Football Season 2015













In August, led by a talented group of seniors (including 5 who are likely to be playing at the next level), this team gathered together to prepare for the season with very positive expectations. Injuries, a number of bad bounces, one or two bad plays in a game otherwise very well played and an unusually high level of IAC talent blocked the goal of a great year. Though the record was below their hopes and hard work, the boys won the respect of all who watched.

As Coach Padalino explained during the team banquet, this team learned important lessons in life—the values

  • of being a leader through pain, against tough opponents and without recognition,
  • of the hours spent in the weight room,
  • of time spent watching film,
  • of bonding in a common effort ,
  • of giving their best against adverse conditions and
  • of contributing from any position (on the sideline or at the line of scrimmage) to team goals.

For the opportunity to be with and lead this group of Bears, the Coach was most grateful. He specifically thanked the Captains’ parents, his coaches, the training staff and Mac Jacoby plus he added his appreciation of the wider football team community.

Coach Harley, as the newest member of the staff, eloquently spoke about his experience with Landon, his fellow coaches and the players. Having been a head coach at a school which played at a high level, he was amazed at the level of dedication and time which his Bear peers and boys devoted to their game.

As a sort of annual rite of passage, Coach P recognized the Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors and acknowledged their collective contributions to the 2015 season. The prospects of these Bears and the successful JV team are quite bright.

With a good deal of humor, a detailed knowledge of each Senior’s ability and a great deal of sincerity, Coach Padalino talked about each of the 19 Members of the Class of 2016. All but a few of these guys played their last game against StA in a nice win. All of the parents looked a little wistful hearing the Coach’s description of their son’s efforts and contribution. Captains Brown, Hunter and Simms received high marks for their leadership and years of excellent play.

The next segment of the evening was devoted to two sets of awards—league honors and internal.

All IAC (note: league rules require that a player must play against the IAC teams; Keith Simms was injured for all of those games)


2nd team

  • Steven Gee
  • John Slowinski
  • Brian Menendez
  • Joey Epstein

1st team

  • Mark Ebo
  • Griffin Brown

All State and All Met will be announced later.




Lunch Pail —presented by Coach Mullholland – based on the hard work of Paul Adkins; many, many candidates on this team, narrowed to 2

  • Joe Gagnon
  • Derek Hankim

Landon Football Award

  • Josh Hunter

Coach Hanker

  • Justin Conner

Special Team Player of the Year

  • Keith Simms

Linemen of the Year Award

  • Mark Ebo
  • John Slowinski

Most Valuable Player

  • Griffin Brown

Captains of the 2016 Team

  • Maanik Lol ‘17
  • Jack Porter ‘17
  • Joey Epstein ‘18
  • John Geppert ‘18


The Captains then handed out gifts to all of their Moms (Stephanie Brown, Jacqui Hunter and Pamela Simms), coaches and support staff.


The evening was made special by the food and tremendous decorations. Thanks to all for a very pleasant event , season to remember and a very much appreciated gift.







Published in: on November 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Requiem in Pace– Austin H. Kiplinger







Mr. Kiplinger died November 20, 2015. He did not attend Landon, but his impact on our school was immense.

Both of his sons and his grandson were Bears. Two of his lineage have served and are serving on the Board.His granddaughter works in Andrews Hall.

What Mr. Kiplinger gave to Landon is a set of individuals who have carried on his tradition of great values, sound judgment and perhaps most importantly a passion for this fine academic institution.

His son Knight is a member of the Class of 1965 and there is no doubt how my classmate grieves deeply the loss of his father, his friend and his mentor. However, the lasting impression, which this extraordinary man made on Landon, will be remembered for generations and generations.

We will not see Mr. Kiplinger’s wonderfully impish grin on campus any more, but he will be present forever within the White Rocks.

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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 11/22/15

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  • Cross country review of excellent season.
  • Joe McD’s Colonials are 3-0 with a big win over UVa (clearly missing Darion).
  • Matt Underhill’s W&L undefeated season is stopped in NCAAs.
  • Anthony (W&M), Paul + Kolby (UR) head into the FCS tournament.
  • Darion has played his 4th game as a pro in the NBA D-League.

Current Bears


Cross Country – season review by Coach Hunt


  • Awards
    • Junior Varsity
      • JV Coaches Awards –Matt Lowery
      • Captains Award: Zac Zaid
      • JV Most Improved Sam Hanson
      • JV MVP Andrew Engle
  • Varsity Awards
    • Coaches Award:  Logan Giles
    • Most Improved: Ari Chadda
    • MPV:  Wesley Feldman, Ben Gilbert








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iacIAC Awards
















Impressive season and great potential for the 2016 team; great job, Coach Hunt







Bear Trax


Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets season finished.

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers Jackets season finished.

Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Jackets season finished.

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe beat Towson 31-14. The Tribe lost to the Bears at Richmond 9-20 and Anthony played. They next face Duquesne at home in the first round of the NCAA Championship games.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls season finished.

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats beat Spencer’s Stetson team 20-17 to end their season.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers season finished.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders—beat W&M 20-9 earning a bye week in the NCAA FCS.

Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters lost to Obai’s Wildcats 17-20 to end their season.

