BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 10/04/15

  • Soccer beats StA
  • Darion in his NYC uniform
  • Career days for Matt Underhill and Johari Johnson
  • Capital Lacrosse Invitational next Sunday


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Current Bears




Not enough coverage of soccer, but here’s a WaPo story about the Bears win over StA.







Landon junior defender Brian Lossing (13) lines up a free kick during an IAC matchup against St. Albans in Bethesda. (Dillon Mullan/The Washington Post)


By Dillon Mullan September 29

As the second half wore on, the third-ranked St. Albans boys’ soccer team began to trap a tired Landon defense in its own end. Any balls cleared away were quickly returned back into the Bears box. Gaps between Landon defenders began to widen and invite through balls toward sophomore goalkeeper Alex Freed. It seemed that all the visiting Bulldogs needed in order to break the scoreless deadlock was a ball to bounce their way, but as an afternoon drizzle transformed into an early-evening downpour Tuesday in Bethesda, the ball was not bouncing.

Landon successfully frustrated St. Albans’s attack during regulation, and 45 seconds into overtime, the Bears ended the game with their first shot on target. After St. Albans cleared Landon forward Josh Meka’s cross off of the goal line, junior Jorge Dumenigo sent a one-time shot from 18 yards out sliding into the bottom corner for a 1-0 victory.

“When I saw the ball was cleared right to me, all I just thought was shoot, shoot, shoot. I did not think. I just wanted to place it in the corner. No power, just placement,” Dumenigo said. “You can’t really play many passes in conditions like this. You have to keep it on the ground. The rain makes it slick and just propels the ball past people.”

Landon (2-1-1, 1-1 Interstate Athletic Conference) came into the game well aware of the firepower possessed by St. Albans’s senior duo of Chris Fleischerand Nate Johnson after the pair combined for two goals and three assists in the Bulldogs’ two defeats of the Bears last season. Tuesday, Johnson led St. Albans from center back while Fleischer tried to pull the attacking strings from his advanced midfield position. St. Albans’s best chance came midway through the first half when Fleischer slipped a through ball to forward Jabari Wilbon, whose breakaway attempt was smothered by a charging Freed.

The 22 fouls called in just over 80 minutes of play prevented a genuine flow from developing, but St. Albans failed to take advantage of a number of free-kick opportunities from dangerous positions in the second half. Every time the Bulldogs whipped a cross into Landon’s box, the white gloves of Freed were there to preserve the shutout.

“I had to be alert in the tough conditions, definitely a slippery ball,” said Freed, who made seven saves in his fourth game starting in the Bears’ net. “I stayed calm and relaxed. I just had to focus and catch the ball. It’s cool and fun to play in the rain. It helps the ambiance of the game and makes it more entertaining.”

The win over St. Albans (4-1-1, 1-1 IAC) breaks Landon’s three-game losing streak to their IAC rivals and provides the Bears with confidence ahead of Friday’s matchup with arch-rival Georgetown Prep.

“I’m just going to try to keep this simple,” Dumenigo said. “It feels great.”





Darion Atkins (’11) as a New York Knick









Happy with the #5 for sure.



Nathan Bubes, BC hoops manager, “some of the best in breaking down film” per BC coach

Nathan Bubes BC-- some of the best in breaking down film per BC coach













Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets lost to St. Lawrence 0-20. Myles did not play; injured?

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers lost to Birmingham Southern 9-20.

Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords lost to DePauw 16-38. Jules played and had a solo tackle.

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe lost to Delaware 22-24

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, beat MIT 31-27 with Johari starting, he picked up a career-high 88 yards rushing on 21 carries to go along with his one-yard touchdown run at the 7:29 mark of the second quarter to tie the game up at 14-14. Johnson also finished with a team-high 140 all-purpose yards (88 rushing, 25 receiving, 27 on a kickoff return).

Thanks to Regen Thomas for her post-game picture by of son Johari and Vincent Kindfuller. The Bears did not have contact during the game, we’re told.












Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats lost to Valparaiso 35-42.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers lost to Endicott 27-31.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders, beat Maine 48-17

Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters lost to Dayton 14-27.

Dominique Seagears (’15) Trinity College Bantams, crushed Williams 24-0 (their 2nd shutout). Domo is on the right.













Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee beat Guilford 20-17 with the starting placekicker providing the margin of victory with a 51 yard field goal, Underhill’s kick was the longest field goal in W&L history. That was his second 3 pointer of the game. He also was 2/2on PATs, making him the Generals’ top scorer with 8 points .Matt’s 5 kickoffs averaged 55.4 yards with 2 touchbacks. W&L beat the #21 team in the country and the home team is undefeated, 4-0, their best starting record in 15 years. This picture of Matt is in his last year’s #; he’s #34 now.










Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders beat Maine 48-17 and Kolby played.


Sprint Football


Jake Howard (’15), Cornell, lost to West Point 0-33.


Ice Hockey

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials . The team won two games. Trevor has 3 assists and Alex one in the team’s five games in which both played.



Some players learn by seeing. There is no better venue, more convenient location or better talent than the CLI at Landon next Sunday. This event honors Landon alumnus Mario St. George Boiardi whose inspired play as a Bear and with Cornell and whose life merit this honor and remembrance.

Capital Lacrosse Invitational to Feature Loyola, Cornell, PSU, UMBC

The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation is pleased to announce that Loyola will be participating in the Fourth Annual Capital Lacrosse Invitational on NEXT Sunday, October 11th, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.

Loyola rounds out a field of four elite Division I lacrosse programs that also includes three teams returning from last year’s event: Cornell, Penn State, and UMBC. With the Greyhounds on board, the Boiardi Foundation is excited to have another local program with a strong lacrosse tradition at the CLI.

The Capital Lacrosse Invitational is a fall ball round robin event hosted by the Mario St George Boiardi Foundation at the Landon School in Bethesday, MD. Following a free youth clinic in the morning, each team will play 2 games. The schedule of events for the day is as follows:

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Free Youth Lacrosse Clinic
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Penn State vs. Loyola ** Cornell vs. UMBC
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: UMBC vs. Penn State ** Loyola vs. Cornell

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Aaron Béguelin (’15) Hamilton College rugby

Julius Kindfuller, Williams rugby

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Garrett Pan Lehigh Mountain Hawks club, there is no site for the group this year.


Jack Sears (’13) Colby Mules beat the University of New England, 31-3, Jack, at flyhalf, scored the opening try


David Spiritos (’13) Northwestern Wildcats Rugby Union,


Culver Van Vleck, Tulane Rugby

Culver (BEAR) Van Vlek Tulane Rugby












Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) Allegheny College Gators beat Wittenberg 2-1 in 2 OT. Nick and Scott started, both put a shot on goal and Scott scored a goal.


Richard Huber (’12), Sewanee Tigers, lost to Oglethorpe 1-6 with Richard playing.



Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) Connecticut Camels had no games,


Varsity Football Opponents Scores/Records



High Point [1-3]   v. Duval on 10/5    
Walt Whitman [2-3] V           L Northwest 7-42
Loyola Blakefield [3-3] v.          L to Spalding


Riverdale Baptist School[3-3] v.          L v. GP 7-21  
Bethesda-Chevy Chase[1-4] v.          L v. Landon 14-30  
St. Stephen’s &St. Agnes [3-2] v.          L v. Bishop Ireton 0-21  
Episcopal High School[2-0]  v.           EHS web, game was cancelled  
Georgetown Prep[3-1]  v.         W v. Riverdale 21-7  
Bullis School[1-2] v.          game was cancelled  
St. Albans School[1-3]  v.        L to Flint Hill 0-21  




Published in: on October 5, 2015 at 1:45 am  Leave a Comment  


Landon wins the 1st Bethesda Bowl by beating its second neighbor (WWHS was the first conquest) school by a convincing 30-7 margin. The Bear D help the Barons to one offensive touchdown; while the home team O earned 290 total yards. It is rare when a defensive player scored points (recovering a fumble for a TD), blocked two kicks (negating a PAT, the blocked punt), caused 2 fumble which resulted in a Landon TD, knocked down a pass and recorded 2 TFLs. Assuming that all of the notable events were captured, that’s a good day for Keith Simms, that’s a Bear.

Aaron Broner’s opening kickoff went into the end zone and BCC team was pressured on the initial series. Pressure by Landon forced the visitors on every down, culminating in an interception by John Geppert. Eight plays later, Joey Epstein drove 4 yards into the end zone for a score. A Jack Concannon to Griffin Brown to Broner PAT made the score 7-0 @6:38.

This Broner kickoff pinned the Barons back and nine plays later, the Bears forced a punt. The Landon offense ended its ensuing drive with a failed 4th down conversion attempt. The Barons held the ball for 7 plays and try to punt. Mr. Simms did his eraser move and blocked that punt. That action closed the first quarter.

With the ball and momentum, Landon quickly brought the ball to 4 yards from the goal, but a freakish fumble bounced into the hands of a BCC defender who printed 99 yards for a TD. The BCC PAT attempt again met the Landon eraser as Keith enveloped the kick in his hands. At 6:26 of the 2nd period, the score was Bears 7 Barons 6.

In the remaining minutes until halftime, the home team gained 26 yards, but had to punt. BCC retained possession until half. Their drive was stifled by TFLs by Justin Conner and then Brian Menendez.




