BearSportsNews Sunday Edition–11.19.2017

Bears getting into T ’giving mood, thankful for a great fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Football and Soccer (#2 per WaPo) take IAC crowns
  • Cross Country has young Bears coming
  • WINTER sports opening game schedule—sooner than you think
  • Bears making trax in college rugby, football, soccer, water polo, hockey and basketball

o   Desroches, Seagears complete careers (Stats included)

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

 

INSIDE THE WHITE ROCKS


 

 

 

o   Fall Sports

–   Varsity Cross Country— Coach Hunt, a VaTech Gobbler, and his runners ended a successful season. According to Athletic.net Cross-Country, the Bears had three of the top ten IAC  times this year (Menendez,Tsai, Chadda) ,three of the top IAC 20 best times for 2020 (Mearns, Gilbert, Hamilton) and six of the top 20 IAC 2021 times (Fischbach, Micale, Croker,Bundy, Holleman, Smith). Onto indoor and outdoor track.

 

–   Varsity Football— finishes with a great 9-1 in an historically tough IAC (Maryland Football Foundation’s poll has not been updated since the 9th win and WaPo promises Bears will reach its top 20) wins 20th IAC crown. Post season awards yet to be announced.

 

–   Varsity Soccer— (15-2-2; WaPo# 2) wins both the regular season and tournament championships. Post season awards yet to be announced.

 

–   Water Polo–no match scheduled

 

o   Winter Sports

 

–   Varsity Basketball vs. Georgetown Day School Away Dec 1, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

–   Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Churchill High School, Non-League, Home, Dec 6, 2017 4:20 PM – 6:05 PM

–   Varsity Indoor Track and Field Episcopal High School Early Bird Invitational, Dec 7 2017 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Away

–   Varsity Swimming and Diving vs. The Heights School Nov 20, 2017 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Home Holton-Arms School

–   Varsity Wrestling vs. Sidwell Friends School, Nov 29, 2017 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Away

 

BEAR TRACKS

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Sports

 

  • Football (10) 2 Bears graduating, 8 returning plus Class of 2017 (?)

o   Jules Desroches (L14) Kenyon College Lords (0-10) CAREER STATS: 21 games played, 13 unassisted tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 6.5 TFLs

 

o   Paul Padalino (L14), LB, Richmond Spiders (6-5), won the Capital Cup v. William & Mary 27-20 , dnp

o   Kolby Williams (L14), OL, Richmond Spiders (6-5), won the Capital Cup v. William & Mary 27-20 , played

o   Dominique Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams, (8-1).  2nd consecutive NESCAC Championship CAREER STATS: 26 games played, 44 unassisted tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 2 TFLs, 4 INTs (2017 2nd in NESCAC), 176 yds (2017 1st in NESCAC , for 2 TDs, 6 Breakups, 1 Fumble Recovery.  Bantams were lauded as the best college football team in Connecticut according to Hero Sports for the second year in a row,. Post season honors?

o   Joe Gagnon (L16) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (8-2);

o   Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross, Crusaders (4-7),

o   Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (6-5) beat Arizona 48-28, dnp; OSU next week

o   Maanik Lal (L17), Bucknell University Bison (5-6); LB lost to Fordham 9-20 , dnp

o   Jack Porter (L17), Dickinson College Red Devils (3-6), WR, Season ended

Water Polo (2)

o   Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 8-15; season ended

o   Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials (15-11) beat Gagnon (10-7) in 1st round of MAWPC Championship; per Joe McDonald on twitter GWU 16- Fordham 15 in O/T>

[sorry, neither school posts individual stats]

Winter Sports

Pro Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League

Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (6-4) beat Radom, Poland 63-74-63; DA: 22:13 minutes, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

 

College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (2-2) lost to West Georgia 89-92  started , 35 minutes, 10 points, 2 reb, 5 assists

 

Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (3-1) Assistant Coach

 

Coach Joe McDonald (L12), GWU (1-1) Director of Player Development

Ice Hockey (7)

 

College (4)

o   Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Ephmen (0-0) D, season preview “In front of the netminders, the defensive unit is led by juniors Connor Meike and Keanu Hilaire”.  beat Bowdoin 4-2, played, 1 shot

o   Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-5-1) F, played in the most recent two games

o   Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-5-1) D, played in the most recent two games

o   Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (6-4-1) D, dnp

College Club (1)

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

 

AHL

Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (8-6-2) Sam has 1 goal and 6 assists in 10 games; started in 3-2 o/t win over San Antonio Rampage

 

USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (6-1 in USHL) has 8Gs and 11assists with goals in the last two games.