Dominique Seagears (’15) the Trinity College Bantams season finished.


Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee, completed its regular season undefeated at 10-0. In the NCAA Div. III Championship games. They lost to Thomas Moore 21-51. Matt was 3 for 3 on his PATs, missed a FG and booted 4 kickoffs for an average of 57.3 yards. That ended their very successful season.


Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders– beat W&M 20-9 earning a bye week in the NCAA FCS.


Darion Atkins (’11), Westchester Knicks (NYC Knicks D-League team), has played an average of 31.5 minutes in their 4 games, 7.3 pga, 7.3 rpg, 1apg, 2spg and 1 bpg. The big guy slapping 5s while being introduced:

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Joe McDonald (’12),GWU Colonials beat the #6 UVa team 73-68 in what had to be the biggest upset in Smith Center history. Joe in 33 minutes had 10 pts., 7 reb. (team high) and 1 steal. At Tampa, GWU beat USF 73-67 (how is Tampa part of South FL?) to remain undefeated. There Joe in 39 minutes had 9 pts., 13 reb.(game high), 1 assist and 1 steal.

Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules, in their first game, lost to Staten Island 92-98; Chris had 14 points and 9 rebounds. In the next round of the opening tournament, Colby bounced back with a 102-88 win over Curry College. Chris had a collegiate-high 38 points and tied for a team-high five assists on 14-for-20 shooting from the field and was 10-for-11 at the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds.













Ice Hockey

Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #2/3 team tied No. 20 Clarkson 1-1 and No. 14 St. Lawrence 0-0

Max Greenwald (’13), Middlebury Panthers, opening game was a 4-0 victory over Colby; Max plated.

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor “big bad wolf” Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials 4-1 win over Euless. Sugar Land got the win thanks to a great game by Alex Norwinski, who had one goal and two assists. Norwinski scored 12:51 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Sugar Land. Trevor Wolf also scored a goal.

Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Club team, played against MIT and Orlando Arevalo. No score on either websites, but the Jumbo’s won and Jake had an assist.

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Orlando Arevalo, MIT Engineers Club, see above


Please forward links to teams where any other Bears are playing any Winter Sport at the college level, including club teams.


Hopefully there will be a BSN tomorrow with more season wrap-ups.

There will probably NOT be a BSN Sunday Edition next Sunday unless the internet connections in CO are better than the past.

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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 11/15/15








  • Article about a very successful JV Season
  • The Landon Cup and Shrimp Bowl
  • Wrap up of Water Polo at the Viking Tournament (an update to be added tonight)
  • San Anas scores his 50th goal at Quinnipiac
  • Matt Underhill’s Generals ended the regular season the first time for W&L’s 125 years of Football.
  • John Feinstein on Joe McDonald
  • Darion Atkins has played his first two games for the Knicks of Westchester, the D league tam for the NYC Knicks.

Current Bears


JV Football (author Steve Davidson, thanks)












The JV football team capped off a highly successful season at 7 wins and 2 losses with a 36-6 win over St Albans Thursday at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field.  The team’s success was in large part attributable to Head Coach Derwinski and his able staff—Coaches DuRoss, Knight and Norman. The good news is that this season instilled these boys with pride, toughness and intelligent play— an incubator of talent for the Fall of 2016 and beyond.

Backed by a punishing defense, a powerful running game, and some timely passing, the Bears won all their games this year (most convincingly) except for two hard-fought losses against Georgetown Prep.

The highlight of the year was a 26-20 win over Bullis at Bullis under the lights on November 4.  In a back and forth game, the Bears defense held Bullis on a crucial fourth down play around midfield, where the Bears took over with less than three minutes to play.  From there, the Bears flawlessly executed their two-minute offense.  Moving methodically down the field, and smartly preserving time on the clock, the Bears scored on a one-yard plunge by Mo Sillah (’18) on the final play of the game.  The Bears also scored on the last play of the first half, after another successful two-minute drive.  They scored on a 20-yard pass from freshman quarterback Jake Davidson to freshman receiver Chazz Harley as time expired in the half.

Against St Albans, Sophomore Justin Herbert scored on two long touchdown runs (45 and 70 yards) and Davidson connected with fellow freshmen Harley and Jelani Cross on touchdown passes.  Backup quarterback Kyle Amitay (’18) capped the scoring with a touchdown pass to Vernon Holleman (’19).

Defense was strong throughout the year, in particular leading the team to five victories to open the season against

  • Walt Whitman (8-6),
  • Loyola Blakefield (28-0),
  • Bethesda Chevy Chase (17-0),
  • Bishop Ireton (37-0) and
  • St Stephens/St Agnes (28-0).

During one stretch, the defense held Bear opponents scoreless for 18 straight quarters.  The defense was led by linebackers Carter Johnson (’18), Trey Armstrong (’18) and linemen JD Desroches (’18), Cross, Mac Hollensteiner (’18), Terrance Bridgers (’19), and Parker Swensrud (’18).  Defensive backs Beckett Norris (’18), Mike Amsellem (’18), Owen Concannon (’18), Harley and Archie Russ (’19) were critical to the team’s success as well.

