The winter sports season started where the fall season left off as the Greens Farms Academy teams found plenty of success during the opening weekend of action.
The Dragons girls varsity basketball team went 3-0 at the Westover Holiday Tournament, boys squash won its first two matches of the season, our GFA wrestlers battled tough against some nationally ranked competition and the boys basketball team gave new coach Mike Jarvis II his first victory.
Here’s a look at how things went for the Dragons over the first 72 hours of the new season.
Tenth-year coach Jen Harris couldn’t have been happier with how her team performed in its opening weekend.
“For our opening weekend, the girls played with a lot of heart and determination and it was great to start with three wins a tournament championship,” Harris said. “The team has work to do, but we are excited and ready to take steps in another busy week.”
Katherine Marcus opened her senior year by pouring in 25 points and leading Greens Farms Academy to a 56–45 girls basketball win over Westover School on Friday night in the opener of the Westover Holiday Tournament.
Georgia Grabowski added 13 points while Sarah Peltier chipped in with 10 more for the Dragons.
Marcus also had seven rebounds and three assists while Grabowski had six steals, five rebounds, and four assists. Kristiana Modzelewski hauled down seven rebounds while Kelly van Hoesen had six boards and three steals.
After a slow start, the Dragons surged to a 64–41 win over Chase Collegiate in the second game of the Westover Holiday Tournament.
Katherine Marcus and Georgia Grabowski had 16 points each while Menna Delva added 14 points. Kristiana Modzelewski had a career-high 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Grabowski had eight steals and three blocks while Kelly van Hoesen had five steals, four rebounds, four assists, and four blocks.
A balanced scoring attack allowed the Greens Farms Academy girls basketball team to notch its third win at the Westover Holiday Tournament with a 49–12 victory over Forman.
Freshman Madison Gordon led all scorers with eight points while senior Kelly van Hoesen added seven.
Marygrace Dellisanti, Menna Delva and Lane Murphy added six points each.
Gordon had nine rebounds while van Hoesen had five steals and three boards. Murphy and Emma Smith had four steals each while Smith also grabbed two rebounds.
It was a slow start to the weekend, but the Dragons bounced back to give Jarvis his first win as GFA coach on Sunday.
After falling to Marianapolis Prep, which was hosting the weekend Class B Showcase, by 56–51 score on Saturday, the Dragons defeated Holderness School 57–47 on Sunday.
"On Saturday, our first half wasn’t very good, to put it mildly,” Jarvis said. “But it was nice to get the win on Sunday. It’s good for the guys. We learned the lessons from Saturday and it was nice to get the first win out of the way.”
Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 16 of his team-high 25 points in the second half, but the Dragons couldn't overcome a slow start while dropping its season-opening game against Marianapolis Prep at the Class B Showcase.
Greg Lawrence added 12 points and 12 rebounds while Kobi Agard and Teddy Brown had five points each. TJ Holloway added four more.
The Dragons bounced back from Saturday's season-opening loss to post a 57–47 win over the Holderness School during day two of the Class B Showcase hosted by Marianapolis Prep.
Cole Prowitt-Smith netted 20 points while Greg Lawrence added 13 more for the Dragons, who gave Coach Mike Jarvis II his first win as head coach.
David Basich and TJ Holloway added six points each for GFA while Jack Seegers had three points and Kobi Agard added two more.
“We have guys that can score,” Jarvis said. “But if we’re going to play against these tough teams, we need to do all the little things to compete.”
The Dragons will have to bring that competitiveness to the court on Wednesday when it hosts St. Luke’s.
The Dragons got the first win of the season on Friday night with a 7-0 win over Staples.
Winners for the Dragons included: Will Sarbinowski, Blake Newcomer (11-2, 11-5, 11-3), Giani Panariello (11-7, 11-2, 11-5), Eddie Xue (11-5, 11-2, 11-7), Marshall Bessey (11-2, 11-2, 11-6), Piero Panariello (11-5, 11-4, 11-7) and Luke Hammer (11-6, 11-6, 11-3).
Despite missing two of its top seven players, the Dragons stepped up and posted their second win of the season in a tight match over Canterbury Prep.
Marshell Bessey won his match 11-3, 12-10, 12-10; Luke Hammer won 14-16, 14-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7; Patrick Howard took an 11-2, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 win; and Will Mackle won 11-2, 11-7, 11-4.
The Dragons battled tough before falling to Staples by a single game.
Winners for the Dragons were: Annabelle Kreitler (11-4, 11-4, 11-7), Kavya Krishnamurthy (11-1, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7) and Charlotte Cohen (11-6, 11-5, 11-7).
Keely O'Shea won an exhibition match 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7.
The GFA Dragons wrestling team traveled to Philadelphia this weekend for the Germantown Academy Tournament.
In attendance were several of the top teams in the country, including No. 1 Blair Academy.
Twelve Dragon wrestlers were in attendance, including several who competed in the JV division and won two JV championships.
Jonnie Jackson who went 2-0 and Santi Mejia who went 3-0 on the day, to take titles.
Other Dragons competed at the tournament’s two higher levels, putting together some pretty good days.
Peter Kane had a tremendous day and defeated two opponents who were ranked in the top 20 of national preps last season and finished the day 2-1.
Finishing in second place was CJ Shea who lost in the finals by decision.
Nico Provo went 1-1 on the day losing to a nationally ranked opponent but ended his day by defeating the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the national preps.
Finishing 1-2 on the day were Caleb Seyfried and Mikey Bartush. Bartush’s win came when he defeated the returning Class A wrestling championship by a fall.