BearSportsNews-Sunday Edition 3/10/13

Rugby, the Fullum’s news and Hoops Trax with a special highlight on Christian Webster’s Harvard career


Bear Rugby News by Coach Martin


In the first game, Conor Collins fell on the kick off to keep Pride from getting possession right away. Jack Sears and Jake Harris started the game hard with a serious double tackle that disrupted Pride’s back line. Pride was quick to score, but we fired right back with Sam Jones’ great kick off that Pride bobbled and helped us gain ground.


Despite the wind blowing hard, lineout jumpers Jamir Finley-Davis and Ian Quill had smooth hands catching the ball and keeping it away from Pride. Ben Goodfriend, making his rugby debut at scrumhalf, was quick to the back of every ruck, fishing out the ball from some messy situations and getting it out to jumpstart our offense. Despite making some forward progress in our offensive end, Pride’s shifty players returned with a few quick tries, despite the valiant chases made by many players.


On a loose ball, Ian Quill was first to recover it, with Harrison Voslow following behind for a quick ruck, with quick support from Ed Wolins who helped push the ruck over. Our scrums evened out over the game, with a strong front row supported by Obai Kamara and Nick Zawatsky (also making his rugby debut). Defensively, Zack Zulauf (making his Landon rugby debut) and Obai Kamara making low hard hits and Jake Harris shut down some of Pride’s quickest runners.


Offensively, Sam Jones placed strategic kicks that got us down the field. With the team within 20 meters from the try line, our forwards ran a perfect driving lineout, pushing back Pride players and getting us closer to scoring. The ball shifted back and forth, everyone eager to score, but a penalty broke our momentum.


We weren’t done though. The half soon came to an end, but everyone fought hard to build momentum. Taylor Dias (making his rugby debut) chased down players on the wing—with at least two try-saving tackles. Nico Sensenbrenner (also making his rugby debut) shut down one of Pride’s juking backs, keeping Pride from scoring again. Obai Kamara made a huge run down the field, following a series of tackles from Neema Chinian (also a rugby debut player) and Zack Zulauf, making Pride lose possession.

Pride was able to get another try, but again, within a few minutes, David Spiritos picked a loose ball and made a breakaway down the field, stiff arming, blowing Pride players over and dragging a few along with him. Jake Harris continued with another line break, getting us closer, Zack Zulauf picked the ball from behind the ruck, gaining us a few feet.


Trevor Wolf got his hands on the ball for the final drive, and after he was tackled, he outstretched his arm for his one move and touched the ball down over the try line for our first try of the season! Jack Sears converted with a textbook kick. Even into the final minutes of the game, there was no let up, with Jack Sears making a break and shaking an attempted tackle, and more runs from Jake Harris, Jamir Finley-Davis and Taylor Dias.


At the final whistle, we didn’t win, but the Landon pride was palpable.


Within a few minutes we were onto the second game. We played a game with 10 people per team because of low numbers, but 8 out of 10 of our players made their rugby debut today! From play one, everyone played hard. Josh Copito got in on the ball to keep it from Pride’s players and help us gain momentum down the field.


On an early breakaway from Pride, Jantay Abdychev blazed across the field and tackled the player out of bounds, keeping him from scoring. Pride did end up scoring on another play, but on a second attempt, Jantay Abdychev made a repeat play, shutting down another player with a huge tackle and preventing another try.


Brian Gelb marked up against his opposition and drove back their number 10 with a big tackle that made Pride lose ground. Pride was able to get another breakaway try, despite the valiant chasing efforts of Blake Dannenbaum and Max Rogers. Blake Dannenbaum responded with a tackle on the next play, shutting down their player, followed by a big hit from Josh Copito on another player.


Offensively, Max Rogers made a run wide, followed by a great connection between Ben Goodfriend, AJ Miele and  Justin Kim. Nick Zawatsky followed the play, and picked the ball behind a ruck and gained us more yards up the field. Brian Gelb weaved through 5 people working us further down the field. Momentum was growing and Jantay Abdychev began a run that broke through a number of Pride players and scored his first try (following a 60m sprint!). That got everyone fired up, sparking another offensive burst—AJ Miele recovered a loose ball and ran it up, ball faked and lost his defender and passed the ball to Justin Kim, who got past his first defender, stiff armed another, and finally was tackled after gaining ground. Neema Chinian, following close behind, picked the ball from the back of the ruck and made a run for about 50 meters, breaking through Pride players and scoring his first try in the middle of the posts to end the game. It was a great way to end a great day of rugby!


