Radnor Sports Roundup: Edition #10

Prelude:

Despite the recent icy weather it is spring, meaning Radnor’s spring sports are beginning to kick into high gear. This time period is the end for some and the beginning of the end for others, as some seniors cap off their final high school sports season and others begin their last. While winter sport’s state and national level competitions are wrapping up in the next few days, Radnor’s spring sports are just getting started. Hopes for epic seasons all around are high as our student-athletes begin their quests seeking out greatness.

I would like to welcome several new members to the ever-growing Sports Editorial Board; that being said, enjoy this week’s content-packed Radnor Sports Roundup!

—Nathan


Winter Sports:

Photo from Olivia Brubaker.

Basketball (boys) – George Economides

Saturday, March 5 was a historic day for Radnor Basketball, as they were finally back in the District Final, ending a 62-year wait. The Raptors looked strong in the previous rounds as they beat both Sun Valley and Upper Moreland by 25+ points. However, the district final would not be as much of a cakewalk as they faced the defending champs, Chester High School. RBB forwards Clifford Smith and Charlie Thorton described the Clippers as “a fast-paced and free-flowing team that plays to their own strengths,” saying that in order to beat Chester, the team must “stay composed and manage their press well.”

Fans of both schools would fill up Temple’s Liacouras Center as the stage was set for an electric afternoon of Basketball. Radnor would even fill up three buses of students for the game. The game would begin fairly evenly as Radnor and Chester grinded out a 10-10 finish to the first quarter that featured a lot of scrappy defense from both sides. The second quarter would remain tough in nature as Radnor and Chester continued to battle for every rebound, loose ball, and bucket. Chester entered halftime with a slim 3 point lead but the game was still anybody’s to win. Radnor came out of the break hot, quickly erasing Chester’s lead and going up as much as eight points. But the Clippers would up their aggressive defense and physical play, ultimately reestablishing their lead before the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, there was little to separate both teams, meaning someone would need to step up. Enter Danny Rosenblum. With the game locked at 50-50, the junior guard netted four unanswered points, giving Radnor a slim lead with under a minute to go. But Rosenblum’s heroics would not last long as Chester’s Kyree Womack would bank in a deep three, sending the game to overtime. 

Throughout a majority of the overtime period, the Raptors and Clippers would again trade buckets, setting up another dramatic finish. However, Womack would again come up clutch as his floater would bounce in off the back rim, giving Chester a 66-65 lead with 7 seconds to go, ultimately securing Chester their second consecutive district title. 

The result was heartbreaking, but it was not season-ending as RBB still had the state tournament to play in, a competition Radnor hasn’t been to since 2006.

Radnor’s first opponent in the state tournament was the Susquehannock Warriors. The first half was a fairly close affair as RBB led by only 5 at the half. The Raptors would explode in the second half, ultimately winning the game 57-34. Star forward Jackson Hicke played exceptional, recording a double-double (38 points and 13 rebounds). 

Radnor’s following opponent would be nationally ranked IMHOTEP Charter School. RBB put up a good fight, but the Panthers did too as they would win the game 62-39, ending the Raptors season. 

Although RBB’s season is over, one can look back at this season fondly as the team took great strides forward, establishing themselves as one of the best programs in Delaware county. Don’t be surprised if this team is making waves in the state of Pennsylvania as they return 4 starters next year. 

Photo from Mrs. Yurchak.

Basketball (girls) – Ellie Davis 

After a big win and some devastating losses, RGB’s season has come to a close. In the second round of the District playoffs, Radnor faced Upper Moreland, whose small gym was packed with a rowdy student section, making on-court communication difficult for the team. Radnor gained and maintained a solid lead throughout the first three quarters, with a score of 42-30 at the start of the fourth quarter. A series of big shots from Upper Moreland ignited the crowd over the course of the last quarter and brought the home team within two points with 35 seconds left. As the Bears inbounded the ball for a chance to take the lead, Mary Sareen got a steal and was fouled. She went to the line and sunk both shots with seven seconds left, securing Radnor’s victory and their place in the state tournament. Shortly after the game in the locker room, RGB learned that Villa Maria had won their game over the favored Marple Newtown, meaning Radnor would play their semifinal game at home on a Friday night. 

