Radnor Sports Roundup 22-23: Edition #3

Edy MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief

Radnor fall sports have each had incredibly successful seasons. Congratulations to all sports ending this edition; we’ll see you next year!

Again, thanks to the Radnor Sports Editorial Board for their contributions to each edition. It’s thanks to them that I bring you Radnor Sports Roundup Edition #3.


Cheerleading – Trinity Emery

Radnor cheerleading finished the football season strong with Radnor’s win against Lower Merion. As the seasons change, the cheerleaders are preparing for competitions in the next few weeks and the upcoming basketball season. The cheerleaders are taking on other high school teams at UCA regionals and Strath Haven in hopes for a bid to future competitions. Keep your eye out for more information surrounding Radnor Cheerleading’s Cheerful Afternoon clinic for K-8th grade on December 10th. Also, if you or a friend is interested in purchasing a Radnor Ruckus shirt to wear to support all of Radnor’s sport teams do not worry: the cheerleaders will be selling the t-shirts during lunch periods the week of 12/12.

Crew (girls and boys) – Anna Conen 

Radnor Crew ended their fall season with an extremely eventful weekend. On Saturday, boys and girls crew competed in the Frostbite Regatta and on Sunday, the clubs competed in the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta. Both events took place at Mercer Lake in New Jersey. Unfortunately, no novices raced this weekend since their events were canceled due to harsh conditions, but luckily junior varsity and varsity boats were still able to compete. Radnor Girls had their junior varsity four bring home some hardware on Saturday, placing first overall in their event. On Sunday, both clubs had boats advance from first round heats into the finals or petite finals, with the womens V4 placing second in their petite final, the mens V4 placing third in their final, the men’s V8 placing sixth in their petite final, the womens V8 placing fourth in their petite final, and the mens JV4 placing first in their final. Additionally, Radnor had a men’s double, mens JV8, and womens JV4 boat compete on Sunday in initial heats, placing fourth, third, and second, respectively. Overall, it was a very successful weekend for Radnor Crew and a perfect way to wrap up the season. Although the Fall season is over, registration for girl’s winter crew is open now and make sure to keep an eye out for the spring!

Field Hockey – Olivia Brubaker

Radnor Girls Field Hockey had a terrific 2022 season and ended 14-4, earning them 3rd place in District 2. The team qualified for States for the first time in over 7 years and although they fell 0-3 to the Hershey Trojans in the first round, they have a lot to be proud of this season. The team was thrilled to learn that sophomore forward Alex DeCain was awarded Main Line Athlete of the week; the team has a lot of young talent and the seniors are excited to see all that they accomplish in the coming seasons. RGFH is excited to follow senior captains Gracie Bookbinder and Meghan Dole as they will be continuing their athletic and academic careers at Trinity and F & M respectively. 

Football- Olivia Brubaker

Although they did not advance in the playoffs, RAFO ended their season on a high note beating LM on Monday, November 7th at home. Hundreds of students, alumni, parents, staff, and community members packed the stands for an unforgettable night under the full moon. A hard fought 14-0 shutout was RAFO’s 11th straight victory in the storied rivalry. For the seniors, it was a bittersweet farewell to their football career, but a great way to go out as fans, family and friends celebrated until the lights went out.

Tennis (girls) – Edy MacKenzie

Congratulations to senior Mia Xie and junior Leina Ciarrocchi for placing second in the state for doubles tennis! Great season Radnor Girls Tennis.

Ultimate Frisbee (girls) – Sofie Jubelirer and Sarah Tachau

While their season unfortunately comes to a close, the girls ultimate frisbee team played their hearts out in their first and last tournament of the season. The KitKat Ultimate Frisbee Tournament took place a few weeks ago, on October 30th. For many new players, this was their first tournament. Traditionally, the team organizes “psyche sisters,” which are pairs of players who must cheer one another on. For this, each sister bought their sister a few snacks along with a kind note to keep them spirited throughout the day. The team took the field at 12 PM for their first game against SLA Masterman. After fierce competition, the girls unfortunately fell 10-3. However, one highlight was senior second-season player Mariça Ximenes’ three defensive blocks. Shortly after losing to Masterman, the team faced Haverford, scoring on the first point thanks to captain Rona Liu Zhong. Haverford kept at their tails, but the girls emerged victorious 9-5. A whopping three points of the game came from junior Stella Hoang, who scored on every drive she was in in her final three rotations. As the sun started to set, the team played for one last time that day, facing North Allegheny (NAGU). After a tough start with NAGU at Radnor’s heels, Radnor swept the game 5-2 in the final moments. Annika Dillon, the only freshman at the game, scored two points. The future looks bright for the girls frisbee, and the spring season will only bring more victories. 

By far a favorite matchup, the final game of the fall season was played against LM during LM week. Despite the loss of  5-12, the girls had several highlights: notably, captain Rona Liu Zhong’s five defensive blocks and impressive points scored by Hannah Yao and Olivia Cohen Freue. The energy on the sidelines was electric, featuring a pep band with tunes such as the NFL theme and Mortal Kombat, played by trumpets Hannah Yao and Annika Dillon.

The team ceremoniously ended the season with their annual banquet. Along with awards, the team said their farewells to their head coach Mike who is retiring from the job this year. However, the team still has a few fun unofficial tournaments and games scheduled in the winter.

Ultimate Frisbee (boys) – Sarah Tachau and Antonio Westby

The final games of the fall season took place in the KitKat tournament, on October 30th. The boy’s varsity finished 1-4 and, despite having few subs,  showed a warrior’s spirit. Their greatest highlight of the day was a comeback of 8-3 against Methacton; however, the varsity fought hard against Strath Haven with a final score of 8-9. Some standout displays were Antonio Westby’s wild layout grabs, Emmett Hillman’s constant grind, and Luke Tobin’s immense dedication. On the JV side, the boys went undefeated and won the chip. Alex Richardson and Kyle Wang both had top tier performances with their high energy.

Radnor boys ultimate will definitely take pride out of their fall season. Through ups and downs, their brotherhood brought out the best in people, whether it be Jack St. Ahmad with his clutch-ups, Allen Huang’s incredible growth overall, or Kyle Wang getting sturdy. Antonio Westby said, “As long as we’re better than last fall and that bum Ben Robinson, I’m happy.” What would make Radnor Ultimate even happier though, is for anyone to join in the spring. More numbers would send it to new heights, like winning states once again.