The home team received the 2nd half kickoff; BCC’s Naomi Gross was the kicker. The home team quickly gave possession to BCC with a fumble, but the Barons returned the favor in four plays. More accurately Ben Goodfriend ripped the ball form the opposing ball carrier (his impressive 50 yard run was called back; the refs saw his knee on the ground as he stole the ball).

The Bear O drove 36 yards on three plays with Joey blasting the final 14 yards for a TD. The #1 to #15 to # 3 PAT successfully overcame a 5 yard penalty to make the score 14-6 @ 8:47 of Q3.

Keith created another offensive opportunity from his LB position. This time he caused a fumble and Jalen Williams sprinted 20 yards to and scored @4:30; the PAT was good to make it 21-6.

The Barons did not cave in and fought to score. The Landon D was called for a couple of pass interferences, but those markers were removed by TFLs by Steven Gee, then Joshua Chapman and finally John Slowinski.

The Bears’ next possession was 13 plays long, rolled the clock into Q4 but ended in a punt. Again the Barons’ O was frustrated, ending with a fourth down punt attempt. Keith Simms blocked the kick and recovered in the end zone for a TD@ 7:18 of the last period. The PAT missed so the score was 27-6.

The visitors found the home team to be inhospitable and lost the ball on downs. Landon brought the ball to FG range and Aaron Broner nailed a 25 yard kick to make it Bears 30-6 @ 1:58.

Much credit to BCC for it had the determination to drive for a TD and successfully converted a 2 point play to make it 14- 3.

Landon recovered the onside kick and freshman QB Jake Davidson perfectly executed the victory play on three plays to kill the clock.






Player                 Rushes               Yards                  TDs

Epstein                14                        89                        2

Brown                  8                           45

Machen               6                           47

Hunter                 8                           31

Conner                4                           18

Williams               2                           3



Player                 Passes               Receptions        Yards

Brown                  5                           3                          57



Player                 Receptions                                     Yards

Menendez           2                                                       41

Machen               1                                                       16



Published in: on October 4, 2015 at 4:33 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 09/27/15

Bears’ showing their prowess in multiple fall sports (with one early winter season sport starting).

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Cross-country running Bear



Current Bears


The Bears hosted and swept the Landon Invitational (all meets except the girls).

The Varsity outdistanced the large, competitive field with a score of 31 (low is good) and the next teams were DeMatha (100), St. John’s (112), Potomac (131)……9th Bullis (202) and the lowest score was 360. The home runners finished individually


2 Gilbert, Ben              12 Landon                17:46.25    2
3 Feldman, Wesley      11 Landon                17:47.03    3
7 Menendez, Jace        10 Landon                18:10.90    7
8 Tsai, Kevin               10 Landon                18:12.34    8
11 Chadda, Arihant        10 Landon                18:19.26  11
19 Chlopak, Jack            11 Landon                18:43.86  19
20 Powell, William          11 Landon                18:44.60  20

83 Blazer, Chase            9 Landon                 22:28.15

Note: only one is a senior.

The JV was also successful with the team scoring 56 points against an equally large field. Logan Giles (5th place), Matthew Lorrie, Rodrigo Pedraza Garcia, Parker Lotstein, Luc Schermer, Franco Abdala-Arata,   Andrew Engel, Xander DeNovio, Ian Sweeney, Jonathan Pringle, Evan Pugh, Luke Glenn, Maleek Brown, Jared Rymsza, Jake Goodwin, Ramin Zarfeshan, Andrew Clark, Max Krause, Thomas Mottur, and Zack Werharan for the home team.


The Bears at the 2013 Bell for a victory celebration.









The Middle School team came in a close 2nd to StA, missing the top position by 3 points. Signifying continuous team strength.


Landon traveled to Pennsylvania to test against the best in the Beast of the East. The Bears swam past their initial competition

  • Landon 12-9 vs Governor Mifflin HS
  • Landon 12-9 vs Northern Allegheny HS
  • Landon in 3 OT’s 13-12 Wissahickin HS

It then ran into the tournament’s runner up Cathedral Prep and lost 6-12.

The team will host the Big Bear Classic next weekend.




Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets had a bye this weekend.

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers lost 27-44 to Emery & Henry. Justin played.

Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords had a bye week.

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe cruised over Stony Brook in league play 21-0.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, beat Nichols 42-14 and Johari was a quadruple threat. #1 he was the leading rusher with 86 yards on 12 carries and a TD. The Bear alum, #2, also caught a pass for 8 yards and #3 he returned a kickoff for 19 yards. On defense, Johari, #4, made a solo tackle on D.

