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2017 – 2018 Winter Sports Previews

Wrestling
 
This year’s team will be led by Tres Conaway ‘18, Lance Kevin ‘18, Caleb Trudeau ’18 and Zach Smith. Coach Bill Hardy said, “We have some good wrestlers who will be able to do well individually and some novice wrestlers who look very promising”.
 
Senior Lance Kevin has the opportunity to win his 100th career match this year, and the team will keep Quaker Nation posted on his progress. Veteran junior and senior wrestlers have set the goal to place in the MIAA tournament at the end of the season and with hard work, they should be able to do so.
 
It is hard to predict how this season will progress with so many new wrestlers and without seeing the line-ups of other teams, but the team is shaping up to be a dedicated group, quick to learn and willing to put in the work needed.
 
The team will kick off their league schedule with a match at Palotti on December 1st.
 
Squash
 
There is a lot of excitement in the squash arena to start this season.  37 players came for tryouts, nearly double from two years ago!  Over two dozen 9th and 10th graders, so it’s a young team.  But, we have strong leadership on the Boys team in our second-season captains (both female).
 
Returning seniors Emma Galambos (co-captain), Jocelyn Gann (co-captain), Cole Shay, Carter Feiss, Alexander Raynes, Pelham Hardie, and Jack Connors will lead the squad this year along with Milo Pavlovich ’20 and Jack Bradbury ’20.
 
The Boys Varsity and JV teams start their season with a November 28th match at St. Paul’s, while the Girls JV Squad host St. Timothy’s at Meadow Mill Athletic Club on November 30th. Coach Chris Newton speaking about the team this year said, “While winning the league may be a bit of a stretch, we expect to be competitive with most teams despite our youth”.  Lots to look forward to with the winter Quakes on the court!
 
Girl Varsity Basketball
 
The team returns everyone from last year’s team.
 
Leading scorers Katie Capizzi ‘18, Hannah Goodenough ‘19 and Bria Randolph ’19 should provide some firepower on the offensive end, while Carli Freeman ’18 who moved to PG last year handles that spot once again.
 
Last year the team battled injuries all season long when finally healthy the Quakes showed what could have been as they won 2 of the last 3 games, both on the road including a 1st round playoff game. With the addition of 7 players to the Varsity team, 4th-year head coach Ken Zalis hopes the injury bug will stay away this year. Zalis said “Last year was a struggle to stay healthy. We were thin, to begin with, and with the injuries, we got worn down in most games. At the end of the season, we played well once we got everyone back”.
 
Having players like Charessa Crosse ’19, Kendi Jafar ’20, Mary Charlotte Mortimer ’19 and Gabby Sklar ’19 coming off the bench should make for a deeper 2017 team.
 
The team host defending champion in the Quaker Dome on November 30th.
 
 
Boys Varsity Basketball
 
A new era for the Boys Varsity basketball team arrives as Kyle Harmon takes the reins of the program. Coach Harmon is entering his 12th year of coaching and this is his first year as a head varsity coach.  He has been an assistant coach at both the collegiate and high school levels.  For the last seven years, he was an assistant varsity coach at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, helping lead the Gaels to championships in five out of the seven years.   Including last season when the Gaels went 37-4 and won the M.I.A.A. “A” Conference and Baltimore Catholic League regular season and tournament championships.
 
In addition to Coach Harmon’s arrival, we are very excited to announce our coaching staff.  Donya McFail takes over the JV Boys team this season after serving as the Varsity Football coach. Donya’s knowledge and easy-going manner will serve him and his teams well this season. He will be assisted by Mark Mcclelland. The JV team hosts the Columbia Ravens on November 28th at 5 PM in the Quaker Dome.
 
Brian Hubbard has been named Varsity associate head coach.  Brian has been a head coach for over a decade at both Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Archbishop Curley High Schools in Baltimore.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program that will be vital to our success.  The Varsity also have two new coaches that are making their debut this season.  Lloyd McCleave and Camontae Griffin Sr. will both serve as assistant coaches for the Quakers.  Lloyd is a graduate of Frostburg University where he played for the Bobcats.  Camontae is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he led the team to two conference championships and an NCAA sweet sixteen appearance.  Camontae also got to experience playing professional basketball in numerous countries around the world after receiving his degree. 
 
Senior Kavon Samuels, who will provide us with leadership and toughness at the point guard position, a three-sport athlete that can really be a threat on both sides of the floor.  In the junior class, the team will rely heavily on Chase Kirkwood and C.J. Johnson to guide the team through their hard work and dedication.  These young men have already invested many hours perfecting their skills on the court and are looking forward to the challenge of filling the voids of those seniors that graduated last year.  Moving up from J.V. this year we have juniors, Alex Jones and Charlie Lebowitz. Both young men will play vital roles on the team.  Alex will be a force to be reckoned with in the post and on the glass, while Charlie is a sharpshooting specialist from beyond the arc.  New to the program are juniors, Jack Bauer and Kamari Johnson.  Both student-athletes transferred into the school this year, and are multiple sports athletes who add depth to our roster and will provide us with high energy, and athleticism.  Jaden Derry and Erik Hunter will be looked at to provide structure and guidance even as sophomore guards.  They are expected to make an immediate impact on the court through hustle plays, getting our team organized and locking down the opposing team’s better perimeter players.  Dwayne Gilliam Jr. and Quincy Marchelya round out the sophomore class and both are new to the program.  Learning the system and getting our team better as they grow and develop will be imperative for these two for this season.  
 
The team looks forward to competing for the M.I.A.A. “B” conference championship and hope that the students and families of the community will come out and support our boys as they pursue the goals we have established.
 
Come see the Varsity team as they participate in the Sherm Bristow Tip-Off Basketball Tournament at Gilman on December 1st and 2nd. 6 PM is the tip on December 1st.
 
Indoor Soccer
 
A small but experienced team led by seniors Brenna Firle, Seraya Makle and Zoe Guill should be a challenge for any opponent this season. McKenna Klausner returns as well after being named all-conference for the 2017 outdoor season. Freshman Katie Ledakis and Ellie Proutt add some youth and speed to the lineup. Returners Zaria Dancer ’20 and Lindsey Mosmiller ’19 should provide some firepower on the offensive end this season.
 
Coach Tommy Quaranta return for his 4th season with the team and likes what he sees so far. “It’s a good group, they work hard and have done well during training if they can take the work effort shown so far into league play we should see it reflected on the scoreboard”.
 
After winning the Championship 2 years ago the team is hungry for another title. The team plays their games a Duburns Arena and host cross-town rival Mercy on November 29th at 3:30 PM.  
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