St. Michaels High School Fall Sports Banquet

On Sunday November 17, the St. Michaels Sports Boosters held their Fall Sports Awards Dinner.  Awards were given out for Unified Tennis, Varsity Golf, Field Hockey (Varsity & Jr Varsity) and Varsity Soccer.

The most important recognition given out last night (In my Opinion) was the MINDS-IN-MOTION certificate with recognizes students who have maintained a 3.25 Grade Point Average while participating in interscholastic athletics.  There were 32 students that received this recognition and they received a rousing round of applause from all the teachers, parents, family members and other students.  Congratulations to all the Mind-In-Motion certificate winners.

UNIFIED TENNIS (Sponsored by Maryland State Special Olympics)

J R Burkhardt, Head Coach

PARTICIPATION AWARD RECIPIENTS                                                                                            

 Dave Arledge , Tavon Copper , Madison Hammon, Sara Lednum and Kaitlyn Whitby.

VARSITY GOLF

Jon Grow – Head Coach, Mike Turner – Assistant Coach

The golf team finished 6th out of nine teams in the Bayside Conference

MOST IMPROVED – Maddie Baynard

TOP PROSPECT AWARD – Will Rieck

DISTRICT QUALIFIER – Quentin Faulkner

COACHES AWARD – Jon Keen

TOP DRIVER AWARD – Megan Watts

SPECIAL AWARD TO BRANDON KERRIGAN. Brandon was awarded a Varsity Sports (SM) Letter due to his exceptional participation on the Golf Team last year as a Freshman.  Brandon is in the Hospital in Baltimore awaiting a heart transplant.  Please contact St Michaels High School if you wish to make a donation to the Brandon Kerrigan Fund.

JR VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY

Lauren Greer – Head Coach (!st Year)

MOST IMPROVED– Emily Hock                                                                                                      

UNSUNG HERO – Olivia Kline                                                                                           

COACHES AWARD – Danielle Bridges                                                                                                              

MOST IMPROVED – Angelica Borrero Schette

This was a training year for the Jr Varsity squad and they finished the year with one win, one tie and the rest losses.  Coach Greer is looking for a great season next year.

Saints Win Bayside Championship, State Playoffs Start Today At 4pm

The St Michaels Saints varsity baseball team traveled to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland on Wednesday, to take on the Parkside Rams in the Bayside Conference Championship.

The last time the Saints won the Bayside Championship was 2001.  Zach Correa was the pitcher for the Saints and did an outstanding job as the Saints won the game by a score of 14 to 1.

The Saints scored 12 runs in the third inning and never looked back.  The slaughter rule was applied in the fifth inning just as the rain that had been threatening all afternoon started to fall.

The Saints played well at each position and supported Correa on both offense and defense.   St Michaels had seven hits in the third inning and went 8 for 17 against Kyle Skilling the Rams leads off pitcher.

St Michaels (19-2), the #1 seed in the Class 1A East Playoffs, are off until Monday the 13th when they plan the winner of the Snow Hill (#9) and North Dorchester (#8) game on Friday night.   The Saints are     3-0 against those teams this year.

Put on your RED Jersey and come on out to Baines Field on Monday at 4PM to cheer the Saints on to victory in the Quarter Final East Region playoff game.

Saints Just Keep On Winning

The St. Michaels Saints Varsity Baseball Team just keeps on winning.  Their record is now 16 and one.  With a close victory over Colonel Richardson Thursday afternoon, the Saints secured the #1 seed for the East Regional Playoffs.  The Saints previously won the North Bayside Championship and will play the South Bayside Champion (yet to be determined) on Wednesday May 8th at Shorebirds stadium.  The scheduled start time is 6PM.

The Saints Junior Varsity team will play their last home game of the regular season Thursday night at Home.  The Varsity will play on Friday at 4 PM and again on Monday at 2:30 PM.  The reason for the 2:30 start time is a Bayside Division awards banquet scheduled for late Monday evening.

The Saints Senior night will be held this Friday with 6 senior baseball players and one senior softball player and 8 senior tennis players.  It is the tradition here at St Michaels that the graduating senior will present a bouquet of Roses (Supplied by the Sports Boosters) to his or Her Mom or Dad as thanks for their support during the sports season.  The announcer (Yours Truly) will read a short biography of the senior which is written by the senior and can at times be very humorous.  With the help of the Sports Booster Officers, Lu Ann McKelvey and Pam Phillips, we strive to ensure no one is offended by the creative writing of some of the senior students.

The Regional Playoff games will commence on Monday May 13 with the quarter final game.  The Saints have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  If we win on Monday, we will play the semi-final game on Wednesday May 15, and the Regional Final game will be held on Friday May 17.  This is all weather permitting.

We look forward to a number of exciting baseball games this week and next.  Come on out to Baines field and catch a game.

