BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 01.14.2018










  • Inside the Rocks
    • WINTER—
      • WRESTLERS BEAT PREP on the way to sweeping a triangular meet
      • Basketball loses to StA and Flint Hill
      • Ice Hockey lost to Purple Eagles and then beat the Potomac Bulldogs


  • Bear Tracks
    • Bears making trax in basketball, hockey and swimming
      • Williams Eph Men and Connor Meike win streak moves into tie at top of NESCAC
    • Bears making trax in professional hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)






  • Winter Sports
  • Varsity Basketball (4-9)
  • Varsity Ice Hockey (11-2) #4 per WaPo
  • Varsity Indoor Track and Field 1/12 Maroon & Black Relays
  • Varsity Swimming and Diving 1/12 Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
  • Varsity Wrestling from Coach Katz
  • We have finally broken the streak! 
    • Congratulations to this Senior class: Luc Schermer, Brendon Gallagher, Brett Gallagher, Nick Haller, Joel Desroches, and Carter Johnson.  They have led this team to where it is.  It has been 13 years since we have beaten Prep in a dual meet, and we did it in a convincing way.
      • The match started at 160 where Jonny Gherman stuck it to his Prep opponent in 3:41 seconds.
      • Jelani Machen was next.  He earned a major decision by the score of 13-1.
      • Nick Haller received a forfeit at 184.
      • Joel Desroches fought a tough battle against a state ranked wrestler at 195.
      • Carter Johnson (195) put us right back on our winning ways with a pin in the first period.
    • The team score was 22-6.  Prep battled back into the match by winning 3 big wins to actually take the lead 24-22.  No fear because we are now in the heart of our line-up.
      • They forfeited to our three hammers: Axel Giron (120), Lorenzo Lopez (126), and Patrick Kielb (132), to put us back in the lead for good.
      • At 138, Matt Amitay hung tough against a state ranked wrestler and held the score to 8-0.
      • Captain Brendon Gallagher (145) and Marc Schermer (152) ended the match with two pins in the first period.  It was a good win, and it felt satisfying to do it their room.
      • In our second match against Woodberry, we won 61-15.  We wrestled better than the first match and started to build some momentum. While we received 5 forfeits, we won 6 of the 8 remaining matches.
      • The following wrestlers earned forfeits: Nick Haller (182), Joel Desroches (220), Christian Thomas (126), Luc Schermer (138), and Matt Amitay (145).  Carter Johnson (195), Axel Giron (120), and Lorenzo Lopez (132) all earned pins.
      • Jelani Machen won his match 12-5 (one of his closest matches to date).
      • Brendon Gallagher and Jonny Gherman both dominated their opponents and earned technical falls (15-0 and 18-3, respectively).  Brendon’s opponent was ranked in the Virginia Prep states.

    • In our last match, we thumped Pallotti (who actually beat the other two teams).  We matched well against them and won 74-6. There were several exciting matches.  We lost the first match at 182 against a tough opponent, but then did not lose a match the rest of the time. At 195, Joel Desroches reversed his opponent to his back and ended the match even though he was losing by points. At 220, Carter Johnson earned a takedown with 6 seconds left in the overtime period. At 113, Patrick Townsend wrestled his best match of the year and pinned his guy in the third period. At 120 (Axel Giron), 126 (Lorenzo Lopez), 138 (Matt Amitay), 152 (Marc Schermer), 160 (Jonny Gherman), and 170 (Jelani Machen), each pinned his wrestler in the first period.  At 145, Brendon Gallagher continued his dominance on another top ranked wrestler in the state with another technical fall (19-3).  Eric Cao (285), Nate Zola (106), and Luc Schermer all received forfeits.
  • It was a good night for the Bears.  Thank you to all those who came to watch.  We had several alumni show to support the team: Austin Sanders ’05, Matt Gunther’96, Ben Goodfriend ’16, and Connor Cassidy ’06.
  • Next week, we will face a solid Albans team at home. They gave us trouble last year so we need to be ready for them.  We will also wrestle a tough Gilman team and a good Gonzaga team.  The STA match will start at 5 pm on Friday in the new gym.












Winter Sports

Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (9-5) is in a year end “mini truce” until 1/17.


College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (7-7) lost to UNC Pembroke 62-68  AB started 35 minutes, 11 points, 8 reb. 3 assts’ lost to North Georgia 84-92, AB started 24 minutes, 7 points, 2 reb.


