Bishop Ireton Scrimmage

The Bears traveled to Alexandria not to play SSSA or EHS, but to participate in a controlled scrimmage against the Catholic School. The Cardinals include two college recruits and their roster was not filled with bodies bigger than the Bears.

It is hard to read much from a controlled scrimmage. The purpose is to teach and it is hard to know whether the 1st strings are matched because there were frequent substitutions.

With the exception of one play the Bears controlled the line of scrimmage both when on O and on D. The Landon Defense scored twice on interceptions and the Offense put together two long drives.

Notes and observations (in no particular order):

  • In past years, the defense frequently looks confused. Landon plays a complex set of arrays depending on the offensive sets and a variety of calls. Early in the preseason, there has been some confusion. Though a number of new starters populated this 11, they got it right most often.

  • All of last year’s starters on the offensive line at the end of the season (the 2014 linemen had a rash of injuries) return and with the complex, tightly timed blocking patterns, their effectiveness depends on their close coordination. They have it. There is some size among the first seven plus the next players have more height/weight than the Bears have had previously had in reserve. The coaches substituted liberally and the blocking did not suffer. Impressive!

  • The defensive front has bookends on the right and left. Kolby Williams and Keith Simms have athleticism, size and physicality. The interior (line and LBs) are aggressive, large and tough. They fill the gaps, tackle with vigor, rush the opposing QB and drop into coverage when called on to do so. The next generation at these positions has several promising youngsters getting ready to follow these two.

  • The offensive back field has a returning QB and wing back who know the offense, handle the ball well, hit the holes (interior and wide) with power and speed and hit the opponents with pop. The returning tailback was out for the scrimmage (to return Saturday?) but Josh Hunter stepped in to rush through the middle. He’s got size and speed; so he effectively ate up yards in holes. There are five or six RBs (including a member of the Class of 2018) who add depth and have equal or greater speed.

  • The CBs both played the position last year and should handle their assignments with speed, hands and toughness. The two deep backs have been waiting for their chances to step up and against the BI receivers covered well.

  • The PK and P, a single senior, returns. He has added height and length to both kicks.

  • The special teams really did not “scrimmage”. Nothing to add here.

The enthusiasm of this squad is encouraging. There are leaders in the 2015 group, but there are strong voices within the other classes.

It was a good first scrimmage which raised expectations. The Bears have a tough schedule to test that potential.

BigBEAR

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2014 Bear Football Tracks {DRAFT LIST}

Keeping contact with Bears, who have decided and qualified to contribute to Football at the next level, provides some continuity to the program. The readers appear to enjoy hearing about the alumni progress.

Not all college sports websites are created equally; so this is a solicitation of parents, siblings, grandparents and classmates NOT for $$ but for information.

Please add, subtract or modify the below information by sending an email to sandy_murdock@yahoo.com.

Another plea: game photographs are greatly prized from parents, schoolmates and friends.

 Included below the chart are the biographies of Bears who were located. There are some highlighted notes; they all involve HONORS!!!!

BEAR YEAR # POSITION COLLEGE Next  GAME NOTES
1 Myles Allen ‘17 32 RB Rochester
3 Anthony Fullum ‘17 34 CB W& M
  Hunter Davis ‘17 staff Stetson
4 Terrence Fullum ‘15 49 DL Richmond
5 Taylor Greene ‘16 78 DL Stetson
6 Antoine Hudson ‘15 1 DB Bryant
7 Vincent Kindfuller ‘16 60 DL MIT
8 Obai Kamara ‘17 87 TE Davidson
9 Max Lehrman ‘15 90 DE Amherst
10 Dillon Rupp ‘15 91 FB Bucknell
  Dominique Seagears ‘18 Trinity
11 Johnny Sharp R‘17 On roster no number UNLV
12 Ben Spiritos ‘15 77 OL Dartmouth
13 Matt Underhill ‘17 90 PK W&L
  DNP=did not play *no participation info provided

 

NOTES:

#32  Myles Allen

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At UR 2013: Appeared in all nine games as a freshman and was team’s top running backHonorable Mention All-Liberty League selection following a season which saw him rush 106 times for 444 yards and team high 7 TDs…Also, had five receptions for 54 yards…Scored game-winning 2-point conversion with no time on the clock in 36-35 win over Springfield on Sep. 28…Season high 135 yards rushing on 29 carries at Rensselaer while adding two TDs…Was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week on Oct. 21.

