Little Flower senior Jenna Markocki has mastered the art of multitasking. She’s an All-Catholic on the diamond, an ace student in the classroom and works two after-school jobs.
As coaches across all levels will tell you, some athletes just have “it.” The “it factor” can mean a lot of things, but in most cases it tends to be an amalgam of exemplary leadership on the field and fantastic character displayed off it.
We’ve officially entered the third week of March, and wouldn’t you know it: there’s still snow covering lawns and car windshields throughout the Delaware Valley. While everybody is impatiently waiting for spring to arrive, the (hopeful) final snowstorm of the year is a perfect time to take a final look back on an action-packed basketball season in the Northeast.
Brian Kuzmick has been the basketball coach at St. Hubert for almost a decade, and the Bambies have been an annual lock to punch their ticket to the Catholic League playoffs. While that’s all well and good, like any coach worth his mettle, Kuzmick wants more.
On the road to victory: On Feb. 7, it was a day of celebration at Father Judge, as four student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent. From left: Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Jim Green; All-American soccer player Joey Hansen (La Salle University); standout soccer midfielder Ryan Nork (also La Salle University); defensive lineman Eric Drains (Villanova University); offensive/defensive lineman Kevin Lang (Millersville University); and Father Jack Kolodziej, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. Hansen led the Crusaders with 13 assists, and Nork was an integral part of bringing Judge a Catholic League soccer championship. Drains was Second-Team All-Catholic as a defensive tackle and shined as a leader since transferring from Franklin Learning Center as a junior. Lang, a force on both sides of the ball for the football team, also participates in indoor and outdoor track for Judge.
The next step: On Feb. 5, the Archbishop Ryan community celebrated three football players signing National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers in college. From left: school president Michael McArdle, Joe Hansbury (Mercyhurst College), Connor Golden (Bucknell University), Sean Boylan (West Chester University) and head coach Frank McArdle. The trio helped the Raiders to one of their most successful seasons in recent memory; though they did not qualify for the Catholic League playoffs, Ryan went 8-3 overall, including impressive wins over powerhouse programs St. Joseph’s Prep and Archbishop Wood. It was the second straight winning season at Ryan, as the football program is in the midst of an impressive turnaround. Golden played safety and wideout (10 interceptions, five receiving TDs in his senior season); Boylan was a captain and played tight end and defensive end; Hansbury was also a captain and a big part of an offensive line that helped junior running back Samir Bullock rush for 2,055 yards and 21 touchdowns.