Tone Cockrell (L’17) Marywood Pacers (8-6) beat Keystone 81-79 TC: 17 minutes, 4pts, 3 reb, 1 As, 3 steals; lost to Cabrini 63-91, TC: 15 minutes, 8 points, 2 reb., 2 As,

Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (13-5) Assistant Coach;

Coach Joe McDonald (L12), GWU (8-10) Director of Player Development


Ice Hockey

College (4)

  • Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Eph Men (10-4) D, beat Wesleyan 3-2 played; beat Brockport 5-1, played; beat Manhattanville 3-1, played; beat Plattsburgh 6-1, STARTED; EPHMEN TIED FOR #1 IN NESCAC.
  • Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (2-14-1) F, lost to UMass Boston 1-7, played; lost to Babson 0-4, played
  • Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (2-12-1) D, lost to UMass Boston 1-7, played; lost to Babson 0-4
  • Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (10-10-2) D,

College Club (1)

  • Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Club, no news



Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (17-12-6-3) Sam has 17 goals and 13 assists in 32 games.

USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (15-9 in USHL) has 8Gs and 11assists.

Swimming (2)


Jack Chlopak, (L17) Connecticut College Camels, injured

Jason Tang, (L17) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers,5-1, the #4 beat #23 Coast Guard (generally good swimmers)






Published in: on January 15, 2018 at 12:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon 52 Episcopal 76

Landon Basketball 52 Episcopal High School 76
By Vernon Holleman

Tonight, the Bears lost their home IAC opener to Episcopal, and just did not look good from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Episcopal dominated almost every area of the game, shooting 55% from the floor, while the Bears shot just 32%. Episcopal also had 38 points in the paint, while the Bears had just 22. Overall, Episcopal seemed to have momentum the whole time, and could not be stopped.

In the first quarter, the Bears came out like they have time and time again this season, cold. They did not seem to learn from the Takoma game about coming out strong, and had many turnovers, leading to easy Episcopal layups. The Bears started off in a huge hole down 0-22 in the first quarter, before Kino Lilly got the Bears going with a nice jump shot assisted by Canin Reynolds. The Bears would then end the quarter on a small 6-0 run, but were down 6-22 after one quarter of play.

The second quarter was much better defensively, but the offense still struggled, and the Bears were only able to score 10 points. The Bears were able to keep Episcopal to just 15 points, but were only able to score 10 themselves, and the scoring deficit grew even more. Justin Patterson had a few big baskets to keep the Bears competitive, but they were still down 16-37 at the end of the half.

In the third quarter, the Bears really struggled to stop Episcopal shooting. 3 of Episcopal 5 made threes were int eh third quarter, and the Bears’ offense was still cold. Chaz Harley stepped up o have a few big baskets, and Canin Reynolds found his shot, but the Bears were still not able to score more than 11, and could not stop Episcopal from scoring 21. This was a quarter to forget for the Bears, and would come out better in the fourth. The Bears trailed 27-58.

The fourth quarter was the only quarter that the Bears won in this game. The offense was much more improved, but the defense still allowed 18 points. Chazz Harley, Kino Lilly, and Canin Reynolds all hit big shots, and Mac Hollensteiner came off the bench to have a huge layup as well, to again avoid a complete blowout in front of the biggest crowd the Bears have gotten all real. The fourth quarter showed that the Bears still have some fight even when they’re down by a lot, and still gave a full effort. The Bears could have easily given up and lost by thirty, but they did not give up, and made the score, while still bad, reasonable and fell 52- 76.

The Bears will return to action as conference play is now in full swing on Tuesday at 6:00 against St. Stephens St. Agnes at home. The Bears lost the two regular season meetings against the Saints, but won a thriller in the quarter final of the IAC playoffs against the Saints, and this rematch will be a huge test, as the Saints are coming off of a win against Bullis, and the Bears are coming off of a tough loss. If the Bears want to beat the Saints for the second straight time, they will need to start off hot, and make sure that they do not have a long scoring drought, as St. Stephens can put the ball in the basket, and will make the Bears pay if they do.

Published in: on January 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Landon 52 Takoma Academy 69

Landon Basketball 52 Takoma Academy 69
By Vernon Holleman

On Thursday, the Bears dropped a tough game for the third straight year to Takoma Academy. After a heartbreaking loss to Flint Hill that had some incredible individual performances, it was very important for the Bears to get going early, and not dig themselves a hole like they have a few times already this season. The Bears actually did this, starting out on an 8-0 run to begin the game very strong. Every shot was falling, and it looked as if the Bears had finally figured out how to come out of the gate hot, and not just coming out of the locker room in the second half hot. However, this lead would not last. After Takoma Academy called a timeout to regroup, the Tigers began to get hot themselves, and the Bears would stay decent on offense, but nowhere near as good as they had started off the game. The Bears would allow the Tigers to get within one point, before trading some baskets to end the first quarter with the Bears leading 17-16.

