Spring Sports Preview

Track and Field

Last Year’s Record:

Key Athletes:

Location:

Key Meets:

Strengths:

Obstacles:

Athlete’s Take: “

Coach’s Insight:

Softball

 

Last Year’s Record:

 

3-12

Key Players:

 

Senior outfield Natasha Vujcic, junior first baseman Roya Hakimzadeh, junior second baseman Kat Gratton

Location:

 

Tilden

Key games:

 

Rockville, Quince Orchard

Strengths:

 

Rising underclassmen, great pitching, strong teamwork

Obstacle:

 

tough opener against Sherwood

Athlete’s Take:

 

“Even though we have a young team, we have the potential and commitment to have a winning season!” -Vujcic

Coach’s Insight:

 

“I think this team will be very successful. We have a young team that will become strong as they gain more experience and time working together. I am very hopeful for this team and I know we will have a lot of fun out there!” – coach Jamie Ahearn

 

Gymnastics

Last Year’s Record:

 

7-1

Key Athletes:

 

Senior Jennifer Roche, sophomore Shannon Mitchell

Location:

 

WJ

Key meets:

 

Sherwood

Strength:

 

Top individual performers

Obstacles:

 

Lack of seniors

Athlete’s Take:

 

“As long as we work hard in practice, and with the help of our two new coaches, we’ll have a good season.” – junior Michelle Barreto

Coach’s Insight:

 

“We have a big team, about 16, and I think we’ll work well as a team this year.” – co-coach

Ursula Bright

 

Girls Lacrosse

Last Year’s Record:

7-5

Key Players:

Seniors attackers Abby Bieber and Tess Petesch, senior attack wing Sarah Langlie

Location:

Tilden

Key games:

Wootton, at B-CC

Strengths:

goal scoring, aggressive style of play

Obstacles:

goalie position, defense

Athlete’s Take:

“The new coach, Jen, has set high expectations, but they are easily attainable if we all give 110 percent. While I think many of us miss Bill as head coach, Jen is the right amount of tough. Overall, I’m pretty sure I can speak for the whole team when I say we are going to have the best season yet. ” – Bieber

Coach’s Insight:

“We have been working very hard at practice, and need to work on the little things and it will all fall into place.” – coach

Jennifer Greenberg

 

Boys Tennis

Last Year’s Record:

4-7

Key Players:

Senior Jamie Spies, freshman Jordan Krasner, senior

Elad Oushia

Location:

WJ

Key games:

Richard Montgomery, at Churchill

Strengths:

Contributions from freshmen

Obstacles:

Tough schedule, less experience

 

Athlete’s Take: “We have a lot of raw talent on the team this year. We just need to effectively focus it to win our matches and take the division champs title.” -senior

Jeremy Levine

Coach’s Insight:

: “Our goal this year is to rebound from last year and get back into division one.” – coach Mike Laukaitis

 

Coed Vollyball

Last Year’s Record:

 

2-10

Key Players:

 

Sophmore outside hitters and setters

Eleanor Janhunen and Jennie Zelenko, freshmen middle hitter Halid Hamadi and freshman outside hitter Jack Collins

Location:

 

Plays and practices at WJ

Key games:

 

Poolsville, at Whitman

Strengths:

 

Desire to learn, developing talent

Obstacles:

 

A threat of inexperience with only two seniors on the team

Athlete’s Take:

 

“The girls are going to carry us, but a strong effort from the guys should help” – senior Kevin Smith

Coach’s Insight:

 

“A lot of the boys are new to the game, but the girls are helping and we seem to be doing better than we were last year.” – coach

Bill Morris

 

“We will try to improve on last year’s record and take the girls’ 4×8 to Penn Relays.” – coach Tom MartinThe team will have a lot of strength on the distance running side, and our sprinters should definitely come up big, too. ” – O’Leary Field events Boys distance, girls 4×8 relay, girls hurdles Woodward Relays at Georgetown Prep, Penn Relays at University of PennsylvaniaNo home meets Senior runner Roni Teich, senior hurdler Christine Walsh, junior runners Jenna Willett and Sean O’Leary, junior sprinters Michael Pitsenberger and Martin Dally, sophomore sprinter Devon MurthaBoys- 5-0, 5th at counties, 4th at regionals, 8th at states. Girls- 4-1, 13th at counties, 11th at regionals

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