The St. Andrew's girls basketball team enjoyed a terrific 2017-18 season as they more than doubled their win total from a season ago. Defeating seven opponents, the Saints won exciting contests over MOT Charter and McKean High School to close out their season. Point guard and captain Leandre Pestcoe '19 directed the Saints on offense all season long, averaging 6.3 points per game and assuming all ball-handling responsibilities. Pestcoe saved her best performance against Dickinson High School, netting 22 points on six made field goals and ten made free-throws. For her efforts, Pestcoe was awarded Honorable Mention All-Conference honors and received the team MVP Award. Classmate and co-captain Noor El-Baradie '19 averaged a team-high 7.1 points per contest and could be found corralling numerous rebounds and steals for the Saints.
Newcomers Nia Cross '21 and Griffin Pitt '21 displayed great potential throughout the year as Cross scored 10 points against Dickinson High School while Pitt netted 21 combined points against Delaware Design-Lab High School and Wilmington Friends School. For the effort and energy that she brought each day, newcomer Miles Abney '20 was the recipient of the Coaches Award.
The St. Andrew's wrestling team continued its resurgence during the second half of the 2017-18 winter season as JV wrestlers began to compete in varsity matches against strong competition from across the State of Delaware. In fact, three members from the Class of 2021 placed at the Delaware Independent Conference Schools (DISC) championships. Theo Taylor '21 took home second place at 120 pounds while Nick Lilley '21 and Owen Schneider '21 placed third at 126 and 132 pounds, respectively. With their impressive performances, both Taylor and Lilley qualified for the Independent Conference Championships where they performed well again. Taylor wrestled to an eighth place finish while Lilley just missed the individual state championships, finishing in fifth place (top four make it). For his outstanding rookie season, Nick Lilley received the 2017-18 Coaches Award. The 2017-18 Most Improved Award went to Wade Anthony '20 as Wade made steady progress all year long, culminating in a fourth place finish at the Smyrna JV Tournament and a sixth place finish at the PolyTech JV Tournament.
Captain Brando Leggott '18, competing exclusively in varsity matches during his 2017-18 campaign, capped off his stellar career with a second consecutive individual state championship appearance after his fourth place finish at the Independent Conference Championships. Leggott, competing in the 152 pound weight class, went 1-2 at the state tournament in an extremely competitive weight class. He finished his senior year with a 22-5 record: he won three individual tournaments, placed second at the DISC meet and took third at the Delcastle Invitational. Leggott also recorded an astounding 16 pins and one major decision. The St. Andrew's wrestling program appears to be in a great place, and head coach Phil Davis believes that Leggott has played a large role in the resurgence of the program, stating: "Brando, a senior captain, has led the team all year with his positive attitude and willingness to teach beginner wrestlers. Brando's record speaks for itself. He's a tough kid and a very technical wrestler who never gave up once on the mat. He has led a blazing path for his underclassmen teammates to follow." For his efforts, Brando Leggott '18 was the recipient of the 2017-18 MVP Award.
The St. Andrew's indoor track team enjoyed a successful 2017-18 season as they competed in five competitions in the Wilmington and Philadelphia areas to prepare themselves for the DIAA state championships held at Prince George Sports Complex in Landover, Maryland. Captain Alex Horgan '18, a 2017 First Team All-State cross-country performer this fall, led the Saints to a 15th place finish with outstanding performances in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Horgan raced to a fifth place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:28.04 and completed the 3200-meter run in 9:55.23, good enough for sixth. For his efforts, Horgan was awarded team MVP honors. Blake Hundley '20, an all-conference and all-county cross-country runner, also competed at the state championships and placed eighth in the 3200-meter run as he finished in 10:00.42.
Sharing team MVP honors with Horgan was classmate and fellow captain Quentin Abramo '18. Abramo enjoyed an impressive senior campaign as he took home a bronze medal for his efforts in the 400-meter dash at the N5CTA Indoor Track Meet and qualified for the state championships in the 200- and 400-meter sprints. Classmate Alec Barreto '18, taking home the Coaches Award for his commitment and dedication to the program, also qualified for the state championships in the 3200-meter run. Evan Murray '18, sharing the Coaches Award with his classmate Barreto, had a strong year competing in the 200-meter sprints and playing an integral role on the relay teams. For her improvement in the 55 and 200 meter dashes, Lilly Howard '20 was the recipient of the Most Improved Runner Award.
St. Andrew's boys basketball finished the year with a 8-12 record, going 4-6 in the highly competitive Delaware Independent Schools Conference and ending their season on a four game win-streak. Adrian Watts '20, a second year member of the varsity program and team captain, led the Saints offensive attack with an average of 14.3 points per game. Watts' most impressive performance came against state tournament qualifier St. Thomas More, as he scored 23 points on seven made field goals and snatched 14 rebounds. For his efforts, Watts was named Second Team All-Conference and was awarded team MVP. Classmate Lamar Duncan '20 finished second on the team in scoring as he averaged 12.6 points per contest. Duncan, serving as the primary ball-handler, directed an offense that averaged 50 points per contest. For his contributions, Duncan earned Honorable-Mention All-Conference accolades.
The Saints played great defense throughout the season as they would surprise teams with a variety of defenses ranging from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone. Anchoring this unit that held their opponents to 48.35 points per game was the front court of captain Akeem Martindale '18, captain John McKee '18 and Nnamdi Chima-Anyanka '19. For their leadership, both Martindale and McKee were recipients of the 2017-18 Coaches Awards.
