Lower Moreland Twp. School District

Fall Wrap / Winter Preview 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

Message from the Athletic Director

The fall season was another extremely successful one! The student athletes here at Lower Moreland continue to work hard, dedicate their time, and carry themselves the right way both on and off the field. As you will see below in more detail, we had 34 all league selections this fall. Lower Moreland had two teams win league championships, four teams qualify for post-season playoffs, and one team win a district championship. There were a number of individual successes throughout the season as well.

My first thank you needs to go out to our coaches. Without you, we would not have teams for our players to be a part of. There are a ton of sacrifices you make on a personal level in order to help our student athletes both grow on a personal level as well as on the field.

Our events would not be able to run smoothly without all of the help that is provided by a number of people. First I would like to thank our faculty managers at Murray Avenue, Ms. Kristy Huthcinson & Mr. Matt Crouch. Their commitment towards the success of our middle school athletic programs is invaluable to not only the Lower Moreland community, but myself as the Athletic Director.

I would also like to thank Mr. Becker, Mr. Baron, John Lawlor, Gary Mitchell, Anne Reilly, Liam Reilly, Tim Reilly Jr, Eric Freeman, Christina Neto, Ed Neeld, Lisa Kupper Brian Courduff, Coach John Spoerl & Coach Greg Green who all helped work a number of events throughout the fall season.

I would also like to thank Mr. Hector Deflin, Mr. Lance Freeman, and our grounds crew for getting our fields set up for games this fall season. It is also important to thank our bus drivers, for without them, we would not be able to get to and from away games. It is a thankless job, but one that is vital to the success of educational based athletics.

As we approach the winter season it is important to address a big issue in high school sports and that is officiating. It is an aspect of sports that gets a lot of heat from players, coaches, & parents. As much as we all want to compete, officiating is at critical point, as the Inquirer article below cites, 80% of new officials stop within 2 years. I encourage our current athletes and those who want to help get involved to get into officiating. It is a way that you can stay involved in sports and earn a few extra dollars. There are no officials that come into the games with vendettas against us or our kids. So, I ask us as a community, that this winter and beyond, we treat our officials with respect. I hope we can thank them for their services after games, and make them want to come back to Lower Moreland in the future.

High School Today Article on Officiating

Philadelphia Inquirer Article on Officiating

I am looking forward to a successful winter season as we turn the page into a new decade. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and Go Lions!

End of Year Sports Banquet

Tuesday, May 26th 2020 at 6:30pm

130 Davisville Road

Warminster, PA

LMTSD Athletics will be bringing back the end of the year sports banquet. This is an opportunity for all high school athletes to come together at the end of the year for one celebration.

High School Athletes who attend, will do so for free.

Cost for Adults is $30/person. Cost for School Aged Childred $21/person.

There will be a buffet style dinner offered as well as awards.

More details will be provided in the coming months, but there will be a fundraiser between the winter and spring seasons to help raise money for the event. Also if there are any community members whose businesses would like to help support the event and get their company name in the program, please reach out to Matt Heiland at mheiland@lmtsd.org.

2020 Spring & 2020 Fall Sports Starting Dates

It is important to push out starting dates as soon as possible for our families. It is approaching the time of year when parents begin to plan vacations, it is important to push out start date information in regards to next fall.

Spring 2020 - Monday March 2nd - First Day of Practice

Fall 2020 - Football will begin Monday August 10th 2020 for heat acclimation. All other sports will begin on Monday August 17th 2020.

2020-2021 & 2021-2022 PIAA Classification Reports

Every two years the PIAA reclassifies schools based on male and female enrollment. See who our teams will be competing with in District playoffs for the following two year cycle, at the button below.

Important Links to Bookmark

Playing College Sports

If you want to find out some more details on playing sports at the next level, please click the following link.

PIAA District I

Check out up to date district rankings

Become a Fan of Lower Moreland 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 Teams Up With Coaches vs. Cancer

On 10/12 Lower Moreland Athletics teamed up with Coaches vs. Cancer to help raise money for a great cause. Cancer is a topic that hits home to almost everyone on some different level and its important to continue to raise awareness for this ongoing battle. I would like to thank the LMHS Cheerleaders as well as the LMFPA in helping donate towards Coaches vs. Cancer. We will hold another event the week of 1/20 around our basketball games.

Athletic Hall of Fame

The nominee window has closed. We are looking forward to announcing our first Athletic Hall of Fame in the coming weeks.

