Brown color phase Black Bear out of his den after hibernation looking for food after a fresh sno


  • Bear wrestlers beat STA and earn #2 at IACs with four champs
  • Bear Hockey beats St. Paul’s and then loses to St. Mary’s Ryken
  • Bear Hoops beats Georgetown Day and comes close to beating Bullis
  • Bear Indoor track runs to 4th at The Mercersburg Invitational and competes at Private & Independent Invitational Championships
  • Bear swimmers place high at WMPSSDL
  • John Nichols BLTF returns with news of BearLaxTraxFax
  • Anas and Giles articles









Winter Sports

  • Basketball (8-12) beat the Grasshoppers of GDS 67-54 on Senior Night with Quinn Boyd’s 16 points, Antonio Cockrell’s 14 and Canin Reynold’s 12




















 Winter Sports

·        Basketball  (8-12) beat the Grasshoppers of GDS 67-54 on Senior Night with Quinn Boyd’s 16 points, Antonio Cockrell’s 14 and Canin Reynold’s 12




At the 16-5 Bulldogs of Potomac, MD the Bears exploded with a  30 point 2nd Q, and held a 2 point lead through the end of the 3rd Q, but the home team was able to come back against the Bears. Leading scorers for Landon: Donnell Frayer ‘s 24, and Antonio’s 11points

  • Ice Hockey (8-8-2)The Bears beat St. Paul’s of Brooklandville (6-4) coming back from a 4-1 deficit and then lost to a Senior Night inspired St. Mary’s Ryken (2-4) [scores are linked to full stories.]
  • Indoor Track and Field: from Coach Hunt

o   Landon Indoor Track & Field Takes 4th at The Mercersburg Invitational

Friday, January 27, 2017

           Mercersburg PA


This past Friday the Landon Bears to Mercersburg Pennsylvania to compete in the newly opened Douglas Hale Fieldhouse located on the campus of the Mercersburg Academy.  Although only seven athletes made the trip, they managed to tie for fourth place with James Buchanan High School and behind Chambersburg Area High School, The Mercersburg Academy, and Greencastle Atrium High school. The Bears finished ahead of McConnellsburg High School, Saint James, and St. Maria Goretti.  Wesley Feldman set the fieldhouse record in the 1600 m run with a time of 4:44.44 for first place.  Jacob Solomon took fourth in the 55 m dash in a time 6.76. Other Bears scoring points included Michael Carr in the pole vault, Nikola Dragacevac the high hurdles, Michael Branche in the high jump and Tobi Olaniyi in the triple jump.  The relay team of Wesley Feldman, Michael Carr, Brage Hamilton and Davis Walker took third. .


  • 1.     Chambersburg Area          138.5
  • 2.     Mercersburg Academy     112
  • 3.     Greencastle Antrim           63.5
  • 4.     Landon                             36
  • 4.     James Buchanan               36
  • 6.     McConnellsburg               34
  • 7.     Saint James                       24
  • 8.     St Maria Goretti                16
  • Men’s Results
55 Meter Dash  Varsity – Finals
4. 11 Jacob Solomon 6.76a Landon
55 Meter Dash  Varsity – Prelims
5. 11 Jacob Solomon 6.85a Landon
16. 11 Michael Branche 7.47a Landon
200 Meters  Varsity – Finals
12. 11 Jacob Solomon 25.79a Landon
16. 11 Michael Branche 26.85a Landon
17. 10 Olutobi Olaniyi 27.14a Landon
800 Meters  Varsity – Finals
11. 9 Brage Hamilton 2:27.32a Landon
14. 9 Jared Edson 2:59.69a Landon
1600 Meters  Varsity – Finals
1. 12 Wesley Feldman 4:44.44a Landon
55m Hurdles – 39″  Varsity – Finals
6. 11 Nikola Dragacevac 11.77a Landon
55m Hurdles – 39″  Varsity – Prelims
7. 11 Nikola Dragacevac 11.59a Landon
4400 Relay  Varsity – Finals
3. Wesley Feldman Michael Carr Brage Hamilton Davis Walker 3:56.29a Landon
High Jump  Varsity – Finals
4. 11 Michael Branche 5-00.00 Landon
Pole Vault  Varsity – Finals
2. 11 Michael Carr 7-00.00 Landon
Long Jump  Varsity – Finals
12. 10 Olutobi Olaniyi 15-10.00 Landon
14. 11 Michael Carr 14-04.00 Landon
15. 11 Nikola Dragacevac 11-11.25 Landon
Triple Jump  Varsity – Finals
7. 10 Olutobi Olaniyi 28-05.50 Landon

o   Private & Independent Invitational Championships at Georgetown Preparatory School February 4


