Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference Preparing for Year Two

The start of the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference’s 2019-20 season is at hand. Here’s a look at the conference’s four member schools.


Coach: Wally Muehlbronner (22nd season)

Last year: 22-5, 8-0-1-0 in APAC; won league, Class AAA Flyers Cup, and state titles

Key players: Sr. Aidan McCabe (G); Sr. Nathan Benner (F); Sr. Matt Bant (G); Sr. Collin Kleiser (D); Sr. David Brunner (F); Sr. Ryan Ferry (F); Jr. Liam Gross (G); Jr. Andrew Budzynski (D); Jr. David Kimmel (F); So. Nolan Woudenberg (D).

Outlook: The Explorers have some experience back, most notably in goal, where McCabe was a first-team All-APAC choice a year ago, but there are also some holes to fill; there will be 12 new players on the varsity roster.

Muehlbronner sees his team as being in transition mode this season, but the defending APAC, Flyers Cup, and state champions should still be very dangerous.


Holy Ghost Prep

Coach: Gump Whiteside (11th season)

Last year: 9-14, 1-5-0-3 in APAC

Key players: Sr. Sean Joyce (G); Sr. Byron Hartley (F); Sr. Dan Behr (F); Jr. Bobby Baesher (G); Jr. E.J. Pohl (F); Jr. Evan Mudrick (F); Jr. Jimmy Littley (D); So. Sean Marshall (F); So. Luke Panepresso (D); So. Colin Moore (D); Fr. Anthony Sparo (F).

Outlook: The Firebirds will feature a blend of experience and new faces. Ten seniors are gone from last year’s team but Joyce is a veteran in goal and Baesher is also solid between the pipes. Hartley, who will wear the captain’s C, will be counted on for scoring punch. Mudrick and Pohl are also experienced returnees.



Malvern Prep

Coach: Dave Dorman (seventh season)

Last year: 13-6, 5-3-1-0 in APAC

Key players: Sr. John Dewey (F); Sr. Kyle Dorman (D); Sr. Chris Blango (D); Jr. Andrew Harder (D); Jr. Ryan Sambuco (F); Jr., Jack Constabile (F); So. Harrison Campbell (D); So. Quinn Dougherty (D); So. Matt Harris (F); So. Pierre Larocque (F).

Outlook: The Friars will put a veteran team on the ice this season, particularly on the blue line where there is an abundance of experience. There is talent up front as well where Constabile and Sambuco are among the returnees. They’ll be joined Larocque, who missed last season with an injury. Several contenders are vying to start in goal.


St. Joseph’s Prep

Coach: David Giacomin (seventh season)

Last season: 8-18, 1-7-1-0 in APAC

Key players: Sr. Jimmy Craig (F); Sr. Austin Amato (F); Sr. Body Piourde (F); Sr. Ben Briskin (F) Sr. Michael Urbani (D); Jr. Ryan Newby (D); Jr. Andrew Custer (G); So. Andrew Centrella (D); So. Matt Moresco (D).

Outlook: The Hawks reached the Class AAA Flyers Cup final a year ago. This year’s team will be a fairly young group with a new starting goaltender, but Giacomin is impressed with the group’s enthusiasm and hockey IQ.

“There is a strong belief that we have some unfinished business to attend to this season,” he said.

Craig and Urbani will serve as captains. Along with Amato and Briskin, they are the most experienced of the returnees.


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