Landon Soccer 4 StA 2

Soccer, according to one of the sport’s experts at the match, “is a game of moments. Even though one team may control the ball for a majority of the time, one bad moment and the team with the advantage encounters a moment in which its opponent converts a random opportunity into a goal.” This cognoscente accurately described the first 40 minutes of the Bears v. Bulldogs match on Prindle Field on Tuesday and ironically it also is an apt summary of the last few moments of the home team’s 5th victory,

From the opening kickoff, the Landon soccer team controlled possession. The defenders– Nico Kenary, Peter Gilbert, Brian Lossing, Parker Lotstein—plus Alex Freed, goalie (7 saves) frustrated their opponents’ efforts to get the ball  into the home team’s 18 yard box.

Coach Reed, assisted by Coach Healy, has significant advantage in his depth. Unfortunately, the substitutions were so frequent, that recording the “in’s” and “out’s”. Apologies, because many players are due recognition, only the starters were captured. One might attribute the Bears’ victory late in the 78’-80’ minutes to wearing down the Bulldogs with the waves of talented Bears.

For much of first 20 minutes, Bears were controlling the ball in their offensive zone. A pattern seemed to develop; an initial pass— whether through several defenders or switching the ball from one side to the opposite or anticipating a sprint by a teammate—connected and the 2nd connection also worked, but the critical 3rd movement of the ball just missed. The ball was in the scoring range, but the Bears were unable to finish. Credit is due to the Bulldog D and goalie for forcing the home team on the perimeter.

One of the StA strikers drew a penalty (after the referee consulted with one linesman) and the Bulldogs converted to make it 1-0 @ 34:00. Bad moment #1.

The visitors got energy from their goal; their defenders were more physical and the midfielders/forwards moved better with the ball.



The next stanza had an early bad note. StA’s VERY tall forward sprinted down the field and in spite of good closing by the Landon D and a brilliant save by Alex Freed, the ball rebounded to a Bulldog and ricocheted off of a visitor for a goal at 44:55.

Again, the visitors appeared more electrified in their play, but the home team did not relent.

The many Landon substitutes made the StA starters work harder and the effect was shown @ 70:41when Jackson Powell was able to out maneuver his Bulldog opponent and center the ball to #17 Alan Kupka who ripped the back of the net. Those who believe in numerology can cite this goal as proof of its validity—today is Alan’s 17th birthday.









This positive moment created momentum for the Bears. Zach Johnson moved the ball into an area portending danger for the Bulldogs; so much so that one of the visitors used illegal force to try to inhibit Zach. The referee indicated that this interference merited a penalty kick. Drew Parker beat the StA goalie to tie the score 2-2 @ ~ 77:00.

Soon thereafter, Nico Kenary moved into the Bears’ O zone and connected with Parker Lotstein for the go ahead tally@ less than 78:00.

The momentum had more inertia; again within the last two minutes the #17 on his 17th passed to Drew Parker for the insurance score—4-2.

The Bulldogs were a tenacious as their mascot’s reputed unwillingness to concede. A corner kick was well placed in the scrum in front of the net. The 1st StA shot hit the crossbar, a 2nd hit the post and a 3rd went wide. Possession Bears and after the longest 120 seconds in my memory, the referee blew the three tweets of his whistle to signify the end of the hard fought match.




Published in: on September 28, 2016 at 6:12 am  Leave a Comment  














  • Cross Country beats BL and GP then 3rd in its own Invitational; Wes Feldman 1st in both
  • Soccer gets its 4th win; goalie makes saves and RECORDS an ASSIST!
  • Water Polo loses in O/T in Beast of the East Championship
  • Patrick Giles scores for USA NDTP, déjà vu?











Cross Country

The Running Bears won their second consecutive meet; this one was at home against Georgetown Prep and Boys Latin. Beating the Little Hoyas is always good, but avenging a 2015 loss to the Lakers was sweet. Wesley Feldman led from the beginning and never relinquished his lead. He took first place in a time of 17:38. Jace Menendez, Kevin Tsai and Ari Chadda took third fourth and fifth places respectively.  Sam Hanson captured the all-important fifth position for the Bears finishing 12th overall ahead of the other teams fifth runner. Senior Capt. William Powell was six for the Bears and put victory out of the picture for the Lakers and Little Hoyas. The final score was Landon 29, Georgetown Prep 48 and Boys Latin 51.












In the Landon Invitational, Wesley Feldman won by 30 seconds in 17:15. The team came in 3rd










The Bears played another tough opponent, the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders with a 0-33 results. For more details, click on this.


Coach Reed’s squad (now 4-1) took on the Quakers of Sidwell Friends and beat them BSN’s best reporter, Headmaster Jim Neill offered the following write-up: Varsity soccer incredibly exciting overtime win over Sidwell on Friday.  Down by 1 with less than a minute to play.  Scored to tie and then win in second overtime.  Super exciting!

