Lower Moreland Twp. School District

Athletics & Activities Winter Wrap/Spring Preview Newsletter

Lower Moreland Township School District Personnel:

Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Scott Davidheiser

Principal of Lower Moreland High School: Mr. Bill Miles

Principal of Murray Avenue School: Ms. Jennifer Dilks

Principal of Pine Road Elementary School: Dr. Brian Swank

Director of Athletics & Extra Curricular Activities: Mr. Matthew Heiland

Athletic Trainer: Mr. Scott DeLange

Message from the Athletic Director:

This winter season will go down as one of the best seasons in Huntingdon Valley's history! Our student athletes continue to amaze me with their dedication, hard-work, determination, and willingness to get better. We were fortunate this winter, as Mother Nature was on our side and we were not too impacted by winter weather.

It's hard to believe that the spring season is here and we are in the final season of athletics here at Lower Moreland. Important Spring information is listed below for your convenience.

Our events could not be run without some of our behind the scenes support. I owe a special thank you to a number of people who helped make the winter season a success. Matt Crouch and Kristy Hutchinson, who serve as our faculty managers down at Murray. Their continued support and dedication in making our middle school sports experience a great one for our athletes does not go unnoticed.

Thanks to Mrs & Mr. Lawlor, Chipp Schneipp, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Domenick, Ms. Reese, Mrs. Lutter, Mrs. Mitchell, and Mrs. Hwan. Without these people, our events would not have been able to be run as smoothly as they were. Another special thanks to Kris Reed, Natalie Firko, and Andrea Schill for their support and communication in regards to the re-scheduling of games and attendance.

Thank you to Greg Zesinger, who was able to help with team pictures and galleries for our Murray Avenue teams again this winter. Finally, as always, thank you to the entire Lower Moreland community. We are lucky enough to have a community which continues to support our student athletes in a positive manner. Please continue to support them in the best way possible.

I am looking forward to longer days, nicer weather, and another successful spring season in the next few months! I hope you enjoy this newletter and the months ahead.


Mr. Matthew Heiland

Become a Fan of Lower Moreland Athletics:

Go to http://www.lmtsdathletics.com and select join in the upper right hand corner.

  • You will enter your information to sign up for the website. Once you do that make sure you are signed into your account for the Big Teams website.
  • There a list of tabs towards the top of the screen, you will see Email Alerts on the right hand side. Please click on that tab.
  • That will take you to a new screen, click on the My Favorites/Alerts tab. Then you will see favorites. In that window you can add a school, which you will add Lower Moreland.
  • Then you can add select teams you wish to follow and get alerts for. This is important in regards to receiving information when events change.
  • Click on Alerts and check the boxes of how you want to receive alerts.
  • Click on Alert Settings. You can add another email if you want, or add a cell number and receive text messages as well.

This is just another avenue of communication between the Athletic Department and the Lower Moreland Community.

ICal Feature:

In conjunction with Big Teams, I am pleased to announce a new feature on our website that will allow you to download team schedules into your personal calendar. Visit our athletic page to subscribe to the schedule of your choice www.lmtsdathletics.com

If you need help getting started, CLICK HERE for instructions and find the type of calendar options you would like.

PIAA District I Website

FInd out where are teams stand in regards to District Playoffs. Also stay up to date with current PIAA happenings

Positive Coaching Alliance

Better Athletes, Better People

Transition to FamilyID:

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID (www.familyid.com).

When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.


A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:


Follow these steps:

1. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.

2. Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.

3. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.

4. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).

5. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you in to FamilyID.com

6. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.

7. Click the Continue button when your form is complete.

8. Review your registration summary.

Castor Earns MVP and All State Selection:

Jr. Nicole Castor was honored on Saturday as an All-State Soccer player by the PA Soccer Coaches Association. This season she had 16 goals and 9 assists, which in turn led to her being named MVP for the BAL Independence Division. Congratulations Nicole on such a tremendous honor; you have made your family, friends, coaches, school, & community proud!

Shane Cohen Becomes 17th Member of 1000 Point Club at Lower Moreland!

During February 21st District I 4A Playoff game, Shane Cohen received a pass from Jordan Zoubroulis. He turned that pass into a layup, as he's done many other times during his exceptional career as a member of the LM Boys Basketball team. However, this wasn't just another basket, as this helped him eclipse the 1000 point plateau as a Varsity player. Check out the video and reaction of this incredible moment from our proud crowd that evening.

Congratulations Shane Cohen on the tremendous accomplishment!!!