While the Bears all year have struggled in the first minutes of the game, no where has seen a bigger struggle than second quarters this far this season. While the first quarter issue seemed to be fixed for the Bears this game, the second quarter certainly was not. The Bears struggled significantly on the offensive end only scoring 7 points. While this has been an issue a few times this season, Landon has usually been able to keep it close with good defense. However, Takoma high flying athletic offense was not going to be stopped as they scored 42 points in the paint, many of which came in the second quarter off of dunks and athletic layups. After a long injury timeout for the Tigers, the Bears were still leading early on in the second quarter, however after this long break, the Tigers got it together and seemed to be playing for their injured team mate. After a dominating second quarter for Takoma, the Bears trailed 24- 32.

The second half was better for the Bears, but Takoma was able to close out the game again with their high flying athletic offense that seemed to get any shot that they wanted in the paint. The Bears also heavily struggled from the three point line only shooting 15%, while many of these shots were taken in the second half. Justin Patterson still was able to have a great game, dropping 21 points, and completed a double-double adding ten rebounds to his box score. Even with this great performance, the Bears still struggled in the third quarter, and found themselves down 42-53. The quarter was much closer than the second had been, and the offense looked much improved, but Takoma still was able to get many easy layups.

The fourth quarter was similar to the third quarter, where the Bears struggled, but were able to keep Takoma close in the individual quarter, and avoided being blown out in front of a home crowd. The Bears only scored 10 points this quarter, but it looked like they had more fight having big 3 pointers from Kino Lilly and Canin Reynolds. However, Takoma was still able to have 3 dunks in the quarter, and won the fourth quarter 10-6. The Bears would end the game losing 52-69.

The Bears will have a quick turnaround tomorrow against Episcopal high school at home at 7:00. The Bears beat Episcopal one out of two times last year, and will have to put tonight in the rear view mirror, as conference play really will get going in the home opener. Episcopal is very skilled at shooting and in the paint, two of the bears weak points, and the Bears will need to play very well to defeat their athletic and shooting abilities.

Published in: on January 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm  Comments (1)  

Landon Hockey 12 Bullis 2






Bullis hit the Rockville Ice Arena #3 rink with a 1-2 record. Because it was 70o and high humidity the Plexiglas around the boards were fogged. At the end of 3 periods (the clock ran for the last period under goal differential rules.),the Bears won 12-2 and added win #11 to their record.

The play was marked by the visitors controlling the puck- if the Potomac Bulldogs (there are a total of 3 IAC teams which have this animal as a mascot) got possession in their O zone, the Bears’ forechecking frequently kept the puck in their end; one v. one’s were dominated the Brown sweatered skaters; the poor Bullis goalie may have qualified for Workers’ Compensation as 33 shots hit him or the back of his net; in their own O zone the visitors moved the puck well.

While all of these are positive observations, the Landon team needs to pick up their game next Wednesday against the Stags of DeMatha (11-3-1{the Stags website is both confusing and duplicative; hope that this is right} WaPo #5) another more tested team.

Max Weinstein made 8 saves.

Player                 Goals                  Assists

 [not 100% sure that these are right]

Kenary                 2                        2

Davidson           1                           3

Giles                     3                          1

Blaser                 0                           3

Davis                   0                           3

Concannon        2                           0

Jarrett                 2                           0

T. Kenary            1                           1

Gilbert                 1                           0

Graham              0                           1

Cohen                 0                           1


Landon v. DeMatha 1/17 4:14pm @ Bears’  Den


Published in: on January 13, 2018 at 7:13 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Hockey 1 Gonzaga 5

The Bears earned a 9-1 record by outshooting their opponents and oddly by qualifying for more Penalty Minutes than their opponents. Landon has been able to wear down opponents; six defenders, two goalies and 10 forwards—what has been notable has been the relative consistency among the skaters. That meant in all but one of those previous games the Bears’ depth wore their opponents down. The wins were all marked by a point, usually in the 2nd period, at which the boys scored goals in bunches. In fact, seven games were shortened in their elapsed time under a rule when a team has a +6 margin, the clock runs.

At Ft. DuPont Gonzaga (9-3-1) accumulated more PIMs and outshot the visitors.

The game’s initial minutes were positive. Ty Morton face a barrage of close-in shots and stopped them all. An Eagle was disqualified for a hit from behind and the home team played short-handed for 5 minutes. The Bears’ PP converted the opportunity after 0:31of the penalty (@7:20) when Chase Blazer moved the puck across the blue line to Nico Kenary, caught the pass, stepped in and blasted the puck towards the Purple Eagle net minder. In its trajectory, Jake Davidson showed exceptional dexterity by tipping it which surprised the goalie and the black solid sphere hit the back of the net. Landon 1 Gonzaga 0

The visitors skated with speed and aggression for the remainder of the 1st period, but only put a total of 7 more SOGs. Ty stopped 10 in the 1st 15 minutes.

