Radnor Sports Roundup 22-23: Edition #15

Edy MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief

For what is most likely the penultimate Roundup of the 2022-2023 season, I won’t bore you with useless preamble. Instead, you can get straight to the awesome news about Radnor’s spring sports, brought to you by the Roundup’s talented team of writers. Happy reading!



Baseball – Jacob Farhy

As the season comes to a close with just two games remaining, the boys remain rather cold. After a narrow win over Penncrest, the team would then go on to lose to Springfield and Strath Haven, failing to eclipse three runs in both efforts. However, the season wouldn’t reach its all time low until a 17-0 beatdown vs. Marple Newtown. The Raptors hope that they can grow from the pains that they endured during this season. One shining bright spot through an otherwise tough season has been sophomore catcher Matthew Szychulski, who won Main Line Athlete of the Week for his impressive play in the season so far. Despite all the losses, the boys still have hope. “I know that the guys will be working harder in practice and won’t let one bad season define us,” said middle infielder Joe Krasowski, who leads the team in batting average. The dominance of the sophomore class points to a better year next year for Radnor.


Colorguard – Sofiia Kuzmenko

The competition season for Radnor Color Guard has wrapped up, but not without some amazing performances. During Chapters for Southeastern Pennsylvania, the guard broke 90 and won first place with a score of 90.44. Over the weekend, the team headed to Wildwood, New Jersey for the final competition of the season, and they did not disappoint. On Friday during prelims, the guard broke Radnor’s previous record with a score of 93.44. They beat it again on Sunday in the final competition with a score of 94.34, which earned them first place and, for the second year in a row, made them TIA Atlantic Coast Champions! The guard is set to perform one last time in the Memorial Day parade before the end of the school year.


Crew (girls and boys) – Anna Conen

This past Saturday and Sunday Radnor Crew competed in City Championships. In order to compete in finals on Sunday, boats had to place in the top 6 of their category on Saturday. Both Radnor Boys Crew and Radnor Girls Crew had boats make it to finals with several of their boats earning medals. The boys team had a Varsity Four place second and JV Four place third, earning medals. They also had boats place fourth in the Lightweight Four category and the Novice Eight category. The girls had a successful weekend as well with a boat in the 2nd Varsity Eight category earning third place in Sunday’s finals. The girls also had a Novice 8 place second in their event, earning them silver medals, and a Varsity Eight place fourth. Junior Colin “Caveman” Mucksavage is very proud of how the teams did and says that he is “looking forward to Mid Atlantics and Stotesbury Regatta.” The boys and girls teams, while previously enemies, now wish each other good luck for the rest of the season, according to Mucksavage and Julia Handen, a junior on the girls team.


Lacrosse (boys) – Parnia Nasrullah

After an astounding winning streak, the team had an amazing senior night filled with a lot of supporters including moms, who did a fantastic job at setting up the event. Following this exciting night was a swift win over Ridley, leading the team into their game against Lasalle on Saturday. The team beat Lasalle with a score of 8-1. This was a very special victory, as the team hadn’t beaten them in nearly two years! They played Conestoga on Tuesday for the Central League Championship. After this, the team will go on to play Salesianum, a competent and competitive team, on Thursday at home at seven. Be sure to go and cheer for the team as they bring this victory home too!


Lacrosse (girls) – Angela Esgro

Anyone keeping up with the Radnor Girls Lacrosse team knows that this season is something special. After the devastating loss to Archbishop Carroll High School on April 22nd, Radnor’s record has taken a drastic turn. Within the past two weeks, the Radnor Girls Lacrosse team has won the last 7 straight games, dominating its remaining opponents in the regular season. The girls took home a crucial out-of-league victory this past Friday, defeating the undefeated Villa Maria Academy in overtime. Radnor also took home two crucial Central League wins over Garnet Valley and Conestoga High School. Radnor was ranked 23rd in the District 1 3A rankings following the Archbishop Carroll game. The team has ascended 12 spots in the last two weeks and now sits in the 11th rank with one game remaining in the regular season. The team faces their final regular season opponent, Manheim Township High School, this Friday on Encke at 4 pm. The team looks to conclude their regular season on a high note and obtain a preferable seeding in the district tournament. 


