Winter Auks Move on to Post Season

After one of the most successful Winter Sports Seasons in school history, the Auks are having post season success.  Every team posted a winning record. For complete game/meet results for all teams go to www.aukssports.com.

The Wrestling team posted their second consecutive winning season finishing with a 6-5 duel meet record.  The team had three members qualify for the Individual State Championship.  Matt McCurnin at 106, Adam Collins at 160 and Sean Devine at 189. McCurnin and Collins both made it to the consolation quarter finals.  Archmere also had John DiAnastasis, Justin Freck, Jake Mottola, Mike Pinto, and Femi Verissimo qualify as 1st alternates for the State Meet.  Everyone of these wrestlers, execpt Femi, will return next season.

Women’s Basketball finished the regular season with a 15-5 record, the Diamond State Conference Championship, and a return to the State Tournament after a one year absence.  The highlight of the regular season was a wins over both St. Mark’s 41-40 and St. Elizabeth’s 45-42.  This marked the first time in school history the team defeated these two Catholic rivals in the same season.  The Lady Auks took the #9 ranking in the Wilmington News Journal rankings and the #10 seed into the State Tournament, on Tuesday, February, 25 vs St. Andrew’s School Saints.  In a game played at the Moglia Field House, the Auks, up only one at half  came out on fire after the break to post a 52-35 win.  They move on to the second round on Thursday 2/27 at Smyrna High vs Smyrna Lady Eagles, game time 7:00. Highlights from the game can be heard at http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=57144.  Also, an interview with WDEL female athlete of the week Amanda Olsen can be heard at http://www.wdel.com/athlete.php?id=57193– .

Men’s Basketball captured their first Diamond State Conference Championship in three years and an automatic bid to the State Tournament finishing the regular season with a 16-4 record.  Highlight of the season were two victories against Catholic rival St. Mark’s and a win over, at the time, #3 ranked St. Andrew’s School.  The Auks took a #7 ranking in the Wilmington News Journal and #12 seed into the opening round of States on February 26 at Moglia Field House vs #23 seeded Tower Hill School.  A sell out crowd was on had as the Auks came back from 11 points down with 5:50 to play to win 53-52 in overtime on a shot by Senior Tyler Burns with 3.9 seconds left in the extra period. The team travels to St. Mark’s on Friday 2/28 for a second round game vs the St. Mark’s Spartans at 7:00 Highlights of the game can be heard at http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=57175.

 

 

Auks move into Christmas Break after a Special Week!

The final week before Christmas Break was special for the Auks, with something happening for the First time of Archmere Athletics! For the first time in school history both the Men and Women’s Basketball Teams were ranked in the Wilmington News Journal rankings at the same time. In the weekly rankings released on 12/17 the Men came in at #7 and the Women at #10!

The Women’s Basketball Team proved worthy of their ranking by recording wins over conference rival Delaware Military Academy 40-35 on Tuesday 12/17.  The Lady Auks were lead by Seniors Amanda Olsen’s 18 and Kate Payne’s 13 in the win.  The pair of Seniors again lead the team to an upset win over the #5 ranked team from St. Mark’s, on Thursday 12/19.  Olsen had 14 and Payne 10 points in the Lady Auks first win over the Spartans’ since 1992 and the first win at the Moglia Field House over St. Marks’ since 1987! The team 4-0 will take on Academy Park (PA) in the first round of the Garnet Valley (PA) Holiday Classic on Friday 12/27 at 1:30 pm.

The Men’s Hoops Team also showed why they were ranked by gaining two wins.  The first came against Conrad on Tuesday 12/17.  Archmere lead by Tyler Burns ’14 scoring 23 and Yale Football signee Conor Furey ’14 added 12 to the 67-19 win.  On Thursday 12/19 the Auks traveled to St. Mark’s to take on the always tough Spartans’ while they never trailed the Auks returned to Claymont with a hard fought 44-39 win, for the third game in a row, Senior Tyler Burns lead the Auks in scoring with 13 along with De’Juan Lee who also added 13.  The 5-0 Auks will be back in action on 12/27 at the Garnet Valley Holiday Classic vs Sun Valley (PA), at 6:30.

