Methacton Athletics

Week of February 27, 2023

Winter Sports

Dear Methacton Families and Community,

We are one week out from the beginning of our spring sports season! Reminder, get all your paperwork in by Monday 3/6/2023.

PIAA Paperwork can be found at the following link:

Students and parents both need to create a BigTeams account to submit all required documents. Click here to get started.

Highlight of the week:

Methacton HS Coaches Meet with the District Solicitor for Professional Development.

Big shout out to solicitor Kyle Somers for joining us last week to discuss hot button topics like Supreme Court decisions involving high school athletics as well as updates regarding PIAA's decision to approve the rule allowing student-athletes to sign name, image, and likeness (NIL) agreements. He also gave us some great insight into issues to watch in the high school athletics world.

We appreciate everyone joining us and hope to make these discussions a regular occurrence for our program and coaches moving forward!


John M. Smink

Director of Athletics and Activities

College Commitment Day Athletes 2023

Boys Swimming

This past weekend the boys competed in District 1 Championships. As a team, the boys finished 11th place overall out of 35 teams. At this meet, the top 16 in each event score points for the team. In addition to points, the top 8 finishers receive medals. Below is a recap of the meet:

Christopher Groff:

200 Freestyle - 4th (1:41.45) ​**NEW TEAM RECORD​**

100 Backstroke - 1st (50.13) ​**NEW TEAM RECORD**

Christian Lebold:

​500 Freestyle - 7th (4:46.61)

100 Breaststroke - 14th (59.15)

Jake Kallal:

500 Freestyle - 36th (5:09.25)

Eric Zang:

50 Freestyle - 34th (22.57)


Medley Relay - 7th 1:36.32 (Christopher Groff, Christian Lebold, John Du, Eric Zang)

200 Freestyle Relay - 24th (John Du, Jake Kallal, Lucah Petriello, Dante Pineiro)

400 Freestyle Relay - 14th 3:16.61 (Christopher Groff, Eric Zang, Jake Kallal, Christian Lebold)

Qualifications for the PIAA State Championship meet are based off of your final time at the District Championship meet. The top finisher in each event is an automatic qualifier to States. After all the Districts compete, the state will send out a list of the next 32 ranked swimmers in the state in each event. Currently, Christopher Groff has punched his ticket to States in the 100 Backstroke. We will be eagerly waiting for the next week to find out if we have more athletes qualify.

Upcoming Events:

3/17-18 - PIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Lewisburg, Pa)

Girls Swimming

As we concluded our PIAA District 1 Championship meet Saturday we had several team members hit their life time best times!

Junior, Madison Wimmer will move on to PIAA State Championship meet at Bucknell University next month.

Recap of events:

Madison Wimmer - 6th place finishes in 200 free and 500 free with All District berths in both events. Life time best time in the 500 free of 5:06.31

Ava Sgarra (Freshmen) - 31st in 500 free with her lifetime best time of 5:21.60

Truly Sommer (Sophomore) - 28th place 500 free

Amanda Tsai (Senior) - 27th in 100 Back with a lifetime best time 1:01.57

Upcoming Events:

3/17-18 - PIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Lewisburg, Pa)

Boys Basketball

This past weekend both boys and girls basketball teams were eliminated from district play.

The boys played a hard fought game vs. West Chester Henderson last Friday here at Methacton in the first round of district playbacks. They finished their regular season with a record of 15 - 7 -0. They finished their playoff run with a record of 1 - 2.

Both boys and girls basketball teams should be proud of their respective seasons! See you next year!

Girls Basketball

This past weekend both boys and girls basketball teams were eliminated from district play.

The girls played a hard fought game vs. Conestoga last Saturday here at Conestoga in the first round of district playbacks. They finished their regular season with a record of 15 -7 - 0. They finished their playoff run with a record of 1 - 2.

Both boys and girls basketball teams should be proud of their respective seasons! See you next year!

Boys Winter Track

The boys indoor track team concluded their official indoor season on a high note in State College Sunday Afternoon at the PA state meet. Nicholas Willen got the day started for the warriors with a new PR of 1:58.33 in the 800m, earning him an 11th place finish in the state. Shortly after his brother Zachary Willen, matched his 11th place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.25.

However, the highlight of the meet for the Boys was the 4x400 meter relay. Their school record of 3:29.84 from January seeded them 14th coming into the final race of the day. Christian Kinard, Nicholas Willen, SahBri Hill and Zachary Willen competed hard and exceeded their expectations, winning their heat with a blistering 3:25.56! This time held on for 7th overall at the meet and a state medal. They shaved a total of 4.3 seconds off the previous school record this indoor season and is 2.5 seconds under the nationals standards.

