2022 Spring Previews
St. John Paul II’s baseball program will look to make an even deeper tournament run after being eliminated in last year’s South semi-final game. The Lions will return Tim Adams, Hunter Alten, Shane Cummings, Sean Downs, Matt Garrett, Jacob Lenau, Brian Mancinelli, Richie Marchand, Brady Ryan, Mike Van Neste, and Jake Walman to the team this year.
The 2022 Lions Boys Lacrosse will be counting on its two seniors, six juniors, sophomore and 8th grader this season. Charlie Baroni, Ryan Moriarty and Mark Rogers are the captains this year. Ryan Moriarty will be relied on the most this season in net, while Charlie controls the Midfield and Mark helps to the reliable goalie Ryan Moriarty on Defense and at Long Stick Midfielder. Eighth Grader Andrew Fox returns and will be starting at the X attacking position on the attacking side of the field, while Jack Hyde will provide inside control on the offensive side of the ball with shots and distribution with passes. Kyle Jaquello is the lead faceoff man and will be controlling the midfield with Charlie Baroni this season.
The leading ten on the field before subbing on or off will be, at Midfielders: Senior Captain Charlie Baroni, Junior Kyle Jaquello, Junior Vinny Castano. At Attackers: Sophomore Jack Hyde, Eighth Grader Andrew Fox and Freshman Sean Willis, at Defensive D poles: Captain Junior Mark Rogers, Junior Jamie Erikson, and Junior Mike Hyde, and at Goalie Junior Captain Ryan Moriarty. Sophomore Owen Enright, Junior Demetres Skordas, Junior Jack Kennedy, Junior Jack O’Keefe, Freshman Hurst Tasha, Junior Quinn Mayo, Junior Rhyees Stump, Freshman Liam Monaghan and Junior Thianin Milkey will look to bring energy and impact to the team this year.
The Lions are now 1-2
The 2022 JPII softball team is optimistic for the small but mighty program. After going through several coaching changes in the past few years, the Lady Lions are well prepared under the leadership of first-year coach Dan Silver who boasts 25 years of experience in coaching, covering, and recruiting women’s softball.
The two senior captains, Kaya DeAngelis and Ana Santos, have a combined ten years of varsity softball experience, which will be instrumental this season. Their leadership abilities are unquestioned, and will be counted upon to lead a youthful squad. DeAngelis has an elite understanding of the game, which allows her to excel at several positions, including the hot corner where she played last season. She will anchor the defense from shortstop as she looks to continue her softball career at the collegiate level. Santos has similar versatility, leading the defense from the middle infield last season, and her athleticism and quick glove will be featured at first base and in the pitching circle during her final campaign.
The team is motivated and driven by their intensity and competitive drive. Each captain brings skill and power to the batting lineup, with DeAngelis being a legitimate threat to lead the league in runs scored. Junior Olivia Zapolski brings excellent athletic ability and strong determination. Her versatility will enable her to play anywhere on the diamond, including catcher. The upper-level students will be relied on heavily this spring to lead the team both on and off the field.
The sophomore class is similar in terms of talent and experience. Haley Labdon is a highly-skilled, enthusiastic player who will play second base and is solid at the plate. Sophia Perangeli is a brick wall behind the plate and will be counted on as a starting catcher and a reliable source of power to spark the offense this season. Olivia Olsen is coming on strong as an infield candidate and has an admirable work ethic and drive to improve. Finally, freshman Julia Dunton is a natural-born athlete fresh to the game and is developing into a talented pitcher.
The dynamic Preparatory Division players are already showing strong aptitude and talent for the game. The team boasts six eighth-graders, who will add to a determined and athletic Lions team. Kayla Alves is a multi-sport athlete who is new to the game but has shown promise to contribute strong leadership this season. Devlin Dumas is fearless and quick to get to the ball.
Ellie Kowal is a reliable infielder who will contribute to the team’s defense. Noe Kittila is developing as a pitcher and has a solid swing at the plate. Julianna Grygent brings natural power and is already pushing for a role in the starting lineup. Katie Murphy is a robust and tough athlete who will make her mark in the outfield. The youngest addition, seventh-grader Nina Burchill, brings an excellent work ethic and tenacity to the squad.
The girls will kick off a competitive 18-game season with their home opener against Mashpee on April 1st. The first pitch will be at 3:45 pm.
