Friday, January 11
Seeking to play with more energy and toughness, the blue basketball squad took on the Dons from Loyola in a Thursday afternoon matchup. The Crusaders came out in a much more physical manner from the outset by crashing the boards, pressuring the ball on defense, and diving for loose balls. Loyola's tricky 1-2-2 proved difficult to crack though and, despite getting the ball inside with regularity, missed layups and turnovers ultimately doomed the visiting Crusaders as they fell to the Dons by a score of 44-10.
Yesterday, the MS wrestling team took on the Dragons of Glenelg Country School in a primetime match, in Kinsolving Gymnasium. 22 bouts were wrestled, with our Crusaders winning 20 of them. The hard work and practice really shown through in our stamina, relentless pressure, number of wins by pin, and overall performance of the team. Please come out and support our team Monday, January 14, as we take on the Admirals of Severn.
Varsity Squash defeated Park 7-0 yesterday
JV Squash defeated Park 7-0 yesterday
The St. Paul's Gold team was on the road yesterday against Loyola Blakefield. Loyola, probably the toughest team we will play this season, started out strong, and our Gold team had no answer. The game started with two 3-point shots back to back prompting a quick time-out to regroup. Loyola was able to build a 10 point lead midway through the first period before we were able to score. Landon Blue drove the lane for a quick basket, and that was able to calm our nerves a bit. Cadigan KImball had a beautiful short jumper, then added a free throw to give us a little spark headed into the second quarter.
After trading buckets, St. Paul's made a few strong defensive stops on our end of the court, taking Loyola out of it's game. Amir Saddler, Robbie Warder, Colin Vineberg and Tyler McGill battled under the boards, though Loyola had a large size advantage for the game. As we went to the half trailing 24-11, we needed a spark to start the second half.
Loyola came out with their full court press in the second half causing four straight turnovers, and helping them build a larger second half lead. Landon Blue again drove to the basket hard all game, and scored points off of layups, and foul shots. As the boys fought back, we had little time on the clock to mount a strong comeback. As the buzzer sounded, and the dust settled, Loyola came away with a well deserved 44-21 win over our St. Paul's Gold team. This was a good wake-up call for the boys as it showed what we need to do to both get better, and compete against bigger athletic teams. The boys will be ready to go next week as we take on Gilman.
Player of the Game - Landon Blue was a bright spot yesterday, working hard, scoring points, and playing well above his years. Though Landon is not big, he is extremely talented and a wonderful player and teammate. Keep working hard Landon, the sky's the limit for you.
Thursday, January 10
Varsity Basketball: Gerstell traveled to Brooklandville on Wednesday night and came out firing against host St. Paul's. The visiting Falcon's, who competed with sophomore standout Ahmad Harrison, would score 17 points in the first quarter. They received contributions from four different players that included two deep triples by sophomore Jeremiah Stanton, who would finish with 11 in the game. St. Paul's closed an early double digit deficit with seven points from senior forward Ziggy Reid, to end a great first quarter of play trailing 17-16.
The host Crusaders would use hot shooting of their own as forwards Troy Barthelme and Luke Trotta would drain key three point shots in the frame to open up a seven point lead at the half. The senior and sophomore forward combination would combine for 16 and 12 points respectively, along with key backline play and rim protection in St.Paul's zone defense.
The game proved to be the back and forth battle that both teams expected as Gerstell would own the third quarter, outscoring the home team by nine to take a two point lead into the final frame. The Falcon's continued to use balanced scoring to attack St. Paul's, getting buckets from five different team members in the eight minute span, including another deep shot from Stanton.
St. Paul's got a key three point basket early in forth from sophomore point guard Anthony Smaldore, who finished in double figures with 10. Smaldore was key against good pressure defense from Gerstell, committing only one turnover and helping his team run their offense. St. Paul's would get a steal in a game that was tied with 1:20 left to play. The Crusaders would score a bucket of a sideline inbounds play that featured a post entry pass from Trotta to Barthelme, who would convert a very tough and well contested turn around shot.
