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Cross Country captures first individual win at Nike Cross Regional Southeast

Cross Country captures first individual win at Nike Cross Regional Southeast

December 14, 2016

Sophomore Brooke Ruffin made history by becoming the first Lion to win the prestigious Nike Cross Regional race held in Cary, N.C. Nov. 26. Her time of 19:29.7 in the Rising Stars 5K race was a personal best. Ruffin’s strategy was to focus on the runner next to her. “We were pacing with each other,...

Junior vaulter runs, soars

Junior vaulter runs, soars

Emily Persinger, Staff writer

December 14, 2016

Junior Paige Johnson has pole vaulted over 8 feet for the indoor track team. Of course she had to learn how. “It was definitely scary at first,” Johnson said. “But I had a lot of friends to help me learn it.” Junior Grace Jung was among these friends. “Even though it can get frustrating,...

Fledgling flies on track

Fledgling flies on track

Victor Yang, Staff writer

December 14, 2016

Sophomore Sarah Paetow joined track just this year. But her experience with lacrosse and soccer has given her the determination of a veteran. Paetow joined track to boost her speed in preparation for the upcoming lacrosse season, she said. “I’ve been pretty fast my whole life, but now people are...

Practice leads to progress

Practice leads to progress

Andrew Vuong, Staff writer

December 14, 2016

Wrestling has always been the go-to for sophomore Destiny Benjamin. Last year, she was on the junior varsity team and had a chance to prove herself after the season ended. Benjamin represented the Maryland Girls National Team in New York in the Lady Liberty Duals , where she finished with a 4-2 record. “My...

Lovo leads with strategy

Lovo leads with strategy

Quinn Mccabe, Staff writer

December 14, 2016

Fresh off of a fifth place finish at the Baltimore County Championships last year, junior captain Carlos Lovo is hungry for a State Championship this year. “He put in a tremendous amount of training in the off-season, working out with the Maryland National Team at clubs and camps and we are very excited...

Five Things to Know About Sports: Week of Dec. 5

Five Things to Know About Sports: Week of Dec. 5

Daniel Krugman, Sports Editor

December 8, 2016

Both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams defeated Towson on Dec. 7 by large margins. In the girls’ game, the Lions won 56-38, while the boys cruised to a 91-50 win. The first spirit basketball game of the year will be on Dec. 9 against Catonsville with the Student Athlete Leadership Board...

Doubles teams sweep county championship

Doubles teams sweep county championship

November 17, 2016

Senior Ari Wu prepares to make a shot in a mixed doubles match against Hereford in the Oct. 29 tournament at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Wu played with partner freshman Nicolette Samek and took home a gold medal after defeating Hereford in both matches, 15-1 and 15-3. Seniors...

Varsity field hockey’s quest ends in state semifinal game

Senior midfielder Claire Podles passes the ball in the MPSSAA  regional semifinal Oct. 31. Podles scored one of the team's three goals in the 3-1 win over Catonsville.

Doria Diacogiannis, Editor in chief

November 17, 2016

After three competitive MPSSAA 4A playoff games, varsity field hockey’s season came to an end Nov. 9 in the state semifinal game at Paint Branch High School. GAME 3: Dulaney 0, South River 2 Though the Lions were competitive early on and had opportunities to score, senior midfielder Lauren Schlegel...

Rating slump need not signal league demise

Rating slump need not signal league demise

Daniel Krugman, Sports editor

November 17, 2016

It was only a matter of time before the reality television program of the National Football League received a hit to their beloved ratings. Years of concussions, arrests, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”-esque drama of Deflategate and an unpopular commissioner have amounted to an insurmountable...

Cross country dazzles

Cross country dazzles

Paterick Fitzgerald, Sports editor

November 17, 2016

It was by the slimmest of margins that the boys cross country team captured their second straight 4A state title. The Lions, led by a sixth-place finish by junior Matt Owens in 16:34.65, defeated Severna Park by one point with a score of 97 at Hereford’s hilly course Nov. 12. “People try to...

Low-key Lodge fuels team

Low-key Lodge fuels team

Bryce Frederick, Staff writer

November 17, 2016

He has the skills and the speed, but sophomore forward Matt Lodge’s key to success is simply having fun. From his pregame preparation to his post-goal celebrations, there’s always a smile on Lodge’s face, teammates said. “He’s easygoing and fun, but he knows how to work hard,” sophomore...

Duo’s dedication pays off

Duo's dedication pays off

Will Behm, Staff writer

November 17, 2016

It all comes down to chemistry for varsity badminton players freshman Wilson Gao and sophomore Andrew Wang. “We can just sense wherever each other are, and that’s chemistry, true chemistry, you can’t trade that for anything,” Gao said. Gao and Wang show great commitment inside and out of school,...