The win-loss record doesn't matter much at the junior varsity level. Any coach will tell you, the real measure of success is the development of the athletes and stocking the program for the future.
Without shiny new uniforms, and often times playing in front of sparse crowds, JV players look for ways to better hone their skills through coaching and experience.
For some players, the season begins and ends on the JV level, but for others, a coveted varsity call-up awaits.
Through hard work and ambition, the foundation is laid for the next two or three fall seasons.
We contacted each school, through its athletic administration, and asked for information on their JV teams. Here's what we heard back:
The future looks bright for the Howard varsity football squad after the JV team went undefeated in the fall. The Lions (10-0) were dominant on both sides of the ball - scoring 32.6 points per game, while only allowing 2.9.
The defense, which collected five shutouts, was led by captains DE Winston DeLatibautierre, DB/WR Kendall Phoenix (four interceptions), and LB Shane Kieta. Lineman David Billings and RB/LB Zach Ciepiela were also captains and two-way starters.
Running back and defensive back Malik Anderson led the team in rushing and scored 15 touchdowns in eight games. He was moved up to varsity for the last two regular season games. Sophomore QB Kevin Sheahin threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another. He was also called up midseason. Running back and linebacker Najee Savage was second in rushing and had seven touchdowns. Lineman Elijah McBride opened up big holes for the running backs.
Defensive tackle Saif Bryant was a force in the middle along with LB/RB Vanden Vale. The defensive backfield was patrolled by Jamil Campbell (two interceptions) and Keenan Fischer (one interception). Sophomores Max O'Donnell (TE/DE) and Devin Saunders (QB/LB) were also key contributors.
When Howard faced off with Reservoir, it was for the top spot in the county. The Lions entered the game at 6-0 and the Gators were 5-1. Freshman Casey Crawford replaced starting quarterback Sheahin, who went down with an injury. Crawford hooked up with Fischer for three touchdowns to seal a 36-12 victory.
"This year's team was led by a balanced attack on offense and a stout defense," said head coach Jimmy Creighton. "This was a great group of guys who showed up to practice on a daily basis excited about football."
The sophomores end their JV careers with a 17-1-1 (7-1-1 last season) overall record over the past two years and a lot of potential to do good things for the Howard football program in the near future.
Marriotts Ridge started off its season with an 0-3 mark, but evened its record to 5-5 overall after winning the final four games.
"I'm very proud of this team and their hard work throughout the year," coach Dan Sageman said. "We never gave up."
Assad Dar led the team in rushing, while TE Cade Buch was a threat in the passing game, pacing the team in receptions.
Running back and strong safety Grant Hanlon contributed on the offensive side, and was a leading tackler on defense. Up front, OL/DE Alex Zabaldo led the team in sacks and OL/DE Cully Desautelle was a leading tackler on the defensive line.
Mt. Hebron showed great improvement over the course of the season with the motto, "Big team, little me."
Khalif Green, Nicholson Porter, Kevin Chung, Brennan Flemming, Nick Suri and John Gant were spark plugs on offense.
Defensive contributors included Tyson Porter, Jake Norton, Alex Hosseini, Micah Bullard and Brisly Goldner.
Much of the team's improvement can be contributed to the strong leadership qualities displayed by Sean Burke and Peter Kump.
According to head coach Tommy Tittsworth, the Vikings' biggest accomplishment should not be measured by wins and losses, but in the progression players have made over the course of the season.
After beginning the season on a four-game winning streak, Oakland Mills dropped its final six contests after being bitten by the injury bug.
Several Scorpions were called up to the varsity squad, but despite the adversity, the team managed to rally around one another in an effort to finish the season out strong.
Captains Kam Coleman and Shawn Harris were major contributors on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, respectively. Oakland Mills also received inspired play from Kholton Allen, Da'Zairius Savoy, Racine Auguste and Brandon Bahn.
"The Scorpions have a strong foundation built with the underclassmen," coach Jimmy Di Pietro said. "The future is as bright as the off-season effort level."
Reservoir finished with an 8-2 record while scoring 27.8 points per game and allowing only 10.6 per contest.
