Lower Moreland School District
Activities and Athletics Newsletter
Congratulations Mark Mayson
Mr. Mayson was on staff at Delaware Valley University this past football season. The Aggies reached the Division III Quarterfinals and had a very successful season. Mr. Mayson is coaching with former LM football player and current Head Coach Duke Greco at Del Val.
We wish nothing but the best and continued success for Mr. Mayson and we can not thank him enough for all of the great things he has done for the Lower Moreland community.
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- Baseball (Coaches Tony Martino & Mark Jarevsky )
- Tennis (Coaches Jeanette Hausman & Seth Baron)
- Track (Coaches Greg Green, Dick Rapson & Ryan Earley)
- Lacrosse (Coaches Steve Wittmer & Ganiyu Adekunie)
- Softball (Coaches Karen Reese & Marie Robson)
- Track (Coaches Mary Esposito & Olivia Mangan)
Spring Sports at Murray Avenue will begin on March 15th. All forms must be turned into the office prior to the 15th. If your student athlete played a sport in a prior season they just need to re-certification page signed and turned in.
- Baseball: Ryan Maloney
- Softball: Gina Federinko
- Track: Mary John
You can find all the forms needed at the following link.
Girls Swimming & Diving
Coaches: Karney McNear & Matt Preedy
The girls team was led by All-District swimmer Sam Becker, who is now the 2nd fastest 200 and 500 Freestyler in school history as a freshman, Sam also helped guide her 200 Free Relay along with Emily Vaidyan, Grace Dudek, Abby Hwan to earn a new school record. Yuval Levi ended up earning All-District honors in 1M Diving. The girl’s team had 100% Personal Records, and finished in 8th place, their highest place in over ten years. Overall it was a great season for the girls as they look to build on this years season in the future.
The cheerleading squad had an amazing time cheering on the Lower Moreland Basketball team throughout the season. Myah Albanese (captain) did an incredible job being a team leader all season! Our team has really improved our jumps, stunts, and technique this season. We are so excited for our seniors moving on, but will surely miss them. We are looking forward to another incredible season!
The cheerleading team looks to continue to build on what was accomplished this fall and winter into next year.
The indoor track team had a successful season with new head coach Greg Green. It was one of the largest indoor teams in LM history, and the boys and girls improved steadily throughout the season. Two athletes qualified for the end of the season "Meet of Champions" competition, Jamie Mayer in the 400 M and Fred Shub in the shot put. There were a number of medal winners throughout the season, and the hope is to continue that success during the upcoming outdoor season. Congratulations to indoor track and field aware winners: Jamie Mayer, Josiah Wiggins, and Nickey Dilbarov, as Most Valuable Athletes, and Sydney RUbin and Ben Zonshayn as Most Dedicated Athletes. Congratulations to the entire track team for a successful season.
The Boys Basketball team had a phenomenal season this year, probably a year ahead of schedule. The boys finished the regular season with a 16-6 record. They were co-champions of the Bicentennial Athletic League Independence Division beating the other co-champion Valley Forge Military Academy twice. In the BAL Playoffs our Lions rolled to opening round victories over MaST Charter & Delco Christian before falling in the semi-finals. The boys advanced to the District I/XI sub-regional playoffs, where they needed to win 1 game to advance to states. They defeated Northwestern Lehigh and Tamaqua in the opening rounds at home to advance to the District Championship game. They fell just a bit short to a very good Bethlehem Catholic team in the final.
The boys will open up the state tournament with Overbrook HS in Philadelphia, yes that is where the great Wilt Chamberlain attended. The opening round is Friday 3/9 at Bensalem HS with a 6:30 start.
If they win they will move on to the 2nd round vs. Mountoursville or Middletown. You can find the brackets below under 4A Boys as they update.
Shane Cohen & Forrest Keys earned 1st Team All League Honors, while Bryce Horn earned Honorable Mention. All 3 are juniors who will return next year.
