Lower Moreland Twp. School District

Athletics & Activities Welcome Back Newsletter

Lower Moreland Township School District

Athletic Director: Matt Heiland

Athletic Trainer: Scott DeLange


HS Principal: Bill Miles

Murray Ave Principal: Jennifer Dilks

Welcome Back!

I am excited and grateful to be starting my second year as Athletic Director here in Lower Moreland Township School District. Year one introduced me to this exceptional school district and all of the tremendous athletes, staff, students, and parents. It also allowed me to see which areas I could improve upon, in order to help benefit these student athletes and build upon the rich legacy of the district. One of these successes is our athletics website. This site provides up to date 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 get the updates.


Some of our athletic accomplishments last year included:


State Champions:

  • Boys Swimming (Team)
  • Ben Aust, Chris Kelly, Connor Killion, Tommy Lutter, & Colin Shipp (Individual Relays)


District Champions (Team):

  • Baseball
  • Boys Swimming
  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys Tennis


District Champions (Individuals):

  • Shane Cohen (XC)
  • Chris Kelly (Swimming)
  • Connor Killion (Swimming)
  • Joe Kvint (Tennis)
  • Tommy Lutter (Swimming)
  • Cullen Malone (Wrestling)
  • Josh Arno & Andrew Movesesian (Doubles Tennis)


League Champions:

  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys 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 2018-2019. 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

Athletic Director

Lower Moreland High School

Murray Avenue Middle School

PIAA District I

Check out our most up to date rankings and schedules on the PIAA District I website.

PA Prep Live

Check out information for all sports in SEPA

Become a Fan of LM Athletics

Go to 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.


Then click on Alerts and check the boxes of how you want to receive alerts.


Then 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 Lower Moreland Community.

Welcome Dr. Scott Davidheiser

The Athletic Department would like to welcome newly hired Superintendent, Dr. Scott Davidheiser, to the Lower Moreland Township School District. Dr. Davidheiser comes to LM from the Central Bucks School District and we are looking forward to the positive impact he will have on our community.


Congratulations to Dr. Marykay Feeley on her retirement as Superintendent from LMTSD. She has done amazing things here at Lower Moreland and will be missed. We wish her nothing but the best during her next chapter.

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Lower Moreland & Positive Coaching Alliance

Lower Moreland has established a 2 year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.


This partnership provides Lower Moreland with access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes, and administrators through live group workshops, online courses, and more.


PCA is a growing organization that has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools, districts, conferences, and youth sports organizations to create a Development Zone culture. The goal of the PCA is to use youth and high school sports to develop "Better Athletes, Better People."


Lower Moreland sent 7 athletes to a PCA workshop back in May, which was hosted by the Bicentennial Athletic League. The athletes really enjoyed their experiences and were excited for more of our athletes to be a part of PCA moving forward.


About Positive Coaching Alliance:


Positive Coaching Alliance develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to more than 1,800 free multimedia tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, along with online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

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College Planning Athletic Workshop

Lower Moreland High School

Thursday November 1st @ 7 PM in Room 225


Featured Speakers/Topics


Justin Potts - Head Men's Basketball Coach - Moravian College

Trevin Panaia - F.A.C.T.S College Planning

  • Learn what your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is and how it can be lowered
  • Discern differences in methodology (Institutional vs. Federal)
  • Importance of SAT and ACT Exams
  • Reward financial responsibility with college scholarship opportunities
  • Educate parents in the financial aid process, including understanding the variety of loans, scholarships, grants, etc. that are available
  • What do coaches look for when recruting your athlete
  • What are the NCAA rules & regulations


For more information, please contact:

Kelly Dunning - kdunning@collegestrategies.org - 215 442 9400


www.collegestrategies.org

Upgrades Around Campus

Two of our fall sports upgrades are:


  • New Goal Post Pads @ Football Field
  • New Windscreen @ Tennis Courts
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High School Fall Sports

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Fall sports began on August 13th for most high school athletic teams. The teams have endured a couple weeks of practices, two-a-days, scrimmages, and some of our teams have even already participated in competitions.


Our teams will have a new look this fall as well. Lower Moreland has become an Under Armour Highlight School which has the student athletes excited about their new sportswear.

Cheerleading

Head Coach: Ali Shain (2nd Year)


The team is looking forward to cheering on our Lions this fall. We are excited to welcome back Myah Albanese, Sarah Dorval, Nyah Jurado & Steven Zabuldovsky as co-captains of the team. A big welcome to all of our new cheerleaders for this fall season. The team has been working hard this summer to prepare for upcoming games. Keep an eye out for them on the sidelines.

