BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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None this week, but three intra-ursine matches this coming week




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 12

Fairfield 13


The Bison suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a close one to the Fairfield Stags.  Sean continued to be a scoring threat at attack, scoring four goals and contributing one assists.  Sean’s fourth goal tied the contest at 11 with just under 7 minutes remaining.  However, the Stags scored twice more in regulation and Bucknell drew closer with a goal at the 0:11 mark in the game, but could draw no closer.  The usually dominant Jarett had a tough day at the X, winning just 7 of 21 faceoffs.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 9

Baldwin Wallace 2


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 15

John Carroll 8


Cleveland State, the newest D-I men’s lacrosse program, faced off against a pair of D-III teams this weekend and the program was rewarded with their first two wins.  Justin was credited with one ground ball in the game against Carroll.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 8

Binghamton 11


Both Griffin and Robby made contributions to Colgate’s effort this Saturday.  For Griffin, this will be a memorable game as it marks his first 2 goals scored in D-I action.  Robby added an assist and got off one shot as well.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 10

Penn State 20


The Big Red traveled down to University Park to take on the Nittany Lions and former Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni.  Penn State was not a kind host.  The game was tied at 3 midway through the second period, then PSU went on a 9-1 run.  Following a single goal by Cornell, PSU tacked on another 5 straight.  Things evened out a bit after that, but the accumulated deficit was far too large to overcome.  Colton took two shots for Cornell.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 8

Canisius 13


Despite posting advantages in groundballs and shots, Dartmouth dropped their season opener to Canisius.  Big Green is coming off a one win season and hoping for better things in 2017, Coach Brendan Callahan’s third year at the helm.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 16

Siena 15


Hobart picked up their first win of the 2017 with an offensive avalanche.  The Statesmen jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first half then withstood Siena’s furious second half comeback in which Siena scored 7 goals in the fourth quarter.  Two Siena shots went wide in the closing seconds of the game, allowing Hobart to walk away with the win.


Jacksonville (Andrew Miller, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 1

Marquette 17


What can you learn from a 17-1 loss?  Learn to forget.  Marquette won the shot and ground ball battles by a 2:1 margin, but things were close in other aspects of the game.  With only 19 shots (13 of which were on-goal) the Dolphins would have had to been perfect to stay in the game.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 14-OT

Loyola 13


The Blue Jays are making their case for the being the top team in Maryland with all of their 3 season starting wins coming over other teams from the state.  Down three goals twice, the Blue Jays were able to hold off Loyola over the last few minutes of regulation.  A great save by the Hopkins goalie led to the winning goal off a fake flip play.  Their last game of the regular season may well be for the state honors when the take on the Maryland Terrapins.


Navy (Tom Evans) 11

Delaware 5


Navy’s challenging start to the 2017—successive games against Hopkins and Maryland—put them in the unfamiliar position of starting the year 0-2.  The Middies got healthy again when they faced the Delaware Blue Hens.  The Middies scored seven goals over the first two periods to distance themselves from Delaware which scored no more than 2 in any of the game’s four periods.


Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 10

St. Joseph’s 5


Penn scored the game’s first five goals and led 7-1 at the half.  The second half was a low-scoring war of attrition, allowing the Quakers to open the 2017 season with a win.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 22



The Tiger’s 22 goals rank 4th best in school history and are one better than they did against NJIT last year (although NJIT scored more this year).


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 18

Drexel 14


The phrase “embrace the pace” has diametrically opposed meanings depending on whether you are east of the intersection of Massie and Copeley Roads in Charlottesville or west.  The deliberate possession control character of UVA men’s hoops is in stark contrast to the aggressive pace at which Lars Tiffany’s ‘Hoos play lacrosse.


Jason Murphy was 11 for 21 on face-off’s, trading time with Paul VI’s Luke Brugel.  Jason continues to bring a high degree of intensity to the position, grinding at the whistle, going to goal on clean wins and aggressively riding when the opponent gets the ball.  Michael Rhoads saw time on defense for UVA again this week.


