Friday, January 18
Having battled back from a 9-4 deficit to tie Calvert School 9-9 in the third period before eventually losing 10-9 last week, the middle school hockey team looked to prove themselves Thursday against North Baltimore Hockey Club. In a back and forth game, the score was 0-0 after the first period. Then, St. Paul's started playing as a team leading to a 10-5 win. Zach Johnson made 22 saves in goal including 9 in the first period to keep St. Paul's in the game. The offense scored 5 goals in both the second and third periods. Mason Kaplan led the way with 4 goals and an assist. Other scorers: Nicholas Karpovich 2 goals and an assist, Casey Burkom 1 goal and 2 assists, Hayden Hair 1 goal, Ethan Winn 1 goal, Grant Willie 1 goal, Parker Archer 3 assists, Ryan Carroll 1 assist.
F/S Basketball lost to Beth T'Filoh 41-31 yesterday.
Thursday, January 17
St. Paul's was honored earlier this week with a spot in the Varsity Sports Network's top 20, receiving the number 16 ranking in the Baltimore Metro area. That didn't matter to league foe St. John's, who traveled from Frederick and came out hot on offense. St. Paul's would recover to trail by just one point at halftime to set up what would be a back and forth matchup in the second half. St. Paul's built a five point lead in the fourth quarter thanks to key three point makes from Sophomores Luke Trotta and Anthony Smaldore who both finished in double figures with 10 and 13 respectively. St. John's would battle back with many key offensive rebounds in the final quarter and pull out a five point win. The loss drops the Crusader's into a three way tie for second place with St. John's and Curley. Troy Barthleme lead all scorers with 23 points.
St. John's 72 St. Paul's 67
On Wednesday afternoon St. Paul's JV Basketball took on visiting team St. John's Catholic Prep down the hill in the SPSG gym. The Crusaders came to play and took a 9-0 run right from the tip. Freshman guard John Padousis got to the rack early for a few layups and knocked down a triple, and Sophomore forward Jack Mitchell piled it on with a couple more 3's. In the 2nd quarter the visiting team got their offense going and started to make a comeback, but Freshman forward Cole Bloom kept us out in front picking up 10 points before the half. The Crusaders were up 38-28 at the half and came out at the start of the 3rd ready to put St. John's away. With some quick buckets from the starters including a big time triple from Sophomore forward Sam English, SP put themselves far enough ahead that by the 4th quarter St. John's would've needed a huge run to make up the deficit. The 4th quarter saw some excellent action for players off the bench: Sophomore guards Olu Kopano and Mikey Lorden forced several turnovers and ran the point to keep the ball moving on offense, Junior Kodai Kageyama made the most of his minutes displaying lock down defense and knocking down a mid-range jumper to get the bench fired up, and Freshman forward Garrison Curry had got some great looks inside from the low block. St. John's tried to make a late run, but the Crusies' second group stayed composed and held off the run to secure the victory 59-41. The next time the Crusaders take the court will be this Saturday against Boys Latin at 5:15.
Varsity Squash lost to Gilman yesterday 7-0
JV Squash lost to Gilman 6-1 yesterday.
The blue squash team defeated McDonogh, 15-0.
Wednesday, January 16
Yesterday the MS Wrestling team took on the Admirals of Severn in an afternoon match. Your Crusaders wrestled well matching Severn 9-9 in matches won.
The Crusaders did rather well against Calvert Hall in varsity squash on Tuesday defeating the Cardinals 7-0. The entire ladder took care of business, each winning 3-0. St. Paul's was looking good, and it helped get us ready for playing against Gilman today.
JV squash defeated Calvert Hall yesterday 7-0 as well.
Varsity wrestling defeated Calvert Hall 52-30 and Gilman 54-30 yesterday to move to 5-1 in the MIAA "A" conference.
