Blue Storm Heads Into Fall Athletic Fray

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Foday Bangura ’22

The 2019 fall athletic season kicks off for Mercersburg teams this week, with the boys’ varsity golf and boys’ varsity soccer teams first out of the gate. (Both teams opened their 2019 seasons September 3.)

Find information about each fall team’s opener below, and follow Mercersburg Athletics on Twitter (twitter.com/MburgAthletics) for score updates. Select contests will be streamed live at mercersburg.edu, with broadcasts archived for future viewing. (See a schedule of upcoming broadcasts; note that additional contests will continue to be added all year long.)
 
Of particular note: 2019 marks the first season of eight-player football at Mercersburg (under new head coach Andy Brown), and a separate girls’ varsity golf team has been added for the spring season.
 
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Head coach: David Grady (13th season)
Assistant coach: Sue Malone
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, at Bullis Invitational, Potomac, Md., 8:30 a.m.
Home opener: Saturday, September 21, vs. Kiski, 12:30 p.m.
Athlete to watch: Aakash Koduru ’20
 
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Head coach: Betsy Cunningham (17th season)
Assistant coaches: Rachel Mallory, Leela Woody
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, at Bullis Invitational, Potomac, Md., 8:30 a.m.
Home opener: Saturday, September 21, vs. Madeira, 10 a.m.
Captains: Grace Lewis ’20, Anna Deavers ’21
Others to watch: Addie Geitner ’21
 
FIELD HOCKEY
Head coach: Doonie Brewer (3rd season)
Assistant coaches: Kristin Ahlgren, Deb Welsh
Season opener: Friday, September 6, vs. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 5 p.m.
Home opener: same
 
FOOTBALL
Head coach: Andy Brown (1st season)
Assistant coaches: Rick Hendrickson, Bryan Morgan ’07, Steve Brown
Season opener: Saturday, September 14, vs. Perkiomen, 2 p.m.
Home opener: same
Players to watch: Campbell Prentiss ’20, Jack Yeager ’20, Jackson Schermerhorn ’21, Adam Rappaport ’21, Damien Mahanama ’20

BOYS’ VARSITY GOLF
Head coach: Doug Smith (7th season)
Assistant coach: Andy Schroer
Season opener: Tuesday, September 3, at John Handley High School (Winchester Country Club), Winchester, Va., 4:30 p.m.
Home opener: Tuesday, September 10, vs. Musselman High School (Whitetail Golf Resort), Mercersburg, 3 p.m.
Captains: Jack Mitchell ’20, Henry O’Brien ’20
Others to watch: Argyle Downes ’23, Kenneth Yonke ’22
 
BOYS’ VARSITY SOCCER
Head coach: Carl Stensland (4th season)
Assistant coaches: Tom Rahauser ’74, José Nuñez
Season opener: Tuesday, September 3, vs. Scotland Campus, 4 p.m.
Home opener: same
Players to watch: Diego Morgan ’20, Foday Bangura ’22, Mason Davis ’20
 
BOYS’ JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER
Head coach: Eduardo Magalhães
Assistant coach: Jason Bershatsky
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, Va., 11 a.m.
Home opener: Saturday, September 21, vs. Kiski, 1 p.m.
 
BOYS’ THIRDS SOCCER
Head coach: Ben McNeil
Assistant coach: Selas Douglas
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, Va., 11 a.m.
Home opener: Saturday, September 21, vs. Springside Chestnut Hill, 1 p.m.
 
GIRLS’ VARSITY SOCCER
Head coach: Kristen Pixler (4th season)
Assistant coaches: Skyler Clark, Emily Schoenberger ’15
Season opener: Friday, September 6, vs. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.
Home opener: same
Captains: Alex Coenjaerts ’20, Kate Prentiss ’21
Others to watch: Allison Schuldt ’20, Julia Borger ’20, Tanaka Mukudzavhu ’20, Alexandra Howard ’20, Annie Klaff ’20, Addie Jenkins ’20, Sophie Krasny ’20
 
GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER
Head coach: Todd McGuire
Assistant coach: Margaret Maciulla
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bethesda, Md., 11 a.m.
Home opener: Tuesday, September 10, vs. Friends School of Baltimore, 4:30 p.m.
 
BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING
Head coach: Glenn Neufeld (5th season)
Assistant coaches: Kelsey Steiner, Steve Fowler, Shelley Swope
Season opener: Friday, October 18, Blue-White Meet, Lloyd Aquatic Center, TBD
Home opener: same
 
GIRLS’ VARSITY TENNIS
Head coach: Eric Hicks (1st season with girls’ team; entering 26th season with boys’ varsity in spring 2020)
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, vs. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 11 a.m.
Home opener: same
Captains: match captains will be selected
 
GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY TENNIS
Head coach: Bill Wissinger
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, vs. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 11 a.m.
Home opener: same
 
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
Head coach: Tonya Angle (2nd season)
Assistant coaches: Erin Caretti
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, vs. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 11 a.m.
Home opener: same
 
JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
Head coach: Katy Brake
Assistant coach: Cindel Hollenshead
Season opener: Saturday, September 7, vs. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 11 a.m.
Home opener: same