Next week a Bear v. Bear football game with Johari and Endicott playing neighbor school, MIT with Vince. Pictures, please.

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats had a bye week.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers beat Maine Maritime 51-26.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders, bye week

Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters lost to Drake 3-41.

Dominick Seagears (’15) Trinity College Bantams, where he is #15 (see below) play on September 26.

Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee beat Apprentice School 56-21 with Matt a perfect 8/8 from the PAT line. He had 9 kickoffs for a total of 548 yards, 60.9 average and one touchback.        

Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders bye week.

Sprint Football

Jake Howard (’15), Cornell, against Mansfield University, a 33-7 win. Jake played a few downs as wide receiver, but did not have any receptions.  Jake also was the kicker for the kickoffs, and had one touchback. Against Franklin Pearce, a 36-15 win, Jake Howard had kickoff duties– five kicks.












Ice Hockey

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials wins 6-3 on (Alex with an assist) then another win on Saturday 6-3 (Trevor with an assist) both against the Dallas Jr. Stars.


Thanks to Mark Witzal for keeping up on the news sources, according to t Ty Zanders, here are Bears of the 2015 Class who are projected on Recruiting Rundown to be top performers soon:

  • Landon McKenzie, D, Dartmouth

From a Bucknell intrasquad scrimmage: Sean O’Brien and Jarrett Witzal













Aaron Béguelin (’15) Hamilton College rugby

AAron Bueglin as Hamilton rugby player









Garrett Pan Lehigh Mountain Hawks club, there is no site for the group this year.

Jack Sears (’13) Colby Mules played against Maine Farmington on Friday, but no results were posted.

David Spiritos (’13) Northwestern Wildcats Rugby Union, but the web page is still showing the spring status.




Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) Allegheny College Gators lost to Mount Union 1-2 (Scott and Nick started; Scot with a SOG) and then tied Wabash 0-0 (same stats).

Richard Huber (’12), Sewanee Tigers, started in the first two games, but is not listed as having played in the third–lost to Methodist 0-5, to Emory 0-1and Center 0-2.


Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) Connecticut Camels team lost to Harvard 5-17 and Iona 5-19. No stats published.



Varsity Football Opponents Scores/Records


High Point [1-3]   v. W vs. Bladensburg 41-0  
Walt Whitman [1-3] V           L Northwest 7-42
Loyola Blakefield [3-2] v.          L to Gilman 10-49


Riverdale Baptist School[3-2] v.          W vs Landon 7-28  
Bethesda-Chevy Chase[1-3] v.          W vs. Northwood 28-7  
St. Stephen’s &St. Agnes [3-1] v.            W vs. Potomac 42-0  
Episcopal High School[2-0]  v.          W vs. Bishop Ireton 21-0  
Georgetown Prep[2-1]  v.         bye  
Bullis School[1-2] v.          W vs Avalon 36-18  
St. Albans School[1-2]  v.        L to Severn 7-35  





Published in: on September 28, 2015 at 1:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon 7 Riverdale Baptist School 28

The massive (7 players of 250# or greater), fast, elusive and deep Crusaders (now 3-2) did something that none of the Bears’ previous competitors did this year; they led from beginning to end with a 21-0 lead at half time. The PG County school has built a very nice stadium, a great turf field and an impressive big screen scoreboard.


The home D were able to handle the complex blocking of the Landon offense by using bulk to clog the holes. When the visitors were converging on the RBS QB or RB in the backfield for a certain loss, the maize and blue clad players were able to break tackles and elude defenders. There were bad bounces and bad calls, but the Bears were beat even if all of those unfortunate outcomes were reversed, Landon would still have lost. .


Onto BCC next week. We should see some very angry Bears!!!

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Published in: on September 26, 2015 at 8:22 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 09/20/15










Lots of interesting Bear News—current players and alumni.










“I’m so proud of Clayton and Noah,” said head varsity water polo Coach Walt Bartman, who is also chair of Landon’s Visual Arts Department. “Playing water polo can be a big time commitment, and these boys have learned how to balance that with academics… and excelled at both. This award is especially significant because USA Water Polo demands that you qualify for Junior Olympics, so you have to have a high grade point average and be an extremely good water polo player.”

To qualify for the honor, Noah played water polo in the Junior Olympics in the summer of 2014, while Clayton competed this summer. The boys also had to earn a minimum 3.6 out of 4.0 grade point average (GPA). With 4.0 GPAs (equating to 93 percent and above), Clayton and Noah earned special acknowledgement as “Outstanding Achievers,” the highest level of recognition.

What Bartman finds most remarkable is that the boys participate in a sport that often entails lengthy travel, regularly involves six games in a single weekend, and twice a week requires them to rise by 5:30 a.m. for practice before school. According to Clayton and Noah, all the hard work has certainly been worth it, especially because of the strong relationships they have forged.