St. Paul's would come up with a steal with eight seconds remaining in the game, but was unable to convert from the foul line, leaving the door open for Gerstell. The home team came out in a zone press that they had not used all game and forced a Falcon turnover with less than a second to play, sealing the victory.
The Crusaders got key efforts from seniors Leo Kelly and Phil Stokes who would combine for 14 rebounds. Tyler Tillery would finish with a double double in an effort that saw him score 10 points and control the glass for Gerstell.
Gerstell 53 – Carpenter 11, Stanton 11, Noble 11, Tillery 10, Bethea 8, Tinsley 2
St. Paul's 55 – Barthelme 16, Reid 15, Trotta 12, Smaldore 10, Kelly 2
St. Paul's moves to 9-5 on the year and 4-1 in conference to force a three way tie for first with Gerstell and Severn. Come support the Crusaders at 1:00 on Saturday as they take on Archbishop Curley!
The JV Basketball team lost a heart breaker to Gerstell yesterday in the Pollock Gym 44-41. It was a defensive battle from the tip with both teams struggling to get open looks, but SP got their offense going first to take off on an 8-0 run sparked by Mark Matthews drilling a 3 from the top of the key. With a bit of a cushion the Crusies settled into their offense and started to find big men Jack Mitchell and Garrison Curry inside, which opened up lanes for John Padousis and Cole Bloom to drive, get fouled, and pick up some points from the free throw line. Gerstell did manage to hit a few 3's and close the gap, but going into the half the Crusaders were still holding on to a tight lead. After making some defensive adjustments at halftime, Sam English, Jack Keenan, Olu Kopano, and Kylen Austen set the tone defensively by forcing turnovers, getting steals, and making statements with several big time blocks. St. Paul's extended their lead in the third quarter, but their defensive pressure started to get them into foul trouble and Gerstell started taking trips to the line off every foul. In the Fourth quarter the Crusaders managed to extend their lead back to 6, but with about 3 minutes to play Gerstell's point guard hit back to back 3's to cut the lead to 1, and both teams started to trade buckets passing the lead back and forth. St. Paul's was forced to foul to stop the clock and get the ball back, but Gerstell managed to knock some of their free throws down to extend their lead to 3. With 17 seconds to play, St. Paul's inbounded the ball, beat the full court press, and Coach Keenan called a timeout to draw up a play for one last shot. The boys ran the play and got a contested look from 3 with 5 seconds to play, but Cole Bloom managed to collect the rebound and kick it out to John Padousis in the corner for one last shot from behind the arc. The shot looked good as it left his hands and the whole gym was in suspense, but fate had other plans and the ball rimmed out as the buzzer sounded. The boys were disappointed they didn't get the win, but held their heads high knowing they held their own against one of the top teams in the conference and almost won. The Crusaders are back in action Friday as they take on St. Mary's on the road and then Archbishop Curly at home on Saturday.
The St. Paul's Wrestling Team took on John Carroll and Archbishop Spaulding yesterday. John Carroll was down in numbers so the Crusaders took the win on the strength of 10 forefits. The final dual of the evening was an exciting showdown however. The St. Paul's student body was out in full force to support the team as they rolled to a hard fought victory. The match was won by many wrestlers getting bonus points, specifically Kurt McHenry with a fall, Everette McDuffie with a fall, Dylan Blau with a huge win over a reigning MIAA finalist, Max Hammond with a tightly wrestled victory and Nasir Wilkinson putting the icing on the cake with a major decision. The final score was St. Paul's 40 Archbishop Spaulding 33. The Crusaders are back in action Saturday morning at Mount Saint Joe, wrestling them and Boy's Latin.
