Daeshaun Jupiter- Deane is pushed out of bounds after making a reception v.s the Kiski school (photo via CVSports)
By Tyler Maddock ‘18
This off season the Sem football team underwent a major change from a season ago. It began with the hiring of Coach Kelly and his staff in the Spring. Kelly brings with him decades of Division 1 college coaching experience. The team also brought in over a dozen new transfers, with many making the trip from north of the border. This year’s class of post graduates was headlined by DT Kyree Campbell ‘17, the former North Carolina commit holds offers from Alabama, Ohio St, Notre Dame and about 15 more Division 1 schools. The season started off with a loss on the road to Episcopal Academy, the team also lost starting quarterback EJ Blake ‘18 to a season ending knee injury in that same game. Since then Jared Piatnik ‘17 moved over from the Tight End to fill the void at quarterback. He stepped in with ease and threw for 237 yards and 2 scores in a loss to the Hill School. Sem then took on Kiski in front of a packed house at Nesbitt Stadium on Homecoming weekend. Sem got out to a fast start with a rushing touchdown from Daeshaun Jupiter-Deane ‘18, who’s been the team’s most consistent offensive threat, early in the first. A blocked punt by Campbell lead to an 11 yard touchdown run by Abdoulaye Konate ‘17. Sem lead 14-3 at half, but the second half was a whole other story. The team’s offense struggled to find a rhythm and injuries to Campbell and Konate depleted the Blue Knights defense. Sem dropped a heartbreaker 19-14. Following the tough loss, Sem was on the road again at Perkiomen. Piatnik ran for a score and threw one to Manny Biels ‘18, while Campbell lead the defense with three sacks and an interception. The team came away with a 15-10 victory. This weekend they finish off the season with a game at home vs Canterbury (CT).
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Sem history, theteam returned 4 of 6 starters and were preseason favorites to repeat as Wyoming Valley Conference AA champions. Sem started the season with a 4th place finish at the Ted Tryba Classic at Fox Hill. Liam Gilroy ‘17 lead the team with a T7 finish shooting an 80. The team the rolled through the regular season dropping only one match to Lake-Lehman. That lead to a rematch with Lake-Lehman in the conference championship. Facing difficult, windy conditions, the two teams remained deadlocked at 355 after the four scores had been counted. The tie breaker was the team’s fifth best score, which ultimately was Jeremy Callahan ‘19 for Sem, his 98 was one better than Lehman. This gave Sem the title and a birth in the District final for the second straight year. Sem would take on the Lackawanna League champions, Scranton Prep, at Elmhurst Country Club in Moscow. Sem saw season lows from Noah Munley ‘17 (75) and Bobby Wilson ‘19 (77) but that was not enough to knock off Prep. In individual play, Sem qualified a WVC high 6 golfers to the district tournament. Dan Rogers ‘18 shot an 80 to finish 3rd in the WVC qualifier. Munley was the high finisher for Sem at the District tournament firing a 85 for finnish T9.
Coming off back to back PIAA District 2 Class “A” championships, the expectations were set high. The Blue Knights fielded a very experienced line-up lead by captains Michael Kim ‘17 and Andrew Kim ‘17. The team took second in the annual Rarig Soccer Tournament at Millville. Following the loss in the final, they went on a tear in WVC play, winning 12 of the first 13 games by a combined score of 75-12. With two games remaining in the regular season, Sem was tied with Holy Redeemer for first place. The two teams squared off at Nesbitt field with first place on the line. In a hard fought battle, Sem dominated play, getting off 32 shots to Redeemer’s seven, Although in the end, both teams couldn’t manage to find agoal, the result was a 0-0 tie in double overtime. Sem then fell short in a tiebreaker with Redeemer losing 3-2. They knocked off Carbondale 8-0 in the first round and will take on Lakeland in the second round. Andrew Kim leads the team with 22 goals. The JV team finished the season undefeated with stellar play from Captain Jimmy Riley ‘17. “I’m proud of the whole team for the way we really came together. I’m happy to end my career undefeated.”
Boys Cross Country
The team entered the season with high expectations. Coming off a Division title the team looked to repeat. They were able to accomplish that goal at the coaches meet, again winning the team Division championship. The team is lead by Seniors Eamon Gibbons and Christian Rickrode. This week they will look to win a district title.
The biggest news of the offseason was the new formatting in the Wyoming Valley Conference and in the PIAA. Sem moved up into the highly competitive Division 1 for the WVC, but moved down a class to “A” for PIAA play. Sem entered the season widely regarded as one of the top teams in the state. Offensively the team lacked experience, but were lead by a talented group of underclassmen. Hannah Maxwell ‘20 lead the team with 17 goals and lead the division with 39 points. Maxwell formed one of the best offensive duos in the state with Aubrey Mytych ‘19, who lead the team with 14 assists and finished fifth in the division in points with 33. Alicia Carr ‘18 and Alex Wesneski ‘20 also proved offensive support for Sem. The defense is lead by goalie and Drexel commit Lexie Socash ‘17. The team finished the season 12-2 in the WVC, good enough for second place. The team also defeated the number one ranked team in the country by MaxFieldHockey, Eastern High School (NJ) snapping theschool’s 131 game winning streak. Sem entered postseason play as the 3 seed. In their opening matchup, they defeated Hanover 8-0 with the help of a hat trick from Maxwell and a pair of goals from Mytych. They met with Lake Lehman in one the most highly anticipated matchups of the season in the semifinals. After going down 2-0 early, Kelsey Reznick ‘19 scored on a break away to get Sem within one goal, but a Lehman goal late in the second half gave them a 3-1 advantage heading into halftime. Hannah Maxwell was able to get Sem back within a score with a goal one the second half off an assist from Wesneski, but it wasn’t enough as Sem lost 3-2 ending their season.
Sem has a rich tradition when it comes to Girls tennis and this season was no different. Regularly fielding a starting lineup filled with underclassmen, the team found great success. Sem finished the season in 2nd place in the division. The team then managed to find their way all the way to the district semifinals before losing to Holy Redeemer. Nicole Joanlanne ‘20 made it to the final eight in the district individual tournament. After that she teamed up with teammate Abby Capin ‘18 to make it to the semifinals it the doubles competition. The team will return the majority of their starters and should be favorites to compete for a district title next season
Girls Cross Country
Liked the boys team, the girls are coming off a season in which they captured the division title. They took home the title yet again at the coaches meet. Tara Kupsky ‘18 lead the team with a 22nd place finish. They will look to finish off the season will a strong showing at districts.
Mrs. Griffin returned again to lead the girls’ soccer team. This team played hard every game and did not back down from any challenge. Some highlights from the season were a 6-0 win over GAR and a 4-1 victory against Hanover. They secured the fourth seed in the district playoff. On their matchup with Holy Cross, they failed to get on the board and lost 2-0. Annemaaike Reitsma ‘19 and Brenna Satkowski ‘17 lead the team with six goals each. “This team has grown and developed beautifully. They really have a good feel for the game.” said ex-manager Corey Bohn ‘18