On offense, the team had exceptional depth at running back, including Herbert, Brown Anglin (’19), Sillah, Aiden Howe (’18), Bryce Baylor (’18), Amsellem, and Tommy Baldwin (’18), who paced a relentless and explosive ground attack.  Pass catchers Harley, Concannon, Howe and Cross hauled in 6 touchdown passes from QB Davidson (against two interceptions).  The defensive linemen mentioned above also helped anchor the offensive line, in addition to the performances of center Harrison Gray (’18) and tackle Henry Atkins (’18).  Backup quarterback Billy Banfield (’19) also contributed to the team’s success.

Also of note was the success of Australian visiting student and kicker Ben Shariat (’19).  He connected on all of his extra point attempts and field goals, including a 42-yarder against BCC, helped by holder Amitay.  Shariat also scored a rushing touchdown, was a strong punter, and made two notable tackles on special teams, stopping potential touchdowns.  Greg Strabo (’18), Teddy Bou (’19), Will Carslon (’19), Austin Schnider (’19), John Montgomery (’19) and Will O’Shea (’19) helped lead the special teams as well.

Great prospects for the future!!!


Landon Cup and Shrimp Bowl






Landon Cup warmup (’25 left v. ‘24 right)










Shrimp Bowl White Uniforms = ’25, Brown=’24

One of the best White Rocks traditions is the Fall contests between the new Bears of the Third Grade (Class of 2025, this year) and Fourth Grade in football (Shrimp Bowl) and soccer (Landon Cup). It rates so high because it is a rite of passage to bring the new boys together and into the school.

The one-by-one, running down the track introduction of the Third Graders with their self-selected monikers before a stadium full of

  • Lower Schoolers,
  • the Headmaster,
  • the coaches of both Varsity sports,
  • faculty,
  • parents,
  • grandparents,
  • college and professional scouts and
  • fans

is one of the most welcoming ceremonies invented in the educational world.

The fact, that the competition against the older and wiser-in-the –nuances of the two sports members of the Class of 2024, is annually virtually a Sisyphean challenge. There have been only 5 victories and 4 ties by the upstarts since 1953. The last W for the 3rd Graders was in 1976.In any event it is so much fun to watch the new boys play with such determination and energy. The nicknames are hilarious!!!

3rd grade






Thanks to all at the school and the parents who make this such a uniquely Bear experience!!!

Water Polo










This is a sport beyond my technical expertise, but today’s two matches at the Wilson Aquatic Center were displays of great athletic talent. The Bears convincingly beat neighbor and host of the DMV tournament.

Then hours later (talk about stamina; these are very strenuous contests; even when their positions are stationary their legs are working at a very high rate) the Landon boys returned to the pool against the vaunted Gonzaga who, in the words of a Purple Eagle Dad, demolished their opposition in earlier in the season. It was an intensely competitive contest with Landon staying within 2 goals most of the match. The Landon students showed up and cheered their swimming Bears to a close 15-13 loss.











Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets lost to Hobart 20-42 and against a stifling run defense, he carried 5 times for 10 yards. Onto next year.

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers lost to Hendrix 11-34 to end their season.

Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords in a season ending lost to Dennison 17-30. Jules had his best game with 6 assist tackles

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe beat Towson 31-14. The Tribe has another game.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, is injured and his team beat Coast Guard 33-5 (how’s that for an odd score). Under a new coach the Gulls were 5-5 for 2015.

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats had a bye week and will next play Stetson, look out Spencer.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers lost to Curry 24-26 in their last game of this year. Vince had two solo tackles in his last football game.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders–they lost to Villanova 20-21. Next week William& Mary in a Bear v. Bear match.


Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters beat to Ave Maria, not by a prayer, 61-20. Next week Obai v. Spencer

Dominique Seagears (’15) the Trinity College Bantams ended its 7-1 season with a 17-11 win over CT Wesleyan and he played seen in this picture (via FB).









Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee, completed its first undefeated at 10-0, and is ranked #16 nationally, beat Shenandoah 34-21 to complete its schedule. Matt was 4 for 5 on his PATs (his only miss out of 55 and the blocked PAT broke his string of 73 successful kicks from the 3yd. line) and booted 5 kickoffs for an average of 58.3 yards and one touchback. He missed only one FG during the regular season. Their NCAA Div. III seeding will be announced tonight.










Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders– they lost to Villanova 20-21. Next week William& Mary in a Bear v. Bear match.



Darion Atkins (’11) Westchester Knicks played his first two basketball games for pay. He started both games, averaging 26 minutes , is boarding, blocking shots and averaging a couple of points. Here’s his introduction at the opening game.

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Joe McDonald (’12),GWU Colonials, beat Lafayette 85-76. Sam had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. John Feinstein, award-winning author, journalist, TV analyst and hoops expert was effusive about Joe’s play during the broadcast. Remarking how much Coach Lonergan appreciated how Joe handled the point guard position with poise and vision, how tough #22 is; Joe caught an elbow in the game, had some stitches and played afterwards. Gabrielle’s smile must have illuminated Smith Center when she heard such a guru’s comments about her son.

See Joe’s heavy duty Band Aid®.










Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules, open on 11/20.


