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14th Annual Cavalier Classic Softball Tournament Brings together the Games's Best

On Saturday April 7th the 14th Annual Cavalier Classic Softball Tournament was held at Randazzo Softball Park. The event brought together 12 of the best softball programs in the mid-state area. Spalding was able to achieve victories over Howard 2-0 and county rival Broadneck 13-7. In their winning efforts however the Lady Cav's fell short of the tournament title as Severna Park was crowned 2012 Champs for winning two games and tying Northern High School for least number of runs allowed at 5, but besting Northern for most runs scored at 14. Once again this tournament provided capacity crowds, terrific softball, and a good day for all involved.

Outdoor Track Program Makes Spalding History

On a sunny and pleasant afternoon, April 4th marked a landmark in athletic history at Spalding. On this day the boys and girls outdoor track teams christened the new track facility by hosting the very first home track meet on campus. It was such a pleasure to see our athletes have opportunity to perform at their own facility after so many years of anticipation. The coaches and athletes provided the competitive challenge, the Cavalier Club provided the concessions and the parents and other spectators provided the support on this historical day.  The outdoor track program will host another coed meet on April 18th, the last one at home, before the league championships on May 9th and 12th. Spalding will be the host site for the the 2012 MIAA / IAAM Championships on the aforementioned dates.

Equestrian Team Rides the Road to Success

Congratulations to the varsity equestrian team for winning the InterSchool Horse Show League for 2011-12.  The ladies participated in seven competitions this school year and finished in either first or second place five different times. Members on this year's team include:  Kayleigh Mitchell, Rachel Dale, Savannah Granzow, Kelly Leihy, Mara Gillis, Elise Rizzi, Brianna Sims, Erin Brown, and Sarah Eichhorn.  Great job ladies!

Boys Basketball All Metro Team

Congratulations are extended to Senior Greg Brown.  Greg was selected to the Baltimore Sun's All Metro Team in boys basketball. Greg was also a first team All MIAA and first team All Baltimore Catholic League selection as well.

Spring Arrives Early as Spring Sports Teams Kick-off Season

The mild winter seems to have been a preamble to a very pleasant beginning to the spring sports season.

With all nine spring sports already in action we invite you to come out, see a game, and get in on the action.

Cavalier Athletics. Catch it!

Casey Beyers make ESPN Boys Soccer State Team

Congratualtions Casey. Well deserved.


Wrestling Places 2nd in MIAA Championships.

No. 2 Spalding finished second overall, crowning no champions but placing 10 wrestlers in the top six.  The Cavs were led by finalists Cole Graves (138) and DJ Smith (182), sealing consolation finals wins with Mike Still (113), Wolfie Bradley (120), Matt Pente (126) and Zach Abey (195).

Boys Swimming Wins MIAA "B" Conferene Championship

Sapldings Boys Swim Team, captured the B Conference Championship this past Saturday at McDonogh:


In the B Conference, Spalding head coach Peter Davis said his team's sweep of the 100 yard back stroke was critical.  Junior James Hurtt, sophomore Evan Straub and freshman Sean Martin swam to a 1-2-3 finish for the Cavaliers in that event.


Go Cavs!

Men's Ice Hockey Wins MIAA "A" Conference Championship

With the MIAA A Conference ice hockey crown on the line Friday evening, Calvert Hall College made sure they struck first. But Archbishop Spalding struck the loudest.

Trailing within the game’s opening minute, the Cavaliers cranked up the intensity, scoring four unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 rout for the title at Piney Orchard.

“This is our house and we weren’t going to let them [Calvert Hall] beat us here and we came out big,” said Spalding junior forward C.J. Dyer who scored two of his game-high three goals during the decisive surge.

“I think my team played great, I want to take my hat off to Calvert Hall, they played an incredible game and battled to the end,” said Archbishop Spalding coach Pat McNeally. “They’re a resilient bunch and they just keep coming back and back and they don’t let up,”

Just 31 seconds in, Calvert Hall’s Jack Brust drilled a shot four yards away from the net for a 1-0 Cardinal lead. But Cavaliers sophomore goalie Tom Glenndenning wasn’t bothered, stopping 32 shots.

“I knew that giving up a goal early I had to come right back and step up and I did,” said Glenndenning.

“Nothing seems to bother him [Glenndenning], he never gets too high or too low. He’s steady in the cage and he had some great saves in the third period to keep up ahead,” said McNeally.

Spalding also revved things up on both the offensive and defensive end as Calvert Hall struggled to get quality shot attempts. Spalding outshot Calvert Hall, 50-32.