Mens Results

55 Meter Dash  Varsity – Prelims x

10. 11 Jacob Solomon 6.74a Landon

300 Meters  Varsity – Finals x

19. 11 Jacob Solomon 39.06a Landon
31. 11 Davis Walker 41.94a Landon

500 Meters  Varsity – Finals x

29. 11 Davis Walker 1:19.61a Landon

1600 Meters  Varsity – Finals x

6. 12 Wesley Feldman 4:38.01a Landon
11 Samuel Hanson DNS Landon

Pole Vault  Varsity – Finals x

7. 11 Michael Carr 8-00.00 Landon

Long Jump  Varsity – Finals x

10 Olutobi Olaniyi DNS Landon

Triple Jump  Varsity – Finals x

10 Olutobi Olaniyi DNS Landon


  • Riflery—3-3 barely lost to Yorktown 1052-1061


Swimming and Diving –from Coach Bartman— at WMPSSDL –Jacob Rosner and Jason Tang had incredible swims tonight. Jacob Rosner sets new school record tonight in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.15. Jason Tang finishes 4th




















Captain Jack Chlopak, Jacob Rosner and Jason Tang


o   Saint Albans dual




The Bears win out the last 7 dual meets and end the season with 15-7 record.  This ties the record from 2005-06 when the team went 15-5 for the season.

Tonight, we won 45-27 against a solid St. Albans team.  Again, our young freshmen continue to get stronger, along with our returning upper classmen.  This young team had to face a lot of adversity today, but still managed to come out on top.  The match started with

  • Carter Johnson at 195.  He got thrown to his back in the second period and went down 8-2.  Carter started getting to work and came back with a pin in the third period.
  • At 220, starter T Halm was out sick today.  Joel Desroches bumped up a weight class and got the job done with a pin in the second period.
  • At 285, T Bridgers received a forfeit.
  • At 106, Patrick Kielb continues to make a name for himself.  He pinned a tough STA senior in the second period.
  • Thomas Johnson received a forfeit.
  • Lorenzo Lopez pinned his opponent right at the buzzer at the end of the first period.

→The Bears 36… the Bulldogs 0.

o   At 126, Matt Amitay lost a battle 2-1, but

o   Luc Schermer put the meet in the bag with a pin in the second period.

The Bulldogs never gave up.  They fought back with wins 138, 145, 152, & 160, but

o   Jelani Machen ended their streak with a solid 4-1 victory over their best wrestler.

Congratulations to our two Seniors tonight.  This was their last dual meet of their high school career.

o   Shoun Shi and Mitchell Pan have dedicated themselves to this team over the last 4 years and have both been a big part of our success this season.


o   IAC – 2nd place


It was another exciting weekend for the Bears!  We hosted the IAC Varsity A championships on Saturday, and the IAC Varsity B championships were at St. Albans on Friday.


It was the first time in 11 years that we had a shot at the IAC title.  After a close loss to Prep in our dual meet, we were hoping to beat them in the tournament for a piece of the title.  Unfortunately, we were not able to get the job done.  We had plenty of opportunities, but Prep managed to pull it out in the final round.  The top three teams were with 18 points of each other (which in tournament scoring is very close).  In the end, we fell short of Prep by 13 points, but beat out Bullis by 5 points.  Our young team did make a statement.  We walked away with 7 finalists and 4 champs (all four champs returning next year).  Prep had 9 finalists with 5 champs (1 champ returning).  Bullis had 7 finalist with 5 champs (3 Champs returning). Here are the wrestlers who placed in the top 4:

106 Patrick Kielb Champion

113 Thomas Johnson 4th

120 Lorenzo Lopez Champion

126 Matt Amitay 4th

132 Luc Schermer 3rd

138 Brendon Gallagher Champion

152 Mitchell Pan 2nd

170 Jelani Machen 2nd

182 Nick Haller 3rd

195 Carter Johnson Champion

220 Joel Desroches 3rd

285 Terrance Bridgers 2nd


All four champions earned All-IAC status.  In addition, Mitchell Pan earned All-IAC (at large) by vote of the coaches.  This is the most All-IAC candidates (5) Landon has on record (Since 1995 when I arrived at Landon).  We now move into the big tournament season: Melee on the Metro (20 teams), Maryland Independent States (32 teams), and those who qualify, the National Prep Tournament.


The IAC Varsity B Championships went very well also.  We had 9 wrestlers participate.  Four of them won and 7 made the finals.  Here are the place winners:


Storm Templeton Champ

Jake Kowitz Champ

Marc Schermer Champ

Quinn Johnson Champ

Eli Harrion 2nd

David Diaz 2nd

Ron Giscombe 2nd

Michael Gilbert 3rd

Jack Bradley 3rd





Jack Porter signs to play Football with Dickinson





Jack Porter ’17 will join 15 of his classmates who have committed to play college athletics next year. Porter, a 2016 varsity football captain, will play at Dickinson College (Division III) this fall and said experiences with his Landon teammates and coaches inspired him to pursue a college football career.