Ice Hockey


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #4/3 team beat the #7/5 Harvard 4-1 with Sam putting one biscuit in the basket—his 50th of his QU career. That puts him in a club at Hamden which only 16 other skaters. The next night against Dartmouth, Sam recorded #51 in a 6-2 win.












Here’s a link to an insightful interview with Sam.

Max Greenwald (’13), Middlebury Panthers, do not begin to play until November 21. The junior defenseman will be an assistant Captain.

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials.

the Imperials heading back home with a win 4-1. Stats…Alex – 2 goals and 1 assist. Trevor – 1 goal assisted by Alex. Alex, Trevor and the rest of the team played very well.

Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Jumbos, first game November 20.


Published in: on November 16, 2015 at 3:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon 42 StA 14

Upper Multisport Stadium Field




Upper Multisport Stadium Field

The 20 seniors walked onto St. Albans’ new, beautiful football field for the 86th contest between the Bears and the Bulldogs with considerable determination to the cumulative record L 42 StA 40 and 4 ties. The Class of 2016’s leadership and support from their younger Bear Brothers resulted in a 42 to 14 victory.

The visitors kicked off and played strong D on the 1st series, forcing a three and out—including an awesome tackle on a bubble screens. The Bears moved the ball on its initial possession, but had to punt. The Bulldogs put together six plays, but on a 4th and 3 yards, their center rolled the ball to the punter—setting up good field position for Landon.

Two plays later Joey Epstein (’18) ran the last 12 yards to give his team a 6-0 lead and the Jack Concannon to John Geppert to Aaron Broner combination converted the PAT to make it Landon 7 StA 0 4:10.

This began three consecutive offensive series in which the Bears drove for TDs.

StA got the ball and saw two passes broken up by Brian Menendez and then by Griffin Brown. Those plays by seniors forced the host team to punt or so it appeared. The Bulldogs, who had used a Rugby style kick in their previous two punts, inserted another player who started the step-step-step pattern perfected by the Aussies. The steps changed to a sprint and the “punter’ ran 50 yards to set up a first and goal at the five yard line. It took two runs and a PAT to even the score, 7-7, at 1:50 of the opening stanza.

The guests began a 10 play drive that moved the clock to Q2 and the ball 65 yards. Tommy Baldwin (’18), Aiden Howe (’18), Bryce Baylor(’18), John Geppert (’18) and Griffin zoomed the ball behind the Bears line for 39 yards plus Griffin connected with Joey for 27 yards through the air. The senior QB delivered on the ground the go ahead TD @ 8:48. The PAT triplets (1 to 8 to 3) made it Bears 14 Bulldogs 7

The new field’s team was given another offensive opportunity, but a TFL by Joey caused a three-and-out plus a punt.

Landon had the ball first down, 62 yards from the StA goal. Joey and John Geppert gained good yards on runs and then Griffin showed his open field skills with a 49 yard TD run in, around, through and over the opponents @6:39. The steady PAT team added their point to make it Landon 21 StA 7.

Once again the home team’s offense was unable to solve Coach Paladino’s D and punted once more. Landon maintained possessions for 6 plays and punted. The Bulldogs tried passes to get their offense going, but the receivers were well covered. The fifth punt by the hosts gave the ball back to their guests with 0:58 left until half.

Fifty four yards in less than a minute is not the standard fare for the Bears; the winged T (see Navy and Georgia Tech) has limits in the air. Griffin passed on 4 consecutive downs to (i) Brian +7 (ii) to Jack Porter +3, (iii) to Jack +7 and (iv) to Brian +24 moved the clock to 0:20 and 12 yards from a score. The stubborn Bulldogs were arrayed to stop a 5th pass and Griffin instead winded around through the home team for another TD @0:12. The 1 to 8 to 3 combination made it Bears 28 Bulldogs 7. StA exhausted the remaining time.



At the intermission, StA great Jonathan Ogden presented a gold ball (an NFL memento of his Super Bowl victory) to his school. Ogden’s appearance, plus the pregame the Senior Day ceremony, were intended to fire up the home team. Actually the NFL HoF tackle’s attendance might have been considered negative karma; his team lost to Landon 28-7 in 1991.

The Bears received the 2nd half kickoff and they drove 43 yards before a fumble gave it back to StA. That possession suffered a damaging setback when Joshua Chapman (’19) crushed the Bulldog QB for a 9 yard TFL. Another home team punt was the result.

The guests drove 29 yards but once more a fumble returned possession to the team from Mt. St. Albans. Grant Hani and Joey combined for a 4 yard TFL and Jalen Williams (’18) made an exceptional play on the ball to break up an StA pass attempt. That time moved the period to #4 on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs QB threw a pass which John Geppert intercepted and returned it to a point only 37 yards from the goal line.

Griffin passed to Mark Ebo for a 22 yard gain. The ball was handed to Joey and 15 yards later the score moved to Landon 34 StA 7. Aaron booted his fifth PAT onto 34th Street @11:27 of the 4th Q to add a point (35).


Ever the rival the StA boys drove 60 yards to score. Bears 35 Bulldogs 14 at 3:23.