The Swim Teams opened their duel meet season this week with the Men and Women both traveling to St. Andrews on Tuesday 12/27 and picking up their first wins of the season.  The Women’s Swim Team entered the meet ranked #3 in the pre-season Wilmington News Journal rankings and won the meet 91-78.  The team swept the relays and got multiple first place finishes from Senior Laura Jogani, Sophomore Ellie Jogani and Freshman Lillian Quinn.  The Men’s Team  recorded wins in the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays along with multiple wins by Ben Creekmore ’14 and Corey Manley ’15 in a 91-78 victory. On Thursday, 12/19 the Swim Auks traveled down Naamans Road to take on  Concord.  The #3 Women’s Team  again behind multiple wins by Ellie Jogani ’16 in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Backstroke and sister Laura Jorgani ’14 in the 50 and 100 Freestyle and wins in the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays for a 51.5-42.5 Auks win.  The Men suffered their first loss of the season 58-35.  Once again Senior and North Carolina signee Ben Creekmore recorded wins in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly.  Both teams return to action after break on January 7, 2014 vs Wilmington Friends. The Women’s Team enters break with a 2-0 record while the Men’s Team stands at 1-1

The Wrestling Team lost their first duel meet of the season to Conrad 39-30 in the home opener on 12/18. Win were recorded by 160 pounder Adam Collins ’15 and 126 pounder Mike Pinto ’15 by decision. Sophomores Matt McCurnin at 113 pounds, Jake Mottola at 132 pounds and Junior Sean Devine at 182 all won by pins.  The team will be in the Howdy Duncan Invitational on Friday 12/20 and Saturday 12/21 held at William Penn High School then will not return to mat until January 3-4, 2014 at the Delcastle Invitational. The Auks Wrestlers have a 1-1 record in duel meets going into the Christmas Holiday’s.

On behalf of all the Archmere Athletes, Coaches, Athletic Trainers and Staff we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and hope to see you out supporting the Auks in the New Year!

 

Wrestling finishes 5th at YellowJacket Invitational, Men’s Hoop moves to 3-0

The Wrestling Team had it’s best showing of the year on Saturday, 12/14 at the YellowJacket Invitational.  The Auks placed 5th in the 16 team tournament. They also had six medalist, with Matt McCurnin’16 taking 1st at 106 pounds.  Sophomore Jake Mattola at 132 pounds and Adam Collins at 160 took home 2nd place medals. Two Juniors Mike Pinto at 126 and Sean Devine at 182 and Sophomore Alec Giakas at 190 took home bronze.  The team returns to duel meet action on Wednesday 12/18 vs. Conrad at home 4:00 start. The Auks will also take part in the William Penn Invitational on Friday and Saturday 12/20-21.  Wrestling starts at 5:00 on Friday and 9:00 on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball moved to 3-0 on the season with a 62-54 win over Wilmington Friends on Saturday 12/14. The hoopster were lead by Seniors Tyler Burns and Conor Furey  who both scored 19 points. Fellow Senior Christian Conaty added 13 for the Auks.  The JV team also moved to 3-0 with a 49-30 win over Friends.  Both teams return to action on Tuesday 12/17 at home vs. Conrad at 5:00.  They then travel to St. Mark’s on Thursday 12/19 for a 6:00 start.

Other action this week sees the Women’s and Men’s Swim Teams open their season at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday 12/17 beginning at 4:00.  Women’s Basketball travels to Delaware Military Academy on Tuesday 12/17 with the JV starting at 4:45 and the Varsity to follow.  They return home on Thursday 12/20 against St. Mark’s, JV at 6 with the Varsity to follow.  The Indoor Track Team will travel to the Kutztown Classic on Friday 12/20, first race starts at 3:00.

Hope you can make it out to one of these contest!  Let’s Go AUKS!

Auks Have a Big Thursday!

Snow canceled school on Monday and Tuesday 12/9- 10 which means teams had a couple of days without practice.  That didn’t seem to slow down the Auks as teams came out ready to roll after getting just one practice day.

The highlight of the Big Thursday was Men’s Basketball Coach Nelms ’70 fast paced team took on #3 ranked St. Andrew’s School in their first away contest of the season.  Lead by Conor Furey ’14 22 points the Auks never trailed posting a 52-45 win. Fellow Senior Tyler Burns added 13 for the Auks who are now 2-0 on the season.  The JV team also posted a 29-26 victory to go 2-0.  Both teams next game is at Wilmington Friends on Saturday 12/14 beginning at noon.

Women’s Basketball played their first game at the Mogila Field House for the 2013-14 season and came away with a 62-43 win over William Penn.  Like the men, they never trailed pulling out to a 26-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The Auks were lead by Amanda Olsen ’14 and Audra Woodside ’15 who scored 13 points each.  The JV team also posted a 41-24 win.  The teams, both 2-0 for the season,  return to game action on Tuesday, December 17 at Delaware Military Academy with a 4:45 tip-off.

Wrestling started their duel meet season with a 42-33 win over Tower Hill at Tower Hill.  The Auks recorded pins from Matt McCurnin ’16 at 113 pounds, Fermi Verissimo ’14 at 152 pounds, Adam Collins ’15 at 160 and Alec Giakis ’16 at 195 pounds.  The team returns to the mat on Saturday 12/14 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Newark High School beginning at 9:00.  The home opener is Wednesday 12/18 in the Moglia Field House vs Conrad High School starting at 4:00.

