Radnor Sports Roundup: Edition #2

Prelude:

The past two weeks have been busy ones for Radnor Sports, with many teams nearing the latter half of their fall seasons. Our community has continued to stick together through all the highs and lows of competition, something we should all be immensely proud of. 

While many students have been hunkering down in their studies, they have also been making time to get out and do some physical activity. More importantly, perhaps, students are beginning to mentally prepare for LM Week. I, for one, am extremely excited to whip out my rusty toolkit of exhilaratingly uncoordinated dance moves for the rally…

That’s enough looking ahead, however: 

Without further ado, the Sports Editorial Board and I present to you the second edition of the Radnor Sports Roundup; enjoy!

—Nathan Kellerman


Photo from Alesa Robinson.

Cheerleading – Meghan Moyer

As competition season and LM week approaches, Radnor Cheerleading has been hard at work finalizing and practicing their routines. In terms of stunts, sophomore Izzy Moak has stepped up as a flyer and has been working diligently with her stunt group while junior Calista Hubbard quickly switched positions from base to backspot due to another cheerleader’s injury. Freshman Isa Orosco jumped into a new stunt group and based alongside junior Kelsey Dunkel. In preparation for the LM pep rally, the cheerleaders and football players began practices for their routine. These practices continue right up until LM week, giving both Rad Cheer and RAFO time to perfect their dance moves. On the football field, Radnor faced Harriton and reigned victorious after many previous losses. Spirits remain high for the cheerleaders as football prepares to take on Haverford this Friday at 7 pm.

Photo from Travis Schilling.

Crew (girls and boys) – Ellie Davis

Radnor Girls and Boys crew have enjoyed some peaceful weeks on the Schuylkill river. This past Sunday, the teams hosted their annual Ergathon fundraiser. The event was a great success with a lot of energy on North Wayne Avenue. “Ergathon was great,” said Boy’s Captain Joey Odorisio. There was an “amazing crowd and it seemed really fun for everyone involved.” This past Sunday, the girls were supposed to race in the Navy Day Regatta, but this event was canceled due to flood damage down on boathouse row from Hurricane Ida. Instead, the girls scrimmaged the other teams of their boathouse in Conshohockenon Sunday and enjoyed some good racing despite strong winds. Radnor Boys Crew is gearing up for the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston next week. “Head of the Charles is one of those regattas the team always looks forward to,” said Odorisio. “We have put a lot of miles under us and can’t wait to show off all that hard work in Boston next weekend.”

Field Hockey – Margarita Moreland

10/5 (Senior Night): Radnor 6 – Marple Newtown 1

On October 5, Radnor Field Hockey families came out to support the seniors for their senior night. With 6:30 left in the first quarter, Senior Captain Hope Delaney gained one for the Raptors; a mere two minutes passed and Delaney scored again. Offensive duo Grayson Buono and Alex De Cain continued to prove their crucial spot on the Varsity team, both scoring for Radnor and leading the girls to a 6-1 victory.

10/7: Radnor 11 – Lower Merion 0

Senior Captain Riley Mazzalupi scored early in the game against Lower Merion. Alex De Cain, Sadie Schultz, Sarah Khalil, Grayson Buono, and Karis Mameniskis piled it on as well, ending in an 11-0 win.

10/9: Radnor 2 – Archbishop Carroll 0

Radnor battled it out with Archbishop Carroll on October 9. When the third quarter came around, Junior Gracie Bookbinder and Princeton commit Hope Delaney both netted one for Radnor. Another day, another win.

10/12: Radnor 4 – Garnet Valley 2

After the Archbishop Carroll game, Junior Gracie Bookbinder continued her high-level play and scored 5:30 minutes into the match. In addition to Bookbinder, Hope Delaney and Alec DeCain scored. Radnor won 4-2.

The girls look to bring their winning streak to nine against Ridley on the 19th, and we wish them the best of luck!

Photo from Olivia Brubaker.

Football – George Economides and Kethan Kalra

Radnor came into Marple Newtown looking for a win. With a neutral site at Conestoga and the biggest Radnor crowd we’ve seen all season, it looked like we were trending in the right direction. A strong rushing attack from captain Damian Falcone let QB Jude Wallen tear up the defense with play-action. His leading target, Amir Byrd, stepped up for Dante Hopson, securing four receptions for eighty-four yards. One of these catches was a 43-yard touchdown grab; however, his biggest play of the night came on a crucial third and four in the fourth quarter. Wallen connected with Amir on a beautiful deep pass inside the ten to put the Raptors in great field position. Down 13-7, Tommy Deshan made a hat-trick catch over a defensive back for a contested touchdown, tying the game up. Unfortunately, a missed PAT kept the score tied and Marple was able to capitalize on great field position to end the game 16-13. The Raptors looked to bounce back as major underdogs against Garnet Valley but suffered a 41-0 loss at the hands of one of the best teams in the state. Fortunately, Radnor was able to turn it around and claim victory against the 0-7 Harriton Rams this past Friday. Now sitting at 2-6, Radnor is looking forward to their matchup with the 2-5 Haverford Fords. 