LANDON scoring:  Dumenigo  (Parker), 80:00; Kupka  (Johnson), 88:00

LANDON saves: Freed 1

On Friday, the Bears went to Alexandria and beat the Maroon of EHS 3-0th Goals by Allan Kupka (his 4th), Noah Hannam and Drew Parker (his 4th); assists by Mitchell Pan, Alex Reil and Scott Prutting. Scott played goalie and made 2 saves in the nets! That’s their 1st win in the IAC season and

they play StA on Tuesday at home @ 4:30 on Prindle Field!!!









Water Polo

Coach Bartman’s H2O polo players traveled to Pennsylvania to play in the Beast of the East. They lost in the championship game in overtime.

Friday 4:30 – Germantown Academy beats Landon.             6-15


Friday 7:20 – Landon beats Wyoming West.                          13-5


Saturday 11:20 – Landon beats Episcopal Academy.             6-5


Saturday   5:00–Landon beats McDowell School                 11-10


Saturday   9:00—Calvert Hall beats Landon                         10-11 O/T
















Thanks to Ms. Sivaslian for the information and photographs.














(as Fall rolls forward, some of the winter sports begin. Due to the overlap, Bear Trax will be organized in alphabetical order.)



Anthony Fullum (L13) S, William & Mary Tribe, (2-2) lost to Elon 10-27, played

Jules Desroches (L14) DL, Kenyon College Lords (4-1) beat Allegheny College 31-7 and Jules sacked the Gators QB for a 7-yard loss.

Paul Padalino (L14), LB, Kolby Williams(L14) DL, Richmond Spiders (3-1) beat Colgate 38-31, DNP

Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams (1-0) beat Bates 38-7 and he registered a solo tackle.

Matt Underhill (L13) K, Joe Gagnon (L16) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (1-2), next game is 9/30

Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-3), lost to Dartmouth 10-35, played

Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (2-2) lost to Colorado 38-41, played

Jacob Wright, (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (1-1) beat Oberlin 29-16 DNP.

{NOTE} dnp= school’s website did not indicate that this Bear played or there is no participation information reported. Not the most accurate statistic kept by universities.



Sam Anas Minnesota Wild/ Iowa ANALYST likes Sam’s chances



PATRICK GILES USA NDTP scores his 1st goal for USA.









Looks a lot like this goal for the Bears against Gonzaga










Connor Meike, Williams College (Update thanks to Herb “brooks” Greenwald)

Christian Meike, Michigan, on Wolverine roster

Alex Norwinski will be playing for the College Station Spirit in their inaugural season. Alex played for the same team when called the Sugarland Imperials.

Trevor Wolf also an Imperial alumnus will be playing for Islanders Hockey Club USP3

all of the below information is from last year—please let me know what should be updated, thanks

Jack Barton, Northern Junior Cyclones, (Commit Skidmore)

Chris Javens, Portland Jr. Pirates, (Commit Skidmore)

{Skidmore has not yet posted its 2016-2017 roster}

Orlando Arevalo, MIT Engineers Club, no news.

Mike Anderson, Princeton Club

Matt Coster, Cornell Hockey Club

Michael Potolicchio, GWU Hockey Club

Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Club





Marshall Peters (L’13), Jack Bolen (L’14), Sean O’Brien (L’14) Colton Rupp (L15), Jarrett Witzal (L15)




Jack Sears (L13) FlyHalf, Colby College Mules (2-0), from reporter Ted Sears –Colby Rugby Football Club men’s team senior and captain Jack Sears led the Mules to a season opener, come-from-behind victory over Bowdoin, 26-14.  Trailing 11-5 following the half, a concerted team effort allowed Colby to score a try and Jack’s perfect conversion attempt from a great distance and extremely difficult angle roused the crowd and inspired the team to dominate play from there on, never looking back.  Jack was true on his last 4 conversions, finishing 4 of 5.

Then on a Friday night away game, they beat Maine Maritime Academy 32-17, in the opponent’s homecoming match. In a hard hitting match in which the Mariners had the size advantage, the quick hands and gritty play of the Mules were the difference. That, and Jack split the uprights on 3 of 5 conversions and on a penalty kick as well.

David Spiritos (L13) Outside Centre, Northwestern Wildcats, first match, on 9/17, against Elmhurst—no result reported.





Nick Diaz (L13), Scott Powell (L13), Taylor Diaz (L15), Allegheny College Gators. 2-5-1 lost to Carnegie Mellon 1-2 ; Nick started, made 3 shots, 2 SoGs and 1 goal. Lost 0-1 to Wabash, Nick started and Scott played and got off a shot.

Charles Branche III (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, 5-1-2.

A.J. Miele (L16) Dickinson Red Devils, 3-4-1.


Sprint Football

Jacob Howard (L14) WR/K, Cornell Big Red (1-1) beat Mansfield 30-12, played.

Water Polo

Aidan Kelso (L13), Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 3-6 the CC SID skimps in posting information on the college’s site.

Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials, 3-3, unable to play this season.

