Mid-Season Winter Athletics Review
Mid-Season Winter Athletics Review
Jake Myers

Wrestling

The St. Andrew's wrestling program has enjoyed quite the resurgence in the 2017-18 school year, welcoming eight new wrestlers to the program. These novice wrestlers have competed in many JV tournaments and have hosted two dual meets with Delaware Design-Lab, both of which the Saints won. In the Westtown Wrestling Tournament, AJ Ayres '19 took home second place in the 182 lb weight class, while Owen Schneider '21 took home bronze in the 120 lb class. In the Smyrna JV Tournament, both Wade Anthony '20 and Nick Lilley '21 placed fourth in their respective weight classes.

Brando Leggott '18, a 2017 state tournament qualifier, has enjoyed a successful senior campaign at the varsity level as he has won the Bulldog Invitational, the Westtown Wrestling Tournament and the Tower Hill Tournament. Leggott, who wrestles at 152 lbs., will look to take home first place in the Delaware Independent Schools Conference championship meet on February 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming

The St. Andrew's girls swim team, who won the 2017 conference championship, continue to cement themselves as the best team in the Delaware Independent Schools Conference as they have also defeated all conference opponents during their regular season meets. The Saints are led by newcomer Alyse Ray '20 who has qualified for seven individual events at the state championships, held in late February. Sarah Caron '19, a 2017 Honorable Mention All-State performer, has continued to build on her sophomore year success by qualifying for six individual events at the state championships. Other Saints who have qualified for individual events include: Ryan Schutt '18, Ann Yancey Bassett '19, Pia Mozdzanowski '19, Piper Ackermann '19 and Marie Ueda '21.

The Saints, whose record sits at 6-4, will look to claim their second consecutive conference championship on February 4 when they host the DISC meet. The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Boys Swimming

The St. Andrew's boys swim team continues to establish themselves as the best team in the Delaware Independent Schools Conference, defeating all conference opponents during their regular season meets. Dylan Torrance '18, the 2017 team MVP and Second Team All-State performer, has continued to lead the Saints during his final campaign. He has so far qualified for all eight individual events at this year's state championships. Will Cammerzell '19 and Tad Scheibe '19, both Honorable Mention All-State performers last season, have enjoyed terrific years; Cammerzell has qualified for seven individual events at the state championships while Scheibe has qualified for six events. Newcomer Andrew Park '21, qualifying for seven individual states events like Cammerzell, has established himself as one of the top freshman swimmers in the state of Delaware. Other state qualifiers include: Will Gray '18, Ben Covell '18, Wilson Archie '18 and Xander Atalay '19.

The Saints, whose records stands at 6-4, will look to take home their second consecutive conference championship on February 4 when they host the DISC meet. The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Indoor Track

The St. Andrew's indoor track team enjoyed a successful 2017-18 season as they competed in five competitions in the Wilmington and Philadelphia area. Leading the pack of Saints runners was cross-country superstar Alex Horgan '18. Horgan, who cemented himself as one of the best cross-country runners in the state in the fall when he earned First Team All-State honors, continued to impress indoors this winter. He will participate in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter races at the state championships. Blake Hundley '20, who took home a bronze medal at the Ursinus High School Open, will join Horgan in the 3200 meter race at the state championships. Quentin Abramo '18, competing in the 200 and 400 meter sprints, qualified for the state championships in each, but missed the final cut by .01 and .04 seconds. Classmate Alec Barreto '18 also qualified in the 3200 meter event, but, like Abramo, was unable to make the final cut.

The Saints will travel to the DIAA state championship meet on Saturday morning when they head to the Prince George Sports Complex in Maryland. Races will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball

The St. Andrew's girls varsity basketball team has already reached its win total from one season ago, defeating Delaware Design-Lab, Brandywine High School and Glasgow High School. The Saints, who currently sit at 3-7, are averaging close to 29 points per game (up from 22.65 last season) and have held opponents to under 25 points on three occasions. This turnaround on offense has been spearheaded by Noor El-Baradie '19 who averages a team-high 8.4 points per contest. Her season high came against Glasgow High School where she netted 14 points on six made field goals, sinking two shots from behind the arc. Classmate Leandre Pesctoe '19 has been a steady force as well, contributing 4.7 points per contest. Newcomer Griffin Pitt '21 has shown great potential in the post, scoring 12 points against Delaware Design-Lab while adding nine points against conference opponent Wilmington Friends.

The Saints, under the strong guidance of head coach Jason Honsel, will look for win number four on Friday afternoon when they will travel to George Read Middle School to take on Delaware Design-Lab for the second time. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

The St. Andrew's boys basketball team currently stands at 4-8, defeating Wilmington Christian, MOT Charter High School, Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, and Tower Hill. The Saints are led by small forward Adrian Watts '20 who affects the game in a variety of ways through his scoring and rebound. Watts, averaging 14 points and six rebounds per contest, also leads the team in steals and is second in blocked shots. Classmate and floor general Lamar Duncan '20 contributes 13.7 points per game while also dishing out a team-high 34 assists (3.1 per contest). Akeem Martindale '18, John McKee '18 and Nnamdi Chima-Anyanka '19 have proved to be a reliable frontcourt and are instrumental to the team's success defensively, as the Saints only allow 49.6 points per game.

The Saints will look for win number five on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Middletown High School. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m.

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