Besides state qualifiers, there are other all time program accomplishments by the kids worth recognizing this winter. Many relays & individuals put themselves in the Methacton history books with top 10 all time school performances.

- SahBri Hill now holds the 2nd fastest indoor 400m time in school history with his mark of 51.31! Nicholas Willen's 53.12 is 7th all time and Christian Kinard's 53.76 is 9th all time.

-The Distance Medley Relay of Matthew Sandner, Zachary Willen, Nicholas Willen and Evander Lackman ran the 3rd fastest time in school history with their 10:56.75 in January.

- SahBri Hill & Christian Kinard now rank 9th and 10th on the top 10 200m dash list.

-Matt Behan ran the 8th fastest 800m in school history with a time of 2:04.71

-Matthew Behan and Evander Lackman both ran the 7th and 8th all time indoor Mile times this season with marks of 4:38.05 and 4:38.15.

-Aryaman Punshi's 55m hurdle time of 8.20 is 5th all time.

- The 4x800 of Charlie Reith, Matthew Sandner, Nicholas Willen and Evander Lackman is 4th all time at Methacton.

-SahBri Hill's triple jump of 42 feet 2.5 inches is 3rd all time.

Additionally, Nicholas Willen's 600 & 800 marks from this season sit only behind Mike Clark for best all time.

Girls Winter Track

The Girls Track and Field Team wrapped up their season with a trip to Penn State for the State Championship Meet. The only sport where all public and private schools of all levels compete in a single championship, the best athletes from across the state were on display. The Girls program has qualified athletes for the State Championships in each of the past 23 seasons (barring 2021, when no Championship was held).

Summer Mellow fought through an ankle injury to place 15th in the Long Jump and 16th in the 60m dash. Only a junior, she has aspirations of taking home at least one medal next year. The 4x800 Relay of Bipasha Moktan, Juliana Trigone, Molly Thomas and Kate Thomas ended their season with a 20th place finish in the event.

Although the post season is complete, there were a few National Championship qualifiers. Summer Mellow will compete in both the 60M dash and the Long Jump. She will also be the anchor of the 4x200 relay, joining Analiesa Geiling, Soleil Bond-Johnson and Kenslee O'Donnell. The quartet will compete in two weeks in New York City.


The Varsity Cheerleaders wrapped up their season this weekend with a clean sweep at the Kedron Spirit Classic! After two near-perfect routines, the team took home first place in the Small Varsity division, first place in the Game Day division and Overall School Grand Champions. The stunt group comprised of Rachel Bower, Kate Bradford, Paige Corne and Jorja Rembert also won the Stunt-off competition. It was a fantastic end to the 2022-2023 competition season!

This week's shout-outs go to Noelle Emerson, Emily Loughran and Shaniyah Wright!

Noelle is a strong base with great jumps. She is versatile and willing to step in anywhere she is needed to help her team. New to MHS Cheer this year, Noelle brought so much positivity, determination, and a great attitude to our team-we are so thankful to have her!

Emily is a veteran team member who, thankfully, bounced back from an injury just in time to take the mat this weekend. You would have never known she was gone- her stunts were rock solid! Emily is super versatile, filling multiple positions, and a beautiful tumbler. We're very proud of her determination and perseverance this season!

Shaniyah is a freshman who has grown so much this season! She is a fantastic back spot who rocks every one of her stunts. She has a spirited and engaging presence both on the sidelines and the competition floor, showing genuine enthusiasm and spirit. We are so proud of her dedication to the team this season!


Five Warrior wrestlers recently brought home honors from the District 1 North Tournament at Perkiomen Valley High School.

Ryan Hayes led all Warrior wrestlers with a third place finish at at 114 lbs. Joey Simko (127 lbs.), Matty Shumaker (152 lbs.) and Damian Moser (285 lbs.) all paced fourth place, while Dylan Pachik placed fifth at 189 lbs.

The top four finishers in each weight advance to the South East Regional Tournament at Souderton High School this weekend.

Current Win Leaders

Matty Shumaker, 34

Ryan Hayes, 27

Joey Simko, 24

Dylan Pachik, 21

Collin O'Neill, 20

Shane McQuaid, 18

Upcoming Meets:

3/3-3/4 - 3A Southeast Regional Tournament @ Souderton HS