D-I Polls














This Coming Week, Bears vs. Bears

  • Colgate @ Bucknell
  • Cornell @ Hobart
  • Virginia @ Penn




Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 14

Southern Virginia 16


Marymount scored six goals in the fourth period to tighten up this season and conference opener for the Saints.  Southern Virginia’s equally productive third quarter proved too much to overcome.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 11

RIT 12


Ohio Wesleyan plays a tough schedule early in the year, taking on 2 of the top 3 D-III teams in their first six games.  Down 5-0 early in the second period, the Battlin’ Bishops rallied back and pulled within 1 with just over two minutes remaining.  Despite 3 possession in the closing minutes of regulation, OWU was unable to extend the game.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 9

Montclair State 7


After a blow-out win to start the season, Salisbury has found themselves in a couple of dog fights.  Montclair State scored first, but then the Gulls reeled off four straight goals.  Montclair State came within one on four separate occasions, only to have Salisbury score and extend their lead.


D-III Polls


Salisbury is ranked #1 in the USLIA D-III poll this week, garnering 18 of the 19 first place votes (RIT received on first place vote).  Ohio Wesleyan checks in at #12.  This is the first weekly USLIA poll for 2017.

Published in: on February 21, 2017 at 6:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Another Sunday away from home

Two weeks in a row, grandchildren have been the focus, sorry. Hope to be up with a new review early this week.

The excuse this time was a grandson v. grandson hockey 🏒 🥅game that went to overtime. Though a different school 🏫, the Bears 🐻 won here, too.

Published in: on February 20, 2017 at 12:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Bears hockey 0 GP 2

It’s hard to write about a 0-2 loss, particularly after a very satisfying win over StA. It was a night when the passes didn’t connect, the breakout passes ended up on a GP player’s stick, the body check was mistimed by a 1/2 second and good shots somehow missed the cage. Losses can be learning exercises and the Bears’ young skaters will remember this game for a while.

Onto Gonzaga next week.

Go Bears!!!

Published in: on February 17, 2017 at 4:01 am  Leave a Comment  










  • Bear wrestlers placed 5th at Melee at the Metros
  • Bear Hockey beat Bullis (2x) and then upset StA in first round of IAC
  • John Nichols BLTF returns with news of BearLaxTraxFax












 Winter Sports

·        Basketball  (8-15) according to WaPo Donnell Frayer led team with a 16.1 ppg ave., Justin Patterson pulled down 107 rebounds, Donnell and Antonio Cockrell led with 37 assists and Justin led with 22 blocks


With the wrestling season winding down, the Bears are starting to peak.  Landon placed 5th in a field of 18 teams in the competitive Melee on the Metro tournament this weekend: some of the teams included local powerhouse Good Counsel, the best private school in Virginia St. Christopher’s, the second best private school from New Jersey St. Benedicts, and top WCAC schools DeMatha, Bishop Ireton, St. Mary’s Ryken, and Gonzaga.


We had 8 place winners overall with 4 finalists.

  • At 106, we had our lone champion in Patrick Kielb.  He pinned his opponent from Good Counsel in the second period. The Good Counsel wrestler was seeded ahead of Patrick and was ranked higher than him in the state rankings.  This was definitely a quality win.
  • At 120, Lorenzo Lopez (currently ranked #8 in the state and #3 in privates) lost 5-0 to his opponent from St. Mary’s Ryken (ranked #3 in the State and #1 in privates).  Lorenzo now has an understanding of what he needs to do to win the state next week.
  • At 138, Brendon Gallagher (currently ranked #4 in the State and #1 in privates) lost 6-4 to his opponent from Gonzaga who is a National Prep returning place winner.  These two have now split against each other.
  • At 145, freshman Marc Schermer placed for the first time in a competitive high school tournament. He placed 6th after going 2-2 for the day.
  • At 170, Jelani Machen revenged a loss against a Good Counsel wrestler who beat him in the finals of the Mad Mats tournament early in December.  He won with an excellent takedown in the last 15 seconds of the third period.
  • At 195, Carter Johnson lost a tight match 8-7 against a DeMatha wrestler in the finals.  As a second year wrestler, Carter continues to improve each week and raises his expectations of himself.
  • At 220, first year wrestler Thomas Halm ended his season with a 6th place.  He had a great day and the team appreciates his contributions by helping out the team fill a spot we did not have a wrestler.
  • At 285, Terrance Bridgers wrestled well.  He beat his opponent from St. Benedict’s 4-2 to take 3rd place.  He also continues to grow as a second year wrestler.
  • On the JV level, the young Bears ended their season with “JV states” at St. James school in Hagerstown, MD.  We had three wrestlers place.  At 152 sophomore Ron Giscombe placed 4th, freshman James Waldron placed fourth, and junior Nick Haller placed 3rd.  Congratulations on a great season.