HS: Attended The Landon School where he lettered in track, basketball and football for the Bears…Named football team captain as a senior when he also was the team’s offensive MVP…Earned All-League honors and compiled 1080 rushing yards during his career.

 

Hunter Rauh Davis Stetson Football staff

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#34 Anthony Fullum Bio

 

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FRESHMAN YEAR (2013)
Redshirted …

HIGH SCHOOL
Three-year letterwinner as a cornerback and wide receiver for head coach Paul Padalino at Landon School … Earned All-IAC honors in 2012 … Also selected as the team’s defensive MVP after totaling 41 tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups … Lettered as a member of the track team … Served as president of the Multicultural Student Alliance … Member of the honor roll every semester …

PERSONAL
Son of Terrence Fullum and Lisa Thompson … Brother, Terrence, plays football at the University of Richmond … Enjoys lifting weights and playing video games.

 

#49 Terrence Fullum

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2013
• CAA All-Academic Team

• Played in eight games, making three tackles and one for a loss
• Made a tackle in the win over William & Mary
• Had a tackle for a loss at Rhode Island
• Picked up a tackle against Maine

2012
• 2012 CAA Football All-Academic Team

• Appeared in all 11 games
• Totaled eight tackles on the season
• Five tackles in shutout win over Rhode Island
• Had one tackle each at Virginia and in win over Gardner-Webb
• Also had a tackle in Capital Cup win at William & Mary

2011
• Played in all 11 games, earning one start and recording 11 tackles, including 1.0 for loss
• Totaled four tackles against Massachusetts
High School
• Racked up 110 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss over his final two seasons at the Landon School
• Played in the conference championship game in 2008, 2009 and 2010 — helping Landon win the title in 2008
• Landon was 23-7 in that three-year span
• Was a First Team All-Conference pick and Second Team All-Sentinel selection as a senior

Personal
• Son of Terrence and Lisa Fullum

MIT has not issued its 2014 roster

#87 Obai Kamara DE

Kamara, Obai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

013: Saw action at Jacksonville (10/26) and in the season finale against Campbell (11/23).

Prep Years: Two-year letter winner for coach Paul Padalino at Landon High School • Voted all-conference as a senior • Honorable Mention All-Gazette • Honorable mention small school all-state • Lettered in rugby three times, and in wrestling once • Earned all-conference and all-region honors in rugby • Also played lacrosse • Achieved honor roll all four years • Named to National Society of High School Scholars • Volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Personal: Born September 12, 1995 • Son of Mohamed and Fatmata Kamara • Has two brothers, Mohamed (14) and Malik (10).

Amherst has not issued a 2014 roster yet

#91 Dillon Rupp, Fullback

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2013 (Junior): Saw first career game action late in season finale at VMI … named Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Year at team’s postseason awards banquet … member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2012 (Sophomore): Did not appear in a game behind All-Patriot League fullback Travis Friend.
2011 (Freshman): Joined team late in preseason practice … did not appear in a game.

The Landon School: Member of football, lacrosse and wrestling teams all four years … helped football team to 2009 I.A.C. title … helped lacrosse squad to 2010 I.A.C. title … lacrosse team was ranked 13th nationally as a senior … second-team all-league wrestler in 189-pound weight class … all-league guard in football as a senior … helped football team to Davis-Fagan Cup as a senior … earned The Landon School’s Three-Sport Athlete Award.

Personal: Dillon Rivers Rupp … born July 31, 1992 in Washington, D.C. … son of Steven and Lindsey Rupp … has one brother, Colton … majoring economics.

Trinity has not yet published is 2014 Roster

 

#77 Ben Spiritos OL

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JUNIOR (2013)
Played in every game on the offensive line, cracking the starting lineup for four of the final six games at left guard … helped the Big Green record their most total yards for a season in 21 years … opened holes for the sixth 1,000-yard rushing performance by a Dartmouth player in the program’s history … protected quarterback Dalyn Williams who threw for the most yards by a Big Green QB in seven years.

SOPHOMORE (2012)
Once again worked up front on the offensive line with the junior varsity … also made his first varsity appearance in the season-opening, 35-7 victory over Butler.