Boys Cross Country

Head Coach: Dick Rapson (50th Year)


Key Returning Runners: Shane Cohen, John Davies, Connor McFadden, Ben Zonshayn, Tom Hellenbrand


Runners to Look Out For: Justin Sandler, Nick Bratspis


Season Outlook: The Lions look to improve from their 3rd place finishes in both the BAL and District Championships last season. With Holy Ghost Prep moving up to AAA the boys look to be serious contender for a district championship in 2018.

PA Milesplit

Check out our XC Runners Results

Girls Cross Country

Head Coach: Mary Esposito


Although the Girls’ Cross-Country Team’s numbers are down, the quality of the squad is excellent. The returning harriers and our newcomers have been training extremely hard this summer, and are poised to turn some heads in the BAL. Coach Esposito is especially excited about the level of commitment and quality of competition that the girls have shown in their early practices. Everyone is ahead of where they were last year, and continues to grow each day. Senior Sandy Hua will captain the squad, and has looked great in her pre-season training. Also leading the way will be sophomore Nicole Roche, who had an excellent freshman campaign. Junior Kat Mavroudis has shown tremendous improvement, and will be one to watch, as well. Finally, newcomers Sara Yi and Jade McCool should help the team compete for one of the top spots in the league.

Field Hockey

Head Coach: Shawn Mayer (1st Year as Head, 7 years in Program)

Assistant Coaches: Janet Lutter (1st Year, LM Class of 1988)


Key Returning Players: Sr. Lindsay Graham, Jr. Leah Laudenslager, Jr. Ashley Tang, So. Taryn Mayer, So. Linda Tang


Players to Watch: So. Kendall Thayakaran, Fr. Zoe Karros, Fr. Meredith Lutter, Fr. Kylie Tammaro


Season Outlook: The Lions Field Hockey program reached the PIAA state playoffs for the first time in school history last year. Initially it could look like a rebuilding year, but the future is bright and the goals still remain the same. LMFH looks to contend at the top of the league standings. There are 22 underclassmen and 6 Juniors and Seniors on this years roster.


Key Games: Opening Day home vs. Springfield 8/31 @ 2 PM. Both league games vs. Dock & New Hope Solebury along with gritty Jenkintown will determine who comes away as league champion. Our night games this year are on 9/27 vs. Plumstead Christian and on 10/16 vs. Morrisville. On October 5th we will be playing ANC @ Bryn Athyn College on the turf for a 3 PM start.

Philadelphia Field Hockey HS News

Stay up to date with all of the FH news around the Philadelphia region

Football

Head Coach: Justin Beck (2nd Year)

Assistant Coaches: Tim Reilly, Rob Schulgan, Casey Molt


Key Returning Players: Forrest Keys, Coleman Peppleman, Patrick Whittle, Jordan Zoubroulis


Players to Look Out For: Tim Whittle, Aneev Simon


Season Outlook: Coach Beck took over the program last season and in his first year the Lions were very competitive in a number of games. They will need to find a way to replace Matt Stefurak & Brock Landes on both sides of the ball but have several players who look to fill that void. The Lions look for revenge on Friday 8/31 when they travel to Springfield for a 1 PM Kick-Off.


Key Games: @ Springfield 8/31 1 PM, 9/29 vs. Morrisville 12 PM, 10/5 vs. ANC 7 PM (Homecoming), 10/13 vs. VFMA 12 PM (Senior Day)

Eastern PA Football

Stay up-to-date with all of the SEPA HS Football news stories.

Golf

Head Coach: John Conrad


Key Returning Golfers: Bryce Fazio, Max Cousins & Anthony Mangan


Season Outlook: The Golf team lost a few key members to graduation, but still have some strong golfers at the top of the lineup. Fazio & Cousins look to return to Districts this year and use last years experience to help them improve in the rankings.

Boys Soccer

Head Coach: Bob Barnhart (2nd Year)

Assistant Coaches: Tim Fossile


Due to enrollment numbers the Boys Soccer team moved from 2A to 3A this season but the expectations are still high.The team has 8 returning seniors, all of who will play key roles on the field this season. They will look for revenge when they host Lansdale Catholic, who knocked them out of the playoffs a season ago on 10/3. Bishop Shanahan, Garnet Valley & Collegium Charter have been added as non-league games which will test the boys in preparation for post season play. The season will open on 8/31 as the boys travel to neighborhood rival Upper Moreland @ 10 AM. Other key games are Home vs. Calvary Christian on 9/12 @ 7 PM; Home vs. HGP on 9/14 @ 3:45 PM; Home vs. ANC on 10/5 @ 3:45; Home vs. New Hope on 10/10 @ 7PM.

Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Jack Kilroy (2nd Year)

Assistant Coaches: Colleen D'Amico


Key Returning Players: Seniors: Allison Asmann, Jess Murawsky, Gianna Penecale, & Felcia Pinto. Underclassmen: Nicole Castor, Ceili Courduff, & Phoebe Lynch.