The next section of the hockey game was more of the first. Both teams skated hard and moved the puck well. Gonzaga tallied a nice PP goal at 14:24. Then in the waning seconds, 0:58.2, the Eagles got the go ahead goal, again exhibiting some skill. In this period, the home team was stopped by Ty 14 times; one of his saves was absolutely incredible—Ty was on one side of his crease and the puck moved to the opposite. The opponent shot at an empty net, but Ty’s glove flashed out to catch the sure score. The visitors only put 4 SOGs.

It appeared that the Bears’ lost some energy somewhere in these minutes. A weak blueline pass became a Gonzaga breakaway goal at 10:33. The next Eagle chance involves a cease scrum during a GCHS PP; Ty made another save, only to see the rebound go in at 8:42. Finally the home team got its 5th tally at 1:12.

3rd period: Ty had 5 saves and the Bears got 8 SOGs.

In the eyes of one amateur observer, the Bears can develop the competitive calluses to deal with Gonzaga when next they meet. Landon will learn from this, play more tough games and have the match stamina to fight for a full 45 minutes.


Bullis hits the Rockville 3 ice on Friday at 5pm.



Published in: on January 11, 2018 at 7:47 am  Comments (1)  

Landon 70 Flint Hill 71

Landon Basketball 71 Flint Hill 70
By Vernon Holleman

Yesterday, the Bears lost their fourth game of the year by 3 points or less to a much bigger Flint Hill team. The Bears started off slowly again, but came back huge in the second half after being down by 14 points at halftime. However, they fell just short of completing a huge comeback that would’ve given the Bears a second win against a MAC school this year, and another win for the IAC in the IAC/MAC challenge.

The Bears started off the game slow, as they have many games this year. They couldn’t seem to stop the much more physical and taller Flint Hill men in the post. Flint Hill made layup after layup in the beginning of the first quarter. However, Miles Davis kept the Bears in the game with 8 huge points off of  mid range jumpers that allowed the Bears to be down only 16-20 at the end of the first.

The Bears would then have their off quarter, as they seem to do every game. Flint Hill made more easy layups, and the Bears committed unforced turnovers that would allow the Huskies to take a big 18 point lead in the second quarter.  Kino Lilly came up big, and hit two big threes that earned the Bears a manageable deficit in the second half with the score at halftime being 26-40.

The second half is where the Bears really began to get back into the grove of playing Landon Basketball. After shooting just 28% from the field in the first two quarters, the Bears really came back and got that team percentage up to 40% for the game in the second half. Not great, but the second half brought great shooting from Justin Patterson, Miles Davis, and Kino Lilly, who all scored double digits which combined for 55 of the Bears’ 70 points. In this quarter, the defense was also a lot better, and the Bears were able to stop the Huskies in the paint, and reduce the deficit that most people thought was impossible to overcome. The Bears trailed 46-53 entering the final quarter.

The final quarter was one of the best the Bears have played all year. They played great defense, and the offense was very physical and took charge over the Huskies. Kino Lilly and Miles Davis hit so many big shots just when the Bears thought they were out of it. Canin Reynolds hit a 3 to reduce the deficit to just 1. The Huskies then went down and came immediately back with a 3, under a minute, and the game seemed over. However, Kino hit a deep 3 that rattled around the rim and fell to reduce the deficit back to just 1. The Huskies then hit a shot, but Justin Patterson responded with a physical layup to give the ears a chance with 45 seconds. The Huskies then hit 2 key free throws. Miles Davis responded with a critical mid range shot to give the Bears 70 points, their most since December 13th against the Heights. Flint Hill then missed the front end of a one and one, and the Bears had the ball with 13 seconds, only needing a 2 to win and secure a huge comeback. Miles Davis had the ball, and looked like he would score his 25th point of the game to win. However, a very physically contested shot fell just short, and a scramble on the court would see the clock expire, and the Bears would lose another very close game.

The Bears return to action on Monday January 8th against Takoma Academy at home. The Bears have struggled against Takoma the last few years, and look to get a big win in a week that they will play 3 games in just 5 days.

Published in: on January 7, 2018 at 8:54 pm  Comments (2)  

BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 01.07.2018









Bears do like winter



  • Inside the Rocks



o   Basketball loses to StA and Flint Hill

o   Ice Hockey wins two and faces 3 tough matches next week

o   Swimmers 1,2,3.. at Meinelschmidt Pentathlon

o   Wrestlers win two of three at BCC duals day 1; 5 sick Bears day #2, but Brendan Gallagher, Axel Giron and Jelani Machani all 6-0 over 2 days.

