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!