Season Outlook: The Lions soccer team will have to work hard to replace 6 starters to graduation, including 2 time All-State selection Kayla O'Malley. The Lions have bolstered their non-league schedule to help better prepare them for post-season play. The girls will open up at home on 8/31 vs. last seasons District Runner-Up, Penncrest @ 11 AM.


Key Games: Penncrest 8/31-- 11 AM, 9/7 vs. New Hope 7PM, 10/1 vs. CR North 7 PM, 10/15 @ William Tennent 7 PM

Girls Tennis

Head Coach: Jeanette Hausman (27th Year)

Assistant Coach: Amy Titus


Key Returning Players: Ally Cheiken, Elizabeth Berzin, Maeve McErlean, Lauren Oblon, Nicole Stone


Key Newcomers: Nikole Lisovyy


Season Outlook: The Lady Lions Tennis team looks to retain the league and district championship in 2018. They are off to a quick 2-0 record with wins over SOL Powers CB East & Abington. The team returns a solid core of girls this season. Last year the team reached the state finals before falling to Villa Maria Academy (District 10) 3-1, earning them the state silver medal.


Key Matches: New Hope Solebury 9/20, VJM 9/27, District Tournament 10/9 & 10/11

Middle School Fall Sports

Middle School Fall Sports will begin on Wednesday September 12th. All students must have a completed PIAA form which you can print out at the following link.


https://lmtsdathletics.com/main/filesLinks/

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Murray Avenue will also have a new look this fall. Above is our new Field Hockey and Soccer uniforms at our middle school.


We are looking for MS Soccer coaches currently. If you are interested please email mheiland@lmtsd.org.

Fall Sports Alumni Update

Bridgette Alexander - Class of 2016 : Alexander is in her junior season at Hartford University playing Women's Soccer. In her first two years, she has amassed 10 goals and 7 assists. She has started 29 out of a possible 35 games through her sophomore season. Some of her career achievements are America East Player of the week for Sept. 25 2017, America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll 2016 & 2017, and America East Rookie of the Week for the week of Oct. 10, 2016.


Lindsay Boerner - Class of 2015: Lindsay is in her senior season playing Field Hockey at Drexel University. As a junior she was the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll recipient. She was also selected to the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. While at Lower Moreland, she scored 96 career goals which is the school record.


Matt Gallagher - Class of 2016: Gallagher is in his junior season at Ursinus College playing Football. Matt has gradually earned more playing time in each of his first two seasons and looks to be a major contributor this season for the Bears.


Greg Gallagher - Class of 2016: Greg is in his junior season running Cross Country at Penn State Abington. Their season opens up 8/31 @ Cairn University. PSU-Abington will in the Valley on 9/5 participating in the Bryn Athyn Dual Meet.


Mike Gould - Class of 2016: Mike is in his junior season at Cabrini College playing Mens Soccer. As a sophomore he was named to the All-CSAC Second Team as a goalkeeper. He started 16 matches nad amassed over 1500 minutes in goal. His GAA was 1.13 which was the best in conference and he had a .776 save percentage. He recorded 7 shutouts on the year last season.


Joe Kvint - Class of 2018: Joe is playing tennis at Purdue Northwest this fall. In his senior year at LM, he helped the team win a district championship and qualify for states. On an individual level he was the league and district singles champion.


Yasmine Machloff - Class of 2018: Yasmine is playing soccer at Holy Family University this fall. She was a major contributor on the 4x defending league champion Lower Moreland High School Girls Soccer Team. Last year she played a key part in helping the girls win their first playoff game in over five seasons. You can also catch Yas on the lacrosse field this spring.


Corey Mayer - Class of 2015: Corey is entering her senior season at James Madison University, playing Field Hockey. In her three years at JMU she has started 27 games, scoring 8 goals and tallying 4 assists.


Jamie Mayer - Class of 2018: Jamie is a freshman playing Field Hockey at Ursinus College. She looks to be a major contributor to the Bears this season. The season opens up 8/25 vs. Arcadia. At LM Jamie was a four time BAL All-League selection, earning 1st team 3x. She will also be running track in the spring for the Bears.


Tim McCreesh - Class of 2017: Tim is in his sophomore season at PSU-Abington running Cross Country with LM alum Greg Gallagher.


Tyler Millan - Class of 2016: Tyler will be entering his junior season at King's College playing Men's Tennis.


Kayla O'Malley - Class of 2018: Kayla is in her freshman year at Ursinus College. She looks to be a key part of the team for the Bears. At LM Kayla was the two time defending league MVP as well as earning 1st Team All State in both her juniors and senior seasons. Kayla was instrumental in helping our girls win their first playoff game in over five years last fall.


If there are any other former LM college athletes in the fall, winter, or spring who you would like to add please email mheiland@lmtsd.org so they can be added to the alumni athlete list.

Clubs and Extra-Curriculars

Details of clubs and extra curricular activities will begin to take place once school begins on September 4th.