Week of January 9, 2023
Methacton Athletics is thrilled to introduce this new weekly newsletter that will include team highlights, upcoming events and other important information.
As we enter 2023, Methacton winter sports are more than halfway through their regular seasons. I wish our coaches and athletes the best of luck as they wrap up their seasons.
Reminder: admission to games is cash only for regular season contests. We hope to see you in the stands as we cheer on our Warriors.
John M. Smink
Director of Athletics and Activities
The boy's swim team are off to a great start in the first half of the winter season. Currently, the Warriors are undefeated in the PAC conference (4-0), overall record 4-2. Despite some tough losses to two Suburban One teams (North Penn & Souderton), most boys have achieved either best times or seasonal best times for the season so far. Many boys have qualified for PAC Championship meet and will be looking for a strong finish in the post season.
Swimmer of the Week:
- Week of 12/12 - Jake Kallal - Jake swam personal best times in 200 freestyle (1:54.68, dropping 4.24 seconds) and 500 freestyle (5:12.98, dropping 5.72 seconds). Both are qualifying events for PAC Championships.
- Week of 12/19 - Josiah Tjoe - Josiah is a second year swimmer on the team, he has made a tremendous improvements since his freshman season. Josiah's hard work pushed him to break a minute in the 100 freestyle (59.95) and he got his personal best in 50 free (26.50).
- Week of 1/2- Dante Pineiro - Dante achieved personal best times in his races against Souderton. He swam 100 freestyle (57.71, best time by 4.90 seconds) and 100 back (1:10.40, best time by 2.47 seconds). Dante's backstroke race has qualified him for PAC Championships. So far he has shown so much growth in first half of the season and we look forward to what happens in the second half.
1/10 - HOME meet vs Upper Merion
1/12 - HOME meet vs Pottsgrove
1/17 - Away Meet vs Spring Ford (at Ursinus College)
1/19 - HOME meet vs Pope John Paul
1/24 - Away Meet vs Upper Perkiomen
1/26 - HOME meet vs Plymouth Whitemarsh
1/31 - HOME meet vs Owen J Roberts (SENIOR NIGHT)
2/9-2/11 - PAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coming off winter holiday break the athletes put in some hard work in the pool and the weight room. Methacton Girls swam against Souderton Girls on Thursday, January 5th. These races were competitive with some fast swims but the Warriors came home with a loss, 98-80. Madison Wimmer took first place in both of her events 200 IM and the 500 free.
The freshmen standout with two personal best times Marisa DiPaolo. She swam her lifetime personal best in the 200 IM and the 500 free.
This week, we swim against Upper Merion on Tuesday, January 10th and Pottsgrove on Thursday, January 12th.
Owen J. Roberts
The Warriors battled a tough divisional opponent in Owen J. Roberts. After a close first half, Methacton pulled away in the 2nd half to win 58-46. It was a great team effort to secure the win. Sal Iemmello and Alex Hermann led the way scoring 17 and 15 points, respectively.
The Warriors traveled to Spring-Ford on Thursday to try and improve the PAC record. Methacton battled in the first half to a 24-24 tie at half. Despite being down 8 late in the 4th quarter, the Warriors showed great grit to have an opportunity to tie the game. Unfortunately, Methacton fell just short losing 59-52. The Warriors were led by Alex Hermann and Cam Chilson who scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Council Rock North
Methacton hosted a non-league game with Council Rock North. After a sluggish start, the Warriors really picked it up in the 3rd quarter. Stretching their lead to as many as 12 points. Despite a strong effort from Council Rock North, Methacton was victorious 57-49. This victory compleed a 2-1 week for the Warriors. Matt Christian and Cam Chilson were the leading scorers, putting in 17 and 16 respectively.
Deserving athlete of the week: Cam Chilson
1/10 – Upper Perk (senior night)
1/12 – Boyertown
1/14 – Plymouth Whitemarsh
The Girls Basketball team currently stands at 8-4 on the season and 4-1 in the PAC. The team had wins last week in the PAC at Owen J. Roberts 56-27 and then a big win at home over previously unbeaten Spring-Ford 50-42. The team then lost an action packed road game in double OT at Pennridge on Saturday 71-64.
Seniors Cassidy Kropp at 13.7 ppg and Mairi Smith 11.9 ppg continue to lead the team in scoring and have shown great leadership this season.
The team has two upcoming games this week on the road at Upper Perkiomen and at Boyertown.
The JV team is 3-6 on the season and had a win this past week at Owen J Roberts 25-16. The team has been lead in scoring by Freshman Lindsay McCann at 6 ppg and Sophomore Jenna Kaufman at 5 ppg.
1/10 - AWAY – Upper Perk
1/12 - AWAY – Boyertown
1/17 - AWAY – Perkiomen Valley
The Methacton wrestlers went a perfect 5-0 at the Battle at Valley Forge Duals at Upper Merion High School this past weekend. The Warriors defeated Springfield (Delco) 47-19, Wissahickon 54-21, Lower Merion 41-34, Pen Argyl 42-28, and Upper Merion 39-27.
Joey Simko, Matty Shumaker and Ryan Hayes each went 5-0 on the day, while Collin O'Neill and Augie Reith went 4-1.
The team's dual meet record currently stands at 13-3. Shumaker currently leads all District One wrestlers with 20 wins.
Boys Winter Track
The 4x4 of Christian Kinard, Nick Willen, SahBri Hill, and Zach Willen broke a 15 year record in the 4x4 relay at the Kevin Dare Invite, with a time of 3:29.84, the 4th fastest time in PA this season. Zach Willen opened up his individual season with a 200m time of 22.24, also 4th in the state so far. Other state ranked marks currently are SahBri Hill's 42-2.5 triple jump for 11th in the state, and the 4x800 relay's time of 8:39 for 15th in the state. Additionally, Evander Lackman, Matt Behan and Nick Willen have all currently hold impressive state top 30 performances with their races in the Mile and 800. The boy's look forward to getting back into action at the Armory next Sunday.
Girls Winter Track
The Girls Winter Track and Field team has had an outstanding start to the 2022-2023 season. Competing in 3 meets early in the season against more 100 schools in the PA, the girls rank in the top 20 in the state in 6 events. Summer Mellow currently ranks 8th in PA in the 60M dash after winning the event in the Burdette Invitational at Lehigh University. The 4x200 Relay ranks 19th, the 4x400 Relay and 4x800 relay rank 20th. Elena Chaya in the triple jump and Soliel Bond-Johnson in the Long Jump also rank 20th in the State.
The highlight for the Varsity Cheerleaders is competing at the PIAA District 1 Championship! The team worked hard to earn a coveted bid to the State Championship in Hershey later this month. More hard work is ahead to prepare for basketball senior nights and competitions this month and next. Go Warriors!
Our standout of the week is freshman Carmela Peta! Despite it being her first time competing at Districts, she remained calm, cool and collected. Her strong flying skills and beautiful tumbling took center stage. Carmela definitely rocked the mat this weekend!