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Maharishi School Boys Varsity Tennis Team is the 2009 Runner-up at State. This is a terrific accomplishment for this team of underclassmen. Congratulations to coach Eyre and the Varsity Team.

Here is the Fairfield Ledger article of Wednesday June 3rd.

JOHNSTON — For the past five years and 12 of the last 22, Maharishi School has been a part of the boys tennis final four. With those numbers them as a tailwind, one may think state meet experience would be a strength for the Pioneers.

However, after four players left from last year’s third-place team, the young Maharishi School squad had some learning to do. In the end, MSAE fell just short of fifth state championship in that 22-year span and took a runner-up finish. The Pioneers beat a “rough and tumble” Fort Dodge St. Edmond team 5-3 before falling 5-0 in the championship match to Dubuque Wahlert – a team that took their sixth Class 1A championship in as many tries.

Since dropping to Class 1A in 2003, Wahlert hasn’t ended a season without a state championship. Maharishi School now has four state championships, five runner-up and three third-place finishes in those 12 qualifying years.

“It was a long day, but a great day and a terrific outcome for this young team,” said head coach Lawrence Eyre. “Looking at the other schools, St. Edmond had four seniors, Wahlert had three and Corning, who we didn’t get to play, had four. Given all that, it was a great outcome, and we’re really proud of our boys.” Weather forced play indoors from the get-go, and after waiting for the conclusion of a senior-league women’s doubles tournament, the four teams began their state tournament run. The Pioneers drew St. Edmond in the opening match to begin their quest.

In singles, Thomas Weiss (6-1, 7-5) and Joseph Gelfand (6-1, 6-4) won in straight sets in the No. 1 and No. 2 matches to give MSAE an early 2-0 lead. Derek Thatcher hit a slight bump in the road losing his second set 6-0, but paired a 6-4 win in the first with a third set victory by another 6-4 score to take the match. Sam Arsanjani won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles before St. Edmond broke through for two victories at No. 5 and No. 6 making the score 4-2 heading to doubles. Maharishi School's duo of Gelfand and Thatcher took fourth-place at last weekend’s state doubles tournament but fell 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles to the St. Edmond pair of Bryan Huss and John Engler. Weiss and Arsanjani then put the match away with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles to take Jay Stewart and Brenton Schwartz off the hook at No. 3.

“I was just relieved to get that win,” Weiss said. “I started off a little nervous, kind of had a lapse in the second set, but didn’t want to put our No. 3 team in that position. I’m happy that we got that match” It wasn’t the first time Weiss and Arsanjani clinched a big victory for the team and Eyre doesn’t have to go back more than 10 days to recall another big victory from the pair.

“There were really some shades of the substate final against Oskaloosa in No. 2 doubles and the boys came through once more,” he said. “St. Edmond hadn’t been there since 1986 so they were really laying it all out there, but we happened to be in their way.”

With the victory, MSAE moved to take on the five time state champ Dubuque Wahlert who had just steamrolled Corning with a 5-0 score. Weiss faced state singles champ Carter Giese at No. 1 singles, and just like the final 5-0 team score, the match was much closer than the final tally may indicate. Giese beat Weiss 6-0, 6-0 and Wahlert continued to take four more victories as Jon Moore beat Gelfand at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3), Michael Runde defeated Thatcher at No. 3 (6-0, 6-2), Joey Ottavi beat Jay Stewart at No. 5 (6-3, 6-2) and Justin Gonnor downed Brenton Schwartz at No. 6 (6-3, 7-5). With the outcome in doubt until the bitter end and doubles teams beginning to warm up, Arsanjani didn’t get to finish his No. 4 match – a match that he led a third-set tiebreaker – before Gonner clinched the team victory for Wahlert. While the scores may not reinforce the closeness of the match, the nearly three hours it took them to do it does.

“With every season, my hope is always for improvement. We never set team goals because if you happen to not meet them, you’re a failure,” said Eyre. “When we commit ourselves to get better the outcome usually takes care of itself.”