FRESHMAN (2011)
Contributed to the junior varsity efforts on the offensive line.

HIGH SCHOOL
First-team all-state for small schools as a senior at Landon … selected to the Interstate Athletic Conference All-Star team and All-Sentinel second team … committed during the summer … could end up at center … in addition to football, wrestled, threw the shot and discus, and played rugby at Landon … captained the wrestling team, going 19-8 with 10 pins in the 285 class.

PERSONAL
Economics major … son of Sam and Celia … full name is Benjamin Adam Spiritos … born on April 6, 1993 … has two brothers … father played soccer at Penn in the early ’80s … uncle Mike played soccer at Harvard and uncle Jeff was a soccer player at Duke … aunt Sarah Stahmer was Dartmouth ’79 … talented musician who plays piano, trumpet, guitar and percussion instruments.

W&L has not yet published its 2014 roster

 

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Bears Preseason Football thoughts

This edition includes the following:

  • A few initial impressions from first day of practice;
  • early recruiting news for two Bears;
  • quick review of the 2014 opponents;
  • a republication of what loosely is called BSN’s editorial policy

 

 

First day observations

Monday’s practice was forecast to have heavy showers, but 20 minutes before the boys ran onto the field, the clouds rolled back and sunshine prevailed. Then as the kids and parents headed to the gym, a rainbow appeared. I’m not superstitious, but those are two good omen. The boy’s practice UA gear looked great.

 

On a more substantive basis, the field looked crowded with ~80 players and an unusual number of larger athletic players. The line prospects are very promising, especially since the entire offensive line returns. Several key backfield players are back, but both starting WRs graduated; so there are some opportunities for swift guys to step up. The size depth should help on the DL and several LBs are back. The perimeter players have some candidates who were key back-ups last year.

 

Most importantly, the Class of 2015 is strong in character with several impressive athletes and the depth in the Junior and Sophomore ranks appears to be exceptional.

 

Good prospects all around.

There will be two scrimmages—Bishop Ireton and Walt Whitman. They should provide some insights into this team.

 

 

Bear FB Recruits

Good news about both Kolby Williams ’15 and Keith Simms ’16. According to recruiting sites, the senior TE/DE/LB has interest from about 18 colleges and the junior has an offer from Illinois and Charlotte as well as interest from a number of others.

 

2014 Schedule review

Woodberry Forest is off the 2013 schedule;so no more previews of Notre Dame and other big time recruits. Instead, AD Holm has added some WCAC foes—Palotti and Paul VI. AACS, BL and St. Paul’s from the MIAA return. Bullis claims the IAC favorite role and its list of big time recruits is impressive. EHS and SSSA had promising rosters last year; it will be interesting to see how they develop. GP returns to full IAC status although the Bears continued to play them. Saint Albans’ Satterlee-Henderson is being renovated so they will have to play most of their games away.

 

 

Annapolis Area Christian School

  • MIAA division C team
  • ’11 10-2; ’12 0-10;’13 3-7, lost to Landon 11-49
  • 2014 seniors graduated to colleges;
  • recruit search: Dion Golatt 2017 Pro style QB 6’0”, 190#; being recruited per 24/7- comment ” young prospect with outstanding upside who stood out during 1 vs 1 and 7 vs 7 drills.”; nothing WaPo

 

Boys Latin

  • MIAA Division B team
  • ’11 5-7;’12 5-5 ;’13 6-3- beat Landon 10 2013 JV team 5-0
  • No information though research

 

  1. Vincent Palotti
  • WCAC
  • ’11 2-8; ’12 3-7; ’13 6-6
  • Jeffrey Butler ’15 6’3”, 270# OG/DT;
  • Jordan Wyatt ’16, 6’1”, 140# CB/WR 4.74 in 40
  • Justin Mulbah ’16, 6’0, 185#, S/OLB

 

Paul VI

  • WCAC
  • ‘113-6; ’12 6-4; ’13 3-7
  • 21 returning players/10 players graduated; 2013 roster had 6 players of 200#+

 

Saint Paul’s

  • MIAA B
  • ‘115-4; ’12 11-0; ’12 9-1 league champions; beat Landon 28-14
  • Garrett Mullin ’15, 6’2”, 270# , Ivy League/Georgetown/Navy interest
  • Anthony Pino ’15, 5’11” 180# QB

