Fall 2020 Athletics Roundup

By Director of Athletics Zac Kraft

The Girls’ Tennis team captured the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 3 title by finishing the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record. On Friday, Oct. 2, LCDS lost to Section 2 Champion, Lampeter-Strasburg in the League Team Tournament Semifinals. The Cougars (No. 3 seed) lost to Wyomissing (No. 2 seed) in the PIAA District 3 Class AA Team Tournament Semifinals, ending the season with an overall record of 8-1.

Fall 2020 Athletics Roundup
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At the L-L League Championships, Cassidy Gleiberman ’21 placed second in Class AA Singles for the second consecutive year, and teamed with Maggie Auman ’23 to capture the Class AA Doubles Title. Gleiberman/Auman qualified for the PIAA District 3 Class AA Doubles Tournament where they reached the Championship match before falling to a strong team from Conrad Weiser.

Post-Season Honors & Accolades:
L-L League Section 3 All-Star: Cassidy Gleiberman ’21
L-L League Coach of the Year: Hilary Waltman
LCDS Unsung Hero Award: Amelia Lowjeski ’21
LCDS Leadership Award: Isabella Gerace ’21 & Olivia Sullivan ’21
LCDS Most Valuable Player: Cassidy Gleiberman ’21
LCDS Cougar Award: Maggie Auman ’23


The Golf team finished the season with an overall record of 6-14. The Cougars were led by Winston Thai ’23 and Phoebe Stover ’22, who averaged 88.5 and 91.3 per round, respectively. Results from the L-L League Tournament played at Meadia Heights Golf Course on Monday, Sept. 28:

Winston Thai (94) — tied 34th overall, 11th in Class AA
Phoebe Stover (101) — 6th overall, 1st Class AA
Savannah Miller ’24 (109) — 11th overall, 2nd Class AA

Post-Season Honors & Accolades:
L-L League Section 4 Honorable Mention All-Star: Winston Thai ’23
LCDS Most Valuable Player: Winston Thai ’23


The Field Hockey, Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Soccer teams successfully completed non-traditional seasons, which culminated on Saturday, Oct. 17 with Maroon & White intrasquad scrimmages, senior recognitions and team celebrations. Overall participation in the six-week intrascholastic season was robust — Field hockey (14), boys’ soccer (16), girls’ soccer (18) — as was the individual improvement of each player. Coaches and student-athletes demonstrated exceptional levels of commitment, dedication, and leadership.

Field Hockey Team Honors & Accolades:
Cougar Award — Ryan DeGreen ’23
Most Improved Player — Alexa Thomas ’24
Leadership Award — Riley Eckman ’21, Madison Feddock ’22

Girls’ Soccer Team Honors & Accolades:
Leadership Award — Alison Ngau ’21
Most Improved Player — Molly Heilshorn ’23
Captains — Annika Klombers ’21, Maddie Bono ’21

Boys’ Soccer Team Honors & Accolades:
Hustle Award — Chris Sigmund ’21
Dedication Award — Alex Vine ’21
Most Improved Player — Kieran Heim ’21
Leadership Award — Luke Forman ’21
Cougar Award — Cameron Young ’21


The JPM Girls’ Cross Country Team finished the regular season with a perfect record of 10-0 and captured the first Lancaster-Lebanon League Title in program history. Three of JPM’s top 4 runners are LCDS students: Arielle Breuninger ’21, Gabrielle Thiry ’24 and Milana Breuninger ’23. At the L-L League Championships at Ephrata MS on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Arielle placed 5th (19:54), Milana 8th (20:15) and Gabby 11th (20:22) as the JPM team fell one point short of capturing the League title. At the PIAA District 3 Championships, Arielle Breuninger ran the race of her life, finishing the 3.1 mile course in a personal best 18:33, good enough for 4th place. Gabrielle Thiry also turned in an outstanding performance and earned a medal with a time of 19:07 (16th place). Arielle will compete in the PIAA State Championships in Hershey on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The JPM Boys’ Cross Country Team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-2 (2nd place L-L League Section 1). At the L-L League Championships, the Tornado boys placed 3rd as a team.


The Lancaster Catholic Girls’ Volleyball Team finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-2, 10-1 in League play and captured their second consecutive Section 3 title. In the postseason, the Crusaders lost to Section 2 Champion Garden Spot (the top-ranked team in District 3 AAA) in the L-L League Semifinals (3-2), and to York Suburban (No. 2 seed) in the Quarterfinal Round of the PIAA District 3 Class AAA Tournament (3-1). Led by a contingent of LCDS students, including Isabel Hoin ’21 (78 digs), Bella DeCarlo ’21 (10 kills, 9 digs), Julia Fisher ’23 (33 kills), and Summer Troxell ’22.

Post-Season Honors & Accolades:
L-L League Section 3 First Team All-Star: Julia Fisher ’23, Isabel Hoin ’21
L-L League Section 3 Second Team All-Star: Bella DeCarlo ’21
L-L League Section 3 Player of the Year: Julia Fisher ’23


The JPM Football team is currently 0-7 overall, 0-4 in L-L League Section 1. Luca Fimiani ’22 is starting at linebacker and has three carries for 15 yards on the season. The Tornado has two remaining games, at Octorara Friday, Nov. 6 and at Penn Manor on the 13th.