With only one slot left for recognized improvement, the focus will remain on improvement with the entire lineup returning for 2010. “The kids have even offered to play more tennis this summer – that is great to hear and just makes my job easier,” Eyre added. “We can’t control our opponents, and some teams may come out of nowhere, be we do have a large say about how we play.” Even Weiss, with just one season in the books and three left in his high school career, echoed the thoughts of his coach. When asked where his focus now turns, “Improve” was the first word out of his mouth. “Just want to get better,” Weiss said, but then added some other things on his mind, “I also want to beat Dubuque Wahlert. And win a state title.”

Maharishi School Boys Varsity Tennis Team qualifies for the State Tennis final four. They will play St. Edmond of Fort Dodge on Tuesday June 2nd in Des Moines at 9:00am at Johnston High School. The winner of this match will play the winner of the Dubuque and Corning match for the State Championship in the afternnon.

Coach Lawrence Eyre filed the following report:

We had two chances to beat undefeated Oskaloosa—slim and none. Fortunately, slim won it for us. Uchoa and Rhoads of Oskaloosa, unbeaten for the year at #1 and #2 singles and #1 doubles, virtually guaranteed Osky three points. Somehow, we had to stop Osky from winning two of the remaining six matches. Here’s how it happened: Our #3, 4 and 5 singles players blasted through, outscoring their opponents 36-8 to send the event into doubles knotted at 3 a piece.  Our #3 doubles team countered Osky’s decisive win at #1 doubles, putting the entire season on the shoulders of our two freshmen at #2. After a shaky start, Thomas and Sam played brilliantly, winning 12 of the last 15  games and sending us to the final four for the 12th time in 22 seasons.

After struggling with tentative play in our 5-1 morning win over Pella, our guys found a way to get the butterflies in their stomachs flying in formation. We beat a strong, well coached Oskaloosa team that had quickly crushed Keokuk, an athletic, confident squad we had barely edged in the district tournament a week ago-5-0 in the morning round.

I am incredibly proud of our young team—they prevailed in an all-day trial by fire.

State team semifinals, championship and consolation finals will be Tuesday, June 2 in Johnston. Maharishi School will face St. Edmond of Fort Dodge, while Corning will square off with five-time state champions Dubuque Walhert at 8:30 am, with the winners playing for the state championship in the afternoon.

Lawrence Eyre

Maharishi School 1st In District Boys Tennis.The Pioneers advance to the regional final which will be played at home on Saturday May 23rd. Joseph Gelfand And Derek Thatcher were the doubles champions and Thomas Weiss was the singles runner up. They will play for the State doubles and singles Championships at Waterloo May 29th and 30th.

The Maharishi School boys tennis team took a 17th Class 1A district championship out of the 22 years the program has existed at Keokuk yesterday with 22 points.

They were led by top seeded juniors Joseph Gelfand and Derek Thatcher winning the doubles title including a thrilling championship match against a determined duo from the host school 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 7-6 (7-2). Freshman Thomas Weiss finished 2nd in singles, falling in the final match to Fairfield senior Justin Bradfield 3-6, 1-6. Another 9th grader Sam Arsanjani ended up 4th in the singles. He lost 2-6, 6-7 (3-7) against Bradfield in the semifinal round then fell to Tucker Henderson of Davis County 2-6, 3-6 in the 3rd place match. Weiss knocked off Henderson in the semifinals, taking each set 6-2.

The host Chiefs were 2nd in the team competition with a score of 19. Fairfield finished 3rd with 11 which nipped Fort Madison by one point. Keokuk will host Fairfield Monday with the winner joining Maharishi School in the substate.

The boys golf Sectionals has been postponed untill May 19th at 9:00am due to weather.

The boys and girls district and state qualifying track meet has been postoned untill Saturday May 16th also due to weather. The Meet will begin at 11:00am at Waco.

Southeast Iowa Super Conference Tournament Championship
Thursday, May 7, 2009.
Pioneer John DeAngelis 34-41 (75) is the South Division Medalist and Conference overall low score and First Team All

Maharishi School finished fifth overall (14 school)and also finished ahead of all the north division schools. This was an excellent result for the team which has shown great improvement this year. John DeAngelis is first team All Conference and Yale Shaw was Honarable Mention.