While swimming has not started their season the Women’s Swim Team are ranked #3 in the preseason rankings in the Wilmington News Journal. 

For a complete schedule of games go to www.aukssports.com.  LET’S GO AUKS!

 

Big Week-End for Auks Past and Present.

Former and Current Auks all had success this past week-end.

Former Auks took the stage at two NCAA tournaments and came away winners.  In the Division 3 National Championship for Women’s Soccer former Auk Maddie Buckley ’11 lead the squad from William Smith College to the Championship.  Maddie scored the opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Trinity College.  She also lead the team with 26 points doing the Championship Season.  If our research is correct Maddie becomes the second Archmere graduate to be part of a NCAA National Championship team, joining Blake Yule ’83 who was part of the Division 3 Football Championship Team at Hofstra in 1986.  If anyone knows of anyone else please let us know.

Hoping to join the list is former Football Coach Joe Moglia.  Joe, now the head coach at Coastal Carolina gained an upset victory over Montana in the NCAA Football Championship Sub-Division (former Division 1-AA).  The win puts #11 Chanticleers into the National Quarter-Finals against #1 and defending national champion North Dakota State Bison on Saturday, December 14th.  Good Luck to Joe and the Coastal team.

The current Auks began the Winter Sports Season on a winning note with all four Basketball Teams recording wins over Delmarva Christian on Friday 12/6.  On the Men’s end Sean Deely ’14 lead all scores with 26 points in an 81-45 win.  Men’s JV scored a 40-2 win.  On the Women’s Side Kate Payne ’14 lead the way with 14 points in a 62-17 win, the JV posted a 41-11 victory.

The other week-end action saw the Wrestling Team at the Bulldog Invitational at Brandywine High School on Saturday 12/7. Lead by  Meet Champions Matt McCurnin ’16 at 103 pounds and Adam Collins ’15 at 160 pounds the Auks place 5 wrestlers in the top 4 of their weight class.  Sean Devine ’15 took 3rd at 182 pounds, and Mike Pinto’15 at 120 pounds and Jake Mottola ’16 at 132 both finished fourth.

There have been a number of schedule changes due to the snow, so please go to www.aukssports.com for the latest updates.

GO AUKS!

Auks Receive All State Honors

Archmere once again is the only Co-Ed High School in the State of Delaware, to have at least one athlete make All State in every DIAA sponsored fall sport.  St. Mark’s, St. Elizabeth’s, Tatnall, Tower Hill, Friends didn’t do it.  Neither did Concord, Brandywine, Mt. Pleasant, Middletown, Hodgson, or any other public school.  Only Archmere in Co-Ed schools has this honor.

The list is headed up by Senior Football Player Conner Furey.  Conner was First Team All-State on both Offense at Tackle and Defense at Linebacker. The other First Team All State Athlete was Senior Volleyball Player Alexa Spense.

Earning Second Team All State were Soccer Players Seniors George Tsaganos and Brian Canfield, Field Hockey Senior Caroline Rath, and Women’s Cross Country Runner Junior Colleen Carney.  Third team honors were earned by Men’s Senior Cross Country Runner Colton Takata and Senior Soccer Player Geff Merz.

Way to go AUKS! It was a great Fall Season.

 

Winter Sports Preview Women’s and Men’s Basketball

The regular season for winter sports starts this week with both Women’s and Men’s Basketball starting things off on Friday.  There are a number of new/old faces in these programs so lets meet the coaches and players who should make this a Great Winter Season.

In the Women’s Program new coach Chris Zambito, takes over the Varsity Program.  Chris, takes over a team that was 7-13 last season. He was an assistant coach during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.  He is also the father of Michelle ’11 who was a three year varsity player during her time at Archmere. Chris will be assisted by former University of Delaware stand out Kayla Miller as varsity assistant. The JV will be coached by newcomers Larry Kelly and assistant Emily Barefoot.

The girls will be a mix of experience and youth, with the goal of winning the Diamond State Conference and returning to the State Tournament after missing out last season. The team will be lead by returning All Conference Players Seniors, Kate Payne and Amanda Olsen with fellow seniors Natalie Mason, Anna D’Eramo, and Rebecca Peet.  All the returning Juniors, Kassidy McVey, Emily Dentinger and Audra Woodside all saw varsity minutes as 10th graders.  They will be joined by a talented Freshman class that sees four players on the Varsity Roster, Danazia Brown, Camryn Howath, Elise Bastian and Cecilla Irvine.

The Women’s Season starts on Friday Night December 6th at Delmarva Christian with the JV game beginning at 5:45 and the Varsity to follow.

