Coach Duquette proudly reports that Bears dominate the Maryland Junior Amateur with
#1Mike Blasey 141
T#3 Walter Egloff 145
T #9 Evan Katz 148
Those are Bears!
The Landon sailing team earned four honors at this year’s DC Sail High School Sailing Team Awards. Max Beyer ’17 won the Most Valuable Sailor Award for the Green Fleet division, which is comprised of first-year racers. Also in the Green Fleet class, Jack Pingle ’16 received the Most Improved Award and Andrew Javens ’17 scored the Coaches Award. Team Captain Aaron Beguelin ’14 rounded out the honors with a junior varsity Coaches Award.
These accolades capped off a season that saw Bear JV sailors (who compete two men to a boat) beat out 13 other teams (28 boats total) to win the first regatta of the season and place second out of 37 boats in the next regatta. Meanwhile, the boat skippered by Pingle in the final Green Fleet regatta of the season took top prize.
That is an impressive showing for a team that didn’t exist until two years ago, when then-sophomore Beguelin — who grew up sailing the waters off Connecticut and Rhode Island — decided he wanted to bring sailing to Landon. So Beguelin approached DC Sail, an umbrella program that provides coaching and regatta competitions for high-school sailing teams made up of 75 kids from school across the metro area, about starting a Landon team. While the DC Sail coaches were enthusiastically on board with the idea, the one thing Beguelin lacked was teammates — so that first year he sailed alone.
“The next year I wanted to make sure I had a team that was ready to go, but I didn’t want to get up at school and make an announcement,” Beguelin said. “So I did it grass-roots, and just approached people I thought would be a good fit.”
By the time the following season rolled around, Luke Glen ’16 and Beguelin’s hockey teammate Ben Gilbert ’16 had joined the team. Glen sailed junior varsity, while Gilbert, a newbie to the sport, caught on quickly and sailed varsity with Beguelin. This past season, five more Landon students signed up: Walker Hague ’15, Jack Pingle and his younger brother Hayden Pingle ’17, Andrew Javens and Max Beyer. Hague and Gilbert will captain the team next year.
Despite the growing numbers, Beguelin was the only Landon sailor to qualify for the DC Sail varsity squad this season (tryouts are held each year). So, rather than go it alone, the senior decided to stick with his teammates and sail JV instead.
“This is my last year at Landon, so I’m focused on legacy and what I want to leave behind, and my top priority was to make sure this team will be able to continue for years to come,” Beguelin explained. “I figured the best way to do that was to be a hands-on leader and to sail JV so I could be with my other Landon guys and show them what they needed to do if the coaches were busy with other teams. I felt that was important as far as showing the leadership that should be there in the type of program I wanted to create and hope continues at the school.”
Beguelin’s selflessness did not go unnoticed. The soon-to-be-graduate, who will attend Hamilton University in the fall, made a lasting impression on the DC Sail coaches.
“The coaches felt strongly that [Aaron’s] dedication to his team even at the expense of his own personal ambitions warranted the highest esteem,” DC Sail Assistant Coach Prag Katta said of the decision to honor Beguelin with the Coaches Award. “This selflessness, this subsuming of his own ego led directly to the quick development of the Landon team. … He aided the coaches in understanding quickly the developmental status of each member of his team and he laid the groundwork for the future development of his team.”
