament. Our first match, against Episcopal, was taken 6-3 by the Crusaders against some solid competition. Woodberry Forest, on the other hand, fell 8-1 to St. Paul's, with little protest. The day only got better for the Crusaders, as the final score saw SP take the win against Mercersburg, 9-0. It's off to MIAA individual play, next week, where we will wrap up a great season. The Crusaders lost to McDonogh on Friday 7-0 in the MIAA Jv championship match.
MIAA Squash semi-finals
Gilman – 7 St. Paul's - 0
The Greyhounds ended the Crusaders' (18-6, 11-5 MIAA) season with a thorough whitewashing of the team.
That said, Nick Reith in his debut vs. Gilman lost a spirited contest to Brandon Ahearn, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9.
In their Crusader team match finales, co-captains Ben Angotti and George Reith went down fighting: Ben to Will DeWire 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 and George to Ned Gildea 11-5, 11-1, 11-6.
Similarly, Aidan Ray fell to Andrew Fried 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 and Natty Dunn dropped a 11-3, 13-11, 11-6 decision to Grant Emry.
Winston Park was a little too much for Jake Trone, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 and Clark Dowling steamrolled Patrick McCusker , 11-2, 11-2, 11-8.
MS hockey lost to the North Baltimore Stars 9-2 with Sean Metzger scoring both of our goals
Fresh/Soph Basketball St. Paul's 29 Park 41
Having won 5 of its past 6 conference games, the Crusaders were on the verge of making the playoffs Friday as they hosted the Park School's JV team in Kinsolving. SPS continued its tenacious play both offensively and defensively as they frustrated the much taller opponents from the start. Four of the starters each made a basket in the first quarter which ended in favor of Park 9 – 8. Trey Creamer chipped in his 6th 3-pointer in the past 5 games and Noah Chizmar took care of the rest of the scoring as St. Paul's went to the half trailing by one, 16 – 15. Unfortunately, Park came out hot in the second half and quickly got up by 6 points. After a timeout, the Crusaders stemmed the tide but another small run by Park left SPS behind 32 – 22 after 3. A quick run by SPS to begin the 4th quarter got the lead under 10, but ultimately we ran out of time for a comeback.
All of the players played hard at both ends of the court, but the opponent's height gave them some challenges. However, later that evening we found out that our 6 – 5 conference record would be good enough for second place in our division, so SPS will be represented in the playoffs for the JV C Conference Championship! The team will play in the conference semi-finals on Wednesday, February 21st at a still to be determined site. Please feel free to congratulate the boys on a great season and wish them well in the playoffs.