Spring sports in review

Chris Delong, Staff Writer

Many of the spring sports this season competed well and went far.  Varsity boys soccer and lacrosse both went to the district championships, where the teams suffered tough losses.

“It was a really good game.  It went both ways the whole time.  It was pretty upsetting for us to lose it,” varsity soccer captain Andrew Osiecki said.  “I rather would have gone out with a bang for my senior year.”

Boys varsity soccer had six wins, nine losses and two ties during this season, reaching the District championship against Oakton.  Their girl counterparts had seven wins, four losses and one tie, going the District semi-finals.  Both teams lost in their first game of the Regional tournament.

“One of our goals was to get to the 500th win for Coach Rike, which we did, and we did better in the district and regional tournament than what was expected.  We went a lot farther than we expected to go,” girls varsity soccer captain Savannah Miller said.

Boys lacrosse had the best record at the school this spring season, winning 10 out of 13 games in the regular season.  The team reached the District finals as well, taking second place in Districts to Chantilly.

“It was a really good game, I guess Chantilly deserved it.  I would’ve liked to get at least one championship, since we took second in districts and then lost in the regional semi-finals,” boys lacrosse captain Charlie Morrisette said.

Both the boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse lost in the first round of regionals.  The girls lacrosse team finished the season with five wins and six losses, reaching the District semi-finals before being eliminated by Westfield.

“I thought that we have grown completely as a team and have improved since the last two seasons.  We started playing the hardest teams and for three games in a row, we only lost by one point and I was so proud of the team.  I was happy to be a part of a team that could keep up with these teams that we could almost beat,” said junior Maggie Hyland, one of the captains of the girls lacrosse team.

One team that went to nationals is the boys crew 1V team, the varsity “starting” eight.  They competed in nationals, after taking fifth in the states which earned them a chance at going to nationals.

“We worked really hard over the season,” said crew captain Jake Duhdadway.  “We beat Yorktown to take fifth in states to get us to nationals.  I think the season went really well, and I thought the team did really well.”

Varsity baseball reached the regional tournament before being knocked out by South County in the first round.  During the regular season, the team won 8 games and lost 7 games.  The team traveled to Florida during spring break for a baseball tournament, where they struggled and won only one game out of four.

“It was [a] disappointing [season] from a performance standpoint.  For the younger guys, it was a good building experience especially for the pitchers,” said varsity baseball captain Chase Bailey.  “In the end, it wasn’t what we were looking for.”

Girls softball only won six games this season out of twenty games.  The team lost in the first round of the District tournament as well.

“It was an okay season.  It was different from what was expected but it was a fun senior season,” said senior Kacie Townsend.

Boys and girls tennis had well seasons for them.  For the girls, one player was selected to 2nd Team All-District, while the boys team had five boys selected to either 1st Team All-District singles or doubles.  Austin Matthew and Brian Bui from the boys tennis team went the farthest in the District Tournament.

The track and field team had six players win the district championship in their respective competitions.  Macey Schweikert won states in the mile run, setting a new school record at 4:51.  Schweikert was a district champion and an all-region player.

The spring season was successful for some, but not all.  Many players didn’t reach their goals for the season, but have left it to the underclassmen to succeed next spring.