Welcome to 2022 Spring Tennis at JPII. The boys team will be captained this year by returning junior Liam Powell and returning sophomore Matt Curley. We had a strong team and an incredible record last year, considering we were down a player at every match. This year we will start with a strong singles lineup and a wealth of new players to make a charge in 2022. At number one singles, returning 8th grader Alex Morin will lead off the team with his explosive style of tennis. Returning 8th grader Harry Baroni will use his improved serve to slay competitors that at 3rd singles. Captain Curley will round out the singles line up with intentions of another dominant year at the 2nd line. The team will have plenty of players to choose from to complete the doubles lines, including Captain and most improved player from last year Liam Powell. Liam will be supported this year by returning senior Ryan Crahan and a number of new players that will allow the team post a robust roster this year and build upon last year’s strong showing.
The girls team is looking to continue strong from the stellar undefeated 2021 season. This year the team will be supported by a very deep and accomplished bench of players. This will allow us to keep growing as a team and try some new doubles combinations to keep our competition guessing. Our entire roster from last year is returning led by senior Kara Oldham. Kara is the team captain again this year and will share those responsibilities with returning sophomore Rosanna Sullivan. This years singles line up will start with Kara in first position leading the charge with her solid lefty play and tenacity. Freshman Lily Walker, who was undefeated last year in matches at singles and doubles, will start the season in 2nd singles. Starting the year at the 3rd singles position is team captain Rosanna Sullivan with her positive attitude and wicked top spin. This provides a kick start to every match that will allow doubles to play aggressive tennis just like last year. The team will start the first match of the season at Monomoy with returning 8th grader Chatham Bridge and new team member Chloe Fox at 1st doubles. The second doubles line will come in strong with returning sophomore Bridget Moran and returning freshman Kayla Katziff. Our doubles teams won a combined 20 matches last season, and with returning 8th grader Avery Lotuff, sophomore Isabella Kostecki and strong group of new players on the roster we are more than ready to take on the competition in 2022.
2021 Winter Previews
Mickey Van Neste
The 2021-2022 Lady Lions girls basketball team will forced to rebuild this season, as the team lost four seniors, including three starters from last year’s 16-2 conference championship squad. This year’s team will be led by captains Kendal O’Brien (Sr), Kellyn Thayer (Sr), Maggie Crofford (Jr) and Liv Marchand (So).
The young Lions are poised and ready to face a challenging schedule for their 21-22 hockey season. Led by Senior Captain’s Charlie Baroni, Jack Sherwood and Antonio Pucillo the Lions will have a blend of veteran varsity players along with a supporting cast of young underclassman and 7th and 8th graders. Eddie Leary, sophomore, will play a key role in his second year as the starting goalie. Eddie will be supported by a young but seasoned defensive corp with sophomores Brady Meyer, Joe McManus, senior Pat Leary and freshman Jonathan Hendricks and Gabe Fitzpatrick leading the way. Eddie will be backed up by the 8th grade Kelin MacAleese and 7th grade Jake Smith.
The forwards will rely on some their veteran players to lead the scoring effort. The versatile junior tandem of Jack Homa and Jamie Erikson will start the year as forwards and can always be utilized to assist the young defensive corp if needed. Freshman Liam Monaghan and junior Ryan Moriarty will provide additional scoring punch with Monaghan’s ability to control the puck and Moriarty’s hard / accurate shooting. First year varsity players Andrew Fox, Brian Mancinelli, Jon Valiga, Braden Shortt, Grady O’Dea and Matt Desruisseaux will see significant playing time which bodes well for Lions hockey over the coming years.
The Lions will also look forward to getting two of their returning varsity players Andrew Crapo and Sean Willis back later in the season from serious injuries.
Lions field hockey program is in good shape after weathering its inaugural season in COVID-19 protocols. Coach Ted Guazzaloca (aka Guazz) begins his second season as the head coach. After 15 seasons in Barnstable Red, the veteran coach of nearly 40 years (football, basketball, softball, and lacrosse) looked quite comfortable in royal blue. He is assisted by Coach Megan Shortt, who starred locally in high school and also played collegiately.
Lylah Carll returns in net. She has a strong work ethic and has dedicated herself to improving her game. Based on her progress last year and during the off-season, Coach Guazz is confident she will prove herself worthy between the pipes.
The defense will be anchored by sophomores Maya DeLanceyand Erin Hatton. These two girls have the grit and tenacity to be top-notch defenders. Chloe Lawson has been battling shoulder woes but would fit in quite nicely as the last defender. Additionally, Coach Shortt feels some of the newcomers will be strong and looks forward to them battling it out in preseason practices for varsity playing time. Some names to keep an eye on include: Hana Robinson, Riley Murphy, Shea Ryan, and Cami Ward.
