By Ty Maddock ’18
After falling short last year at Preps, the Blue Knights came into the season determined to earn a second national championship in three years . It took only one tournament to make a statement. Heading into the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament, Sem was ranked number 2 in the country by USA Today. At Ironman Seminary crowed 2 Champions and, 8 wrestlers placed in the top 8 for their respective weight classes. The Blue Knights totaled 171 team points, 25 more than the second place team. The victory at Ironman was enough for Sem to move ahead of Blair for the number one spot on USA Today’s rankings. Sem also saw 10 senior wrestlers officially sign their national letters of intent to continue their academic and wrestling careers at the collegiate level. Those wrestlers include Aaron Kliamovich (132, Northern Michigan University), Mason Manville (152, Penn St), Will Hilliard (220) and Will Verallis (160), both to Old Dominion; Christian Dietrich (195, University of Pittsburgh), Greg Kleinsmith (170, Kutztown), Trent Olson (132, Wyoming), Nick Reenan (182, Northwestern), Mike Rogers (220, North Carolina State) and Chris Weiler (170, Lehigh).
After a difficult season last year, Sem came into the season looking to improve.With four of last year’s five starters returning, the Blue Knights have already won eight games, already an improvement from last year’s 4-17 record. Opening the season in the Joe Nespoli tournament at Berwick High School, the Blue Knights lost in the championship game 54-52 to Berwick. Jeffrey Bevacqua ‘16 and Patrick Ganter ‘16 were both named to the All-Tournament First Team. After the tough loss, Seminary went on to win their next 6 games. Patrick Ganter ‘16 has been the leading scorer to start the year, averaging 17.8 points per game while Jeffrey Bevacqua ‘16 is close behind with 12.7 per game. The Blue Knights began league play with a close 35-33 victory in overtime against MMI Prep. Following the win, Sem dropped 2 straight home games. They suffered another setback against Meyers before defeating Northwest at home. After those two games they took on Holy Redeemer. With Ganter still out of the line up due to injury they lost 52-39. They will travel to Lake-Lehman this Friday.
Before the season even began disaster struck the Girls basketball team. Just few weeks before the first game, first year head coach Marty Mrozinski unexpectedly passed away. The team then hired Abbey Rodway. A former player for Lackawanna College, she graduated from West Chester University with a minor in coaching. Under Rodway, the team’s fourth coach in the last eight months, Sem has gotten out to a solid start to the season. Maya Kornfeld ‘17 (16.2 ppg) and Miranda Pace ‘16 (10 ppg) have emerged as the team’s main offensive threats. They have won games against Lackawanna Trail, Coughlin, Susquehanna, MMI Prep and Mountain View. They took on a tough Meyers team on the road and lost 57-47 on Monday. They followed up a home victory against Northwest with a loss vs regional powerhouse Holy Redeemer. Next they will take on Lake-Lehman
The swim team has had a little bit of everything in their seasons so far. They began their year with a blowout victory over Lake-Lehman. They followed that victory with a close loss to Tunkhannock, who finished 3rd in the team standings at last years District 2 AA meet. In the meet against Tunkhannock, Matt Bean ‘17 broke the school record in the 100 meter backstroke. Those two meets lead to the highly anticipated matchup with rival Holy Redeemer. The close meet saw Matt Bean break his own school record for the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 56.87. The meet ultimately ended in a tie. Sem they faced a very good hazelton team and lost 104-70. They struggled in their next meet as well posting a 66-28 loss to drop their record to 1-3-1. They are at Dallas this Wednesday before coming back home to take on Berwick.
New season, new records. Despite only having 5 meets, records after records have been broken by this year’s swim team. After opening with two wins over Coughlin and Lake-Lehman, Sem won their next meet at home over Meyers. In this meet Tara Kupsky ‘18 broke 3 school records, including 2 pool records, in just 4 swims. Next they took on perennial power Tunkhannock. Despite a close loss, Tara Kupsky ‘18 managed to break the school’s 100 meter butterfly record. Also, Sem broke two of Tunkhannock’s pool records: the 100 meter breaststroke by Kupsky and the 400 meter free relay by the team of Julia Baur ‘16, Ava Baur ‘19, Paige Kupsky ‘16, and Madison Federici ‘19. Next came the matchup with Holy Redeemer. Tara Kupsky broke the school and pool record in the 500 meter free and Sem won all three relay events to post a 54-40 victory. They then went on to win two closely contested matches with a 101- 82 victory over Hazelton and a 55-39 win over Wyoming Valley West. They will hit the road this week to face Dallas. After that they will take on Berwick at home.
Boys Ice Hockey
A very talented team has struggled to gain their footing in their new season. The team got off to a good start, beginning the season 2-1. The team has picked up wins against The Northwood School (NY), University School (OH), Hoosac School (NY), Brewster Academy (NH) and The Portledge School (NY). Last week in a matchup at the Hun School, Chuck Rousseau ‘17 and Tanner Wilding ‘16 both had goals. Brandon McCulloch ‘16 and Alex Alizier ‘16 both recorded assists. Simon Bowyer ‘17 recorded 24 saves. Seminary lost 6-2 despite outshooting Hun 31-30. Next week the team won an important home matchup vs The Portledge School 4-0. Alex Sode ‘16, McCulloch ‘16, Garrett Belanger ‘17, Alexandre Sabourin ‘17. They then lost a close one to Academie St.louis (Quebec) 6-4. They will take on The Hill School this week.
Girls Ice Hockey
This season has been viewed as a rebuilding season for the Blue Knights. The team features only two seniors, forward Kelsey Kayton and goalkeeper Rachel Havrylkoff. Their wins are over the San Jose Sharks, the Mid-State Mustangs, and the Portledge School (NY). The team recently won against Portledge 3-1 for their last home game of the season. The team will travel to Lake Placid, NY to participate in the Northwood Invitational Tournament at the Olympic Center.
Records and scores as of January 19, 2016.