2019 season recap: Holy Ghost Prep remained one of the area’s top teams in 2019. The Firebirds reached the PIAA District 1 Class 3A title, losing to Strath Haven in overtime, 2-1. Ken Lawson’s squad won a first round state playoff game before falling in the state quarterfinals to Archbishop Wood.
In 2020, the Firebirds will have to replace a troika of 2019 first-team All-BAL performers in unflappable goalie TJ Butler and scoring aces Stefen Melekos, Max Guiliana, and Tyler Weimert.
But Holy Ghost Prep, a traditional District 1 power, should remain so in 2020. As the program leaves the BAL and competes as an independent next year, Lawson will build his 2020 squad around key returnees Liam Fleming, Cole Stevens, Gianni Galdo, Zach Simcsak, Joey Reteneller, Tony Colon, Yoofi Danquah, Anthony Fanelli, and Colin Conway.
2019 All-BAL selections
First Team: Stefen Melekos ’20, TJ Butler ’20, and Max Guiliana ’20
Second Team: Tyler Weimert ’20, Gianni Galdo ’21, and Liam Fleming ’21