Ice Hockey:

The Ice Hockey club had a successful 2018-2019 season, finishing in first place with a record of 7 wins; 2 losses and 3 ties. This culminated in 17 points total, taking home the division title trophy.

The team was led by led by Coleman Peppelman, Adam Bostock, and Vincenzo DeMaio all who finished in the top 5 of the league in points this season. The team had the most goals in the league.

Peppleman finished with 41 goals and 26 assists, Bostock with 23 goals and 28 assists, and DeMaio with 30 goals and 21 assists.

The playoffs begin on 2/27 as the Lions will face off against Hatboro Horsham in the Varsity A Playoffs. If they win, they will advance to the finals on 2/28 at Hatfield Ice 8:40 PM

The team also made the Flyers Cup selection. The team earned the #7 seedand will face the 10th seeded, Unionville High School, on Monday March 4th, at the Revolution Ice Garden in Warwick, at 7:45 pm. If they win that game, we will play the next round on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 pm, in Aston, PA, opponent yet to be determined.

Indoor Track and Field:

Girls: It was the largest girls indoor team ever, according to the former indoor coach. The girls improved steadily throughout the indoor season, with one athlete receiving a medal at the end of the season in both the 1,000M and Mile events. A positive attitude and culture continue to develop throughout the season with the team.

Boys: Although the participation numbers were not what Coach Green was hoping for, the boys team had a successful season. Dan Maloney qualified for the PA Indoor State Championships, where he finished in 19th place in the 60M High Hurdles, and the team had 3 qualifiers for the end of the season "Meet of Champions" all star meet. The team traveled to Penn State University and NY for invitationals, which helped them prepare for the big meets at the end of the season.


For the first time in many years, our cheer squad participated in a competition. On Janurary 26th, the team competed in the BAL Championships at Morrisville High School. The team went first, performing wonderfully in front of a packed house.

The team finished in 4th place for the event and they look to build on this years competition experience for next year. There are no seniors on the team, so this learning process will only help the team grow for the 2019-2020 school year.

Congratulations to all of our cheer athletes and coaches on a wonderful season!

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The wrestling team under first year coach John Spoerl had a very successful season! The team finished in 3rd place in the BAL behind state power Faith Christian and Church Farm School. For the first time in 4 years, the team qualified for districts. Although the team lost to Bishop McDevitt 45-36 in the semi-finals, the team season was successful. At the league meet Cullen Malone and Nick Bratspis won their repsective weight classes, while Nick Derederian, Pat Whittle, Tim Whittle, Eric Srulevich, Adrian Kebuz, Caleb Lee, & Matt Jimison all won 2nd place.

On an individual level at the District I/XII Sub-Regional Tournament, 6 boys advanced to Regionals at Wilson West Lawn. Cullen Malone was the highlight as he defended his District Championship by winning 1st place again in the 113lb. weight class. Nick Bratspis was the silver medalist, and Caleb Lee, Pat Whittle, Adrian Kebuz, & Matt Jimison won bronze medals, which qualified them for Regionals the first weekend in March.

Girls Swimming & Diving:

Girls Lower Moreland High School Swimming & Diving


AHS (AAA)- 112 vs. LMHS (0-1)- 71; Swimmer of the Meet- Melaine Hwan

PHS (AAA)- 118 vs. LMHS (0-2)- 67; Swimmer of the Meet- Sam Becker

LMHS (1-2)- 104 vs. UMHS- 76; Swimmer of the Meet- Abby Hwan

CHS- 87 (AAA) vs. LMHS (2-2)- 93; Swimmer of the Meet- Grace Dudek

LMHS (2-3)- 73 vs. NAZ- 92; Swimmer of the Meet- Emily Vaidyan

LC- 70 vs. LMHS (3-3)- 93; Swimmer of the Meet- Meredith Lutter

CBSHS (AAA)- 106 vs. LMHS (3-4)- 67; Swimmer of the Meet- Adilya Makharova

LMHS (3-5)- 81 vs. VJMHS- 88; Swimmer of the Meet- Audrey Kim

SHS- 102 vs. LMHS- 78 (3-6); Swimmer of the Meet- Yuval Levi

NHS (AAA)- 108 vs. LMHS- 68 (3-7); Swimmer of the Meet- Katelynn Sze


Sam Becker, Melaine Hwan, Grace Dudek, Emma Volokhonsky, Emily Vaidyan, Abby Hwan, Yuval Levi


Levi this past weekend finished in 2nd place at the District I Diving Championships, which earned her a spot in the PIAA State Diving Championships. Sam Becker also looks to make a run at states this year, and the team looks to move up from it's eighth place finish last year.