The following are notes from Coach Ed Hipp on John's finish as the medalsit (1st Place) at the conference tournament:

"John wrote himself into the Pioneer Golf history book today in three
ways today:
1) He is our first overall conference tournament low scorer in the
fifteen years of our program.  In 1995 our State Champion Lyric
Duveyoung tied New London's Mike Phillips in regulation but lost the
playoff.  We have had division winners, but John is the first to play
better than everyone in the conference.
2) John's 75 is the second lowest Conference score ever shot by a
Pioneer.  Lyric had a 74 in 1996 and Aubrey Deans shot a 75 in 2002.
3) My records indicate that John's front nine score of two under par is
probably the lowest front nine score by any player in the Super
Conference in the fifteen years that I've been keeping records.
Aquinas's Andy Sirois shot a 34 on the back nine in 1999 for the only
other under par nine in my records."

The first round of the District Golf Tournament is Tuesday May 19th at Indian Hills, Wapello.

Both the boys and girls tennis teams won tournaments over the weekend. The boys varsity won the Pioneer Invitational 5 team tournament and the girls won the Burlington 6 team tournament.

Maharishi School wins match over Ottumwa 5-4 (May 4th) Read article

Maharishi School took the team title of the Burlington girls tennis tournament Saturday, edging the host team on a tiebreaker of winning more divisions 4-1 after they each had totaled 16 points. Muscatine was right behind scoring 15. Pioneer champions included: Singles- 2 Minna Mohammadi 5 Leya Alderfer 6 Rose Hoffman Doubles- 1 Angela Sickler and Mohammadi. They had a 2nd from Mollie Cutler at number 3 singles. She came up just short against an opponent from Muscatine 8-6 in the title match.

 "We have had some great teams in the past but this is the first time in 17 tries that we have won the
Burlington Tournament.  Angela Sickler had to withdraw at #1 singles with a hamstring injury but our girls really rallied.  Everyone on the team contributed to the victory." Coach Laurie Eyre

The host Maharishi School boys tennis team won the Pioneer Invitational on Saturday at the Fairfield Middle School with 164 points. They took the title in 3 of the 4 divisions including number one doubles with Joseph Gelfand and Derek Thatcher scoring 44, number 2 singles Sam Arsanjani totaling 43 point and the number 2 doubles of Jay Stewart and Brenton Schwartz with a score of 41.

“Wonderful weather, lots of tennis—it was great to see all thirty players having fun out on the courts.”  Lawrence Eyre

Sports Photos

Next match for the Boys Varsity: host Ottumwa Monday 5/04   4:15 pm


Results from Tennis tounament in Cedar Rapids

Results from Tennis match April 20th vs Fairfield:Pioneers win 9-0

Maharishi School boys tennis team had convincing victories on Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th. The girls tennis team also came away with a victory on the 28th defeating West Burlington Notre Dame 7-2

Maharishi School boys tennis team had a 8-1 win over Fort Madison and a 9-0 win over Burlington (2A) Articles

Maharishi School Girls tennis team downed West Burlington Notre Dame 7-2 in girls tennis yesterday at Burlington. Winning in singles were:
1 Angela Sickler 8-2
2 Minna Mohammadi 9-7
3 Mollie Cutler 8-1
4 Nofia Denbaum 8-3
5 Leya Alderfer 8-2

They took 2 of 3 in doubles:
2 Cutler and Denbaum 8-5
3 Raina Dollive and Rose Hoffman 8-3

Kenzie Wacknov took an 8-4 JV singles victory.
Alderfer and Wacknov rolled 8-1 in JV doubles.


Results from Tennis tounament in Cedar Rapids

Results from Tennis match April 20th vs Fairfield:Pioneers win 9-0

In Track news our girls 4x200 relay team has the fastest time in the district this year and in the 4x100 the second fastest time in the district.

