Keeping it brief, Jan. 31 -- Gazette.Net


The DeMatha Catholic High School ice hockey team is hosting its second annual American Heroes Hockey Challenge for the Wounded Warrior Project on Friday against Mount Saint Joseph’s.

Members of the Wounded Warrior Project along with family members of Brendan Looney, a 1999 DeMatha graduate who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, and Michael T. Flynn, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, are scheduled to take part in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. The pre-game ceremony begins at 5:40 p.m. at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Admission for adults is $5 and $3 for children.

The Tommy Jensen memorial game, scheduled for last Friday, was postponed due to snow. The game has not been rescheduled yet. Coach Tony MacAulay said they hope to host it in late February.

DeMatha, Seton swimmers perform well at National Catholics

Championship season for the Dematha and Elizabeth Seton swimming and diving teams began Saturday at the National Catholic High School Catholic Championships at Loyola University.

The boys competition was won by Loyola Blakefield with 392 points. DeMatha (90 points) finished eighth in the 18-team field, just two spots behind perennial Washington Metropolitan Area power Georgetown Prep of Montgomery County.

Notre Dame Prep (416) won the girls meet, Seton (43) took 13th of 19 teams.

Seniors Patrick Sheerin and Clifford Henderson and sophomore Noah Gonzalez were DeMatha’s top scorers. Sheerin picked up top 15 performances in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley and teamed with Henderson (14th in 100-yard backstroke), Nick Mion and Dylan Buehler for seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Gonzalez took ninth in the 100-yard butterfly and then joined forces with Michael Reavis, Sean Barbour and Bully Dunn for 13th in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Sophomore Maya Dunbar picked up two top 15 individual performances in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley for Seton. She then joined Akeyla Holley, Erica Hawkins and Julia Howell for eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Dunbar, Holley, Hawkins and Emma Tarnosky then took 12th in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Championship season continues with Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Prep Schools Swimming and Diving League Championships.

— Compiled from staff reports