Boys Swimming & Diving:

Boys Lower Moreland High School Swimming


AHS (AAA)- 83 vs. LMHS (1-0)- 97; Swimmer of the Meet- Ryan Park

PHS (AAA)- 108 vs. LMHS (1-1)- 75; Swimmer of the Meet- Alex Yoon

LMHS (2-1)- 97 vs. UMHS- 65; Swimmer of the Meet- Greg Landis

CHS (AAA)- 39 vs. LMHS (3-1)- 89; Swimmer of the Meet- Dan Amusin

LMHS (4-1)- 105 vs. HG 65; Swimmer of the Meet- Colin Shipp

LC- 62.50 vs. LMHS (5-1)- 97.50; Swimmer of the Meet- Albert Osykin

CBSHS (AAA)- 73 vs. LMHS (6-1)- 103; Swimmer of the Meet- Tommy Lutter

LMHS (7-1)- 91 vs. FJHS (AAA)- 74; Swimmer of the Meet- Sam Shtrambrand

SHS- 61 vs. LMHS- 100 (8-1); Swimmer of the Meet- Michael Goldenberg

NHS (AAA)- 69 vs. LMHS- 101 (9-1); Swimmer of the Meet- Billy Qiu

VFMA- 35 vs. LMHS- 78 (10-1); Swimmer of the Meet- Jaden Feldman


Tommy Lutter, Colin Shipp, Alex Yoon, Mark Klinchin, Noah Ferker, Greg Landis, Jaden Feldman, Dan Amusin, Ryan Park, Sam Shtrambrand, Michael Goldenberg, Max Gutnik


Led by Lutter, Shipp and Yoon, Lower Moreland looks to earn it's fifth District Team Championship in a row.

Girls Basketball:

The girls basketball team earned a BAL Independence Division championship this year. The girls which were led by Coach Rich Becker, finished the year 16-6 and earned the #1 seed both in the BAL playoffs and the Distict I 4A playoffs. The regular season saw big wins vs. Upper Moreland, Phoenixville, New Hope Solebury, and Sacred Heart. The team also challenged itself this year non-league with games vs. Methacton, St. Basils, & Hatboro-Horsham.

Ceili Courduff was voted first team all league and MVP of the BAL Independence Division. Nicole Castor also was voted first team all league. Phoebe Lynch earned 2nd team all league, while Riley Malone was an honorable mention selection.

In the BAL Playoffs the girls defeated Calvary Christian and The Christian Academy on the road to the finals. This set up a re-match with Jenkintown, the only team in the BAL to defeat the Lady Lions this year. The girls couldnt overcome a slow start and foul trouble and lost to Jenkintown, the defending A state champs and #1 ranked team in the state.

In the District Playoffs the girls defeated Villa Joseph Marie in the first round 47-36. The win clinched a state berth for the third consecutive year for the Lady Lions. It also set up a re-match with Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, which defeated LM in the District Final last year. The girls led 21-17 at the half, but fell short in the end 46-33. The second place finish, still advances them to the state playoffs, where they will face District 3s 2nd seed on Saturday March 9th.

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Boys Basketball:

The boys basketball team shared the BAL Independence Division championship for the second year in a row. The team had huge non-league wins versus Suburban One League power Pennsbury, as well as Faith Christian and Sun Valley. The team finished the regular season with a 19-3 record and earned the number 1 seed in the District playoffs.

Shane Cohen was voted 1st Team All League and unanimous MVP of the BAL Independence Division. Forrest Keys also earned 1st team honors. Jordan Zoubroulis and Joey Cerutti were on the 2nd team, while Jake Himmelstein was Honorable Mention.

In the BAL Playoffs the boys earned the number 2 seed. The boys trounced Morrisville and Phil-Mont Christian, setting up a 3rd game vs. co-champion Holy Ghost Prep. The boys prevailed 54-50 in double overtime to send them to the BAL Tournament Championship. There they defeated Valley Forge Military Academy 64-52, to earn the tournament championship.

In the District Playoffs, the boys rolled to a 76-46 win over Glen Mills in the first round of the playoffs. The game was highligted by Senior Shane Cohen, scoring his 1000th point in his career. The team advanced to its 4th District Championship game under Coach Baron. In the championship game, the Lions battled back and forth with Pope John Paul II. Jordan Zoubroulis hit Andrew Finnegan for a layup with 58 seconds left, which proved to be the winning shot. The championship was Coach Baron's first District Championship of his coaching career.

