BearSportsNews—Sunday{Tuesday} Edition 05/17/16 Plus BearLaxTraxFax

Current Bears

  • Baseball wins IAC quarters
  • Report on JV Baseball season
  • Golf completes 10-0 season
  • Lacrosse to play SSSA in IAC semifinal
    • Game to be live streamed by
  • Rugby makes it to Division Championship Game for 3rd year in a row
  • Tennis bows out to StA in semi-finals

Bear Trax

  • Vermont Coach Curtis moves to Westminster School college
  • BLTF by John Nichols included
  • Max Kra’s career as a Bison reliever
  • Deion Wellington places #2 in Big South 400m.


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The 9-6 team (7-4 in IAC) beat Episcopal 5-3 in IAC quarterfinals.

JV Baseball

JV baseball wrapped up their regular season at 5-6-1, good for third place in the IAC.  They’ll next play Wednesday in the IAC JV playoffs, in the semi-final game, against St. Albans.

Highlights of the year include a sweep of St. Stephens/St. Agnes, a rout of the Heights and comeback wins over Bullis and Sidwell.

In the Heights game, sophomore pitcher Xander DeNovio shut the Heights down with 4 innings of 1-hit ball which included 11 strikeouts.  The Bears won 15-0.  He also got the win in the second St. Stephens game with another 4-inning masterpiece – no hits and 7 strikeouts – leading the Bears to a 4-0 victory.

In the Bullis game, the Bears prevailed 6-3 in an extended, 9-inning game.  Freshman pitcher Jake Davidson shut down the bulldogs over 6 innings of one-hit relief, featuring 7 strikeouts.  Freshman Jed Rosenberg singled to start the winning rally and scored what proved to be the winning run.

Against Sidwell, freshman Will Barufka had a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th to cap a rally which at one point saw the Bears down by 4 runs. The Bears prevailed, 7-6.  Davidson was the winning pitcher in that game with 4 innings of relief. 

Barufka leads the team in RBIs and hits, freshman shortstop/third baseman Will O’Shea has the highest batting average.

Sophomore Ryan Fruehwirth picked up the win the second St. Stephens game, pitching 4 innings and yielding no earned runs.  O’Shea paced the Bears’ attack with 3 hits as the Bears won, 8-3.

The Bears have also been led by the catching and hitting of Kitt Dziak (’19), the pitching of Rosenberg, the speed and defense of outfielders Alan Kupka (’18), Max Peraza (’18) and Mikey Amsellem (’18), stalwart defense from first baseman Zach Werhan (’18) and timely contributions from Daraun Gray (’19), Beckett Norris (’18), Jelani Cross (’19), Cullen Stout (’17) and Zach Kokinos (’19).

The Bears were a bit depleted this week, losing DeNovio and Fruehwirth as call ups to the varsity and Davidson to the Australia exchange program, but the team has great confidence heading into the IAC playoffs, led by head coach Drescher and assistant coaches Miller, Wray and Johnson.



Had matches against St. Anselm’s, GP and Gonzaga; no results posted yet.




Coach Duquette:

Monday May 9, 2016

Columbia C.C. Par 35

Weather, Cloudy 59


Landon                    192

St. Mary’s Ryken 228


Congratulation on finishing the season 10-0, Undefeated, Well Done Landon Golfers



Samit                    35        Wow

Katz                       37        Great

Shaw                     37        Great

Gibson                 41

Poirier                  42

Team Total         192


St. Mary’s Ryken

Ashton                 40

O’Neil                   42

Schwartz              43

Joseph                  50

Thomas                53

Team Total         228


King                       36    Well Done Peter

Jarret                    41

Dye                        44





The 17-3 Bears beat previously undefeated Churchill 13-7 and EHS 11-2 earning a bye in the IAC tournament.  Wednesday’s home 4:30pm game against SSSA will be streamed live by Nick Rhoads’ CruitCast.

CruitCast will be providing our live-streaming video and live-updating statistics service to Landon through the rest of the IAC Tournament. The purpose of the company is to simplify recruiting for college coaches. Through our feed distant recruiting coaches can watch live from an elevated camera tower, get live statistics from the game and instant access to pertinent player recruiting information and start the recruiting process. We also allow parents, friends, family, and of course alumni to also access our feed for a small $5.00 fee which gives them all the same access as the college coaches plus a week long access to the video to watch after the fact.

Here is what our viewers will have access to…


To register and support simply visit and register as a “Viewer” and make the $5.00 payment to our Paypal.




In the MVARC DII finals (for the 3rd consecutive year), Landon Rugby lost to Bell Multicultural 13-20. “This was Landon’s third year in a row in the MAVRC DII championship game. At a school where lacrosse is the big draw, Landon manages to field a good team of tough athletes who play a disciplined and aggressive style of rugby especially in the backline.  Despite high turnover each graduation, Landon manages to field a competitive team every season.”


Lost 3-4 in the semi-finals to eventual champions StA


No recent results have been posted.




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Ryan Curtis ’96 completes most successful season and opts for Prep School coaching







Two days after leading the University of Vermont men’s lacrosse team to its first America East title game in program history, coach Ryan Curtis is stepping down for family reasons, the school announced at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Curtis, who led the Catamounts for 10 seasons, has accepted a teaching and coaching position at Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut.

“I was given an opportunity to spend more time with my family, which was important to me,” said Curtis, who is married with two children. “As hard of a decision as it was, it was the right decision. My 10 years here have been great.”