The Cavaliers breakthrough came when Dyer scored a breakaway goal at the 11:37 mark in the second period after he intercepted a pass in the Calvert Hall zone.

“C.J. has been horse for us all season long, he works both ends of the ice as hard as anybody on our team,” said McNeally.

“I thought our effort was there but I didn’t think our execution was there,” said Calvert Hall coach Mike Sharmek. “We thought if we could get on them early that we could be able to get through because they are deeper than us,”

With under three minutes left in the second period, the Cavaliers netted goals of the sticks of seniors John Beyerlein and Matt Lockwood, respectively.

In the third, Dyer picked right where he left off, taking an assist from Shane Gaudreault capping off the 4-0 run. Dyer would put the finishing touches  with an empty net goal with 13 seconds remaining as hats from the Spalding crowd littered the ice.

“I’ve been dreaming about this ever since I got into high school and now it’s a reality, it feels fantastic,” said Dyer. “This was our goal at the beginning of the year and now it’s an accomplishment and it feels great.”

MIAA A Conference hockey championship

at Piney Orchard

Archbishop Spalding 5, Calvert Hall College 2

Calvert Hall 1 0 1-2

Spalding      0 3 2-5

Goals-Calvert Hall: Brust (2) 00:31 first, 43:29 third; Archbishop Spalding: Dyer 18:37 2nd, Breyerlien 26:36 2nd, Lockwood 27:45 2nd, Dyer 37:33 3rd, Dyer 44:47 3rd.

Assists-Spalding: Doane,Sage, Gaudreault 

Saves-Calvert Hall: Finn 37; Spalding-Glenndenning 32

Dance has best finish ever at Nationals.

Spalding's girls got 10th in the Nation in Pom out of 70 teams at the UDA Nationals this past weekend.  It was a goal for the girls to final all year long (top 20). Not only did they do that, once in the finals, the girls put together one of their best routines of the season to catapult all the way to 10th place.  The previous top finish for the girls was 23rd. The dancers also made the semi finals in jazz top 30 teams out of 64 teams!!


Congratulations Girls!

Girls Indoor Track Finishes 3rd at IAAM Championships

The Spalding girls indoor track team just finished off a very successful season, culminated with a third place finish at the IAAM Championships compiling 81.5 points.  The Cavaliers’ 3200-relay team of Caitlin Anson, Elisa Heacock, Alie Kamm and Caitlynn McGuinness destroyed the old meet record by more than 30 seconds in 9:34. The Cavaliers also won the 800-meter relay and finished third in the 1600. And with only one senior on the 3200-relay in particular, the Cavaliers won’t be in a position to pass the torch instead of the baton anytime soon.

Great Job Girls!

Field Hockey Academic All-Stars

Congratulations to the following students:

Kelsey Bonner                        

Becca Dean                            

Kendall Garden                      

Hannah Hershey              

Hillary Kane                            

Catherine Kenniston               

Sydney Sikon         

Who have been selected for the 2011 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.  The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes those high school seniors who have achieved a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2011-12 school year.


Boys Basketball vs Loyola

Attention Boys Basketball fans.  There is a schedule change for our games with Loyola.  We will play Loyola tomorrow, January 25th, at Spalding;  Freshman 3:30  JV  5:15   Varsity  7:00pm.  Our game at Loyola will be held on Sunday February 5th.  Times may be adjusted due to the Super Bowl later that day. Please note this change to the schedule.

Hall of Fame Mass

Welcome, welcome everyone to the 2012 Hall of Fame Mass to be held on Sunday January 8th at 11:00am in the new gymnasium.  Father Thomas Ryan will conduct mass for all at 11:00 followed by the Hall of Fame Inductions.  This year we will recognize excellence in our Outstanding Alumnus Steven Kelly, our Distinguished Parent Kevin Kerley, and our ever popular Head Football coach Mike Whittles.  Ckme out and show your support for these three gentlemen and share in this ceremony of recognition.  Lite fare will be available afterward.

