Friday, February 1
The gold squash team defeated Boys' Latin, 12-3. After dropping the two first matches at the 1 and 2 positions, the Crusaders got on a roll and won the next 12 out of 13 matches. Winning for the Crusaders were Cole Morris (2-1), Tucker Brown (2-0), Ethan Schulze (2-0), Andy Dripps (2-0), T.J. Barczak (2-0), Seth Krosin (2-0), Matthew Guy (2-0), Camden Humphreys (2-0), Ned Doherty (2-0), Michael Hong (2-0), Ryan Goldrick (2-0) and Michael Ullmann (2-0). Our next match is this Tuesday, home, vs. McDonogh.
The Blue Basketball Crusaders took on the Dons from Loyola in a Thursday afternoon Pollock Gym matchup. The Crusaders came out strong and determined to set the tone by flying around on defense and getting to the rim on offense. Early buckets from Cameron Nelson and Tyler Tucker allowed Crusaders to jump out to a first quarter lead. The Dons, however, soon settled down and used their length on defense to disrupt the Crusaders' patient attack. Despite building a second quarter lead, St. Paul's refused to back down and continued playing hard. Paul Koukoulas, an experienced football player accustomed to being physical, had his best rebounding effort of the season against several tall post players for the Dons. Nate Livingston continued to battle on both sides of the floor and proved to be especially effective in the middle of the Crusaders' zone offense. Nonetheless, turnovers from the Crusaders and sharpshooting from distance for the Dons made the difference. Loyola emerged with a 44-32 victory. Cameron Nelson played his best offensive game of the season scoring 16 points off repeated strong drives to the rim.
St. Paul's next takes on Concordia Prep on Monday, February 4th.
On Thursday, our St. Paul's Gold team took to the hardwood in Pollock for our last home game of the season against the top team in our conference, the Loyola Dons. From the starting tip, Loyola raced down the court off the opening whistle and scored. The athleticism of Loyola made things difficult on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court. After a nice runner in the lane by Andrew Cooper, Loyola scored again off of a tip in to take a 10-2 lead. As our second rotation went on the court, we started to run our press, and it worked. Two turnovers turned into two baskets, and defensively, we started to find our groove boxing out rebounders, and pushing the ball in transition. A nice put back by Amir Saddler, two strong drives by Landon Blue, and a three by Bryce Matthews helped draw us closer at halftime.
After a back and forth 3rd quarter, our Gold team started to press again, hoping that the pressure would help create turnovers. Though we did not get many turnovers, Tyler McGill was able to control the boards with his leaping ability, and Robby Warder, Kahlil Taylor, Colin Vineberg, and Miles Heard were able to find a few shots. Though the boys gave their all on the court, Loyola's size and speed were just a little too much for our Gold team. In the end, we just could not make enough plays, and we just had too many one and done possessions. Loyola came away with a 66-30 victory, a game in which our boys played hard, and never gave up. This is also a game in which we can learn a lot about ourselves. Thank you for you support this season, and hope you can catch one of our last three games (All Away) this season.
MS Wrestling competed against Boy's Latin yesterday and was able to win 8 matches out of 20. Great matches, great atmosphere, great event!
The St. Paul's Wrestling team traveled to McDonogh for a dual meet Thursday night. With some missing weight classes the team dropped the dual 51 to 29. The day was highlighted by pins from Will Gallagher, Gene Quodala, and Dylan Blau and Technical fall by Max Hammond. The Crusaders are back in action right away with a Tri- meet against Loyola and Curley.