  • Bear Tracks

o   Bears making trax in basketball, hockey and swimming

Chris Javens  scores a winning goal for the Thoroughbreds

o   Alex Cade L’94 featured in USLacrosse magazine.

o   Bears making trax in professional hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)
















o   Winter Sports



Please congratulate your sons for their outstanding performances at the 10th Annual Erik Meinelschmidt Memorial Pentathlon sponsored by St. Maria Gorretti College High School. The meet finished a bit quicker than last year because of two schools who had to cancel due to weather related issues. A quick backstory…I swam against Erik decades ago and after college began coaching against him. As a swimmer he was tough and full of grit! He always fought for every inch to win a race. After his swimming career he wanted to give back to a sport that gave him so much. His coaching was where he really did shine. Smart, creative, and determined to develop his swimmers, he was always tough to coach against. Erik’s rapport with his swimmers was second to known. I always admired how he interacted with them on the pool deck. His father was also my high school swim coach. Coach Ray would instill in me a toughness and discipline I continue to carry with me to this day. Every year, we swim at this meet so that our boys get an opportunity to compete against other schools from Washington, Frederick, Loudon, and Winchester counties and to meet the coach who taught me so many things.

The boys swam five events in three and three-quarter hours. That is not a lot of time to recover in between events, however they persevered and would go onto win the boys division for the third year in a row. Jacob Rosner won first place and overall boys champion. His name will join Jason Tang’s on a huge plague displayed in the lobby of the Hagerstown YMCA. Jerry Lu finished 3rd, Michael Yan – 4th, Edward Ha – 5th, and Ethan Tun – 7th. Eighteen Landon Bears swam hard in several events totaling 700 yards. Rounding out the top 21 were – Ryan Patterson – 14th, Tyler Sweeney – 17th, Logan Kalish – 18th, Ade Jones – 19th, tie at 21st between Armen Sivaslian and Max Peraza. Maxim Kapelina, Nick Pappas, Will King, Ford Bruggen, Alex Kapelina, John Ramthun, and Jamie Martin recorded several personal bests today.

We had three matches tonight at the BCC duals,

Day 1.  The first match was against league rival, Bullis.  It was a great way to start the league competition.  Last year, Bullis was right behind us and took 3rd in the league.  This year, we thumped them in the dual: 50-21.  Each team received 2 forfeits. Landon earned wins at 106 and 113, and Bullis earned wins at 220 and 285.  In the 10 matches that were wrestled we won 8 of them.  Axel Giron and  Lorenzo Lopez both pinned their opponents quickly to give Landon a 24 point lead. At 132, Patrick Kielb beat a returning IAC champ and state place winner 14-2 for a major decision.  At 138, Matt Amitay was losing a tight match 5-3 when he put his opponent on his back and ended it.  At 145, Luc Schermer lost 7-2 to one of their better wrestlers.  At 152, Marc Schermer continued his winning ways with a pin in the 3rd period.  At 160, Brendon Gallagher wrestled one of their top wrestlers and pinned him in the first period. We received an unexpected forfeit at 170 when they bumped their wrestler up to 182.  Nick Haller was winning his match when he got called on a defensive pin (he was in control and rolled himself onto his own back).  At 195, Carter Johnson earned his first pin of the season in the first period.

In our second match against a solid Arundel team, we won 52-24.  The match started at 113 when Patrick Townsend earned a pin in the first period.  He set the tone for the match.  At 120, Axel won 12-2 against a tough wrestler.  Both Lorenzo Lopez and Patrick Kielb pinned at 126 and 132 respectively.  At 138, Matt Amitay won a good match 7-1. At 145, Luc Schermer put up a good fight at 145, but got pinned by a top ranked guy.  At 152, Brendon Gallagher pinned again, and Jonny Gherman won 8-2 at 160.  Jelani Machen and Joel Desroches both pinned their guys in the first period.  Nick Haller lost at 195 against a strong athletic wrestler.  Carter Johnson earned his second pin of the night at 220.  The match ended with a good effort by first year wrestler, Nate Zola at 106.

In our third match, we lost to B-CC 37-27.  While it was disappointing that we lost there were many exciting matches throughout the competition.  It started at 120 with Axel earning the pin.  At 126, the number 4 & 5 ranked wrestlers battled.  Last year, Lorenzo won 3-2.  This year his opponent won 4-3.  At 132, Jake Kowitz got his first varsity match of the year by filling in for injured Patrick Kielb.  He fought hard but the match ended in the 2nd period.  We then lost two more at 138 and 145 making the team score 15-6 in favor of B-CC.  Brendon Gallagher earned a fall for 6 points and Jonny Gherman was a close match 6-4 to tie it up at 15-15.  Jelani Machen pinned his opponent quickly and put us ahead for the first time at 21-15.  At 182, Joel Desroches wrestled an exciting match, but lost 8-2. At 195, Nick Haller got pinned by one of their toughest wrestlers.  The score now stands at 21-24 B-CC.  Carter Johnson earned a forfeit at 220 and both teams forfeited at 285 making the team score 27-24 with two matches left.  Unfortunately, we got pinned at both weights, even with excellent efforts by both Nate and Patrick, to lose 36-27.

