2018-05-18 / Sports

Hammond Skyhawks are the SCISA 3A boys’ soccer state champions


The Hammond Skyhawks, 2018 SCISA 3A boys’ soccer state champions: 000 Isaac Dubinsky, So; 00 James Runge, Jr; 0 Aiden Palisin, 8th; 1 Drew Turner, Jr; 2 Austin Prickett, Sr; 4 Jamison Phillips, So, 5 Matthew Walter, Fr; 6 Isaac Mikell, Sr; 8 Meade Folwer, Jr; 10 Sumpter Clarke, Jr; 11 Luca Al-Habash, So; 12 Lucas Prickett, Sr; 13 Michael Schraibman, So; 14 Lake Barrett, Jr; 15 Aaron Zalesne, Jr; 16 Conner Speronis, So; 17 Rawlin Dukes, Jr; 18 Nicolas Jean-Gilles, Sr; 21 Owen Ramsby, Jr; 22 Lee Mikell, So; 23 Schuyler Moran, Jr; 24 John Bailey Moore, So; 25 Wade Oliver, So; 26 Josh Lipsitz, Jr; 27 Billy Guthrie Fr; 32 Jacob Springs, 8th; Adrian Pinasco, head coach; Izzy Ayala, assistant coach; Grant Shadwell, assistant coach; George Simpson, assistant coach; Eric Wehrmann, director of strength and wellness; Sonya Fuemmeler, athletic trainer/assistant athletic director; Jeff Barnes, athletic director; and Chris Angel, headmaster. 
Photo by Perry McLeod The Hammond Skyhawks, 2018 SCISA 3A boys’ soccer state champions: 000 Isaac Dubinsky, So; 00 James Runge, Jr; 0 Aiden Palisin, 8th; 1 Drew Turner, Jr; 2 Austin Prickett, Sr; 4 Jamison Phillips, So, 5 Matthew Walter, Fr; 6 Isaac Mikell, Sr; 8 Meade Folwer, Jr; 10 Sumpter Clarke, Jr; 11 Luca Al-Habash, So; 12 Lucas Prickett, Sr; 13 Michael Schraibman, So; 14 Lake Barrett, Jr; 15 Aaron Zalesne, Jr; 16 Conner Speronis, So; 17 Rawlin Dukes, Jr; 18 Nicolas Jean-Gilles, Sr; 21 Owen Ramsby, Jr; 22 Lee Mikell, So; 23 Schuyler Moran, Jr; 24 John Bailey Moore, So; 25 Wade Oliver, So; 26 Josh Lipsitz, Jr; 27 Billy Guthrie Fr; 32 Jacob Springs, 8th; Adrian Pinasco, head coach; Izzy Ayala, assistant coach; Grant Shadwell, assistant coach; George Simpson, assistant coach; Eric Wehrmann, director of strength and wellness; Sonya Fuemmeler, athletic trainer/assistant athletic director; Jeff Barnes, athletic director; and Chris Angel, headmaster. Photo by Perry McLeod A goal in the 67th minute lifted the Hammond Skyhawks past the Cardinal Newman Cardinals in the SCISA 3A boys’ soccer state championship game 3-2 Saturday, May 12.


Hammond’s Luca Al-Habash tries to dribble past Cardinal Newman’s Matthew Benson. 
Photos by Perry McLeod Hammond’s Luca Al-Habash tries to dribble past Cardinal Newman’s Matthew Benson. Photos by Perry McLeod In a rematch of last year’s state title match, Hammond came out aggressive on offense. The Skyhawks got four shots from Luca Al-Habash and Meade Fowler in the first 14 minutes of action, however none reached the back of the net.

Cardinal Newman had opportunities as well. A free kick from Grayson Barber in the tenth minute went wide of the goal. A header from Palmer Dayhuff in the 17th sailed wide, as did a shot from Matthew Binette in the 20th minute.

Hammond attempted three more shots, Cardinal Newman had a couple looks as well, but none reached the goal in a scoreless first half.

The scoring increased in the second half, starting in the 43rd minute when Billy Guthrie found Al- Habash on a corner kick for a goal, and a 1-0 Skyhawks lead.


Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz battles with Cardinal Newman’s Matthew Benson for possession of the ball. 
Photos by Perry McLeod Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz battles with Cardinal Newman’s Matthew Benson for possession of the ball. Photos by Perry McLeod The Hammond lead grew to 2-0 nine minutes later when Michael Schraibman found Josh Lipsitz for a goal.

Cardinal Newman battled back with a goal from Barber in the 55th to trim the deficit to 2-1.

The Cardinals found an equalizer in the 62nd minute when Dayhuff sent a header to Will Chontos who scored.

Five minutes later, the Skyhawks responded with a goal for a 3-2 lead.

Cardinal Newman tried to find a tying goal, its best shot coming in the 79th minute when Barber took a free kick from outside the Hammond penalty box. His shot was collected by Hammond keeper James Runge to preserve the win.

This marks the first state championship in boys’ soccer for Hammond since 1990.


Cardinal Newman’s Will Chontos looks to kick the ball away as Hammond’s Wade Oliver bears down. Cardinal Newman’s Will Chontos looks to kick the ball away as Hammond’s Wade Oliver bears down. Saturday’s win capped off a postseason for Pinasco in which he claimed his 200th win, a semifinal win over Porter Gaud, along with a state championship.

“The state championship means a lot, but not just to me,” Pinasco said. “This is not for me, the 200th win is not for me, it’s for these guys. They believed and worked hard. From the two games we played against Cardinal Newman, we changed a lot. We changed formations, strategy roles; we changed a lot to get to this point. It’s normal against a team of this caliber that they are going to put you under pressure. For us to weather the storm and went back and scored again it’s a testament to the players



Hammond keeper James Runge makes a diving save against Cardinal Newman. Hammond keeper James Runge makes a diving save against Cardinal Newman.

Cardinal Newman’s Grayson Barber and Hammond’s Michael Schraibman chase after a loose ball. Cardinal Newman’s Grayson Barber and Hammond’s Michael Schraibman chase after a loose ball.

Hammond’s Rawlin Dukes slide tackles Cardinal Newman’s Will Chontos for the ball. Hammond’s Rawlin Dukes slide tackles Cardinal Newman’s Will Chontos for the ball.

Cardinal Newman’s Palmer Dayhuff heads a ball between Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz and Wade Oliver. Cardinal Newman’s Palmer Dayhuff heads a ball between Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz and Wade Oliver.

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