The midfield will be a strength of the team. Co-captain and junior Emily Gorsuch is amazing at defensive shadowing and causes fits for the opposition. Emily is looking to up her game on the offensive end. Co-captain and senior Kellyn Thayer is an offensive threat. She distributes the ball well and also has a nice scoring touch. Armed with blazing speed and killer instincts, sophomore Maeve Shortt is a physically dominating player. Sophie Stanley, another sophomore, is also in the mix in the midfield. Although still relatively new to field hockey, you would never know it by watching her in action.
Wingers are led by 10th-grade speedsters Ella Bartolomei and Kaylee Anthony. Ella was a leading scorer for the Lions last year. An expert lacrosse player, Ella has a knack for finding the back of the twine. Her leadership skills have helped the team to develop faster than most would have expected. Kaylee has transferred from Barnstable and has a wealth of experience. Her overall skill level is unmatched, and Coach Guazz is excited to see what she will bring to the team. Maren Jones is an exciting player who brings some attitude to the game (in a good way). Mia Curley came on strong at the end of last season. She gives 100% in every practice, has a positive attitude, and improves her skills every day. Finally, Olivia Marchand has blazing speed and has the heart of a fierce competitor. Olivia is a winner in every sense of the word, and you know that she will work her tail off as she strives to earn more time on the field.
It will be competitive for the inner positions. Last year’s leading scorer, senior Lucy Barker, is ready to dominate. Lucy has tremendous stick handling skills, dishes the ball well, and is no stranger to getting the ball by the rival goaltender. Another senior, Ella Sassone, also is loaded with talent. Guazz is expecting Ella to step up her game and bring it to the next level. Pushing these girls will be Freshman Michaela Stampfl. Michaela got in quality minutes as an 8th grader, worked diligently in the off-season, and is fired up to be a key contributor during the 2021 season. Finally, sophomore Charlotte Sturgis displayed some dazzling moves last fall. Both coaches feel that Charlotte can develop into something special and look forward to her continued development.
Other returning players anxious to prove their mettle include Avery Lotuff, Lily Walker, and Madeleine Ross. These girls do not want to be denied, so given the opportunity to shine, Guazz believes they will!
The St. John Paul II Football team is ready for a successful season. They will be looking to win games and build a successful culture. They are led by three Captains Matt Garrett senior (Offensive Guard, Linebacker), returning starter ready to lead like he did last year, Michael Spadaro, senior the quarterback of the team poised for a great year and ready to make plays in the passing game and on defense Junior Vinnie Castano (Wide receiver and cornerback). Be on the lookout for breakout seasons for some returning players, Owen Enright Running Back and LInebacker ready to run hard and play a physical brand of football. The next player to look out for is our Tight End and Linebacker Daniel Cordeiro. He loves to play the game and will do anything to help his team win. Kyle Jaquello is another Linebacker of ours and our Fullback. He is transitioning from offensive tackle last year and is ready to run the ball hard and open up the holes for our running backs to follow. Finally, Mike Hyde is our starting Wide Receiver and Safety looking to make an impact and help this team by making big plays down the field in the passing game. Our offensive line is going to be a key part to our success this season.
Our Lineman, Harry Hicks, Ryan Moriarty, John Rush, Brady Ryan, Matt Garrett, also helping those guys out will be Maki Gordon and Zach Garrett. The receiving core is young but very talented and ready to make an impact. Hyde and Castano will be leading the group; the rest of the receivers ready to help out are Shane Cummings, Brenden Franey, Jack Hyde, and a senior that will be playing some receiver, and running back will be Nat Mazzoni. Our running back depth is good this year Enright and Jaquello will be the starters, but they are followed, but Jon Grygent, Sean Downs, Henry Tatara, Nate Mazzoni, a lot of these guys will also be making an impact on the defensive side of the ball. We have been lucky enough to get some freshman A.J. Hennigan, Jasper Jarvis, Sean Willis, Harry O’Brien, David Ellis, Jack Kalkus, Nick Hynes. These guys have already stepped in and made an impact on the team. There is a lot of excitement about this team, and we are ready for the season to start Friday, September 10th at Wareham.
The Lions enter this year with great expectations and excitement for the Fall 2021 Season, welcoming seven new players to their squad and returning twelve players from the previous season. The team will be led by Senior Captain Brian Mitchell and Junior Captains Liam Powell and Nico Traykovski.
The offense looks to take advantage of Mitchell upfront working with Carlos Seguencia (10th grade). With support from Ricky Nguyen (12th grade), Jose Felicio-Netto (11th grade), and Eric Ludizaca-Muy (9th grade) coming in from reserves throughout the season.
The midfield operates through the defensive work of Liam Powell and the attacking work of Nico Traykovski, with the help of Jack Kennedy (11th grade) on the left wing and Ryan Crahan (12th grade) on the right. Erik Menyhart (8th grade) returns to his role while welcoming Donovan Hegner (9th grade) and Kevin Nuarez (8th grade) to assist in maintaining strong possession.