The excitement today was felt both on the field and on the sidelines, players, parents, coaches alike. We have a lot to learn from our experiences today, but a lot to be proud of as well.


[the forwarding of this tremendous story to me by Ted Sears is much appreciated!]


Academic Honors for Sophomore DT Terrence  Fullum plus Anthony Fullum to William & Mary


All Academic CAA Team Terrence Fullum


That’s a Bear !!!


Plus, his younger brother, Anthony, committed to William & Mary Football!



Bear Hoops Trax


Christian Webster, Harvard Senior, against Columbia, a 56-51 win, started, played 36 minutes, scored 2 points, had 2 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal. The next night, against Cornell a 65-56 win clinching the Ivy League title and an NCAA bid, the senior Co-captain, started, played 36 minutes, had 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

The Friday game was Senior Day for the Co-captain, the only senior. The pregame ceremony was described in The Harvard Crimson:

On his Senior Night, Webster was the sole Crimson player honored before the game. Webster has been the most successful player in Harvard history with 88 wins and enters Saturday’s game against Cornell needing only 10 points to get to 1000 for his career. Amaker said that Webster has stepped up this season in his new role as co-captain and the sole senior on the team.

“I love Christian,” Amaker said. “He’s been an amazing addition to this program. I knew he would be and we were thrilled when he decided to come to Harvard. He has had a terrific career and I can’t say enough about the kind of person he is and the crucial and clutch plays that he has made throughout his career. There is no question that he has brought a lot to Harvard and to Harvard basketball.”

To add some depth to Christian’s 4 years at Harvard, here are excerpts from his page on the Harvard website:

Senior (2012-13):
Team co-captain … Ranks fourth in Harvard history in career free throw shooting (.844, 211 of 250) … Stands sixth in program history with 169 career 3-pointers … Ranks tied for third in Harvard history with 111 games played … Has played in all 26 games, starting 20 this season … Averaging 8.7 points per game overall and 9.1 points per contest in conference play …

Junior (2011-12):
Named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Ivy League fourth team … Appeared in 29 games, starting 15 during his junior season

Sophomore (2010-11):
All-Ivy League honorable mention … Honored with Floyd S. Wilson Sportsmanship Award … Stood second on the Crimson in points per game (13.0) … Buried at least three 3-pointers in 10 games this season … Ranked 13th in the nation in free-throw shooting (.894) … In Ivy games, averaged 12.6 ppg and shot 93.3 percent from the foul line … Started 29 games .

Freshman (2009-10):
Named to Ivy League All-Freshman Team by RushTheCourt … Recipient of Henry Zimmerman Free Throw Shooting Accuracy Award … Appeared in all 29 games, starting 15 …

Son of Deborah and Darryl … Four-year starter at shooting guard for the Landon School … Led Landon to the school’s first IAC basketball championship in 41 years as a senior … Also earned a letter as a wide receiver on the football team … Two-time captain of basketball during junior and senior seasons … Selected as the 2009 Gatorade Maryland State Player of the Year … 2009 Montgomery County Gazette Player of the Year … Two-time All-Met selection … Three-time All-Interstate Athletic Conference first team selection … Two-time pick including its 2008 Junior of the Year selection … Earned a pair of MVP awards at the Pohanka Chantilly Holiday Tournaments in junior and senior seasons … Holds school record with over 1,800 career points … Awarded the 2009 All-Met Distinguished Michael L. Trilling Award which goes to one male and one female recipient out of every high school sport in the greater D.C. area who excels both athletically and academically and serves their communities beyond the field and the classroom … Father, Darryl, was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at George Washington University … Cousin, Bobby Winston, played basketball at Georgetown … Great uncle, Aaron Webster, played basketball at Tennessee State … Enjoys music, movies and animals

BC and Danny Rubin played in the Eagles 53-52 win over UVa and their 68-61 victory against Clemson.

Darion Atkins’s UVa team lost to BC and he played in th eloss to Florida State.

Joe McDonald, GWU, lost to LaSalle 84-70 and he started, played 33 minutes, scored 6 points, had 1 rebound, 7 assists and 1 steal. In the exciting regular season finale against the Dayton Flyers overtime victory, he started, played 36 minutes, led the Colonials with 16 points, pulled down 5 rebounds and two balls pilfered from the opponents. As noted on the GWU website:

“It was McDonald’s steal and layin with 40.3 seconds left in overtime that ignited the Colonials’ late rally after trailing 79-75.”

Chris Hudnut and Colby College have finished their seasons.


In that we know that Christian and Harvard will be dancing plus maybe more, BSN will be following March Madness. Expect John Nichols’ BLTF and perhaps some Baseball News!


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