Published in: on September 26, 2016 at 12:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon 0 Riverdale Baptist 33

Bad news—the Crusaders have

  • 9 players with offers from Div. I schools (most FBS)
  • 6 lineman over 250# and one GT 300#
  • an O line averaging 271, which is about the weight of Landon’s biggest player. The next two Bears of stature are 30# and 40 # lighter
  • Maryland’s Head Coach came to the game with one of his top recruiting assistants  to check out both teams, but the Crusaders held the only UMd offers

Those are factors which strongly show that the Bears played against a larger, highly recruited roster. The Crusaders’ blue & gold uniforms, their size and speed plus their play are all reminiscent of the team from Potomac.

Good news:

  • The Landon D held the visitors to 6 points in the second half, both FGs
  • Joey Epstein blocked a PAT attempt and recorded a couple of TFLs plus he led the O in rushing yards
  • Aaron Broner, the senior kicker, delivered a TD saving tackle, bringing down the elusive Crusader and defeating an RBS blocker
  • The Landon O moved the ball for several series of greater than 7 plays; Bear blockers and runners could advance the line of scrimmage
  • This is the last game which Landon will play against the Crusaders



BEAT THE BARONS OF BCC @ Walter Johnson next Saturday at 2:30pm

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  • VFB and VS have their first losses, both hard fought.
  • X-Country wins Mercersburg Invitational
  • Bear alumni went 1-7 in football, 1-0 in rugby, 2 soccer players who played went 1-2 in soccer and 0-1 in rugby
  • A Bear ’16 was named to IL’s top 100 incoming freshmen












Cross Country

Landon hosted its own Home Classic on 9/14. It was huge (assuming that word is still PC?) with the Gym Field and all surrounding parking spaces completely occupied. In addition, it appeared as though there were meets for boys and girls and maybe JV& MS competitions.  The Bears came in 5th. Kevin Tsai, Arihant Chadda, Andrew Engel, Luc Schermer and Michael Gilbert posted the 4 best times for the Bears.


Landon varsity cross country took first place at the Mercersburg Invitational on Saturday, edging out Leesburg Christian by six points and Goretti by five. The Bears were led by Wesley Feldman, who finished third overall. Three other Bears—Kevin Tsai, Jace Menendez, and Ari “Mono-Shoe” Chadda—broke the top ten, and Luc Schermer (16th) and Andrew Engel (19th) provided essential depth to secure the victory.


Only three Landon runners competed in the futures race, but all three distinguished themselves with career-best performances. Deven Desai finished second overall, just ahead of standout rookie Brage Hamilton (3th) and Dara Dilmaghani (5th).


Inspired by their unprecedented hardware haul, the Bears now set their sights on a victory at next weekend’s Landon Invitational. Thanks to the small but dedicated group of supporters who joined us at Mercersburg!





















The Bears played big, physical Loyola Blakefield tough. The home team’s 20-7 lead was overwhelmed by the bigger Dons and end in a 20-45 loss. For more details, click on this.


Coach Reed’s squad took on # 3 DeMatha, played them tough, registered goals from Nico Kenary and Drew Parker (2). According to BSN Reporter and Headmaster Jim Neill, the Bears battled the Stags and lost on a last minute score, 3-4.


Water Polo

Coach Barman’s team had a match scheduled last week, but no score published.


bear track














Anthony Fullum (L13) S, William & Mary Tribe, (2-1) beat Norfolk State, 35-13, DNP

Jules Desroches (L14) DL, Kenyon College Lords (2-1) lost to Hiram 7-45, DNP

Anthony Fullum

Paul Padalino (L14), LB, Kolby Williams(L14) DL, Richmond Spiders (2-1) lost to Stony Brook 14-42, DNP

Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams first game 9/24

Matt Underhill (L13) K, Joe Gagnon (L16) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (1-1), lost 28-31 to Claremont Mudd-Scrips, Joe played, Matt 4/4 on PATs, 5 K/Os ave., 59.4 yds.

Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-2), lost to #24 Albany 28-45 DNP

Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (2-1) lost to Nebraska 32-35, played

Jacob Wright, (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (0-1)l lost to Wittenberg 7-33, DNP.

{NOTE} dnp= school’s website did not indicate that this Bear played or there is no participation information reported . Not the most accurate statistic kept by universities.



Griffin Brown (L’16) was named to Inside Lacrosse’s Top 100 incoming freshman



Jack Sears (L13) FlyHalf, Colby College Mules, first match beat Bowdoin 26-14 Jack converted all of his tries.

David Spiritos (L13) Outside Centre, Northwestern Wildcats, first match, on 9/17, against Elmhurst—no result reported.




Nick Diaz (L13), Scott Powell (L13), Taylor Diaz (L15), Allegheny College Gators. 2-3-1. Beat Baldwin Wallace 4-2; Nick and Scott played; Scott registered a shot on goal. Lost Penn State-Behrend 0-3, both Nick and Scott played.

Charles Branche III (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, 5-1-1.