Running back Craig Jones rushed for over 1,000 yards and accounted for 16 TDs. Wide receiver Christian Lyles had over 750 all-purpose yards and eight receiving TDs. Quarterback Jack Berry threw for 1,000-plus yards with 16 scores. Joey Janush was the Gators' top possession receiver with four TDs.
Stephen Sims, Nick Busia, Steven Schinner, Steven Petrillo and freshman Shawn Hamilton anchored the offensive line.
Linebackers Brett Davis and JT Arias - along with DE Sims and SS Matt Marsh - anchored the defense. Freshmen Joshua Young and Dustin Windon also started on the defense and made huge contributions in their first year on the team.
For the first time in eight seasons, River Hill did not boast the best county record after finishing with a 3-7 mark.
With several sophomores being brought up to the county-champion varsity team, the Hawks' roster was full of inexperienced players and freshmen starting on both sides of the ball.
Linemen Robert Haid, Darius Khademi, Ryan Kotewicz and James Pak were stout up front. River Hill's main offensive weapons came from the skill positions, where RB John Kanda, WR Kyle Mcgill, QB Noah Thyberg and TE Patrick Gover all contributed.
Linebacker Zachery Beard and DE Tyler Smith led the defense, while LBs Garrett Connors, Griffin Connors, Jacob Howland and Chris Gruenke all had solid seasons for a group that was returning zero starters from last year.
Colin Altman was used in a variety of positions, starting at kicker and cornerback. Altman kicked a game-winning 22-yard field goal against Long Reach in the season opener with about three minutes to play.
With the experience gained this season, the freshman will be expected to return the team to form in 2013.
Sophomore Maureen Maclean led Centennial (5-5-2 overall, 5-4-2 county) with 14 goals and classmate Kate Monroe added seven goals.
"Maureen and Kate did a great job of scoring but we can't forget about the young ladies assisting goals," coach Katie Grimm said. "They do a lot of work for little credit."
Monroe had seven assists to mirror her goals scored, while sophomore Brittany Davis contributed six assists. Defensively, Lisa Lee had three goal-line-sweeping saves this year.
Freshman goalie Natalie Kroder finished the season with a save percentage of 75 percent, despite having never played the position before the first day of tryouts.
In the Eagles' first match on a turf field, they lost a two-goal lead to Howard, which knotted the score late. In the last ten minutes of the game, the Eagles broke through and scored. Howard pressured to get the goal back, but Centennial's defense held strong and finished off the win.
"The team rushed Kroder at the end of the game and gave her a huge bear hug," Grimm said. "It was such an exciting win. Everyone was a part of that 'W.' "
Glenelg finished its season without a single loss, going 10-0-2 overall and 9-0-2 in county play.
Maisy Haney was the Gladiators' leading scorer with 14 goals and 5 assists. Olivia Geist had 13 goals and 4 assists, while Stephanie Forester had 11 goals and 7 assists.
Grace Perry, Kayla Tatum, Anna McAuliffe, Mia Astran, Monica Chaisson and Caroline Esmond played a huge role defensively on the team, which was comprised of 21 "talented and athletic players" who put in an enormous amount of hard work and dedication into this season.
"One of the highlights of the season was the Mt. Hebron game. The team worked together as a whole, played together and won, 2-1," coach Joanne Reid said. "Maisey Haney and Olivia Geist both scored a goal."
While in the final standings the season may have seemed to be unsuccessful, the opposite was true on the field for Glenelg Country School.
The Dragons, who finished 0-7-1 overall and 0-5-0 in conference play, had a roster that included nine returning sophomores who showed exceptional growth from their rookie seasons.
Led by captains Koko Etokebe, Olivia Dwelley and Shagun Kathuria, the sophomore class increased their field sense, passing and communication skills greatly over the course of the season.
Freshman Sophia Kalaris proved that the program's tradition of strong goalkeeping would continue for many years with her play this season. Classmates Gabi Hernandez and Erin Jack were key contributors.
A season highlight included a shutout tie against the JV squad from IAAM A-conference powerhouse, Garrison Forest.