Villa Maria showed up with a full student section in costume attire, leading to another high-energy game. Radnor led 20-15 at the half and maintained a 29-26 lead going into the fourth quarter. Before starting the last quarter, Mary Sareen, one of Randor’s best ball handlers, fell coming into the game, fracturing her knee-cap — an injury that would put Sareen out of the game. Villa took and maintained the lead in the fourth quarter, winning the game 47-40. The following week, Radnor traveled two hours to Mechanicsburg in the first round of state playoffs. Once again, the Raptors held the lead through the first three quarters, despite struggling to break Mechanicsburg’s press. In the fourth quarter, a series of threes and solid free-throw shooting brought the Wildcats the lead, bringing RGB’s season to an end. 

Despite the tough losses, RGB came together proud of what they accomplished this season. “I think the season was a great success,” said head coach Rob Baxter, reflecting on his first year of coaching RGB. “The girls worked hard and accomplished a bunch of goals. Making the state playoffs, as well as the Central League playoffs, were two big ones, all while having a fun time doing it.” As Senior Captain Maddie Bader said to the team, “We have become a little RGB family and I couldn’t be more grateful for it.”

Ice Hockey (girls) – Olivia Brubaker

The end of Radnor Girls Ice Hockey’s 2021-22 season was the end of an era, as the team said goodbye to their Captains Caitlin Fram and Ella von Czoernig as well as longtime coach Jay von Czoernig, who had been a part of the program for over 8 years. The team was not ecstatic about ending their regular season against #2 Kingsway but put up a good effort nevertheless. The girls were focused on their first playoff game against Conestoga, a close-matched rival of theirs. After beating them once and losing to them in two close games, Radnor hoped to steal the win. Radnor was not able to come out with the intensity that they hoped to and fell 7-2. While the team might not have played well as a unit, senior Caitlin Fram made the most out of her last game, scoring both of Radnor’s goals. Fram is a vital part of both Radnor’s offense and defense so when she saw an opportunity in the third period she took it: “I had the puck and I had a feeling that I was going to score so I skated hard up the ice and I did.” The team wishes all of the seniors luck in their post-Radnor adventures and looks to build on their outstanding contributions to the club.  

Photo from Olivia Brubaker.

Ice Hockey (boys) – Olivia Brubaker 

Radnor Boys Ice hockey had their last regular-season game on February, 25th against Upper Moreland. The boys went out with a bang mercying Moreland 11 to 1. Although beating Upper Moreland was a satisfying end to their regular season, the team knew they had to focus on the more testing playoff games ahead. 

After several tight games against Conestoga in the regular season, the boys upset Stoga in the first round of Central League playoffs. Captain Tucker Graham knew the game was going to be close but “knew we would take the upper hand if we stuck together and played as a team.” Senior Robby Toomey netted the first and only goal of the first period but Radnor picked it up in the second with goals from Drew Knight, Colin French, Tucker Graham, and another from Robby Toomey. As time ran out in the third period, Radnor was down 5-6. The boys persisted nonetheless and before they knew it, Colin French had tied the game. “The team knew that game would come down to the last goal,” Graham went on to recount. He delivered by scoring the game-winner. Advancing to the next round of playoffs meant that they would have to play Haverford less than 24 hours later. Although the team was pumped up after beating the Pioneers, two late-night games seemed to affect their intensity against the Fords (ranked #1 in the Central League). The boys battled hard with goals from Ryan Carr and Tucker Graham but lost their chances of winning the Central League title in a 2-7 defeat.