“We’re on the road a lot, there are a lot of games, and it’s pretty intense, but there is a lot of camaraderie,” Clayton said. “I’ve developed a friend group that I will have forever.”

“[The guys on the water polo team] are the kids I’m closest with at Landon,” Noah agreed. “We spend every minute together at school and travel in packs. And Mr. Bartman is fun to be around — his office in the art studio is pretty much our lounge.”

In addition to these academics and athletics achievements, Clayton and Noah also find time to cultivate their interests in the arts. Clayton is a talented painter who took Bartman’s class for three years. Noah is an accomplished singer-songwriter-guitarist who leads Landon’s “Coffeehouse,” and he frequently records and performs live both on campus and at clubs and other venues outside the White Rocks.

Since last week, the Bears defeated Gilman 9-6, MSJ 11-6, Whitman 17-6 and Gilman 11-10 for a 2nd victory.






Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets defeated Alfred State 61-0 with the Bear alum carrying 7 times for 50 yards.

Justin Cort (’14) and the Swanee Tigers lost to Birmingham Southern 3-21. Justin with fellow Bears Rallo and Gagnon.

Cort.Rallo. JackGagnon










Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords beat Hiram College 34-17 with Jules contributing a solo and an assist tackles.

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe lost a close one against UVa 29-35. The early stats do not include W&M defensive stats or participation.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, lost to St. Lawrence 9-34. He started and carried 4 times for 8 yards as well as catching 1 pass for 20 yards.

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats had a bye week.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers lost to RPI 7-42. Vince played and was recorded with a tackle.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders, beat VMI 42-10.

Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters have a bye.

Dominick Seagears (’15) Trinity College Bantams, where he is #15 (see below) play on September 26.








Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders beat VMI 42-10 and Kolby played and assisted on a tackle.

Walter Spak, UCLA cheerleader


walter spak at ucla








Walter is on the bottom left.

Ice Hockey

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) both played for the Sugarland Imperials in the first game of the season, a 3-0 win over the Louisiana Drillers. Trevor was +2 and Alex +1.




Thanks to Mark Witzal for keeping up on the news sources, according to the one lax guru, who actually appears to watch all of the relevant games, Ty Zanders, here are Bears of the 2015 Class who are projected on Recruiting Rundown to be top performers soon:


  • #1 Goalie Hunter Sell: / Landon (Md.) / Johns Hopkins

Pledging to the Blue Jays as a rising junior, the three-year starter saved his best for last, helping Landon to a 20-2 championship season with phenomenal shot-stopping skills and leadership qualities. Poised, battle-tested and confident, he has what it takes to contend in a wide open race for the starting job, working with new JHU volunteer assistant Larry Quinn, considered by many to be the greatest keeper of all-time.

  • # 12. Faceoff Specialist Jarett Witzal / Landon (Md.) / Bucknell
  • #15 Attackman Colton Rupp/Landon/Cornell

From a Cornell vs. Alumni scrimmage, two of the three Landon Bears now Cornell Bears, Jack Bolen and Colton Rupp:











Garrett Pan Lehigh Mountain Hawks club, there is no site for the group this year.

Jack Sears (’13) Colby Mules played against Maine Farmington on Friday, but no results were posted.

David Spiritos (’13) Northwestern Wildcats Rugby Union, but the web page is still showing the spring status.




Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) Allegheny College Gators tied Baldwin Wallace 1-1. Nick started and got off 1 shot. Scott started. Against Penn State Behrend, the Gators lost 3-4with Nick and Scott starting.

Richard Huber (’12), Swanee Tigers, started against Maryville, but his team lost 0-1.

Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) Connecticut Camels team lost to #3 MIT 6-14. Junior Henry McMillan (New York, N.Y.; pictured[below] far left with classmates left-to-right Alec Ifshin, Aidan Kelso and Karan Das Grande) erupted with three goals, four steals and one field block to lead the Camels (0-1) in the setback.








Have a great week and GO BEARS!!!


Published in: on September 20, 2015 at 7:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Loyola 19 Bears 14

Loyola 19 Bears 14


“Shoulda”, “coulda” and” woulda” are not words[i] for football; for they express excuses and avoid learning from those events. The Bears had 484 yards of total offense and racked up 21 first downs compared to the Dons’ 10. A loss is a loss and the review of the game films will be a teachable moment for all.

The Bears took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards. An offsides call stalled the momentum and a 25 yard field goal attempt missed.

[The sight lines from where the seats made it very difficult to see the details of the game; so some of the numbers recorded may be in error.]

