Pride and Heart:
Fall Athletics

In a time of new beginnings, the Bears continued to strive for excellence. With playoff appearances and the third consecutive Boys Cross Country WPIAL Championship title, the Bears made us proud once again. “It remains a great time to be a Bear! Some faces have changed, and new leaders have emerged, but our students competed the same way we have grown accustomed – with pride and heart,” declared Director of Athletics Kevin Miller.

Boys Cross Country

Although the team lost their two top runners last year, Boys Cross Country didn’t lose a step this season. For the third consecutive year, the Bears earned the Class A WPIAL Championship title. The team also took second place in the Class A PIAA State Championship. At the WPIAL Championships, four Bears finished in the top ten: juniors Scott Routledge and Sean Heintzleman, and sophomores Patrick Malone and Benjamin Bermann.

Girls Cross Country

After making history in 2017 with their first Section Championship in school history, the Girls Cross Country team hit the ground running again this season, finishing second in their section with a record of 8-1. Senior Kate Chaillet led the way, qualifying for States where she finished 77th out of 216 runners.

Girls Soccer

“This was a season of ups and downs for Girls Soccer,” shared Head Coach Joe Bergin. “The team finished with three section wins, including a thrilling win against Seton LaSalle in double overtime.” The Bears also continued their tradition of winning on senior night with an overtime defeat of Vincentian. The team says goodbye to four captains who helped start the Girls Soccer program four years ago: Kayla Zemek, Kate Chaillet, Miranda Moeslein, and AJ Molder.

Golf

Thanks to the leadership of a strong group of seniors, the Golf team continued to improve their game this season and finished with a record of 6-6. The team cheered on senior Justin Seth and sophomore Jaxon Standaert, who represented WT in the WPIAL section tournament.

Girls Tennis

Girls Tennis finished the season with a record of 6-2 and earned team and individual playoff spots. Junior Alexandra Friedlander qualified for the WPIAL AA Girls Tennis Singles Championship, where she fell in the second round to the eventual Singles Champion. Sophomore Coco Chen and junior Bridget Hughes qualified to compete in the WPIAL AA Girls Tennis Doubles Championship and lost in the first round. The team faced Quaker Valley in the first round of the AA Girls Team Tennis Championship, where their season came to an end.

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer captains Diederik Schlingemann and Alessandro Memoli, both juniors, and James Votruba-Drzal, a sophomore, led the team to their second consecutive playoff appearance with their knowledge of the game, and strong play and vision on the field. And, the defense, headed by sophomores Ben Gutschow and James Votruba-Drzal and freshman goalie Luke Lamitina, posted six shutouts. “This was a very young team, but what they lacked in varsity experience, they made up for in technical skill,” shared Head Coach Adam Brownold. The Bears defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 3-2 in overtime in the first round of playoffs, and fell to Seton LaSalle after a valiant effort in the quarterfinals.

Field Hockey

With new opponents and adapting to new WPIAL rules, Field Hockey met some challenges at the start of the season. The Bears persevered, however, achieving a playoff spot and finishing with a record of 4-7. Highlights included big wins over Greensburg Central Catholic, Aquinas Academy (in overtime), and Woodland Hills. The season came to an end in a tough first-round playoff loss on a cold night in October. Head Coach Bill Fitch is optimistic about the future, noting, “Our hockey program has moved back to the playoff level, and we’re lining up to challenge for a title in the next few years!”

Crew

The Bears had another strong fall season on the water. A highlight was the Head of the Ohio where the Bears had five top-ten finishes, including a first-place finish from sophomore Andy Zivkovic in the Men’s Youth Novice 1x race and a second-place finish from eighth grader Hallie Sufrin in the Women’s Youth Novice 4x race. At the Speakmon Memorial Regatta, two Bears finished in boats in the top five, with a second-place finish from freshman Emily Rotondi in the Women’s Novice 4+ race and a third-place finish from Andy Zivkovic in the Men’s Open 4x race.