Luckily losing to Haverford did not mean the end of their season, as the boys had a few days to prepare for the Flyers Cup. Radnor Boys Ice Hockey was ranked #9, something the team was not too pleased about but added fuel to the “fire” that they needed. Last Monday, RAHO kicked off the Flyers Cup against Plymouth Whitemarsh and came out strong with two goals in the first ten minutes. But just as Radnor was feeling confident, PW caught up to the boys, tying the game. While both teams’ offenses might have been strong, Robby Toomey felt the reason RAHO kept coming back was, “how we outworked their defenders and kept the puck in their zone.” Radnor’s defenders and offenders scored alike with goals from Connor Baumann, Dominick Laudicina, Tommy Kennedy, Ryan Carr, Robby Toomey, Tucker Graham, Drew Knight (2), and Colin French (2). Senior goalie Luke Mallory was also a huge asset to the team’s success, Will Graham felt that “junior Drew Knight and sophomore Tucker Graham played with intensity through all three periods which kept [the team] ahead.” It was a nail-biter but Radnor Boys Ice Hockey had confidence in themselves and their teammates, allowing them to secure the win. Now Radnor would have to face W.C. East, who were #1 in their league and arguably the best team in the state. Although the team did not share the confidence they had going into the first round, Captain Tucker Graham said, “we knew everything was on the line but we owed it to our seniors to give our best effort.” RAHO battled through the first and second periods and senior Robby Toomey definitely made the most out of his last game scoring Radnor’s only goal. Although ending their season in a loss was not the way the team wanted to go out, they managed some serious upsets in the Central League playoffs and the Flyers Cup which Graham felt was the “highlight” of their season. The team has some pretty big shoes to fill, especially in replacing senior goalie Luke Mallory, but wishes all 5 seniors luck in their next chapter. The team looks to build on the successes of their 2021-22 season next year with the many sophomores and juniors who will be returning. 

Photo from Maryanne Bentley.

Swimming (boys) – Nathan Kellerman

The day after the boys concluded the Central League championships, they were back in the water training for the District One Championships to be hosted at the York YMCA. The team anxiously awaited the final district psych sheets, from which they would determine officially who broke the top 40 in the district and would qualify for the meet. After the dust cleared, Rhett Cosgrove, Chase Bentley, Nathan Kellerman, PJ Duffy, Ray Luan, Jacob Kellerman, Andrew Yu, and Timmy Ledbetter all qualified for the meet in either individual or relay events. “I was very excited, especially with all the anticipation leading up to the meet. It was amazing to extend the season and have another chance to race,” said first-time district relay qualifier sophomore Jacob Kellerman. Other team members were excited for the two-day meet, as well, and as junior Ray Luan relayed, “I was energetic and ready to swim fast.” The team had strong performances from multiple swimmers, with sophomore Andrew Yu setting a new personal best time of 22.04 in the 50 Freestyle, senior Chase Bentley dropping a personal record of 54.18 in the 100 Backstroke, and senior Nathan Kellerman earning a new personal best of 1:01.12 in the 100 Breastroke. When asked about the meet as a whole, captain Chase Bentley said he is “glad to finish the meet and have an opportunity to swim at states.” Captain Rhett Cosgrove had two state-qualifying swims in the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle, and the team’s medley relay (Bentley, N. Kellerman, Cosgrove, Yu) made its way into the state meet, as well. Radnor’s state team consists of a squad of 5, being Cosgrove, Bentley, Nathan Kellerman, Yu, and Jacob Kellerman. 

Emotions are running high going into the final meet of the year, as the team’s three captains—three lifelong swimmers—are ending their high school swimming careers. Looking forward, the team is excited to eat in Bucknell’s cafeteria, a dining spot notorious for its ambiance and variety. Going into the week, Bentley knows he will give his last swim “everything [he’s] got, because this is it.” 

Radnor boys swimming is excited to watch Radnor’s 50-year-old facility undergo renovations; the team’s state qualifiers will practice one last time this season on Monday the 14th and as soon as the boys leave the locker room, work on the athletic wing will begin. Radnor’s five-man states team will swim on Wednesday the 16th and Thursday the 17th; results from the team’s medley relay and Cosgrove’s two individual swims will be reported in Roundup #11. 

Photo from RGSwim.

