Spring Sports Updates
The team is now 6-1 (6-0 BAL). We went 3-0 the week of 4/8 outscoring opponents 42-1. HGP is hitting .376 with 29 extra base hits in 7 games. Will Binder is hitting .571 and John McNamee .500 to lead the team. Phil Stahl and Will Binder lead the team with 10 RBI's each and Andrew Curry leads the team with 11 runs scored. The pitchers have a team ERA of 1.75 with 72K in 36IP. Ryan Staropoli, Drew Smiley and Jared Minnichbach have 2 wins each.
Save the date: Alumni Day on 4/28 - 12pm game vs. Archbishop Ryan!
The lacrosse team hit a speed bump last week after a big win over Germantown Academy. Zach May was brilliant in the cage with 11 Saves. The team bounced back after those two tight losses with and 8-2 win over Wissahickon and a 15-3 win over Devon Prep. The attack of George Rusnak, Zach Nangle and Dan Kovacevich have accounted the majority of the goals. The team is averaging over 10 goals a game while defense is limiting opponents to 5 goals a game. Matt Rueter continues to rewrite the school record book for Faceoffs and groundballs. His latest game vs Devon Prep, he dominated going 15/16 with 12 GBs. The team stands at 6-2 in District 1 and is on track for a playoff bid.
Holy Ghost Rowing had a full weekend again for its final weekend of the “regular season,” April 21-22. The highlight was the first home race in HGP Rowing historyon Saturday in Langhorne, PA, against Harriton High School from Lower Merion, PA. HGP swept every race it entered under bright sunny skies and spectators from all around Lower Bucks County.
HGP has been practicing in Core Creek Park, on Lake Luxembourg in Langhorne, PA since the fall of 2016, but has never hosted a home race until this spring. Lake Luxembourg supports four-across racing for 1500 meters, the standard high school distance for spring racing. With the help of John Musial, the head coach at Villa Joseph Marie and an experienced rowing referee of almost 30 years, HGP and VJM hosted Harriton High School for a morning of fast racing. HGP entered a Novice Four, a Lightweight Four, two JV Fours, a JV Eight, and a Varsity Four, all of which won. The day ended with combined eights from the two schools racing each other in a 500 meter sprint. All in all, the first home rowing race in Holy Ghost history was a great success.
On Sunday the team returned to the Schuylkill River for the last Manny Flick race of the season, against competition from around the region. The Novice Four raced in a time trial format, coming in with the second-fastest time overall. The JV Eight also raced a time trial and placed 16/19 but closed to within 7 seconds of the top ten, and after having all raced twice the day before. The Lightweight Four, which had been undefeated until this Sunday, was picked off by Oakcrest High School and LaSalle High School, with the top three schools finishing within four seconds of one another. With two incredibly fast finishes in the other heat from Atlantic City HS and Father Judge, the lights will be seeded fifth overall in the City Championships in two weeks. The Varsity Four finished fourth in their top-seeded heat, behind a new-look Haverford School lineup that blew the next boat away by almost ten seconds. HGP also finished behind Oakcrest HS and Don Bosco Prep; they’ll be seeded fourth in the huge (30+ boats) Varsity Four field at Cities.
With three boats expected to make the finals (top six) at the Philadelphia City Championships - one of the country’s toughest rowing leagues - it’s shaping up to be an historically successful third year for the HGP Rowing program. Ghost heads north next weekend for the Saratoga Invite, racing hundreds of clubs and schools from around the Northeastern US and Canada over two days. The following weekend (May 8-9) is the City Championships back on the Schuylkill.
The tennis team recently captured a 4th straight BAL Championship with a dominating win over Church Farm. The Firebirds have not lost a regular-season BAL match during this 4-year run. The team is currently 9-1 (BAL 7-0) with many big non-league matches left on the regular-season schedule. This weekend, Junior Keegan Pietrak and Senior Mark Pabalan will compete in the BAL Singles Tournament at Lower Moreland. With good showings, both players hope to earn District One AAA singles berths.
Track and Field
The Outdoor Track & Field Team began their Bicentennial Athletic League with two wins in a regular season triangular meet before the Easter vacation. The team was led by first place finishers Jarrett Zelinsky '19 in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and 400 meter dash, Tony Carbino '19 in the 1600 meter and 800 meter runs, Adam Lawall '19 in the shot put, Jarrod Padilla '18 in the 200 meter dash, Killian Brennan '20 in the 3200 meter run, Kevin Trusdell '18 in the Triple Jump, and Jacob McDonald '19 in the pole vault. The 4x100 meter relay composed of Padilla, Zamir Guy '18, Trusdell, and Sean O'Hara '18, as well as the 4x400 meter relay composed of Carbino, John Horgan '21, Paul Watkins '20, and Andrew Plunkett '19, also finished in first place. The team scored 115 points to Calvary Christian's 50 and Faith Christian's 10 points. The team looks forward to working hard toward hopeful success in the championships in early May.
The Holy Ghost Prep ultimate team got off to a slow start this season losing its first five games. Things are looking brighter though, as the Firebirds finished the North Penn Knights for Life tournament 2-2. The highlight of that tournament for the varsity team was losing to eventual champion Haverford HS on universe point. Losses are not normally recognized as highlights, but the result shows that the team is pointing in the right direction as the season winds down. The Firebirds will play one more tournament this weekend and games against Archbishop Carroll and St. Joe's Prep before entering the City Tournament on May 5th and 6th. The top 8 teams from that tournament will be invited to States to compete outside of Pittsburgh over Memorial Day Weekend.
The JV team is showing some early season success this spring. The Firebirds competed in the Knights for Life tournament and finished the day with a perfect 3-0 record over Lower Merion, North Penn, and Methacton. The boys won their last game of the day in thrilling fashion winning on universe point. The team will compete in a tournament this Sunday hoping to continue its success as it eyes their City tournament, which will be held later next month.
Athletic Recognition Night 2018
Holy Ghost Prep will honor all students who have earned a varsity letter for an interscholastic sport during the 2017-18 school year. The Athletic Recognition Night will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30pm in Chapman Arena. Please click on this LINK for more information and to register/pay for the event.
Fall Sports Information
All current Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors interested in playing a fall sport next year, please read this very important LETTER
with your parents.
HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open
The HGP Atheltic Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominees for the Induction Class of 2019! The Hall of Fame Requirements can be viewed HERE
. If you are interested in nominating someone, please complete this FORM
by no later than May 1, 2018
Varsity Soccer to play William Tennent at Talen Energy Stadium
- SAVE THE DATE! - Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm. In order to play at Talen Energy Stadium, all are encouraged to consider buying a ticket to the Union vs. New England Revolution on August 25th. View the flyer and pay for tickets at this LINK
. Thanks to all for your ongoing support of HGP Soccer!
Rowing seeks assistant coach