A.J. Miele (L16) Dickinson Red Devils, 1-4-1, AJ has played in one of this week’s game


Sprint Football

Jacob Howard (L14) WR/K, Cornell Big Red lost to USNA 7-40, Jacob played.


Water Polo

Aidan Kelso (L13), Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 1-5  the CC SID is skimpy in posting information on the college’s site.

Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials, 3-3, unable to play this season.





Published in: on September 18, 2016 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Landon 20 Loyola Blakefield 45

The Dons play in one of the nation’s elite PREP SCHOOL football league. They have 16 coaches and eight players who weigh 240# +. In contrast Landon has two players over 240# and 9 very good coaches. The Bears emphasize intricate, precisely timed locking and deception on O; when the ball is in the clutches, the Brown D depends on playing well-designed defensive schemes.

The home team efforts were the basis for a 20-7 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. More than a few penalties, a couple of untimely turnovers and breakdowns in defensive responsibilities resulted in the Dons’ win. These noted problems were actually symptoms; the underlying cause was the visitors’ superior size.

One member of the L Class of 2017 is a lineman and the other Bears who put their hands on the ground are younger. They all fought hard for the first 24 minutes, opened holes for the RBs and stopped the opponents’ O effectively. After the 2nd half kick-off, size showed its impact with less speed to the ball, less force on the blocks and mental errors.

The first quarter saw the home team put together three long drives; the first moved the ball 39 yards in 10 plays. A good Aaron Broner punt pinned the visitors deep in their own territory. The Landon D forced the Dons to kick after three plays. The second possession started with good field position and resulted in a spectacular 40 yard TD run by ’20 Zayd Delane @ 5:04. The PAT attempt was unsuccessful. Bears 6 Dons 0

The Loyola Blakefield O moved the ball to their Red Zone, and the Brown clad Defense had two impressive TFLs (Carter Johnson, Josh Chapman). In spite of those good plays, the Dons scored and converted at 3:03 to make it Dons 7 Bears 6

The last possession by the home team in the 1st Q was an eight play series with Jelani Machen over the goal line from the 5 yard line @2:12. The Austen Schneider to John Geppert to Aaron PAT was successful to make it Bears 13 Dons 7

The boys from Blakefield held the ball for nine plays and 43 yards, but at the end of that series a TFL by Joey Epstein and a pass knockdown by John Geppert prevented the Dons from scoring.

The ball turned over to the Bethesda boys and a spectacular QB draw by ’20 Tejon Ford for 70 yards, a TD plus a Austen-John-Aaron PAT made it Bears 20 Dons 7 @ 7:11.

The post kickoff performance by Loyola can be summarized as 3-and-out. The Bears held the ball for three plays punctuated by two penalties, forcing the home team to punt. With the ball and 3:52 until half, five passes later, the Blue and Gold team scored and converted to make it Bears 20 Dons 14 at 1:29

The 2015 game at Loyola saw a Bear 1 TD advantage evaporate in the second half. The start of the last 24 minutes there began with a Don TD. So, too in 2016; the visitors tallied after a minute to take a 21-20 lead. Blocking schemes, which caused problems for the mammoth Loyola DL, were not executed with the same precision and unexpected impacts. The Landon DL was not able to rush the Loyola QB. Mental mistakes are frequently a sign of fatigue and though the coaches shuttled fresher Bears into the game, there were errors.

The second half was punctuated by 34 Don points with no scores by the Bears.





Passer                attempts   completions      yards

Geppert               11                        6                 156

Davidson            2                           1                 9

Ford                     1                           0

Receiver             receptions                   yards

Harley                  1                           48

Amoroso             1                           44

Epstein                1                           23

Machen               1                           16

Baldwin               1                              9

Delane                1                              9

Russ                    1                              8



Runner               carries                yards

Ford                     3                           77

Delane                10                        59

Machen               8                           57

Geppert               8                           40

Anglin                  1                           14

Baylor                  4                           12

Herbert                2                             8

Epstein                3                             1



Published in: on September 17, 2016 at 7:55 am  Leave a Comment  


BSN honors Bears on and off the field. On this day it seemed appropriate to expand the scope to include this hero fifteen years ago- The Man in the Red Bandana









  • Varsity Football and Soccer are undefeated
  • 3 Bears football alumni were on network TV.












Courtesy Jamie Fitzpatrick



Cross Country

The team ran in the Bullis Classic for which there are no results posted yet. Coach shared this bit of interesting information–Alex Mearns, number 25 Freshmen in the state of Maryland.



The Bears traveled to Walt Whitman High School and won 21-3. For more details, click on this.











