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Winter I, 2018 – Boys Earn League Championship: Girls Place Second

Posted on: December 13, 2018

Boys Varsity SoccerChris Neibling

The PBDA Boys varsity soccer team for the 2018 season could be described in one word: “dominant.”  With quality through every position in the eleven starters, and depth on the bench, the boys consistently played at a higher standard than every team they faced. The right amount of ambition and aggression, combined with skill and savvy, produced a style of play that tallied 44 goals across 12 games while only conceding 5. From the first regular season game to the championship final, there were highlights in our attacking play, as well as our defensive ability.  Individually the players showed passion and desire to play their best on both sides of the ball while remaining a unified team with a singular goal of winning every match possible.  Overall, we finished with 11 wins and one draw (which was our fist regular season match against Benjamin, whom we beat in the final 5-2).  There were eleven different goal scorers representing the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels. Scorers were led by Charlie Scotto and Tyler Lamm (7), Christopher Ordway (6), Jay Wexler  & Gavin Handley (5), Jameson Hocher (4), Colin Nicoletti (3), Felipe Ma-Pinto & Jackson Moross (2), and Leo & Hudson Byrne chipping in with a goal each.   Special mention goes to our dynamic left wing players Ashton Ellender and Charlie Scotto, who were solid defensively and devastating on attack, providing goals & assists.  The back line was very consistent in shutting down the opposition’s offense game and was anchored by Werner Salminen, Garvey Beall, Stephen Myers, Luke Cicio, and Quintin Surles.  They combined with our two goalkeepers, Tyler Aronson and Jack Dillon to produce 8 shut-outs.  It was truly a season to remember with great pride and satisfaction.

Girls Basketball – Billy Coyle

For the 9th time in the last 10 years, The Girl’s Varsity Basketball team ended their season with a trip to the conference Championship Game, breaking several school records along the way.

The season began in mid-October with the selection of the team.  This year the team would initially consist of 12 pl

ayers, with only Kate Griffin returning from last year’s team.  Joining Kate would be newcomer to PBDA and team elected captain Ella Pastore, the other newcomers to the varsity team were Lily Arp, Madison Oatley, Virginia Keen, Mimi

Gochman, Brooke Semler, Ava Gronberg, Christina Taylor, Ansley Middleton, Chloe Levine and Sterling Malnik.  After a tremendous JV season, both Caroline Johnson and Billi Lerro joined the Varsity team.  The team was once again coached by Billy Coyle and Carrie Pateman.

The season started out with the first 4 games on the road.  PBDA would win 3 out of those 4 games, beating The Benjamin School, Jupiter Christian and Atlantic Christian, while suffering a non-conference loss to Gulf Stream.  The Bulldogs would finally return home to play 4 out of the next 5 games, winning all the home games; beating conference opponents Rosarian Academy, Trinity Christian, Berean Christian and Kings Academy.  The only loss would be an away game at St. Marks.

The PBDA Bulldogs would head into the Playoffs as the #2 seed.  Hosting a quarter final match up against Atlantic Christian, the bulldogs easily won 30-7.  Hosting the semi-final match up against The Benjamin School, the Bulldogs would again prevail 17-10.  That win would send the Bulldogs into the Finals against an undefeated St. Mark’s team.

The Finals would be an exciting, intense battle, against the St. Marks lions.  The Bulldogs found themselves i

n a deep 11-1 hole after the 1st quarter.  PBDA would outscore the lions the rest of the way, but despite the tremendous effort and never-quit attitude, the Bulldogs could not fully close the gap and the game ended 20-13 with PBDA taking the runner up trophy.  Finishing with a 9-3 record, it truly was a great season.

Several records were broke this season.  Ella Pastore broke the record for most points scored in a single game as well as most points scored in a season.  She scored 26 (including a record 5 three-pointers) against defending league champions Kings Academy.  Ella also led the team in scoring in 11 of the 12 games, totaling a new school basketball season record (boys or girls) of 136 points for the season.

Other leading scorers on the season were Kate Griffin with 52, Brooke Semler with 17 and Chloe Levine with 14.

Tremendous support for the team at all the games from the parents, friends and fans made this season full of lasting memories for the players, and has created an excitement and anticipation for next year’s team.