With nine freshmen, including the team's starting goalie, it was a rebuilding year for Howard. The Lions finished their season with an 8-4 overall record, including an 8-3 county mark.
Freshman Nicole Keller led the team with 11 goals, including an overtime score against Marriotts Ridge. Sophomore captain Allyson Sloan had two goals and seven assists. Sophomore midfielder Rosey O'Connor was a leader on and off the field, while scoring five times. Freshman Marissa Penn tallied five goals and added an assist.
Cloe Dixon (five goals) and Anjelica Yueng (two goals) were the leading scorers for a Long Reach team that went 1-10 in the county and 3-10 overall.
In her first year playing field hockey, keeper Marissa Lee had a save percentage of .670 while stopping 99 shots for the Lightning, which had just seven players show up to tryouts. By the end of the season, the team finished with 15 girls, some of whom had never even played a sport before.
"Our ending record says nothing about how much the girls have improved this season," said coach Kelly Filipowicz. "They have become stronger, faster and more experienced. The girls never gave up and gave 100 percent every day."
Captain Kim Pelton was named the team's MVP because she proved to be one of the most versatile players on the field and Caroline LaGow earned defensive MVP from her sweeper position.
Sophomore Maria Packard was one of the top scorers in the county this season, finishing with 15 goals for Mt. Hebron. The Vikings were 6-5-1 overall and 6-4-1 in league play.
Hannah Schied also finished in double-digit scoring with 10 goals, while Katie Anderson added seven goals and six assists. Freshman Natalie Fyock also had a strong season, notching five goals and seven assists.
The defense was led by sophomore Emma Miller and sophomore goalie Sarah Seen (36 saves, 5 shutouts).
"This team was led by three great captains - Maria Packard, Hannah Schied and Sarah Seen," coach Leigh Langmead said. "We had a lot of growth throughout the season and I think that our best game was against Atholton that went into overtime and ended with a 1-1 tie. This game really showcased the skill level and intensity of the team."
The Reservoir JV field hockey team finished its season with a county record of 5-5-1.
"This team was filled with motivated and talented athletes who came to practice everyday ready to work hard and become better players," coach Lindsey Frost said.
Frost relied on sophomore captains Sophia SommerKamp and Amy Kim to lead the team. SommerKamp was one the Gators' leading offensive scorers and Kim had several defensive saves and used her speed to help get the ball out of the defensive end.
Overall leading scorer Patricia Huerta tallied four goals in an 8-0 win over Oakland Mills, which was a highlight of the season.
"After every practice and every game, the progress that every girl was making was evident," Frost said. "We ended the season with 24 goals, a .500 season and a strong sense of achievement."
The front line of Maggie Connors (10 goals) and Ali Hovet (nine goals) was a major strength for River Hill.
The Hawks went 9-2-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the county.
Caroline Smith, Erin Barker and Maddie Rusenko led the midfield and helped the team control the ball throughout the field.
Defensive players Kinsey Johnson, Katie Lawrence, Jordi Tornatore and goalies Bailey Heneghan and Michaela Minnick paced River Hill's defense, which only allowed five goals the entire season. Comparatively, the Hawks' offense scored a total of 53 goals.
"This group of girls grew as a team throughout the season," coach Marni Rosenbaum said. "Their skills and teamwork improved tremendously. Two highlights of our season were a tie against Glenelg and our 1-0 win over Atholton to end the season."
The Glenelg JV boys soccer team finished the year with a record of 7-4.
The Gladiators grew as the season went on and were able to be very successful in accomplishing the team's goals.
Four of the seven wins were combined shutouts between goalies Brandon Barajas and John Levee. The defense was anchored by sophomore captain Nick Messina and freshmen Mike Dumler and Dylan DuBeau.
Andrew Heisig led the team with six goals and sophomore captain Praveen Morgan finished with four goals and seven assists.
Sophomore brothers Andrew Rodriguez (three goals, two assists) and Zach Rodriguez (four goals, one assist) were a solid 1-2 punch on attack.
Sophomores Brayden Crovo and Matt Shollenberger, along with freshmen Alex Frith and Amanuel Rizk, stabilized the midfield.