Coaches: Rich Becker, Olivia Mangan & Bud Joshua
The Girls Basketball team had a very successful season this year despite having zero seniors on the roster and losing key players from last years District Champions. They finished the regular season with a 15-5 record and finished 1 game behind New Hope Solebury for the league championship. The girls entered the BAL Playoffs as the 2nd seed and rolled to easy victories over Dock Mennonite and Bristol. This set up a match-up with state ranked Jenkintown. The girls had the lead late in the game and were ready to spring the upset, however they fell just short losing at the buzzer. The girls put the game behind them and advanced to the District I playoffs, where they needed to win 1 game to advance to the state tournament. The Lady Lions defeated Springfield in round one and set up a finals rematch with Gwynedd Mercy Academy. The girls fell short verse a very good GMA squad.
The state tournament starts on Saturday 3/10 for the girls as they travel to Jefferson University to face off with Audenried Charter School from Philadelphia. The game is at 5:30 PM. If they are able to win in the 1st round they will advance to face Scranton Prep or Wyomissing. You can see the updated brackets in the link below and click on 4A girls.
5 girls earned All-League honors this year. Ceili Courduff and Jimia Davis earned 1st Team All League. Nicole Castor earned 2nd Team, while Phoebe Lynch and Riley Malone earned Honorable Mention. The future looks bright as all 5 of those girls return next year as the Lady Lions look to earn a league championship.
Boys Swimming & Diving
Coaches: Karney McNear & Matt Preedy
This season has been a highly anticipated one for the boys swim team at Lower Moreland. Coming off of three consecutive District Championships and with the return of State Champion Connor Killion the boys are poised to make a run at the state championship at Bucknell. The Senior class this year left their mark on Lower Moreland finishing this season undefeated and finishing their careers with a 44-1 record. At the District Championship meet at Lasalle University the boy’s team was lead by individual District Champions Connor Killion, Chris Kelly and Tommy Lutter. The team earned its 4th consecutive District Team Championship. The meet was also a record setting day for the boys as they set 2 District Records, 3 School Records and had 6 District Champions. Earning All-District honors for Lower Moreland was Killion, Kelly, Lutter, Ben Aust, Alex Yoon, Colin Shipp, Dan Shevelev, Noah Ferker, Eddie Barton, Jaden Feldman, and Michael Watanabe.
The Boys will advance to the state championship meet from 3/15 through 3/17 up at Bucknell University. They will compete with Grove City and Erie Cathedral Prep for the states top honors but expect to compete and bring home gold. Please follow lmtsdathletics.com for updates of their state run.
The team was led this year by captains Brett Sudell, Nick Bratspis, Matt Stefurak, Nick Derderian & Cullen Malone. Both Brett & Matt suffered season ending injuries midway through the season which left them disappointing but they stayed with the team to lead by example.
At the BAL Championships; Cullen Malone, Nick Bratspis, and Patrick Whittle won 1st place over all in each of their respective weight classes, while Joey Leska, Caleb Lee, Eric Sruelevich, Nick Derderian took 2nd, and Devin Lam, and Ryan Pace finished 3rd.
At the District 1 Individual Tournament; Cullen Malone took 1st overall, while Joey Leska, Nick Bratspis took 3rd overall which advanced them to the sub-regional tournament. Andrew Matusovsky, Eric Sruelevich and Pat Whittle finished 4th overall in each of their respective weight classes.
Cullen, Nick & Joey all went 0-2 at the sub-regional tournament verse exceptional talent.
A lot of young wrestlers on the team this year, with some middle school wrestlers coming up next year should make this team very competitive in the BAL and District I next season.
District I/XII Champion
Lower Moreland Wrestling
Whittle, Bratspis & Malone with the rest of the BAL Champions
Murray Avenue Winter Athletics
Coaches: John Spoerl & Ryan Maloney
The Murray Avenue Middle School Wrestling team had a very successful season this year. The team came ready to work from Day 1 and continued to improve daily. The season was highlighted at the Montgomery County Middle School wrestling tournament. Derek Mironenko who is a nationally recognized Judo champion, completed his perfect season by pinning all of his opponents in the first round to win the 90 pound weight bracket. 7th grader Alex Kebuz’s only loss came from a state ranked opponent, he didn’t let a loss get in his way of steam rolling through the rest of the competition to take home a 3rd place medal in the 105 pound division. At the 145 pound weight division, Tim Whittle had one tough opponent after another, he never gave up and finished in dominating fashion by pinning his final opponent to take home the 3rd place medal. Tomas Lapeika took home first place by pinning all three of his opponents in the first round in the 185 pound weight division! Some other wrestlers who represented Lower Moreland well at the Montco Middle School Tournament were Joey Stefurak, Michelle Marti, and Yuki Li. Both Michelle and Yuki it was their first year wrestling and coaches came away very impressed with the progress they have made throughout the season.
