Lower Moreland Twp. School District

Athletics & Activities Newsletter

Lower Moreland Twp. School District Personnel

Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Scott Davidheiser

LMHS Principal: Mr. Bill Miles

Murray Avenue Principal: Ms. Jen Dilks

PRES Principal: Dr. Brian Swank

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

Athletic Trainer: Mr. Scott DeLange

Welcome Back!


I am excited and grateful to be starting my third year as Director of Athletics and Extra Curricular Activities here in Lower Moreland Township School District. The last two years have really given me an opportunity to be exposed to this exceptional school district and all of the tremendous athletes, staff, students, and parents. Please remember to look at lmtsdathletics.com for all of the up to date information in regards to schedules, notifies you when games are changed, and keeps you in the loop with how our sports teams are doing. Please follow the directions below to sign up and get updates.


We have also moved to FamilyID full time this fall, which has proven to be extremely beneficial to our athletic department and coaches. This technology friendly site allows you, the parents, to register your children for sports, and information carries over between seasons instead of filling out the same paperwork season after season.


Before we move onto 2019-2020, lets take a look in the rearview mirror at some of our athletic accomplishments from 2018-2019.


State Champions:

  • Nikole Lisovyy - AA Singles Tennis Champion


State Runner Ups:

  • Boys Swimming & Diving - AA Boys State Silver Medalist
  • Ally Cheiken & Elizabeth Berzin - AA Doubles Tennis Silver Medalist


District Champions (Team):

  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys Swimming
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Tennis


District Champions (Individuals):

  • Shane Cohen (XC)
  • Nikole Lisovvy (Tennis)
  • Elizabeth Berzin & Ally Cheiken (Tennis)
  • Tommy Lutter (Swimming)

  • Mark Klinchin (Swimming)

  • Alex Yoon (Swimming)

  • Colin Shipp (Swimming)

  • Jaden Feldman (Swimming)

  • Noah Ferker (Swimming)

  • Greg Landis (Swimming)

  • Cullen Malone (Wrestling)

  • Josh Arno & Mihir Ram (Doubles Tennis)


League Champions:

  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball


State Qualifiers

  • Yuval Levi - District Diving Runner Up
  • Nicole Castor - Triple Jump
  • Shane Cohen - Outdoor Track
  • Girls Basketball



I am really looking forward to the upcoming school year at Lower Moreland. We are looking to build on the successes from last year on both team and individual levels for 2019-2020. Our coaches and athletes are very dedicated and passionate about their sports.


Please come out and SUPPORT our students, ENCOURAGE them to be the best teammates they can be, and BE POSITIVE- as that energy can be a powerful tool to help in the success of our student athletes, on and off the fields. I want to wish all our staff and students a successful school year!


Best,


Matthew Heiland

Director of Athletics & Extra Curricular Activities

Lower Moreland Twp. School District

Important Links

PA Prep Live

Information and articles on sports from all over District I

Become a Fan of LM 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.

Lower Moreland To Join Suburban One League

In the Fall of 2020, Lower Moreland HS Athletics will be moving from the Bicentennial Athletic League, to the Suburban One League. This move will help elevate our athletic programs to the standards that are set forth in academics, music, & the arts within the district. Another reason for this move was to help increase opportunities for our student athletes. By joining the SOL, we will be able to compete with schools who have full roster sizes, which will help up play full Varsity & JV schedules. Moving to the SOL will also re-establish local rivalries with local public schools such as Springfield, Upper Moreland & New Hope Solebury. The in depth website the SOL has also will allow our student athletes to be recognized for their amazing accomplishments. This move will help us become members of one of the most historic and respected leagues in the state. The future is looking bright for our athletic programs at Lower Moreland.
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Athletic Hall of Fame

The Lower Moreland Township School District is excited to announce the district’s first ever Athletic Hall of Fame. This has been created to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our storied high school athletic programs. Individuals may be nominated in one of the following categories: Past Athletes; Past Coaches; Teams; and Contributors.