Fall 2019 Wrap Up

It was another successful fall season here at Lower Moreland. We had 250 student athletes participate in our 9 sports to kick off the 2019-2020 school year. Overall we had 34 All League selections in our final fall season within the Bicentennial Athletic League. Four of our teams qualified for the District I Playoffs and a handful of individuals qualified for Districts in their selective sports.

First Team Athletes

Celli-ann Courduff - Girls Soccer

Maggie McGarry - Girls Soccer

Payton Lennon - Girls Soccer

Nicole Castor - Girls Soccer

Justin Sandler- Cross Country

Leena Saidi - Cross Country

Bryce Fazio - Golf

Taryn Mayer - Field Hockey

Ashley Tang - Field Hockey

Devon Robinson- Boys Soccer

Nathan Waychoff - Boys Soccer

Devin Green - Football

Nick Degliomini - Football

Nikole Lisovvy - Tennis

Ally Cheiken - Tennis

Maeve McErlean - Tennis

Second Team Athletes

Phobe Lynch - Girls Soccer

Alexandre Krutsinger - Girls Soccer

Demmi Fox - Girls Soccer

Sara Matraku - Girls Soccer

Andrew Ung - Cross Country

Alex Kebuz - Cross Country

Ben Zonshayn - Cross Country

Thomas Hellenbrand - Cross Country

Siri Hellenbrand - Cross Country

Sophia Zalipsky - Cross Country

Anthony Mangan - Golf

Linda Tang - Field Hockey

Bennet Durand - Boys Soccer

Braden Alicea- Boys Soccer

John Sheridan - Football

Joe Kelly - Football

Christian Long - Football

Tim Whittle - Football

Sal Penecale - Football

Honorable Mention Athletes

Kathleen Chen - Field Hockey

Sarah Rosala - Field Hockey


The cheer team did a fantastic job supporting our football team throughout the fall season. The Gameday squad dedicated countless hours toward improving their halftime routine throughout the season.

For the first time, the cheer squad has gone into a more competitive route. On November 3rd the team participated in the Whippet Challenge at Downingtown West, where the team finished in 3rd place in the Co-Ed Division.

The team will participate in the District I Championships at Spring-Ford HS on December 7th. Good luck to the squad in their first ever District appearance!

We look forward to seeing the cheer team support our boys basketball team this winter!

Boys Cross Country

The Boys Cross Country team had a difficult task this year, and that figuring out how they were going to replace the two time defending district champion. The team did so by running as a pack throughout the year and pushing each other to greatness. The team started by working through the hot summer days in August and building towards a successful season.

The team finished 8-2 on the season and 2nd in their division. At the District I Championships the team finished in 2nd place, 15 points behind Pottsgrove HS. Senior Ben Zonshayn earned a district medal at the District I Championships by finishing 10th. The team will return 5 of its top 6 runners next year as they look to earn a division championship in the move to the SOL as well as a AA Team championship next year.

Girls Cross Country

The team started off with only five runners back in August. Through hard work and determination the team grew up to ten throughout the year. The culture was established early by the team leaders, and the girls started supporting each other in a positive manner. The team improved throughout the season, and finished the season with a 2nd place BAL finish, and 9th place finish at the District Championships.

Leena Saidi finished in 4th place at the District I AA Championships, and qualified for the state championships. She placed 67th at Hershey, but gained valuable experience for next year.


The golf team finished the year 5-5 under first year coach Mike Guido. The team had some new faces join the team this year as freshman, but coach came away impressed with the progress of Ian McErlean, Matt Dymoski & Will Klanderman.

Junior Bryce Fazio led the team this year as the teams #1 player. Bryce was an all league selection, qualified for the BAL Championships where he finished 9th. The 9th place finish helped him qualify for districts. Senior Anthony Mangan also was an all league selection, and qualified for the BAL Championships in his final season at Lower Moreland.

Field Hockey

The field hockey team had a unique mix of players this year, as they welcomed 18 freshman onto the team, who came up from their undefeated 8th grade season at Murray Ave. Junior Taryn Mayer became the schools all time goal scoring leader at LM, as she tallied her 100th career goal vs. Morrisville.

The team finished in a tie for 2nd place in the BAL and they earned the #3 seed in the district playoffs. The team got past St. Basils in a home game in round one of districts, however fell to future league rival, and eventual state-quarter finalist, Springfield 2-0 in the district semi-finals. The team only loses four seniors to graduation, and looks to have a strong 2020 season.