We might have the toughest luck of any team around.  Right when we were close to getting our full line up in gear, some kind of virus hit us again for the second time this season.  We had five wrestlers not feeling well at all.  Some were able to tough it out, others had to stay home.  Today, we did everything we could to get through the day.  With tough competition, we managed to go 2-2 for the day and 4-3 overall.  We won our first match against Southern- Ann Arundel; 39-27. We won 7 of 13 matches with 1 double forfeit.  We had four pins in the first period Patrick Kielb 132, Jelani Mache 182, Axel Giron 120, Lorenzo Lopez 126. We had two forfeits for Patrick Townsend 113 and Marc Schermer 152.  The last win was Brendon Gallagher in Sudden Victory against #10 ranked wrestler at 160.

Against tournament champions Springbrook, we had to forfeit five weights out of 14.  Of the nine matches we wrestled, we won 4 matches. We lost 56-22. Axel, Brendon, and Jelani pinned their opponents, while Lorenzo won by major decision 10-2.  Good efforts were put forth by Patrick Townsend 113, Jake Kowitz 132, Matt Amitay 138, Luc Schermer 145, and Jerrold Johnson 160 against strong athletic grapplers.

In our third match against 2nd place Franklin, we held our own again, but still did not have enough giving up 5 forfeits.  We lost 48-30.  Of the 9 matches wrestled, we won 6.  We had first period pins from Brendon Gallagher, Jelani Machen, Axel Giron, and Lorenzo Lopez. Jonny Gherman 160 and Matt Amitay 138 won very close decisions 8-6 and 8-5 respectively.  Again, good effort from Luc Schermer, Patrick Townsend, and Jake Kowitz.

In our final match, Thomas Stone only had 5 wrestlers.  We had four matches against them and won 3.  We had pins from Brendon Gallagher, Axel Giron, and Luc Schermer.  We won 60-12.

Recap by individuals.

Brendon Gallagher 7-0 6 pins in 8 minutes 21 seconds (won most pins, shortest time award!) 1 over-time victory over #10 ranked wrestler at higher weight

Axel Giron 7-0 6 pins in about 15 minutes and one major decision

Jelani Machen 7-0  5 pins- 2 forfeits

Lorenzo Lopez 6-1 4 pins, 1 major, 1 forfeit… loss against #6 ranked wrestler

Matt Amitay 4-3 1 pin, 2 decisions, 1 forfeit

Patrick Kielb 3-0 2 pins and major

Jonny Gherman 3-1 all by decision

Carter Johnson 3-1 2 pins 1 forfeit

Marc Schermer 2-0 1 pin 1 forfeit

Luc Schermer 1-6 but wrestled tough matches all weekend long

Patrick Townsend 1-6 again wrestled tough all weekend long

Joel Desroches 1-1 1 pin

David Diaz 1-0

Jake Kowitz 1-3 Stepped up for injured Kielb

Jerrold Johnson 0-1

Nick Haller 0-3

Kudos to Lucas MacDonald and Christian Thomas who made the commitment to the team, but did not get the opportunity to wrestle varsity, although they did get some exhibition matches

Next week, we have our second league match on Friday at Prep.  It will be a quad with Prep, Woodberry and Pallotti












Spring Sports

Alex Cade L’94 is highlighted in a USLacrosse magazine article [Credit: John Nichols for finding this article, thanks!!!]

Adrenaline Junkie: Alex Cade’s Grassroots Movement in Southern California






a juicy quote to whet your appetite:

“Adrenaline Lacrosse co-founder Alex Cade, a 42-year-old father of three with gray hair and a full salt-and-pepper beard, laughs when asked if he could still pull off wearing the funky socks that have become synonymous with his company’s brand.

Cade’s cool factor has faded some, he admits. Still, you’re more likely to find the self-effacing CEO pacing barefoot or in flip-flops on a field than suited up in some boardroom. He’s most comfortable with his toes in the grass.

That’s why he believes in grassroots growth and the movement toward collaboration in club lacrosse.

Adrenaline isn’t just an apparel company, you see. In fact, Cade and former Notre Dame teammate Steve Sepeta went into business together with a more quixotic purpose — to spread lacrosse in Southern California.

It started when they were “accosted,” Cade said, in a supermarket by a mom who noticed their Notre Dame lacrosse shirts…”


Winter Sports



















Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (9-5) is in a year end “mini truce” until 1/17.