An onsides kick did not work as the Bears recovered the bouncing ball. Another fumble seemed to energize the home team and they moved the ball for 12 plays. A host team failed 4th down conversion resulted in Landon getting the ball 68 yards from another score and 3 minutes remaining. A couple of runs into the line brought the line of scrimmage to the 50 yard line. The sophomore back, Aiden, found a hole in the Bulldogs’ D line and ran half of the field in one play = TD @ 2:00. PAT good Landon 42 Bulldogs 14.

A quick StA possession followed by the Bears’ taking a knee moved the clock to 0:00. A nice victory at a beautiful new stadium.

The seniors not mentioned in the article include (in order of their numbers)

  • Ben Goodfriend
  • Keith Simms
  • Josh Hunter
  • Justin Connor
  • Derek Hankim
  • Joshua Engel
  • Joseph Gagnon
  • Grant Hani
  • Steven Gee
  • John Slowinski
  • George Shalloway
  • Eric Shalloway
  • Zach Weiner

These Bears included starters, injured players and seniors who backed up/supported other brothers. From the first preseason practices to all of the film sessions to every afternoon and through every minute of this season, all of these young men showed tremendous leadership, hard work, enthusiasm and loyalty. Each and every one of them merits much gratitude from their Bear Brothers of the past, today and the future. They will be missed.

Losing 20 talented members of this squad is a big loss, but as noted throughout this article, the Members of the Classes of ’17,’18, ’19 plus Coach Derwinski’s very talented and successful JVs mean the 2016 football season should be promising! GO BEARS!!!





Player                  rushes       yards                   TDs

Brown                  10               103             3

Epstein                13               95               2

Howe                   5                 48               1

Geppert               9                 40

Baylor                  7                 39

Baldwin               6                 3



Passer       passes       completions        yards                  

Brown        7                 6                           92

Receivers           catches               yards

Menendez           2                           31

Epstein                1                           29

Ebo                      1                           22

Porter                  2                           19






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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 11/08/15









  • Article about IAC JV Soccer Champions written by a fan.
  • Matt Underhill’s Generals are still undefeated. Trinity picked up an L.




Current Bears


JV Soccer IAC Champions


Ideally every game of every Landon team could be covered because the time and effort devoted to all of these athletic contests should be noted. That is a way of expressing special thanks an anonymous fan who took the time to send the story behind the Bears JV Soccer team which won the 2015 IAC Championship!!!


Tuesday Semi-Final Landon vs Bullis 4-0

Goal from Henry Baker, assist from Spencer Davis

Goal from Will Bou, assist from Spencer Davis

Goal from Spencer Davis, assist from Henry Baker

Goal from Luke Humler, assist from SPencer Davis


Friday Championship Game Landon vs STA

Goal from Walker Dillard, assist from Will Bou

Goal from Henry Baker, assist from Charles Nagel

Goal from Will Bou, assist from Davis Walker

Goal from Tim Dye, assist from Spencer Davis


Congratulations to Head Coach: Blair Northcott and the 20 Bears on the team, all but three of who are freshmen and sophomores.

Cross Country

The team came in 2nd in the IACs with Wes Feldman coming in 2nd. They will run in the MD/DC Private School Championships next week.

Water Polo

They are up at Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania competing in the Eastern Championships. Per Facebook they won one game in O/T. Expecting that Chase Christiansen will be reporting soon.



Any other Bear, who would like to write up a game (Varsity, JV, Middle or Lower school), please let me know and contribution would be greatly appreciated. Let me know    








Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow lost to Wooster Polytechnic 34-35. Myles carried 8 times for 44 yards.

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers lost to Millsap 12-42.


Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords lost to Wittenberg 21-45. Jules had 2 assist tackles


Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe beat Elon 34-13.Anthony made a solo tackle.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, beat 27-24 to Curry in 4 O/Ts. The freshman is injured and did not play. Johari was placed on the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll for his performance last week versus WNEU.

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats lost to Jacksonville 12-42.


Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers beat Nichols 21-11.


Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders; the #5 team lost to UNH 25-30


Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters lost to Marist 14-49.


Dominique Seagears (’15) the Trinity College Bantams lost to Amherst 7-16; Dominique had 2 solo tackles.


Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee, still undefeated at 9-0, and ranked #17 nationally and #5 in the south Div. III, beat Catholic 52-13. Matt was 7 for 7 on his PATs, hit a 42 yd. FG and booted 10 kickoffs for an average of 57.6 yards.



Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond the #5 team lost to UNH 25-30




Joe McDonald (’12),GWU Colonials, open on 11/13 against Lafayette.


Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules, open on 11/20.



Ice Hockey


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #4 team beat Colgate 3-2 with Sam putting one biscuit in the basket. Against Cornell, the Bobcats came back from a 0-3 deficit to win 5-4; Sam assisted on one of the


Max Greenwald (’13), Middlebury Panthers, do not begin to play until November 21. The junior defenseman will be an assistant Captain.


Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials.

Lost two games.


Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Jumbos, first game November 20.



Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) Allegheny College Gators season completed with a 4-11-2 record. Scott was the 4th leading scorer with 5 points and Nick started every game.


