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An Outstanding Winter Sports Season Comes to an End

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Swimming
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  • Wrestling
An Outstanding Winter Sports Season Comes to an End
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The 2023-24 winter sports season has come to an end, but the highlights will inspire student-athletes for years to come. 

Boys’ Basketball

The Squires (19-8, 11-3 YAIAA III) continued the program’s recent resurgence, posting their best record in 16 years. They placed second in YAIAA Division III, advanced to at least the District 3 semifinal for the third year in a row, and made their third consecutive trip to the PIAA tournament after an eight-year absence. Along the way, the Squires played in just the second four-overtime game in program history and the first since 1965, gutting out an 86-84 win at York Tech on Jan. 24. Camdyn Keller ’24 exploded for 29 points on the night, including the 1,000th point of his career, making him the 14th member of the Squires’ 1,000-point club. He finished his career with 1,147 points to rank seventh all-time.

Girls’ Basketball

The Squirettes (24-4, 12-0 YAIAA IV) continued their remarkable run of consistent excellence, opening with 13 straight wins on the way to a 20-1 regular season. The only loss came to a non-PIAA school, Westtown, whose roster is loaded with NCAA Division I recruits. They captured their seventh consecutive division crown and ran their winning streak in division play to 72 games. They also have an active home winning streak of 61 straight, made more impressive by the inclusion of 10 wins in the district playoffs and four in state playoff contests. This streak sits three short of the program record of 64 set from 1987-1993. The Squirettes reached the 20-win plateau for the 21st time in 25 seasons under head coach Gerry Eckenrode, including the last eight in a row. The Squirettes reached their sixth straight district final and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinal for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Wrestling

The Squires' (11-3, 4-2 YAIAA III) season was an unqualified success, with the team posting its best record since 2014-15, which was also the last time they reached the District 3 Team Tournament. As in recent years, they had outstanding individual performances, but they were able to pair that with a depth that led to team success, finishing solidly in the top half of team scoring in every tournament of the season prior to the state meet. A strong group of upperclassmen were joined by a trio of standout freshmen to announce the re-emergence of the program. Gavin Green ’27 won his first 33 matches of the season, not falling until a narrow 2-1 decision in the 127-pound regional final. He closed the season at 35-3. Caleb Tyler ’27 locked down the 215-pound weight class with a 37-5 record, and Nathaniel Handy ’27 was 31-8 at 107 pounds, giving the team a major advantage at a weight class it had largely forfeited in recent seasons. Green and Tyler both won championships at both sectional and district competitions. Handy and Domonic Giraffa ’24 (189 pounds) placed second at sectionals and sixth at districts to qualify for regionals. Green and Tyler were the Squires’ first state qualifiers since 2020. Both went 2-2 in the state tournament to close out their stellar debut campaigns and give Delone Catholic its first wins in state competition in seven years.

Girls’ Swimming

Despite not formally fielding a swimming program, for many years Delone Catholic has been represented by individual swimmers who are eligible to participate in postseason competition if they meet qualifying standards.Gabriela Erdman ’24 and Peyton Faller ’27 both competed throughout the season, setting and resetting their personal bests several times on the way to qualifying for the YAIAA championships. Erdman competed in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly, while Faller swam the 100 Breaststroke and the 200 Freestyle. Faller’s 200 Freestyle time was good enough to qualify for the District 3 competition, where she concluded her season.