The home team’s offense was totally frustrated by Landon. During the first quarter the Loyola team earned 0 first downs and only three in the first 24 minutes.

On its second possession, Landon moved crisply down the field—12 plays (all but two were runs) and 46 yards (the drive included the end of the first period). Joey Epstein fought for the last 3 yards for the TD at 10:14 of the 2nd Q; the PAT team of Concannon to Brown to Broner made it 7-0.

The Bear D returned the ball by forcing a punt. The visitors’ O attacked (10 runs and 1 pass for a total of 36 yards), but a fumble ended that opportunity. The Dons showed some promise, but after gaining 48 yards gained, they suffered a 12 yard sack by Keith Simms. A punt and Landon taking a knee brought an end to the first half.




Loyola came out with much more energy and a new QB. The kickoff return put them only 48 yards from their goal line, which they crossed in nine plays. A successful PAT evened the score at 7-7.

Landon responded smartly scoring in 17 plays; Josh Hunter punched over the last 3 yards. The #1-#15-#3 PAT made it 14-7 at 1:18 of Q3.

The Bear defense stiffened and forced a punt after 9 Don plays and during that series, the scoreboard indicated that the game had moved to the 4th quarter.

The visitors’ offense was not as effective and the team was forced to punt. Unfortunately, the kick was blocked to set up a short field for the Dons. A burst through the line resulted in the home team scoring a 30 yard TD. The ordinarily automatic PAT ran into the Bears’ eraser, as Keith blocked the kick (his third of the year). Bears 14 Dons 13

Landon received the ball and showed renewed offense getting two quick first downs. That confidence created expectations that a 4th and 4 yards to go was achievable. The Dons disagreed and after an incomplete their star running back gashed the Bears’ D for 41 yard TD. The 2 point run failed to make the score 19-14 with 4:01 remaining.

The visitors’ moved expeditiously from one end of the field to 1st and goal at the five with 1:38 remaining. Landon receivers, on two successive plays, caught the ball in the end zone, but on each a penalty was called. On another pass play, the Dons chased the Landon QB was forced to scramble and his pass was intercepted.

The home team downed the ball to run out the clock.




Lots of lessons, painful as they may be, but moments which should be the basis for learning and building character.

Onto Riverdale Baptist to see the growth in this team.

[i] Yes they are not words found in dictionaries, but are oft used by sportswriters.

Published in: on September 19, 2015 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Landon 14 Loyola 19

Later write up

Published in: on September 19, 2015 at 3:47 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 09/13/15









The barn on the Landon campus once stabled horses and it may have been possible that under Mr. Banfield’s leadership that some form of polo on horses might have been played. The Founder might never have imagined that his Bears would be playing Water Polo, but given his driven personality, PLB would have expected the Landon WP team to be GOOD. Not only is the current team good, but more than a few alumni have been playing in college. THOSE ARE BEARS!!!

WATER POLO by Coach Bartman

The team traveled to Philly and beat Penn Charter who was the reigning Eastern Prep Champions. We also beat Malvern Prep. Landon also beat MSJ, Germantown Academy, Gilman, and Haverford.

After six games in 2 days, Landon lost its first game to McDonogh. They were fresh and the boys were tired. We lost 13-12.

Clayton Henschel has been a beast on offense, teaming up with Rahul Gill, Isher Gill, and Conor Durbin’s outside shooting skills. Senior Goalie, Hayden Fralin (also school recorder for saves) has played just wonderfully stopping shots that made through our defense. Blake Dannebaum (School record holder in goals) continues to be a breakaway player for the brown and white.


Landon defeated Baltimore powerhouse Loyola Blakefield. Loyola went up with three solid goals on the Bears in quarter one. The brown and white would find their rhythm quickly ending the first half 6-4. Clayton Henschel recorded a personal best, six kick outs placing several Loyola players in foul trouble early.  He would team up with Isher and Rahul Gill to find the net. Noah Thomas would also establish the hole set for the Bears. His final second goal was one that belongs on ESPN. Seniors Blake Dannenbaum and Harry King rounded out the dominating squad scoring on power plays. James Zampella played the game of his life recording save after save.

The Bears, based on an email from the Coach, beat Gilman 9-6.

Noah Thomas and Clayton Henschel were named USA Water Polo Academic All Americans for 2015-16.


Varsity Football

As promised here are more of the details from the Bears’ win over Whitman.