John Nichol’s BearLaxTraxFax—keeping up with Bears’ laxing

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Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 15

Navy (Tom Evans) 8

Due to conference scheduling imperatives, this game has been progressively pushed from the end of the season to the front.  This was the 90th time the two teams have faced off and the first time the game has been a season opener since 1909!

Navy jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, but the Jays came back and the game became a back-and-forth affair until midway through the third period.  Over the remaining period and a half, Hopkins outscored the Middies 8-1 to lock up the win.  Sam Lynch saw action in the game and was credited with one caused turnover.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 9

Bryant 8

The Bison picked up their second win of the new season and their first home win.  Once again, they had to overcome a late deficit to pull out a close win, getting their only lead of the day with just 11 seconds left in the game.  The two Bucknell Bears continued to make solid contributions to the team’s success.  Jarett is showing no signs of a sophomore slump at the X, winning 13 of 19 faceoffs and collecting 7 ground balls and Sean O’Brien scored two goals and got to 3 ground balls.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 8

Michigan 13

This is the inaugural season for the Cleveland State Vikings.  Unlike many new programs that start with transfers and upper classmen from club teams, the Vikings are setting sale with a roster compose of over 90% (34 of 37) freshman.  Cleveland State got the game off to a good start, scoring the game and program’s first goal.  However, Michigan scored the next 6 and controlled the game thereafter.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 7

Duke 22

Cleveland State hung with the Blue Devils through much of the first half, riding a good faceoff effort.  However, the depth and experience of Duke wore down their younger foe and the second half was less of a contest.  Justin picked up a caused turnover in his first shot a seeing some time on the field this year.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 8

Marist 12

Marist jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter and the Raiders could pull no closer than within 2 over the balance of the game.  Griffin saw action in his first D-I game, taking the first shot of his collegiate career late in the first quarter.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 15

Penn State 21

Penn State’s consistent drum beat of 5 goals per quarter (with a 6th goal in the final quarter) proved too much for Hobart to overcome.  ‘Bart’s 8-1 rally that stretched from the third quarter into the fourth cut the deficit to 2, but the Nittany Lions cruised home from there.


Jacksonville (Andrew Miller, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 12

Lehigh 13

Andrew Miller started on defense for Jacksonville with the first caused turnover and second ground ball of his D-I career contributing to the Dolphin’s 8th goal.  JU’s four straight goals late in the game pulled them within 1 with 4 minutes left in the contest, but they could not break through in the war of attrition that followed.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 15


The Blue Jays picked up their second win of the season, easily downing the Retrievers.  Sam saw playing time in this rather one-sided match.


Navy (Tom Evans) 12

Maryland 15 

Yet another long-standing, late season Navy rivalry game has been pushed into the early weeks of the season due to the constraints of conference scheduling.  The game was an even match until the second half when Maryland strung together two four-goal runs.  A couple of late goals by Navy cut the deficit to three, but the Middies could get no closer.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 16

Loyola 15

Virginia kicked off the Lars Tiffany era with a big road win this weekend.  Jason Murphy had his hands full with Loyola’s faceoff ace, but managed a virtual draw at the X, winning 13 of 24 faceoffs and scoring a goal.  Michael Rhoads also saw time on defense for UVA.


Thus far, of the four D-III teams we will be following this season—Salisbury (Brian Menendez), Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague), Trinity (Spud Dunn), and Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln)—only Salisbury and Marymount have played.

Pre-season consensus #1 and perennial D-III power Salisbury opened their season with a 21-2 thrashing of Methodist then won a tight 9-8 contest against Lynchburg. Marymount also opened their season with Methodist, falling 12-7 after Methodist scored 6 of the game’s final 7 goals.