The LMTSD Athletic Hall of Fame will acknowledge those who have raised the level of public awareness and appreciation for the high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence, both on and off the field of competition. These individuals may include former student athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, trainers, teams, or distinguished volunteers. Nominees must be retired from their fields and must exemplify the highest standard of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.

Congratulations to all nominees, names will remain in the pool for the next cycle of nominations. The LMTSD Athletic Hall of Fame will be composed with names that have undoubtedly impacted school athletics in Lower Moreland.

Criteria:

  • Graduated from Lower Moreland High School, individual or team nomination
  • Been out of high school for a minimum of 10 years; Coaches must have 10+ years of coaching experience, and must be retired.
  • Demonstrated remarkable athletic accomplishments
  • Should be recognized for their unique contribution to the Lower Moreland High School sports history.

The nomination window will be open from June 24th through September 30th for the first class of the LMTSD Athletic Hall of Fame.


Please fill out the nomination form and send back to either mheiland@lmtsd.org or cgaldo@lmtsd.org

End of Year Sports Banquet

This year we will be having an end of the year sports banquet for all of our athletes. The banquet is set for 5/26 at the VE Club. Time will be announced at a later date. All high school athletes will be able to attend for free, siblings will be charged $25 and parents will be charged $30 for the evening. The goal is to bring all of our athletes together at the end of the year one final time as a group. All senior athletes will receive a parting gift as well.


The Athletic Department will be hosting a fundraiser in order to help raise money for the event as well. Details will be on the athletics website in the coming weeks.


At the sports banquet we will be having a program book for the evening. If you or your business is interested in helping sponsor the event, please email Matt Heiland @ mheiland@lmtsd.org for further pricing information.

Coaching Needs

We offer a lot of opportunities here for our student athletes, and we are still in need of some potential coaches for this season and future seasons.


Fall: Middle School Boys Soccer


Winter:

High School - JV Boys Basketball; Assistant Boys Varsity; JV Girls Basketball; Asst. Girls Basketball; Diving; Asst. Swimming; Asst. Wrestling;


Murray Ave- Cheerleaders; Asst. Wrestling


If you are interested in coaching please contact Matt Heiland @ mheiland@lmtsd.org.

Fall Sports Are Underway

Football - Season Preview

The football team lost 13 seniors from a year ago, and need young fresh faces to fill the void left by players such as Coleman Peppleman, Forrest Keys, Nick Derderian, & Jordan Zoubroulis. Rising Jr. Sal Pennecale won the QB competition in the spring, and has shown tremendous progress taking snaps in pre-season and early in the year.


The team has 6 seniors on the team this year, including 4 year players Pat Whittle and Christian Long. The team also welcomes back Joe Kelly, and looks for John Sheridan to fill in the void as playmaker.


The team started camp earlier this year then ever before, beginning on August 5th. The team has put in a lot of effort and time into improving on a daily basis, and Coach Beck says that the program is heading in the right direction. With a more regimented off season conditioning and lifting program this year, the team is in better shape heading into the season. There is also a young nucleus of athletes that are on the rise to help continue to build the program.


The team opened up with a tough loss to Academy of Palumbo, but looks to bounce back in their home opener Friday 8/30. The game will start at Noon at Mark V. Mayson Stadium.


Other Key Games:

9/13 7 PM vs. Jenkintown

10/12 2:30 PM vs. George School Homecoming

10/18 7 PM vs. New Hope Solebury @ Upper Moreland

10/25 7 PM vs. Bristol Senior Night

Girls Tennis - Season Preview

The girls are looking strong as they begin the 2019 season. We only graduated one senior (Eliabeth Berzin - 4 time district champion, state silver medalist in team & doubles, and team captain for 2 years) and having a few promising freshman vying to play varsity, our season looks promising. We have started the season with great wins against all AAA opponents, beating Council Rock North, Abington and C.B. East.


The lady lions have a strong singles line-up with state single champion, Nicole Lisovyy at first singles and our captains Ally Cheiken and Maeve McErlean playing second and third singles. We are still working on finding the best doubles teams possible from a strong group of returning players - seniors Lauren Oblon, Nicole Stone, Juliana Litz, Rachel Brodsky, Audrey Kim and Erica Stone. Promising freshmen looking for a spot on varsity are Sarah Kideckel, Madison Sopinsky and Lexi Moore.