The season was highlighted by wins over Mt. Hebron, Atholton, Marriotts Ridge and Howard - teams the Gladiators had not beaten in the last five years.
In the season finale against the Lions, Dylan DuBeau scored the lone goal with less than 10 minutes left.
Howard got off to a strong start after winning four of its first six games, but faded over the second half of the season with a 2-4 mark to finish with an even 6-6 record overall.
The Lions scored 22 goals, while allowing 14 on the way to four shutouts. All but one of Howard's losses came by one goal.
Key players included Scott Brunner (four goals, two assists), Kyle Lowenkron (six goals, one assist), Bradley Zulick (three goals, two assists) and Ivan Chikhale (two goals).
Freshman sweeper Sean Lillis had a goal and classmate Brett Blackburn finished with two goals and an assist.
"We had a good core group of freshman on our team this year and expect to be stronger next year based on the number and experience level of anticipated incoming eighth graders," coach James Alzin said.
Sophomores Owen Gerus, Nathaniel Taylor, Andy Hwang, Jaime Korandu, C.J. Bowen and Alex Reardon were major contributors.
Freshmen James Corle, Trevor Hilterbrick, Sean Pino, Drew Lillis, Juan Elvir and Ade Abdulkadir will all be the nucleus of next season's team.
Marriotts Ridge, led by sophomore captains Patrick Schubert and Noah Fu, finished the season with a 4-4-4 overall record.
The midfield was controlled by captain Philip Michael and Owen Bennett, with the assistance of two freshmen, Jake Hull and Emil Boysen.
A strong sophomore class supported the team all over the field. Sam Deitemeyer was key on attack and Andrew Rumrill played a powerful role on the left flank. During the latter half of the season, John Hoskins moved from attack to right back and took control of the position.
Sophomore Josh Koller had a good season in goal and was helped by freshman Mark Augustino keeping the opponents off the scoreboard.
Reserves Andy Kim, Seth Orcutt, John Giannino, Rohil Raina, Dan Klawson and Mike Dudley all provided the Mustangs with great support coming off the bench. Their speed and determination helped set up goals and thwart attacks.
Three freshmen, Nick Santegelo, Nate Keeney and Noah Warzak, started many of the games and played with great maturity and poise. Key Whiting and Thomas Olsen supported the team in the defensive half of the field.
Mt. Hebron capped its fall with a 6-5-1 overall record, including going 6-4-1 in the county.
Lucas Oh led the Vikings in goals scored and Nate Ordrowski was named the team's 'most improved player.' Sophomore leaders included TJ Ricer, Brian O'Neal and Jeff O'Neal. Brady Burman-Magday and Cameron Heath were big contributors to the team.
The team's highlights included coming from behind to beat Marriotts Ridge in the five-minute sudden death overtime period. Mt. Hebron trailed 1-0 with six minutes remaining in regulation, before scoring two goals over the last 11 minutes to win in epic fashion.
Oakland Mills ended its season in second place with an 8-2-2 overall record, while going 7-2-2 in the league.
Goalies Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Ryan Zovko were the last line of defense on a team that allowed only seven goals all season. Freshmen Michael Ahumada-Murillo and Fernando Rubio were the team's leading scorers with four goals each, while sophomore Ovidio Pereira added two goals and four assists.
Sophomores Alex Asifo and Jay Bhylet organized the midfield, winning balls and distributing them forward.
The Scorpions lost to eventual county champion Centennial with three games remaining in the season. After scoring first and taking a 1-0 advantage into the half, Oakland Mills couldn't hold off the Eagles, who responded with two, second-half goals.
Glenelg finished the fall with a 9-2 record in the county and amassed an overall mark of 9-2-1. Most notably, the girls ended their season with a draw against traditional soccer power Archbishop Spalding.
This year, the girls were coached in tandem by the father and daughter team of Rick and Janice Rollyson. Janice, a former Glenelg soccer player, happily rejoined the program as an assistant to her father along the sidelines.
On the field, the Gladiators were led by sophomore co-captains Rachel Nichols and Lindsey Mazer. Rachel had another outstanding season, dominating the field from various positions. Her relentless hustle and infectious work ethic on the field did not go unnoticed. She joined the varsity team prior to the playoffs, in order to assist the team against Spalding.