Photo from Margarita Moreland, Olivia Brubaker, and Melyce Lucchesi.

Soccer (boys) – Margarita Moreland and Sebastian Moreland

To continue their winning streak, Radnor Boys Soccer defeated Penncrest High School on September 30. Right-back powerhouse Danny Rosenblum threw the ball in with 5:30 left in the first half, where sophomore Nate Lucchesi tapped in a goal for Radnor. Two minutes into overtime, sophomore Brayan Chavez-Lopez secured the golden goal, ending the game 2-1 and celebrating with an ecstatic “SIUUUU.” Following the victory, the Gents faced Masterman High School. Early into the game, senior Tyler Quinn volleyed Drew Warren’s corner kick into the side netting. The defense held on and got the better of Masterman in a 1-0 win. On the morning of October 5, Caroulo’s boys got their blazers out from the depths of their closets and showed up to school looking dapper. A mere eight hours later and the Gents were on their way to the Union Stadium, otherwise known as Subaru Park. Thanks to collective funds from our Radnor community—and RBS booster moms Jodi Warren and Kristin Page—the players were able to face Marple Newtown High School at 7:30 pm. Goals scored: Drew Warren (2), Jacob Shalev (1), Nate Lucchesi (1). The game ended in Radnor 4 – Marple Newtown 0. The Radnor High School Band performed in the stands, playing a beautiful rendition of the national anthem prior to kickoff. When asked the biggest contributor to the win, senior goalie Joaquin Cohen said, “coming out on the front foot and getting those three goals in the first few minutes…it was just the mentality that we had.” What did it feel like to play under the floodlights with the Commodore Barry Bridge in the background? Cohen described it as “a dream come true.” Despite the triumphant win and the unforgettable experience, Radnor Boys Soccer fell short to Lower Merion that following Thursday (0-2). Sophomore Michael Savadove, who has been a formidable force in defense, suffered a wrist injury during the game. Against Upper Merion two days later, Ben “Momo” Zhao stepped in for Savadove. Tyler Quinn scored a goal, but the Gents suffered a disappointing 1-1 draw. Looking to bounce back against Garnet Valley, RBS did just that. Brayan Chavez-Lopez starred in attack for the Gents. Drew Warren finished off a cross after Chavez-Lopez left three Garnet Valley players in the dust. Senior Ryan Mathis led the bench mob for the Raptors and the match ended 3-0, Radnor win. Looking forward, the boys’ First Round Playoff Game is scheduled for October 27. 

Photo from Margarita Moreland.

Soccer (girls) – Edy MacKenzie

On October 5, the Radnor Girls Soccer powerhouse carried their winning energy from a 4-0 Penncrest victory to Encke field for an after-school showdown vs. Marple. In a fluke 1-0 game last season, Marple edged out an upset over RGS; this year, however, the Tigers stood no chance. Seniors Jane Daiutolo, Emily Daiutolo, and Lucy Minning enacted their revenge with a goal each. Coming off of 4-0 and 3-0 wins, RGS experienced some disappointment against Central League Rival Lower Merion in a heartbreaking 0-2 loss that in no way reflected the battle. The girls fought hard, carrying this spirit over to Villa Maria Academy’s Senior Day for a Saturday matinee matchup. Unfortunately, tough judgement from the officials and skillful kicks from Villa set our RGS ladies two restart goals down at half. Following a common theme, the Raptors refused to relent, spending almost the entirety of the second half within Villa’s 18-yard box. The effort resulted in Lyla Wallis’s first RGS goal, but unfortunately, the score ended 1-2. Disappointed but never defeated, Radnor prepared to fight for a win over promising Garnet Valley. Always making it hard for themselves, RGS sadly gave up two first-half goals to the Garnet team before remembering their senses. Soon enough, Emily Daiutolo sunk two outside balls right over the Garnet goalie’s head, pushing the score to 2-2 right at the buzzer. In past years, overtimes (particularly DOUBLE overtimes) had never been friendly to RGS. Luckily, Senior Kate Boujoukos has shattered the status quo. For the second time this season, beloved Bouj used her newly recovered head to land a 3-2 game-winner in the back of the net. Jane Daiutolo’s skillful corner assisted the shot with under 3 minutes left until a stalemate. The win over Garnet not only continued to prove the never-say-never attitude of RGS, but it satisfied the Delco Times reporter hoping for a newsworthy fight. Radnor provided, and anyone interested can read more about the game’s highs and lows here. If anything is to be learned from this past week for the girl’s soccer team at RHS, it’s that we’re just getting started. The Radnor community should keep an eye on the promising and persevering RGS ladies as they tackle Ridley this Tuesday, 10/19.

