Friends’ Central’s winter sports season, featuring boys’ and girls’ basketball, indoor track, swimming, squash, and wrestling, has officially kicked off. Here is an outlook at the 2018-2019 winter sports season at FCS.
Head Coach: Ryan Tozer, 7th season
Last year’s record: 12-13 overall (5-3 FSL)
Key returnees: Senior guard Bryce Spriggs, senior forward Myles Robinson, junior guard Omar Nichols, junior guard BK Kothari, guard, Mason Mosley, junior guard Brandon Banadda, and sophomore guard/forward Edward Holland
Others to watch: Sophomore forward Ryan Ellison, sophomore guard Basim Horshaw, sophomore guard Diego Spielman-Rodriguez, sophomore forward, Isaiah Waddington, sophomore guard Thabo Tsotetsi, and sophomore guard Tom Foley
Lost to graduation: Forward Josh Friday (Oberlin College), forward Touré Mosley-Banks (Covenant Prep), and forward Jordan Friday (Oberlin College)
Outlook: Coach Tozer shared, “We are an undersized but experienced team. We will be a tough out each night because of our ability to shoot the three. If we can share the ball, defend hard, and rebound the ball, we will surprise a lot of teams this season.”
Coach: Phil Annas, 20th season
Last year’s record: 10-13 overall, (4-4 FSL)
Key Returnees: Senior guard Zoe Shoemaker, senior forward Raanee Smith, and junior forward Emma Malone
Others to Watch: Freshman forward Jai Smith and freshman guard/forward Madison Smith
Lost to Graduation: Aja Adson and Briana Cypress
Outlook: Coach Phil Annas knows the Phoenix will be looking for offense from any and all players this winter. The Phoenix return three starters from last season’s FSL playoff team (Zoe Shoemaker ’19, Raanee Smith ’19, and Emma Malone ’20), and Annas hopes this experienced core, along with a mix of new players, will help Friends’ Central make a run at the FSL playoffs. This year’s Phoenix squad will need to take care of the ball and maximize opportunities on every possession. Coach Annas is also excited to have youth and enthusiasm in the lineup and is looking forward to coaching this group and watching their development as the season unfolds.
Girls’ Indoor Track:
Head Coach: Brandon Shell, 9th season
Last year’s record: The girls’ team surprised a lot of people by finishing 3rd at the PTFCA Indoor Track and Field State Championship.
Key returnees: Sophomore Inara Shell, Sophomore Bailie Stovall, and Junior Izzy MacFarlane
Others to watch: Freshman Micah Trusty, junior Lydia Russell, and junior Rebecca Wusinich
Lost to graduation: Ava Forman, Gabby Wilkinson (University of Florida), Nadia Taranta, Amelia McDonnell, and Rose McDonnell
Outlook: “This core group will help us try to make up for the loss of some very strong runners who graduated. With the experience of the returning athletes and key additions, we are poised for another great showing at major invitationals and Championship meets,” said Coach Shell.
Boys’ Indoor Track:
Head Coach: Brandon Shell, 2nd season
Last season record: Despite some boys reaching personal goals, the team did not reach any post season competitions last year.
Key returnees: Juniors Alex Veith, Lucas Klein, and Michael Moyerman
Others to watch: Junior Devin O’Connell, promising freshman Noah Thomas, and senior Nathan Levitties, who will be a major part of the team’s continued positive progression.
Lost to graduation: Alex McDonnell (Boston University)
Outlook: Coach Shell comments, “I’m expecting a very competitive team. Between the core group of experienced runners and returning an enthusiastic ground new runners, we are poised for a fun season with a lot of growth.”
Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming:
Head coach: Iain Anderson, 19th season
Last year’s record: Girls: 6-1, FSL Champions, and Boys: 4-3, FSL Champions
Key returners: Senior Billy Wilkerson, freshman Ethan Cohen, freshman Spencer Thorne, freshman Holden Kopcsik, senior Mason Davis, freshman Hugh Shields, junior Maddie Anderson, junior Elisabeth Forsyth, junior Anna Volpp, sophomore Amanda Thompson, and senior Jessica Horenstein
Lost to graduation: Sofia Acchione--swimming at Tulane University, Kate Raphaely--swimming at Oberlin College, Sophie Shack--student at Pitt
Outlook: “In general, we are a young team that works hard and is very excited about defending their FSL championship and competing at Easterns,” shared Coach Anderson.
Head coach: Shane Coleman and Wes Spahr
Last year’s record: 4-6
Key returners: Co-Captain Blake Roshkoff, currently ranked 11th, Boys U17, Co-Captain Lucas DeSipio, and Leo Shack.
Lost to graduation: Ethan Broaddus (Penn)
Outlook: “In competition, the top of our ladder will do fine however the bottom is young and inexperienced and will need to improve to help the team get win,” said Coaches Coleman and Spahr.
Head coach: Shane Coleman and Wes Spahr
Last year’s record: 2-9
Key returners: Phebe Guenther ’19, Kyla Core ’20, Hannah Rossio ’20, Aliza Sall ’20, and Thea Volpp ’20
Lost to graduation: Claire Coss, currently playing at Vassar College in the number one position.
Outlook: “We have a talented group of players, who are eager to make a name for themselves and we will look to build upon the previous season success,” commented Coaches Coleman and Spahr.
Head Coach: Jacob Fogel, 4 years
Last year's record: 5-7 (2-3 FSL)
Key returners: Junior Anthony Cianfrani, junior Jacob Groch, junior Jackson Snider; senior Julia Jones, senior Zak Loudini, senior Cameron Gallagher
Lost to graduation: Matt Fiebach, Wexler Levitties
Outlook: “This is a team with a solid core group of athletes. They have been working out all off season and came into the room ready to make a real push for the season. Our biggest challenge will be filling all of the weight classes resulting in forfeits. The wrestlers in the room are solid,” shared Coach Fogel.