Thursday, February 14
St. Paul's Varsity Basketball traveled to Frederick to yesterday to take on fellow playoff contender St. John's. The host team played tough and earned themselves a seven point half time lead that was fueled by a 19 point first quarter. The Crusader's would change the pace of the game by exploring their defensive options and playing man to man in the second half of the game., a non-traditional move as far as this year's schemes go. The game turned into a back and forth battle in the second half that resulted in St. Paul's having the ball down by two with just 15 seconds remaining to play. The ball would get passed around until it eventually found senior Leo Kelly who aggressively drove to the basket and floated in a shot as time expired, forcing overtime. Leo's fellow seniors dominated the second half of play offensively, lead by Troy Barthelme. He would finish the game with a career high 29 points, 26 of which came in the second half and overtime. He showed his versatility by knocking down clutch long range jump shots and working hard in the post in a clutch performance. The win helped secure a first place regular season finish for the Crusader's. St. Paul's will wrap up the league play tomorrow at Archbishop Curley.
St. Paul's 67
St. John's 62
SP -Barthelme 29, Reid 21, Smaldore 6, Kelly 5, Stokes 5, Moore 1
SJ – Pilgrim 19, Hill 12, Collins 11, White 8, Moore 4, White 2
The Blue Basketball team traveled to Gilman School on Wednesday afternoon for its last game of the season. The first three quarters remained close as both the Greyhounds and the Crusaders traded baskets and battled on the offensive and defensive ends for control of the game. Despite playing hard and hustling throughout, the Greyhounds were able to pull ahead in the 4th quarter thanks to their efficient execution against the St. Paul's zone. A furious comeback was stifled by the home squad, and Gilman was able to prevail by a score of 37-29.
Nate Livingston led the Crusaders in scoring in their final game of the season. Special shout-out to late-season call-up Will King who battled hard in his first minutes of the season!
Please congratulate the Blue Basketball Team on a terrific season!
The MS Wrestling team concluded their season yesterday afternoon against the Dons of Loyola. The culmination of a seasons work was concluded by an overall team loss, winning less matches than Loyola. However, the determination, growth, pride, desire and effort was made by all! Extremely proud of this group of wrestlers as they worked hard, became better wrestlers and human beings.
The JV basketball team traveled out to Fredrick yesterday to take on the Vikings of St. John's Catholic Prep. In our 2nd to last season game before playoffs we were down a couple players and the other guys knew they had to step up and take charge. St. John's came out in a zone defense and the Crusies started picking it a part with Sam E., Ayden J., Cole B. getting to the rim and Olu K. & Jack M. knocked down a couple mid-range jumpers to put SP up 12-4 at the end of 8 minutes. St. John's turned up their energy in the 2nd quarter and got more aggressive on both ends of the floor. We started to pressure them with a full court press and managed to force them to turn the ball over a couple times, but they still put up 10 points to try and close the gap. Our shooters, Ayden Jett and Jack Mitchell stepped up to knock down a couple 3's while Cole Bloom and John Padousis were able to get to the foul line to pick up a few more to keep the Crusaders up 23-14. At the half we regrouped and come out ready to close out and finish this game. We started in a full-court press again and had them on their heels right away. We held them to just 5 points and put up 12 of our own including another big 3 from Jack Mitchell. Up 15 going into the 4th, we started to slow down our offense and hold the ball to not run up the score. St. John's tried to make a run, but our guys off the bench shut them down and didn't let them back in it. SP held on for the win 39-28. St. Paul's is back on the road today against Curley for a big game that could decide playoff standings for next week.
Tuesday, February 12
In the MIAA wrestling championships last weekend the Crusaders finished 5th as a team. Jack Parr and Nasir Wilkinson both won their weight classes while Dylan Blau, Will Guida and Max Hammond each finished second in their weight classes. Gene Quodala finished 3rd , Everett McDuffie finished 5th and Marshall Hammond finished 6th. Congrats to everyone on the wrestling team for their performance.
Friday saw St. Paul's Gold beat Calvert 25-14. A fun game for the boys.
In its second-to-last game of the year, the St. Paul's Blue basketball team traveled to Calvert School to take on the Mighty Bees. The Crusaders jumped out to a 7-0 lead and then, well...it turned into just into one of those games. There seemed to be a lid on the basket as shot after shot and free throw after free throw barely rimmed out. Meanwhile, the home squad, energized by a raucous crowd, converted in transition and in the half-court against the St. Paul's zone defense. A furious comeback from the Crusaders fell short as Calvert prevailed by a score of 34-25.
Having lost to Calvert twice this season, SP middle school hockey looked to come out strong on Friday. Playing their best team hockey of the season, the Crusaders held a 6-3 lead at the end of the first period and eventually won 10 to 8.
JV basketball lost to St. Mary's on Friday night 53-50 while the Varsity team defeated the Saints 59-50 to remain in first place. The regular season ends this week with games at St. Johns on Wednesday and at Curley on Thursday.