Recap: Winter Sports 2023


By Alexander Eells, Sports Writer, Photographer

Unified Bocce

The Methacton Unified Bocce team took the court for the first time in 2023. The team overall went 9-3, with Team 1 going 6-1 and Team 2 going 5-2. Sweeps against Springfield and Cheltenham at home (seen in the links below) gave Methacton a chance to compete in the Montco Championships for a chance to go to regionals. Team 1 will play at Pottsgrove on February 21st, where the top two of four teams move onto regionals on March 7th in Glen Mills. 8 teams will be at regionals where only one will advance to states and go to Hershey. Unfortunately, Team 2 just missed out on a tiebreaker.


Boys Basketball

The Methacton Varsity Basketball team went 15-7 (regular season). Two losses against #1 (in Pacs and PIAA) Springford + losses against #3 Plymouth Whitemarsh and #7 North Penn put Methacton at #9 in PIAA rankings. They went 1-1 against #17 Norristown but beat #15 Boyertown and #7 Perk Valley twice. Other big wins include 2 against #36 OJR and 1 against both #30 Wissahickon and #28 Council Rock North.

They took on Perk Valley in the first round of PACs on Wednesday (seen in link below). Perk Valley was ranked 8 in PIAA while Methacton finished 3rd in PACs. The 3-6 PAC matchup ended in a 54-52 loss for Methacton on a great last-second heave by Matt Christian to Alex Hermann. They will move on to districts where they just missed to first-round bye at #9 and will take on Conestoga inside our Main Gym at 8:00 on Friday, February 17th.


Girls Basketball

The Methacton Lady Warriors went 15-7 as well (regular season). A big win against #5 Springford (1-1 overall) is keeping Methacton at #16 in PIAA D6A. They went 0-2 against #1 Perk Valley, and also lost to #13 Pennridge, #10 Unionville, and #8 (in 5A) Mount St. Joseph. They had a big win against #22 North Penn and had a combined 6-0 against #30 OJR, #33 Boyertown, and #40 Norristown.

They took on #4 (out of 7 teams in D4A) Pope John Paul II on Thursday at Perk Valley in the First Round of PACs. A dominating 61-20 win led Methacton to take on #1 in PACs and District 6a, Perk Valley. A tough loss leads Methacton to districts where they take on Coatesville at 6:00 on Friday, February 17th.


Girls Swimming

The girls’ swim team had many strong swimmers this year. The PAC championships took place at Upper Merion, Friday, February 10th. The top finisher was Madison Wimmer who placed first in the 200 IM and second in the 100 back. The team of Lucy Michelle, Ava Sgarra, Truly Sommer, and Madison Wimmer placed 3rd in the 400 freestyle relay. They and some of the other top finishers will head to districts in York, PA on February 24th and 25th, and then off to states in Lewisburg, PA on March 17th and 18th.


Boys Swimming

The boys’ swim team has had a great season, with a lot of swimmers qualifying for PACs. PACs were hosted by Upper Merion on February 11th. The only boys senior, Chris Groff had an amazing day along with Christian Lebold as they placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in 200 freestyle. Those two along with Eric Zang and John Du placed 2nd in the 200 freestyle relay and 3rd in the 400 freestyle relay. They and some of the other top finishers will head to districts in York on February 24th and 25th, and then off to states in Lewisburg on March 17th and 18th.


Girls Cheerleading

The girls have gone through districts and states already and just finished the PAC championship on Saturday, February 4th at Methacton. The Warriors cheer team finished second behind PJP II. They competed in districts at CB South where they performed well and qualified for states. At CB South they also competed in the Titan Showdown, where both their Gameday and Traditional competition teams placed second in their respective divisions. States were played at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA where the Traditional competitive team had no deductions on day one, qualifying for day two and the semi-finals. Unfortunately, they were unable to move on from there. 


Boys Indoor Track

Christian Kinard, Nick Willen, SahBri Hill, and Zach Willen broke a record at the Kavin Dare invite— the fastest 4×4 relay time ever achieved at that meet. The boys were ranked 4th in PA in the 4×4 relay with a time of 3:29.89. Zach Willen is also fifth in the state for the boys’ 200-meter sprint, with a time of 22.24. The Relay team of Matt Sandner, Zach Willen, Nick Willen, and Evander Lackman are 9th in the state with a time of 10:56.75.


Girls Indoor Track

The Girl’s Indoor Track team also moved on to the Track Championships on the 17th and the PA state championships on the 25th. Summer Mellow is 18th in PA with a long jump of 16’9.75”, which qualified her for the track championships. She also placed top ten in school history in the 200m dash. Juliana Trigone, Bipasha Moktan, Molly Thomas, and Kate Thomas, ranked 10th in PA, qualified in the 4×800 for the Meet of Champions. Carmela Maro, Soleil Bond-Johnson, Kenslee O’Donnell, and Summer Mellow all qualified for the 4×200 in the upcoming Track Championships.


Boys Wrestling

The boy’s wrestling team finished with a dual meet record of 14-7. The top four boys will advance to regionals and the top five at regionals advance to states. Districts are on February 25th, Regionals on March 3 and 4, and States on March 9, 10, and 11.  Matthew Shumaker led the team at 28-4 with Ryan Hayes (21-7) right behind and Joey Simko (20-8). Collin O’Neill (18-9) and (injured) Josh Canco (15-2) rounded out the top five.