Richard Huber (’12), Sewanee Tigers, started beat Rhodes 1-0 in SAA conference semifinal. Richard started. They are playing in the championship today.


Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) Connecticut Camels The team lost three matches on Saturday in the Northern Division Championships against Harvard, Fordham and Iona. Aiden scored against Iona.


Varsity Football Opponents Scores/Records



High Point [0-10]     X   v. L Northwestern 0-36  
Walt Whitman [4-6] X V           W BCC 26-20
Loyola Blakefield [5-5] v.          W Riverdale Baptist 29-26


Riverdale Baptist School [6-4] X v.          L Loyola 26-29  
Bethesda-Chevy Chase [3-7] X v.          L WWHS 20-26  
St. Stephen’s &St. Agnes [5-5] v          W StA 7-47  
Episcopal HS [7-1]  v         L GP 7-12  
Georgetown Prep[7-2]  v.         W EHS 12-7  
Bullis School [4-5] v.          W StA 50-12  
St. Albans School [1-8]  v.          L EHS 12-42


X= season completed





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Landon 10 Bullis 21

If you look at Bullis’ roster, one wonders if the Bulldogs should not be playing in the WCAC. Indicia like these facts support such an attribution:


  1. According to the WaPo, six of their players have college offers from schools like: Boston College ,Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Temple, Towson, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Stanford, Penn State, Wisconsin, Maryland, Rutgers, Mississippi State and Notre Dame.
  1. Their QB, according to ESPN is the nation’s No. 2 pocket passer and No. 25 in the ESPN 300.
  1. They have scored an average of 33 points and have racked up 65, 36 and 50 points in their games.

Landon has some talented players, but several key contributors are sidelined.

The visitors, particularly their supporters in the stands, expected today’s game to be a Bulldog rout, but were silenced, perhaps aghast, during the first 36 minutes of the game in which Bullis did not have a lead.

The Bears drove 80 yards against the Blue and Yellow defenders on runs by John Geppert, Griffin Brown, Justin Connor and Jelani Machen. Griffin gained the last five yards for a TD @3:31 of Q2 followed by a Jack Concannon to Geppert to Aaron Broner PAT.

The Landon D was stout against the touted Bulldog O. Bullis tried a number of bubble screens and frequently the Bear DBs anticipated this offensive play and made TFLs. The visiting QB has an impressive arm, but his rockets often went through his targets’ hands, overthrew the receivers or well ably covered by Messrs. Epstein, Geppert, Brown, Williams, Conner or Porter. (in order of their numbers).The visitors running game was frustrated by the Landon defensive front seven, composed at various times by —Jacob Wright, Mark Ebo, Derek Hakim, Carter Johnson, Eriksen Johansen, Joseph Gagnon, Grant Hani, Stephen Gee, John Slowinski and others. The Bullis offense had some problems of their own creation with three touchdowns negated by the referees’ penalties (they totaled 110 yards lost by fouls in the game.)

The visitors scored on a spectacular pass of 44 yards with only 18.7 seconds left in the half.



The Bulldogs received the 3rd Q kickoff and drove 44 yards with fire. The 9th play in the drive looked like it was heading to the end zone, but a bunch of Bears hit the runner, the ball popped out of the Bullis player’s hand and Eriksen Johansen recovered the fumble and sprinted down the sidelines for 56 yards. Passing (most notably an exceptional catch by Jalen Williams of a Griffin pass) and running by the home team brought the ball to a 1st and goal. The visitors forced Landon to attempt a 20 yard field goal which Aaron converted on a Jack snap and a John G hold @ 4:45 of the 3rd Q. Bears 10 Bulldogs 7

The home team forced a 3 and out, but a fumble occasioned by extra effort by the Landon return man gave the Bullis team another opportunity. Again, the Bear D stifled the high octane Potomac team’s offense. Landon possessed the ball into the 4th Q.

The first Bulldog possession in the last 12 minutes moved the ball only 4 yards. On 4th down and 6yards the Bullis QB pass was incomplete.

On the next series, the Bears committed a turnover and Bullis moved the remaining 34 yards in four plays to score with eight minutes left. Bulldogs 14 Bears 10

Two promising passes by the home team created a hope that the Bears could beat their nemesis, but the football gods caused a fumble. The Bullis team sealed its win with a quick six play drive. Bulldogs 21 Bears 10 with 2:47 remaining.

The home team did not capitulate and tried to get into the end zone again, but a desperation pass was caught by a Bulldog DB. Much to the Bullis player credit, he ran out of bounds rather than run up the score.

It was a game in which one school left with a W and the other’s fans left with pride in their team’s efforts.






Rusher                 carries                 yards                             TD


Geppert               10                        52

Brown                  10                        40                        1

Epstein                8                          22

Machen               4                           7

Howe                   2                           6

Connor                1                           1

Williams               1                           0




Passer                 attempts              receptions           yards

Brown                  14                        5                           43


Receiver             catches               yards

Porter                   2                           22

Ebo                      1                           11

Williams               2                           10

Published in: on November 8, 2015 at 5:42 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 11/01/15

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  • Article about Water Polo win was written by a team member.
  • Dominique Seagears and Matt Underhill are contributing to undefeated football teams
  • Sports writers give props to Joe McDonald and Jarett Witzel


Current Bears

Water Polo


Occasionally BSN is not really competent to report on a sport (i.e. cannot even decipher the score card) and is able to convince one of the incredibly busy Landon students to report on a game. There have not been too many, but those, who have found the time, have done exceptionally well. Chase Christensen wrote an exceptional story about the exciting Varsity Water Polo exciting double overtime plus shootout match against McDonogh and several readers commented on how much they enjoyed his report. Hopefully he will be able to continue coverage of the team’s play at the Eastern’ s.