Coach Reed’s squad beat Good Counsel 3-1; Allan Kupka (’18) , Drew Manca (’17) and Burke McLaughlin (’18) scoring the goals; Zach Johnson assisted on two of them; and  Alex Freed (’18) saved 11 shots.  At the Heights, the Bears won by a 3-1 score. This time Alex made one less save; Drew Manca scored again; Drew Parker  (’18) had a goal and Zach scored.  On Wednesday at 4:30pm, they play home against #4 DeMatha (2-1) [beat Churchill 4-1 and lost 1-2 to #1 Whitman] at

Water Polo

Coach Bartman’s team lost to powerhouse Gonzaga 15-23 and are playing in the Battle of the Beltway this weekend.




bear track










Anthony Fullum (L13) S, William & Mary Tribe, (1-1) beat Hampton 24-14, dnp

Jules Desroches (L14) DL, Kenyon College Lords (2-0) win 45-16 over Oberlin JD’s big (still) brother played

Anthony Fullum

Paul Padalino (L14) , LB,  Kolby Williams(L14) DL, Richmond Spiders (2-0), win 34-0 over Norfolk State (CSN MA broadcast), BOTH Bears played and were seen on TV

Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams first game 9/24

Matt Underhill (L13) K, Joe Gagnon (L13) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (1-1), beat Sewanee 21-17 JHU, #96 dnp, Matt 3/3 on PATs, 4K/Os ave., 61.8 yds., 1TB

Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-1), lost to UNH 28-39 dnp

Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (2-0) win 44-26 over UVa, played s evidenced by this picture and was interviewed before the game by OU’s SID.











Jacob Wright, (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (0-1) has a bye week.

{NOTE} dnp= school’s website did not indicate that this Bear played. Not the most accurate statistic kept by universities.



Jack Sears (L13) FlyHalf, Colby College Mules, first match 9/17.

David Spiritos (L13) Outside Centre, Northwestern Wildcats, first match 9/17





Nick Diaz (L13), Scott Powell (L13), Taylor Diaz (L15), Allegheny College Gators. 1-2-1. Beat Theil 4-0; Nick and Scott played; Nick scored the 1st goal from the top of the box and assisted on the 3rd. Lost to Christopher Newport 0-2, both Nick and Scott played.

Charles Branche III (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, 3-1, the freshman has worked hard to recover from last year’s ACL injury and is pleased to be on OWU’s roster.


A.J. Miele (L16) Dickinson Red Devils, 0-3-1, AJ has played in both games



Sprint Football

Jacob Howard (L14) WR/K, Cornell Big Red first game 9/17 against the Alabama of Sprint Football against USNA.












Water Polo

Aidan Kelso (L13), Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 0-2 Junior Aiden Kelso chipped in with one goal, two assists and one field block.

Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials, 3-3, unable to play this season.

Published in: on September 12, 2016 at 1:17 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Bears 21 Walt Whitman Vikings 3

The second in the Neighborhood Rivalry was another convincing win for the visitors. Neither Bears nor Vikings are natives of the tropical 2016 game under the lights. Though WWHS lost last year 26-48, Coach Kuhn looked at a roster of 16 seniors and had in a mind his team’s impressive 27 -7 win over PG power Paint Branch; expectations must have been high to defeat Landon.

The Bears D shut out the Vikings for 38 consecutive minutes. Last week WWHS’s tailback gained 224 yards, but on this Friday, not so much.

The visitors’ 1st TD drive started with gaining possession on the kickoff. Then Landon QB John Geppert guided his O teammates  with runs and passes which keep the Vikings off balance. The Bear line (apologies but the roster is being learned so recording the C, Gs and Ts who executed so well is beyond capacity; with more seasoning, the notes will be more complete). The last 12 yards were the work of Jelani Machen whose TD was scored @7:18.

The referees decided that Aaron Broner needed a bit of a challenge on his 1st PAT attempt so they backed up the visitors to a 30 yard and with the help of center Austen Schnider and holder John Geppert. BEARS 7 VIKINGS 0

Aaron showed his foot off with a kick into the Vikings end zone. WWHS had its only scoring possession of the game with a 29 yard FG at 1:50 remaining in the 1st Q. BEARS 7 VIKINGS 3

Jelani set Landon up with a 60 yard kickoff return, but three plays later, the visitors returned the ball to their hosts with a fumble.


At a point of potential momentum change, the attacking Landon D forced a 3-and-out. Another promising Bear drive was blunted by a WWHS interception. The Vikings held the ball for 13 plays, 4 minutes  and 46 yards aided by 3 flags alleging Landon malfeasance—but for no avail. The home team turned the ball over failing on a 4th down.

The half of the field was traversed in 5 plays—featuring Jelani (’19), Tejon Ford (’20) and Zayad Delane (’20)—the last player scored from two yards out (Zayad’s 1st TD of his career) @ 3:31. The Austen to John to Aaron PAT made it Bears 14 Vikings 3

WWHS was forced to punt after 3 plays again by a nasty Landon defense. The Bear O scored in two plays with John Geppert carrying the last 6 yards. The kicking team added the 21st point @ 1:10 remaining.

The Vikings were unable to convert a 1 minute drill; so


Fumble, interception and penalties limited Landon’s 2nd half scoring, but the stingy Bear D continued to shut of the home squad.