On the Men’s side Rick Nelms ’70 takes over a team which finished 8-12 last year. Rick has a wealth of coaching experience having won Conference Titles at Pennsylvania Schools Coatsville, Jenkintown and Kennett.  He also won a Pennsylvania State Championship at Kennett. Also, on the the Men’s Staff is Rich Bastian ’82 as a volunteer assistant for the Varsity Team. The JV will once again be coached by William Gabriel, Archmere’s Campus Minister and his assistant will be Ethan Levine a member of the Math Department.

The team is senior laden lead by returning First Team All Conference player Tyler Burns and Second Team All Conference Conor Furey. The remaining  seniors are Brian Canfield, Christian Conaty, Sean Deely, Mike Ford and Brian Rodgers.  Brian will miss the early part of the season following thumb surgery from an injury during football season. They are joined by Juniors De’Joun Lee who saw varsity time as a sophomore and transfer Peyton Heck. Sophomores Rob Baxter, Nick Udovich, and John Vaile will add bench strength to Coach Nelms fast paced game. The team has set the lofty goal of not only winning the Conference, but making it to the Final Four of the State Tournament.

The Men also open against Delmarva Christian. They will be at home in the Moglia Field House for a JV game starting at 5:00 with the Varsity to follow.

Hope to see you at one of the Games on Friday Cheering on the AUKS! Look for the

Fall Sports All Conference and All Catholic Teams Announced.

The All Diamond State Conference Teams have been announced for Volleyball, Field Hockey, Soccer and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country.  Football is not a sport within the Conference, but the All Catholic Team for football has been released. All State teams will be announced in early December.

Those making All Conference in Volleyball: First Team Alexa Spence’14, Amanda Olsen’14 Maddie Kelly’14.  Second Team: Sarah Donnelly’14 and Justine Pantaleo’15.   Also, Alexa Spence, Amanda Olsen, Maddie Kelly and Sarah Donnelly, were selected to play in the Annual Blue-White Senior All-Star Game.

Field Hockey All Conference were First Team: Caroline Rath’14 and Eileen McAlonan’14.  Second team honors were earned by Maura Corsini’14, Laura Jogani’14, and Katie Dempsey’15.  Honorable Mention were Presley Conaty’16 and Kennedy Murphy’16.

Men’s Soccer First Team All Conference: Brian Canfield’14, George Tsaganos’14 and Geff Merz’14. On Second Team: Tyler Burns’14, Matt McCurnin’16, and Sean Murray’17.  Honorable Mention went to Mark Dombroski’17

Cross Country All Conference for the Men’s Team: Colton Takata’14, Chris Deely’15, Eddie Leonard’15 and Luke Jordan’15.  Second Team Colin Graf’14, Nick Emmi’15, Brendan Tarte’16 and Nick Salameda’17.

Women’s Cross Country All Conference was lead by First Team Colleen Carney’15 and Kate Payne’14.  Second Team was Laura Williams’16, Maggie Malloy’17, Laura Cline’15 and Clee Malfitano’15.  Colleen Carney was also First Team All New Castle County.

All Catholic in Football went to Connor Furey’14 who was First Team on both Offense and Defense, Connor Speidel’14 First Team Defense and Second Team Offense, JM Nocket’14 First Team Offense and Second Team Defense.  The remainder of the First Team were Jack Malloy’14 on Offense and Kenan Hilyard’15 and Christian Conaty’14 on Defense.  The others making Second Team were Francis McVey’14 and Mike Ford’14 on Offense and Matt Gallagher’14 and Ryan Beatson’14 on Defense.

 

Archmere Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent to Play Division I Sports

Four Archmere students signed letters of intent last week to play Division I sports:

  • Ben Creekmore ’14 signed to swim for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A four-year member of the Archmere swim team, Ben has set school records in 200 yard freestyle, 500 yard freestyle, 100 yard backstroke, and 100 yard butterfly. He is also a member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team.
  • Sean Deely ’14 signed to play baseball for the University of Delaware. Sean earned All-State Honors in two positions, First Team as a pitcher and Honorable Mention at first base. He has also earned All-Conference Honors as both a sophomore and junior.
  • Katelyn Payne ’14 signed to play lacrosse at Saint Joseph’s University. She is a multi-sport athlete who has earned All-State Honors in lacrosse along with All-Conference Honors in both cross country and basketball.
  • Claire Orzel ’14 signed to row at Boston College. Claire played volleyball from freshman through junior year before focusing on crew full-time.

 

 

 

Ben Creekmore '14

Ben Creekmore ’14

Sean Deely '14

Sean Deely ’14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Payne '14

Katelyn Payne ’14

Claire Orzel '14

Claire Orzel ’14