Volleyball – Margot Lane and Kelsey Moore

As the season is coming to an end, Radnor Girls Volleyball reflects on how it went. With several key players injured at the start of the season, it had been rough to figure out line-ups and who works well together. Senior captain Kendall Slupe has been the team’s rock, centering all focus on working together and helping RGV mesh as a team. Against Phoenixville Area High School, the team had their best game in a long time; Senior Captain Margot Lane finished with 8 kills, and freshman prodigy Monika Mortensen with 10. After losing the two first games at Phoenixville, the team felt shaky. The girls bounced back, however, and sophomore star Samantha Gasink shined with 29 digs at the end of the 5th game. The team and Coach Ann-Marie Goldstein alike agreed that it was “the best game we have ever played.” 

Photo from Sophia Hill and Tess Brennan.

Cross Country (boys and girls) – Tess Brennan and Payton Breck

The boys and girls cross country team had yet another stellar week of performances at both the Paul Short Invitational and at Delco’s. Every single runner who ran at Paul Short PRed for the season. 

Speedy Sophomore Zoe Margolis carried the girl’s team, placing 10th overall at Delcos. 

“I think that the race was definitely one of the best this season. Although it was very competitive, it was great and surprisingly lots of fun! The competition was helpful for the racing aspect as well as the mental aspect since they kept me motivated to stay at a pace,” Zoe said. 

Aside from the talent of the team, one overarching factor led to the girl’s stellar times: Meghan Trainor. Runner-artist Norah Seascholtz drew a different variation of Meghan on each of the girl’s arms, and many attribute those temporary tattoos to their success in the meet (see photo gallery above).

When asked about the conditions, Junior Lauren Kelley said the following: “it was a little bit cool with a hot breeze; many of the runners thought the conditions to be ideal.”

At Delcos, the boy’s team placed third; moreover, rising cross country star Preston Breck fell seconds short of a revenge-seeking Aidan Leonard. A passionate Breck stated that he was “not stressing,” because while he was “very heartbroken, [he] did much better than [he] expected to perform.” The boy’s team also took home third place at Paul Short.

Special shout out to Mrs. Rosin, whose cheering pushed the runners to finish strong, and to surprise guests Chris Belz and Andrew Rosin.

Photo from Sophia Hill and Tess Brennan.

Top 7 Runners 

Paul Short (Boys) Delcos (Boys) Paul Short (Girls) Delcos (Girls)
Jimmy Kurtz (16:51.9) Jimmy Kurtz (16:59.7) Zoe Margolis (20:11.3) Zoe Margolis (20:28.8)
Luke Bodden (16:56.6) Luke Bodden (17:03.5) Emma Hyde (21:53.4) Olivia Dhavale (22:01.8)
Jack Halberstadt (17:08.9) Jack Halberstadt (17:37.7) Olivia Dhavale (21:59.1) Emma Hyde (22:25.5)
Aidan Scott (17:14.6) Aidan Scott (17:43.9) Amelia Dole (22:35.2) Leni Hartman (23:23.9)
Aidan Leonard (17:25.0) Aidan Leonard (18:03.7) Senny Farhy (22:42.4) Lauren Kelley (23:36.6)
Dave Kenney (17:29.1) Preston Breck (18:04.1) Leni Hartman (22:52.3) Eleanor Adams (23:51.0)
Max Rubenstein (18:26.1) Dave Kenney (18:20.4) Lauren Kelley (22:55.1) Amelia Dole (23:54.3)
Photo from Diana Hung.

Ultimate Frisbee (girls and boys) – Reese Hillman

The boys and girls frisbee teams had a full week! On Tuesday, 10/12, the boys played Strath Haven where they sadly lost 6-13. Nonetheless, the game saw two impressive assists from senior Ben Robinson and a stunning defense from Dustin Schrader. On Wednesday, a few of the boys and girls joined forces to play Julia R. Masterman School’s co-ed team. Despite the 7-13 loss, sophomore Rona Lui-Zhong stood out with two of the goals while Ben Robinson made three assists. Radnor Ultimate did see a win on Thursday when the girl’s team defeated Haverford 8-3. Many attribute this win to junior Sarah Tachau’s incredible halftime speech, in which she urged us to remember “the epic highs and lows of high school football.” Sophomores Diana Huang and Rona Lui-Zhong scored three points apiece, with four assists from Isabelle Deputy and three assists from Sofia Dillon. In addition, Sofia Dillon’s incredible lay-out (diving for a goal) nearly brought the team to tears (see the third slide of the most recent post from @radnorgirlsultimate for a video). The game was full of spirit and the Radnor Ultimate can’t wait for the rest of the season. 


Interested in contributing to the Radnor Sports Roundup in the future? Find Nathan Kellerman or email him at [email protected] to inquire!