Swimming (2)

 

Jack Chlopak, (L17) Connecticut College Camels, beat Middlebury 176-104

Jason Tang, (L17) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers,4-1, in a triangular meet with a 244-50  win over WPI win and a 250-43 win over Bowdoin—Jason was 2nd in the 1,000 freestyle 10:01.18

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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 11.12.2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Football beats StA to take IAC crown

  • Soccer (#4 per WaPo) wins IAC regular and tournament championships
  • Cross Country #4 at Maryland private school championships
  • WINTER sports opening game schedule—sooner than you think
  • Bears making trax in college rugby, football, soccer, water polo, hockey and basketball
    • Desroches, Seagears and Ebo played in games
      • Seagears’ Trinity NESCAC Champions.
    • Coaches Webster and McDonald start seasons
    • Byrd starting
  • Bears making trax in professional hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)

 

INSIDE THE WHITE ROCKS

Jamie Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Sports

    • Varsity Cross Country— finishes 4th at Maryland private school meet (Bear finishes: 5,11,16,21,43,57,620

Jace Menendez 17:37

Arihant Chadda 17:57

Kevin Tsai 18:01

Samuel Hanson 18:25

Luc Shermer 19:54

Michael Gilbert 20:54

Harrison Smith 21:24

   
  • Varsity Football— moves to 9-1 with a dominating win over StA 42-13 (#21 in Maryland Football Foundation’s poll) wins 20th IAC crown

 

  • Varsity Soccer— (15-2-3; WaPo# 4) wins both the regular season and tournament championships.

 

  • Water Polo–no match scheduled

 

  • Winter Sports

 

 

 

 

BEAR TRACKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Sports

 

  • Football (10) 2 Bears played
o   Jules Desroches (L14) DL listed as a LB this game only, Kenyon College Lords (0-10) lost to Dennison  20-51, started. 1 solo and 1 assist—end of season  
  • Paul Padalino (L14), LB, Richmond Spiders (5-5), lost to JMU 13-20, dnp
  • Kolby Williams (L14), LB, Richmond SPIDERS (5-5), lost to JMU 13-20, DNP
  • Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams, (8-1). beat Wesleyan 28-3 , started, i INT for 28 yards, 3 solo & 1 assist tackles, 1 pass break up . NESCAC Championship title for the eighth time and the second year in a row. Season ended
  • Joe Gagnon (L16) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (8-2); beat Shenandoah 48-21, DNP. Season ended
  • Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross, Crusaders (4-7), lost to Lehigh 21-34, played. Season ended
  • Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (5-5) bye week, DNP redshirt?
  • Maanik Lal (L17), Bucknell University Bison (4-5); LB beat Georgetown, 12-0, dnp
  • Jack Porter (L17), Dickinson College Red Devils (3-6), WR, beat Ursinus 40-17, injured Season ended

 

 

Water Polo (2)

  • Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 8-15; lost to Brown 11-15
  • Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials (14-11) MAWPC Championship next week

[sorry, neither school posts individual stats}

Winter Sports

Pro Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League

Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (4-4)beat AEK Athens; DA: 13:49 minutes, 6 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

 

College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (2-1) lost to Georgia Southern 67-88, 15 minutes 3 pts, 3 reb; beat Mr. Olive 76-75 started 35 min, 15 PTS, 4 assts, 3 reb, 2 steals; beat Barton 80-72, started 30 minutes, 5 pts, 5 reb, 1 asst, 3 steals

 

Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (1-0) Assistant Coach

 

Coach Joe McDonald (L12), GWU (1-0) Director of Player Development

Ice Hockey

 

there may be more ; please send me names, teams links

 

College (4)

  • Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Ephmen (0-0) D, first game 11/18
  • Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-4-1) F, played in the most recent two games
  • Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-4-1) D, played in the most recent two games
  • Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (6-3-1) D, dnp

College Club (1)

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

 

AHL

Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (5-6-2) Sam has 1 goal and 5 assists in 7 games; started in 3-2 o/t win over San Antonio Rampage

 

USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (6-1 in USHL) has 4Gs and 4As, in Europe lost 3 games (2 shoot outs), patrick had an assist

Swimming(2)

 

Jack Chlopak, (L17) Connecticut College Camels, 11/18

Jason Tang,(L17) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers,2-1 , beat Cornell 122-121, Jason coming in 4th in 1,000 in 10:01.75; lost to Brown  Jason 6th 10:06.22

 

 

 

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Landon Football 42 St. Albans 13

It is a rivalry between schools which respect each other. Its roots are 80 + years old. The Bulldogs (2-7) would regard their season as a success if they could beat the Bears, but consistent with the esteem between the two schools acknowledged that the visitors by winning sealed an IAC title.

This Landon team has set a new bar for the Bears’ football—9-1, its best record since 2008[1],  its 1st IAC championship since 2012 and its 20th IAC FB banner. It is likely that the IAC Coaches will recognize more than a few Bears.  The class of 2018 has 14 players on the roster with several likely to play football or other sports at the next level. The 17 juniors, 6 sophomores and 1 freshman will provide a sound base for next year. In particular, the Bears’ D will lose only 3 (albeit very important) starters. Coach Derwinski’ s JV team will provide some new talent.

It was Seniors’ Day;16 Bulldogs and their parents were honored. The ceremony created some enthusiasm in the home crowd.

Landon kicked off and the StA fans were vociferous in their support. Two passes (one incomplete) and a run resulted in a punt.

Bears 1st and 10 on their own 32. Ball snapped and handed off to Jelani Machen, home stands energy stopped @ 10:10 and the wing back swept past the Bulldog defenders for a 68 yard TD—over, around and past the opponents. Austen Schnider snapped to Tommy Baldwin who held for a Davis Walker PAT Bears 7 Bulldogs 0.

Kick off to StA 1,2,3 (TFL by Mo Sillah) and punt.

The Bears earned two first downs, but stalled out at its 43. Davis punted, adding to his kicking talents. StA three and out (this time a Mo TFL/ QB sack).