Overall it was a great season for the Murray Avenue wrestling team, and we look forward to the 8th graders joining the high school team next season.
The Boys Middle School Basketball team had a very successful season this year. Coaches did not care about the wins and losses on the season but were very impressed with the progress that the athletes made from start to finish this year. The boys play in a very competitive league, but day in and day out they worked hard and were determined to get better.
Both the 8th grade & 7th grade boys fell short in the 1st round of the playoffs to Keith Valley and Springfield in competitive games.
The 8th graders look to come up to the high school next season and contribute to the program and its recent run of success.
Club Coordinator: Christian Hoffman
Lower Moreland Chess wrapped up a successful season. Seniors Dan Shevelev and Sam Thomas led a talented group that finished the regular season with just one loss. LM lost a hard-fought semifinal match to Council Rock South on February 27th. Council Rock was undefeated going into the match and the number one seed in the playoffs, but LM took the match into overtime. The Chess players can be proud of a successful season and look forward to another great run in the fall with most of the lineup returning.
Future Leaders of America
Congratulations to the following members for placing in regional competitions. They will compete in the following categories in Hershey PA on April 9-11.
Accounting: Peter Lee
Coding: Mark Klinchin & Rauf Makharov
Club Coordinator: John Haldeman
The Mock Trial team advanced to the regional finals, held at Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 6. By making the regional final, we also qualify for the state tournament in Harrisburg on March 23 & 24. Only 14 teams from the state qualify for the Harrisburg tournament. Team memebrs include: Stacey Shchurin, Marissa Cuka, Mathew Chemplyl, Jacob Leon, Grace Devlin, Michelle Nickenson, Nyah Jurado & Ben Zonshayn.
Goodluck out in Harrisburg!
Club Coordinator: Catherine Siciliano
Congratulations to Phillip Grabovsky and Clay Ostroff for placing in Finals in the Debate League. Although they were knocked out in the first round, they proved to be great competitors making it to finals. Looking forward to their successes next year!
Club Coordinator: Alex Curzi
Students have been working on group and individual projects which include:
Tech take apart - students take apart old electronics to see how they work and use pieces to assemble a new piece.
3D Printing - one student 3D printed interior design pieces for her college application using TinkerCad and Vectary.
Vinyl Cutter - Students come and create inspirational message stickers to display on their laptops.
Button Maker - Students enjoy creating buttons, focusing on digital design utilizing the online tool Canvas.
BBC Micro Bit - Learning to code with the fun of adding an interactive component.
Club Coordinator: Katie Catalano
The club participated in the Winter 3-2-1 Competition and is currently preparing for the Spring 3-2-1 competition in April. Participating students include; Oscar Galrom, Kevin Lourng, Mark Klinchin, Mathew Chemplayil, Manav Singh, Ming Yang & Sam Philip.
In addition the club also participated in the Montgomery County Academic Competition where they tied for 6th place. Students who represented LM were: Oscar Galrom, Kevin Lourng, Mark Klinchin, Mathew Chemplayil, Manav Singh & Ming Yang.
Also a thank you to Deb & John Lawlor, Chip Schniepp ,Scott Cella, Matt Crouch, Karen Reese, Kristy Hutchinson, Ryan Maloney, Eleanor Hwan, Beth Killion & Janet Lutter for all of your help both at Murray Avenue and the High School. Without you our games and meets would not have be able to run as smoothly as they did this season.
Parents of our student athletes; thank you for continuing to work with the coaches and the schools. Being able to drive and pick-up your kids from practices and altering your schedules does not go unnoticed. Also showing up to events supporting our athletes and the kids of our community continues the process of improving our athletic programs at Lower Moreland. You continue to be a great representation of what sportsmanship should be about and lets continue that support for the remaining winter sports as well as our spring sports over the next few months.