Any other Bear, who would like to write up a game (Varsity, JV, Middle or Lower school), would be greatly appreciated. Let me know




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

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers lost to Chicago 0-31.










Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords lost to the College of Wooster 42-49 with Jules recording solo and assist tackles

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe beat JMU 44-41.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, lost to undefeated Western New England College 13-19; JJ ran 6 times for 72 yards, including a 54 yd. jaunt and caught 3 passes for 7 yards

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats lost to Campbell 9-39.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers lost to Salve Regina 27-56.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders the #6 team beat UAlbany 38-31.

Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters lost to San Diego 16-47 .

Dominique Seagears (’15) the undefeated, 6-0, New England #4 (also received a vote in the National rankings) Trinity College Bantams beat Middlebury 26-14; Dominique had 1 solo and 1assist tackles.

Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee, also undefeated at 8-0, and ranked #18 nationally Div. III, beat Emory & Henry 42-14. Matt was 6 for 6 on his PATs, missed a FG and booted 7 kickoffs for an average of 61.6 yards with a touch back.

Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond the #6 team beat UAlbany 38-31

Sprint Football

Jake Howard (’15), Cornell, beat to Post 44-6 with Jake playing at WR.


Mike Blasey(’15) Davidson Wildcats, For the second straight day, a freshman paced the Davidson golf team as Mike Blasey carded a two-under 70 to lead the Wildcats to a 10th place finish Monday at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate hosted by UNCG.


Preseason expert (credit to Cy House for the scoop)

The Most Underrated – point guard, maybe player in the country is senior point guard Joe McDonald. He’s not flashy, he won’t wow you with athleticism; he just gets the job done! He displayed great passing, defense and leadership during the scrimmage while most importantly hitting spot up jumpers with consistency. He also remains one of the best rebounding point guards I have ever seen, he was all over the court grabbing rebounds throughout the scrimmage and before the critics try to bring some negativity to GW bigs, McDonald does the same thing to EVERY team GW faces. He just has a nose for the ball. One of the top floor generals in the country in my opinion.” — That’s what the article from FinestMage had to say about Joe after seeing him this weekend.












Ice Hockey


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, had Halloween off.


Max Greenwald (’13), Middlebury Panthers, do not begin to play until November 21. The junior defenseman will be an assistant Captain.


Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials.

Lost two games.


Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Jumbos, first game November 20.






Christian Swezey, Inside Lacrosse writer extraordinaire noted in his Fall Ball Roundup:


F/O Jarett Witzel, Fr., Bucknell

Landon (Md.) product went 7 for 9 on face-offs in the later stages of the scrimmage against Maryland.



Aaron Béguelin (’15) Hamilton College rugby

Julius Kindfuller, Williams rugby

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

Jack Sears (’13) Colby Mules

David Spiritos (’13) Northwestern Wildcats Rugby Union,

Culver Van Vleck, Tulane Rugby


Nick Diaz, Scott Powell (both L’13) and Taylor Diaz (’15) Allegheny College Gators lost two 2-3 games, one to College of Wooster and the other to DePauw. Nick and Scott started in both; Scott had 2 shots in both games and one in the 2nd was an SoG. Nick had an SoG against DePauw.

Richard Huber (’12), Sewanee Tigers, started in a shoot-out against Oglethorpe. The defender got up field for an SoG.

Water Polo

Aiden Kelso (‘13) Connecticut Camels Junior Aiden Kelso (Washington, D.C.) is playing today.

Varsity Football Opponents Scores/Records

High Point [0-9]   v. L Potomac 0-40  
Walt Whitman [3-6] V           L Quince Orchard 18-48
Loyola Blakefield [4-5] v.          L Mt. St. Joe’s 7-28


Riverdale Baptist School[6-3] v.          W Palotti 35-18  
Bethesda-Chevy Chase[3-6] v.          W Walter Johnson 34-0  
St. Stephen’s &St. Agnes [4-5] v          L Bullis 20-34  
Episcopal HS [7-0]  v         W StA 42-12  
Georgetown Prep[6-2]  v.         W 35-7  
Bullis School [3-5] v.          W StA 50-12  
St. Albans School [1-8]  v.         L EHS 12-42  



Published in: on November 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Landon Football 7 Georgetown Prep 35

  • Determined yet disappointed,
  • enthusiastic and exhausted at the end,
  • energetic and emotional,
  • inspired, intense but overwhelmed by the opponents’ size and speed,
  • missing players but motivated,
  • physical but punished,
  • promising, not as productive as hoped,
  • not broken yet beaten by numbers.