Softball – Naomi Gross

With one more game in the season on Monday, Radnor secures a senior night victory against Harriton on Wednesday night. In a nail-biting show-down, Harriton scores 1 run in the first inning and maintains their lead for a few more. Radnor comes back with multiple home plate steals and takes the lead 4-1, but Harriton scores 1 more run. Radnor is comfortable in the final inning but not secure as Harriton sends another runner home, bringing the score to 4-3. With a runner on third and two outs, the game is close; however, the last out is a simple pop-up behind first base, and Radnor takes the win! The night was a fantastic show of teamwork and resilience as Radnor tackled the game play by play. Meghan Dole pitched another beautiful game with a single walk and Mia Engle dominated right field as she caught countless fly balls. Congrats to the seniors who walk out of their last home game victorious and thanks to the fans that cheered on the team! The season has shown massive improvement from the previous year and throughout this spring.


Track & Field (girls)  – Niva Menon 

CHAMPIONS! For the past two weeks, Radnor Girl Track and Field have competed in the Girls Delco Championships and the Central League Championships. On Thursday May 4th and then Saturday May 6th Radnor’s track and field athletes ran at Springfield and conquered all! Courtney Kearns sped through the 800 meter run placing 1st overall and qualifying for districts. Zoe Margolies and Emma Hyde both ran the 3200 meter run in which Zoe placed 3rd overall and Emma 10th. Kayla Cormier placed 8th overall in the 400 meter run, and number one pole vaulter Sophia Hill placed 1st overall, taking the title of Delco Champion home. On Wednesday May 10th our runners headed to Lower Merion where they competed in the Central League Champs. Zoe Margolies and Emma Hyde both medaled in the 1600 meter run, Margolies in 2nd and Hyde in 6th. Courtney Kearns and Kayla Cormier also medaled in the 400 meter run with Cormier in 2nd and Kearns in 3rd, and finally Sophia Hill once again dominated winning 1st place in the pole vault, naming her the Central League Champion. As we look to districts we wish all of our runners participating the very best of luck!


Track & Field (boys)  – Niva Menon 

Radnor Boys Track and Field have been stacking medals up! Recently, the boys, similar to the girls, competed in the Delco Championships and the Central League Champions. On Wednesday May 3rd and then once again on May 6th our runners competed at Sun Valley High School—here, Ethan Catoe placed 2nd overall in the 100 meter dash, Luke Bodden placed 6th overall in the 1600 meter run and 3rd in the 3200 meter run, and Curtis Conner placed 5th in the 3200 meter run. Our speedy hurdlers Mason Shieh and Owen Lim both placed top 5 in the 110 meter hurdles, Shieh in 3rd and Lim in 5th. This performance qualified Mason Shieh for districts! The hurdlers came back once again for the 300 hurdles where Noah Wampole placed 4th overall and Mason Shieh placed 5th. Our field events took a storm when Noah Wampole placed 2nd overall in the high jump, Ethan Catoe placed 3rd overall in Triple Jump, and Liam Janschka placed 2nd overall in discus, qualifying him for districts! On Wednesday May 10th the boys joined the girls to run at Central League Champs where Mason Shieh placed 3rd overall in the 110 meter hurdles, Luke Bodden placed 3rd in the 1600 meter run, and the boys 4 by 100 meter placed 5th overall, also securing themselves a spot in districts. Ethan Catoe placed 4th overall in the 200 meter dash, qualifying for districts, and also placed 4th overall in the triple jump. Noah Wapole placed 2nd overall in the high jump, Owen Lim placed 6th overall in long jump, and finally Liam Janschka placed 3rd overall in the discus throw. As we look to districts we wish all our runners participating the very best of luck!


Ultimate Frisbee (girls)- Sofie Jubelirer

With cities and states in the near future, RGUF has a lot of exciting events to look forward to. Although the team did not have a game this week due to the hassle of APs, they played rival school Lower Merion last Monday. Coming into the game, the girls were the expected underdogs, as LM had crushed them in the past two tournaments. However, the matchup was a nail-biter until the very end. Within the first half, Radnor hit a streak of five points in a row, with four points scored by junior captain Rona Liu Zhong and two points scored by rookie Samantha Gasink. The spirits were high when the team ended the half 8-4. The second half of the game, however, took Radnor aback as LM brought the score of 8-4 to 8-7. Still, Radnor maintained their positive energy, with lots of sideline cheering and dances (a special shout out to all of our injured players). Though they were tired, the team persevered and broke LM’s streak with a beautiful assist from one sister, Sofia Dillion, to the other, Annika Dillion, who was positioned in the endzone. Radnor came out on top with a score of 11-9 in a well-fought match. The team is excited to compete this weekend in Cities against teams in the Philadelphia area and looks forward to competing further at States in Pittsburgh in a few weeks.

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