F/S basketball lost to Christo Rey yesterday 51-24
Tuesday, January 15
The Blue Basketball team faced off against the Greyhounds from Gilman School in a Monday afternoon Pollock Gym showdown. The Crusaders jumped out to a fast start thanks to their aggressive defense that led to numerous deflections, steals, and loose balls. Thomas Magnusson and Braeden Hastings played solid down low and gobbled up several key early rebounds. Sharp shooting from three-point range by Max Rottinghaus and a relentless fast break attack led by Quinn Matthews and James Mackrell forced an early timeout from the visitors from Gilman. Matthew Marino and Declan Brady battled on defense and sprinted effectively on offense allowing St. Paul's to hang tough and take an 8 point lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the shots stopped falling for the hosts from St. Paul's as Gilman slowly but surely got back into the game. Suddenly, the Crusaders found themselves trailing by two midway through the 4th quarter. Following a timeout, Cameron Nelson got to the free throw line and cashed in to settle the Crusaders. Newfound energy on defense and the boards by Dessian Oula and Tyler Tucker helped jumpstart a crucial 7-0 run for St. Paul's. Despite a furious press by the Greyhounds, the players for St. Paul's kept their composure, hit their free throws down the stretch, and emerged with a 40-34 victory.
Nate Livingston led the Crusaders with 15 points including a clutch old-fashioned three point play late in the 4th quarter. St. Paul's now has over a week to build on the win when they take on McDonogh at home on Wednesday, January 23rd.
On Monday, St. Paul's Gold Basketball took on Gilman at Pollock gymnasium. The game started quickly with St. Paul's and Gilman alternating baskets, though both teams were sloppy with their offensive play. Gilman was able to take an early lead, but St. Paul's was able to fight back on baskets by Amir Saddler and Tyler McGill. Both teams got into foul trouble early, but could not capitalize on the extra foul shot opportunities. A beautiful jumper by Cadigan Kimball tied the game, and strong defense kept Gilman away from the basket most of the first half.
As the second half started, St. Paul's started to apply a full court press, which created turnover for us, and some easy baskets. The game was tight throughout the second half as well, while Landon Blue and Andrew Cooper were able to penetrate the defense of Gilman, and create scoring opportunities for St. Paul's. With 51 seconds left, we were able to take the lead 37-36, and we tried to shut off Gilman's ball handlers, but they were able to get to the basket, and connected on a 3-point play with 18 seconds left. St. Paul's had a few good looks to end the game, but Gilman was able to get fouled, made 1 of 2 free throws, and we could not get off a shot to end the game as Gilman won, 40-37. Extremely tough loss, a game we wish we could have back. The rematch should be exciting in a few weeks.
Monday, January 14
St. Paul's would close out a hectic stretch in their schedule over the weekend, finishing off their fifth league game in just eight days at home on Saturday. Before they battled for first place on Saturday with Archbishop Curley they would travel to St. Mary's in Annapolis to face St. Mary's. The Crusader's got off to a hot start in the tight confines of the host Saint's gym. The road team would erupt for 22 first quarter points, taking a 13 point lead into the second frame. St. Mary's would battle back in second quarter to trim the Crusader's lead to 5 at the break. The boys from Brooklandville would respond in the third quarter to extend their lead to eleven compliments to three makes from beyond the arc from Troy Barthelme, who scored 11 of his 18 points in eight minute stretch. St. Paul's would go on to win 57-45.
A quick turnaround saw Archbishop Curley visit Pollock gym on Saturday afternoon in a matchup that would determine first place in the MIAA B conference. The host Crusaders held the visitors scoreless for the first six minutes of the game and jumped out to a 8-0 lead, but head into the half with just a 20-18 lead. The smaller Friars' would attempt to pressure the ball in the second half that initially resulted in them taking a four point lead thanks to back to back three point shots early in the third quarter. St. Paul's would fight through tough second half play to earn their way to the free throw line for 23 shots, 19 of which were converted. That ultimately led the Crusaders to 53-49 victory and sole possession of first place in the league. Ziggy Reid lead the charge on a snowy Saturday with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
St. Paul's won five league games in eight days to advance to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in league play.