“It’s the brotherhood. You’re all very close. They can criticize you, critique you and tell you about the things you’ve done well. You can count on them to help you every day,” the wide receiver said, citing the friendships he has developed as bonds that will last him a lifetime. “If they’re feeling down, you can pick them up.”

Porter said Varsity Football Coach and Upper School Math Teacher Paul Padalino encouraged his development throughout his three years on varsity.

“He knows how I work, and he expects me to work hard,” Porter said.

Despite a broken collarbone that Porter suffered at the beginning of the 2016 season, Padalino said the wide receiver showed the drive to return to the field and finish his senior season strong.

“I didn’t have to motivate Jack,” Padalino said. “He’s so self-motivated that it was all about helping him become the player he wanted to be.”

Although he admits playing at Dickinson will be an adjustment, Porter hopes to develop new skills his freshman year. “You’re going from playing 18-year-old boys to 22-year-old men, which is a whole different challenge,” Porter said. “I love the competition of playing against people better than you.”

Porter knows he would never have succeeded without the support of his parents, Robyn Porter and Bob Greenberg, who he says provided him with both a set of morals and an opportunity to develop college-level football skills.






Pre Season Picture









KoKo Avedisian, Jarett Witzal, Sean O’Brien and Riley McTeague



John Nichol’s BearLaxTraxFax—keeping up with Bears’ laxing

BLTF 020117

The “Spring” sport of NCAA lacrosse starts this coming weekend and Bears’ Lax Trax Facts is back to cover the play of Landon alums in D-I and D-III.  This year we will be covering 140 D-I games, 20 of which are Bears vs Bears games in which Landon grads are on both sides of the tilt.  The first weekend features our first games with Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) taking on Delaware (Phil Pena is out recovering from an injury this season) and Cleveland State (Justin Conner) kicks off their inaugural season against Michigan.

On Tuesday, we will have our first Bears vs. Bears match as Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) hosts Navy (Thomas Evans).  This is a match-up with great history that used to be played late in the season.  However, the scheduling pressures of conference affiliations have moved this game earlier in the season each year for the past couple of years.

Not all of the action is in D-I.  We will be covering D-III as well, but not all 2017 rosters have been posted yet, so stay tuned for news and results there.






The two Bears/Bisons of Bucknell started the season well beating Delaware (without Phil Peña whose shoulder surgery may have contributed to the Blue Hens’ defeat) 14-13 at Newark, DE. The visitors outscored their opponents 8-2 over the final 21:49. Sean O’Brien had 6 goals,1 assist and 3 GBs. Jarett Witzal dominated the X going 17 of 29 against two UD F/O guys; #3 had 9 GBs!!!






Sam Anas (L11), Iowa Wild (23-19-4-1), AHL, played in 39 games, 7G 9A. Team is on a good streak 9-1-2-0






Patrick Giles (L18), US Men’s National Development team (14-20-0-1) 37 games 5G. 10A.

Patrick Giles Credits Grandmother For Love of Hockey

Favorite NHL Team Washington Capitals

Favorite U.S. Born Player T.J. Oshie

Favorite Movie Good Will Hunting

Favorite TV Show Shark Tank

Favorite Actor Jason Segal

Favorite Actress Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Music Taylor Swift

Favorite Home-Cooked Meal Pasta with red sauce and meatballs



Christian Meike (L 14), Michigan Wolverines, (9-12-2), D, in three games.

Connor Meike (L12), Williams College Ephmen, (11-6-3), 1 GP

Jack Barton (L14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (8-11-3) played in 18 games, 3 goals, 2 assists

Chris Javens (L13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (8-11-3), played in 16 games, 0 Goals, 3 Assist



Alex Norwinski (L15), College Station Spirit (4-25-1-1) NA3HL, Defenseman played in 32 games, 1 Goal, 5 assist,

Trevor Wolf (L15), College Station Spirit (4-25-1-1), Defenseman, 19 games played 2G 4A,


College Club

Orlando Arevalo (L13), MIT Engineers Club

Mike Anderson, (L12) Princeton Club

Jacob Ruttenberg (L’15), Tufts Club

Aditya Krishnan (L’16), University of Maryland club




Aaron Byrd (L15) Augusta Jaguars (16-6) averaging 16.8 minutes, 4th in assists with 38


Christian Webster (L09) Va Tech Hokies (16-6),


Assistant Coach Joe McDonald (L12) GWU Colonials, (12-11) Director of Player Development.



Darion Atkins (L11) Hapoel Unet Holon (12-7); 19 GP 29.8 minutes,#1 in game efficiency, 15.1 pts [#9 in League], 9.5 reb [#1 in league], 0.6 stl, 0.8 assists


Darion’s Awesome Dunk Winner League on Twitter_ _.@JMTaylor11 and @DarionAtkins had fun tonight https___t.co_3HgzfuwdGt_


Danny Rubin (L10), Bnei Herzliya (5-3) 28 GP, 15.6 min.  4.8 pts, 1.9 reb., 0.9 assist, 0.8 steals









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