The next Landon possession, though not successful, was notable. Joey Epstein ran and received StA contact near the line of scrimmage. He carried a number of Bulldogs for at least 6 yards. (On most of his rushes for the day, #4 showed the benefits of his hours of training as his YAC must have constituted 75% of his gains). The second remarkable moment was recorded by Jelani M; this time he ran right and the StA D, recognizing that #9 was to be watched, greeted him. Jelani shed several tacklers, reversed field and ran over several ‘Dogs—27 yards gained. This series consumed that remnants of the first Q.

 

END OF 1ST Q BEARS 7 BULDOGS 0

The second punt by Davis dropped the ball to the Saints’ 20. A pass earned the home team a first down, but a later screen pass was detected by the Bear D. Reading an offense is a skill, which the Landon Coached D has taught their charges; so, as the Bulldog turned with the ball and behind a convoy of teammates, Jalen Williams and the fleet-a-foot T Bridges eluded the “protectors” and collided with the recipient of the spheroid to register a TFL of -3. Punt.

Bears line up at the StA 45—Jelani for 10 and then 20; John Geppert for 2, Bryce Baylor for 11 and the John G for the last 2 TD  @ 4:59 PAT good Bears 14 Bulldogs 0

The home team offense earned a first down, but T and Joey had a joint TFL followed by a sack by Mo. A third and 14 down called for a pass; Jalen caught it for an interception.

With 2:31 until half, the Bears were 74 yards from their goal line. John G to Chazz Harley for 34 yards. Justin Herbert sweep for 34 yards. A no-gainer then Justin +4. The last two yards covered by Bryce Baylor making such a hard cut towards a hole that as he scored, the StA defenders realized that BB had deceived them @8:40 PAT good Bears 21 Bulldogs 0

Three plays and halftime

 

HALFTIME BEARS 21 BULLDOGS 0

The visitors received the next kickoff and scored EXCEPT, the reception in the end zone was called an interference—penalty Bears and turnover on downs.

Kudos to our rivals, they used the intermission well and a well-designed action in the backfield resulted in the Bulldogs’ playmaker getting the ball and gaining 75 to put the ball on the 2. A running back covered those 72” but their PAT (Tommy Kenary’s large hand interdicted the ball’s trajectory) failed at 7:16. Bears 28 Bulldogs 6

The momentum warranted trying an onside kick BY StA; bad news Tejon Ford recovered it. Sixty-five yards went quickly. The seniors John G and Joey wanted to finish this game. The TD run by Joey was 32 yards and he covered most of it was with (i.e. on his back), through and by the Bulldogs. PAT good Bears 35 Bulldogs 6

StA got the ball again; however, the Bulldog RB fumbled, and DE Tommy K fell on it. With 45 yards between Landon and its sixth TD, Bryce(+2) and then Tyler Smith (+43) took it over the goal line. PAT good @ 2:19 Bears 42 Bulldogs 6

A 35 point margin resulted in running time and it took enough time to move the Quarter from 3 to 4

END OF 3RD Q BEARS 42 BULLDOGS 6

The Landon O and D had gradually been populated by younger Bears. With the beginning f this last 12:00, there were many clean white jerseys.

StA earned another TD and made the PAT. Bears 42 Bulldogs 13

A running play and a victory formation brought the clock to 0:00

FINAL SCORE BEARS 42 BULLDOGS 13

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 9-1 BEARS and Coaches!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] per MaxPreps. the Landon.org football history was a 404 problem

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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 11.05.2017

Bear Proud

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Soccer (#7 per WaPo) beats Prep to secure IAC regular and tournament championships
  • Football beats EHS in a thriller 27-26 onto STA
  • Cross Country wins the MoCo Private School Championships
  • Bears making trax in college rugby, golf, football, soccer, water polo, hockey, basketball  and swimming

o   Beguelin wins Hamilton Rugby MVP

o   Desroches, Seagears, K. Williams and Ebo played in games

o   Branche III’s Battlin’ Bishops wins NCAC soccer tournament with his PK contributing to win.

o   Water Polo twins Gill off to conference play with 2 different teams

o   Tang wins 1,000 yd. freestyle 1st meet

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

 


INSIDE THE WHITE ROCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Kirkpatrick

 

o   Fall Sports

–   Varsity Cross Country—  win Montgomery County Private School Championships- unfortunately, the source of this information, has embedded format that makes it hard to include the other Bears who ran ☹

1. 12 Kevin Tsai 17:20.40 SR Landon
2. 12 Jace Menendez 17:28.00 Landon
4. 12 Arihant Chadda 17:49.30 Landon

–   Varsity Football— moves to 8-1 with incredibly exciting, extraordinarily well-played win over EHS 27-26 on senior day and homecoming  (#21 in Maryland Football Foundation’s poll)

winning TD by John Geppert- note blocks being thrown!

BEAT STA

–   Varsity Soccer— (13-2-3; WaPo# 7) beat Georgetown Prep 2-0 to earn both the regular season and tournament championships.