Long-time coach Jeanette Hausman has been coaching the girls team for 30+ years and is joined by a great assistant coach in Amy Titus, both optimistic about the season. Tennis is a unique blend of individual and team play. The team has strong individual players and the goal of the coaches and captains is to unite the girls as a team. The team always looks forward to playing our strongest league opponent, New Hope and playing many AAA non-league opponents to stay strong for post-season play. Although the girls take one match at a time, their goal is to win a 5th consecutive league and district 1 AA title and return to the state championships in Hershey.


Golf - Season Preview

Head Coach: Mike Guido First season


2018 record- 5-8


Key players Lost- Max Cousins & Tim Kennedy


Key Returning Players-Anthony Mangan and Bryce Fazio


2019 outlook- A young team looking to make a mark in the league with the returning leadership of Bryce and Anthony. Will Klanderman looks to develop into a key piece along with Freshman Ian McErlean.

Current Progress

The team is off to a 2-1 start this year. They have had the opportunity to play two beautiful courses this year so far. The team has played at Union League Club at Frankford Torresdale, but fell to league power Holy Ghost Prep. They defeated both Delco Christian and Jenkintown at Applebrook on Monday.


The boys home match will be a tri-match with Holy Ghost Prep and Delco Christian at 5 Ponds Golf Club on 9/17.

Competitive Spirit - Season Preview

The Cheerleading/Competitive Spirit team here at Lower Moreland has entered into a new era. The team will now not just be on the sidelines of football and basketball games, but will look to become a part of competitive cheer on a consistent basis.


Part of the squad attended Pine Forrest Cheer Camp back in mid-August not only to improve on stunts and routines, but took the opportunity to come together as a team. The team performed nightly in camp competitions and took home the Spirit Stick on night 1. The Lions squad also brought home the 2019 Superior UCA trophy from the camp, which earned them an invitation to the Citrus Bowl.


The team has been working hard at practices leading up to the first football game and looks to be out there to support the team all season long. Look for their routines at half time of our football games.

Boys Cross Country - Season Preview

Head Coach - Dick Rapson 51st season


Key Team Losses: Shane Cohen, Connor McFadden, John Davies


Returning Runners:

Seniors: Ben Zonshayn, Brandon Mutchnick, Nick Bratspis

Juniors: Tom Hellenbrand, Justin Sandler, Andrew Ung


First year prospects:

Sophmores: Noah Kim, Tom Mavroudis

Freshmen: Jack Becker, Alex Kebuz


2019 outlook:

The focus this year will be to develop a group of runners who can run run as a pack. Success this season will be based on how closely the top 5 can run together. Matching our BAL and District finishes last year is an optimistic goal, but with hard work and dedication it is something that may be achievable.

Girls Cross Country - Season Preview

Head Coach: Greg Green (2nd Season)


Assistant Coach: Alana Jackaruso


Key Players Lost: Sandy Hua


Key Returning Players: Leena Saidi, Kat Mavroudis, Jade McCool


Key New Comers: Sophia Zalipsky, Melina Papanikolaou, Siri Hellenbrand


2019 Outlook: The ultimate goal for the season is to get runners to the State XC Championships in Hershey PA. The team will be young this season with just one senior. The team goal is to develop runners so they will compete at their highest level at the league and district championships at the end of the season.

Boys Soccer - Season Preview

As the 2019 season kicks off under third year head coach Bob Barnhart, the Lions of Lower Moreland will have a different look this year on the pitch. The Lions graduated 10 seniors all who saw the field in different rolls for the squad over the last few seasons. The Lions will rely on the senior leadership of returning varsity players Devon Robinson, Ethan Horn, Emmett Cousins and Bennet Durand to steady any early nerves for some of the younger players.