 

EHS

  • IAC
  • ‘113-6; ’12 3-7;’13 5-4 beat Landon 30-21
  • 2013 roster returns 30 players; 11 listed as 200#+; 3 at 250#+

 

SSSA

  • IAC
  • ‘111-8;’12 6-4, ’12 0-9 lost to Landon 21-41
  • 2013 roster 26 returning; 8 @ 200#+
  • Isaiah Davis ’15, 6’1”, 215# LB, commits to V; offers BC, , NC State, Tennessee, VaTech

 

Bullis

  • IAC returning champions
  • ‘119-1; ’12 8-3; ’13 9-1 beat Landon 24-0
  • Jonathan Holland ’15  DE commit to PSU
Haskins Jr., Dwayne Bullis 2016 QB offers Arizona State, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, SMU, Temple, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia Tech
Holland, Jonathan Bullis 2015 DE HM, 2013 offers Pitt, Illinois, West Virginia, Charlotte, Boston College, Penn State, Wake Forest, Temple, Indiana, ODU
Johnson, Patrick Bullis 2016 WR offer Illinois
Williams, Devonte Bullis 2015 HM, 2013 offers Western Michigan, Temple, Indiana, Buffalo, Charlotte, Syracuse, Toledo

 

 

GP

  • Returns to IAC
  • ‘114-6; ’12 5-5; ’13 4-6; lost to Landon7-14
Forney, David Georgetown Prep 2015 OL HM, 2013 offers Navy, Wofford

 

StA

  • IAC
  • ’11 7-3; ’12 4-6;’12 2-8 lost to Landon 13-19 OT

 

 

 

 

 

EDITORIAL POLICY

It’s a little presumptuous to even pretend that this silly little “blog” merits anything called an editorial policy, but I cannot think of a more apt phrase to introduce an explanation of why BSN covers Bear Sports News in a peculiar style. Hopefully, the below paragraph will explain to new readers what’s going on in this space; further, the “policy” makes some important admissions (maybe even a priori apologies) and makes clear how welcome your comments, criticisms, corrections and the occasional compliment(s) are welcome!!!!

(a) the content is mine, does not reflect the opinion of Landon, Coach Padalino or anyone directly related to Landon,

(b) that any errors that may exist are mine, inadvertent and correctable (please let me know and I will make ALL corrections);

(c) that the author (me) is a huge disciple of the Landon team concept and that I will do everything that I can do to mention all the players; however, universal coverage is not really possible through this medium. If someone believes that a player or group should receive greater attention, I am open to such suggestions. I will TRY not to mention referees at any time and will limit references to the opposition.

(d) that BSN is a volunteer publication and that as the editor, publisher, statistician and writer [me], I am all too fallible and I apologize in advance for any error.

(e) TO REPEAT– BSN  gladly welcomes all comments, criticisms and corrections; usually the right version is incorporated in the text. SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME ALL FORMS OF FEEDBACK (GOOD AND BAD).

IF ANY NEW BEAR FANS WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BSN LIST SERVE WHICH SENDS OUT THESE POSTS, please send an email to sandy_murdock@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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Yes, it’s summer and there are technically no Bear teams, but

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!

 

 

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Commencement Edition of BearSportsNews

As noted by Messrs. Armstrong and Joyce, while a Commencement comes at the end of an academic year, it actually means a beginning. This edition will sum up some of the end of year Bear news, but also point to the future.

All IAC, All Met and All American

All IAC

Baseball
Alex Norwinski ’15

Golf
Brent Bubes ’14
Morgan Egloff ’15
Evan Katz ’17
Jeff Samit ’17

Lacrosse
Sam Lynch ’14
Jack Bolen ’14
Sean K. O’Brien ’14
Colton Rupp ’15

Tennis
Gabriel Goldberg ’15
Alexander Reinke ’14

Track & Field
Oliver Hightower ’14
Romare Marshall ’14
Tumi Onaghise ’14

All Met and All American lacrosse

Sean K. O’Brien ’14

All American – Academic lacrosse

Jack Bolen ’14

Bear Sailing

From Landon.net

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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.”

 

 

 

Varsity Athletes who excelled in other school endeavors

This involved multiple cross-referencing award lists and Landon’s 19 sports; so it is VERY likely that I missed one or more Bears who should be on this list. Search of the Landon website did not result in finding the names of boys who were involved in class and upper school leadership.