The football team brought in a lot of fresh faces this year after losing 17 seniors from last years team. Although the team finished 1-8 on the season, they played in some entertaining games. In week 2 they came up a bit short in overtime to Prep Charter. Two weeks later they took undefeated and district finalist Jenkintown to the final drive before falling 27-20.

On October 12th, on homecoming the team faced off with the George School. Down by 7 with under a minute left, the team scored to get within one point. Coach Beck went for two, and the team pulled off a thrilling 21-20 victory over The George School.

The team will return a good nucleus of players next year as they look to continue to grow the program and get some more wins in the win column.

Thank You Coach Reilly!!

I would also like to acknowledge Coach Tim Reilly. Coach Reilly coached his final game at Lower Moreland on October 25th vs. Bristol. Coach Reilly was a member of the football staff for over 30 years. Mr. Reilly has had a tremendous impact on a number of student athletes both on and off the field in his coaching career. Thank You Coach Reilly.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team also brought in a number of fresh faces this year, after losing 10 seniors from their district qualifying team. The team got off to a tough start, but started to come together as a team and buy into Coach Barnharts philosophy. The highlight of the regular season was a thrilling 2-1 victory over BAL Rival Holy Ghost Prep in the final BAL meeting between the two schools. It was the first time in 21 years that the boys soccer team defeated HGP.

The win over Ghost propelled the young team into the District I 3A playoffs for a second straight season. The team went up to Pottsgrove, where ultimately the were defeated by a tough Falcons team.

Girls Soccer

The girls soccer team had a successful season under first year head coach Boomer Steigelman. The team was battle tested early in the season and played a very difficult non-league schedule again this year. The highlight of the season was a thrilling 1-0 victory over co-league champion Calvary Christian on Senior Night. The team battled injuries all year long, but continued to battle as they got key contributions from new freshman, as well as upper classmen.

The girls earned the #5 seed in the District Playoffs where, like the boys, they traveled to Pottsgrove High School. The team battled all game long, but fell 1-0 to the Falcons.

Girls Tennis

The Girls Tennis team won their 5th consecutive BAL Championship this year in dominating fashion. The team was led by Nikole Lisovvy, Ally Cheiken, and Maeve McErlean in singles. The doubles teams found their niche throughout the year which helped the team earn a 12-2 regular season record. The team also won their 5th consecutive District Championship in the process to advance to states. At states, the team met Sewickley Academy in the semi-finals. However, despite a closer than the score match, the team fell 5-0. In the last three seasons the team has earned a state silver medal, and back to back state semi-final appearances.

Lisovvy, won the BAL Singles tournament, advanced to districts, where she defended her district title. She advanced to Hershey, where she ultimately finished with the states bronze medal. Ally Cheiken and Maeve McErlean teamed up for the Doubles Tournament. They won the BAL Doubles championships and advanced to Districts. In the District Final, the team fell to eventual state runner-up and league opponents from Delco Christian.

The team will be honored at the December board meeting for winning the District Championship.

Winter 2019-2020 Preview

Boys Basketball

Season Preview

Coaching Staff - Seth Baron (9th season as head coach), Kevin Blair (2nd season), Mike Landes (8th season), Jeff Pitkow (3rd season),

Key Returning Starters/Contributors: None

Newcomers to Watch: John Przybylinski, Jack Doneker

Season Outlook: We have a lot of potential and are looking forward to competing every night.

The boys will open their season with a lot of fresh faces from last years 4A State Semi-Final run. They will travel to future SOL opponent Upper Dublin on 12/7. They will open up at home on 12/10 vs. Valley Forge Military Academy and 12/11 vs. future league opponent, William Tennent.

Girls Basketball

Season Preview

Head Coach: Rich Becker (15th year)

Assistant Coaches: Dennis Sweeney, Bud Joshua, Olivia Mangan

Key Returning Players: Ceili Courduff (League MVP last year), Phoebe Lynch, Riley Malone Alexandre Krutsinger and Maggie McGarry

Newcomers to look out for: Jess Dugo, Liz Neeld, Ofek Gur and Tori Finnegan

Key Games/Outlook: The key to this season will be how the new varsity players adjust to the speed of the game at the varsity level. Early games against Jenkintown, New Hope and Faith Christian within the first three weeks of the year will determine if we repeat as conference champions again this year. Our goal, as always, is to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season with the hope to compete for league and district titles and hopefully make it to the State Playoffs for the fourth year in a row,

The girls season will kick off at the Lower Merion Tip Off Tournament. They will face Council Rock North on Friday 12/6 at 5:30. They will then face either Lower Merion or Chester on Saturday. The home opener will be on 12/13 vs. New Hope Solebury.