Player                 rushes      yards         TD


Machen               11               111             1

Baylor                  5                 74

Ford                     3                 58

Geppert               7                 33              1

Epstein                3                 18

Delane                4                    8              1

Anglin                  2                   10

                             39               318             3


Player        attempts   completions      yards

Geppert     6                           3                 23

Player        catches     yards

Williams     1                 8

Amoroso    1                 8

Harley        1                 7


BEAT LOYOLA (2-0) next Friday

Congratulations to the Soccer team for a 3-1 win over the Heights!!!

Published in: on September 10, 2016 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  



Getting back into the academic calendar rhythm, here is the first summary of Varsity and Alumni Fall Sports.



  • Varsity teams are moving into the early season—water polo, cross country and football lead the way
  • Nine Bear Alumni football players had games this week Padalino and Williams Spiders beat UVA plus Simms tackled an Aggie for the Ducks
  • Four Bear Alumni played in soccer matches.
  • Sprint Football and Water Polo Bears will start their college seasons soon.
  • Our Bear professional ice hockey player is off to the Wild camp.

—> the answer to yesterday’s FB trivia question is here, too!!!!











Few current Bears know that there was a time when a teacher disciplined a student one form of getting the malfeasant’s attention was time spent painting the rocks which decorate the school’s roads. In invoking the “White Rocks” phrase it seemed appropriate to have the above picture to remind the current Bears of the true significance of these alabaster boulders.


Cross Country

Coach Addison Hunt’s #25 ranked team in MD placed 4th in the Interstate Classic with 100 points

4. 12 Wesley Feldman 17:03.3 PR Landon  
14. 11 Samuel Hanson 18:40.2 PR Landon  
15. 9 Alexander Mearns 18:46.4 PR Landon  
33. 11 Matthew Lowrie 19:34.9 PR Landon  
34. 11 Andrew Engel 19:35.9 PR Landon  
36. 11 Luc Schermer 19:42.0 PR Landon  
58. 10 Dara Dilmaghani 22:55.4 PR Landon

Team scores

1 Southern 60 2+3+9+21+25 (29+40) 3:03 1-5 Split | 17:55 Avg
2 East Fairmont 69 5+7+11+18+28 (30+44) 2:14 1-5 Split | 18:25 Avg
3 Smithsburg High School 86 1+8+13+26+38 (42+45) 4:02 1-5 Split | 18:22 Avg
4 Landon School 100 4+14+15+33+34 (36+54) 2:32 1-5 Split | 18:44 Avg
5 Allegany High School 131 12+19+24+37+39 (48+62) 1:28 1-5 Split | 19:18 Avg


Coach Paladino’s Bears traveled to High Point High School and won 40-0. For more details click on this.


Coach Reed’s squad has its first match this week,

Water Polo

Coach Bartman’s capped swimmers went to play in a tough Philadelphia tournament where they were 1-3. Gonzaga this week.





bear track










Anthony Fullum (L13) S, William & Mary Tribe, (0-1) loss to NC State 14-48, dnp “Fullum is one of the secondary’s most versatile players and can lineup at either corner or safety. The Glenn Dale, Md., native is a smart defensive back who possesses a good understanding of the game and has the potential to make a significant impact on special teams.” W&M website.

Jules Desroches (L14) DL, Kenyon College Lords (1-0) win 21-7 over Sewanee 3 assists, 1TFL


Paul Padalino (L14) , LB,  Kolby Williams(L14) DL, Richmond Spiders (1-0), win 37-20 over UVa

Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams first game 9/24

Matt Underhill (L13) K, Joe Gagnon (L13) DL, Washington & Lee Generals, loss 29-45 JHU, both Bears played, Matt 3/3 on PATs, 4K/Os ave., 56.0 yds, 1 tackle! (Will Snyderwine would be proud)

Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-0), win over Morgan State 51-24

Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (1-0) win 53-28 over UC Davis, played and made a tackle

Jacob Wright, (L16),  Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (0-1) 0-56

{NOTE} dnp= school’s website did not indicate that this Bear played. Not the most accurate statistic kept by universities.












Joe Gagnon ’16, Jules Desroches ’14, Matt Underhill ’13

Thanks, Wendy Gladin Gagnon


Answer to yesterday’s FB trivia question

Q: What Bear is on the field of a nationally televised college football game between two ranked teams?

HINT: it is NOT the Oregon game

A: Walter Spak (L14?) Cheerleader, UCLA Bruins lost 24-31 to Texas A&M on O/T







A Bear and  Bruin



Jack Sears (L13) FlyHalf, Colby College Mules, first match 9/17.

David Spiritos (L13) Outside Centre, Northwestern Wildcats , first match 9/17





Nick Diaz (L13), Scott Powell (L13), Taylor Diaz (L15), Allegheny College Gators. 0-0-1; Scott Played in 2-2 tie with Virginia Wesleyan.

Charles Branche III (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, 2-0, the freshman has worked hard to recover from last year’s ACL injury and is pleased to be on OWU’s roster.












A.J. Miele (L16) Dickinson Red Devils, 0-1-1, AJ has played  in both games and earned an assist for his team’s 1st goal of the season.