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE – GO SAINTS – HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

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Saints Baseball – One More Win Needed To Get Into Bayside Championship

The Saints varsity baseball team improved their record to 14-1 overall and 12-0 in the North Bayside Division, with a 9 to 3 win over the North Caroline Bulldogs on Tuesday night.  Pitcher Zach Correa had another outstanding game with 11 strike outs and only allowed three hits.

It has been reported that Zach Correa has signed a letter of intent to join his brother at Chesapeake College.

Zach Howeth, the Saints starting catcher, has also signed a letter of intent to play at Chesapeake.  With Correa on the mound and Howeth behind the plate, the battery will stay charged for the rest of the season.  Not only is Howeth an outstanding catcher but his batting average is just a hair short of 600.  On Tuesday Howeth went 5 for 5 at the plate and accounted for three of the 9 runs it took to beat the Bulldogs.

One more win by the Saints and they will be in the Bayside Conference Championship game.  When I spoke to Brian Femi the Saints Head Coach prior to the first game of the season, he stated, the teams goal was to continue the Saints streak of winning the Maryland State 1A East Region title.  The streak to date is five and the Saints have their eyes on making it six.

As I sit in the Saints Press Box (a fold-up table near the third base line fence) at every home game and look out at the outfield fence, I am amazed at how impressive it looks with the number of Bayside Conference, East Region and State Championship banners I see.   Wouldn’t it be nice if we could add three more this year? GO SAINTS

The next Varsity home game is Monday April 29th at 4 PM.

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE

Saints Spring Sports Start

St Michaels High School has pulled the tarps off the fields and unlocked the gates to the tennis courts.  Spring training has finally begun.

There are some new faces and veterans on the coaching staff this year.

Brian Femi, the Head Varsity Baseball Coach will lead the charge to win the Region Pennant for the sixth year in a row.   Helping Brian with the 14 students selected for the 2013 squad are Assistant Coaches Bill Burton, Kevin Wile, Greg Phillips and Mitch Green (SMHS 2008).

Jon Grow is returning as the Head Junior Varsity Baseball coach with assistance from James Baynard and Mike Turner a 2009 graduate from SMHS.  The JV Squad is made up of 16 highly talented players. The team includes 7 Freshman, 4 Sophomores and 5 Juniors and is considered a young team with a lot of potential.

Sean Smith (SMHS 1998) is the new Head Coach of the Saints Varsity Softball Team.  If my count is correct, Coach Smith has the challenge of molding 13 players in to a winning team for 2013.  Smith has Robin Werner and Dave Fisher as assistant coaches.

Liz Chroniger (SMHS 2009) is the new head coach of the Junior Varsity Softball team. There are 10 young ladies eager to show the Varsity that that they are ready for this season.  This is a very young team with 7 of the 10 players coming from the Freshman Class.  Liz has her hands full and Dave Fisher will be doing double duty assisting both the Varsity and JV squads.

St Michaels Tennis has a new coach by the name of Joe Brannagan.  Joe is not new to coaching.  I understand that Joe helped coach the 1937 Washington Redskins to their Championship season.  Joe has plenty of talent on his Girls and Boys teams.  There are 10 Girls and 14 Boys ready to swing their rackets in support of Saints Tennis.  The combined teams are heavy with juniors (9), lite on freshman (5) and only (5) seniors.  The rest are sophomores.  Joe is such a good coach that he has no assistants.

Rounding out the support staff for the Spring Sports are KC Zomer, the Athletic Trainer, Yours Truly (George Dabrowski) as the Announcer and the ever present President of the Sports Boosters Lu Ann  McKelvey and Treasurer Pam Phillips in the snack bar.  On occasion we will see Principal Helga Einhorn and/or Assistant Principal, Teresa Vener monitoring the student activity in the stands.

Good Luck Saints as we commence the 2013 spring sports season.

By George Dabrowski

St. Michaels High School Basketball Season Ends

The St Michaels High School Girls and Boys varsity basketball season ended last week when both teams lost in the first round of the Maryland State 1A playoff.  It was a very difficult season for both teams as they finished with a perfect record, no wins and 15 losses.

The bright side is that both teams showed a great deal of improvement as the season progressed.  Two rookie Coaches did their best to teach the basics and at the same time establish a foundation from which to grow on.  Mike Turner, the Girls Coach, had his hands full with a young and inexperienced team (only two seniors).

Matt Sheridan, the Boys coach, brought a lot of experience to the court but soon realized the numbers game when transferring from a 111A school to a 1A school.  The biggest problem for both teams is we just don’t have the numbers to compete with the bigger schools.  The Boys team, like the Girls team had only two seniors, both very young teams.

I take my hat off to both Mike Turner and Matt Sheridan.  They kept a positive attitude and encouraged their players to do their best under very difficult conditions.

Constructing a foundation for future years has begun.  Building a basketball dynasty may take some time but both Mike & Matt have the desire to make it happen right here in downtown St Michaels.    GO SAINTS

The Battle-By-The-Bay

On Saturday January 19, there was a major battle held at St Michaels High School.  The school gymnasium was the site of the 9th annual Battle-By-The-Bay wrestling tournament.  Fourteen High Schools from all over the state participated in the two day wrestling extravaganza.  There are 14 weight classes and 14 schools participating, which explains the two day event.

