Radnor Sports Roundup 22-23: Edition #4

Edy MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief

No more counting the days away—-the frost on Encke and the ice on Prevost is a clear indicator that it’s time for the Radnor Sports Roundup to start covering the winter season! Things are just now picking up for some of our favorite sports, and our editorial board has put together an impressive Roundup to update you on their progress so far.

This time between Thanksgiving and Winter breaks can sometimes feel lazy, but Radnor’s athletes have been working tirelessly. Although the sports that have already begun are mostly just starting practices and scrimmages, the effort they put in now reflects accurately on their performance throughout the season. Good luck to all in preparing for a successful winter!

Before we begin, thank you again to the new set of winter writers who’ve made this edition possible. I’m so excited for this season not only for the riveting sports news, but also working with all of you. Let’s get started!


Basketball (boys) – Margarita Moreland

The Radnor Boys Basketball team has been working hard at daily practices to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition to practices, the boys scrimmaged Shipley on the morning of November 26 and won every quarter. That following week, a scrimmage against Devon Prep resulted in a similar victory for the Raptors in which they again prevailed every quarter. Looking forward, the boys will face Springfield today, December 8 at 7:00pm.


Basketball (girls) – Audrey Rubenstein

As the winter begins, so does Radnor Girls Basketball. RGB had its first couple of games and scrimmages these past two weeks. Even though the season just officially started, the girls have been practicing since the middle of November and were more than prepared for their games. With the senior class leaving us last year, we gained some new freshman players who have been spectacular on the court. The team came together to start its season with a win against Kennet on Friday, the final score being 40-29. The following night, RGB played against Downingtown West in hopes for their second win, but unfortunately came up short with a loss of 40-50. The first official home game was against West Chester East this past Tuesday and RGB came up on top with a win (52-31). With this victory, our seniors continue to get excited for their final season; captain Meghan Dole explains, “The effort and hustle is evident so as soon as our shots start falling I think we are a real competitor with any team.” It’s going to be an exciting season, so make sure to come out to support RGB!


Cheerleading – Trinity Emery

THE RADNOR CHEERLEADERS ARE GOING TO DISNEY! After a competition in Trenton, New Jersey the cheerleaders received a bid to UCA nationals. This is Radnor Cheerleading’s first time advancing to Nationals. The cheerleaders are looking forward to local competitions as well as traveling to Hershey Park and Orlando, Florida. In addition to the start of basketball season, the cheerleaders have a Cheerful Afternoon clinic at the end of this week filled with crafts, games, stunting, and learning cheers. The cheerleaders will be having a Radnor Ruckus shirt fundraiser during lunches through the week of 12/12. At the end of this week, on December 17th and 18th the cheerleaders are taking on cheer teams at Haverford and Springfield.


Colorguard – Sofiia Kuzmenko

The Radnor Color Guard is excited to start the indoor season. After the graduation of many beloved seniors last year, the team has been working on introducing the new members to guard and teaching them the basics. They are catching up quickly, setting up a promising upcoming season. Speaking of which, with competitions beginning in January, the team has already started working on the show; however, any further details are being kept secret until the first performance on January 21st.


Ice Hockey (boys) – Olivia Brubaker

Radnor Boys Ice Hockey started off the season strong defeating Penncrest 8 to 5. They faced tough central league matchups against Springfield (1-11), Conestoga (4-7), and Marple Newtown (5-8) but the team came back strong against Penncrest, crushing them a second time (9-5). Although their record is not where they would like it, senior forward Drew Knight is currently leading the league in goals (11), points (20), and points per game (5). Junior captain Tucker Graham is also in the top three for goals (9), points (15), points per game (3), and assists (6). RAHO is looking for another win this Friday at 6:30 against Strath Haven at Ice Line. 


Ice Hockey (girls) – Olivia Brubaker

Radnor Girls Ice Hockey was unsure what the 2022-23 season would hold after losing core members of the team and their head coach, but with the first full roster in years and new Head Coach Alexis Hager, the girls have been doing great. With the addition of many Radnor Girls Field Hockey players and a talented freshman class, RGIH stats have improved, although they are still looking to secure their first win of the season. This year seniors, Miya Slaim (C), Olivia Brubaker (A), and Margaux Colonna (A), were elected as captain and assistant captains respectively. They’ve battled it out against WC Henderson (9-13), WC Rustin (4-9), Conestoga (4-5), Downingtown West, and Kingsway (3-8), holding their own against the teams that have mercied them in years past. The girls are looking to come back strong after losing to Conestoga 5-4 in their rematch this Friday at 9:45 at Ice Line.


Squash (girls and boys) – Rhea Howard

The start of the squash season has been busy, from tryouts to captain elections to two varsity matches. The ladder for this season has been set and features returning players at the top, with juniors William Krizek and Arjun Jaswal as the number one and number two. Voting for captains took place last week, with this season’s captains being Darci McRae (senior), Eli Frankel (junior), and William Meyer (junior). Congratulations to the captains and Varsity team! To kick off the season strong, the Radnor Squash Varsity team beat Delbarton School 7-2 last Saturday, with captain Eli Frankel squeezing out a victory in an eventful five game match. Later that day, the Varsity took on the Episcopal Academy JV team and lost, despite many close matches, with the same score of 7-2. Strong effort was displayed by Charlie Wallace and Julia Sareen in their five game matches, despite an unfortunate loss. William Krizek and freshman Luke Howard start off this season undefeated, winning both of their matches on Saturday. The Varsity has an eventful week, with matches against Shipley, Malvern Prep, and La Salle. The season is now in full swing and the outlook is promising!


Swimming (girls) – Martina

Radnor Girls Swim club has swam into this season with a strong start. The pool, which many swimmers have been anxiously anticipating, is finally finished! One of the girl’s swim captains, Holly Bevenour, is very pleased to say that “It’s really nice and I’m glad the floors aren’t as slippery and gross as they were before.” Other than the new renovations, the team has begun preparing for the first swim meet of the season on December 15th. Swimming can prove a bit strenuous, but there is no doubt that the team will prevail.


Swimming (boys) – Jacob Kellerman

The boys were excited to kick off the season and eager to train up for their first meet against Marple Newtown on December 15th. Despite delays in construction, the team was able to get back into Radnor’s natatorium on Monday, November 28th after a week of practicing off-site at Strath Haven. The boys were thrilled to use completely renovated locker rooms and the improved pool. Swimmers hit the ground running – or, rather, hit the pool swimming – immediately, jumping into tough early-season practices week one. Senior captain Ray Luan is pleased with the start of the season, saying “I think our team morale is high despite the massive changes this season… it’s been easy to stick together as a group.” Sophomore Howard Feng shares similar sentiments, expressing his excitement “for the pool finally being opened.” With multiple meets on the horizon, it will be exciting to see the hard work pay off.

Interested in writing about Radnor sports for the Roundup? Contact Edy MacKenzie ([email protected], 610-517-2515) or stop by the next Radnorite meeting.