Bears hoisting up the IAC cup

 

–   Water Polo–no match scheduled


BEAR TRACKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Sports

 

 

  • Football (10) 4 Bears played

o   Jules Desroches (L14) DL, Kenyon College Lords (0-9) lost to DePauw 32-37, started. 1 solo and 2 QB hurries

 

o   Paul Padalino (L14), LB, Richmond Spiders (5-4), beat #20 Villanova 22-0, dnp

o   Kolby Williams (L14), LB, Richmond SPIDERS (5-4), beat #20 Villanova 22-0, played

o   Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams, (7-1). lost to Amherst 20-28, started, 4 solo tackles the Bantams are tied for 1st in NESCAC. the two leaders play traditional rivals and the teams tied for #3 next week

o   Joe Gagnon (L16) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (7-2); beat Bridgewater 49-21, DNP

o   Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross, Crusaders (4-6), beat Fordham 42-20. played

o   Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (5-5) lost to Washington 3-38, DNP redshirt?

o   Maanik Lal (L17), Bucknell University Bison (4-5); LB lost to Lehigh 21-42, dnp

o   Jack Porter (L17), Dickinson College Red Devils (2-6), WR, lost to Moravian 18-35 , DNP

  • Golf

o   John Kalavritinos (L17), Bucknell Bison, off until spring

o   Evan Katz (L17), Duke Blue Devils, off until spring

o   Mike Blasey (L16), Davidson Wildcats, off until spring

o   Morgan Egloff (L15), Rollins Tars, off until spring

 

  • Rugby (4)

Aaron Beguelin (L14), Hamilton ‘18 was awarded the MVP for the Hamilton Men’s Rugby Team. He was presented the award at the end-of-season team meeting. Apparently, the award is only given to a senior or seniors, and is for all four years of play- not just the most recent year. The coach presented Aaron the award saying that he had earned it every year he played and that for this year they were only awarding one player the award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[apologies to Aaron and his family for failing to tack his successes at Hamilton. Thanks to Bob Beguelin for sending me this. Anyone who is aware that a Bear is bring missed, please, please email me sandy_murdock@yahoo.com.]

Nick Blasey (L16) scrum half for the 2nd XV/b side at Dartmouth Rugby Football Club 1st game 9/23 Harvard

Wesley Pan (L16) VA Tech (3-0) played Georgetown 9/9

Ben Goodfriend (L16) Washington University Griffins, St. Louis

  • Soccer (2)

o   Taylor Diaz (L15), Allegheny College Gators (5-11-1).;. Season completed.

o   Charles Branche III (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (12-6-2); NCAC 1st round beat Wabash 3-2 in O/T, dnp; beat Kenyon (top seed) in penalty kicks, Charles had one of the PKs!!!, to win their league tournament

 

 

 

 

 

Water Polo (2)

o   Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 8-14; lost to LaSalle 11-13; beat W&J 19-11; they are playing for 5th place today

o   Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials (14-11) swept doubleheader beating Wagner 11-10 and Fordham 11-9 off to MAWPC Championship next week

[sorry, neither school posts individual stats}

Winter Sports

Pro Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League

Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (2-1)lost to Nanterres in double O/T 100-102; DA: 36:00 minutes, 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

 

College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (0-0) lost in scrimmage Clemson 56-80, 15 minutes, 4 points and 4 rebounds

Antonio Cockrell (L17), Widener University Pride, not listed?
Donell Frayer (L17), Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds, not listed?

 

Ice Hockey

there may be more ; please send me names, teams links

 

College (4)

o   Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Ephmen (0-0) D, first game 11/8

o   Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-2-1) F, lost to New England College 2-5, dnp; tied University of Southern Maine 2-2 , played.

o   Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-2-1) D, lost to New England College 2-5, played and had 1 A tied University of Southern Maine 2-2, played.

o   Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (5-3) D, dnp

College Club (1)

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

AHL

Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (3-5-2) Sam has 1 goal and 3 assists in 5 games; started in 3-2 o/t win over San Antonio Rampage

USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (6-1 in USHL) has 4Gs and 4As, in 13 games(including college and international) in win over Youngstown Phantoms Patrick Giles (Chevy Chase, Md.) opened the scoring for the U18s when he pounced on a rebound in the slot and shot it past the scrambling Youngstown goalkeeper

Swimming

 

Jack Chlopak, (L17) Connecticut College Camels, 11/18

Jason Tang,(L17) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers, ranked #4 nationally and #1 in their conference, beat Springfield College 209-76   first in 1,000 yard freestyle 10:15:39. MIT has a profile for the new swimmers and Jason is quoted “I chose MIT for the best academic/athletic combo I could imagine for myself. I wanted a thriving, tight-knit athletic community where I could continue swimming, a sport I’ve done through childhood, but in addition, I also wanted my athletic commitments to not interfere with a solid education that will lead me into my future life. I think MIT gave me the best possible option I could imagine.”

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Landon Football 27 Episcopal 26 after 2 overtimes

 

IAC football is on the rise. Bullis sends players off to Ohio State and Penn State regularly. EHS has established a trail from Alexandria to Power Five programs. Georgetown Prep has populated college rosters for years. SSSA and StA have hit a rough patch (although NEVER assume that the boys from Mt. St. Albans will just roll over next week).

Today, the Bears established (from an alumni longer term perspective, the correct word would be “reestablish”) that they must be respected. It was homecoming, so some retrospective views are apt here. Landon battled a highly touted EHS team (once ranked by the WaPo) and came out on top.