Orchestra Roundup & Ceramics Year-In-Review

Wright and Schaumann Earn Auditions for National Orchestra Festival

Violist Cecilia Wright ’21 and violinist Florence Schaumann ’22 both advanced from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival to the All-State Festival. While this year’s All-State Festival was cancelled, the girls’ scores allow them to audition for next year’s National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Orchestra Festival and the National Orchestra Festival, two highly competitive orchestras consisting of the top players in the country.


Ceramics Year-In-Review

By Beky Weidner

Last fall a handful of students had the opportunity to have their pieces fired in a wood kiln at a studio in downtown Lancaster. In January, students created and donated 40 bowls to the Opportunity House in Reading for their Empty Bowls event, and finally a group of 30 students took a field trip to a ceramics exhibit at Landis Homes by Dennis Maust, where they had the opportunity to hear Dennis talk about his work and ask him questions.

An Everlasting Legacy

By Hasan Maqbool

I took an, arguably, out of place trip to Iraq for about two weeks in October. I had left the country amid a time of approaching college application deadlines and stressful test weeks — all the while missing three weeks of school. The weeks before I left and after I came back were extremely stressful as I struggled to fulfill my responsibilities. Why then would I take such a long excursion just as school was really getting into gear?


The reason was a religious pilgrimage called Arba’een. Shia Muslims traveling to major shrines in Iraq make up one of the largest gatherings in the world — about 22 million people gathering between two cities. What could these holy personalities have done to attract such a large number of people from all over the world?

Hussain was the grandson of Muhammad — the messenger of Islam. Following the example of his grandfather, Hussain promoted peace, coexistence, and righteous moral principles even as his birthright was usurped. When the tyrant leader Yazid demanded his pledge of allegiance, Hussain declined, saying that he would never bow to a man causing such moral decay and death.

Soon, Yazid’s forces cornered Hussain and his followers in the desert, denying them access to water. Hussain was faced with a decision: live and bow to the tyrant, abandoning all he and his family stood for, or die defending his family and principles from the onslaught of Yazid.

Hussain and his family died thirsty in the desert, fighting to preserve the true message of Islam — a message of charity, peace, virtue, and kindness.

As the army of Yazid pressed on, Hussain and his supporters stood alone that day. 1,400 years later, millions visit his shrine and those of his family — I was lucky enough to be one of them. I went to Iraq in order to relive the tragedy and revitalize my fidelity to the principles of Islam. I saw the shrines, envisioned the saints, cried at the gates, prayed for my friends and loved ones, and sympathized with those around the world suffering at the hands of tyrannical despots.

I felt a connection I can’t express in words and brought it back with me all the way here.

This pilgrimage reaffirmed what I should emphasize as priorities in my life — helping others, promoting peace, and taking a stand against injustice. Although Hussain and his family are buried peacefully in Iraq, I feel their presence every day and hope to advance and embody their principles as I go on.

‘All Shook Up!’ — An Insider’s Review

By Christopher Matthews ’20

In June of 2019, Ms. Wolanin announced to the LCDS Theater Company that the winter musical would be “All Shook Up!” We were excited to perform whatever she could throw at us, but nobody had heard of this musical before. Little did we know, “All Shook Up!” would change all of our lives for the better.


As auditions approached, our excitement was through the roof. We learned a grueling dance routine (which later became the dance break of “Jailhouse Rock!”) and had to memorize multiple songs, all in a few short days. The days before the cast list’s release are always some of the most stressful times in the company, and this show was no different. Tensions ran high until the 22 cast members accepted their roles with glee.

From the beginning, everyone in the company knew that “All Shook Up!” would be one of the biggest productions that the Steinman Theatre had ever seen, but after a few rehearsals, we truly realized the massive scale of the production.

Typically our shows take place on one set, but “All Shook Up!” requires many distinct locations that could not possibly be condensed into a single set. We needed to figure out how to use every single inch of space backstage to store different pieces of furniture while more than 20 actors scrambled to make their entrances on time.

The further we got in the process, the bigger the show seemed to become, but with a fighting spirit (and a lack of snow days), we charged into tech week.

It took us almost two full days to set up the lights, sound, and scene changes for the show, a process that normally takes only a few hours. While this was happening, the crew organized the backstage and the actors feverishly reviewed their lines and the musical numbers.

“All Shook Up!” features more than 25 different iconic Elvis songs, all of which have challenging harmonies and difficult high notes. Our vocal director, Mr. Woodbridge, masterfully taught the ensemble all of the music in less than two months while also teaching the principal characters their solos during office hours.

As opening night approached, our nerves were through the roof, following the same path our excitement had taken before auditions.

Because we didn’t have school on Friday, traditionally one of our busiest nights, many more students and faculty decided to come to the Thursday night production. The house was packed.

After our pre-show warmups, Ms. Wolanin delivered a heartwarming pep talk that reminded us to stay grounded and to have fun. The seniors looked to opening night with a bittersweet excitement. “All Shook Up!” was the swan song for many of the 17 seniors, so every single one of us wanted to give it 100 percent.

Opening night could not have gone better because of the tremendous amount of energy from the cast and audience. Thursday’s show led us into an extremely successful weekend of theater in which we sold out two of our four shows. As we struck the set on Sunday after everything was over, the exhaustion had begun to set in, but we could not have been more thrilled with the work we put in. We put on a grueling production, but we gained a whole new appreciation for one of the most iconic performers of all time in the process.