BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 02/08/16

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  • Current Bears
  • Hockey enters IAC and MAPHL
    • Profile of Coach Weiss.
  • JV Hockey gains momentum and revenge
  • Mark Ebo, Joe Gagnon and Jacob Wright add their football commitments to make a total of 4 Bears off to the next level.
  • All MD Prep Team (HM)—all purpose– Griffin Brown and TE Mark Ebo
  • Bear Trax
  • BLTF is back—thanks John Nichols
  • News on three Lax Bears, IL write-up of Patrick KeenaTHAT’S A BEAR!!!
  • JMac contributes to BIG GWU win over VCU
  • Sam Anas and #1 QU on a 10 game undefeated streak

NOTE : Testament to the skills and leadership leaning inside the White Rocks, THREE BEARS in very different sports lead their teams at the next level.

Current Bears


The Bears lost to StA 53-64 and then Bullis 55-61.


Mark Ebo commits to play for Holy Cross.

Jake Wright commits to Ohio Wesleyan

Joe Gagnon commits to W&L

2015 Private School All-State Honorable Mention – TE Mark Ebo, All Purpose—Griffin Brown



The Bears are 16-3 at the end of the regular season, wins over Spalding 7-3 and them St. John’s 8-1. Off to the IAC Championships next week and then MAPHL the next week. They hold #1 in IACs and #2 in MAPHL. Very tough competition expected in both.

In addition to Head Coach Farnstrom and Goalie/Defense Coach Anas, the Bears rely on a very knowledgeable and skillful Coach Kim Weiss. Here is some interesting background information which internet research discovered:


She’s a Potomac native, a Georgetown Visitation alumnae, a 3 time 1st team NESCAC All-star , Trinity scoring record-holder (season goals-22, career goals—63, career points 111career game-winning goals 13) and two time Captain of the Bantams. Kim was a finalist for the Laura Hurd Award as the top player in all of NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey.  She was honored with the Trinity Club of Hartford Trophy as the school’s senior female athlete of the year.

Her Mom comes from Trois-Rivières, Quebec and he Dad comes from serious hockey territory in CT; so her love of ice is inherited. Coach is also in her 4th year coaching Pride and also coaching her own camp (Weiss Hockey Academy). Perhaps her accomplishment, which causes greatest envy among her Bear students, is this picture of her playing in some outdoor winter classic –


JV Hockey by Steve Davidson (thanks, Steve)


JV hockey continued its hot streak on Friday night in the Bear Den against the Potomac School’s varsity, scoring five, third period goals to rally for a 7-4 win.  With the win, the Bears stretched their winning streak to seven and secured a second place finish in the MAPHL Varsity 2 division.  They also revenged an early season loss to Potomac at Kettler.

Against Potomac, although the Bears had dominated puck possession, they found themselves facing a 2-goal deficit (4-2) at the beginning of the third period.  Freshman Jake Davidson scored on a power play early in the period to trim the deficit to one, then fellow freshman Will Jarrett scored twice (both on feeds from Davidson) to take the lead. Freshman Nick Khramtsov tallied his second goal of the game to extend the lead, and then Sophomore Jack Graham scored on a wrist shot following a nifty feed from sophomore Teddy Witt to complete the scoring.  Freshman Will Sears also scored for the Bears and Davidson had four assists to go with his goal.  With the third period rally, the Bears ended up outshooting Potomac, 37-14.

The streak began with a rout over Georgetown Prep and the Bears followed that up with a tight victory over DeMatha (for the second time this year), then one-sided wins over Georgetown Prep (again), Spalding School, St. John’s and Spaulding (again).  The Bears’ record now sits at 8-3.

Excellent puck possession, timely scoring, tight defense and stellar goaltending have paved the‎ way. The young Bears are clearly playing with increased confidence and sharpness, following two early season, lopsided loses to Gonzaga’s Varsity 2 squad and Potomac’s Varsity.

In the taught win over DeMatha, the Bears twice rallied from one-goal deficits on goals by Davidson. Freshman defenseman Jelani Morgan broke the tie with a power play goal with three and a half minutes to play.  Khramtsov clinched the 4-2 victory with a late empty net goal.

In the team’ recent win ‎over Spalding, the Bears dominated in cruising to a 6-1 victory. They outshot their opponents 37-13 and didn’t yield a shot on goal until 3 minutes were gone in the second period.   Sears tallied 2 goals, Davidson had a goal and three assists. Gus Andrews (’19), Brendan Mclenaghan (’18) and Zander Raul (’17) completed the scoring.  In the team’s first victory over Georgetown Prep, freshman Cameron Pirko tallied a hat trick.

Throughout the streak, steady defensive play from the team’s blueliners, including Jack Jarrett (’17), Morgan, Ethan Fine (’19), Nick Haller (’17), Ed Powell (’17) and goalies Will Powell (’17) and John Montgomery (’19) has paced the Bears.