Ohio Wesleyan, ranked #13 in the USLIA pre-season poll, starts their season this coming weekend and Trinity gets started in early March.  We have one Bears vs. Bears match this season in D-III as Salisbury and Ohio Wesleyan will face off on March 5 at Salisbury.  OWU will be in DC on March 14 to play Catholic U.


Winter Sports Bear Trax

There will be an update soon.

Published in: on February 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bears Hockey 3 Bulldogs 1

The IAC top-seeded and WaPo #6 team, led by the 2016 WaPo POY goalie came to Ft. DuPont with expectations of winning their first league tournament. On February 14, it must have been a St. Valentine Massacre as many StA hearts were broken. Landon “blue” the home team out of the rink with a convincing 3-1 win!!!

The Landon 4 lines and 3 D pairs played smart, aggressive hockey for the entire 45 minutes of this game; in particular, forechecking forced the play at the StA end. Although the visitors controlled the puck for most of the 1st trimester (10 SOGs v. 5), the two goalies denied all shots.




At 0:39 expired of the 2nd stanza, the home team got on the scoreboard. Ty Morton stopped two point blank shots, but the 3rd found a small space next to the pipe. That was the Bulldogs last score.

The Bears responded with a nice goal @ 10:51—a pass by Ryan Giles connected with Chase Blazer who shot towards the far side of the goal and as the puck approached the crease, Will Jarrett put his stick on it, redirecting its path past the StA goalie.

Soon thereafter, the Bulldogs sent a hard shot towards Ty and as its trajectory his nets, its trajectory was altered. The Bear netminder responded to the change and blocked it. The save maintained the visitors’ momentum.

At about 12 minutes expired in this middle period, the StA goalie defeated a Bear breakaway, keeping his team in the game.

2nd period Bears’ SOGs 15; Ty Saves 6


Landon’s senior captain set the example by scoring the Go-Ahead goal with a breakaway @ 12:14, Cole Gibson blew by the opponents and scored. From high above the Ft. DuPont ice, it was unclear where Cole scored, but his Bear Brothers chanted “5 hole, 5 hole….” indicating that the StA left a gap between his pads. It is fair to assume that the younger eyes (so many of them) saw the play correctly.






About six minutes later (@ 6:21), Will “Badger” started by intercepting a Bulldog pass and passing the puck to Chase whose quick pass to Ryan Giles who accelerated past the Bulldog D and roofed a shot (knocking the StA goalie’s water bottle into the air for goal #3.

Throughout the game, the Bear defenders—Chase, Cullen Stout, Chris Morris,  Jack Jarrett, Peter Gilbert and Ethan Weinstein – were steadfast. Playing their positions, anticipating the StA movements, blocking shots, making exceptional breakout passes and effectively using their bodies. Another key basis for victory was the use of all 4 Bear lines. They wore down their opponents; credit is due to (in numerical order; players not yet mentioned): Spencer Davis, Owen Concannon, Hayes Cusick, Joey Graham, Nico Kenary, Drew Wellington, Jake Davidson, Henry Chiperfield (i), Nicholai Khramtsov and Max Weinstein.  

Coaches Farnstrom, Weiss and Anas deserve kudos for “teaching” these boys over the season. Their players earned good marks on 2/14.

A text was received from USMNT U17 #36 indicating that he was happier about beating StA than his victory over Russia.

 Ty had 5 more saves for a game total of 16 and Landon had 10 in the 3rd of a total of 35 SOGs.



St. Valentine’s Day was a bad omen for SSSA which lost to GP.


IAC Championships Thursday 2/16 GP at the Bears Den @ 4pm. Bear Brother support is requested.



Published in: on February 15, 2017 at 8:38 am  Comments (1)  

Bear 🐻 hockey 3 🥅 Bulldogs 1

From Ft. DuPont

(more later) opening line of longer version:

On February 14 it must have been a St. Valentine Massacre as many StA hearts 💔 were broken.

Published in: on February 15, 2017 at 4:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Bullis IAC 1st Round game– Bears 🐻 win 6-4

From: Davidson, Steven
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 6:33 PM
To: sandy murdock
Cc: Davidson, Steven
Subject: Bullis game

Powered by Joey Graham’s 2 goals and a goal and 2 assists from Drew Wellington, Landon defeated Bullis, 6-3, to advance to tomorrow’s IAC semifinals. The Beats take on St Albans at Ft Dupont tomorrow afternoon.