Cavalier Signing Ceramony

On December 8th Archbishop Spalding High School held a recognition ceremony to acknowledge all of our Senior student athletes who have thus far committed to play a sport at any collegiate level next year.  This ceremony was held in the New Gym and was attended by Administrators, faculty and staff, coaches, students and families. A total of 29 student athletes representing 8 sport programs were part of this ceremony.  Congratulations Cavs! (update, more names have been added as more student-athletes have committed)

Archbishop Spalding High School

2011-12 College Athletic Commitments

Field Hockey:                       Kelsey Bonner                  University of Vermont

                                               Sydney Sikon                   Washington College

                                               Summer Liberto                Alvernia University


Baseball:                             Austin Clark                      Lasalle University

                                               Jamal Clark                      St Johns University


Wrestling:                                 Will Switzer                       LeHigh University


Boys Soccer:                             Casey Beyers                    University of Wisconsin

                                                Will Grace                         LeHigh University


Girls Soccer:                         Nikki Boretti                      UMBC

                                                Abby Ritinski                     Westminster College

                                                Francesca Springer             Robert  Morris University

                                                Julie Hibberd                     Elon University

                                                Annie Hogan                      SUNY Albany


Girls Lacrosse:                      Ashleigh Lawrence              St Mary’s College

                                                Kendall Garden                 LeHigh University

                                                Jenny Rey                         Robert Morris University

                                                Theresa Lang                    Shepherd University

                                                Lauren Lea                        University of Florida

                                                Rebecca Dean                    Washington & Lee University

                                                Megan Wagner                   Queens University of Charlotte


Boys Lacrosse:                           Alex Kestler                       Mt St Mary’s

                                                Joey Prieto                        Delaware

                                                Connor Pequiney                Syracuse

                                                Ryan Cochran                    Delaware

                                                Bobby Jones                      Mt St Mary’s

                                                Rich Gableman                  St Josephs

                                                Quentin Dick                     Christopher Newport

                                                Andrew Buss                      Bridgewater


Girls Basketball:                   Raven Makins                    Central Connecticut


Football:                              Shane Sullivan                   Towson

                                          Eric Garland                       Concord University



Spalding Coach's Guest Columnist

Spalding's New Varsity Mens Lacrosse Coach, Bear Davis, will be working as a guest columnist for Inside Lacrosse for this season. Below is a link to his first article. You can follow his collum throughout the year, either at or they will be posted here.


Congrats Coach Davis!

Boys Basketball Schedule Adjustments

The following adjustments hava been made to the Boys Basketball schedule.  St Francis game on Thursday February 5th times will now be   Varsity  4:00   JV  5:30.    Game date and time for home game versus McDonogh has been changed from Sunday January 8th to Monday January 9th  JV at 4:00  Varsity at 5:30 (due to Hall of Fame Ceremony on January 8th).  And the home game versus Mt Carmel scheduled for Friday January 13th has been moved to Thursday January 12th  JV   5:15  Varsity  7:00  (due to Cavalier Duals Wrestling Tourney on January 13th).

Larimore Award Winner

Congratulations to Shayne Sullivan, class of 2012, on his selection as the Al Larimore Award winner for being identified as the Anne Arundel County Lineman of the Year in Football.  Shayne was also honered with 1st team all MIAA, 1st team all County and 1st team all Metro accolades.  Way to go Shayne.

All Met, All-County and All League Awards Fall 2011.

Here is the list of Cavalier Student-Athletes who have ben named to the various Post-Season All Star Teams for the Fall Season. Congratulations Cavs!


Girls Cross Country:

Caitlyn Anson: 1st Team All County, All IAAM, 2nd Team All-Met

Erin Beherns: All IAAM

Caitlyn McGuinness: All IAAM

Cara McNellis: All IAAM

Michael Calderone: AA County Coach of the Year


Boys Soccer:

Will Grace: 1st Team All County

Lee Martin: 1st Team All County

Casey Beyers 1st Team All County/All MIAA


Girls Soccer:

Mo Ostrowski: 1st Team All County/All IAAM/2nd Team All-Met

Gracyn Bryant: 1st Team All County/All IAAM/ 1st Team All-Met

Cassidy Babin: 1st Team All County/All IAAM/ 2nd Team All-Met

Maggie Quinn: 2nd Team All County/All IAAM

Laikyn Duffy: 2nd Team All County

Annie Hogan: 2nd Team All County

Samantha Kirk: 2nd Team All County



DJ Smith: 1st Team All County/All MIAA

Matt Wicklein: 1st Team All County/All MIAA

Shane Sullivan: 1st Team All County/All MIAA/1st Team All-Met

Alex Barclay:  1st Team All County

Malik Johnson: 1st Team All County/All MIAA/2nd Team All-Met

Steve Manders: 1st Team All County/All MIAA

Erick Garland: 2nd Team All County/All MIAA

Connor Pequigney: 2nd Team All County

Alex Trantin: 2nd Team All County/All MIAA

Rob Washington: 2nd Team All County/All MIAA

Ryan Cochrane: 2nd Team All County


Field Hockey:

Kelsey Bonner: 1st Team All County/All IAAM/1st Team All-Met

Kendall Garden: 1st Team All County

Sydney Sikon: 2nd Team All County/All IAAM

Melissa Rize: 2nd Team All County


Boys Volleyball:

Bobby Jones: All MIAA

John Yackas:All MIAA

Zach Rombach: All MIAA


Girls Volleyball:

Kristen Seeba: 1st Team All County/All IAAM

Jamie Rombach: 1st Team All County/All IAAM/1st Team All-Met

Jordan Lawson: 2nd Team All County

Katie Graziano: 2nd Team All County/1st Team All-Met

Scott Rombach: County Coach of the Year

County Coaches of the Year

Congratulations are in order for two of our fall sport coaches. Michael Calderone, head girls cross country coach and Scott Rombach, head girls volleyball coach both have been recognized by the Capital as Anne Arundel County Coaches of the Year in their respective sports.

The girls cross country team had a stellar season throughout the IAAM A Conference regular season and then capped off the campaign by winning the championship meet at Oregon Ridge Park. The girls volleyball team completed a perfect regular season going undefeated and won the IAAM Championship by defeating defending champs Mt de Sales.

An outstanding job by the coaches, their assistants, and most importantly our fabulous girls.

IAAM Champions

Congratulations are in order for the Girls Varsity Cross Country team and the Girls Varsity Volleyball team. After an outstanding regular season, the Girls Varsity Cross Country team took control of the end of season championship meet and "ran away" with the title. A total team effort brought the championship plaque to the Lady Cav's.

Girls Varsity Volleyball completed an undefeated regular season and then raced thorough the playoffs to the championship game. The girls defeated defending champs Mt de Sales to clamiing the title. Great job by the coaches and the girls.


Roll Out of ATS Sports Medicine Medical Records Keeping System

Parents, Archbishop Spalding Athletic Training proudly announces the roll out of our new injury record keeping system for the fall sports.  There are some things that parents and student athletes will be required to do, but it is an essential tool in the management of illnesses and injuries in interscholastic athletics. Please go to the Athletic Training System Tab under Athletics -->Athletic Training or click here to review the information.  Thank you for helping us modernize our record keeping programs.

Top five tips for the first day of high school practice

ASHS's Athletic Trainer TJ Morgan sat down with the Baltimore Sun to talk about tips for getting back into the sports workout.

Athletic Physicals for returning student athletes

Athletic physicals will be performed on returning student athletes on Thursday May 26, 2011 at 1:30pm in the athletic center.  Physicals will be conducted by physicians from The University of Maryland, our team physicians.  Physicals are $25 in cash or check payable to Archbishop Spalding High School.  Availability is on a first come first serve basis.  Spots are limited so sign up early.  Students/Parents need to download the physical form from the Athletics page under the Handbook & Forms tab or by clicking HERE


The form is also available in the Athletic Training Systems website that all winter and spring sport athletes have user ID's and passwords to.  To access this site go to and select web portal and sign in using your ATS user ID and password you recieved this winter or spring season.  Fall student athletes should be receiving this information from their fall coaches soon. Please keep an eye out for this.

For more information, please contact the athletic training staff at x250 or x346.  Thank you.

ImPACT Testing and Concussions: Yes we have it!

This is a news segment from WBAL TV last night.  This segment talks about the ImPACT test we use here on our student athletes.


Concussions: No Simple Matter

Concussions are a very serious topic that is receiving national attention.  A recent tragedy has really opened many eyes to the problems with repeated concussions.  A concussion is by definition an alteration in mental status as a result of a traumatic blow to the head or body.  An alteration in mental status can and is as simple as a headache after a blow to the body or head.  Recently, researchers have removed loss of conscious as part of the definition of a concussion because more and more athletes are suffering from a concussion without any loss of consciousness.  A seemingly mild blow can create these symptoms in our student athletes.  As we begin the spring season, coaches, parents and players should be having talks about the seriousness of the injuries and the importance of reporting them to the athletic training staff.

Please take a moment to view this short video on concussions.



Also, take a look at this article regarding athletic trainers and the importance doctors place on the role of the athletic trainer in the management of concussions.

Concussion risks emphasize need for qualified athletic trainers at youth and adult sports events, doctors say

Published: Monday, November 01, 2010, 9:14 PM     Updated: Monday, November 01, 2010, 9:15 PM
massaquoi-harrison.jpgConcussion risks have grown at all levels. Here, the Browns' Mohamed Massaquoi (left) suffers one from the hit by Pittsburgh's James Harrison.