Senior Adam Aloush will see significant minutes as the season progresses. Juniors Colin Clark, and Javin Cooper along with returning sophomore Braden Alicea will look to help get the Lions back into the district playoffs after a heartbreaking loss to Phoenixville in overtime last season. The Lions will look to a handful of other returning Sophomores and a few talented Freshman to fill holes left by the graduating seniors from last season.


This will be the third year for a hand full of seniors on the varsity field and they are eager to help the Lions return to the postseason. The season kicks off on August 30th as the Lions of Lower Moreland take on the squad from across town in Upper Moreland.

Girls Soccer - Season Preview

Head Coach: Boomer Steigelman 1st Year

Assistant Coach: Bree Rock 1st Year


2018 Record 8-9-1


Key Lost: Allison Asmann (St. Francis) Gianna Pennecale (Holy Family) Jess Murawsky (Brandeis)


Key Returning Players: Nicole Castor, Celli Courdoff, Phoebe Lynch


2019 Outlook:

This season the staff and players are very excited. We will look at the 2019 season as a fresh slate with coaches and players. The girls varsity team will relay heavily on the key returning players, one of which is returning All State player Nicole Castor. There are a host of other returning players who saw valuable time on the pitch in 2018 who will be key in the success for the program. The coaching staff also expects contributions from a freshman Demmi Fox and Peyton Lennon to help this years squad. The goal is to win the BAL league title and get back to the playoffs, which the Lions barely missed out on last season.

Field Hockey - Season Preview

Head Coach: Shawn Mayer - 2nd Head Coach/9th with team

Assistant Coach:Janet Lutter


Last Years Record: BAL 5-8-1 (5th)/ Overall 5-13-1 (District 1A 8th Seed)


Key Players Lost: Lindsay Graham


Key Returning Players: Ashley Tang (12), Linda Tang (11) and Taryn Mayer (11)


2019 Outlook: As the team was young last season, we look to build on the Varsity experience of 4 Seniors and 7 Juniors. The goal is to finish in the top 3 of the BAL. We have an outstanding large group of 18 Freshmen who have joined us for the 2019 season!

Murray Avenue Athletics Update

Murray Avenue Athletics are slated to start on Monday September 9th for Girls & Boys Soccer as well as Field Hockey. Tryouts for the teams will begin at 3:00 PM and go until 4:45 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. There is no late bus at that point in time, so please arrange for transportation ahead of time.


There will be a cross country informational meeting with Coach Esposito the week of the 9th to go over the new club.

Also please remember to sign up via FamilyID, and upload a physical which must be dated after June 1st 2019. If you have any questions regarding any of these items please reach out to Matt Heiland @ mheiland@lmtsd.org or Kristy Hutchinson @ KHutchinson@lmtsd.org



FamilyID Registration Info: https://lmtsdathletics.com/main/otherad/contentID/48614455

Freshman Orientation Activities/Athletics Fair

On August 29th during freshman orientation, we will be hosting an activities and athletics fair in the high school gymnasium. It gave our incoming freshman an opportunity to see all of the clubs and sports that we offer at our high school.


We had representatives from the Art Club, Buddy Club, Coding Club, Class Sponsors, Debate Club, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Film Club, FBLA, German Club, GSA, Interact Club, Mini-THON, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, News Studio, Ping Pong Club, Science Club, Students Against Melanoma, Tech Crew, Volleyball Club, & Yearbook.

Upcoming Fundraisers

Boys Soccer Pancake Breakfast

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Mini Thon Color Run

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5K Fun Run

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Field Hockey Pancake Breakfast

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Lower Moreland Alumni Athletes

Here is a list of our 2019 Lower Moreland graduates who will be attending colleges to play a sport. However at the time of this newsletter being sent out, college and university sites have not uploaded their profiles to their websites.



Emily Kleintz - Chestnut Hill College - Lacrosse

Taylor DiJoseph - Bryn Athyn College - Soccer

Gianna Penecale - Holy Family University - Soccer

Dan Maloney -Ursinus College- Track & Field

Bryce Horn - Penn Tech - Basketball

Tommy Lutter- University of Delaware - Swimming

Colin Shipp - Bloomsburg University - Swimming

Mark Klinchin - Illinois Tech - Swimming