1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q FINAL
LANDON 14 13 21 48
WWHS 6 6 6 8 26


Player                  carries                 yards                             TDs

Hunter                 15                        100

Machen               8                           70                        1

Brown                  10                        62                        1

Epstein                10                        62                        1

Connor                2                           7

Baldwin               1                           1                           1

46                        302                      4


Passer                 attempts    receptions yards                   TDs

Brown                  8                 4                 90               2

Receiver                              catches       yards                   TDs

Ebo                                         2                 72               1

Simms                                    1                 26               1

Epstein                                   1                 2                          

4                 90               2




Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets played Catholic University @ Cardinal Stadium in heavy thunderstorms, but a soaked field did not stop Myles, who carried 17 times for 103 yds. and one TD in a 45-28 win over the home team.He scored the go ahead score.







Justin Cort (’14) and the Swanee Tigers lost to W&L10-28 away.


Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords lost to Oberlin 24-28 away and Jules played.


Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe have the week off to prepare for next week’s game against UVa.


Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, lost to #15 Hobart 17-28. The Bear alumnus started and had 2 carries and 7 yds. at Geneva, NY.


Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats, lost on his birthday to Catawba 21-35.


Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers lost to Becker College 27-37.


Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders, beat Hampton 31-28.


Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters lost to Mercer 14-57. The team, however, was equipped to win.


Dominick Seagears (’15) Trinity College Bantams play on September 26.


Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee Generals beat Swanee Matt was 4/4 on PATs and in 5 kickoffs he averaged 62.1 yards per kick plus one Touchback.

Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders beat Hampton 31-28.




Garrett Pan Lehigh Mountain Hawks club, there is no site for the group this year.


Jack Sears (’13) Colby Mules have their first game in next week.


David Spiritos (’13) Northwestern Wildcats Rugby Union, but the web page is still showing the spring status.



Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) Allegheny College Gators, lost to Geneva 2-3. Nick started and got off 2 shots. Scott started and recording 2 shots with one on goal.


Richard Huber (’12), Swanee Tigers,{thanks to Coach Reed for helping find him} are 1-2-1. Richard started, took 3 shots with one on goal and that one beat the goalie (for the Tigers’ 1st goal of the game) in a 2-2 tie against Huntington.


Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) Connecticut Camels team lost to Cal State Lutheran 8-10 in an exhibition. No stats reported.


Varsity Football Opponents Scores/Records

High Point [0-2] v. CH Flowers L 0-46
Walt Whitman [0-2] v.          Landon L 28-48
Loyola Blakefield [2-1] v.          Archbishop Curley W 33-32


Riverdale Baptist School[2-0] v.          Douglass 17-8
Bethesda-Chevy Chase[0-2] v.            Blair L 21-57
St. Stephen’s &St. Agnes [1-1] v.            Mercersburg 42-7
Episcopal High School  v.          Paul VI 9/16 (WaPo listing of a        game= scrimmage)
Georgetown Prep[2-0]  v. FUMA 35-0
Bullis School[0-1] v. Woodberry Forest 9/18
St. Albans School[1-0]  v. Anacostia W 13-12



Published in: on September 14, 2015 at 12:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Football 48 WWHS 26

Due to the lateness of the game, this first post will have to be short; tomorrow after watching Myles Allen and the Uof R beat Catholic.

The Vikings were vanquished by their neighboring Bears. Whitman’s dynamic pass attack scored on their first possession (PAT blocked by Keith Simms), but Landon responded in like kind with an eight play, 74 yard, run and pass drive. Griffin Brown threw a perfect pass which Mark Ebo caught for a 37 yard TD. The PAT was good.

The visitor D caused a fumble and Jalen Williams recovered it. Eight ground plays ended with a Josh Hunter’s 14 yard TD, PAT good. Landon 14 WWHS 6 @ 0:46 of the 1st Q.

The next period started with two successive defensive stands. Landon drove the ball for a quick TD. The denouement was a beautiful Griffin to Keith 25 yd. pass TD with another PAT. L21 WW 6

The next Viking drive ended with a reverse pass which beat the Bears for a 30 yard TD. They tried a 2 PT conversion failed. L21 WW12

Eight downs later, Joey Epstein rushed the last 4 yards. After a penalty, Landon had to attempt its PAT from the 17 yard line and the Bears missed its first PAT of the season. With 1:09 left, the Vikings used their high risk/high reward O (passes, incompletes, sacks AND completions) to move 25 yards down the field and tried a 42 yard FG; it missed wide right.


The third period was marked by a lot of penalties, time outs for injuries and Whitman possessions. The home team scored to make it 27-18.

Landon resumed its offense (for the night- 302 yds. rushing and 90 yards passing) in the last period. A two touch possession resulted in a spectacular 37 yard TD run by freshman Jaleni Machen. After the PAT, Landon attained a 34-18 lead.

WWHS did not give up and drove for a score in the last Q. A twelve play series resulted in a score (plus a 2 pt. play), but consumed five precious minutes to narrow the margin to L34 WW 26

The Bears showed that their confidence in the O is merited. A 40 yd. pass from Griffin to Mark surprised the Vikings and then before they recovered a Griffin sprint from 12 yards beat all of the defenders to the corner of the end zone. PAT good = L41-26.