  • College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (6-3) beat Flager89-80, AB: started, 35 minutes, 7points, 5 reb. 2 As;

 lost to  Columbus State 60-67 AB: started, 35 minutes, 7 points, 4 reb. 1 As, 1 steal

Tone Cockrell (L’17) Marywood Pacers (7-3) beat CLARKS SUMMIT UNIVERSITY 88-56 TC: 18 minutes, 1 reb, 6 As; lost to Rosemont, 81-88, 19 minutes, 6 points, 3 reb., 2 steals

Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (12-4) Assistant Coach;

Coach Joe McDonald (L12), GWU (8-7) Director of Player Development


  • Ice Hockey
    • College (4)

o   Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Eph Men (6-4) D, played and has an assist in a 5-1 win over Trinity

o   Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (2-12-1) F, lost to Oswego State 1-4, played; against Hobart played in a 2-1 win

o   Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (2-12-1) D, lost to Oswego State 1-4, played; against Hobart scored the winning goal 2-1

o   Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (8-9-2) D,

  • College Club (1)

o   Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Club, no news


  • AHL
    • Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (15-11-6-3) Sam has 11 goals and 13 assists in 29 games.
  • USHL Hockey
    • Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (11-9 in USHL) has 8Gs and 11assists.

Swimming (2)


  • Jack Chlopak, (L17) Connecticut College Camels, injured
  • Jason Tang, (L17) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers,4-1, next meet January 13.





Published in: on January 7, 2018 at 6:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Hockey 9 SSSA 0

The Saints are a bit of a hockey enigma; a year ago they beat the Bears 7-5 in IAC/MAPHL AA regular season play. In ‘17-’18 the Alexandria school is playing MAPHL A, but no games are recorded on the league site.. The school shows a 16 game schedule with 5 games already played through January 4, but only two scores (a close 1-2 loss to DeMatha and a 4-6 loss to Bullis). SSSA has some able players, but not much depth. Their goalie was quite good. Their PP was 0-6.

The home team on the Kettler IcePlex came out with energy and played evenly for the first six minutes; then the Bears’ greater depth and structure wore their opponents down.

Between 7:16 and 0:38.5 of the 1st period, Landon scored three goals. Landon put 20 SOGs and Max Weinstein faced 4.

The 2nd stanza followed the same numerical pattern. Three Bears goals on 8 SOGs and Max stopped 5,

Three Bears tallied 3 in the last 15 minutes, on 8 SOGs (game: 36) and Max dealt with 8 SSSA shots (game: 17 [official scoresheet credited the younger twin with 19 saves]).


Player                           Goals                            Assists

N. Kenary                    2                                    2

Khramstov                    1                                    2

Blazer                            2                                    1

Concannon                   1                                    1

Graham                        1                                    1

Lages                            1                                    1

Jarrett                                                                  2

T.Kenary                                                              2

Giles                                                                    2

Davis                             1

Cohen                                                        1


Next week

Monday 1/08 Mt. St. Joseph’s (1-3-2 MAPHL; 4-4-2 all) @ Laurel 6pm

Wednesday 1/10 WaPo #1 Gonzaga (3-0-1{an early season tie to MSJ} MAPHL; 9-3-1 all)

Friday 1/12 Bullis, (0-1-1MAPHL; 1-2-0 all) Rockville #3 5pm


Published in: on January 6, 2018 at 10:16 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Hockey 7 Salesianum 0

The Sallies and the Bears have scheduled games for several years with Landon losing at home in 2017. This year the Delaware school was 5-6 with losses to DeMatha 2-3 (in November) 3-7 (in December at Laurel). Unlike past trips up I-95 to Newark, the visitors were ready.

Playing in the First State, the Bears were the first (and only) to score. Joey Graham beat the home goalie @ 13:32 with an assist to Ryan Giles. Soon thereafter, the Argentinian Assassin a/k/a Nico Kenary swooped in from his wing to tally @ 10:53.  At the end of the period, the referees assigned a Sallie to the sin bin for the obligatory two minutes, but the Bears used only 0:07.9 of the PP to convert—Jake Davidson to Ryan to Joey @0:15.3.

Landon put 14 SOGs while Ty Morton only faced 2 shots

The second period was not as eventful—no Bear goals, 1 Sallie penalty, 2 Bear PKs (240 seconds; 0 Home SOGs), Landon 16 SOGS, Ty 0 saves (another period in which the Bears protected their goalie with a “shot” out)

The visitors’ shooting improved in the last trimester; perhaps, these goals were attributable to the fact that the opponents were tired. After dealing with three Landon lines and three defensive pairs who were constantly  skating, moving the puck and playing as team, the Sallies were no longer able to ride, Sally, ride ( a reference to the refrain of Wilson Pickett’s 1966 song “Mustang Sally”).

The 4th goal involved the JRJ line with Joey moving the puck to Ryan and then to the Big Jake @ 10:38. Another PP did result in a Bear goal Nico connected with Will Jarrett @9:53.

The older Weinstein twin Ethan {happy 16th to 23 and Max} got the next goal started and the swarming Joey and Ryan controlled the puck with the youngest Giles scoring @ 1:23.

To put a final point on the scoreboard, one of the baby Bears, Jack-Henry Lages fed the tall senior Nico for his second goal @0:06.2

Third period: Ty had 9 saves (game-11); Bears’ O put 17 SOGs (47).