Sprint Football

Jacob Howard (L14) WR/K, Cornell Big Red first game 9/17 against the Alabama of Sprint Football against USNA.

Water Polo

Aidan Kelso (L13), Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, season starts 9/9

Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials, starts today.




Sam Anas (L11) Minnesota Wild is headed off to training camp, but as he practiced at the Kettler Ice Arena, Caps Coach Barry Trotz gave him a few words of advice.





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Landon Bears 40 High Point Eagles 0

On paper a high school with over 2,000 students (female and male) should have an advantage over an all-boys school with less than 700 in grades 3 through 12. Last year that mathematical advantage did not translate to results on the scoreboard with a Bears 42-6 victory. Coach Burnell looked at his current roster with 17 returning seniors plus 6 players greater than 250# and had expectations of a better season in 2016.

To show his confidence in his team, the Coach must have instructed his captains, if they won the toss of the coin (they did) to choose to kick-off (they did). The visitors took the ball on their own 36 and with a variety of runs and passes and they moved the line of scrimmage fifty yards on 14 plays. The drive stalled due to Landon mistakes and opted to test their place kicking specialist. The 30 yard FG attempt was not successful; so the Eagles took over deep in their own territory.

In three plays, the visitors’ D drove the home team backwards, including a Tackle For Loss by Mo Sillah. On fourth down High Point ‘s punter was swarmed by a band of Bears and eventually Carter Johnson tackled his opponent in the High Point end zone. Bears 2 Eagles 0 @2:35 of Q1.

At the end of the first 12 minutes, HP had to return possession to Landon due to the safety. Three plays moved the clock into Quarter 2.


The result of two runs and three passes, the last was a 20 yard completion from John Geppert to Jalen Williams for a TD. The PAT involved a good snap by Austen Schnider to John who held for Aaron Broner’s kick. Bears 9 Eagles 0 @ 11:25 of Q2.

Aaron kicked off to the Eagles. Once again the stout Bear D bottled up High Point. A TFL by Joey Epstein and Maanik Lal upset the home team’s O, forcing another punt.

Landon started on their side of the 50 yard line and moved the ball 48 yards in 7 plays. This series was quarterbacked by Tejan Ford who handed the ball to Bryce Baylor who ran the last 9 yards for the 2nd Bear TD. The #45 to #8 to #3 combination worked to tally the 16th point. Bears 16 Eagles 0 @ 6:14.

Landon forced HP to another 3-and-out plus a punt. The visitors took the ball 53 yards. The result was a nice 30 yard field goal by Aaron with the successful #45 to # 8 predicate. Bears 19 Eagles 0 @0:09 remaining in the 1st half.


The visitors were benefitted by a rare second kick off (initial and half) by the home team. The Bears held the ball for almost half of the 3rd period, but had to punt. Aaron’s punt was downed by the long snap center Austen pinning HP deep in its own territory. Aggressive play by the Bear D moved the ball closer to Landon’s own goal line. On the next play the Eagle player was hit and fumbled the ball. Linebacker Joey Epstein recovered it in the end zone for his first TD of the year. Aaron’s PAT was good and the score was Bears 26- Eagles 0 @6:50 of Q3

High Point was good moved the ball with some nice passes, but the drive was stopped when Beckett Norris knocked down a pass which would have given the Eagles energy.

On the next Eagle offensive possession, Landon’s D took the ball away again. A long throw by the HP QB was caught by Jalen Williams who demonstrated that he is MUCH faster than his older brother (L’ 15 and Richmond ’19).


With a short field Jelani Machen scored on a 12 yard run. The PAT Bears 33 Eagles 0 @ 11:20 of Q4

Aaron crushed the kickoff into the end zone and HP changed QBs. The new signal caller completed a couple of passes. With some confidence from this, the play was set for a long pass down the field. It was completed, but the receiver was Jelani and he showed speed and deception on a 75 yard TD interception run. The PAT was successful making the scoreboard read Landon 40 High Point 0 @ 7:18.

Under the Maryland High School rules with such a point differential, the clock did not stop. After a couple of languid plays, the scoreboard time read 0:00.





Player                 passes      completions      yards

Geppert              13                        7                 74

Ford                    1                           0


Player                 catches              yards

Epstein                        4                 39

Williams                       1                 20

Baylor                           1                 13

Harley                           2                   2


Player                 rushes                yards

Maachen            7                          84

Epstein               7                           38

Delane                5                           36

Ford                    2                           29

Baylor                 2                           23

Howe                  3                           23

Geppert              3                          10

                             29                       243






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

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

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

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

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

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



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Bear 2016 Football Preview

Reports of a similar nature for cross-country, soccer and water polo are beyond the competence of BSN. No knowledge of the right research resources for those sports.

If anyone can point out where to look and what to highlight or who could put together a similar preview, any such information will be published here.


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High Point (0-10) is coming off a winless 2015 campaign, but there should be signs of improvement this fall with 14 starters returning. Two-way linemen Ibrahim Kanu and Jaylen Williams could be impact players in the trenches.