The Bear D secondary and the front rush deterred the Vikings. WWHS tried to complete a fourth and 10, giving the possession to Landon 24 yards from their goal. Four runs were culminated with a one yard run by Sophomore Tommy Baldwin. The PAT was successful to make it Bears 48 Vikings 26.

The home team ran down the clock to make it–



More details tomorrow!!!

Published in: on September 12, 2015 at 8:15 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 9/6








As the Bears return to the White Rocks, their Brothers, who have graduated and headed off to play at the college level, become the primary topic for the Sunday Edition. The nets to capture, who is playing where, are imperfect; so if anyone is missed, PLEASE SEND the links of the Landon alumni’s team (include the player’s name; rosters are boring 8 point fonts) and that boy will be Bear “Traxed” here along with his buddies. And if you have an action picture of the athlete (even a postgame shot with Mom and Dad PLEASE SEND).



Myles Allen (’12) returns as the University of Rochester Yellow Jackets “primary running back” (UR website quote). He ran for 625 yards on 133 attempts with five TD’s. His performance resulted in his being named 1st Team All-Liberty League. They play Catholic University on 9/12at 1pm at Cardinal Stadium

Justin Cort (’14) is a returning player on the Swanee Tigers and did not play in their opening 41-31 win against Kenyon.

Hunter Davis(‘13) was elevated to head equipment manager for the Stetson Hatters and his team won their opener by a 43-13 margin over Webber International.

Jules Desroches (’14) played as a DL for the Kenyon Lords and was credited with two solo tackles in defeat to Swanee.

 Anthony Fullum (’14) has moved up on William & Mary’s depth chart as the #3 DB for the Tribe. His team beat Lafayette 34-7 at Easton. His big brother, Terrence, is an assistant coach at Landon.

Johari Johnson (’15) was highlighted as one of the key new players for the Endicott College Gulls by his head coach. Their opener was the favorite to win their league, Framingham State, and the Gulls lost 6-42. The good news is that Johari was the team’s leading rushers with 20 yards on five carries.











Obai Komara (’13) is a DL for the Davidson Wildcats and in their first game against the Citadel they lost 0-49, but Obai was credited with two assists and a solo tackle.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) returns as an NEFC All-Academic team member and DT for the MIT. The Engineers lost their opener to Worcester Polytechnic Institute 28-31.

Paul Padalino (’15) made the squad for the Richmond Spiders, but did not travel with the squad to Maryland. He did make it to the Landon- High Point game and there was a brace (“nothing” he said) on his knee.


Dominick Seagears (’15) made the squad of the Trinity College Bantams as a CB. They play in a week.

Matt Underhill (’13) is the returning starting PK (PATs, FGs and Kick offs) for the Washington & Lee Generals. Against Averett, Matt was 9/9 on PATs and in 10 kickoffs he averaged 58 yards per kick.

Kolby Williams (’15) is a member of the Spiders of Richmond and was at Byrd Stadium for the game against the Terps which the visitors led 14-13 and unfortunately the nattily clad home team scored the next 37 points (Spiders scored a TD later). Here’s Kolby warming up (he’s under the arrow coming from the back of the end zone):






 Garrett Pan was a player for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks club, but there is no site for the group this year.

 Jack Sears (’13) returns as the Colby half fly and was so successful that the team website listed his conversions as “a lot”. The Mules have their first game in two weeks.

David Spiritos (’13) presumably is a returning member of the Northwestern Wildcats club, but the web page is still showing the spring status.



Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) are members of the Allegheny College Gators roster. Nick and Scott have started in the first two games with Scott recording a shot. The team is 0-2 for the season.

Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) will be swimming for the Connecticut Camels team. Fellow Bear Robert Spencer graduated from CC last year.








Varsity Football Opponents Scores/Records



High Point [0-1] v. Landon 6-42
Walt Whitman [0-1] v. Paint Branch 7-46
Loyola Blakefield [1-1] v. John Carroll L 18-35 8/28

v.Boys Latin W 28-6 9/4

Riverdale Baptist School[ 1-0] v. Eleanor Roosevelt W 38-16
Bethesda-Chevy Chase[0-1] v. Sherwood L 6-47
St. Stephen’s &St. Agnes [0-1] v. St. Christopher’s 3-23
Episcopal High School  v. Flint Hill though WaPo lists as a game; it was a scrimmage
Georgetown Prep[1-0]  v. Paul VI 37-0
Bullis School[0-1] v. Mt. St. Joseph 21-35
St. Albans School  1st game 9/12


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, 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).





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