States will begin on Friday March 8th against District 12s 4th seed, which will be either Archbishop Carroll or John Bartrum High School. Good luck to players and coaches in their state run!


Murray Avenue Athletics:


The Murray Avenue wrestling team experienced much success this season. The team was under first year coaches Pat Giordano and Mike Small. Coaches were very impressed with the hard work and willingness to improve that each of the wrestlers had throughout the season. The season culminated with the MCAA Wrestling Tournament at Keith Valley Middle School where 12 of our Lions participated in the tournament, with 5 wrestlers earning medals. In the 100lbs and 130lbs bracket students Garrett Bostock and Carter Keegan took 4thplace. In the 85lbs and 145lbs division students Abdullah Fahham and Michael Schmidt took 3rd place. In the 115lbs division, 8th grade student, Alex Kebuz took home a gold medal finishing 1st place.

Boys Basketball:

The 7th Grade Murray Avenue team concluded their season with a 10-0 record. The boys swept through the regular season and earned the #1 seed in the MCAA Tournament playoffs. In the first round the boys used dominant defense to earn a win over Wissachickon Middle School. This set up a championship game against league power Colonial Elementary School. In front of a raucous crowd, the 7th grade boys dazzled the crowd with a thrilling 41-34 overtime victory. The boys won the second ever MCAA Tournament Championship for Murray Avenue.

The 8th grade team battled hard throughout the entire season and continued to make progress throughout the year. The team faced off against some top level competition throughout the year, including some future Varsity players next year on the hardwood. The boys entered the MCAA Playoffs and squared off against Sandy Run, but fell short in their playoff game. Overall a good season. Coach Baron and company can't wait to see the talent come up next year!

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Spring Sports:

Important Information

Spring sports at the high school begin on Monday March 4th. All PIAA Physicals are due in order to participate. If you played a sport in the previous season, you need to get the re-certification form filled and submitted. If you are a senior, paper copies can be handed in. If you are an underclassmen, you should get started with your FamilyID account as participation next school year will require this method. You can upload either of the forms to your FamilyID account.

Middle school spring sports are slated to begin on March 18th. We recommend all parents and students set up FamilyID accounts as it will carry with your child throughout their time at Lower Moreland. Again this will be mandatory next school year, so creating accounts now can expedite that process in the future for you. If your child played a sport in a previous season then a re certification form is all that is needed. If it is their first sport then a full physical is needed.


Coaches: Tony Martino & Mike Landes

Key Returning Players: Max Cousins, Connor Duddy, John Davies, Coleman Peppelman, Matt Haggerty, Emmett Cousins

Players to Look out For: Jack Doneker as a sophomore playing a bigger role. Emmett Cousins growing into his role as a leader

Season Outlook: Coming off of our first district championship we are looking to have another successful season. We have a good amount of returning players ready to contribute and pick up where we left off. We will need a few younger guys to fill utility roles for us throughout the season and step up into larger roles on the team.

Key Games this Season: "Every game is a key game because it allows us to learn and get better as a team."


Coaches: Karen Reese & Pat Brady

Key Returning Players: Riley Malone, Jr., Shortstop, Team Captain; Dana Schwarz, So., Pitcher; Phoebe Lynch, So., Outfield

Players to Look Out For: Jordyn Farber, Jr., First Base; Grace Devlin, Jr., Second Base

Season Outlook: The 2019 LM Softball Team will be a very young team with only one senior and three juniors returning. However, we have a couple of strong sophomores and we are looking forward to the incoming freshman to fill some fill some positions.

Key Games this Season:

New Hope-Solebury

MaST Charter

Track & Field

Head Coach: Gregory Green (2nd Season)

Assistant Coaches: Meg McGarrity, Ryan Earley

Key Returning Players:

Girls-Nicole Castor, Gianna Penecale, Amajie Dunkley, Alexis Lohen, Sandy Hua, Merrilyn Kennedy, Keeley McGuigan, Lenna Saidi, Sophia Berman, Jade McCool, Victoria Kurylec, Evelyn Xiao

Boys-Josiah Wiggins, Dan Maloney, Tomas Celaj, Shane Cohen, Ben Zonshyan, Anthony Mangan, James Duesler, Tim Baciu, Shejin Shaju, Russell Wynn

Key Players to Look out For:

Girls-Nicole Caster, Gianna Penecale, Amajie Dunkley, Alexis Lohen,

Boys-Shane Cohen, Dan Maloney, Josiah Wiggins, Tim Baciu, James Duesler

Season Outlook: Girls/Boys-My Philosophy going into every season is to build a team that can compete for the league, district, and state championships. Trying to get as many athletes into the district championships, and ultimately qualify them for the state championships is the goal.

