Notre Dame Prep's players certainly didn't need any motivation when it came to reaching the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game.
The Blazers had lost in the 2010 final by a point.
NDP erased a year's worth of pain with a 47-44 victory over John Carroll. It was the Blazers' first title since 1999.
"They were all so excited," said NDP coach Katie Marks, the school's coach since 2006. "We kept talking about how the seniors deserved it so much, but they all deserved it, and everybody worked hard every single day."
Senior forwards Mary Kate Conway (17 points) and Covie Stanwick (10) and sophomore guard Sydney Tommins (10 points) had the best performances for the winners.
Depth carries NDP (Feb. 6)
Notre Dame Prep's swim team not only won a championship, but the Blazers also ended a dynasty.
They upended eight-time champion McDonogh in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland final, 452-415.
Loyola Blakefield Aquatics swimmers Mary Ellen Mangione (breast stroke, individual medley), Leigh Musselman (freestyle, back stroke) and Melissa Dorsch (free), sophomores Becca Meyers (free) and Christiana Salvatori (free), and freshman Kendall Krumenacker (free, back) and Summer Legambi (butterfly) led NDP.
"They have the strength, we have the depth," Blazers coach Terri Byrd said.
North Baltimore Aquatic Club members — sophomores KC Paltell (fly/breast), Liz Hampson (breast/fly) and Kathleen Godwin (breast/fly); and freshman Danielle Potis (individual medley) — added to the Blazers' power, as did Cardinal & Gold Aquatics stalwarts Lauren Zizwarek (free) and Becca Slezak (free/fly.
Six days earlier, NDP also beat Our Lady of Good Counsel, 443-297, to capture the National Catholic title.
For Bryn Mawr, it's a three-peat (Nov. 6)
Bryn Mawr became the only soccer team to ever capture three Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championships when the Mawrtians edged Severn, 2-1, at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg.
"The girls did a great job of accomplishing it," Bryn Mawr coach Tina Steck said. "It's pretty special to do it. Rarely do teams get an opportunity to repeat three times."
It's no surprise who keyed the third title: University of Maryland recruit Riley Barger.
She scored one goal and assisted on the other.
"Riley is a program changer," Steck said. "She does it unselfishly, but she steps up when she needs to."
Ellie DeGarmo also scored for the Mawrtians.
Bryn Mawr's defense of Abby Del Guercio, Kassandra Bowling, Nancy Dunbar and Tess Moran in front of goalie Zoe Derrickson tightened up late in the game to preserve the victory.
An athlete for all seasons (Oct 23)
No matter what season it was, Loch Raven senior runner Emily Ruppel shined.
Ruppel won a Baltimore County cross country title last fall and followed that performance up by capturing a Class 2A North Region crown, then placing third overall in the state championships.
Ruppel, who won a Class 1A state cross county title in 2010, also took to honors in the 3,200 in the county championships last May.
In the winter, she grabbed second in the 3,200.