Springing Forward: A Blue Storm Spring Sports Primer

Mercersburg’s seven spring varsity athletic teams are jumping into their respective schedules. The spring academic term began Tuesday, March 19, and the first varsity athletic contest of the season took place Thursday, March 21, when the Blue Storm boys’ varsity lacrosse squad hosted Kimball Union (N.H.) Academy.
The first road contest of the spring was Friday, March 22 (a girls’ varsity lacrosse win at St. Timothy’s School near Baltimore, Md.), with the Blue Storm baseball, boys’ lacrosse, and boys’ tennis teams opening their 2019 campaigns at home Saturday, March 23.

Below is information for each varsity squad. A number of athletic events will be livestreamed this spring at mercersburg.edu/athletics; for scores and updates on all Mercersburg teams (varsity and junior-varsity), follow @MburgAthletics on Twitter. (Click on the name of each sport to see that varsity team’s full schedule.)

BASEBALL
Opener: Saturday, March 23, vs. Linsly School, noon (doubleheader)
Home opener: same
Mid-Atlantic Prep League opener:  Saturday, March 30, vs. Hun School, noon (doubleheader)
Head coach: Mike O’Keefe (1st season)
Assistant coaches: Zach Swope, Matt Jacobs

BOYS’ LACROSSE
Opener: Thursday, March 21, vs. Kimball Union Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Home opener: same
MAPL opener: Saturday, March 30, vs. Hun School, 1 p.m.
Head coach: Mike Conklin (5th season)
Assistant coaches: Chris Howes, Skyler Clark

GIRLS’ LACROSSE
Opener: Friday, March 22, at St. Timothy’s School, 4:30 p.m. (Stevenson, Md.)
Home opener: Thursday, March 28, vs. St. Maria Goretti High School, 4:30 p.m.
MAPL opener: Saturday, March 30, vs. Hun School, 1 p.m.
Head coach: Kristin Ahlgren (2nd season)
Assistant coach: John Chepren

BOYS’/GIRLS’ OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Opener: Saturday, March 30, at Tim Cook Invitational, 10 a.m. (Chambersburg, Pa.)
Home opener: Tuesday, April 9, vs. Berkeley Springs High School, 4 p.m.
Head coach: Nikki Walker (4th season as boys’ head coach; 10th as girls’ head coach)
Assistant coaches: Katy Brake, Rob Lee, Rachel Mallory, Dave Holzwarth ’78, Frank Rutherford ’70, Skip Sydnor

SOFTBALL
Opener: Tuesday, March 26, vs. Maryland School for the Deaf, 4:15 p.m.
Home opener: same
MAPL opener: Saturday, March 30, vs. Hun School, 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
Head coach: Lauren Hoffman (3rd season)
Assistant coach: Kelsey Steiner

BOYS’ TENNIS
Opener: Saturday, March 23, vs. Washington High School, 4 p.m.
Home opener: same
MAPL opener: Saturday, March 30, vs. Hun School, 1 p.m.
Head coach: Eric Hicks (25th season)
Assistant coach: Bill Wissinger

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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236
717-328-6173