With January drawing to a close and the Knights gearing up for heated tournament play, we checked in with our varsity teams to look at their seasons to date and the competitions ahead.
Varsity boys’ basketball, currently ranked third in the state, has enjoyed a stellar season thus far. The past week yielded four wins, including conference wins over Rutgers Prep (50-40) and Franklin (80-49), followed by back-to-back weekend wins on road.
On Saturday, the team bested Sidwell Friends 51-39 in DC, with senior TJ Chaney contributing 12 points, a steal and an assist, and junior Paul Mulcahy contributing 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. On Sunday, in a 76-53 win over West Catholic (PA), sophomore Will Soucie contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds, and seniors William Yarbrough and John Yoss each notched 15 points. Rounding out the scoring were senior Alex Schachne with 14, Mulcahy with 10, Chaney with 5, and senior Dan Wang with 1.
The Knights, currently 13-3-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference division, face two conference rivals on the road this week: Bridgewater Raritan on Tuesday, January 30, and Hillsborough on Thursday, February 1. Looking ahead, the Somerset County tournament begins on February 17.
Varsity girls’ basketball hit a rough patch over the past week but looks to rebound this week in matchups against Skyland Conference rivals Bridgewater Raritan on Tuesday, January 30, and Hunterdon Central on Thursday, February 1. The team still has several games before the early rounds of the Somerset County tournament.
On January 28, at the Skyland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, senior CJ Licata won the shot-put event, tying a meet record with a throw of 62-9. This is Licata’s second consecutive win in the event. The Princeton-bound senior remains the only New Jersey shot-putter to have cleared 60 feet this season.
The team competes in the South Jersey Track Coaches Association Invitational today and will begin Prep B competition this coming weekend.
On January 23, varsity swimming defeated Jonathan Dayton High 108-62. The Knights posted team wins in the 200 medley (Rebecca Michaels '20, Adrian Myers-Massuet '20, Preston Reep '19 and Christian Ernst '19) and the 200 freestyle (Robert Brandl '20, Michaels, Reep and Ernst). In individual competition, Michaels picked up wins in the 200 freestyle and the backstroke; sophomore Sarah Smith claimed the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle; Ernst won the 50 and the 100 freestyle; and Reep garnered the 100 butterfly. The Knights have one remaining regular-season competition on Thursday, Feb 1, against Newark East Side before heading into the Somerset Country tournament this weekend. The girls’ competition will be held on Saturday, Feb 3, and the boys’ competition on Sunday, Feb 4, at Montgomery High.
Varsity ice hockey notched a win over Jonathan Dayton High on January 22. Leading the offensive charge were freshman Brennen Lavoie with four goals, followed by freshman Vincent Cucci with two goals and an assist. Junior AJ Donofrio and freshman Liam Jones rounded out the scoring with a goal and an assist each, while freshman goalie Matt Cooper made nine saves on 11 attempts.
Fans have two more chances to cheer on the team this season: Wednesday, January 31, in a game against Newark East Side and Monday, February 5, against Pequannock Township High School.
In varsity fencing, juniors Brianna Moglianesi and Edie Brazil made it to the individual rounds at the NJSIAA District Fencing Championships, held this past Saturday at North Hunterdon. The team faces the Hun School on the road this afternoon, Pingry on the road tomorrow, and Ridge at home this Thursday, February 1. Looking farther ahead, the team heads to Lawrenceville for the Prep B tournament in mid-February.
Stay tuned for lots of exciting competition to come. Go Knights!