It was also Senior Day and pregame the 14 members of the Class of 2017 AND THEIR PARENTS (plus a dog and a grandmother) were introduced. The ceremony recognized the leadership which these boys have exhibited over the eight games (7-1) of this season. The time which all of those parents devoted to their sons and the team was emphasized during this presentation. Thinking back on this game, all five of the captains (Joey Epstein, John Geppert, Mo Sillah, Mac Hollensteiner and Alex Hagerup) made key contributions to this win.

Landon Football Seniors and parents

In the report of the Prep game, the Duke of Wellington’s observation about Waterloo was cited because the lessons of the athletic fields were said the contribute to character development. That was an appropriate analogy then and equally now. There several moments in this contest where either team could have wilted, but they did not give up. The players showed character. The Bears won on a dramatic play, but that did not diminish the Maroon.


Landon won the toss and opted to defer.  That was a significant statement of the coaches’ confidence in the Bears’ D. EHS had scored 114 points against 4 IAC teams and racked up a 33-0 win over Landon in 2016. Several of the Maroon college bound players are major offensive threats.

Davis Walker kicked a tough back. The home team stopped “the High School” three-and out plus Archie Ross registered a TFL on a pass play. The visitors 240# punter (and a major lax recruit) booted the ball to Tyler Smith who returned it 7 yards.

The Home O moved the line of scrimmage 58 yards in 6 plays. The moving was 100% running with the Bears line (Alec, Josh Chapman, Greg Johnson, Tommy Kenary and Tommy Baldwin) gashed the Maroon line. John G, Jelani Machen, Joey and Zayd Delane ran with power and balance. Jelani M had the last two carries (+5 and +15) to score @7:50. The PAT team, LS Austen Schnider, holder Tommy B and PK Davis Walker, converted (critically they were 3 for 3 for the day [Famous Landon English teacher would mark the margin with a note “good foreshadowing—hint, hint] Bears 7 Maroon 0

 

Walker’s end zone kick started the Alexandria team 80 yards away from the Landon goal line. They earned their 1st 1st down, but suffered a setback when Mo tackled for a loss to make it 4th and 14.

A long Maroon punt put the Bears on their own 10. Run, Run, Pass Complete and Pass Complete (one handed by Chazz Harley) started this series; the prolate spheroid was “matriculated”[1] 30 yards. A fumble, a sack and a penalty slowed the momentum a bit, and the clock flipped over to Q2

END OF 1ST Q BEARS 7 MAROON 0

Two more runs resulted in a 4th and 12; so, the Bear FG team came on the field for a 36 yard attempt, but it missed.

The stout Bear D forced another three-and-out plus a punt.

The ball started at the 35 and three movements of the chains brought the line of gain into EHS territory. There three runs left it as 4th and 4 from the 34. Having had some success with this situation, the coaches had John line up in shotgun formation. The EHS secondary took shallow drops to support their run D. Bad idea; John executed a perfect pooch punt.

Maroon 1st and 10 from their own 3 yard line. Plus one on the first run. A second down pass was batted into the air by Josh Chapman and caught by Jelani M. A simple little pooch punt and the result was Bears’ first and goal at the 1.

Next play—John snuck[2] in for the 1 yard TD @4:24 PAT good Bears 14 Maroon 0

That obviously got the attention of the EHS offense which theretofore had been “marooned”. Their senior tail back, in a display of character, broke through a number of Bear tacklers and beat the usually speedy Landon DBs for an 85 yard TD at 4:07 Bears 14 Maroon 7

A rare Landon turnover gave the Alexandrians a chance to even up the score with 3:40 until half. Some effective EHS runs increased the threat of a tie score. Two incomplete passes, encouraged by the hard-hitting Bear DBs, left the Maroon with a 35 yard FG attempt—no good.

Landon got the ball with 1:21 left until half; they gained 30 yards, but an incomplete pass and a QB sack ended the first 24 minutes

HALFTIME BEARS 14 MAROON 7

The Landon drive was stopped by a fumble. Each team possessed the ball twice with little success and the 3rd Q ended without a score; however, the home team’s last drive continued after the teams reversed ends of the field after the penultimate period.

The Landon D has played exceptionally well all season. The D line included Line: Alex, T Bridgers, JD Desroches, Jelani Cross, Josh Chapman; LBs- Mo, Zayd Delane, Jalen Williams; DBs- Tejon Ford, Jelani M, Archie Russ, Chazz Harley. They mastered the complexities of the Bear defensive schemes. Gang tackling was a hallmark of this unit. The speed and hitting instilled reluctance in their opponents game.

END OF 3RD Q BEARS 14 MAROON 7

This possession which transited the change of period consumed 76 yards. From a 4th and 6, Davis + Tommy B + Austen executed a 30 yard field goal @ 11:11 Bears 17 Maroon 7

Having scored on one long play in 36 minutes, the visitors could have recognized the difficulty of scoring 10 points in eleven and been discouraged. They didn’t. A four play 25 yard possession set up a 3rd and 4 a long 34 yards from a score. The kicker/linebacker/ stud lax midfielder was inserted into the lineup and he used his mass and speed for a 34 yard TD at 9:00. Bears 14 Maroon 15

The Landon O got the ball at the 14 from the kickoff. Fifteen runs moved the ball 51 yards. A penalty set the Bears back for a long third down and a run by John just missed continuing possession.

