BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 02/21/16


  • Current Bears
    • Hockey wins 2nd consecutive MAPHL 8-1
    • JV completes a good season
    • Brandon Gallagher<sophomore, takes the Champion podium at the Maryland Independent State Championships; Landon placed 16th out of 31 teams.
  • Bear Trax
    • Some thoughts about recent Bear Basketball players’ accomplishments.


Current Bears


A 7-14 season has to be disappointing to Coach Perkins and Assistants McLinton, Harley and Lipari and their boys but it is clear that there is a foundation upon which to build. The four seniors will be missed next year, but the roster includes 4 juniors, 3 sophomores and 2 freshmen who create expectations of improvement. Observers are convinced that these Bears have bought into the coaches’ program and hard effort. The IAC is a ridiculously talented league, but there is reason to believe that Landon can move up in the standings.




Over the past 6 years, the Bears have accumulated over 100 wins, 6 IAC trophies and 4 MAPHL championships. This year’s 8-1 win over Gonzaga in the “state” championship was incredibly impressive; this Band of Bears jumped all over the Eagles from minute 1 all the way through to the 0:00 of minute 51. Here is a video of goal #4. The Brown sweaters Friday night:


  • owned the puck,
  • skated around and by their opponents,
  • made sharp passes,
  • used their bodies with their minds, not just for physical exercise,
  • shot well,
  • executed the O and D plans crafted by Coaches Farnstrom, Anas and Weiss,
  • had an exemplary goalie (Jack Concannon-Tournament #2 Star),
  • were led by a tough/energetic captain ( Mike Soraci—Tournament #3 Star),
  • marveled the crowd with a sophomore forward (Patrick Giles—Tournament #1 Star) and
  • leaned on an awesome set of seniors( Assistant Captains Brian Jordan and Ben Gilbert; Tom Mottur, Aditya Krishnan, Drennan Greene, Logan Gilles, Jack and Mike)


The Class of 2016 added to Landon Legacy and set standards for years to come. It was a great season and more awards will follow. [NOTE: The Landon coaches’ awards matters most for those honors reflect their close knowledge of their play; before any external awards are announced, it has been my observation that they rarely are based on individual merit. The selections frequently seemed to be based on a need to achieve some balance.]

JV Hockey


JV hockey completed its very successful season with an 8-5 loss to DeMatha in the Varsity 2 MAPHL playoffs.   The Bears finished their season at 9-4.   On the strength of their second-place finish in the Varsity 2 Division, the Bears made it to the semi-finals, where they lost to the third-place Stags, a team they had beaten twice during the regular season.

The teams played an exciting, back and forth game which was tied at 4-4 with ten minutes remaining in the third period.  Then, the Stags scored 3 unanswered goals to take a 7-4 lead with five minutes to go.  Freshmen Jake Davidson and Nick Khramstov combined on a beautiful short-handed goal with three and a half minutes to play to pull the Bears within two.  It was Khramstov’s second tally of the game.  But, the Stags closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal to secure the win.

The Bears were paced by a balanced scoring attack – Junior Jack Jarrett (on an assist from brother, freshman Will), freshman Cameron Pirko, sophomore Teddy Witt and Khramstov (2 goals) all tallied for the JV.  Davidson chipped in with three assists.  The Bears were led by coaches Ashby Anderson, Ricky Sears and Danny DeMare.

On the strength of their strong season, a number of the young Bears collected post-season honors in the MAPHL Varsity 2 Division.  Coach Sears was named coach of the year, Davidson was named First Team All-Conference, Will Jarrett and freshman defenseman Ethan Fine were named to the Second Team.



Competed in the PHSRL Regional came in 9th with 2079; here are individual scores.



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from Coach Katz—

The Bears traveled to McDonogh School in Baltimore to compete in the Maryland Independent State Championships.  The top six wrestlers from this tournament qualify to compete in the National Prep tournament hosted by Lehigh University.

Landon placed 16th out of 31 teams.  We had 4 place winners which is the most Landon has placed since 2006.  Three of the place winners were Seniors.