Swimming (girls) – Kelsey Wakiyama

On Saturday, February 26, Radnor Girls Swimming made the trip up to the York YMCA to compete in the District 1 Championships. The two-day meet yielded many notable and state-bound swims. The medley relay of Marina Wang, Audrey Collins, Maly Lindgren, and Avery Barber started the meet off strong with a third-place medal. Collins had two individual podium earning swims, placing third in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 butterfly, which qualified her for both events at the state championships. Wang also helped Radnor rack up points, placing seventh in the 100 freestyle and ninth in the 50 freestyle, also earning her two individual state swims. Other notable swims included Barber’s 100 freestyle and Lindgren’s personal best 100 butterfly that placed her ninth and qualified her for states. The 400 freestyle relay (Collins, Kelsey Wakiyama, Barber, Wang) placed sixth overall, which qualified them for states and closed the meet. Districts marked the end of the season for a few swimmers. Freshman Skyler Semisch reflects on districts and the season, stating how “our team did amazing and I couldn’t be prouder to be a Radnor girls swimmer! I have made so many memories and it’s crazy how [fast time went by].” 

The six state qualifiers (Barber, Collins, Lindgren, Sophia Mlodzienski, Wakiyama, and Wang) will continue practicing until March 15th, when they will head to Bucknell to compete in the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Barber says “I am really excited to get back to competing at Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University. This is my first year going to states with a girl in each grade, so watching the underclassmen experience such an amazing meet for the first time is something I really look forward to. We are currently seeded to make either A or B final in both relays, and I couldn’t be more proud of us for that.” Freshman Maly Lindgren adds “I would be lying if I didn’t say I was excited for the merch!” Collins, in expressing her excitement for the meet says “The environment at states is always super fun and the energy is really high,” but notes that states means the end of the road for her high school career, admitting that “RGswim will definitely be one of my hardest goodbyes of high school.” 

More information about the meet on  March 16th and 17th can be accessed by visiting https://www.piaa.org/sports/swimming/.

Photo from gamedaypix and Gayle Rich.

Indoor Track (boys) – Senny Farhy

Radnor Boys sent one relay, the 4×200 meter relay consisting of Amir Byrd, Ethan Catoe, Michael Rocheleau, and Gaven Williams, up to the extremely competitive State Championship this year. Running out of the second-fastest heat, they were able to post a competitive time of 1 minute and 33 seconds, beating teams in the fast heat and earning them a podium finish of 8th place. At the banquet, celebrating the team’s success, captain Rocheleau expressed his excitement for the team and gave a preview into the group’s outlook for the upcoming spring season, stating “we will all put forth our hearts and souls… to make it the greatest track season to ever exist at Radnor High School. It’s time that we take the crown and dominate every school that dares to compete with us. Ladies and gentlemen, the real work begins now.” His speech was not only a fitting ending to the boys’ successful indoor season but also an inspiring sentiment about what to expect from them in the future. 

Photo from Bill Shearn, gamedaypix, and Gayle Riche.

Indoor Track (girls) – Senny Farhy

Radnor Girls Indoor Track sent a relay and four individuals to compete at the PTFCA State Championship at Penn State University on Sunday, March 27th. The first event on the track was the 4×800 meter relay, coming in with a seed time of 10 minutes and 2 seconds, and consisting of Amelia Dole, Zoe Margolies, Courtney Kearns, and Julia Salinero. Dole led off the relay, completing the four laps and handing off to Margolies in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, a new personal best. Margolies kept the momentum going, splitting the same time, another personal record for the team. Kearns then got the baton but only held on to it for a whopping 2 minutes and 23 seconds (a nine-second drop from her previous best time) before passing it to Julia Salinero who closed in 2 minutes and 35 seconds. The entire relay finished in 9 minutes and 59 seconds, an impressive three-second drop from their state qualifying time. Next on the track was Lucy Minning, who battled illness the weeks before but was still able to place 21st in the state. In the field department, Delco record holder Sophia Hill was able to tie her pole vault personal best of 12 feet and 6 inches for a stunning 4th place finish, nationals qualification standard, and a first of likely many state medals. Finally, Lucy Henkel brought her all in the 800-meter run, placing 6th with a new indoor personal best time of 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Henkel’s outstanding race qualified her for the national championship as well, where she placed 34th in the country. Overall, the girls had a magnificent season and should expect to be a team to watch as they take their talent to outdoor track.

