Historic Weekend - Explorers Capture Three Philadelphia Catholic League Championships and Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
Explorers win Philadelphia Catholic League Championships in Indoor Track and Field, Swimming, and Bowling along with the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.
The President's Day Weekend saw the Explorers emerge as leaders in three different sports as they captured Philadelphia Catholic League Championships in Indoor Track and Field, Swimming, and Bowling. On Saturday, February 13, 2016, La Salle built on their large lead from Friday to easily capture the Philadelphia Catholic League Swimming Championship at La Salle University. The title is the 28th straight championship for the Explorers and came just four months after the passing of longtime coach Frank Lichtner, who died of cancer in October. La Salle was led by Joe Vizza (100-yard freestyle), Jacob Lubinski (100-yard backstroke), Sean Finlay (100-yard breaststroke), and Jake Sannem (500-yard freestyle) who each finished in first place. Sannem and Vizza were joined on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team by Kevin Durning and Greg Brocato. The Explorers finished with 913 team points, which was 354 more than second-place Saint Joseph's Prep. La Salle also won the District 12 (City) Championship the same day and now prepare to defend their Pennsylvania State Championship.
Later that day, Bowling defeated Conwell-Egan 3032-2692 to win their second consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League Championship. High game scores included: Ryan McDonnell with a 221 (607 series), Joseph Frangiosa with games of 225 and 233 (652 series), and Kevin Fox with games of 203, 233, and 248 (684 series). T.J. Leahan and Paul Mueller also contributed with 539 and 550 series, respectively. The 340-pin victory capped a near perfect season for the Explorers.
The Competition Band at La Salle College High School traveled to Rockville, MD on Saturday evening, February 13, 2016 for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Mr. Joe Vettori conducted the 20-piece band who captured First Place in a competition that featured the top high school Jazz Bands from North Carolina to Connecticut. Produced by the Jazz Academy of Music, which hosts a burgeoning annual jazz camp for aspiring high school jazz musicians, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival draws over 4,000 "jazz lovers" and makes an indelible commitment to jazz education as well as presents the East Coast's finest talents and visiting masters in unique "festival" programs and configurations, Next Generation jazz artists, and student ensembles.
The historic weekend came to a close on Sunday, February 14, 2016 with a dominating performance by the Explorers at the Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lehigh University. La Salle scored 171 points - out-distancing Saint Joseph's Prep by 88 points - to capture their second consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League Championship. First place finishes came from Patrick Grant (Mile Run), Charles Headen (60 Meter Dash and 200 Meter Dash), the 4x200 Meter Relay Team (Eubanks, Johnson, Della Donna, and Headen), the 4x800 Meter Relay Team (Livolsi, Costonis, Galbreath, and Price), Mike Wells (High Jump), Alex Sislo (Long Jump), Luke Crawford (Pole Vault), and Noah Walker (Shot Put). Charles Headen was named Male Track Athlete of the Meet and Alex Sislo was named Male Field Athlete of the Meet.
The three championships combined with the three earned previously in the fall (Cross Country, Football, and Golf) by the Explorers brings the total number of championships won this year to six.