Maharishi School spring sports teams are getting ready for action. This year our boys are competing in Tennis, Golf and Track and the Girls are competing in Tennis and Track. The boys Tennis team began the season Wednesday with a 9-0 win over West Burlington/Notre Dame

Maharishi School started the boys tennis season with a 9-0 win over West Burlington Notre Dame yesterday. Winning in singles:

1 Thomas Weiss (Fr.) 6-3, 6-0, 2 Joseph Gelfand (Jr.) 6-0, 6-0, 3 Derek Thatcher (So.) 6-1, 6-2
4 Sam Arsanjani (Fr.) 6-3, 6-1, 5 Jay Stewart (Jr.) 6-3, 6-1 6 Brenton Schwartz (So.) 6-2, 6-3

They swept the doubles with:
1 Gelfand and Thatcher 7-5, 6-3, 2 Weiss and Arsanjani 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
3 Stewart and Schwartz 6-2, 5-7 (10-5 super tiebreaker)


Results from Tennis tounament in Cedar Rapids

Results from Tennis match April 20th vs Fairfield:Pioneers win 9-0


Maharishi School boys varsity basketball team played their most impressive match of the year as they roll over Harmony 68-45 in the first round of the state 1A districts.

In their third match-up of the year with each team with a 1 point victory, Maharishi School wins the most important one (first round of the state tournament) 68-45!  After Harmony scored the first basket, the Pioneers went on a 16-0 run, leading to a 22-5 1st quarter lead.  The Pioneers stretched the lead to 39-16 by half-time on 60% shooting with 7 players scoring.  At half-time Coach Haas told his players, "Start with the same intensity as if this game was just beginning".  The Pioneers responded, allowing the Comets to only get as close as 18 points at 55-37.  After the game Coach Haas said, "This was a team victory!"
   Pasha Bousquet lead the scoring with 18 points on 9 for 10 shooting and John DeAngelis with 16..  The balance scoring also included Josh Posner with 8, Derek Thatcher 7 and Joseph Gelfand with 6. 
Thatcher lead the rebounding with 8 and Bousquet and Jordan Stakland with 5 each.  In Bousquet best game of the year, he also had 5 steals along with tiying teammate Posner with a game high 5 asssists each. 
    Next up will be a game at #!1 seed Holy Trinity on Thursday at 7 pm.

Maharishi School girls varsity basketball team defeated Wapello 44-26 in the Southeast Super Conference Shootout on Saturday

The Maharishi School girls basketball team rolled past Wapello 42-26 Saturday night at Fairfield. Sophia Blitz provided 11 points and 6 rebounds. Rose Hoffman racked up 8 points, 3 steals and 2 assists. Shana Silverman scored 8. Katie Dinkel had 7 points and 3 steals. Holly Armstrong came through with 6 boards, 4 points and 2 blocks. Nofiya Denbaum added 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 points. The first win of the season by Maharishi School helped the South Division sweep the North in all 10 games of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference Shootout Saturday.

The District playoffs start on Thursday February 12th as the Pioneers take on 6th ranked New London. Game time is 7:00pm at New London. A pep rally for the girls will be held at 11:45am in the girl's school lobby on Thursday.


Pioneers defeated Harmony 43-42 in Boys Varsity basketball on Friday night. It was a game that went down to the wire with a DeAngelis 2-pionter with 30 seconds to play followed by superb pioneer defense to seal the victory. The Fresh/Soph boys also came through with a 34-31 win.

Maharishi School topped Harmony 43-42 in boys basketball Friday. John DeAngelis totaled 19 points and 6 rebounds. Jordan Stakland scored 8. Derek Thatcher provided 5 points, 4 boards and 3 steals. Pasha Bousquet contributed 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. The Pioneers then lost a 74-51 home game with Eddyville-Blakesburg Saturday. Joseph Gelfand came through with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Jay Stewart and Stakland each scored 8. Josh Posner racked up 6 points and 4 assists. DeAngelis scored 6. Thatcher grabbed 6 boards. Bousquet chipped in 5 points and 4 assists.

Pioneers have a full schedule this week as school is back in session after the holiday break. This includes three home basketball dates. Tuesday Danville is in town, Friday it is Harmony and Saturday we have Eddyville-Blakesburg for the first time ever.

There have been a number of cancellations due to the snowy and icy weather conditions. Please check the basketball schedule to the left for the rescheduled dates. As of now all postponed games have been rescheduled for January. Please note that tonight January 5th, the Pioneers are at Van Buren with girls at 6:00pm and the boys at 7:30 pm.