Landon 2015 win 42-6


Whitman (4-6) brings back the core of its offense in senior quarterback Matt Clayton, along with senior running backs Gunnar Morton and Mason Robinson, all of whom play in the secondary. . . .

Landon 2015 win 48-26


Loyola Blakefield





















2015 loss 14-19


Riverdale Baptist enters the season loaded with eight players with Division I scholarship offers. Speedster Tariq Castro-Fields is a threat on both sides of the ball and has racked up offers from a host of ACC and Big Ten schools. At quarterback, Dion Golatt, a transfer from Annapolis Area Christian, takes over for his senior season.

On defense, 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman Marcus Coleman has emerged as the Crusaders’ defensive and emotional leader. The West Virginia commit transferred from Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy before his senior season.

After finishing 6-4 last season, the Crusaders will again be tested by a schedule that features, WCAC, IAC, MIAA and Prince George’s County public school opponents. .

RBS has lost  to McNamara 27-40 in 2016

2015 loss 7-28


Bethesda-Chevy Chase hired Coach Christian Pope after a 3-7 season

2015 win 30-14


Stephen’s/St. Agnes (5-5) is looking to build on an encouraging 2015 campaign behind talented defensive end Ryan Thaxton, a Virginia commit, and contend for a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association title at the end of the season.

2015 loss 0-31


Episcopal (6-1-1)

The Maroon finished in a three-way tie atop the IAC a year ago and the same three schools should duke it out for the league title again this year. Episcopal, however, could be poised to break through thanks to the steady stream of Canadian transplants that have arrived at the Alexandria boarding school since fifth-year Coach Panos Voulgaris took over. Defensive lineman Luiji Vilain, a Michigan recruit, and defensive back Jonathan Sutherland, a Penn State commit, will make it tough to score on the Maroon again this year. On offense, the addition of former Bishop Ireton tailback Perris Jones (1,545 rushing yards in 2015) and the return of senior offensive linemen Chris Fournier and Grant Neagli should add up to another powerful attack on the ground. How dual-threat quarterback Seth Agwunobi performs with another year of seasoning could determine just how successful Episcopal will be.

2015 loss 10-17


Georgetown Prep returns 14 starters from a team that emerged as one of the hardest hitting groups in the area and nearly captured the outright IAC title last year. The Little Hoyas will again rely on a ground-heavy attack led by tailback Owen Wright and a stout defense featuring returning all-league selections in linebacker Rob Saylor, safety TJ Dozier and defensive lineman Bryant Boswell. . . .

2015 loss 7-35


Bullis, coming off three-straight seasons in which it won at least a share of the IAC title, will have to overcome the loss of All-Met quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (Ohio State). But the addition of former John Carroll running back Devin Darrington via transfer makes the Bulldogs dangerous. Depth was an issue last year, but offensive linemen Derrick Tangelo (Duke) and Aiden Brown (Virginia Tech) and wide receiver/defensive back Damani Neal (Duke) are back to ensure these Bulldogs are formidable once again. .

2015 loss 10-21


St. Albans (1-7) hopes to bounce back with 15 returning starters, including the senior wide receiver/linebacker tandem of Dakota Foster and Charles Snowden, who is also a potential Division I basketball recruit.

2015 win 42-14


WaPo Review of the Bears

Landon (4-6) has reason for optimism due to its relative youth, and the development of two-way players like sophomores Jalen Williams and Jelani Machen may dictate if the Bears can get back above .500 this year. Wide receiver Jack Porter and offensive lineman Maanik Lal will support junior quarterback John Geppert, who will also play safety. Junior lacrosse standout Joey Epstein will line up at linebacker and fullback.


Opponent Players listed on WaPo Recruit watch



Castro-Fields, Tariq

Riverdale Baptist 2017 ATH offers Towson, Marshall, Toledo, Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Boston College, Washington State, North Carolina, N.C. State, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Alabama, Nebraska
Coleman, Marcus Riverdale Baptist 2017 DL oral West Virginia
Darrisaw, Christian Riverdale Baptist 2017 OL offer Morgan State
Golatt, Dion Riverdale Baptist 2017 QB offers Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Morgan State


Johnson, Zion Riverdale Baptist 2017 OL offer Davidson
Washington, Carlos Riverdale Baptist 2017 RB offer Hampton


Sonekan, Taheeb St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 2016 DE/OLB oral Pennsylvania






Sutherland, Jonathan Episcopal 2017 DB   oral Penn State
Vilain, Luiji Episcopal 2017 DE   offers Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia, Wisconsin



Neal, Damani Bullis 2017 SS/WR HM, 2014 offers Rutgers, Stanford, North Carolina, West Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern, Virginia, Duke, Vanderbilt
Brown, Aiden Bullis 2017 OL   oral Virginia Tech
Tangelo, Derrick Bullis 2017 OT offer Towson
Hammond, Deion Calvert 2017 RB/SS offers Mount St. Mary’s, Tennessee State, High Point


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