Landon outshot Bullis 37-21 as Ty Morton made 18 saves for the win.

Landon scored first at 6:06 of the first period with Joey’s first goal. Landon led 1-0 after the first period.

Bullis scored early in the second period to tie the score. Landon scored the next 2 goals (Drew and Spencer Davis), but gave up a goal late In the second. Landon led 3-2 at the end of the second period.

Chase Blazer scored at 13:38 from the point to give the Bears a 4-2 lead. A slashing penalty on Bullis with 4:31 to play put the Bears on the power play. Landon’s power play unit controlled the action. Jake Davidson passed to Drew who passed to Ryan Giles. Giles’s shot hit the crossbar, but Joey pounced on the rebound to put the Bears up 5-2 with 2:06 to play.

A penalty was whistled on the Bears with 1:47 to play, but Owen Concannon iced the game with an empty netter. Bullis scored a power play goal just before the buzzer to make the final score 6-3.

Semifinal game is tomorrow vs St Albans at Ft Dupont at 5:15. Come out and support .

Published in: on February 14, 2017 at 4:39 am  Comments (1)  

No Sunday Edition today

There’s lots of news 📰 that should fill the Sunday Edition, but I’m in CO. Without all of the info on my desk computer 💻, I have to rely on my memory. Instead of sending out a partial set of Bear 🐻 accomplishments and leave some team /individual out, the post will be postponed.

Published in: on February 13, 2017 at 2:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Hockey 4 Bullis 0

In what likely will be th first round of the IAC, Landon blanked the Bulldogs 4-0.

The Bears opened up with two goals: Chase Blazer from Will Jarrett @ 10:07 and then Ryan Giles . Joey Graham @8:29.

Ty Morton had 15 saves.The Bears had 33 SOGs.

From the Bears’ Den.

The second period was scoreless, largely to three penalties against the home team.

Two goals by Spencer Davis highlighted the last period. First @8:38 and assisted by Hayes Cusick. His next tally was fed by Ryan @ 0:52.4


Published in: on February 9, 2017 at 4:11 am  Comments (1)  


Brown color phase Black Bear out of his den after hibernation looking for food after a fresh sno


  • Bear wrestlers beat STA and earn #2 at IACs with four champs
  • Bear Hockey beats St. Paul’s and then loses to St. Mary’s Ryken
  • Bear Hoops beats Georgetown Day and comes close to beating Bullis
  • Bear Indoor track runs to 4th at The Mercersburg Invitational and competes at Private & Independent Invitational Championships
  • Bear swimmers place high at WMPSSDL
  • John Nichols BLTF returns with news of BearLaxTraxFax
  • Anas and Giles articles









Winter Sports

  • Basketball (8-12) beat the Grasshoppers of GDS 67-54 on Senior Night with Quinn Boyd’s 16 points, Antonio Cockrell’s 14 and Canin Reynold’s 12




















 Winter Sports

·        Basketball  (8-12) beat the Grasshoppers of GDS 67-54 on Senior Night with Quinn Boyd’s 16 points, Antonio Cockrell’s 14 and Canin Reynold’s 12




At the 16-5 Bulldogs of Potomac, MD the Bears exploded with a  30 point 2nd Q, and held a 2 point lead through the end of the 3rd Q, but the home team was able to come back against the Bears. Leading scorers for Landon: Donnell Frayer ‘s 24, and Antonio’s 11points

  • Ice Hockey (8-8-2)The Bears beat St. Paul’s of Brooklandville (6-4) coming back from a 4-1 deficit and then lost to a Senior Night inspired St. Mary’s Ryken (2-4) [scores are linked to full stories.]
  • Indoor Track and Field: from Coach Hunt

o   Landon Indoor Track & Field Takes 4th at The Mercersburg Invitational

Friday, January 27, 2017

           Mercersburg PA


This past Friday the Landon Bears to Mercersburg Pennsylvania to compete in the newly opened Douglas Hale Fieldhouse located on the campus of the Mercersburg Academy.  Although only seven athletes made the trip, they managed to tie for fourth place with James Buchanan High School and behind Chambersburg Area High School, The Mercersburg Academy, and Greencastle Atrium High school. The Bears finished ahead of McConnellsburg High School, Saint James, and St. Maria Goretti.  Wesley Feldman set the fieldhouse record in the 1600 m run with a time of 4:44.44 for first place.  Jacob Solomon took fourth in the 55 m dash in a time 6.76. Other Bears scoring points included Michael Carr in the pole vault, Nikola Dragacevac the high hurdles, Michael Branche in the high jump and Tobi Olaniyi in the triple jump.  The relay team of Wesley Feldman, Michael Carr, Brage Hamilton and Davis Walker took third. .