Wednesday, January 9
Varsity Squash defeated Friends yesterday 7-0
Tuesday, January 8
St. Paul's beat Boys Latin in Squash yesterday, 4 – 3. Three matches went to five games – an ill Nick Reith rallied against Connor Knott to force a fifth game, but lost in a heartbreak, 10 – 12. Nick Gilman roared back to beat Harry Genth in five, after stumbling in his first two games. Pat McCusker, playing number eight for the Crusaders, hung on to defeat Markus Engel in 5, for a rather Happy Birthday. Meanwhile, Aidan Ray and Brett Poles took care of business in 3, rounding out a good day for the good guys.
Varsity Basketball: St. Paul's 55, Indian Creek 44
The Crusader's traveled to Crownsville to face league opponent Indian Creek on Monday. The boys in blue jumped out to an early 20-7 lead after the first quarter of play using what is quickly becoming their calling cards of energetic 1-3-1 defense and inside-out offensive play. Troy Barthelme got things started with 12 of his team high 25 coming in the first. The need for the opponent to double team created open looks for others that Anthony Smaldore took advantage of by pouring in three shots from beyond the arc in the first half for nine of his 12 points. St. Paul's controlled the game most of the way, keeping their opponents at bay despite 22 second half points from Indian Creek star Khalil Williams, who would finish the contest with a game high 27. The Crusader's move to 3-1 in MIAA play.
St. Paul's JV Basketball traveled to Indian Creek yesterday for a conference game. The Crusaders took control from the opening tip and never looked back with a 59 -8 win. Every Crusader scored and contributed with a rebound or an assist. The Crusaders play again Tomorrow at Home against Gerstell.
After a long winter break, the St. Paul's Gold Basketball team hit the hardwood to take on Concordia Prep at Pollock Gymnasium. From the opening tip, our Gold team attacked the basket and built an early lead with baskets by Andrew Cooper and Kahlil Taylor. After Concordia Prep took a 6-4 lead, Our Gold team took off. Strong put back shots from Amir Saddler, who controlled the paint all game, was able to keep plays alive with his aggressive play. The team welcomed back Injured teammate Robby Warder, and he did not disappoint. Strong rebounding by Robby, Amir Saddler, and Tyler McGill helped St. Paul's hold and build a 18-6 halftime lead.
As the second half started, Landon Blue drove to the basket for a nice basket, Cadigan Kimball had a few steals which lead to points, and Colin Vineberg made some steals, played great defense, and grabbed a handful of rebounds to help stretch our lead heading into the fourth quarter. Miles Heard made a great defensive play that lead to an Andrew Cooper field goal, and Ryan Nelson hit free throws to help build our lead some more. The theme of the day was foul shooting and a suffocating defense. Defense lead to many fast break opportunities, which lead to additional foul shot opportunities. Finally, the team has started to hit their free throws, and we built and sustained a big lead for the second half. After two more steals, we called off the dogs, and held onto the ball for a resounding 45-17 victory to even our record at 2-2 for the season. The boys are really coming on, so please come to our next home game and support the team. Gold Basketball will take on Gilman 1/15/19 at 3:30pm at Pollock. Hope to see you there.
Player of the Game - Today, Andrew put it all together and played a tremendous game. Not only did Andrew lead the team in scoring with 10 points, but also had 4 steals, and three assists. Andrews unselfish play helped our Gold team build a strong lead, and secure the win. One play comes to mind was a strong drive to the basket in the first half, and Andrew split two defenders with a great hop, and floater that swished in the basket. What made this beautiful move better was all of the intramural boys were watching, and jumped and screamed their approval after the ball fell through the rim. Great game Andrew, keep up the great work.
Monday, January 7
SP Varsity Ice hockey – 2 Georgetown Prep – 9
St. Paul's lost a tough game to Georgetown Prep on Friday 9-2. The highlight of the game was sophomore Trevor Schreibeis scoring his first Varsity Goal, stepping into important minutes due to two more teammates going down with injuries. Avvi Tanasiyenko also scored for the Crusaders with Timmy Cole and Xander Smith both getting time between the pipes. The Crusaders play Loyola this Friday afternoon at Reisterstown in another non-league game.