Key meets this season: The most important meets are at the end of the season, but the invitationals during the season set the tone for how the team will compete in those big meets. During the season, the two big meets are at the Shippensburg Invitational and Penn Relays. These two meets at the end of April will give us an idea of our fitness, and where were at compared to the other teams in our league and districts.


Coaches: Jessica Ashenbrenner & Steve Wittmer

Key Returning Players: Paige Malpezzi, Bianca Miriello, Felicia Pinto, Maggie McGarry, Reyna Amit

Players to Look out For: Gabby Magazzeni, Gina Zarzycki, Maeve Barton, Kylie Tammaro

Season Outlook: Although we lost our starting goalie, Mel Goldstein, who is now playing at Jefferson University, and a number of other seniors, including Yasmine Machlof, who is playing at Holy Family, we are excited for this season as we have some strong young talent and good leadership this year. Our leading goal scorer last year, sophomore Paige Malpezzi, will be looked at to help control our attack, while senior, Bianca Miriello and sophomore Maggie McGarry, will be anchoring our defense. We have a good group of girls who will be relied upon to fill in the gaps that the seniors left, but it should be a fairly seamless transition. One question mark is when goalie, Reyna Amit, will be cleared to play after an

injury last year, but we are hopeful.

Key Games this Season: Delco Christian, ANC, Jenkintown

Boys Tennis

Coaches: Jeanette Hausman & Amy Titus

Key Returning Players:

Singles: Josh Arno and Mihir Ram

Doubles: David Shebakov, Josh Patent, Jon Yeo, Sam Yoon & Sammy Gulko

Players to Look out For: Some promising freshman TBD

Season Outlook:

It is a rebuilding year for the boys’ team since our #1 graduated resulting in everyone else moving up in the line-up. Additionally we will need to form strong doubles teams with the 5 returning varsity players and hopefully new talent to the team. We hope to regain the title of league champions which will be tough against an always strong Holy Ghost team. We are hopeful, if everyone stays healthy, we can make it to the district finals and repeat as champions.

Key Games this Season:

In league – Holy Ghost & New Hope

Non-league – all of the AAA SOL teams



The Chess team had another successful season. Led by senior Rauf Makharov and team captain Clayton Ostroff, the team advanced to the playoffs before losing their first-round match. Several players, including Clayton Ostroff and Brendon Achildi finished in the top 25 for individual league rankings.


Lower Moreland has quite a few contenders who have qualified for Semi Finals. Congratulations to the following students who will be competed in the Semi Finals on February 6, at William Tennant: Mathew Chemplayil, Rauf Makharov, Manav Singh, and Michelle Marti competing in Congress and in Public Forum Debate: Yerin Chang and Yongjae Kim, Aviel Resnick and Logan Geffen, Phillip Grabovski and Clayton Ostroff, Mihir Ram and Aryn Chartock, Samuel Gulko and Devon Robinson, and Rachel Sudakin and Jaden Feldman. Good Luck to our Debate team! Lower Moreland once again be hosted the Debate Finals on Wednesday, February 13.

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On January 10, Future Business Leaders teamed up with Guidance Counselor Mrs. Romano and hosted a Resume Writing Workshop. Mrs. Romano shared with student how to use this event as evidence towards their 339 planning on College and Career Readiness. Mrs. Siciliano worked with the students in formatting their resumes. Former FBLA students also attended to support the event that was well attended.

FBLA is partnering with Interact and Promise Club in hosting the first Lower Moreland/Bryn Athyn Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. This event will bring communities together in suicide awareness, prevention and education initiatives as well as promoting Mental Health Wellness. The first meeting will take place in the high school library on Wednesday, February 20. Stop by if you would like to get involved!

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial team participated in the 6th annual Ben Franklin Invitational at The University of Pennsylvania on January 26 & 27. 42 of the top teams in the state participated, and Lower Moreland went a respectable 3-1 in their 4 trials. The Mock Trial Competition Team is led by Senior captains, Mathew Chemplayl and Jacob Leon in the regional round of the state tournament