|Ozair Ahmad||golf||Baccalaureate speaker, Cum Laude|
|Raman Ananthanpillai||Winter track, tennis||National School Orchestra Award for Strings, Cum Laude|
|Steve Bauer||Lacrosse||Mary Lou Ourisman Award for Drama,
Chamber Singers Award,
|Jack Bolen||Cross country, lacrosse||Cum Laude|
|Ryan Curto||Swim and Dive,
Trampoline, Spring Track
|Fathers Club Citizenship Award, Cum Laude, Bearitones Award for A Capella Music, Booth Tech Award|
|Jules Desroches||Football, wrestling, rugby||The Carroll Mercer Marbury Award|
|Thomas Dunnigan||Basketball||Cum laude|
|Ethan Fieger||lacrosse||Valedictorian, The Cary Maguire ’46 Ethics Scholar|
|Leo Falcone||Cross country, lacrosse||Advanced Handbell Ringer Award|
|Jack Gilbert||Cross country, swim & dive, Spring Track||Robert Long Award for Perseverance:|
|Robbie Hefferon||Water polo, swim & dive||The Upper School Headmaster’s Award, Mary Lou Ourisman Award for Drama, Cum Laude|
|Garland Kennedy||Water polo, swim & dive||David Foster Award for Excellence in Writing, History Award for Outstanding Achievement, Excellence in Latin Award, Cum Laude|
|Brandon Johnson||Football, lacrosse||John Edward Marshall Prize for Improvement in Writing|
|Marcus Kindfuller||Water polo, swim & dive||John Edward Marshall Prize for Improvement in Writing|
|Harry Laird||Soccer, basketball||The Malcolm Coates Student Activities Award, The Patrick Tanner ’96 Community Service Award, Cum Laude|
|Kevin Soraci||Cross Country, Winter Track, Spring Track,||The Eleanor Ann Johnson Award, Overall Excellence in Science Award, Cum Laude|
|Walter Spak||Soccer golf||Landon Mothers Association Studio Arts Award
|Culver VanVleck||Hockey, tennis||Louis Armstrong Award for Jazz Band|
|Aaron Zaimi||soccer||Excellence in French Award:|
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It’s tough beating an opponent more than once; they probably picked up some of your tactics in the 1st game (a 9-4 Bears win). It’s tougher beating a rival twice in the same season; the emotion behind the underdog builds after each match. It’s extremely winning an IAC Semi Final; for so much is on the line. That triple hurdle was cleared today as the Bears beat the Bulldogs 11-4.
The visitors’ initial emotional surge was evident when they scored at 9:16. The response from the home team was thrice the measure with unassisted goals by Rob Adkins @ 8:24, Zac Buller @ 6:05 and Jack Bolen @ 1:03 (two alley dodges sandwich a nice bounce shot).
The Bullis offense was frustrated by an aggressive Landon D with lots of doubling, jumps from the blind sides and good Caused Turnovers by LSMs Brandon Johnson and Tray Lundelius and the Long Poles—Paul Padalino, Drew Firstenberg, Landon McKenzie and Tom Evans. The Bulldogs sharpshooters could not beat Bear Goalie Hunter Sells, who had 9 saves, many of them early on.
END OF 1ST PERIOD BEARS 3 BULLDOGS 1
The boys from Potomac narrowed the margin to +1 with an EMO goal scored on a broken clear at 9:35. The home boys found a scoring machine with two consecutive Sean O’Brien to Colton Rupp plays @ 7:47 and @ 6:05.
HALFTIME SCORE BEARS 5 BULLDOGS 2
Maybe it was the stirring Coach Bordley speech, maybe it was adjustments to the O and/or D or maybe it is the deeper Bear roster, but whatever it was the 3rd Quarter was all Landon. Zac Buller fed Sean O’Brien for a sizzling low-to-high shot which hit the goal corner @ 10:59. Jack Bolen initiated a midfield play with a passto Sam Lynch for goal @ 4:02. Nate Buller added a lacrosse verb to the writer’s vocabulary when he “buller dodged” hi Bulldog opponent @ 2:40. A minute later, there was a Bear shot which the Bullis goalie could not control. The ball ended up on the ground feet from the crease, where a battle for the ball ensued. True to his hockey training, Colton controlled the ball/puck and shot a classic hockey garbage goal @1:48
END OF 3RD PERIOD BEARS 9 BULLDOGS 2
Landon extended its lead with an EMO goal @ 10:58 a Nate beautiful pass to Colton @10:58.
In a typical Bordley tactic, he unleashed a bunch of Bears with Max Menkes, Koko Avedisian, Mike Rallo, Leo Falcone, Justin Conner, Kennedy Dunn, Andrew Fowler and Will Amoroso , among others unleashed on the visitors. The Bulldogs scored on a scrum after a face-off at 10:44 and an EMO (2 man advantage goal) at 3:47.
Zac finished the Bears’ scoring @3:38 to stem any momentum from the penalty.
FINAL SCORE BEARS 11 BULLDOGS 4
Saturday’s IAC Championship will be at GP, time?
Freshman sinks hole in one, team sets record