Radnor Sports Roundup 22-23: Edition #8

Edy MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief

As a senior, I can say the second semester brings a lot of new excitement—no more midterms, a momentary relaxation on schoolwork, and the promise of warmer weather soon. Yet the freezing temperature outside reminds us that the winter sports season is far from over; it’s just gaining momentum. We have teams celebrating their seniors, preparing for playoffs, and even traveling the country. This Groundhog Day, I’m promising you at least two more weeks of captivating winter sports action. As always, the Roundup delivers!

Thanks to the Sports Editorial Board for this edition. Despite exams last week, you guys never stop! We’ve prepared a jam-packed Roundup filled with all you need to know on Radnor’s athletic activity. Additionally, I’d like to specially shout out Wrestling as a new addition to this RSR.

As hinted by the cover of the Roundup, this late into the season, fans make all the difference. Keep on showing out and getting loud for all sports this winter. With no more time to lose, get reading!



Basketball (boys) – Margarita Moreland

The Radnor Boys Basketball team is on a roll with no stop in sight. On Thursday, January 19, the boys prevailed over Upper Darby. Jackson Hicke contributed with 21 points and 11 rebounds and the game ultimately concluded in a 61-33 win. The boys traveled to Downingtown West High School, where Charlie Thornton was unguardable with 26 points. Michael Savadove and Cooper Mueller were helpful in the rebounding department, and the match advanced the Raptors’ undefeated streak. The long awaited Lower Merion game finally came on Tuesday, January 24. Throughout the first half, both teams were head-to-head; at halftime, the score was 24-23, with Radnor leading by 1 point. In the third quarter, the Raptors went on to outscore the Aces 21-5 and finished them off in a 64-41 victory. Jackson Gaffney swept the court with 14 points and Henry Pierce added 9 points. That following Thursday, the boys thrashed Springfield to improve their record to 18-0 (62-33). To conclude their week of intensive studying for midterms, Radnor conquered Penncrest by 29 points. Nick Monty was an unstoppable player in the paint, and Danny Rosenblum led the team on offense. On senior night against Harriton, Jackson Hicke had 28 points and the game resulted in another triumphant win for the Raptors (57-42). Looking forward, the undefeated team faces Marple Newtown on Thursday, February 2. 


Basketball (girls) – Audrey Rubenstein

After coming off a tough part of their season, Radnor Girls Basketball bounced back with two quick wins against Upper Darby and Lower Merion High School. Their win against Upper Darby was a chance for RGB to get back on their feet, and Caroline Monahan took this opportunity to lead the team with 15 points. Meghan Dole was a close second, dropping 12 points. Even during midterms week, RGB took the win against Lower Merion with Kate Gallagher having 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Unfortunately, when the girls faced Springfield, they put up a good fight but came up short, ending 33-38. Similarly, in the game against Penncrest, RGB played well as a team but the score ended 34-37, Penncrest winning. Coming back from these losses, Radnor Girls Basketball beat Harriton on senior night, and they are taking this energy into their game against Marple Newtown this Thursday!


Cheerleading – Trinity Emery

This past weekend, the Radnor Cheerleaders competed at PIAA States in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This weekend the cheerleaders are going to Strath Haven High School for a Central League competition, our last local competition before UCA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. The cheerleaders were happy to celebrate Radnor Basketball’s Senior Night and see Radnor’s 57-42 win against Harriton High School! The cheerleaders are doing a Super Bowl fundraiser, if interested check out the Radnor Cheer Instagram page @radnorcheer; also, stay tuned for updates of the cheerleaders taking on Nationals!


Color Guard – Sofiia Kuzmenko

October 30th, 1938. That is the date of the famous War of the Worlds broadcast that terrified the nation and the name of Radnor Color Guard’s 2023 show based on the event. The show debuted at Pennridge High School to a small audience last weekend. This weekend, the color guard had their first competition in which they earned second place with a score of 66.70—a great place to start the season.


Ice Hockey (boys) – Olivia Brubaker

RAHO kicked off a four game winning streak beating Haverford 8-6 on the 19th and Garnet Valley 9-4 on senior night the next day. They went on to crush Central League rival LM 14-5 with 6 goals from Drew Knight and a hat trick for Ryan Carr. This past Monday, they beat WC Henderson 6-5 in OT after a neck and neck game. Henry Kennedy scored, Tucker Graham had a hat trick, Colin French tied the game with 50 seconds to go and Drew Knight scored the game winning goal in overtime. Currently ranked third in the Central League, Radnor Boys Ice Hockey looks to keep their winning streak alive as they prepare to face Great Valley this Friday at 6:30 at Ice Line.


Ice Hockey (girls) – Olivia Brubaker

After fighting neck and neck with LM for the second time this season, RGIH unfortunately fell 4-3 to the Aces in OT. Sophie Green had two goals and Sam Mitchell tied the game with five minutes to go. That Sunday they went on to hold WC East well into the second period but lost 8-5 with two goals from Miya Slaim and Brooklyn Brown respectively, and one goal from Sam Mitchell. Next they traveled to Hatfield to face Pennridge, but after a series of injuries, they ended up losing 6-1. On February 1st they suffered another tough loss to WC Henderson, but spirits are high as the team looks ahead to their last three games of the 2023 season. 