Photo from William Meyer.

Squash (boys and girls) – William Meyer

In the final weeks of the season, Radnor squash’s varsity team competed in the 2022 U.S. High School Team Squash Championships. Radnor, the first seed in Division V Boys, was given a bye on the first day. As the tournament commenced for the 14 other teams in the bracket, Radnor scouted out the competition to see who they would be playing first. The following Saturday, Radnor had its first match against 9th seed St. Andrews. So far this season, Radnor has already beaten this school twice, but the team was slightly different than it had been, so the match began off rocky. In nationals, each school plays seven matches, and one team must win in 4 of them to advance. Starting off, Radnor lost its first 3 matches, so they needed to win every match left. Radnor won the next 3 matches, leaving the winner of sophomore Arjun Jaswal’s match to decide the team’s fate. Arjun took the stage and dominated his match, winning in a swift 3-game match. The team advanced to the semifinals to play Whitman High School from Maryland. The team, unfortunately, lost its first matches, leaving Radnor in need of a comeback once again. First seed Will Krizek played an intense match, winning the first game 17-15 as his opponent dove across the court. Will brought his match home in a victory of 4 games. However, Radnor lost its concurring matches, so the team lost against Whitman and moved on to the 3/4 place playoff. Later, Whitman went to win the championship. As the tournament began to near an end, Radnor competed in its final match of the year against Episcopal High from Virginia. Episcopal High School was a bit of a question mark because it was ranked 14th out of 15th yet defeated the 6th and 3rd seeded schools. Radnor played some of its closest matches ever, and all but one match went to four or more games. The first matches went to Episcopal High School, intensifying the competition. Josh Tessler stepped up to the court, bringing his match to the fifth game. After a grueling match, his opponent took the cake, ending Radnor’s run for 3rd place. As the tournament concluded, Radnor finished in 4th out of 15 schools and wrapped up the season with a fun practice of playing kickball. Radnor squash’s season will formally end at its upcoming banquet. 

Colorguard

Radnor’s Colorguard team was scheduled to compete in Egg Harbor on Saturday the 12th, but the competition was canceled because of weather conditions. The team will perform next week at Perkiomen Valley High School; more coverage is to come in future Roundups. 

Crew (boys and girls) – Ellie Davis

Both the boys and girls crew teams are working hard to gear up for spring racing season. Aside from this past Saturday’s snowstorm, nice weather has brought more on-water time for both teams to practice. RGCC and RBCC will compete at the first “Flick” race this Sunday on the classic Boathouse Row racecourse, facing nearby Philadelphian teams. After that, in addition to the second flick race, RGCC will face Villa Joseph Maria and Harriton for a casual scrimmage race. 

Wrestling – Nick Lavine

The season is officially over for this year and what a great year it was. The team finished the season with a 13-6 record that could have been even better if they won a couple more close matches. Considering that the team was 7-7 last year, this is a huge improvement for the school and hopefully, the trend will continue in the coming years. The district tournament was the final competition for the varsity wrestlers and the boys all wrestled great and put it all on the line. Out of districts, there were three regional qualifiers: Damian Falcone, Anton Skvortsov, Akhai Heywood. Congrats to them for their accomplishment. At regionals, the boys wrestled well and ended their season on a very strong note. Let’s hope that next year will be even better than this amazing season that we just had.

Diving

Radnor’s Diving’s season has come to a close; coverage of the 2022-2023 season will be next winter.

Cheerleading 

Radnor cheer has finished their current season; stay tuned for more coverage in June regarding tryouts for the upcoming season.


Spring Sports:

Photo from Lauren Kelley.