These are but a few adjectives which might be used to describe the breadth and range of emotions and attitudes today. They were seen at Landon on the field and in the stands.

It hurts to say it, but Prep was good today and the Bears fought to the last whistle. The visitors have a running back named TJ Dozier, who looked and ran like DJ Dozier.

There will be other occasions this season for Landon’s 20 seniors and supporting classes to reassert themselves and earn victories. There is talent on this squad (today’s leading Landon rusher 1s a freshman). There is no doubt that these Bears will demonstrate their will to win, execute and play hard in the next two contests.




Published in: on November 1, 2015 at 3:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Water Polo 16 vs McDonough 14 2O/T’s and then a shoot out

by Chase Christensen ’16 (injured)









This was the Bear’s last home game of the year, and was the biggest home game of the season. The Bears had lost to McDonough earlier in the season, in a heart breaking 1 goal game. The loss happened after the Bears had already played six games in Philly and the Bears were exhausted.

This time the Bears were fresh and were not going to let another one slip to the Eagles. The home team came out roaring. The Bears first two goals of the day came from Captain Rahul Gill ’16. The next goal came from Clayton Henschel ’16. The Eagles posted their first goal after Clayton’s first score. Clayton wasn’t done yet, scoring two more goals before the end of the first period.

End of 1st. Landon 5. McDonough 1.

For the next eight minutes, the home team had to shoot into the shallow end this quarter (the Mr. Dixon pool is a standard swimming pool with both deep and shallow ends). This provides an advantage to the goalie in the 3’ water, because the last defender is allowed to stand and thus to block more of the net. The Bears only goal of the period came off of a Simms Henschel ’19 (Clayton’s cousin), rebound and score. Meanwhile, the Eagles looked to make the game more competitive, scoring 4 goals in the second quarter.

End of 2nd. Bears 6 Eagles 5.

Captain Isher Gill ’16 (Rahul’s brother) found the net for the first goal of the third period. The Eagles then went on to score three straight goals. Simms once again found the goal, his second of the day.

End of 3rd. Bears 8 Eagles 8.

With the game nearing end, the Eagles took the lead for only the second time all day. Clayton Henschel rallied off two goals in a row, both coming off of Conor Durbin ’17, assists. Clayton’s goals came off of the same play run twice in a row. The Eagles then managed a final goal, to send the game into overtime.

End of 4th. Bears 10 Eagles 10.

In Water Polo, rules for overtime are played with two 3 minute quarters, not sudden death. If the score remains tied at the end of both periods, the teams go into a shootout.

Coach Bartman decided to make a big change in the pool, which turned out to be a great decision. He moved goal keeper Hayden Fralin ’16 from the cage and into the field. James Zampella ’16 was then moved into the cage. McDonough started the 1st overtime with the ball and threw a pass to an open man right in front of the cage. As the ball was in the air, James dove in front of the open man and snagged the ball out of the air. He threw the ball deep down the pool, to a streaking Rahul, who buried a breakaway goal. McDonough then scored on their next possession. Then, the same thing happened. James made a save and sent the ball straight down the pool, to another wide open Rahul who buried another fast break. McDonough came down and scored again to tie the game.

End of OT 1. Bears 12 Eagles 12.

At the start of the second overtime the Bears scored a big goal from former goal keeper Hayden, on a pass from Isher. McDonough would then score another goal before the period ended.

End of OT 2. Bears 13 Eagles 13.

In the shootout, much like hockey (since after the sun began to set, the temperature started to plummet to the degree more appropriate for an ice arena) the coaches select 5 swimmers to shot in a predetermined order.

At the start of the shootout, Coach Bartman put Hayden back in the cage. He came up huge and saved the first shot of the shootout. Rahul was the first Bear to shoot in overtime and scored his fifth goal of the day. The Eagles scored their final goal on their second attempt. Harry King came in and ripped a shot to the top left corner of the cage. Hayden then made two more saves. Sophomore Leo Maldonado came in and scored his first goal of the day, which would end the game.

Final. Bears 16. Eagles 14.

The Bear’s Water Polo team needed to win this game badly. This win helps them get a higher seeding in their biggest tournament of the year, the Easterns.

Bear Statistics:

Player goals assists Ejections drawn steals saves  
Clayton Henschel 5   5      
Rahul Gill 5     3    
Conor Durbin:   4   5    
Simms Henschel 2     3    
Harry King 1 2   3    
Isher Gill: 1 2        
Hayden Fralin: 1 1   3 17  
Leo Maldonado: 1         game winning goal
James Zampella   2     4  
totals 18 11   17 21  


Thanks Chase for a tremendous write-up. The help was needed to assure that the story was told accurately and he captured both the numbers and the excitement of the sport.


All of Landon, including Mr. Banfield from his grave, should watch this talented team play. It is apparent that they play at a high level, work as a team and attack every opportunity with tremendous enthusiasm.

The Eastern Regionals are next Weekend at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia.

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ALL BEARS should go to Woodrow Wilson HS’s pool on Nebraska Ave. on Sunday November 15 for the Metro’s. The team deserves a boisterous Landon presence (time to be posted).


Published in: on October 31, 2015 at 7:19 am  Comments (1)  

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