By Tyler Maddock ‘18
*Scores and records as of 10/31/15 5:30 P.M.*
*The boys golf team has completed its season*
Sem Fun Fact: Of the 7 Fall sports that participate in the Wyoming Valley Conference, 6 won their Division.
A pair of solid efforts put forth by the football team went unrewarded. They traveled to the Kiski School for a Friday night showdown with the Cougars. Early touchdowns by Robbie Mericle ‘16 and Dimetri Kelly ‘16 gave the Blue Knights a 23-14 halftime lead. Heading into the 4th quarter, Sem held a 30-29 lead. This lead did not hold, and the team ultimately lost 35-30. Looking to build on the positive performance, Sem then hosted Perkiomen. Facing some challenging circumstances, the team put up an inspiring effort, losing 36-8. Greg Kleinsmith ‘16 added the only score.
The boys soccer team is once again divison Champions. Following arguably the best season in school history last season, the Blue Knights have put together another championship-winning team. They clinched the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 championship with a 2-0 win over Holy Redeemer. The win avenged an overtime loss earlier in the season to the Royals, who were looking for their first division title in school history. Edward Miller ‘19 opened up scoring off a beautiful assist from Grayson Butcher ‘17. “It was a beautiful ball, [Grayson] gave it some nice loft for Edge to get underneath it, and Edge just was able to put it in,” Rev told the Times Leader on the goal. Two minutes into the second half Andrew Kim ’17 put home another goal, putting the game out of reach. Seminary won the division, and with that they secured the 2nd seed in the Boys “A” District 2 tournament. In the first round they dominated MMI Prep from the opening minutes in a 7-0 victory. Following up the dominant performance in the quarterfinals, the Blue Knights took on Holy Redeemer. The teams split the season series 1-1. Seminary got an early goal from Butcher ‘17 and never looked back. A 3 goal, 1 assist performance from Andrew Kim ‘17 kept Sem in front for good. Along with another shut out from Kyle Hall ‘16, Sem won 4-0. They earned a chance to continue to defend their District 2 A championship against the number 1 seed, Mountain View in the semifinals.
Following in the footsteps of the Boys soccer team, the Field Hockey also captured the division championship. Heading into the the final division game of the regular season on the road at Lackawanna Trail, Seminary was a game behind the Lions in the WVC standings. A win would give Sem the title. Aubrey Mytych ‘19 opened scoring early in the first. Sem dominated play in the game, outshooting Trail 25-5, but Trail was able to find an equalizer late in the 2nd half, forcing overtime. Kelsey Reznick’s ‘19 goal in extra time gave Sem the division title. “Being the division champs, it’s a great win, we worked very hard this season. To be able to be champions feels really good for the team,” Reznick told the Times Leader. Next, the team took on Hanover Area in the final game of the season. Mytych ‘19 tallied 7 goals, and Emily Sims added a hat trick of her own in a 14-0 rout of Hanover. In the first round of Districts, the Blue Knights had a game-winning goal from Abby Straub ‘17, her first of the season. Ultimately the season came to a crushing end in a 1-0 loss against Lake Lehman this past Thursday.
After finishing the regular season with a strong record and a division championship, the girls tennis team suffered a stunning loss in the district semifinals against North Pocono. The loss abruptly ended a successful 2015 campaign. For some, however, the season was not yet over. Jacqui Meuser ‘16 advanced all the way to the semi-finals of the District 2 AA single tournament. Then, she teamed up with Megan Obeid ’16 in the Doubles tournament. Once again, they advanced to the semi-finals before falling to Scranton Prep’s team of Mira Patel and Tatiana Klacko.
Girls Cross Country
The girls cross country team capped off a very successful season with a Division Championship. They won 8 of the final 10 meets to finish the season. They continued the success in the Wyoming Valley Conference Meet, where they finished 5th overall as a team. They placed 3 runners in the top 15 with Tara Kupsky ‘18 finishing 6th, Paige Kupsky 9th and Ava Baur 15th. At the district meet, the girls team finished third and had several members qualify for states: Ava Baur ’19 , Tara Kupsky ’18, and Paige Kupsky ’16.
Boys Cross Country
The boys cross country team also added a Division titled to their resume. Featuring a team with only one senior, this year was viewed as a rebuilding year, a chance to get many underclassmen valuable experience at the varsity level. Yet, the team still finished the season atop of the WVC Division 3 standings. At the conference meet they placed 11th but second among AA schools. The boys team had a successful showing at the district meet, with one player, Eamon Gibbons ’17, qualifying for states.
The girls soccer team finished out the season strong with 3 wins, good enough to pick up the 9th seed in the district playoffs. They took on the 8 seed Forest City (2-11) and won. Next the team faced off against number 1 seed, Lakeland High School. In a close game, the team put up a good effort, but fell short off completing the upset. “Our girls have improved greatly this year. I could not be more proud of them. I am extremely excited for not only districts, but a chance to work with them for the next 2 years.” said Team Manager Corey Bohn ‘18.