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Lions Notebook: Fall Season Wrap-up

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Senior midfielder Claire Podles eludes a defender from Owings Mills.

Senior midfielder Claire Podles eludes a defender from Owings Mills.

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Varsity football (5-4): After finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2004, the Lions finished 5-4 but did not qualify for the playoffs. “Even though we ended with a winning record, it feels like we came up so short, because we were just one play away from making school history,” senior defensive end Vernon McBride said, noting that the team hasn’t made the playoffs in twenty five years.
Varsity field hockey (13-5): After winning their second regional championship in three years with a 1-0 win over Old Mill Nov. 2, the team lost in the state semifinal against South River on Nov. 9, finishing their season 13-5. “We had a lot more fouls than usual,” senior captain and attackman Emma Klein said. “But we played the whole game from start to finish and making it to the state semifinals was definitely a huge accomplishment.”
Varsity boys cross country: After upsetting Severna Park by one point to repeat as state champions, the team looks to place higher than last season at Nike Cross Nationals Southeast on Nov. 26 in Cary, N.C.”We’re right back out there doing hard workouts again,” junior Matt Owens, the team’s top finisher at states, said of the group’s preparation for the next meet.
Varsity girls cross country: After winning their eighth straight regional championship, the girls finished fourth at the state meet on Nov. 12. They now look forward to Nike Cross Nationals Southeast on Nov. 26. “Winning counties this year was so unexpected,” senior captain Jessica Meek said.
Boys varsity soccer (7-5-2): Led by senior striker and captain Jordan Brown, the Lions finished 7-5-2 after losing to Bel Air 2-0 Oct 28 in a sectional quarterfinal playoff game. “I think we were supposed to do a lot better than we did, we got a little unlucky,” senior captain Matt Marino said. “But everyone got experience and times to play and improve. We always had fun as a group and bonded really well.”
Girls varsity soccer (9-5): The squad finished 9-5 in their first year under head coach Aaron Velky, with their season ending in the regional semifinal with a 2-1 defeat against Perry Hall Nov. 4. “I think that the end result could’ve been a little bit better, but I’m very proud of the leaps and bounds that we made,” senior captain and midfielder Calli Coles.
Boys golf (5-0): Although they did not win the County Championship for the first time in four years, the team had a strong showing at the District VI Championships Oct. 6 while sophomore Chan Park qualified for both the state semifinals and finals. “Even though we didn’t win counties, we got eight guys move on to districts and it was a really fun ride,” Park said. “We went undefeated this season and we grew and matured into better golf players.”
Girls golf (5-0): Led by seniors Sam Lannon and Abby Shimanek, the Lions went undefeated in county play but fell short at the County Championships, finishing second to Hereford. “Our season ended with second place at the county championships,” senior and team captain Samantha Lannon said. “Many players shot their personal best and that in and of itself was a great accomplishment.”
Varsity volleyball (11-5): The team was unable to repeat last year’s run to the state final, as they fell 3-0 to Catonsville in the regional semifinal Nov. 9. “We definitely got into our minds way too much during this season,” senior and captain Sophie Sun, who plays setter, said. The first two games of the sectional finals went well, Sun said, but after losing their lead in the third set, the game went downhill.
Varsity badminton (10-0): The varsity badminton team won their third consecutive team county championship at Eastern Tech Oct. 24. In the individual county championships at the George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, all three of the doubles teams took home gold medals.
Allied soccer (3-2-1): The allied soccer team ended their regular season with a 1-0 win over Catonsville Oct. 25 and played in the Pumpkin Bowl Nov. 1.

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