Lost to West Springfield 1012-1128 at the Frank T. Parsons range


Beat BCC 4-3.


No news posted at


Nothing on schedule


from Coach Katz—


Two Landon wrestlers earn All-IAC honors over the weekend.  Senior Captains Ben Goodfriend and Brian Gelb were honored by the coaches of the IAC for their hard work and dedication to the sport.

Brian has worked hard in the off season to become one of the toughest 182 pound wrestlers in the area.  Currently ranked 19th in the state of Maryland and with a record of 25-11, Brian hopes to qualify for the National Prep tournament at the end of February.

Ben has been the heart and soul of this team.  He recently broke the 100 win mark and continues to climb the ladder of the all-time most winningest wrestler in Landon history.  He is sitting at #11 on the list and with the competition set for next weekend; he will most likely jump up to the number 5 spot.  Ben is currently ranked #18 in the state of Maryland and number 6 in the private schools.

At the IAC tournament, the Bears placed a strong 3rd place, behind Champions Prep and 2nd place Bullis.  While we did not have any champions, but we had 10 wrestlers out of 12 place in the top 4.

106 Thomas Johnson 3rd

126 Luc Schermer 4th

138 Brendon Gallagher 2nd

145 Ben Goodfriend 2nd

152 Brett Gallagher 3rd

160 Justin Conner 3rd

170 Griffin Brown 3rd

182 Brian Gelb 2nd

220 Josh Hunter 2nd

285 Terrance Bridgers 3rd

Next weekend, the Bears compete in the Melee on the Metro at Trinity University.  It is a 16 team tournament of local private schools newly created to replace the traditional St Albans tournament.  The following weekend they will compete at the Maryland Private School State tournament where the top 6 place winners qualify for Prep Nationals. We are hoping to have more qualifiers for Nationals since the mid 90’s.  This team has been wonderful group. They have worked hard and have created pride in Landon wrestling.


Go Bears!

Varsity B results


106-113               Ian Tabor BUL 1st

Armin Dubert LAN 2nd

Alex Ghorbani STA 3rd


138-145               Kevin Quigley STA 1st

Shoun Shi LAN 2nd

Archer Staunton 3rd


140-145               Parker Swensrud LAN 1st

Sam Ward STA 2nd

Henry Baker LAN 3rd


160                       Tyler McTague LAN 1st

Coles Manning EHS 2nd

Cameron Sweet SSSA 3rd


160-170               Luke Peterson LAN 1st

Cameron Accardi BUL 2nd

John Wang BUL 3rd


170-184               Richard Oh STA 1st

Jed Rosenberg LAN 2nd

Soloman Barahara STA 3rd


195-220               Peter Mathews EHS 1st

Josh Chapman LAN 2nd

Brian Falatko Prep 3rd


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Bear Lax Trax Fax—by JOHN NICHOLS


For the last few seasons, John has devoted a lot of time, effort and enthusiasm to the researching and writing about Bears’ playing at the next level. Many thanks and here is his “preseason review” (although a couple of games have been played:


BLTF-2016 Preseason

The snow is gone (for now) and as much as it seems like winter is here to stay, the first day of spring is this coming Saturday. NCAA lax starts on February 6! And it gets off to a great start with the inaugural Bears vs. Bears contest as the Delaware Blue Hens (Taylor Valencia and Phil Pena) travel to Bucknell (Sean O’Brien and Jarret Witzal). Also, Navy (Patrick Keena, Captain) hosts Air Force. On Tuesday (2/9) we get the second Bears vs. Bears game of the year as the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch and Hunter Sells) travel to Annapolis to play Navy (Patrick Keena, Captain). This game used to cap the regular season for both schools, but with the pressures of conference schedule now affecting Hopkins’ scheduling, it is now a quick second for Navy and first for JHU.

This year we will track 167 NCAA D-I games, including 26 Bears Vs. Bears contests.

Here are the teams and players you will be reading about:

Bucknell: Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal
Colgate: Robby Dunnigan,
Cornell: Marshall Peters, Colton Rupp, Jack Bolen
Dartmouth: Landon McKenzie,
Delaware: Taylor Valencia, Phil Pena
Drexel: Hank Brown
Fairfield: Charlie Schnider
Hobart: Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague
Hopkins: Hunter Sells, Sam Lynch
Navy: Patrick Keena
Penn: Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco
Princeton: Mark Strabo
Vermont: Coach Ryan Curtis
Virginia: Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads, Jason Murphy


Here’s how the pre-season rankings settle out:

Inside Lacrosse USLIA
Johns Hopkins 6 5
Virginia 7 8
Cornell 15 17
Navy 18 18
Princeton 20 NR


D-III gets going a bit later, particularly for the colleges in New England. The Hamilton Continentals (Sellers Garrett) won’t hear their first face-off whistle for another month.

If you know of other Bears who will be playing at the D-I, D-II or D-III level this year, please don’t hesitate to send the information to me ( or Sandy.