The St. Andrew's boys swim team enjoyed a successful 2017-18 campaign as they completed the regular season with a 6-4 record, won the Delaware Independent Schools Conference (DISC) championships and finished fifth overall in the the state of Delaware amongst 27 schools. Captain Dylan Torrance '18 led the way all season long and in the process, cemented his legacy as one of the greatest swimmers in School history. Torrance, battling a fever during the days leading up to the state championship meet, placed fourth in the 200 IM, eighth in the 100 fly and helped lead two relay teams as well during the meet. When asked about Torrance and his gutsy state championship performance, head coach Bowman Dickson said, "I am blown away by how tough this guy is, and how much his love of the sport pushed him through a tough mental and physical challenge." Torrance, who received team MVP honors, First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State accolades for his impressive season, leaves St. Andrew's owning two School records (100 fly, 200 IM) and one conference record (200 IM).
Newcomer Andrew Park '21, a Second Team All-Conference selection for his performances in the 100 fly and 200 IM at the DISC meet, won the Saints Rookie of the Year Award and will look to build upon his successful first year. Ben Covell '18 was the recipient of the Coaches Award while classmate and captain Will Gray '18 received the Genereaux Service Award. Covell was a First Team All-Conference selection while Gray earned Second Team honors and both swimmers qualified for the state championships. Looking ahead to next season, the Saints appear to be in great shape as they bring back strong swimmers from the Class of 2019, most notably: Tad Scheibe, Will Cammerzell, and Xander Atalay. Both Scheibe and Cammerzell received First Team All-Conference honors this season and have recorded numerous top-10 times that put them in the SAS record books while Atalay earned Honorable Mention All-State recognition for his eighth place finish at the state championships in the 500 free.
The St. Andrew's girls swim team enjoyed an incredible 2017-18 season as they completed the regular season with a 6-4 record, came in second place at the Delaware Independent Conference Schools (DISC) championships and finished 11th overall in the state of Delaware. Sarah Caron '19 led the Saints throughout the season and proved to be one of the best swimmers in the state with her performance at the state championship meet. Caron, competing in the 100 back and 100 free, placed fourth and seventh, respectively. For her impressive times, Caron was selected Second Team All-State and earned team MVP honors. The Saints Rookie of the Year Award went to Pia Mozdzanowski '19, a First Team All-Conference performer who placed 13th overall in the 50 free at the state championships. Joining Caron and Mozdzanowski on the All-Conference team were Alyse Ray '20, Katie Macalintal '20, and Ann Yancey Bassett '19. Ray, who qualified for seven individual events at the state championships, was awarded Second Team All-Conference honors and placed 16th at the state championships in the 50 free and 100 breast. Macalintal joined Ray on the Second Team as she finished fourth in both the 100 fly and 100 back at the DISC meet, qualifying for the state meet for the first time this year. Ann Yancey Bassett '19 received Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades as she recorded a second place finish in the 200 free and a fourth place finish in the 500 free. Piper Ackermann '19, a first-year swimmer for the Saints, received the Most Improved Award as she was able to qualify for the state championships in the 50 free while also playing a key role in the team relays.
The Coaches Award went to captain Alex Hopkins '18 while classmate and co-captain Ryann Schutt '18 received the Genereaux Service Award. Hopkins, an integral member of the 200 free relay team that placed seventh in the state championships, stated, "Through the seemingly impossible practices, disappointing swims, and frustrating moments, the team never gave up on each other, showing support and care that I have not witnessed anywhere else." Schutt, a state qualifier in the 50 and 100 free, believes that, "While swimming can seem like an individual sport to spectators or perhaps even to swimmers themselves, this year proved to me just how special, vital, and incredible this sport is when you have a team behind you in and out of the pool. I could not be more proud of the entire swim team this year, and I will especially remember the courage, dedication, and resilience the girls demonstrated throughout the season."
Expectations were high for the St. Andrew's boys varsity squash program as they returned 11 members from their 2016-17 team that won the US Squash Division V National Championship. Led by a strong core of seniors, the team did not disappoint. Participating in the highly competitive Mid-Atlantic Squash Association, the group was able to overcome a number of teams that they lost to in the past couple of years, including wins against Radnor High School, the Episcopal Academy junior varsity team, and the Conestoga High School B team. Competing in Division IV at Nationals, the Saints managed an eighth place finish in Philadelphia.
Head coach Taylor Foehl noted, "This was by far the strongest group of seniors that I've been able to work with in my four years at St. Andrew's. Captains Mac Nicholson '18, Andrew McArthur '18, and Graham Nielsen '18 have given so much to this program over the past two or three seasons, and the depth of the class is extraordinary. We'll miss all of the seniors next year, but there's a strong group of underclassmen who are coming up behind them."
The St. Andrew's girls varsity squash team had a successful 2017-18 campaign participating in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association. Led by senior captains Noelle Yoo '18, Annie Roach '18, Hanna Soulati '18, and Maragret Flynn '18, the Saints were able to defeat The Hill School by a final score of 5-4 in an exciting home match in the middle of January. Riding the momentum of this victory into the Division IV US Squash Nationals, the Saints were able to beat the Sacred Heart junior varsity team and Mercersburg Academy, placing 10th overall.
"We had a great group of seniors that have been with the program for the past four years," said head coach Taylor Foehl. "Noelle, Annie, Hanna, Margaret, Catherine An, and Francesca Bruni have set this program up for success in the years to come through their hard work and dedication to the team."