Maroon ball 75 yards away and 1:50 left.  A well-constructed run and pass set of plays resulted in an EHS 30 yard FG at 0:16.0 Bears 17 Maroon 17

Landon took a knee to send it into overtime

END OF REGULATION BEARS 17 MAROON 17

[Overtime rules: each team gets the ball on the 25; untimed periods; if a team has a higher score at the end of each O/T period [each team possesses the ball WINS> very general description of the rules]

After a toss of the coin, the Bears moved the ball to the 10, but three consecutive penalties forced Davis to attempt a 30 yard field goal. Sapp from Austen, good, hold by Tommy B good, kick by Davis, GOOD Bears 20 Maroon 17

EHS possession was harmed by a TFL by Mo (-3) and their kicker made a 33 yard FG

END OF 1ST O/T BEARS 20 MAROON 20

The Alexandrians scored a TD on a brilliant pass, but their PAT hit the upright and bounced back. Maroon 26 Bears 20

Back with the ball with a 6 point deficit and after three plays, the Bears faced a 4th and 18. John started right with a run pass option and there was no doubt when he turned the corner, he scored a TD. Austen to Tommy B to Davis resulted in the PAT

END OF GAME BEARS 27 MAROON 26

IN THE PAST THIRTY OR SO YEARS OF RECOLLECTION THAT WAS THE BEST LANDON WIN AND THE BEST GAME PLAYED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE BEARS

 

BEAT STA

LANDON STATISTICS

RUSHING

runner                 carries       yards         TD(s)

Geppert              23               98               2

Machen              23               139             1

Epstein               12               56              

Delane                8                 51

Smith                  2                 17

Baylor                 1                 6___________

                             69               367             3

PASSING

passer                attempts   completions      yards

Geppert              8                 3                           23

 

receiver              receptions          yards

Harley                 2                           23

Ford                    1                           2

 

First downs Landon 23 EHS 11

 

[1] see Hank Stram, Kansas City Chiefs coach. First Super Bowl

[2] Merriam Webster states that “snuck” rather than “sneaked” is the proper conjugation of this irregular verb.


 

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Landon football 🏈 27 EHS 26 in 2ble O/T

More later, maybe much later since there is so much to write about..

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Bears Soccer 2 GP 0– Landon is sole IAC regular and tournament champions

It’s been a while since a title like the above “Regular and Tournament Champions” has been appropriate. In a third match against the Hoyas, Landon’s motto , “virtute et non vi”  was the theme. The Little Hoyas, who were not very little, were physically aggressive; while the home team used soccer skills (speed, quick footwork, great positional play and exceptional passing) to beat Prep.

{NOTE: not many soccer game reports are posted here, because of a lack of knowledge of what the rest of the world calls “football”. For that reason, this account may not be considered a trusted source.}

The Bears’ leading scorer, Zach Johnson, was sitting on the bench due to a screw that was added to one of his bones.

Early in the match, Landon exerted a lot of pressure on the GP defense and that aggression resulted in a goal. At about 30:00 remaining a crossing pass from Noah Hamman delivered the ball to Allan Kupka (NOTE to old alumni, he is NOT a close relative to Landon’ s revered Buddy Kupka, though this senior is an exceptional Bear).  The Prep goalie had no chance– BEARS 1 hoyas 0

Please excuse if I missed anyone, but the Bears D controlled the ball. Alex Freed made some spectacular saves; at least one was point blank. Nico Kenary,  the sweeperback, did exactly that; using his incredible strides, he would sprint to the GP point of inception and erase that initiative. His clearing passes were so high and long that several required clearance from Air Traffic Control. There was another defender (?? Ryan Feuwirth and /or  Parker Lotstein ) who deterred GP’s efforts. The red-headed defender Peter Gilbert was a ferocious impediment to Prep’s attempts to advance the ball; he frequently flashed through what appeared to be open space to control a Hoya pass. It seemed to an ignorant observer that midfielders, Michael Branche, Doug Landers, Burke McLaughlin and Spencer Davis,  spent a lot of time in the defensive half, thwarting the Hoyas O and converting to a Bear O. Particularly impressive was an extraordinary effort by the forearm-casted Spencer, who after a brief rest stole a ball from a promising GP attack, turned the ball’s direction to the visitors’ goal and ate up a substantial chunk of time.

The forwards were magnificent; particularly impressive was their control of the ball in small spaces. Several times they were able to move the ball in one direction, avoid the GP defender and reunite with the multi-colored sphere on the other side. Several well-struck balls connected with a streaking Bear who used the space to good advantage. In order of uniform number, these impressive attackers included Will Bou, Cooper Johnson, Alan Kupka, Parker Lotstein (m), Charles Nagel and Drew Parker (m).

Late in the match, when the players from North Bethesda were in full attack mode, possession turned over to the Bears where Cooper Johnson received a pass and shot. The rebound ended up on Noah Hamman foot, who buried the 2nd goal.

The Bears were able to defend their goal and actually had a couple of good opportunities during the waning moments. At the referee’s three sharp whistles, the 80 minutes had run their course and the Bear teammates flooded the field in celebration.

Coaches Reed, Ericksen, Oberg and Pipoli celebrated a highly successful 14-2-3 season with notable win over NC Powerhouse Bishop McGuinness ( No. 2 seed in the Class 1-A West playoffs,14-2-3),  a tie against NJ’s #5 Delran (17-3-2, which beat nationally ranked Penfield)  and wins against currently or at the time WaPo ranked teams current # 8 Gonzaga (11-6-3), the Heights (14-3-0), Georgetown Prep ( 13-3-1) and DeMatha (9-7-3) .

