2019 Spring Sports Recap

As we complete the 2018-19 season for Friends Select athletics, we can look back at a year that included a league championship, a Quaker Cup championship, a tournament championship, and many individual accomplishments. The most important thing to notice was just how our student-athletes competed all year; they played with skill and focus while demonstrating amazing sportsmanship. The positive energy surrounding every team was palpable, and was often noted by competitors and spectators. The Falcons represent our community the right way, every day. (View photos.)

Varsity Softball

The 2019 Falcons continued to build upon their incredible reputation by capturing a third Friends Schools League (FSL) championship in the last four years. By beating previously undefeated Shipley 9-2 in the championship game, Friends Select proved once again that by playing together as a team and staying positive, anything can happen. A large and accomplished senior class will graduate with many records and championships, but they have taught their teammates enough to keep the expectations high in 2020. By qualifying for the FSL playoffs for 10 consecutive years, the Falcons have proven they can handle the pressure and reach those expectations.

  • Outstanding Player: Margot Schneider ’22
  • Most Dedicated Players: Camryn Harvie ’19 and Isabelle Dean ’19
  • Most Improved Player: Zoe Tzanis ’20
  • Sportsmanship: Sofia Rodriguez-Burno ’20

FSL All-League 1st Team: Camryn Harvie ’19, Hannah Sieg ’20, Mia Cohen ’21, Margot Schneider ’22
FSL All-League HM: Isabelle Dean ’19

Varsity Baseball

Friends Select baseball has taken on new leadership with head coach Brook Hart. Brook played at Yale University before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies. His first season at the helm of the Falcons showed visible upside in our future. The season started with a dominant win over Academy of the New Church. Mark Aaronson ’21 threw a no-hitter against Morrisville and Aidan Dougherty ’21 pitched a gem against Germantown Friends. Lucas Kim ’22 had a key hit in that 5-3 victory over the Tigers. The Falcons played two great games against Shipley, which ended up winning their fifth consecutive league championship this year. Both games were close, with the Gators winning 2-0 and then 3-2—more evidence of just how close Friends Select is to breaking through and making a strong playoff push in 2020.

  • Outstanding Player: Mark Aaronson ’21
  • Most Dedicated Player: Zachary Levine ’22
  • Most Improved Player: Lucas Kim ’22
  • Sportsmanship: Minas Macos ’20

FSL All-League 1st Team: Mark Aaronson ’21

Varsity Boys Tennis

The highlight of the 2019 boys tennis season was when the Falcons pulled out a 3-2 win over Abington Friends. It was 2-2 with the deciding match still on the court about 30 minutes after everyone else finished. It was all up to the second doubles team. Both players used their improved serves and returns to win the second set after losing the first set. In the third set tiebreaker, Corey Becker’s ’22 tenacity and consistency complimented Ahmaad Fulton’s ’22 serve and forehand to squeak out at 9-7 victory. And the crowd went wild! We are looking forward to many more moments like this one in 2020.

  • Outstanding Player: Peter Ryan ’21
  • Most Dedicated Player: Corey Becker ’22
  • Most Improved Player: Coleman Wampler ’22
  • Sportsmanship: Philip Raine ’20

Crew

The crew team battled through crazy weather this spring and showed great flexibility between workouts on land and on the water. Plans for the river to be dredged should make next season even better, as the race course will be safer and more predictable. As the only senior, Xander McCall ’19 was an impressive leader and enjoyed a strong season. The freshmen girls quad improved every week and finished the season with a nice showing at the Stotesbury Regatta. The rowers are excited about the future of the program, and plan to extend workouts into the offseason in order to have an even better 2020!

  • Outstanding Rower: Xander McCall ’19
  • Most Dedicated Rower: Cooper Klose ’21
  • Most Improved Rower: Alexandra Piven ’22
  • Sportsmanship: Sophie Gilbert ’20

Middle School

A Softball

  • Outstanding Player: Samantha Giganti
  • Most Dedicated Player: Emma Nufable
  • Most Improved Players: Lily Brin and Sofia Parravicini
  • Sportsmanship Award: Lucia Yeager Johnson

B Softball

  • Outstanding Player: Maddie Cohen
  • Most Dedicated Player: Lila Milliken
  • Most Improved Player: Kylie Marut
  • Sportsmanship Award: Lena Piven

A Tennis

  • Most Dedicated Player: Max Andrews
  • Most Improved Player: Michael Ramirez
  • Sportsmanship Award: Stan Wang

B Tennis

  • Most Dedicated Player: William Matrai
  • Most Improved Player: Justin Generals
  • Sportsmanship Award: Jakob Miller

A Baseball

  • Outstanding Player: Cole Semel
  • Most Dedicated Player: Ross Lee
  • Most Improved Player: Dante Di Cicco
  • Sportsmanship Award: Elliot Forman

B Baseball

  • Outstanding Player: Miles Lesser
  • Most Dedicated Player: Rocco DelBello
  • Most Improved Player: Luca Agoyo
  • Sportsmanship Award: Bryson Evans