On Saturday, the middle school hockey team, depleted by injury, sickness and players being out of town, travelled to Upland Country Day School to play their JV squad. In addition to several players putting on an SP uniform for the first time, some middle schoolers saw their first ever hockey game action. After trailing 3 to 1 at the end of the first period, the teams played a back and forth game. Unfortunately, SP lost 5 to 3. Mason Kaplan scored 2 goals and Hayden Hair scored the third. Kaz Uehara tallied an assist.
On Friday afternoon the JV basketball team went on the road to take on league opponent Friends in the Quaker Dome. With 2 of our usual starters out, the Crusaders knew they had to set the tone and control the pace of the game from the tip. In the first few minutes the score was tight as both teams were trading buckets, but about halfway through the first quarter the Crusies found their rhythm and started to pull away with a lead they would continue to build on for the rest of the game. The whole squad played great team basketball making sure everyone got a touch and some of the highlights were: a first quarter buzzer-beater from Mikey Lordon, countless steals and lockdown D from guards Olu Kopano and Jack Keenan, big men Sam English and Cole Bloom working their unstoppable 2-man game inside, 2 monstrous blocks from freshman center Garrison Curry, outstanding hustle and a handful of assists for sophomore duo Kylen Austin and Savon Thomas, Kodai Kageyama hitting a mid-range jumper for his first career points, and to cap it all off Jack Mitchell & John Padousis shot the lights out from beyond the arc to add some 3's to their stat lines. The Crusaders ended up winning 68-33, and got right back to work Saturday morning for practice to prepare for another road game Monday against Indian Creek.
Varsity Basketball St. Paul's 71 Friends 66
Friends School hosted St. Paul's on Friday night, re-opening MIAA B conference play for both teams. The visiting Crusaders started out the night pounding the ball inside to senior Forwards Ziggy Reid and Troy Barthelme, who would finish with 20 and 19 points respectively. The two would also combine for 17 rebounds in the contest that helped St. Paul's control the first three quarters carrying a 57-37 lead into the final frame.
Coach Kyle Harmon's host squad wouldn't give up very easily. They continued to play hard and knock down long range shots in the final 8 minutes of play, cutting the St. Paul's lead to within in two possessions with 90 seconds to play. Guards Derry and Kirkwood lead the charge, each scoring 20 points in the contest. J.P. Vassor, who finished with 12 points, hit a couple of key three point shots in the fourth the cut into the lead.
Sophomore point guard Anthony Smaldore was able to settle St. Paul's back down to hold on for a 71-66 victory. Smaldore was extremely consistent on the offensive end of the floor, orchestrating offensive sets that allowed the Crusader's to get the ball to their Forward's in key spots. Once the double teams came the Sophomore was able to knock down open jump shots and finished with 17 total points and five assists.
St. Paul's moves to 7-5 on the year (2-1 in MIAA play) and has a key week of conference play upcoming that includes four games next week. Please come support the Crusaders on Wednesday (1/9) as they host defending league champ Gerstell Academy at 6:00 PM or fellow league foe Archbishop Curley on Saturday (1/12) at 1:00 PM.
JV hockey tied Gilman on Friday night 3-3. Blake Vogel scored on the first shift with a wicked snipe into the upper right corner of the net from 20 feet. Grant Talbot scored in the waning minutes of the first period to make it 2-0 off a nice passing play with assists to Cooper Goetze and Theron Costalas. Chase Popel scored to make it 3-0 with assists to Blake Vogel and Zach Walker. A major penalty and too many minor penalties in the third period allowed Gilman opportunities to came back and tie the game 3-3. Our next game is on Friday January 11, at Laurel Ice Gardens @ 6:30pm.