New York, N.Y. -– The risk of concussions from football and some other sports is so serious that a qualified athletic trainer should always be on the field — at adult and children's games, and even at practice, a major doctors group said Monday.

Following that advice from the American Academy of Neurology would be a dramatic change for youth sports programs, most of which don't have certified trainers.

The doctors group recognizes it isn't necessarily feasible. One official called it a gold standard to strive for.

"We understand completely that is undoable in today's environment, but we think that is a correct way to organize our priorities," said Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, chair of the academy's sports neurology section. He said that if a certified athletic trainer is not available to a school, perhaps contact sports should be avoided.

The recommendation was part of broader guidance from the academy on sports concussions. The group also said no athlete with concussion symptoms should be allowed to take part in sports, and that athletes of all ages who are suspected of suffering concussions should be evaluated by a specialist before returning to sports.

The new position statement follows rules already adopted in college sports and pro football aimed at preventing and better treating blows to the head. Research involving NFL players suggests repeated concussions may have long-term consequences such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Medical groups want to get the message "to the athletes, their parents and their coaches that a concussion is not just a ding, or getting your bell rung, but it is an injury to the brain," said Dr. Mark Halstead of Washington University, who co-authored an earlier concussion report for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Concussions "need to be treated as if they are a big deal. The brain is pretty important."

Signs of a concussion include unconsciousness, unsteadiness, problems with memory or concentration, dizziness or headache.

The neurology academy is the most authoritative medical group when it comes to concussions. And its new advice sweeps across all ages and types of athletes.

Certified athletic trainers now work at about 40 percent of the nation's high schools but are rarely provided for athletes in younger grades, said Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the lead author of the National Athletic Trainers' Association statement on managing concussions. Guskiewicz said it would be a struggle to find enough athletic trainers to meet the neurologists' recommendation.

Jim Louro, a league safety officer for the Jersey Shore Pop Warner Football League, said his league already pays emergency medical technicians to attend games and an ambulance is often on site. Coaches must have specialized training to handle injuries, he said. His league has about 8,000 football players ages 5 to 15.

Nationwide, millions of children and teens play football, he said, and "to have a certified athletic trainer at every single event around the country is very difficult, although they would be more than welcome if they're available."

Rick Bowden, assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, said the neurologists recommendation is "a laudable goal (but) there is no way that could happen in our state."

"There are not enough certified athletic trainers out there, and then there's the expense.... Our member schools have to balance what is desirable with what is possible."

Last week, a 17-year-old Kansas linebacker collapsed on the sidelines and later died after suffering a concussion earlier in the season. A cause of death has not been released. Bowden said he understood that a doctor had approved the boy's return to competition.

Certified trainers take a minimum of four years of training and pass a national certification exam, a much more rigorous procedure than faced by an EMT or a youth sports coach, Guskiewicz said.

Kutcher said the academy's current full guidelines on managing concussions, written in 1997, are inadequate. Experts hope to publish new guidelines by 2012, following a careful review of published studies, he said.

The academy's new statement released Monday is meant to offer guidance in the meantime for child and adult athletes, he said.

Major U.S. sports leagues have already taken steps to reduce head injuries and improve treatment for concussions.

Last December, after reports of research on older NFL players suggested a higher risk for Alzheimer's, the NFL expanded the list of concussion symptoms that would keep a player off the field and ordered teams to consult a neurologist on return-to-play decisions. This season the league cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits by raising fines and threatening players with suspension for such collisions.

In March, the National Hockey League banned shoulder hits to the head from a player's blind side. Major League Baseball is setting up a new advisory panel on concussions, which will consider a seven-day disabled list just for head injuries. And in college sports, the NCAA's board of directors in April approved new rules on concussions, saying players must be evaluated by a medical professional experienced in dealing with such injuries.

USA Football, the sport's national governing body at the youth and amateur levels, worked with federal authorities to produce a video about concussions that is now part of its coaching certification exam.

In September, the U.S. House voted to have experts draw up federal guidelines on handling concussions in school-aged children. The bill awaits further action. Last year Washington state barred athletes younger than 18 with concussion symptoms from returning to their sports without clearance from a licensed health care provider and several other states have followed suit.

Kutcher pointed to recent studies that suggest long-term consequences like decreased mental ability, dementia, depression, anxiety and changes in personality as helping draw attention to the risk of concussions.

It's long been known that repeated head blows can cause brain degeneration in boxers, he said, but "the degree to which it appears to be happening in other contact sports ... is the new thing."

Another factor is "a change in how society views it too, which I think certainly started at the top, with the attention the NFL was getting," he said. "That has filtered down to the other levels."


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