BSN Sunday Edition 5/19

Lots of interesting news about the Bears in a variety of sports (for those who have a Landon account, some of these may be repeats.) Rugby, hoops, tennis, golf and BLTF — Club team play:

 

Rugby’s Successful 5-2 season ends on a downer

 

The Bears lost 3-12 to TC Williams in the MAVRC Division II Championships.

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News Alert: Webster ’09 Featured in Harvard Newspaper

Landon Graduate Prepares for Seminal Trip to Cuba

Christian Webster ’09, who scored 1,000 points during his Harvard basketball playing career, was recently profiled in The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper. Webster is only the third player in school history to achieve that milestone, joining Jeremy Lin ’10 (who plays for the NBA’s Houston Rockets) and Keith Wright ’12 (who plays professionally in Sweden).

Webster will be traveling this summer with Full Court Peace, an organization that aims to “unit[e], strengthen and educat[e] local and global communities through the creation of youth basketball teams,” according to its founder, former Harvard basketball graduate assistant Mike Evans.

Webster will be building a basketball court in Alamar, Cuba, and then will participate in a basketball tournament between American and Cuban teams.

Read the profile now.

 

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Tennis notebook, May 8

By Nick Cammarota Staff Writer

AR tennis

Tom Fedor/The Gazette

Landon School tennis player Alex Reinke plays a singles match earlier this year. The Bears are preparing for the playoffs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Landon School tennis coach Adam Atwell and his team, this 2013 regular season went about as well as he could have hoped.

The team finished 11-1 (4-1 against Interstate Athletic Conference competition) and ended up tied for first in the league with Georgetown Prep. That would appear to indicate that Landon, which won the IAC title in 2012, simply cruised to a number of victories, but plenty of 4-3 decisions would say otherwise.

“This has been kind of a crazy season,” Atwell said. “That St. Albans match we lost was the first match after spring break and it was cold and on clay. When that happened, I was worried, but since then it seems like in every match we’ve pulled it out. Something has just fallen our way.

“It’s not always the same guys doing it, but things are falling into place. We keep getting these 4-3 wins. It’s not predictable at all how we win. I guess we’re a pretty deep team and we can get four points because we have pretty solid players all the way around.”

Led by No. 1 singles player Alex Reinke — who recently beat Potomac School’s top player Josh Hublitz in three sets to clinch a win for the Bears — Landon certainly enters the IAC tournament with momentum. But as has been the case all season for Atwell, it’s anyone’s guess as to where he’ll be getting points during this week’s tournament, which begins today and concludes Saturday at Episcopal.

“The league is really close,” Atwell said. “I guess we do have momentum, but because all the wins we’ve had have been non-blowout wins. Any one of the top four teams could win it.

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News Alert: Landon Tennis’ Past, Present Converges

Bears Celebrate 2013 I.A.C. Title, Jacoby Cup

        L13tennis

2010 Jacoby Cup participants

The Landon varsity tennis team captured the I.A.C. regular season title, the school’s 46th conference title and second in a row. The Bears finished 11-1. Landon finished tied for third with Georgetown Prep in the Ben Johns I.A.C. Tennis Tournament. St. Albans won the tournament title.

The team’s final event of the season is the Jacoby Cup Alumni Tennis Tournament held on Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. It is named for Mac Jacoby, who has coached the Landon varsity tennis team for more than 50 years and currently serves as an assistant coach.

The Jacoby Cup will feature a doubles round-robin with the top four teams advancing to playoff rounds. The goal is for each alumnus or faculty member to be teamed with a current varsity player. The event is free.

Jacoby led Landon Tennis to 31 I.A.C. championships and eight national championships. He was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.

“The tournament is great because it brings together alumni, current students, faculty, and parents around the rich tradition of Landon, Landon tennis, and Mac Jacoby,” says Patrick Guarnieri ’00, the event’s organizer and assistant coach on the varsity tennis team. “Along with a few other events such as the holiday luncheon and homecoming/reunions, Jacoby Cup is one of my favorite Landon events of the year.”

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Jimmy Sloan’s Virginia Club lacrosse team lost to Penn State 13-12 in double overtime.   Penn State went on to crush 2 more teams and win the championship, leaving Virginia #2 in the final Division 1 computer rankings. The former Bear, due to social and academic demands, didn’t really start playing this spring until early April. Jimmy had a goal in the UVa 10-8 win v. James Madison in Charlottesville that put them in the quarterfinals.   He had to step up and play mostly defense v. Penn State since the D bench was so short of players.

Jimmy’s example and the experiences of my two sons, who played club hockey at Duke, indicate that college club sports may be a GREAT athletic endeavor at the next level. Teams are typically coached by one of the players, players drive vans to away games and the seasons are replete with life lessons. There are no sacroscant recruit/stars; everyone is an equal,Though the crowds may not be as large, the memories last the same periods of time

 

 

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