The point of this lengthy table is to celebrate the degree to which all Bears explore academic excellence, community service, performing arts, studio arts, ethics and other areas BEFORE they walk on fields, courts, rinks, pools, tracks, bodies of water. Twenty boys received some recognition for the work in endeavors other than sports. Given the time commitment of all of these spheres, these are remarkable performances. This table is not intended to diminish the hard work of the Bears who are not on this list; just to show in one place the unusual breadth of accomplishment of these multiple pursuit boys.

student   Teams Awards
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:

 

NCAA Baseball

Max Kra’12 pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Bucknell against the #1 seed UVa; the Cavaliers prevailed, however.

Also a great picture of Ian Kelso ‘11playing baseball for the Bears of Washington University

 

Aidan Kelso

 

 

Princeton Lacrosse

Jack Strabo’10 received the Scott P. Klurfeld ’74 award, chosen by his teammates as one who embodies the qualities of perseverance, hard work, team spirit and dedication to Lacrosse and to Princeton. Brian Reilly’09 was awarded the John T. Schroeder Class of 1992 Men’s Lacrosse Award for his embodiment of character and selfless devotion to the team and having had the greatest impact on the success of Princeton Men’s Lacrosse. Brian received a very high honor from his classmates by being elected as a Member of the Princeton University Board.

 

COMMENCEMENT →FORWARD

These are a few, quick personal observations about the 2014 and 2015 Bear team. Unfortunately, my knowledge of some sports is so minimal that to share my thoughts would be at best supercilious; here are a couple of thoughts about the future:

  • Football—all of the Bear offensive linemen return and the starting running backs are back; the defense should be anchored by an impressive pair of DE’s; losses in the perimeter speed means Coach Padalino will have to find replacements. Bullis has already received a LOT of press about college scouts drooling over several of their studs. Prep will be Prep; EHS and SSSA had rosters with much potential.

  • Basketball—if one is to believe DCSportsFan (a BIG supposition, but hopefully true), “2017 combo guard Chyree Walker” is leaving PVI to go back to Landon. New Coach Coates is attracting some familiar talent.

  • Hockey—New (sort of) Coach Farnstrom lost the team’s top player. Its starting goalie and a set of contributing seniors, but last year’s club won on teamwork. The ’14-’15 squad will be bolstered by the Middle School and some returning talent. The MAPHL league play is changing in its format and what that limits/allows in terms of scheduling will be news. The most intriguing part of every IAC hockey season is reading the other school rosters.

  • Golf – Four seniors are no longer available for Coach Duquette, but he has a LOT of young talent returning witness the above-mentioned All IAC junior and two freshman.

  • Lacrosse—nine 2014 members are off to play college lacrosse, but Coach Bordley has lots of talent coming back. Rumors abound about multiple coaching changes in the DMV, including (true) former Bear Coach Horsey will take over at St. John’s College HS.

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LANDON LACROSSE 2014 POST SEASON THOUGHTS

Co- IAC Championship, four All IAC players, an average of 12 goals a game, an average of 5.9 goals against defense and an 18-4 record—for most schools that would be an historic season. Landon has set the bar high; so some may be disappointed with those numbers. Objectively, those are accomplishments about which the 2014 team, the coaches, parents and alumni should be proud. The seventeen seniors have worked so hard and have demonstrated to their fellow Bears the importance of hard work and teamwork.

2014 senior day 112-X2

 

Of the graduating class, ten will continue to play at the college level:

  • Stephen Bauer, lacrosse, Beloit College
  • Jack Bolen, lacrosse, Cornell University
  • Zac Buller, lacrosse, Jacksonville University
  • Jack Falk, lacrosse, University of Virginia
  • Trey Lundelius, lacrosse, McGill University
  • Sam Lynch, lacrosse, Johns Hopkins University
  • Riley McTague, lacrosse, Hobart College
  • Andrew Mitchell, lacrosse, United States Military Academy
  • Sean K. O’Brien, lacrosse, Bucknell University
  • Mike Rallo, lacrosse, Washington and Lee University

 

