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.