  • 1.     Chambersburg Area          138.5
  • 2.     Mercersburg Academy     112
  • 3.     Greencastle Antrim           63.5
  • 4.     Landon                             36
  • 4.     James Buchanan               36
  • 6.     McConnellsburg               34
  • 7.     Saint James                       24
  • 8.     St Maria Goretti                16
  • Men’s Results
55 Meter Dash  Varsity – Finals
4. 11 Jacob Solomon 6.76a Landon
55 Meter Dash  Varsity – Prelims
5. 11 Jacob Solomon 6.85a Landon
16. 11 Michael Branche 7.47a Landon
200 Meters  Varsity – Finals
12. 11 Jacob Solomon 25.79a Landon
16. 11 Michael Branche 26.85a Landon
17. 10 Olutobi Olaniyi 27.14a Landon
800 Meters  Varsity – Finals
11. 9 Brage Hamilton 2:27.32a Landon
14. 9 Jared Edson 2:59.69a Landon
1600 Meters  Varsity – Finals
1. 12 Wesley Feldman 4:44.44a Landon
55m Hurdles – 39″  Varsity – Finals
6. 11 Nikola Dragacevac 11.77a Landon
55m Hurdles – 39″  Varsity – Prelims
7. 11 Nikola Dragacevac 11.59a Landon
4400 Relay  Varsity – Finals
3. Wesley Feldman Michael Carr Brage Hamilton Davis Walker 3:56.29a Landon
High Jump  Varsity – Finals
4. 11 Michael Branche 5-00.00 Landon
Pole Vault  Varsity – Finals
2. 11 Michael Carr 7-00.00 Landon
Long Jump  Varsity – Finals
12. 10 Olutobi Olaniyi 15-10.00 Landon
14. 11 Michael Carr 14-04.00 Landon
15. 11 Nikola Dragacevac 11-11.25 Landon
Triple Jump  Varsity – Finals
7. 10 Olutobi Olaniyi 28-05.50 Landon

o   Private & Independent Invitational Championships at Georgetown Preparatory School February 4


Mens Results

55 Meter Dash  Varsity – Prelims x

10. 11 Jacob Solomon 6.74a Landon

300 Meters  Varsity – Finals x

19. 11 Jacob Solomon 39.06a Landon
31. 11 Davis Walker 41.94a Landon

500 Meters  Varsity – Finals x

29. 11 Davis Walker 1:19.61a Landon

1600 Meters  Varsity – Finals x

6. 12 Wesley Feldman 4:38.01a Landon
11 Samuel Hanson DNS Landon

Pole Vault  Varsity – Finals x

7. 11 Michael Carr 8-00.00 Landon

Long Jump  Varsity – Finals x

10 Olutobi Olaniyi DNS Landon

Triple Jump  Varsity – Finals x

10 Olutobi Olaniyi DNS Landon


  • Riflery—3-3 barely lost to Yorktown 1052-1061


Swimming and Diving –from Coach Bartman— at WMPSSDL –Jacob Rosner and Jason Tang had incredible swims tonight. Jacob Rosner sets new school record tonight in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.15. Jason Tang finishes 4th




















Captain Jack Chlopak, Jacob Rosner and Jason Tang


o   Saint Albans dual




The Bears win out the last 7 dual meets and end the season with 15-7 record.  This ties the record from 2005-06 when the team went 15-5 for the season.