Mazer was the team's starting goalkeeper and her natural command of the goal and her ability to successfully orchestrate the defensive line eventually earned her a spot as the starting goalkeeper for varsity before season's end.
Ciara Brathwaite, Sami Smith, Savannah Holt and Rachel Johnson were also selected to join the varsity squad for postseason play. In all, there were a total of eleven sophomores on the team. Their leadership and contributions to the team played a major role in the squad's success.
Working hard alongside the sophomores were nine talented freshmen. In the backfield, Paige Johnson, Chelsea Henggeler and Coral Price protected the goal with a solid defensive effort. In coordination with the defense, outside midfielder Maddi Stepherson skillfully distributed balls from the flank to the team's power-kicking striker, Audrey Ford.
"Overall, the team's seamless execution on the field made it seem like they had been playing together for years," coach Rick Rollyson said. "The girls posed many challenges for their opponents, despite their opponent's efforts. The team's record is a testament to their passion for the game and to their incredible ability to play as one, with one goal and one heart."
Led by freshman forward Grace Regal, Howard was able to amass a 9-3-2 overall record, including an 8-2-1 mark in county play.
Regal used a combination of speed and skill to lead the Lions in several offensive categories. Freshman Ella Orzechowski was the team's leading scorer with 13 goals for the season. Classmate Katie Schluederberg was a primary playmaker, controlling the pace of the game with composure and control in the center of the field.
Sophomore keeper Marisa Grant was limited by injuries, but only allowed two goals during her play in county games. As a captain, Grant proved to be a leader on and off the field and was the motivational leader of the team.
"Our 2-1 win over River Hill was a huge victory for the team," coach Sam White said. "We knew it would be a challenging game, as River Hill had not been scored on at the time and it was an away game. Both teams fought hard for the entire game and both goals were a team effort. We were extremely proud of this win, as it was a culmination of the teamwork and skills that we had been practicing all season."
The dynamic duo of Maura McNeil and Jenna Boulin had a foot in over 80 percent of Marriotts Ridge's goals this season - either through scoring or assisting.
The Mustangs (6-5-1) were led by Alex Hinkle and Katie Wardle on the defensive end of the field. The pair controlled a very inexperienced backline and helped the team shut out several opponents.
The biggest win for Marriotts Ridge came when Boulin scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated Howard. Another high point was the team's win over Centennial in the final regular season game.
Mt. Hebron found success this season, one which will be remembered as being filled with consistent defense and inconsistent offense.
The Vikings (7-2-3 overall, 6-2-3 in the county) started the season by scoring eight goals while giving up only one through the first three games. However, the team hit a rough patch over the next four matches going 1-2-1.
Against River Hill, Mt. Hebron fell apart and gave up four goals. During that four-game stretch, the team couldn't find the back of the net for over 270 minutes.
Luckily for the Vikings, their defense stepped up. With the exception of the game against River Hill, no other team scored more than one goal as they finished the season with six shutouts through 12 games.
Freshman sweeper Brittany Wartman scored on an outstanding direct free kick from about 35 yards out to help beat Reservoir and end the skid. Over the final five games, Hebron went 3-1-1 while scoring 12 goals and letting in only three.
Captains included keeper Anna Pallozzi, forward/midfielders Karoline Melan, Harper Drake and Isabelle Cox and defender Olivia Williams. Freshmen Audrey Eldridge and Kaylee Toth were also key contributors. Wartman and sophomores Anna Siedlecki and Olivia Williams anchored the defense with assistance from freshmen Karyssa Miller, Laura Radov, Alyssa Matanin, Morgan Cargiulo and sophomore Kseniya Zubilova.
Melan (forward), Laura Benson (midfielder) and Kendall Grove (forward) led the scoring for the Vikings. The forwards were joined up top by Drake and freshmen Jordan Stevens and Grace Kelly. Freshmen Sorana Larson and Benson controlled the midfield along with sophomores Cox and Megan Konig and freshmen Megan Benoit, Alex Sender and Carmen Bodziak.