Bucknell 13 Delaware 5Sean O’Brien had a goal (nailed a corner) and Jarrett Witzal was 15/21 @ X with 3 GBs. Phil Pena had a shot for the Blue Hens.


USNA 10 USAF 6Captain Patrick Keena –anytime an academy plays another, it’s a a GIG game:  3 Gs (on 3 Shots), 3 As, 4GBs, but here is IL’s write-up of his performance:


            Navy senior co-captain Patrick Keena is the leader on and off  the field

            As Keena made his way back to the locker room following postgame          interviews on Saturday, a Naval officer stopped him to congratulate him on      the victory. “I liked how you played,” the officer told him. “But I liked what                        you said in the locker room afterwards even more.”

            It wasn’t immediately apparent what Keena said after the game. But his     performance during it spoke volumes; he finished with three goals and         three assists, with all but one assist coming in the second half.

            His performance helped the Midshipmen rebound from a 5-2 halftime        deficit.

    “Our spacing in the first half was not great,” Navy coach Rick Sowell said.“We took a couple off-hand shots. We hadn’t been [trailing] in any of our scrimmages and that may have played into it. We just needed to relax. … Pat especially plays fast. He plays the way we want to play and I wish everybody played like him.”

 Keena has service selected special warfare, one of the most rigorous and  elite disciplines at the academy. He also was voted to wear the cherished      jersey No. 40 in honor for former Navy lacrosse player and Navy SEAL   Brendan Looney, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.



  • Pro

Darion Atkins (’11), Westchester Knicks (NYC Knicks D-League team), is in 2nd place with a 18-13 record. #5 has played in all games and has averaged 30.6 minutes, 10.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg and 1.7 bpg.

Danny Rubin (‘10 ) Bnei Hertzeliyya,10-8, has played in 15 games, averaging 15.3 minutes, 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.


  • College

Joe McDonald (’12), GWU Colonials are now 18-5. The team beat VCU, 73-69, on the Rams’ home court for the first time in 12 games. Joe was frequently heralded by the TV commentators as the best rebounding guard in the A-10. In the crunch time, he had a key 3 pt bucket, a big rebound and great D. What was most impressive, as it was evident for 4 years at Riddleberger Gym, was his calm decision-making under pressure. THAT’S A BEAR!! Joe played 35 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steal and 1 blocked shot.

Earlier in the week, G Dub beat last year’s nemesis, Davidson, at home 79-69; Joe’s line read 29 minutes, 9 points and 10 rebounds.


Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules 13-8, lost to Middlebury 65-67; Chris had 18 points. In a 71-70 win over University of Southern Maine, Chris had 17 points.

Aaron Byrd (’15), Augusta University, 12-9, the Jags had two one point losses UNC Pembroke 72-73 and then Francis Marion 74-75. Aaron played double digit minutes in both.

Ice Hockey

  • College


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #1 team 21-1-1contunued on a ten game undefeated streak since taking over the top spot. Against the Big Red Bears of Cornell, Sam had a goal and an assist in the 2-2 tie. Against the Red Raiders of Colgate, the Bobcats dominated 6-3 with Sam’s two Gs and one A.


Max Greenwald (’12) assistant captain, Middlebury Panthers 6-8-6) With Max on the injury list (soon to return) tied Wesleyan 3-3 and lost to Wesleyan 1-4.

Connor Meike, Williams Ephman (15-4-1), but Connor has not been medically cleared to play yet

  • Juniors


Jack Barton , Northern Junior Cyclones,23-12-0 (Commit Skidmore) 5 G 19 A

Chris Javens,Portland Jr. Pirates, 10-26-0 (Commit Skidmore) has played 12 games with 1G and 1A.

Christian Meike, now with the Waterloo Black Hawks (Michigan commit), has played in 23 games (with two teams) and has 2 Gs and 7 As.

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials, both Bears wear an A on their sweaters; the team has a 28-18-1 record with a 9 game streak. Not much detail on the team’s website but from Facebook: “WOW. What a game tonight. Sugar Land down 3-4 in 3rd period. Alex scores to tie the score up 4-4. Overtime ends with no goals so they go into a Shoot Out. Alex scores the WINNING Goal for Sugar Land!!! The team is on an 8-game winning streak. And did I mention that he got the “Star Player of the Game”. They said he was Red Hot tonight.” One Tweet indicated that Trevor contributed an assist in a recent Imperials’ win.

  • Club College


Orlando Arevalo, MIT Engineers Club, no news.

Mike Anderson, Princeton Club, has played 3 of the team’s games.

Matt Coster,Cornell Hockey Club

Matt Potolicchio, Richmond Hockey Club

Michael Potolicchio, GWU Hockey Club

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


Jordan Marshall (L’13) Davidson Track, has some upcoming meets.


Miles Franklin, UMBC Wrestling Club, team has its own tournament in 2 weeks.

Please forward links to teams where any other Bears are playing any Winter Sport at the college level, including club teams.



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