Tuesday, January 29
Seeking to avenge a close loss earlier in the season, the St. Paul's Blue Basketball team headed to Boys' Latin to take on its arch rival in a Monday afternoon showdown on Lake Avenue. The Crusaders started the game cold from the field, and the hosts were able to jump out to a 9-0 advantage. Shots started to fall, however, once Max Rottinghaus began attacking the basket in an aggressive style. Patient and smart play on offense during the second quarter allowed St. Paul's to get back in the game. Led by James Mackrell, Quinn Matthews, and Matthew Marino, St. Paul's limited its turnovers as they relied on paint touches against their opponents' zone defense. Meanwhile, strong defense and rebounding from Paul Koukoulas, Thomas Magnusson, and Dessian Oula helped frustrate the Lakers throughout the second quarter. Proficient free throw shooting allowed Boys' Latin to take a 5 point lead into halftime, but the Crusaders refused to back down. Nate Livingston hit three three pointers in the third quarter, and Tyler Tucker took the first charge of the season for the Crusaders. Heading into the final quarter, St. Paul's used pressure defense to try to claw their way within striking distance. Braeden Hastings had a great move along the baseline for a nice bucket, and Declan Brady scrambled from wing to wing on defense in an effort to hold the Lakers back. Cameron Nelson consistently attacked the rim and hit 4 free throws in the final quarter. Nonetheless, the Crusaders struggled to convert tough baskets at the rim and, despite cutting it to 4 with just under a minute left, fell to the host Lakers by a score of 44-38.
Nate Livingston and Max Rottinghaus each scored 11 to pace the Crusaders who continue to play hard and improve from game to game. They next take on the Dons from Loyola Wednesday at home.
Monday, January 28
SP Varsity Hockey hosted MSJ in their 3rd league game of the season this past Friday and through a number of penalties and defensive miscues, ultimately fell to the visitors 6-2. Timmy Cole got the start between the pipes and the Crusader goals were scored by juniors Nick Schreibeis and Avvi Tanasiyenko. It was a tough game for the Crusies who will look to get to 1-2-1 in league play this Friday in a huge matchup with Calvert Hall. Admissions from this game will all be donated to the Baltimore Saints, a team for kids and young adults that have an intellectual or developmental disability or who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. So please come out to support the SP JV and Varsity hockey teams and the Baltimore Saints hockey program this Friday at Reisterstown.
SP – 2 MSJ – 6
On the last day of the semester, JV basketball piled in the Crusader Van and drove down to Severna Park to take on the Admirals of Severn. It was a long ride, but the boys clearly woke up during warm ups because they came out hot in the first quarter. Sophomore Jack Keenan moved the ball well to get all of our other starters (Sam English, Mark Matthews, Jack Mitchell, and John Padousis) on the board in the first 8 minutes. Mitchell and Padousis both knocked down 3's while English and Matthews worked the paint along with Cole Bloom off the bench. Going into the 2nd quarter the Crusies were up 16-2, but Severn made some defensive adjustments that slowed down our offense going into the half. We were held to 8 points after an explosive first quarter, and despite good ball movement we were only getting occasional looks inside form our big men. As our offense slowed down, Severn's started to heat up and they battled their way to get 9 points. They had opportunities to score more, but Sophomore Kylen Austin came in off the bench and re-energized our defense contributing to a few steals and picking up a couple big blocks. At halftime we made some slight adjustments on offense and defense, and came out at the start of the third ready to set the tone for the half; and the boys did just that. Severn must've made some halftime adjustments as well because they came out and scored 15 on us. However, the Crusader offense got red hot and went off for 24 points including a 4 from Padousis and 2 from Mitchell. Jack Keenan got on the board with a nice drive to the hoop, and he found Freshman big man Garrison Curry on the block for a tough bucket underneath. Going into the fourth the Crusaders just had to play smart and hold out to ensure the win. Everyone got some minutes off of the bench, and went hard every play to prevent comebacks or offensive runs. The final score was 54-36, Crusaders. The boys are on the road again this week going out to Archbishop Curley for a tough grudge match against one of the other 2 teams tied for first in the B conference.
The Crusader's hit the road for the second time this week, and for the second time they would come away with a win that would help keep them competing for first place in the MIAA B conference. On Friday night host Severn would struggle to score against St. Paul's intense zone defense. The visitors would use an explosive 21 point second quarter that featured a pair of made long range shots from Ziggy Reid, who scored eight of his game high 18 points during the period. Troy Barthelme would hit a key three point shot in the third quarter that would help the visitors extend their lead to a 41-27 score after three quarters. The host Admiral's would not go down without a fight. They used pressure defense to hold St. Paul's to just one field goal in the fourth quarter and transition offense that created a great game down the stretch. St. Paul's was able to hang on for the victory thanks to key rebounds down the stretch from Luke Trotta.
St. Paul's 47 Severn 45