Radnor Winter Sports Preview

Fernando Castro

As students return from the lull of Thanksgiving break, Radnor’s winter athletes will need to hone in and focus for the 2016-2017 season.

Radnor Boys Basketball will be entering this season with a new coach, and in a new division. This year the PIAA will be adding a 5A and 6A division. Last year Radnor competed at the top of the pack with 4A basketball teams, but this year the competition will be a little lighter as the Raiders are placed in the 5A division. Their new head coach, Jamie Chadwin, will no doubt bring something new and fresh to this team. Chadwin coached at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy for the past four years, finishing a rough 30-69 win-loss in total, struggling to find the talent to keep up with the Inter-Ac division, Although finishing .500 at the end of the regular season last year with an injured squad was not a bad showing , the team looks to make great strides this year, and will have the tools to do so. Led by seniors Mason Ressler, Sami Ghazzi, Jack Thompson, Tommy Webb, Phil Regan, and Pat Farren, the team no doubt has the talent to make a mark on the central league, and with strong underclassmen like sophomore Vernon Harper, the team is building for the future as well. They start the season with their traditional tip-off tourney, playing New Hope Solebury on December 9th.

 

Radnor Boys Winter Track is also looking to build off of the previous season. Last year, junior Peter Cooke came in 10th place in the state 800m race, and the 4x400m and 4x800m groups qualified for states. This year the distance runners will be lead by Cooke, and seniors Jordan Liam and Luke Dixon. Chris Greenwood, Chris Morabito and David Evan Dixon will be leading the sprinters. Chris Sydnor, former Radnor star football player and track star will be coaching the roster for the 2016-2017 season. Their first meet of the season will be the Delco Invitational at Glen Mills School.

The Radnor Girls track team will be continuing to build their strong junior and sophomore class with runners Julia Havertine, Megs Packer, and Caroline DiTrolio becoming the future of the team. Seniors Aileen Manion and Sophie Breedveld will be leading the team this year, who are under the mentorship of coach Thomas Flannagann. Their first meet took place in Ursinus College at the Hill School invitational. They ran Breedveld, Havertine, DiTrolio, and Abby Idiculla at the Bishop Loughlin Games on Saturday, December 17th. The team certainly has the Delco Championship meet at Haverford College marked on their calendars, which will be taking place on January 11th of the new year. Last year Radnor placed 4th in the distance medley relay in the same competition, and they’ll be looking to improve there and in the 4×800. It’s more difficult for Radnor Girls Track to qualify for state meet due to them not competing in the central league.

The Radnor Wrestling program will be looking to rebound after a tough past season, going 4-12 and 1-7 in the central league. They will be lead by a strong senior class of Chris Austen, Sam Bupp, Cyrus Darvish, Harrison Doane, Azamat Fayzullayev, Toby Mandel, and Naair Williams. They will also be looking for contributions from junior Jack Horvath, who had their highest win percentage of the season last year, going 22-9 in individual matches. Their first meet will be on Saturday, December 10th, in the Winter Viking Classic at Upper Merion High School. They are lead by head Coach Matt Torresani.