IAC season begins Friday 1/5 @ 8:10pm Kettler v. SSSA

Newark, DE is almost a home game for Coach Kim Weiss and the location of the Salesianum was a catalyst for a little research on her hockey records:











Trinity’s Weiss Named As NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Player Of The Year










Weiss’ final season in a Bantam sweater has proven to be her best

Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College senior captain forward Kim Weiss (Potomac, Md.) was named as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women’s Ice Hockey Player of the Year.  The first skater in the 13-year history of the program to record 100 points over a career, Weiss is the second Bantam in as many years to garner the conference’s top award after former teammate Isabel Iwachiw became the first-ever Trinity player to do so in 2010.

Weiss’ final season in a Bantam sweater has proven to be her best, as she has posted a team-leading and career-high 22 goals (2nd NESCAC) and 30 points (2nd) over 25 games en route to becoming the program’s all-time scoring leader with 107 points during her tenure (62-45-107). This year’s success on the ice can partially be attributed to the lack of time Weiss has spent in the penalty box, having been whistled for just four penalties, a single-season low for her. During a 2-0 victory over Colby on Feb. 11, Weiss scored both goals, the first of which made her the first Bantam to ever reach the century mark in career points. An All-NESCAC First Team selection in each of the last three years, Weiss heads into this weekend’s NESCAC tournament action riding a 10-game point-scoring streak (11-2-13), needing just one more point on Saturday to match her career-long consecutive game point streak of 11 set during the 2009-10 campaign.

Kim was a four-year member of the Trinity varsity ice hockey team and was recognized with 1st Team All-American, and NESCAC Player of the Year awards.  Serving as team captain her junior and senior years, Kim led her team to the NESCAC finals and an NCAA tournament bid for the first time in program history. She was a four-time All-NESCAC recipient, and is currently the program’s all time leading scorer. Kim was also a finalist for the Laura Hurd Award as Div. III Player of the Year. Additionally, she was awarded the Trinity Club of Hartford Award, given annually to the top senior female athlete of the college voted on by her fellow athletes.

Kim is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach and graduated from Georgetown Visitation School in Washington, DC.

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Published in: on January 5, 2018 at 1:56 am  Comments (1)  

Landon 48 St. Albans 61

Landon basketball 48 St. Albans 61

Tonight, the Bears opened IAC in a tough loss to the St. Albans Bulldogs. The Bulldogs never trailed, and the Bears seemed to be missing something, as they could just never get anything going on offense, and struggled to stop STA from scoring in the paint. In the first quarter, the Bulldogs started off hot taking an early 8-0 lead. The Bears then came back and got it going toward the end of the quarter with eh end of the first quarter having the Bulldogs up 13-21.

The second quarter was very slow, with neither team even scoring double digits. Both Landon and STA had very good defense, and Landon was held to just 6 points. However, Landon’s defense was even better, and held the bulldogs to just 4. Not much really happened, except a few big shots from Kino Lilly and Justin Patterson for the Bears. It was truly a defensive battle, and the second half looked like it would come down to the wire with a great low scoring defensive battle. Mac Hollensteiner also came off the bench this quarter, and had a huge physical layup to give the Bears the edge in this quarter. The first half ended with the score Landon 19 St. Albans 25.

After the first half seemed to predict a low scoring defensive battle, the third quarter did not follow this prediction. For one team at least. St. Albans really dominated this quarter, as Landon really seemed to be in a funk offensively and defensively. The Bears committed many turnovers, and could not prevent STA from scoring unanswered basket after unanswered basket. In the paint, STA out scored the Bears 18-32, much of which came from the third quarter. The Bears could not get much going other than a big 3 from Kino Lilly, and the Bears scored just 7 points. The 3rd ended with the Bears down 26-43.

The final quarter was better for the bears, but this was not enough. Justin Patterson and Canin Reynolds had big shots throughout the quarter, and the Bears forced many turnovers. The Bears got back to playing Landon basketball, and scored 22 points. However, on the defensive end, the Bulldogs scored 18, which was enough to wrap up a big win. Miles Davis made some big mid range shots, and many of these came off of Canin Reynold’s steals. The Bears were able to get everyone off of the bench, and Mikey Amsellem had a big layup at the end of the game to bring the Bears to a single digit deficit, but the Bulldogs would score 2 layups to bring the lead back up to 13 to end the game. This was a tough loss for the Bears after a long break with no basketball, and will have to bounce back.

The Bears return to school after a snow day, on Friday, and are right back into action against Flint Hill on Saturday, January 6th at Maret in the IAC/MAC challenge. This game was cancelled last year due to snow, and we hope that this does not happen again this year. This game will be the second of 4 games in just 10 days for the Bears, so they will look to get some confidence with their first win of 2018, and carry the momentum into the rest of IAC play.

Published in: on January 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm  Comments (2)