Varsity Ice Hockey SP – 5 Loyola – 1
In a non-conference game the SP Varsity Hockey team took on the Loyola Dons at the Reisterstown Sportsplex for their second game of the season. With quite a few familiar names out of the line-up, the Crusaders featured a new look with junior goaltender Jordy Kaplan skating out as a forward. The game also featured freshman James Plank seeing his first Varsity action, and goalie Xander Smith getting his first Varsity start. The Crusaders got on the board first, with junior Nick Schreibeis scoring two, followed by senior Will Hardon potting a wrist shot to make it 3-0. Freshman Avelo Cohen made it 4-0 with sophomore Davis Jones increasing the lead to 5-0. Also getting on the scoresheet was Jordy Kaplan, registering an assist in his first ever game not playing between the pipes. Loyola would score once on a deflection, but Smith made a number of great saves with the Crusaders down a man for five minutes, ensuring the Crusie's second win and the first win of his Varsity career. SP will be on the ice again next Friday when they take on Delaware Prep in another non-league game at 4:15pm at the Reisterstown Sportsplex
St Paul's traveled to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA on Saturday to defeat EHS 5-2 (9-3 overall). Nick Gilman won in 5 games, after losing a couple and making tactical adjustments to prove his mettle at number 4. The rest of the Crusaders were solid in their wins, but a special mention goes to Charlie Garliss, who, having been quite under the weather for several weeks (without touching his racquet), hung in there to win in 5 as well; a gritty performance! The team is showing lots of resilience up and down the ladder!
JV Basketball came away with 2 big wins this weekend after beating St. Mary's on the road Friday and Archbishop Curley at home Saturday. SP got off to a strong start Friday afternoon thanks to Cole Bloom, John Padousis, and Mark Matthews all opening up our scoring from the paint. St. Mary's had a bigger lineup, but sophomores Sam English and Jack Mitchell stayed solid down low getting several blocks and pulling down nearly all the rebounds. In the second half St. Mary's came out in a full court press and slowed down our offense. On defense we were dealing with some excessive calls from the refs, which sent St. Mary's to the line so often they managed to bring the score within 10 points during the fourth quarter. With a few players in foul trouble Savon Thomas and Kylen Austin came in off the bench with fresh legs to come up with some huge defensive stops. Point guard Jack Keenan also helped the Crusaders close out, not only getting to the lane to score in the final minutes but also hitting a couple clutch free throws to put them away 45-39. St. Mary's put up a fight and the boys had to come back and play less than 24 hours later against a tough Curley team that came into the game undefeated in the B conference. The Crusies started off the game against Curley very similarly to the St. Mary's game, starting off with a 13-0 run in the first quarter. Freshman guard John Padousis led the scoring effort and proved to be unstoppable getting to the rim against their man defense. The Friars made defensive adjustments and slowed down our offense with a 2-3 zone, and they managed to cut our lead to 3 by the end of the first half. The Crusaders had an uphill battle of sorts throughout most of the game because of countless missed foul calls and questionable turnover calls by the refs, but the boys showed true resolve by staying focused and continuing to play their game on both ends of the floor. Jack Keenan was in foul trouble for most of the game and Sophomore Olu Kopano really stepped up to run the offense from the point. Sam English brought the energy on defense and showed his scoring ability by picking up his first double digit scoring game of the season. Mark Matthews and Kylen Austin both made some incredible passes to pick up several assists each working from the wing, and Mark also hit 2 crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter. One thing that really kept the Crusaders ahead all game was outstanding efforts on the boards by the teams big men, especially Jack Mitchell who collected nearly every defensive rebound and several offensive ones throughout the game. In the final minutes as Curley was trying to mount a comeback, Mitchell shut down any second chance opportunities by soaring up again and again to rip down boards. The Crusaders showed incredible composure against a strong competitor, and even as the Friars continued to press down the stretch we limited our turnovers and managed to keep our offense going to add to our lead. The final score was 44-38 SP, and this home win ends a long series of games for the Crusies. After going 4-1 in 8 days the JV squad finally get a chance to rest their legs before they take on St. John Catholic Wednesday night down at SPSG.
St. Paul's wrestled Boy's Latin and Mount St. Joe on Saturday. The team beat Boy's Latin 54 to 18 with several pins. The Crusaders lost to Mount St. Joe 48 to 15 with wins by Max Hammond, Nasir Willkinson, and Kurt McHenry