Tonight, we won 45-27 against a solid St. Albans team.  Again, our young freshmen continue to get stronger, along with our returning upper classmen.  This young team had to face a lot of adversity today, but still managed to come out on top.  The match started with

  • Carter Johnson at 195.  He got thrown to his back in the second period and went down 8-2.  Carter started getting to work and came back with a pin in the third period.
  • At 220, starter T Halm was out sick today.  Joel Desroches bumped up a weight class and got the job done with a pin in the second period.
  • At 285, T Bridgers received a forfeit.
  • At 106, Patrick Kielb continues to make a name for himself.  He pinned a tough STA senior in the second period.
  • Thomas Johnson received a forfeit.
  • Lorenzo Lopez pinned his opponent right at the buzzer at the end of the first period.

→The Bears 36… the Bulldogs 0.

o   At 126, Matt Amitay lost a battle 2-1, but

o   Luc Schermer put the meet in the bag with a pin in the second period.

The Bulldogs never gave up.  They fought back with wins 138, 145, 152, & 160, but

o   Jelani Machen ended their streak with a solid 4-1 victory over their best wrestler.

Congratulations to our two Seniors tonight.  This was their last dual meet of their high school career.

o   Shoun Shi and Mitchell Pan have dedicated themselves to this team over the last 4 years and have both been a big part of our success this season.


o   IAC – 2nd place


It was another exciting weekend for the Bears!  We hosted the IAC Varsity A championships on Saturday, and the IAC Varsity B championships were at St. Albans on Friday.


It was the first time in 11 years that we had a shot at the IAC title.  After a close loss to Prep in our dual meet, we were hoping to beat them in the tournament for a piece of the title.  Unfortunately, we were not able to get the job done.  We had plenty of opportunities, but Prep managed to pull it out in the final round.  The top three teams were with 18 points of each other (which in tournament scoring is very close).  In the end, we fell short of Prep by 13 points, but beat out Bullis by 5 points.  Our young team did make a statement.  We walked away with 7 finalists and 4 champs (all four champs returning next year).  Prep had 9 finalists with 5 champs (1 champ returning).  Bullis had 7 finalist with 5 champs (3 Champs returning). Here are the wrestlers who placed in the top 4:

106 Patrick Kielb Champion

113 Thomas Johnson 4th

120 Lorenzo Lopez Champion

126 Matt Amitay 4th

132 Luc Schermer 3rd

138 Brendon Gallagher Champion

152 Mitchell Pan 2nd

170 Jelani Machen 2nd

182 Nick Haller 3rd

195 Carter Johnson Champion

220 Joel Desroches 3rd

285 Terrance Bridgers 2nd


All four champions earned All-IAC status.  In addition, Mitchell Pan earned All-IAC (at large) by vote of the coaches.  This is the most All-IAC candidates (5) Landon has on record (Since 1995 when I arrived at Landon).  We now move into the big tournament season: Melee on the Metro (20 teams), Maryland Independent States (32 teams), and those who qualify, the National Prep Tournament.


The IAC Varsity B Championships went very well also.  We had 9 wrestlers participate.  Four of them won and 7 made the finals.  Here are the place winners:


Storm Templeton Champ

Jake Kowitz Champ

Marc Schermer Champ

Quinn Johnson Champ

Eli Harrion 2nd

David Diaz 2nd

Ron Giscombe 2nd

Michael Gilbert 3rd

Jack Bradley 3rd





Jack Porter signs to play Football with Dickinson





Jack Porter ’17 will join 15 of his classmates who have committed to play college athletics next year. Porter, a 2016 varsity football captain, will play at Dickinson College (Division III) this fall and said experiences with his Landon teammates and coaches inspired him to pursue a college football career.


“It’s the brotherhood. You’re all very close. They can criticize you, critique you and tell you about the things you’ve done well. You can count on them to help you every day,” the wide receiver said, citing the friendships he has developed as bonds that will last him a lifetime. “If they’re feeling down, you can pick them up.”

Porter said Varsity Football Coach and Upper School Math Teacher Paul Padalino encouraged his development throughout his three years on varsity.

“He knows how I work, and he expects me to work hard,” Porter said.

Despite a broken collarbone that Porter suffered at the beginning of the 2016 season, Padalino said the wide receiver showed the drive to return to the field and finish his senior season strong.

“I didn’t have to motivate Jack,” Padalino said. “He’s so self-motivated that it was all about helping him become the player he wanted to be.”