The fans stampeded the field and the team exhibited their Cup. A very successful season and combined with past classes, there will be 10 Bears playing soccer in college next year.

CONGRATULATIONS  BEARS

 

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Bears 2 GP.0. Double IAC champions 🏆 (regular and tournaments

Goal #1 Alan Kupka from Noah Hamman early (~30:00)

Goal #2 Cooper Johnson shot and Noah Hamman scored on rebound.late in 2nd half.

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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 10.29.2017

Victory Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Football beats SS/SA 42-13
  • Soccer (#7 per WaPo) beats StA to top off 8-1 IAC regular season champions onto playoffs.
  • Cross Country finishes 2nd in IAC Championship; 4 All IAC runners
  • Bears making trax in college golf football, soccer, water polo and lax

o   Seagears continues undefeated

o   K. Williams, Ebo and Porter played in games

o   thanks to Coach Duquette, for Morgan Egloff who received POW award from conference

o   Water Polo twins Gill off to conference play with 2 different teams

o Bears starting to make trax in college hockey (5)

o Aaron Byrd is the face of the Augusta Jags’ hoops promo

  • Bears making trax in professional hoops, AHL and USHL

 

INSIDE THE WHITE ROCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

o   Fall Sports

–   Varsity Cross Country—  Bears take second at the IAC cross country championships with 53 points. Four runners make All-IAC* plus 2 PRs and 2 SRs

  • 4. Jace Menendez *     ‘18              17:15 PR
  • 9. Arihant Chadda *  ‘18              17:40 SR
  • 10. Kevin Tsai              *  ‘18             17:45 SR
  • 14. Sebastian Fischbach * ‘21            18:07 PR
  • Fischbach was the only Freshman to earn ALL IAC honors

–   Varsity Football— moves to 7-1 with win over SSSA 42-13 (#23 in Maryland Football Foundation’s poll)

–   Varsity Soccer— (13-2-3; WaPo# 7) beat StA 2-0 {according to a fan Noah Hannam scored one of the goals} to finish IAC regular season 8-1 and #1 in the conference; onto playoffs

–    Water Polo–no report on Bartman Viola Cup result

BEAR TRACKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Sports

 

 

  • Football (10) 3 Bears played

o   Jules Desroches (L14) DL, Kenyon College Lords (0-8) lost to Allegheny College 41-51, DNP

 

o   Paul Padalino (L14), LB, Richmond Spiders (4-4), lost to Stony Brook 24-27, dnp

o   Kolby Williams (L14), LB, Richmond SPIDERS (4-4), lost to Stony Brook 24-27, played

o   Dominque Seagears (L14), CB, Trinity Bantams, (7-0). beat Middlebury 27-5, started, 3 solo tackles

o   Joe Gagnon (L16) DL, Washington & Lee Generals (6-2); beat Randolph-Macon 17-14, DNP

o   Mark Ebo, (L16), DL, College of the Holy Cross, Crusaders (3-4), beat Georgetown 24-10. played,1 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL

o   Keith Simms, (L16), LB, University of Oregon Ducks (5-4) beat to Utah 41-20, DNP redshirt?

o   Maanik Lal (L17), Bucknell University Bison (4-4); LB lost to Colgate 3-40 , dnp

o   Jack Porter (L17), Dickinson College Red Devils (2-6), WR, played last week vs. McDaniel win; lost to Juniata 14-38 played

 

  • Golf

o   John Kalavritinos (L17), Bucknell Bison, team came in 2nd in Lehigh invitational

o   Evan Katz (L17), Duke Blue Devils, Grandover Collegiate 2nd after 1st day Evan Katz finished his first round with a one-under 71 before shooting a five-over 77 to conclude his day at four over par.    The freshman, who entered as No. 1 for Duke, was one of two Blue Devils (Smalley) to conclude his first round under par.

o   Mike Blasey (L16), Davidson Wildcats. Fall schedule complete

o   Morgan Egloff (L15), Rollins Tars, was named the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. Morgan placed 7th at the TVA Credit Union Invite; he led the team to a 4th place in the Invite

  • Rugby (3)

Nick Blasey (L16) scrum half for the 2nd XV/b side at Dartmouth Rugby Football Club 1st game 9/23 Harvard

Wesley Pan (L16) VA Tech (3-0) played Georgetown 9/9

Hokie Wes Pan

 

  • Soccer (2)

o   Taylor Diaz (L15), Allegheny College Gators (5-11-1).; beat Wooster 2-1, dnp; lost to Kenyon 0-3, DNP. Season complete

o   Charles Branche III (L16), Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (11-6-1); beat Wittenberg 1-0, DNP; beat Dennison 2-1, played; NCAC Wabash in 1st round

Water Polo (2)

o   Rahul Gill (L16), Connecticut College Camels, 7-12; lost to LaSalle 11-12; lost to Penn State Behrend 10-17; Mid-Atlantic West Division Championships start this week

o   Isher Gill, (L16), GWU Colonials (12-11) off to MAWPC Championship next week

[sorry, neither school posts individual stats}

Winter Sports

Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League

Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (2-1) beat theretofore undefeated Estudiantes Madrid; DA: 20:46 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (0-0) scrimmages Clemson 11/2; Aaron is the face of  Jags promo