UVM is fresh off its best season under Curtis. The Catamounts (9-8 overall, 4-2 in league play) won their first America East tournament game, beating Stony Brook in the semifinals on Thursday, before losing 17-16 to Hartford in the championship game on Saturday morning in Albany, New York.

“I think the time is right. I think we are leaving the program in a very good place, the foundation is very strong. The future is very bright,” Curtis said.

The offer from Westminster materialized recently, Curtis said.

“I wasn’t looking to leave, I wasn’t out looking for jobs,” Curtis said. “An opportunity kind of came up out of the blue. A better opportunity for my family.”

Athletic director Bob Corran, who is retiring at the end of this school year, said Curtis will be a hard to replace.

“I have a great deal of respect that he has come to this decision for the reasons that he did,” Corran said. “But still disappointed for us because we are losing a good person, losing a great coach.

“It’s really been very gratifying for me to see the progress that he has made, particularly over the last two, three years. This is a tough farewell.”

Hired in September 2006, Curtis compiled a 48-101 overall record, which included 16-36 against league foes. But Curtis’ Catamounts went 4-2 in league in each of the past two seasons, making the conference tournament both times, a program first.

“I feel like I have done my job. I think I was hired to try and build this program back up and I think we are in a great spot,” said Curtis, the 2015 league coach of the year. “I think we are going to be better next year.”

Ian MacKay (league offensive player of the year), Cam Milligan (all-league second team), Jack Knight (all-rookie) and Dawes Milchling (all-rookie) are among the players returning next year.

“I told the guys, when I met with them, I will be happier than anyone else when they win the conference next year,” Curtis said. “I think they can do it and I think all the pieces are there and, more important, the culture is there.”

Curtis, who signed an extension in June 2014, leaves with two years left on his contract. His salary for the 2015-16 school year was $83,315, according to UVM records.

UVM said it plans to begin a nationwide search immediately for Curtis’ replacement.

This story was originally published on May 9, 2016. Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 or Follow him on Twitter at



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NCAA Tournament

Round 1—the 4 teams with the lowest RPIs faced off with the winners moving on to meet the #1 (Maryland) and #2 (Denver) seeds

Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 5

Towson 18

Hobart earned a spot in the tournament by upsetting the #1 and #2 seeds in the Northeast Conference.  Their luck ran out against Towson, though.  The Tigers, winners of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament, were reportedly miffed at having to play into the quarter finals and took it out on the Statesmen and appear to have taken it out on Hobart.

Towson proved its metal by upsetting defending champion Denver

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 8

Brown 17

Hopkins has had questions on defense this year and the power of Brown’s offense was unquestionable.  Brown shut out Hopkins in the first quarter and led 6-2 at half time.  The Bears blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Jays 8-1 to take a commanding 14-3 lead.  If Hopkins had managed to win this game, it would have set up a Bears vs. Bear game in the quarterfinals next weekend because…

Navy (Patrick Keena) 13

Yale 10

40.1The Captain breaks a Yale defenseman’s ankles with his patented move.






Navy was, by many accounts, a surprise at large selection, but they proved themselves worthy, downing the Yale Bulldogs, champions of the Ivy League tournament and a team which had been ranked #1 in country this year.  Patrick captained the offense dishing out 4 assists and scoring 2 goals.  Yale jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Middies rallied back with Patrick’s first goal tying the score at 4.  He then recorded an assist on the goal that tied the game at 6 and his next two assists helped Navy build a two goal lead in the third quarter—the lead that they would never surrender.  Patrick’s 6 points have him now tied for 24th for all time points at Navy.

The win extends the season for Patrick and the Middies with the high-scoring Brown Bears on the horizon.



Tufts (Luke Kurtz) has made it to the quarter finals of the D-III tournament.  The Jumbos picked up two wins to move on to the D-III quarterfinals, downing Emmanuel 25-6 and Cortland State 19-6.  Ithaca is next up for the Jumbos.



Diamond Trax Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever, 18-34 (8-12 Patriot) lost 2 out of 3 in the Patriot League semi-finals against Navy. Max’s career included 101 innings pitched 58 appearances (4 starts) and a 7-7 record over his four years. During his freshman year , he was the Bisons’ most consistent relief pitcher … ranked second in Patriot League in games finished (15) … led team with two saves (vs. Harvard, at Lehigh) … led Bison with a 3.52 ERA. Max was recognized on the member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. The Bear is 0-1 in 6 appearances.  Team record for season is 17-18.

Spencer Abraham (2015), Claremont McKenna College Stags, 11-26; in five plate appearances, Spencer is hitting .200 (1 hit 5AB’s).

Andrew Kvasnicka, (2015) , Swarthmore College,22-17 -1The rookie  has appeared in 15 games (started 1)  for the Garnet with a hit, 2 runs, 4 walks and an RBI plus he drew 3 walks. Andrew also pitched a complete inning

Garrett Zoukis, (2015), University of Cincinnati, the Bearcats are 23-27. Garrett was started one and played in two games.


Track Trax

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina team—team placed 2nd at the Big South Tournament. Deion Wellington (47.54)  finished 2nd in the men’s 400m dash.

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  1. Great to have postings of all Landoon sports.

    • Thanks for the comment. Any and all reports about Landon teams are appreciated and will be posted. Unfortunately our staff consists of one person, me. There is a limit to my time and competence to write about all sports; so anyone who would like to contribute a piece about a game/match or season would quickly become a published author and hero to the fans of that team.

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