PJREVIEW, THE LAST SENIOR PROFILE AND MORE HOOPS TRACKS

PJReview

 

The rivalry lives on. The Landon-St. Albans game has been the traditional last game of the season for both schools. This year’s game, like many in previous years, will play a role in determining the IAC Champion. St. Albans has won the game the past 3 years, and took home the conference title in 2009 and 2010.  They enter the game with a 4-5 record, having lost 3 of their last 4 games, and are out of the IAC race after their humiliating loss to St. Stephens / St. Agnes last weekend.

 

The Bulldogs have looked good at times, but have come up short in games that matter. Landon has beaten all of its IAC opponents and is playing for an outright conference championship. In spite of a heartbreaking loss in overtime at Prep last Saturday, the Bears have been playing well. With the IAC and a 7-3 record in sight, I feel this game will make or break the season for the Bears.

 

The St. Albans offense is one of the best in the area and is full of talented players. The offensive line is very similar in size to the Bears aggressive defensive line. They have senior #6 Chris Frasier and senior #9 Matt Sniezek at wide receiver. Both players are very athletic and have great hands and jumping ability. They are the best receivers the Bears will play all year. They’re in the top five in receiving in the area.

 

 Their running game is also effective with the play of senior #29 Arthur Jones. Jones is probably the best athlete for the Bulldogs. He has good speed and elusiveness and his feet never stop. He will be an important target for the Bears defense.

 

Senior quarterback #10 Mike McCurdy is the real leader of this high powered St. Albans offense and has been a key to their offense the past two years. He has a great arm and decent running ability. But there is a question about whether he will play. McCrudy hurt his wrist on his non-throwing hand last Saturday against SSSA and his status is unknown.

 

Regardless, the offense for St. Albans should be a good final test against this great Bear defense.

 

St. Albans runs a 3-5 defense and they have played well as a unit this season. Their defensive line is fast and aggressive. Junior #51 Andrew Telpitz is their best lineman and is quick to attack at the snap of the ball. Their linebackers are all great athletes and are mostly two way players. Their best linebackers are senior #29 Jones and Junior #11 James McJunkin. McJunkin is the best pass rusher and constantly blitzes in the A gap.

 

Their secondary is composed of all seniors, and is led by #6 Frasier, #9 Sniezek and #2 Matt Kelly. Frasier is the best of the three and had three interceptions last year against Landon, returning one of them for a touchdown.

 

This is a game for the Bears to win. Landon should be able to move the ball on the ground. Throwing an occasional pass will prevent St. Albans from stacking the line of scrimmage. The Bears will come to play. The IAC is on the line.

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SENIOR PROFILE

 

JAMIR FINLEY-DAVIS, WR/DB, #88

 

 

 

 

1. When did you start playing football?

– I played for one year in sixth grade, then again senior year.

 

2. What is your time in the 40 yd. dash and what’s your best bench weight?

– 40 yd dash: 4.9; Bench weight: 190

 

3. What is your favorite college football team and college football player?

– My favorite college football team is the Pittsburgh Panthers, and my favorite college player is Ray Graham the Panthers RB.

 

4. What is your favorite moment during any Landon sports event in which you played?

– My favorite moment would actually be a pretty recent one, the Landon football team beating the Bullis team this season, because it was a very personal game to many of us players and fans, and victory was very amazing.

 

5. What is your favorite course at Landon?

– My favorite course at Landon is the Humanities course required for junior year because being taught by Mr. Botti and Mr. Swinehart was the best educational/learning experience I have ever had.

 

6. What is your favorite non-sports related activity (community work, art/music, paper, debate, poem, extracurricular activity, etc.)?

– I like working, and every summer I work at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard doing a job I love.

 

7. What is your nickname (if any) and how did you get it?

– N/A

 

8. Describe yourself in 3 words? How would your parents describe you in 3 words?

– Responsible, Trustworthy, Diligent

– Smart, Funny, Responsible

 

9. What’s on your iPod?

– A lot of rap & dubstep, but also some classical, rock, and a little heavy metal.

 

10. Tell us one thing (interesting) that your teammates do not know about you.

– I am very family oriented and have 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

 

 

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HOOPS TRACKS

 

Colby College Men’s Basketball

October 8

In light of NCAA Basketball starting this week (albeit not for the Mules until November 1st) we are going to start spotlighting our newcomers to the squad for this 2012-2013 season, one a day. First up, our new man in the middle – Chris Hudnut.

 

Colby College Men’s Basketball

October 8

Chris Hudnut, 6’8″ 255lbs, originally from Landon, MD comes to Colby College after spending a post-graduate year at Lawrenceville Prep in New Jersey. 

Head Coach Damien Strahorn said of Hudnut, “I think Chris should have a chance to be an  impact player early on in his first year. He has a really good combination of size and skill. The PG year gave him additional time to continue to get stronger and develop his game.” He continued, “He has good footwork around the basket, but can also step out and stretch the defense. Defensively he will give us a big body to protect the paint and help us correct our rebounding deficiencies.”

WELCOME TO THE HILL CHRIS!

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MORE ON JOE McDONALDhttp://washingtonexaminer.com/george-washingtons-lonergan-glad-to-have-a-fresh-start/article/2513045

 

George Washington’s Lonergan glad to have a fresh start

November 8, 2012 | 8:00 pm

The Washington Examiner

@kdunleavy

George Washington basketball coach Mike Lonergan wanted Joe McDonald so badly that he often sat in the stands at the Landon School with assistant coach Kevin Sutton, shivering in the cold, watching him practice with his football team. 

“My mom always said to make sure to go where I was needed but also wanted,” McDonald said. “They made it clear they wanted me to be their point guard.”

On Saturday, when George Washington opens at home against Youngstown State, McDonald will be in a starting lineup that could include four freshmen along with Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood — players Lonergan targeted and recruited to fit his style. Lonergan said Thursday it feels like his rookie season in Foggy Bottom instead of Year 2.

With the recent struggles and the reputation of the program, Lonergan had a difficult job selling George Washington. Losing and spending so much time on recruiting made for a trying first season as the Colonials went 10-21.

“I take the losses very hard. It was probably the worst year of my life professionally by far,” Lonergan said. “Every night I went recruiting, and I just never want to be in a situation like that again. It’s one thing to lose, but I never saw the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The light began to show on a summer trip to Italy when the newcomers earned their stripes and bonded with the holdovers.

“Our freshmen were great in Italy,” Lonergan said. “They weren’t just handed those spots. They were earned.”

– Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

 

 

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