The Girls Varsity basketball team began their season at Harmony on Tuesday night.

Harmony won a close game on Tuesday 49-45.

Game Report


The boys basketball team played at the English Valley Jamboree on Monday night but lost a close one to North English 23-20. This was the first time playing together in a game for this group of boys. The only starter from last year was Josh Posner and he is still recovering from ankle surgery. There were some excellent positives. John DeAngelis had a very active game offensively and defensively, was the top rebounder and scorer with 7 points. Josh and and Pasha both had 5 points on a three and a two. Joseph had a nice outside basket on a fine pass from Jordan.
First regular season game for the boys will be Tuesday at Holy Trinity. Girls start at 6:00pm followed by the boys.

The girls team lost an exciting match against Regina on Friday night (36-29) at the Mid Prairie Jamboree. The Pioneers were a little shaky at the start and fell behind 13-1, but made a stunning comeback and closed the gap to 29-26 with a minute remaining. (only 2 quarters are played at a jamboree)

Please note that the varsity schedules are now posted.

The girls varsity volleyball team came back from a 12-6 deficit to beat Danville 15-13 in a very exciting 5 game match.

The Pioneers defeated Danville 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22, 15-13 in a Super Conference South division match up. The pioneers needed to come back in both the 4th and 5th games to steal the victory. Maharishi School which tends to play defensively really stepped up their offense to display the level of volleyball that they will have to play to progress in the playoffs which begins on Wednesday October 22nd vs Cardinal at Eldon. The JV volleyball team also showed what they were capable of with impressive wins over West Burlington and Holy Trinity. The win over Holy Trinity was the first volleyball win over the perennial powerhouse in over 6 years.

The boys varsity soccer team has been involved in two very exciting matches in the past week.

The Pioneers have had 5 starters out with injuries yet they have played magnificently. Down 3-0 against Cono on Friday they came back and almost tied the game. Peter Arnold and Pash Bouquet had two answered goals in the second half as the Pioneers fell short. The Pioneers had been without their top goalie and two top defenders. This meant that a number of rookies were asked to perform at a high level and although there are some holes in the defence coach Higgins is amazed at the quick progress of his younger players.

The Pioneers lost on Monday at Scattergood but again it was a great effort. The Pioneers lost 5-4 in overtime. Maharishi School was up 4-2 after three quarters of the game but ran out of gas. Again the loss of a few key players increased the fatigue factor and this was the difference. Howoever Coach Higgins has been very pleased and excited with the progress that he is seeing.

The Pioneers next game will be at Cono on September 30th.

The Volleyball schedule is now posted, and soccer will be posted soon.

The varsity girls volleyball team picked up 3 wins recently. This included division wins over Harmony and Notre Dame and also a non division win over Columbus Junction.

The Pioneer girls volleyball team showed that they are improving rapidly. For the first time in 5 years they were able to take a game from Holy Trinity (state runner-up) and forced them to a 3rd game in their match. The pioneers also gave 3A Fairfield a battle. This took place at the Notre Dame tournament on Saturday. Their winning matches were over Notre Dame, 21-23, 21-18, 15-12. and over Columbus Junction 21-11, 21-12.

The Pioneers next game will be at Van Buren on September 22nd.

The Volleyball schedule is now posted, and soccer will be posted soon.

The varsity girls volleyball team won their home opener in an exciting 5 game match against Central Lee (2A) taking the final game 15-12

Maharishi School Volleyball team ran into some stiff competition at the Danville tournament on Saturday. The Pioneers started off against 2 state ranked teams (Mediapolis and New London) and although they played well they could not pull off a victory. In the match in the elimination round the Pioneers fell to Danville on the 3rd and deciding game 17-15. The Pioneers had a match point at 15-14 but were not able to close it out.

The girls play Tuesday night in a triangular at home with Holy Trinity and West Burlington.

The Volleyball schedule is now posted, and soccer will be posted soon.

Maharishi School Is a Member of the South East Iowa Super Conference

Maharishi School is a member of the 20 team Southeast Iowa Super Conference. The conference is made up of two divisions north and south. We are in the southern division. Maharishi School also plays matches against another 20-30 school from around Iowa.

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