"Although at times we started as many as eight freshmen, the girls played with great chemistry, energy and consistency each time we went out," said coach Robert Gibbons. "Defensively we were a tough team to beat and we generated a lot of chances up top, outshooting our opponents 16-6 on average for the season. Most of the time, as indicated by our record, we were able to finish enough to be successful."
For the seventh straight season, Reservoir was led by coaches John and George Hermina. This season, however, may have been one of the pair's best.
"Our team this year was amongst the most technically talented teams that we have ever coached," said George Hermina. "Kayla Pindell and Holland Burkett had great speed and extraordinary foot skills. Christina Gray anchored the midfield and moved the ball forward, while Mary Dudzinski and Dana Gillum managed to give our team a perfect defensive shape."
Fullback Sophia Elky not only defended well, but also participated in attacks and scored goals. Freshmen Miriam Hermina and Maria Janush led the team in assists, and the two are expected to play a significant role in the team's success next year.
"The Gators' season began with a drought of goals, but after the first couple of games, it began to rain," coach John Hermina said. "The Gators went on to score 18 goals (combined) in four of the games."
Pamela Arrazola scored two goals against Glenelg to give the team a 3-2 victory, and Alexis Limon scored several of her teams' goals throughout the season.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the season was wing-midfielder Morgan Strahl. The Gators' two goalkeepers were injured with three games remaining on the year. Strahl stepped up into the keeper role. With her newly-revealed goalkeeping skills, Strahl helped her team win 5-0 against Marriott's Ridge, and she helped produce a tie against Wilde Lake after overtime play.
Wilde Lake finished 3-5-2 in county, building on last season's team.
"Last year, I had to rebuild the team due to having so many sophomores the year prior," second-year coach Kristyn Neubauer said. "This year most of those players returned and it was refreshing to know that, with their experience and some new freshmen talent, we had a solid chance of beating the odds and keeping up with even the toughest teams in the county."
Sophomore Alyssa Bialek received the team's Unsung Hero award this season after playing just about every position on the field. She was in goal against some of the toughest teams in the county and only allowed three goals in four games. She was also utilized as a forward and defender, scoring two goals in a single game while playing in a defensive position.
Antanazia Britt put eight goals in the net this season, including four in a single game. Neubauer called freshman Londyn Tyler "one of the biggest surprises for us" and classmate Amy Radcliffe scored four goals over the last three games. Sophomore defender Elizabeth Amare was also a contributor.
"Aside from all of the exciting and nail-biting games, the memories I cherish the most were all those days of practices," Neubauer said. "Having the girls for at least two hours every day was a challenge, but it was always something I looked forward to. … The girls bonded with each other and their joint efforts made for a very successful season."
Atholton finished in a three-way tie with Marriotts Ridge and River Hill for the top record in the county with a 12-2 mark.
Defensively, libero Madison Lim was at the center of the defense for the Raiders (14-2 overall). Outside hitter Angela Nguyen led the offense in kills and setter Olivia Na controlled the pace, while also serving 54 aces on the season.
Coach Rick Ewart called Lim the "heart" of the defense, Nguyen the "soul" of the team and Na the "brains" of the offensive unit.
First-time players Chelsea Mitchell and McKayla Lyons were aggressive at the middle hitter position, while freshman Catherina Park was stellar defensively. Freshman Julia Skibniewska transitioned seamlessly into playing outside hitter. Defensive specialist Becky Chen and blocker Michele Keumeni (.929 serve percentage) were crucial to the team's success.
Centennial was 5-8 this season in county, and 11-12 overall.
"The highlight this season, for me, was how well they were able to come together," coach Erika Swan said. "This team had faced a variety of challenges, yet they managed to work through them and come out stronger in the end. I think they truly displayed their unity in their match against Reservoir. The girls played with discipline, enthusiasm and team work the entire match and beat a team that was undefeated in county play.
"I couldn't have been more proud of them and their performance. They pushed all the obstacles they had faced aside and performed like the team that I envisioned them to be since day one."