The St Michaels Saints had three of their wrestlers win medals.  Kevin Parker took 4th place in the 152 bracket, Robbie Dorton also took 4th place in the 182 bracket and Tyrae Wilson took 5th place in the 285 (Heavy Weight) bracket.

Good Counsel won the team portion with a total of 632 ½ points. Winters Mill placed second with 547 points, Bel Air placed third with 344 points, Southern Anne Arundel placed fourth with 310 points, Wicomico placed fifth with 308 points, Snow Hill placed sixth with 296 points, Cambridge South Dorchester placed seventh with 252 points, Easton placed eighth with 221 points, St Vincent Pallotti placed ninth with 214 ½ points and North Dorchester placed tenth with 207 points.

DelMar, Glenleg Country, Col Richardson and the Saints did not score enough points to make it in the top 10.

Good Counsel High School placed first in 10 of the 14 weight classes. Winters Mill placed first in three of the weight classes and Bel Air took first place in the 182 match.

The fastest pin trophy went to Hutton from Good Counsel with a 7 second pin over his opponent.

The outstanding lite weight trophy went to Wes Cook from Winters Mill.

The outstanding Heavy Weight trophy went to Kyle Snyder from Good Counsel.

Kyle Snyder following the tournament had a personal record of 150 and 0.  Kyle is a junior at Good Counsel, and verbally agreed to attend Ohio State following his senior year.  Rumor has it that he is rated #1 and/or # 2 in the country, depending upon which rating sheet you choose.

High School Wrestling Battle-By-The-Bay This Weekend

Every year the St Michaels wrestling team hosts the BATTLE-BY-THE-BAY.  This battle is in fact a two day High School wrestling tournament, sponsored by the Saints.  There are fourteen (yes, I said 14) high schools participating in this year’s event and include teams from both sides of the Bay Bridge.

The first round will commence at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18th and Coach Smith says “We WILL finish three rounds on Friday”.  The third round is scheduled for Saturday morning, Jan. 19th at 9:00 a.m., and the final rounds are scheduled for early Saturday evening.

At the end of the tournament the top four wrestlers in each weight class receive recognition.  Those that win their class are given a copy of the official score sheet, a bright color long sleeve tee-shirt that proclaims their #1 status, and bragging rights for the next year.

Join us this week end at St Michaels High School, and witness some great High School Wrestling and fellowship.  There will be a full service concession stand, with plenty to eat and drink.   It will be crowded, so bring your happy face.

Stop by the official scorer’s table and say hi, I should be there on and off all weekend.  GO SAINTS

Saints Back On The Court Following Winter Break

The St Michaels High School basketball teams had a long break over the Christmas Holidays.  Both the boys and girls varsity teams returned to the court in good spirits and fully rested.  Unfortunately, the rest period did not help the Saints as they continued their losing streak adding four more losses to their winless season.

On January third the Saints hosted the North Dorchester Eagles.  The girls lost 34 to 13 and the boys lost 70 to 28.

On January seventh, the Saints hosted Colonial Richardson High School and the girls lost 58 to 13 and the boys lost 76 to 39.

On January eighth, The Saints traveled to Kent Island High School to take on the Buccaneers.  Once again the girls lost 94 to 2 and the boys lost by a little more respectable score of 66 to 31.

On January tenth, the Saints had home court advantage verses the Kent County Trojans.  The home court didn’t help much as the girls lost 79 to 9 and the boys lost 82 to 43.

Next Tuesday, January 15, the cross county rivals come to St Michaels to challenge the Saints.  The Easton Warriors are leading the North Bayside Division with the boys varsity sporting a 11 and 0 record and the girls varsity sitting in third place with a six win and three loss record.

A quick look at the schedule indicates that we are at the halfway point with nine games left to play.  There are four home games remaining and I encourage all Saints fans to come to the games and cheer on the home team.

High School Wrestling TRI-MEET

There was a TRI-MEET held at the St Michaels sports complex on Wednesday night.  This meet had wrestlers representing Wicomico High School, Cambridge South Dorchester and the home team, the St Michaels Saints.

Wicomico managed to beat Cambridge in the first match and then went on to beat St Michaels 51 to 21 in the second match.

The third match had the evenly matched Saints verses the Vikings from Cambridge South Dorchester.  This was a great match as St Michaels fought hard in each weight class and was ahead going into the final match.  The Vikings proved to be too strong during the final 132 weight limit match and beat the Saints with a final score of 38 to 32.

Three Saint Wrestlers had double wins during the meet. Kevin Parker at 152, David Rodrigues at 120 and TyRaye Wilson at 195  were victorious during both their matches against opponents from WIHI and Cambridge.  Congratulations.

The next match is this weekend with a two day tournament at Parkside High School.

The next home match is scheduled for Friday, January 4th verses J M Bennett at 5PM.       Hope to see you there.