BEARSPORTSNEWS SUNDAY 05.28.2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

  • Landon co-champs of 2016-2017 IAC Founders’ Cup
  • Post season summaries
    • Baseball
    • Tennis
  • Darion’s team is in the Israeli League semi-finals
  • Bears on college Diamonds contributing

Inside the White Rocks

 

 

 

 

 

FOUNDER’S CUP

The 1958 Constitution and Athletics Rules for the Interstate Athletic Conference (note two of the “Founders” left the conference (Sidwell Friends and St. James) and later Bullis and EHS were added) states in Article XV that:

THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP in soccer, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, baseball, golf, lacrosse and tennis, are to be the winner of the regular season. If there is a tie for first place each team will be awarded the conference championship. At the conclusion of each regular season there will be a conference tournament. If the tournament champion is different than the regular season champion there will be co-champions.

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Points for the tournament will be:

6 pts- First place

5 pts- Runner up

4 pts- Semifinal losers

2 pts- First round losers

[This Article was added in 1975]

That translates to 18 1st place points out of a possible 24 during the Spring. The final points placed Landon and Georgetown Prep in a Founders’ Cup tie at 43 points for the 2016-2017 year—unique in IAC history. One of the later additions to the Conference came in 3rd, one point behind its Montgomery County IAC competitors. {According to the Washington Post, female students at that school have been known to date Bears.}

The Cup is intended to reward schools that compete in all the IAC sports. The contributions of all Bear teams are recognized by the Founders’ Cup.

MUCH CREDIT TO ALL BEARS in all sports

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Sports

Baseball (16-9-2)

By Steve Davidson, on assignment from the Miami Herald

The baseball program bid farewell to some of its most highly decorated seniors this year.  Co-captains Randy Bednar, Scott Prutting and Drew Whalen and fellow senior Mike Dziak carried the Bears to two IAC championships during their storied careers. The team also bid farewell to seniors Brett Cooker, Louie Eisen, Andrew Lowrie and Cullen Stout and team manager Jack Porter.

Two of them are slated to play at the next level: Bednar stays nearby, heading to the University of Maryland (College Park) to continue his baseball career in the Big Ten as a centerfielder and Whalen is off to Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina (nickname the Bears, by the way) to play baseball.  Bednar and Prutting captured all IAC honors this year.  Bednar played a stellar centerfield and led the team in most offensive categories, including homers, stolen bases and runs scored, while Prutting was an outstanding catcher and was also one of the team’s leading hitters. Led by the seniors and solid play from its underclassmen, the Bears finished 6-4 in league play, good for second in the IAC.  Unfortunately, the season ended earlier than planned, with a home loss to St Albans in the IAC semi-finals.  St Albans, which finished tied for third in league play, got hot at the right time and was able to win the league tournament. The squad finished the year with an impressive 16-9-2 record.  They boasted a strong showing against national competition in its annual South Carolina trip and non-conference wins over, among others, Whitman, Flint Hill, Walter Johnson, Maret, the Heights, Sidwell, St. Paul’s and Wilson and sweeps of Bullis, St. Stephens/St Agnes and Episcopal in league play.  But, more importantly, it was a close-knit team of high character following the examples of its seniors and coaches. The team benefitted from an excellent coaching staff, headed by head coach Bill Reed and assistant coach Randy Bednar, Sr.  Coaches Marty Bednar, Torey Tonche, Michael Carter, Tony Korson, Adam Spadaofra and Jack Richards also spent many hours with their squad. A particular strength of the team was its highly effective and deep pitching staff.  Led by Bednar, fellow senior Louie Eisen, juniors Xander DeNovio, Ryan Fruehwirth and Zach Werhan, and sophomores Will Barufka, Jake Davidson and Jed Rosenberg, the Bears were very stingy throughout the year.  The underclassmen pitched many important and effective innings this year, giving the team an important foundation for the coming years. Thus, the team has high hopes for the future with its now veteran pitching staff and retuning several key players, especially infielders Fruehwirth (shortstop) sophomores Will O’Shea (second/third) and Dane Camphausen (first) and outfielders DeNovio and Barufka (who played multiple positions this year).  Another Dziak, younger brother and sophomore Kitt, will likely move into the catcher’s spot.

Golf (7-2) Coach Duquette

Next week

Lacrosse

Next week

Rugby (Coach France)

Next week

Tennis (Coach Miller)

Landon Tennis used an incredibly balanced squad to win the double IAC championship (regular season / tournament). There were a lot of very talented teams but none of them could match the depth / experience that Landon brought to the table. We had three stars at the top of the line-up who enabled us to match up with any team in the area. We also had two seniors in the doubles and another playing 4 singles that gave us the perfect balance. When we needed to sweep the doubles against Bullis, these guys (Ben Selya, Nate Smith–co captains) were there to anchor us. When we needed our top guys Sachin Das and Rodrigo Pedraza always came through. These two sophomores were voted All IAC and Sachin Das named first team All-Met by the Washington Post. Despite losing three seniors, this is a young team that will be looking to repeat next year.

 

BEAR TRAX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Sports

Hoops

Darion Atkins (2011) led Hapoel Holon (22-11) beat Maccabi-Haifa 104-99 (2 OTs); he had 18 points, 10 rebounds. His team is onto the semi-finals.

 

Spring Sports

 

Diamond Trax

 

Matthew Brady, (2016) Carleton College Knights (9-27) season complete

Patrick Lightner, (2016) Marist College Red Foxes (31-21) 34 GP 30 GS; .269 at the plate with 16 runs, 14 RBI; .961 fielding

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College Scots (26-17) season complete

Spencer Abraham (2015) , Claremont McKenna College Stags season complete

 

Golf Trax

 

Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College team is at the A-10 Championships.

 

 

 

 

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