Winter is Here: Calendar Changes on Athletic Season

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

With the start of the 2019-2020 winter academic term, the winter athletic season is officially underway for the 16 different Mercersburg squads competing under the Blue Storm banner.

While the season technically tipped off with the boys’ varsity basketball team opening its slate just before Thanksgiving at the Westtown Tip-Off, the first home events of the winter took place December 4 in the Plantz Courts of Nolde Gymnasium, when the boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams hosted local foe St. Maria Goretti. The girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball squads lifted the lids on their seasons with victories at Washington High School in Charles Town, WV.

The new Lloyd Aquatic Center holds its first meet Saturday, December 14, when Mercersburg’s swimmers and divers host MAPL rival Hill in a head-to-head clash.

Find information about all 16 teams below:

BOYS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL
Head coach: Sean Crocker (5th season)
Assistant coaches: R.C. Nugent, Rudy Wise, Tim Crouch
Season opener: November 22-24 at Westtown Tip-Off (West Chester, PA)
Home opener: Wednesday, December 4, vs. St. Maria Goretti

BOYS’ JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
Head coach: Erin Caretti
Assistant coach: Jim Malone
Season opener: Wednesday, December 4, vs. St. Maria Goretti
Home opener: same

BOYS’ THIRDS BASKETBALL
Head coach: Andy Schroer
Assistant coach: Doug Smith
Season opener: Tuesday, December 10, vs. St. Maria Goretti, 5:30 p.m.
Home opener: same

GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL
Head coach: Paul Sipes (4th season)
Assistant coach: Katy Brake
Season opener: Wednesday, December 4, at Washington High School (Charles Town, WV)
Home opener: Friday, December 13, vs. TBA (Stuff the Basket Tournament)

GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
Head coach: Renee Hicks
Assistant coach: Mackenzie Quinn ’12
Season opener: Wednesday, December 4, at Washington High School (Charles Town, WV)
Home opener: Saturday, December 14, vs. St. Maria Goretti, TBA

BOYS’/GIRLS’ DIVING
Head coach: Jennifer Smith ’97 (12th season)
Assistant coach: Frank Betkowski
Season opener: Friday, December 6, at Dover Eagle Diving Invitational, 4 p.m. (Manchester, PA)
Home opener: Saturday, December 14, vs. Hill, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ VARSITY SQUASH
Coaching staff: Ryan Tyree (director of squash, 1st season), Mike Sweeney (associate head coach), Wells Gray (associate coach), Chip Patterson (assistant coach)
Season opener: Saturday, December 7, vs. Woodberry Forest/St. Anne’s-Belfield/St. Christopher’s, 11 a.m. (Woodberry Forest, VA)
Home opener: Wednesday, December 11, vs. Wakefield, 5 p.m.

BOYS’ JUNIOR VARSITY SQUASH
Coaching staff: Ryan Tyree (director of squash, 1st season), Mike Sweeney (associate head coach), Wells Gray (associate coach), Chip Patterson (assistant coach) Season opener: Saturday, December 7, vs. Woodberry Forest/St. Anne’s-Belfield/St. Christopher’s, 10:30 a.m. (Woodberry Forest, VA) Home opener: Thursday, January 30, vs. Episcopal High School, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ VARSITY SQUASH
Coaching staff: Ryan Tyree (director of squash, 1st season), Mike Sweeney (associate head coach), Wells Gray (associate coach), Chip Patterson (assistant coach)
Season opener: Saturday, December 7, Flanagan Tournament, 11 a.m.
Home opener: same

GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY SQUASH
Coaching staff: Ryan Tyree (director of squash, 1st season), Mike Sweeney (associate head coach), Wells Gray (associate coach), Chip Patterson (assistant coach)
Season opener: December 10, at National Cathedral School, 4:30 p.m. (Washington, DC)
Home opener: Tuesday, January 14, vs. Episcopal High School, 4 p.m.

BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING
Head coach: Glenn Neufeld (6th season)
Assistant coaches: Barb Thorne, Shelley Swope, Steve Fowler
Season opener: Friday-Sunday, December 6-8, Potomac Marlins Sport Fair Winter Classic Invitational, 8 a.m. (Fairfax, VA)
Saturday, December 14, vs. Hill, 4 p.m.

BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Head coach: David Grady (16th season)
Assistant coaches: David Holzwarth ’78, Betsy Cunningham, Christian Bancroft, Skip Sydnor, Rob Lee
Season opener: Friday, December 13, vs. Mercersburg Season Opener, 4 p.m.
Home opener: same

WRESTLING
Head coach: Nate Jacklin ’96 (12th season)
Assistant coaches: Jay Bozzi, Selas Douglas, Eric Sheffield ’99
Season opener: Saturday, December 7, at Admiral Holloway Invitational, 11 a.m. (Hagerstown, MD)
Home opener: Saturday, December 14, vs. Mercersburg Classic Duals, noon

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