Tom Heston takes a freethrow against DeSales on Jan. 8. (King's College Athletics)
Tom Heston takes a freethrow against DeSales on Jan. 8. (King’s College Athletics)

While most are enjoying holiday meals and vacations with family, the King’s College winter sports teams are still hard at work.

The men’s basketball team tries to keep the routine consistent regardless of the break. “We do our best to keep things the same.  We want to go hard for two hours before the players reach that tipping point of productivity,” said men’s basketball head coach J.P. Andrejko. “Routine is a very good thing.

The swim team took a training trip to Sebastian, Florida, from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10.  Coach Matt Easterday says that this system is beneficial because it “gives our swimmers the opportunity to train in a different setting.”

Upon their return from Florida, the swim team had meets on both Jan. 12 and 13.  Over these two days, the men’s team came out with a 1-2-1 record with a tie against Arcadia 88-88.  The women’s team was 2-2 over this stretch.  Both teams managed wins against Fairleigh-DickinsonCollege but were unable to claim victory over MessiahCollege and LycomingCollege.  The women earned a victory over Arcadia 98-87.

The wrestling team was able to enjoy a sizeable break and had to keep up with their training on their own to be prepared for their matches on Jan. 5 against the Rochester Institute of Technology and OswegoState.  The Monarchs rallied by winning four of the final five matches for a 22-21 victory against R.I.T. Later that day they went on to beat OswegoState 25-13.  On Jan. 11, King’s fell to an undefeated Delaware Valley College 38-7 but rebounded days later with a dominant victory over local rival Scranton 40-3.

Men’s basketball played a game a few days after first-semester finals, falling to Lycoming College 74-65.  Players were dismissed for a short holiday break following the game.  Their first game after returning from break was against Ohio’s BaldwinWallaceUniversity.

“Going into that game, we were as prepared as were going to be at that point of the season,” said head coach J.P. Andrejko.  “Holiday break is a challenge that every team must go through.”

King’s fell to Baldwin Wallace University 74-57.

The Monarchs then played Scranton and lost by a score of 81-66.  They rebounded with a dominant win against Marywood, blowing the Pacers out 83-47.  King’s dropped their next two decisions to DeSales 69-55 and a loss to Eastern 70-67, a game in which the Monarchs missed eleven free throws and turned the ball over twenty times.

Andrejko said of the loss to Eastern, “Considering everything that went into it, it was a surprise to only be a three-point game.  We played like an immature team. We didn’t keep our poise. Our non-conference schedule was set up to challenge our guys.”

Andrejko said that the lessons learned at Eastern may have contributed to a win against Wilkes just days later.

“At Eastern, we were up nine at the half and let it slip away.  At Wilkes, we were up eight at the half and we talked about what we did wrong at Eastern.  Against Wilkes, we executed perfectly in the second half,” said Andrejko. “So, with such a young team, it’s good to see that kind of growth.”

Women’s basketball played in a two-game tournament just days after Christmas.  The team earned a victory over FarmingdaleState 79-54 but then fell to JuniataCollege 80-51.  They closed out the rest of break with a four-game winning streak against LycomingCollege, NeumannUniversity, DeSalesUniversity and EasternUniversity. Senior guard Kaitlin Michaels leads the Lady Monarchs with an average of 14.4 points per game and 6.2 assists per game.