2014 team awards

Most Valuable Player Award           Jack Bolen

Offensive Player of the Year           Sean O’Brien

Defensive Player of the Year           Hunter Sells

The George Boiardi Award               Colton Rupp

 The Jack Crawford Award               Sam Lynch

The Khari Baten Award                   Jack Falk

All IAC Lacrosse awards

Sam Lynch ’14
Jack Bolen ’14
Sean K. O’Brien ’14
Colton Rupp ’15

Some thoughts on the 2014 season and the prospects for 2015:

Coaching: Coach Bordley reached 585 wins this year earned over his almost 40 seasons. No head coach and staff prepare more than the Bear mentors. The Head Coach has a stable(alphabetical order) of seasoned assistants –JR Bordley, Conor Cassidy, Penn Leachman and Paul Padalino plus some new sideline help—Warner Ball, Michael Cooke and Will McGettigan. The group must really like each other because when they are not in the classroom, on the practice field or in the Bordley “office”, they travel to other high school and college games to learn more. Landon lax alums are exceptionally well prepared for further endeavors because these men teach them what is required to attain excellence.

Scheduling: Landon continues to play a top level schedule with games against Baltimore’s MIAA (2-0), Philadelphia’s InterAC , New England’s Founders League (#17), Canada’s the Hill Academy (#10) and DC’s WCAC (4-1). The addition of the McCallie team (18-5) brought one of the emerging South to Bethesda. The middle of the schedule involved WaPo’s #1, #2, #4, #9 teams, an MIAA-A semifinalist and an always tough SSSA team. The IAC, though not getting as much attention in the national rankings, had great depth of talent this year, witness that no one in the league was undefeated. We missed the annual match against California’s Coronado, but Coach Alex Cade is likely to come back to his high school home in 2015.

Attack: this group performed well and the only starter Zac Buller will be lost to graduation. They were particularly proficient moving the ball accurately and quickly; three sharp passes on a competitive level usually results in an open goal. Opposing Ds could not focus on any one of these offensive players; all can carry, pass and shoot the ball. All IAC Colton Rupp and Nate Buller will provide a great base for 2015 with 6 returning lettermen to compete for the 3rd starter.

Midfield: The 1st middies all earned All IAC honors. Jack Falk, who earned the prestigious Khari Baten award, was only able to play limited minutes while he recovers from an injury; if fully recovered, four of the Bears might have received this honor. This group excelled as speed dodgers, able to create separation with alley dodges, draw a slide and then move the ball to an open shooter. Jack Bolen either beat his man and shot or reversed the ball to a line mate. #15 is an exceptional defender, too. Sean O’Brien is as good a shooter as any Bear within recent memory plus his quick feet could beat most slides. On the Bear EMO, the opposing D coach would shout “shut down #1”; in spite of this admonition, Sean K. hit the nets many times. Sam Lynch showed exceptional dodging ability and could pick where the goalie could not get the ball. In transition from O to D and from D to O, #10’s speed was a huge positive factor. Riley McTague would have started at most other IAC schools, but was strong on both ends of the field; he will be a major contributor at Hobart. Leo Falcone, Mike Rallo Luke Kurtz and Kyle Hartman were sources of energy when needed. For example, against SJCHS (a game sandwiched in between the rain interrupted SSSA game), these two brought intensity to the theretofore flat Bear game, scrambling for ground balls, playing tough D and moving the ball on O. Nine middies with significant playing time will return next year and try to equal this year’s M performance.

Face-offs

Three Bears (Jarett Witzal, Sam Offutt and Ryan Pride) spent time battling for possession of the ball after every score and at the start of each period. Jarett had most of these key assignmentsand was successful most of the time. This should be a strength in 2015, particularly under the tutelage of Coach Cassidy.

Long Stick Middies

Since the Bears didn’t use SSDMs this year, the LSM position may be the most demanding one—having to cover the opponents’ best middies in space. Seniors Brandon Johnson and Trey Lundelius took this challenge and did well. Containing a talented middie limits slides and gives the overall D good equanimity. #24 and #30 were beloved by the close defenders and the goalies. Trey will be a most welcome addition to McGill’s lacrosse team (a Canadian perennial strong squad) and it would not be surprising to see Brandon in a UVA lax jersey someday. No underclassman spent a lot of time in this function, but there are some talented long poles with the requisite stickwork, footwork, speed and athleticism to do this work.