Boys Indoor Track

Season Preview

Head Coach: Greg Green (3rd year)

Assistant Coach Alana Jacrouso (1st year)

Key Returning Players: Sr. Tim Baciu, Sr. Ben Zonshayn, Jr. Thomas Hellenbrand, Jr. Sam Solar, So. Russell Wynn, So. Noah Kim

New Comers To Look out For: , Fr. Matthew Dymowski, Fr. Jack Becker, Fr. Alexander Kebuz

Key Games/Team Goals/Outlook

The key meets this season will take place at Penn State University and NYC. At these meets, the team will compete against top competition with the hope of getting qualifying marks for the indoor state and national championship meets. The goal for the season is to continue to grow participation numbers on both the boys and girls teams, to develop a positive culture, and a belief that the team can compete at a high level against quality competition.

The season will kick off on 12/14 at Lehigh University.

Girls Indoor Track

Season Preview

Head Coach: Greg Green (3rd year)

Assistant Coach Alana Jacrouso (1st year)

Key Returning Players: , Sr Amajie Dunkley, Jr. Leena Saidi, So. Evelyn Xiao, So. Jade McCool

New Comers To Look out For: Sr. Nicole Castor Fr. Siri Hellenbrand, Fr. Sophia Zalipsky, Fr. Anna Zagorodny, Fr. Melina Papanikolaou.

Key Games/Team Goals/Outlook

The key meets this season will take place at Penn State University and NYC. At these meets, the team will compete against top competition with the hope of getting qualifying marks for the indoor state and national championship meets. The goal for the season is to continue to grow participation numbers on both the boys and girls teams, to develop a positive culture, and a belief that the team can compete at a high level against quality competition.

The season will kick off on 12/13 at Lehigh University.

Boys Swimming & Diving

Season Preview

Coach: Karney McNear - 3rd Season as HC at LM, 17th overall

Assistant Coach: Matt Preedy

Dive Coach: Rachel Orsi (1st Season)

Returning State scorers: Alex Yoon; Noah Ferker; Greg Landis; Jaden Feldman

Returning District scorers: Bumyeol Park; Sam Shtrambrand; Michael Goldenberg

Others to watch: Jude Blumhardt; Ashton Feldman

Coach McNear says: “The Lions look to keep the tradition of success.”

The season opens up with home meets on 12/10 vs. Bishop Shanahan at 3:45 and 12/17 vs. Upper Moreland at 3:45

Girls Swimming & Diving

Season Preview

Head Swimming Coach: Karney McNear - 3rd Season as HC at LM, 17th overall

Assistant Coach: Matt Preedy

Dive Coach: Rachel Orsi (1st Season)

Returning State scorers: Yuval Levi

Returning District scorer: Sam Becker

Others to watch: Grace Dudek; Emma Volokhonsky; Emily Vaidyan; Melanie Hwan; Ashley Kim; Isabella Gioia

Coach McNear says: “The Lions look to continue the building process.”

The season opens up with home meets on 12/10 vs. Bishop Shanahan at 3:45 and 12/17 vs. Upper Moreland at 3:45


Season Preview

Head Coach: John Spoerl

Key Returning Wrestlers: Sr. Nick Bratspis, So. Derek Mironenko, Sr. Eric Srulevich, Sr. Patrick Whittle

Others to Watch: Jr. Adrian Kebuz, So. Matan Macholf, Jr. Julian Ogawa

Outlook: The team lost two key seniors from last years team, but still return a handful of wrestlers with experience. The team is coming off a 2nd place BAL finish last year, and with their depth look to make a run at state power Church Farm in 2019-2020. For the first time in 4 seasons, the team made District Duals last season. They look to get back there this year and avenge their loss in the first round.

The team will kick off the season at the Upper Merion Duals on December 7th at 1:00PM. On December 19th Lower Moreland will host the BAL Tri-Meet starting at 5 PM.