Aaron Byrd

 

Ice Hockey

there may be more ; please send me names, teams links

 

 AHL

Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (2-5-2) lost to Tucson Roadrunners, Sam had 3 assists and a shot

 

USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (5-1) has 2Gs and 4As, in 11 games

College (4)

o   Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Ephmen (0-0) D, first game 11/9

o   Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-1) F, lost to Nichols 3-4, dnp

o   Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-1) D, lost to Nichols 3-4, dnp

o   Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (4-2) D ,dnp

    College Club (1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Landon Football 42 SSSA 13

The Saint Stephen’s/ Saint Agnes’ 2-5 record did not look threatening. As the teams warmed up, the home team showed some good size and speed. It was Seniors’ Day and several of the players leading the team statistically walked onto the field not suited up. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Saints’ play explained their record.

While the offense put up 42 points, the defense played very well and listed at the end of this post are VERY UNOFFICIAL statistics for the defenders. They deserve more credit than the text can give them.


The Bears won the toss of the coin but deferred. Davis Walker, fresh from the Bears’ soccer IAC regular season win, kicked off through the end zone (5 kickoffs for the day, all but one went into the end zone). The Bear D smothered the Saints attack and forced a punt. Tyler Smith returned it 52 yards for what would have been a TD, but for a penalty against the Bears.

The Landon O went 47 yards in 3 plays with a TD run by Joey Epstein 22 yards out @ 9:13. Davis successfully converted the PAT with a good snap by LS Austen Schnider and a ball hold by Tommy Baldwin.  BEARS 7 SAINTS 0

The home team held the ball for 6 plays and had to punt. Starting 4 yards into their own territory, the visitors’ Jelani Machen scored in one play, a burst around right end, shedding Saints like a demon, 54 yards @8:08 PAT good BEARS 14 SAINTS 0

The Alexandria team held the ball for 8 plays aided by a Bethesda team penalty. The possession was stopped by 2 Tackles for Losses, a pass defended and two incomplete passes. Landon’s offense sputtered unable to capitalize on an eight play drive. The Saints went three and out and punted on the last play of the first quarter.

Somewhere in the game, the Saints completed a pass to their big wide receiver. Amazingly, the Landan Nose Tackle, Terrance Bridgers came many yards down the field to bring down the opponent. Remarkable speed and determination from the 295 Junior. Later in the game there was a bad snap by SSSA and Tiny Terrance crushed the opposing QB.

END OF 1ST Q BEARS 14 SAINTS 0

A promising drive ended on the 12 yard line with a fumble. Starting on their own 20 yard line SSSA went backwards and a shanked punt resulted in a Bears’ possession at the Saints’ 32. Zayd Delane on 1st down ran and covered all 32 yards in one play. PAT good, @7:02 BEARS 21 SAINTS 0

Davis kicked off into the wind and only reached the 4 yard line. The home team found its rhythm and drove 80 yards in 14 plays and scored at 3:01 of Q2. It might have been a bad snap or a designed 2 point try from a PAT formation, but whatever it was it failed. BEARS 21 SAINTS 6

To end the half, Landon drove the ball 22 yards in 7 plays but ran out of time.

HALFTIME BEARS 21 SAINTS 6


Attempts by the Saints’ coaching staff to prevent the Bears’ return men from getting an open field on the kick off resulted in a series of penalties and gave the ball to the Bethesda team on the SSSA 48. Six successive successful runs finished with a Jelani Machen 19 yard TD run @ 9:05. PAT good BEARS 28 SAINTS 6

Surprise Davis put the kickoff into the end zone. A promising SSSA drive ended in a fumble. A run, a pass, a run set up a 2nd and 6. A great ball fake by John Geppert, followed by a roll out and a perfect 27 yard TD to Tommy Baldwin @ 6:34; PAT good BEARS 35 SAINTS 6

Once again, the Saints had no chance to return and gave up the ball after 4 downs. A short gain and then Jelani Machen sprinted 52 yards for a TD @ 2:26 PAT good BEARS 42 SAINTS 6

Another kick into the end zone put the Saints 80 yards away and a clock running due to the point differential, the home team showed its character and scored a TD at 1:41. BEARS 42 SAINTS 13.

Landon retained the prolate spheroid for the remaining ticks of the clock.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 42 SAINTS 13

 


LANDON STATISTICS

RUSHING

Player Att         Yds  TDs
Jelani Machen  9         184     3
Joey Epstein 5           56     1
Zayd Delane 4           44     1
Tyler Smith 2            30     –
John Geppert   3         17    –
Justin Herbert   2          7    –
Brown Anglin   5          4     –
Totals: 30       342     5
PASSING

Player

Geppert

passes  5

Completions 4

TDs   1

Player Rec    Yds TDs
Tommy Baldwin 1 27 1
Tyler Smith 2 26
Totals: 3 53 1
 

 

 

 

   

 

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

TFLS

Delane 2

Ford      2

Bridgers 1

Chapman   1

Epstein        1

Ford            1

Sillah            1

Williams       1

PASSES DEFENDED

Ford           2

Hartley        1

FUMBLE RECOVERED

Epstein       1


 

BEAT EPISCOPAL

 


 

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