  • Josh Hunter (220) place 8th. He was unseeded going into the tournament and wrestle well.  Josh went 23-10 this season.
  • Brian Gelb (182) placed 7th.  Brian out wrestled his seed as well.  He was seeded 8th.  Brian capped off his career with a season record of 32-14.  Brian’s career total wins is 66 which puts him at 28 on the All-time career wins list for Landon wrestling.
  • Ben Goodfriend placed 7th. Ben’s season record was 35-11.  For his career, he now has 108 victories which puts him at number 5 in the All-Time most career wins in Landon history. What an awesome feat!

Finally, Sophomore Brendon Gallagher place 4th place.  This makes two years in a row as a National qualifier.  His season record stands at 39-6.  As a sophomore, he is climbing the ladder quickly as he is tied with Brian Gelb 66 victories after only two seasons.  At this pace, there is little doubt that Brendon has the ability to be Landon’s top wrestler ever.  Brendon will travel to Lehigh this weekend to see if he can find his way on the podium at the National level.


THANKS TO LOGAN GILES, DREW WELLINGTON, STEVE DAVIDSON, COACH HUNT, COACH KATZ AND COACH McLinton for their invaluable contributions to winter reports. ideally all sports would be included here, but time and/or a lack of enough knowledge to report prevent complete coverage.



bear track


  • Christian Webster left Harvard with the most career wins.
  • Danny Rubin was elected captain of BC’s team his senior year.
  • Darion Atkins earned the NCAA defensive player of the year in his senior year at UVa.
  • Chris Hudnut reached the all-time scoring list at Colby College (#11;1403 points) and was a captain of the Mules.


  • Pro

Darion Atkins (’11), Westchester Knicks (NYC Knicks D-League team), is in 2nd place with a 19-15 record. #5 has played in all games and has averaged 30.5 minutes, 10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.6 bpg.


Danny Rubin (‘10) Bnei Hertzeliyya10-9, has played in 16 games, averaging 16.1 minutes, 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds.


  • College


Joe McDonald (’12), GWU Colonials are now 19-7. Beat Duquesne 81–74; Joe played 31 minutes, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and1 block. LaSalle is being crushed by GDub 52-21 at halftime .


Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules 16-9, lost in the NESCAC quarterfinals 60-71 to Trinity. Against the Bantams, Chris had 16 points.


Aaron Byrd (’15), Augusta University, 15-10, the Jaguars beat Francis Marion 74-72 with Aaron’s 9 minutes. Against Lander, a 82-73 win, the freshman played 9 minutes.


Ice Hockey

  • College


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #1 team 23-2-7, beat #17 RPI @ Troy, NY 5-4 in O/T. Sam had 2 assists against the Engineers, earning his 40th point of this season and continuing his 14 game scoring streak. At Union, the Bobcats had a 2-2 plus scoreless O/T with Sam’s one A (streak = 15 games; 12 Gs, 12As).

Max Greenwald (’12) assistant captain, Middlebury Panthers 6-10-7) With Max back in the line-up the Panthers tied Hamilton 1-1.They are playing today.

Connor Meike, Williams Ephman (18-4-1), but Connor has not been medically cleared to play yet—do they have medical redshirts in NESCAC?


  • Juniors


Jack Barton , Northern Junior Cyclones,23-14 (Commit Skidmore) 34 GP, 6G, 20 A


Chris Javens, Portland Jr. Pirates, 13-27-0 (Commit Skidmore) has played 15 games with 1G and 1A and 49 PIMs.


Christian Meike, now with the Waterloo Black Hawks (Michigan commit), has played in 25 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 20-20 record Alex has 13 G and 13 A in 39 games; Trevor in 34 games has 2 G and 10 A.



  • 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



Two recent BLTFs are linked and have been posted by John Nichols (THANKS).



Jordan Marshall (L’13) Davidson Track, is at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field this weekend. The Wildcats Men are in 4th place as of this writing.


Miles Franklin, UMBC Wrestling Club, team has its own tournament which is being held today.

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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