Close Defense

Senior Andrew Mitchell (USMA recruit) was expected to be the mainstay of the Bear backline, but a nasty football injury sidelined him. Junior Kolby Williams appeared to be ready to be a contributor here, too, but his football injury delayed those expectations. The mantle of protecting the goal fell to Tom Evans, Paul Padalino, Landon McKenzie and Drew Firstenberg. In Penn Leachman’ s demanding defense requires a high level of communication and coordination; these rising seniors will provide a foundation on which to build the D. A GA average of less than six is an indicator that these Bears did well. Additionally there were five other letter winners who gained valuable varsity experience during the season.

Goalie

The defensive player award was goalie Hunter Sells, whose best play in the nets was usually against the toughest opponents. Early saves by #7 set the tone of many games and his incredible stick work late in others “saved” the game. Jack Prutting established his bona fides in an early 2011 season game against Malvern Prep (http://bearsportsnews.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/landon-lacrosse-bears-up-in-overtime-to-beat-malvern-prep-8-7/ ); the starting Bear goal was having an off day. Coach Bordley put a young untested Jack in the nets and he made some momentum altering saves which helped contributing to a win. Like that story, Jack contributed to Landon’s success this year by being prepared, stepping in when needed and being the best teammate he could be. The depth at the G position in 2015 is demonstrated by Stephen Bauer who will be on the Beloit College roster next year and who may well start many games there.

Junior Varsity

Members of this IAC championship team are expected to contribute to the 2015 team. The notion, that one has to make the Varsity as a freshman or a sophomore, is disproved by this year’s MVP, who did not join Coach Bordley’ s team until his junior year and who is expected to be a player for Cornell.

I cannot wait until the beginning of the 2015 season and will long remember the Bears of 2014. Best to all of them and their parents.

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Landon Lacrosse 7 Georgetown Prep 10

There are seventeen members of the Class of 2014 who worked very hard over their careers on this Varsity Lacrosse team to increase their contributions to their Bear brothers. Ten years from now they will have positive memories of their senior 18-4 season earned through a very demanding schedule. Today, as they left the field, the immediate disappointment is a more controlling sentiment. There is no doubt that anyone felt that their efforts were deficient.

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The visiting team scored first with a feed from Zac Buller to Sam Lynch @ 4:02. GP responded with an EMO goal at 0:36.

END OF 1ST Q BEARS 1 LITTLE HOYAS 1

 

The home team took a lead at 8:04 and Landon tied on a Colton Rupp pass to Sam Lynch @ 7:43. The last minute was not kind to the Bears; GP scored an even goal at 0:55.5 and then an EMO goal at 0:29.9

HALFTIME LITTLE HOYAS 4 BEARS 2

 

In a broken ride, the home team scored a quick goal at 9:09, but Ryan Pride nailed the corner on an alley dodge @ 6:13. The Little Hoyas scored at 5:32 and again the Bears replied with a Sam Lynch turn around bounce shot @ 4:35. The margin grew to three goals with a GP shot at 3:37. Colton got the visitors within a single digit with an unassisted score @ 3:21 and then assisted by Jack Bolen @ 2:53.Unfortunately, the Hoyas too it back to 2 goals with a score at 2:46.

END OF 3RD Q LITTLE HOYAS 8 BEARS 6

 

The combination of a pass from Colton to Zac @ 10:25, a beautiful dodge by the junior attackman forced GP slides which left the senior at the edge of the crease where he quick sticked it past the opposing goalie. The home team got two more goals to end the game.

FINAL SCORE LITTLE HOYAS 10 BEARS 7

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A pass which did not connect, a missed ground ball, a slide that was a half second late, a shot which hit the crossbar or some combinations of these — if these moments were reversed, the six goal differential of the losses might have been overcome.

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

 

Colton Rupp           2 goals

Hunter Sells            14 saves

Sam Lynch             2 goals

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Landon Lacrosse 11 Bullis 4

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.

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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

 

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

(in numerical order)

Colton Rupp               4 goals

Hunter Sells      9 saves

Riley Mc Tague          4 GBs

Jarrett Witzel               9/15 at the X

Landon McKenzie               3CTs, 1 GB

 

 

 

BEAT PREP

 

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Landon lacrosse 11 Bullis 4

IAC semifinal.

Saturday’s IAC Championship will be at GP, time?

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