Although he admits playing at Dickinson will be an adjustment, Porter hopes to develop new skills his freshman year. “You’re going from playing 18-year-old boys to 22-year-old men, which is a whole different challenge,” Porter said. “I love the competition of playing against people better than you.”

Porter knows he would never have succeeded without the support of his parents, Robyn Porter and Bob Greenberg, who he says provided him with both a set of morals and an opportunity to develop college-level football skills.






Pre Season Picture









KoKo Avedisian, Jarett Witzal, Sean O’Brien and Riley McTeague



John Nichol’s BearLaxTraxFax—keeping up with Bears’ laxing

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The “Spring” sport of NCAA lacrosse starts this coming weekend and Bears’ Lax Trax Facts is back to cover the play of Landon alums in D-I and D-III.  This year we will be covering 140 D-I games, 20 of which are Bears vs Bears games in which Landon grads are on both sides of the tilt.  The first weekend features our first games with Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) taking on Delaware (Phil Pena is out recovering from an injury this season) and Cleveland State (Justin Conner) kicks off their inaugural season against Michigan.

On Tuesday, we will have our first Bears vs. Bears match as Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) hosts Navy (Thomas Evans).  This is a match-up with great history that used to be played late in the season.  However, the scheduling pressures of conference affiliations have moved this game earlier in the season each year for the past couple of years.

Not all of the action is in D-I.  We will be covering D-III as well, but not all 2017 rosters have been posted yet, so stay tuned for news and results there.






The two Bears/Bisons of Bucknell started the season well beating Delaware (without Phil Peña whose shoulder surgery may have contributed to the Blue Hens’ defeat) 14-13 at Newark, DE. The visitors outscored their opponents 8-2 over the final 21:49. Sean O’Brien had 6 goals,1 assist and 3 GBs. Jarett Witzal dominated the X going 17 of 29 against two UD F/O guys; #3 had 9 GBs!!!






Sam Anas (L11), Iowa Wild (23-19-4-1), AHL, played in 39 games, 7G 9A. Team is on a good streak 9-1-2-0






Patrick Giles (L18), US Men’s National Development team (14-20-0-1) 37 games 5G. 10A.

Patrick Giles Credits Grandmother For Love of Hockey

Favorite NHL Team Washington Capitals

Favorite U.S. Born Player T.J. Oshie

Favorite Movie Good Will Hunting

Favorite TV Show Shark Tank

Favorite Actor Jason Segal

Favorite Actress Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Music Taylor Swift

Favorite Home-Cooked Meal Pasta with red sauce and meatballs



Christian Meike (L 14), Michigan Wolverines, (9-12-2), D, in three games.

Connor Meike (L12), Williams College Ephmen, (11-6-3), 1 GP

Jack Barton (L14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (8-11-3) played in 18 games, 3 goals, 2 assists

Chris Javens (L13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (8-11-3), played in 16 games, 0 Goals, 3 Assist



Alex Norwinski (L15), College Station Spirit (4-25-1-1) NA3HL, Defenseman played in 32 games, 1 Goal, 5 assist,

Trevor Wolf (L15), College Station Spirit (4-25-1-1), Defenseman, 19 games played 2G 4A,


College Club

Orlando Arevalo (L13), MIT Engineers Club

Mike Anderson, (L12) Princeton Club

Jacob Ruttenberg (L’15), Tufts Club

Aditya Krishnan (L’16), University of Maryland club




Aaron Byrd (L15) Augusta Jaguars (16-6) averaging 16.8 minutes, 4th in assists with 38


Christian Webster (L09) Va Tech Hokies (16-6),


Assistant Coach Joe McDonald (L12) GWU Colonials, (12-11) Director of Player Development.



Darion Atkins (L11) Hapoel Unet Holon (12-7); 19 GP 29.8 minutes,#1 in game efficiency, 15.1 pts [#9 in League], 9.5 reb [#1 in league], 0.6 stl, 0.8 assists


Darion’s Awesome Dunk Winner League on Twitter_ _.@JMTaylor11 and @DarionAtkins had fun tonight https___t.co_3HgzfuwdGt_


Danny Rubin (L10), Bnei Herzliya (5-3) 28 GP, 15.6 min.  4.8 pts, 1.9 reb., 0.9 assist, 0.8 steals









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