The defensive backs are excited to see the return of Tony Ahn (11th grade), Vinicius Bozelli (11th grade), Jay Imad (10th grade), Michael Dean (10th grade), and Kaiden Slovek (10th grade). They welcome a strong addition of Leo DeSouza (10th grade) to the Center Backs.
Jack Ellis (11th grade) returns to his second season as starting goalkeeper. After earning his first-ever career shut-out in the playoffs against Rising Tide last year, he looks to maintain a strong record and make the opposition work for even a chance on net.
The Lions look forward to their home opener against Rising Tide on Thursday, September 16th, under the leadership of George Killian, returning Head Coach, and Chris Rohrer, third-year assistant coach.
The St. John Paul II Lions Girls’ Soccer team, led by 3rd year Head Coach Larry Palmer and Assistant Caitlin McPherson, open their 2021 season at Plymouth South on Tuesday September 7th. The Lions are coming off a strong fall camp and an excellent 2020 effort in which they finished 2nd in the Cape & Islands Lighthouse Division with a record of 4-2-2. This year Coach Palmer fields an extremely deep and athletic team which looks to improve upon that record and has a berth in the MIAA Tournament squarely in its sights.
The Lions return 3 Seniors, 2 Juniors, and 2 Sophomores from last year’s squad and welcome Junior transfer student Hannah Kalkus from Mater Dei High School in California. Hannah is an extremely talented center back who brings a wealth of experience and technical skill to the Lions back line. She has integrated well into her new team and is already providing confident leadership on and off the field.
Senior Captains Alexandra Palmer (Sagamore Beach), Kara Oldham (East Dennis), and Kendal O’Brien (East Falmouth) will lead the Lions on the field. Alex is a tremendously versatile center midfielder who excels at seeing the field and combines superb technical ability with strong character and leadership skills. She recently played with her club in the NPL National Championships in Denver, CO. Kara returns as leading scorer from last season as well as a Cape & Islands and Eastern Massachusetts All-Star. She is an electric player whose unique combination of elite speed and game intelligence make her a threat to score every time she touches the ball. Kendal returns as starting goalkeeper for the varsity for the third consecutive season. She is a tough, fearless, and vocal player who anchors the Lions defense and routinely makes highlight-reel plays in goal for the team.
Junior Captain Maggie Crofford (East Sandwich) and stellar outside back Sophie Menyhart (West Barnstable) round out a strong junior class for JPII. Maggie joins transfer student Hannah in the middle of the back four and uses her elite athleticism to calmly deal with threats to the Lions goal. Her leadership and mentoring of other players are also a huge benefit to the team. Sophie is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams as she flows from box to box with unmatched power and determination. She has recently taken her speed and technical ability to another level as well adding a dimension to the Lions offense that has been missing in the past. Expect a fast, fluid, and exciting game when she is on the field!
The Lions Sophomores include midfielder Ella Cheney (East Sandwich) and forward Bridget Moran (Sandwich). Ella is a dynamic and dangerous player with the ability to play the entire field and a fearsome strike in the attacking end. Bridget is a hard working forward and outside back whose quickness and tenacity give opposing teams very little room to operate.
The Lion Girls boast an impressive number of returning players in the Freshman and 8th grade classes thanks to last year’s COVID season. JPII will be featuring 5 freshman and 5 eighth graders on the Varsity roster. The Freshman players are Meah Dalrymple (Centerville), Aniela Gallagher (Yarmouth Port), Kayla Katziff (Falmouth), Natalia Traykovski (Falmouth), and Emma Tucker (West Hyannisport). The 8th grade class features Chatham Bridge (Osterville), Emma Collette (East Falmouth), Devin Crofford (East Sandwich), Raegan Dillon (East Falmouth), and Chloe Fox (Mashpee). These returning players all possess maturity and experience beyond their years and add to an extremely deep and talented Lions team.
For the first time in many years JPII will feature a JV team to further build the program for the future. Along with a few of the younger “flex” players from the Varsity, the JV team features Madeleine Boyle (West Barnstable), Anna Corsi (Yarmouth Port), Alexandra Imad (South Yarmouth), Victoria Imad (South Yarmouth), Katelyn Lawson (East Sandwich), Keira Nakachi (Yarmouth Port), Angelina Theriault (Yarmouth Port), and 7th grader Winnie Hatch (North Falmouth).
The St John Paul II Lions match season runs from September 7th through the end of October, hopefully followed by a strong run in the MIAA tournament. Home games are played at the Sandwich Water District Field in East Sandwich.