Indoor Track (girls and boys) – Zoe Margolies

The girls team has been trying to keep warm with no meets the past few weekends. However, the girls are still practicing and heading up to New York this Sunday for the Ocean Breeze Invitational.

The boys team has been attending dual meets and demolishing the competition! Their 4×4 has qualified for the Meet of Champs in a few weeks at Lehigh. A boy from each grade also came together to race the Distance Medley Relay last weekend, where they placed second and also qualified for the Meet of Champs. If you don’t know what a DMR is, this relay includes the 1200 run by freshman Curtis Connor, the 400 run by senior Jacob Shalev, the 800 run by sophomore Joseph Garzio, and the 1600 (mile) run by junior Luke Bodden. The distance Coach, Joe, has reported that he is “very happy and looking forward to improvement to come.” He also wants to give a major shoutout to the throwers of the team for their improvements; senior Liam Janschkan, sophomore Adam Azmi, and sophomore Jasir Cook. More and more races to come, so stay tuned!


Squash (girls and boys) – Rhea Howard

In a thrilling rematch against Princeton Day School, the Coed Varsity gave it all they had and played some incredible squash. Unfortunately, they were unable to pull off the win, coming short again. After the devastating loss, the team took a break from hitting squash balls to hit the books as midterm week arrived. After the final midterm on Friday, Coach Wright and a group of five players headed to the University of Virginia for a weekend of de-stressing and college squash. This week, the Girls team will head to the Arlen Specter Center at Drexel University for a tri match against local schools in the Philadelphia area, and an all Boys Varsity roster will challenge the Hill School.


Swimming (girls) – Maly Lindgren & Martina Becerril

RGSwim is officially heading into the postseason, as a lot of girls are gearing up for Silver Champs this Saturday and Centrals next week. With Districts and States following in the weeks to come, the whole team has been bustling with events, including meets, new practice methods, preparations for senior night, and the widely anticipated pasta parties! Last week was unordinary because Coach Jeremy generously gave the swimmers the option to do the normal practice or a shorter training to leave early to review for midterms. Many swimmers wisely took advantage of this; nevertheless, there was still training to do for the meets ahead. After a tough loss to Stoga, the girls rallied and tied a strong Garnet Valley team, even while down multiple key swimmers. Diving Coach Doug Nowak highlighted the impact diving had on the score, with Nuala Dill, Olivia Cohen-Freue, and Jordyn Weitzman securing first, second, and third to give the Raptors enough points for the tie. On Monday, the girls had their last dual meet and only second home meet of the season against Ridley for senior night! The team celebrated our six awesome seniors and came away with the dub. Looking forward, swimmers slated to compete at Silvers are excited for the chance to dominate, with junior Julia Handen reporting that “although it’s a little nerve wracking to leave dual meets behind, [she]’s super excited to have a chance to show [her] own personal growth throughout this season!” Girls qualified for Centrals are starting their taper now and enjoying the easier practices in preparation to swim fast and hopefully get their Districts cuts! As always, roll RGSwim!


Swimming (boys) – Jacob Kellerman

January 30th marked the end of the regular season for Radnor boys swimming with a competitive meet against Ridley, also Radnor’s senior night. The team enjoyed celebrating the boys’ five seniors; Captain PJ Duffy, Captain Ray Luan, Carson Feinberg, Gavin Slate and Owen Shiels reflected on their time with the team. The boys ended the 22-23 season with a respectable 5-2 record. Moving onto the championship season, Radnor wasted no time jumping into its “taper,” or extended rest, to prepare for important meets like the Central League Championships. Junior Colin Mucksavage, hoping to qualify for the 500 freestyle at Districts, is excited about the team’s potential going into Centrals, saying “I think we’ll swim well at Centrals; our taper and hard work all season are sure to pay off .” The Raptors will also compete at Silver Champs this Saturday, the final meet for many. With multiple swimmers hoping to qualify for the District 1 Championship with new bests at Centrals, the boys are hopeful to see themselves reach their full potential this season.


Wrestling – Anton Skvortsov

Radnor Wrestling has been having an electric season, traveling to tournaments such as the Conestoga Valley Holiday Tournament and the loaded Mid-Winter Mayhem tournament held at IUP. Radnor placed wrestlers in both tournaments. Recently, Radnor competed in the Central League tournament, taking top-three for the second year in a row. Placewinners include Senior Captain Anton Skvortsov, Junior Kyle Johnston, Sophomore Jayden Lee, and Senior Captain Akahi Heywood winning it all. 

After weeks of intense work in the room where Marco Kelly has been giving Zach Fluck and Coach Fink the work, Radnor looks to compete in two more home meets before heading out to the postseason. Senior night is against Springfield on February 8th and Cure SMA night against Great Valley on February 10th. Cure SMA night is held in honor of Peter Henkel, who was a member of the team. Make sure to show out.

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