Lacrosse (girls) – Lauren Kelley

Radnor Girls Lacrosse is back for another exciting season! The returning State Champs have kicked off tryouts this past week through rain and shine. Junior player Angela Esgro is excited to get back on the field, saying “Covid taught us how much it means to come outside and play together.” The 55 member team embodies this outlook and has put it all out there on the field this past week in the form of sprints, endurance tests, scrimmages, and drills. This season, the Girl’s Lacrosse team is joined by Coach Lis Zuern, the former assistant coach of Episcopal Academy. Her goal for the season is to “maintain and build upon the championship culture, in order to keep the longevity of success alive.” The team agrees that she perfectly fits the dynamic, and everyone is optimistic about the coming season. Players are anticipating the drop of official teams just in time for their scrimmage on Wednesday against Bishop Shanahan. More updates to come as the players continue to train for the coming season!

Lacrosse (boys)

Coverage of Radnor Boys Lacrosse will begin in the Radnor Sports Roundup’s next edition; stay tuned for exclusive updates from Radnor’s student-athlete-journalists. 

Softball 

Coverage of Radnor Softball will begin in the Radnor Sports Roundup’s next edition; stay tuned for exclusive updates from Radnor’s student-athlete-journalists. 

Baseball

Coverage of Radnor Baseball will begin in the Radnor Sports Roundup’s next edition; stay tuned for exclusive updates from Radnor’s student-athlete-journalists. 

Tennis (boys) – Sam Hilbert

Radnor Boys Tennis has kicked off their 2022 season strong this week, with practices being full of exciting challenge matches to determine a roster preceding the team’s first match. Following difficulties with court availability, the varsity team has been practicing at Warren Filipone Park while the junior varsity team has been at the high school. About the difficulties surrounding the shortage in courts, sophomore Antonio Fidelibus says “not having all of our courts makes it a little harder to get the most out of practice,” but believes “our team is doing really well with what we have” and that this is just a “small bump in the road for the team.” The Radnor Boys Team is proud to introduce two new assistant coaches this year, Coach Beth Barnabeo and Coach George Kennedy. Radnor Junior Jp Pruett states, “I’m excited to start our matches next week,” citing a belief in “a strong team this year.” The boy’s first matchup is this coming Monday (3/14) at West Chester East followed by a home match this Wednesday (3/16) against West Chester Rustin High School. The team’s first Central League match will be a solid matchup against Conestoga on March 22nd. When asked what they are looking forward to the most about the season, senior captain Ryan Movsowitz stated “I’m most looking forward to spending time with the team and competing.” He believes “we have a great group this year with a lot of potential and depth.”

Outdoor Track (girls) – Senny Farhy

Radnor Girls Outdoor Track kicked off practice on March 7th. Most of the team, unlike most spring sports, has been practicing together since November, when the indoor track season began. Coming off of a highly successful season, captain Lucy Minning already has high hopes, saying “I am super excited to see how to momentum from last season carries over into the spring where times are usually faster.” While the veterans are all definitely expected to post some good times this season, there was a heavy influx of newcomers, which should provide strong depth to the team. Not only are the girls able to race on an outdoor 400-meter track, but they have also been allowed to train on Lower Merion, Conestoga, and Harriton’s tracks this season, which will likely translate into more effective workouts for the team. In the early weeks of the season, things are looking up for the team and they should be seeing lots of success in the months to come!

Outdoor Track (boys) – Jimmy Kurtz

The Radnor boys spring track team has hit the ground running to start their season. After a successful winter track season, the team is preparing for another run at states. This past winter season, indoor track captain Michael “Big Mike” Rocheleau led the 4 x 200M relay team to an 8th place finish at states. He believes that in his final outdoor season the 4 x 200M has “a golden opportunity at making PIAA relays if we work hard and apply our training to the fullest extent.” The distance wing of the team led by captains Jimmy Kurtz, Jack Halberstadt, and Aidan Leonard enters the season with high confidence as well. Halberstadt stated “everyone is really looking forward to having fun and making the most of [the season]” and added that he is excited about “potentially seeing a record or two go down.” Distance Coach Joe Manion added onto his captain’s anticipation for the coming season, claiming “I am looking forward to all the improvements and successes we are going to have this season.” Due to the ongoing construction of the Radnor High School track the track team has spent nearly the entire year training without a track. The good news for the spring track season is that the team has newfound access to other schools’ tracks and is thrilled to once again train on race surfaces.


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