BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 11/15/15








  • Article about a very successful JV Season
  • The Landon Cup and Shrimp Bowl
  • Wrap up of Water Polo at the Viking Tournament (an update to be added tonight)
  • San Anas scores his 50th goal at Quinnipiac
  • Matt Underhill’s Generals ended the regular season the first time for W&L’s 125 years of Football.
  • John Feinstein on Joe McDonald
  • Darion Atkins has played his first two games for the Knicks of Westchester, the D league tam for the NYC Knicks.

Current Bears


JV Football (author Steve Davidson, thanks)












The JV football team capped off a highly successful season at 7 wins and 2 losses with a 36-6 win over St Albans Thursday at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field.  The team’s success was in large part attributable to Head Coach Derwinski and his able staff—Coaches DuRoss, Knight and Norman. The good news is that this season instilled these boys with pride, toughness and intelligent play— an incubator of talent for the Fall of 2016 and beyond.

Backed by a punishing defense, a powerful running game, and some timely passing, the Bears won all their games this year (most convincingly) except for two hard-fought losses against Georgetown Prep.

The highlight of the year was a 26-20 win over Bullis at Bullis under the lights on November 4.  In a back and forth game, the Bears defense held Bullis on a crucial fourth down play around midfield, where the Bears took over with less than three minutes to play.  From there, the Bears flawlessly executed their two-minute offense.  Moving methodically down the field, and smartly preserving time on the clock, the Bears scored on a one-yard plunge by Mo Sillah (’18) on the final play of the game.  The Bears also scored on the last play of the first half, after another successful two-minute drive.  They scored on a 20-yard pass from freshman quarterback Jake Davidson to freshman receiver Chazz Harley as time expired in the half.

Against St Albans, Sophomore Justin Herbert scored on two long touchdown runs (45 and 70 yards) and Davidson connected with fellow freshmen Harley and Jelani Cross on touchdown passes.  Backup quarterback Kyle Amitay (’18) capped the scoring with a touchdown pass to Vernon Holleman (’19).

Defense was strong throughout the year, in particular leading the team to five victories to open the season against

  • Walt Whitman (8-6),
  • Loyola Blakefield (28-0),
  • Bethesda Chevy Chase (17-0),
  • Bishop Ireton (37-0) and
  • St Stephens/St Agnes (28-0).

During one stretch, the defense held Bear opponents scoreless for 18 straight quarters.  The defense was led by linebackers Carter Johnson (’18), Trey Armstrong (’18) and linemen JD Desroches (’18), Cross, Mac Hollensteiner (’18), Terrance Bridgers (’19), and Parker Swensrud (’18).  Defensive backs Beckett Norris (’18), Mike Amsellem (’18), Owen Concannon (’18), Harley and Archie Russ (’19) were critical to the team’s success as well.

On offense, the team had exceptional depth at running back, including Herbert, Brown Anglin (’19), Sillah, Aiden Howe (’18), Bryce Baylor (’18), Amsellem, and Tommy Baldwin (’18), who paced a relentless and explosive ground attack.  Pass catchers Harley, Concannon, Howe and Cross hauled in 6 touchdown passes from QB Davidson (against two interceptions).  The defensive linemen mentioned above also helped anchor the offensive line, in addition to the performances of center Harrison Gray (’18) and tackle Henry Atkins (’18).  Backup quarterback Billy Banfield (’19) also contributed to the team’s success.

Also of note was the success of Australian visiting student and kicker Ben Shariat (’19).  He connected on all of his extra point attempts and field goals, including a 42-yarder against BCC, helped by holder Amitay.  Shariat also scored a rushing touchdown, was a strong punter, and made two notable tackles on special teams, stopping potential touchdowns.  Greg Strabo (’18), Teddy Bou (’19), Will Carslon (’19), Austin Schnider (’19), John Montgomery (’19) and Will O’Shea (’19) helped lead the special teams as well.

Great prospects for the future!!!


Landon Cup and Shrimp Bowl






Landon Cup warmup (’25 left v. ‘24 right)










Shrimp Bowl White Uniforms = ’25, Brown=’24

One of the best White Rocks traditions is the Fall contests between the new Bears of the Third Grade (Class of 2025, this year) and Fourth Grade in football (Shrimp Bowl) and soccer (Landon Cup). It rates so high because it is a rite of passage to bring the new boys together and into the school.

The one-by-one, running down the track introduction of the Third Graders with their self-selected monikers before a stadium full of

  • Lower Schoolers,
  • the Headmaster,
  • the coaches of both Varsity sports,
  • faculty,
  • parents,
  • grandparents,
  • college and professional scouts and
  • fans

is one of the most welcoming ceremonies invented in the educational world.