Murray Avenue Athletics

Fall Sports

Field Hockey:

The Murray Ave FH team was filled with numbers again this year. For the second consecutive year over 45 girls were a part of the team. A number of 7th grade girls were out for the first time and the coaches came away impressed with their improvement throughout the season, especially on the defensive side of the field. The 8th grade team finished with a 2-5-3 this year, with two close losses. Coaches again praised the effort and comradery that was exhibited throughout the season.

Cross Country:

For the first year we offered Cross Country at the middle school level. Former High School coach Mrs. Esposito, ran the team in its first year. We had 30 students register for the club, and they got the opportunity to run in one race versus Colonial MS and Wissahickon. Coach was very proud of the work that the kids put in this year, and is excited to see what next year can bring. The hope is to get our kids into a weekend invitational with our high school team and participate in more league meets.

Girls Soccer:

The girls soccer team had a combined 7th/8th grade roster this year. The team was full of energy and goal scorers this year. The team finished the season 3-4-1 including a stellar win over Faith Christian to close out the season.

Boys Soccer:

The 8th grade boys soccer team finished with an undefeated record this year in the Montgomery County Athletic Association. The boys came together as a unit throughout the year, and continued to raise the bar of excellence at Murray Ave. Pictured below is the 8th grade boys team with their league championship shirts.

The 7th grade team, finished the year 2-4-1. Coaches were very pleased with the progress made from the first game through the last. Despite only winning 2 games, the team did play very well in some close losses.

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Winter Sports

Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team is off and running this early winter season. The team dropped a tough 28-14 decision to neighborhood rival Upper Moreland two weeks ago. Yesterday the 8th grade team earned their first win of the season over Wissahickon. On Monday the 7th grade team defeated a strong Cedarbrook team. Come out and support the girls basketball team in their final home game on 12/11 vs. Keith Valley MS.

Wrestling - The team begins practice next week, in preparation for the regular season when we return from December break. The team will be led by Mr. Giordano again this winter. We are still looking for an assistant coach, so if interested please contact Matt Heiland at mheiland@lmtsd.org.

Boys Basketball & Cheer- Information about tryouts/team info will be sent out in Mid-December.

Other Important News

If you have not done so already, register your child for Murray Avenue Athletics.

Winter Athletes - The FamilyID portal for both new athletes and returning athletes is now open. Please click on the following link and follow directions. https://lmtsdathletics.com/main/otherad/contentID/48614455

Please remember that if your child is a new athlete, which means didnt try out or play a fall sport, you need to click on Murray Avenue Winter Athletics 2019-2020 NEW Athletes. You then need to upload the Section 6 portion of the form to the account.

If your child did try out or play a fall sport, we already have your physical on file and you need to fill out the Murray Avenue Winter Athletics 2019-2020 Re-Certification Link.

Spring Sports

Information will come out in January for dates and schedules in regards to the Spring Middle School sports season.

Fall Drama

The cast and crew of the Fall Drama production of Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias worked together to produce a successful production of this funny and touching story of friendship, love, and loss. Tech crew worked seamlessly to provide lights and sound for the production. Each night, audiences laughed and cried and were impressed by the talents of our cast, giving them a standing ovation.

Cast members: Brenna Alicea, Naina Devgan, Giovanna Ditro, Erica Duffey,Jarred GraBois, Paris Keegan, Gianna Vona

Student Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Hayley Warnalis

Lower Moreland School District Music Dates

12/5 Murray Ave. Orchestra and Chorus Winter Concert

12/9 Murray Ave. Band Winter Concert

12/12 High School Winter Concert

12/16 Pine Road Chorus Winter Concert

12/18 Pine Road Instrumental Winter Concert

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10/29 -

The LMHS Jazz Combo performed at the Huntingdon Valley Library for a fundraising event.

10/30- The LMHS Wind Ensemble had an evening rehearsal via FaceTime with composer Dr. Quincy Hilliard. The Wind Ensemble was preparing for their recording session of Dr. Hilliard’s brand new composition, “Give Me Tomorrow”. The selection is a tribute to the US Marines. The LMHS Wind Ensemble will perform this selection for the community along with Dr. HIlliard at the spring concert in April.

Thanks to the Pep Band

I would like to thank our Lower Moreland Pep Band under the direction of Mr. Erin Stroup. The pep band was at our home football games to play our national anthem, as well as provide a fun atmosphere in the stands. I would like to thank all the individuals who were members of the band who gave up their time to help support our football team.

Lower Moreland Alumni Athletes