By Brent Kennedy, email@example.com
12:11 AM EDT, September 20, 2012
For the Wilde Lake girls, the storybook season continues.
A program that hadn’t won a single match in its brief history coming into the year, improved to 5-2 Wednesday afternoon by sweeping a tri-match against River Hill and Hammond at Fairway Hills.
“It’s very exciting and it’s actually brought the whole team together, boys and girls,” said Wilde Lake coach Diane Caporaletti, whose boys squad improved to 7-0 with a sweep of their own Wednesday. “There’s a winning mentality developing across the program, which is unbelievable when you think about where we were this time last year with the girls.”
Last fall, the Wildecats featured just one player on their girls squad — Mikala Teachman. Since then, though, they’ve added four fresh new faces. Three of them are freshman and two of those players, Zaha Iqbal and Tyler Teachman, are younger siblings of returning players on the boys or girls team.
In the tri-match Wednesday, Tyler Teachman led the way with 11 points, followed closely behind by Mikala Teachman (9) and Iqbal (8) on the way to 32 points as a team. That was good enough to edge River Hill (28 points), which was led by Kendra Rosnik’s 13-point day, and Hammond (8).
“Today was a big one … River Hill is our rival for most sports and a great program,” Caporaletti said. “Honestly, it’s one of those things where you go from thinking hopefully we can finish .500 best-case scenario to now having a legitimate shot at as high as third place.”
Without a true star, Wilde Lake has certainly had to earn everything its gotten this season and has found itself in plenty of close matches. But Caporaletti says this group seems to thrive on the idea of winning as a team.
“They know that we need all four of them to play well in order for us to win and I actually think that’s worked to our advantage,” Caporaletti said. “They’re not going around thinking that they can rely on someone else to save them.”
While the Wilde Lake girls handled their business, the Wildecat boys were cruising as well. Tyler Silberberg shot a three-under-par round of 30 points, the second-time this season he’s hit that number, to lead the way to a 96-point team total.
That was more than enough to beat River Hill (63) and Hammond (28).
Wilde Lake 32, River Hill 28, Hammond 8 (Girls)
WL (5-2): T. Teachman 11, M. Teachman 9, Iqbal 8, Andreas 6.
RH (4-2-1): Rosnik 13, Hayward 6, Benedict 5, Lacey 4.
Ha (0-7): Creighton 4, Ginsberg 4.
Wilde Lake 96, River Hill 63, Hammond 28 (Boys)
WL (7-0): Silberberg 30, Yancich 26, Iqbal 24, Matthews 16.
RH (3-4): Gold 20, Robson 16, McFarlane 14, Green 13.
Ha (0-7): Kopnitsky 15, Winder 9, Mitchell 4.
Reservoir 32, Glenelg 27, Oakland Mills 24 (Girls)
Re (3-4): Gaverth 13, Howard 9, Caporaletti 7, Muir 3.
G (4-3): Frost 16, Davis 7, Mulik 3, Gabby 1.
OM (1-6): Lewis 24.
Glenelg 83, Reservoir 39, Oakland Mills 18 (Boys)
G (6-1): Lee 26, Forester 25, Segrist 23, Herwig 9.
Re (3-4): Sabot 14, Yang 13, Bowley 10, Kim 2.
OM (0-7): Bailey 14, Clyde 2, Harper 2.