The fact, that the competition against the older and wiser-in-the –nuances of the two sports members of the Class of 2024, is annually virtually a Sisyphean challenge. There have been only 5 victories and 4 ties by the upstarts since 1953. The last W for the 3rd Graders was in 1976.In any event it is so much fun to watch the new boys play with such determination and energy. The nicknames are hilarious!!!

3rd grade






Thanks to all at the school and the parents who make this such a uniquely Bear experience!!!

Water Polo










This is a sport beyond my technical expertise, but today’s two matches at the Wilson Aquatic Center were displays of great athletic talent. The Bears convincingly beat neighbor and host of the DMV tournament.

Then hours later (talk about stamina; these are very strenuous contests; even when their positions are stationary their legs are working at a very high rate) the Landon boys returned to the pool against the vaunted Gonzaga who, in the words of a Purple Eagle Dad, demolished their opposition in earlier in the season. It was an intensely competitive contest with Landon staying within 2 goals most of the match. The Landon students showed up and cheered their swimming Bears to a close 15-13 loss.











Myles Allen (’12) University of Rochester Yellow Jackets lost to Hobart 20-42 and against a stifling run defense, he carried 5 times for 10 yards. Onto next year.

Justin Cort (’14) and the Sewanee Tigers lost to Hendrix 11-34 to end their season.

Jules Desroches (’14) the Kenyon Lords in a season ending lost to Dennison 17-30. Jules had his best game with 6 assist tackles

Anthony Fullum (’14) and the William & Mary Tribe beat Towson 31-14. The Tribe has another game.

Johari Johnson (’15) Endicott College Gulls, is injured and his team beat Coast Guard 33-5 (how’s that for an odd score). Under a new coach the Gulls were 5-5 for 2015.

Obai Kamara (’13), Davidson Wildcats had a bye week and will next play Stetson, look out Spencer.

Vince Kindfuller (’12) The Engineers lost to Curry 24-26 in their last game of this year. Vince had two solo tackles in his last football game.

Paul Padalino (’15) Richmond Spiders–they lost to Villanova 20-21. Next week William& Mary in a Bear v. Bear match.


Spencer Rauh (‘14) Stetson Hatters beat to Ave Maria, not by a prayer, 61-20. Next week Obai v. Spencer

Dominique Seagears (’15) the Trinity College Bantams ended its 7-1 season with a 17-11 win over CT Wesleyan and he played seen in this picture (via FB).









Matt Underhill (’13) Washington & Lee, completed its first undefeated at 10-0, and is ranked #16 nationally, beat Shenandoah 34-21 to complete its schedule. Matt was 4 for 5 on his PATs (his only miss out of 55 and the blocked PAT broke his string of 73 successful kicks from the 3yd. line) and booted 5 kickoffs for an average of 58.3 yards and one touchback. He missed only one FG during the regular season. Their NCAA Div. III seeding will be announced tonight.










Kolby Williams (’15) Richmond Spiders– they lost to Villanova 20-21. Next week William& Mary in a Bear v. Bear match.



Darion Atkins (’11) Westchester Knicks played his first two basketball games for pay. He started both games, averaging 26 minutes , is boarding, blocking shots and averaging a couple of points. Here’s his introduction at the opening game.

DA game1











Joe McDonald (’12),GWU Colonials, beat Lafayette 85-76. Sam had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. John Feinstein, award-winning author, journalist, TV analyst and hoops expert was effusive about Joe’s play during the broadcast. Remarking how much Coach Lonergan appreciated how Joe handled the point guard position with poise and vision, how tough #22 is; Joe caught an elbow in the game, had some stitches and played afterwards. Gabrielle’s smile must have illuminated Smith Center when she heard such a guru’s comments about her son.

See Joe’s heavy duty Band Aid®.










Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules, open on 11/20.


Ice Hockey


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #4/3 team beat the #7/5 Harvard 4-1 with Sam putting one biscuit in the basket—his 50th of his QU career. That puts him in a club at Hamden which only 16 other skaters. The next night against Dartmouth, Sam recorded #51 in a 6-2 win.












Here’s a link to an insightful interview with Sam.

Max Greenwald (’13), Middlebury Panthers, do not begin to play until November 21. The junior defenseman will be an assistant Captain.

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials.

the Imperials heading back home with a win 4-1. Stats…Alex – 2 goals and 1 assist. Trevor – 1 goal assisted by Alex. Alex, Trevor and the rest of the team played very well.

Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Jumbos, first game November 20.


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