Second-year middle hitter Dasha Johnson utilized a great swing on the ball to pace Howard (8-6 overall, 8-5 county) this season. Madison Worrell was a team leader who brought the team together on and off the court. Outside hitter Torie Gettier and Casey Stencil were strong all-around players for the Lions.
"It has been fantastic to see the girls work together," coach Emma Dawe said. "We had some really strong opponents this year and it was great to see the girls rally against these teams win or lose."
Mt. Hebron had a heart-pounding season with several wins and losses being very closely contested.
The Vikings finished 9-4 in the county and 9-5 overall.
"A memorable moment came in the second game against a tough Marriotts Ridge team," coach Susan Wiggs said. "The rallies went on and on, and even our referee commented that it was one of the best JV games he had seen in the county. Marriotts Ridge's continuous back row attacks finally overcame us as we lost 26-24, but it was not a set to hang your head about as both teams played extremely well."
In the final match of the season, Mt. Hebron squeaked by Wilde Lake, 26-24 and 26-24.
Mt. Hebron was led by sophomore Reeana Richardson, a transfer from Colorado. Richards, an outside hitter, totaled 77 kills. Hitters Cammy Case (27 kills) and captain Kathryn Diaz (14 kills) were strong contributors.
Captain setter Cheryl Dombrowski totaled 105 assists and Carly Smith added 55 more. Middle hitter Giovanna Alli, who had her season cut short due to injury, contributed six kills and Joselyn Markas had 15.
Lauren Goodwin and Brigid Daley gave the Vikings an offensive boost. Freshman Peyton LeConte made an impact with 15 kills and a team-high 10 point blocks.
Amanda Hough (60 digs), Stephanie Bao (18), Esther Kim (17) and freshman Ashley Chibb (44 digs) were all keys. Kim, Markas, Case (11 aces) and Smith all served over .900 percent. Daley had a 1.000 serving rate.
"This team is a terrific group and we'll remember the camaraderie, dancing, red hot cheering and pumpkin ice cream," Wiggs said.
The Howard County cross country championships were held Oct. 23 with the following results from the "B" races:
Boys team scores: 1. Centennial, 19 points; 2. Reservoir, 74; 3. River Hill, 89; 4. Mt. Hebron, 105; 5. Marriotts Ridge, 131; 6. Atholton, 140; 7. Howard, 199; 8. Oakland Mills, 227; 9. Wilde Lake, 283; 10. Glenelg, 311; 11. Long Reach, 364; 12. Hammond, 372.
Top boys individuals: 1. Kyle Johnson, C, 18:29; 2. Shanon McIntyre, C, 18:31; 3. Brian Fieni, Re, 18:31; 4. Luke Mitchell, C, 18:46; 5. Ludlow, C, 18:57; 6. Tony Grabow, Re, 19:00; 7. Jeffrey Sham, C, 19:07; 8. Justin Spoon, A, 19:20; 9. Andrew Conca-Cheng, C, 19:29; 10. Dominic Mandile, RH, 19:32.
11. Jason Kohler, MR, 19:33; 12. Alex Richardson, MH, 19:37; 13. Darren Kline, RB, 19:38; 14. Jake Drohat, MH, 19:40; 15. Andrew Kutt, C, 19:41; 16. Reilly Butler, Ho, 19:44; 17. Christopher Choi, MR, 19:47; 18. Jacob Friedman, RH, 19:48; 19. Anthony Templeton, Re, 19:48; 20. Austin Owens, MH, 19:51.
21. Joseph Frascarella, A, 19:54; 22. Kurt Weinheimer, Re, 19:54; 23. Eliot Fenton, RH, 19:56; 24. Cameron Cornish, Re, 19:57; 25. Samuel Trossman, RH, 19:57; 26. Ben Ailinger, Re, 19:59; 27. Michael Barber, MH, 20:04; 28. Sanjay George, MR, 20:04; 29. Phillip Hillard, RH, 20:09; 30. Evan Moore, Ho, 20:10.
31. Grant D'Agrosa, A, 20:11; 32. Drew Washington, MH, 20:12; 33. Michael Cai, C, 20:13; 34. Prayaag Venkat, MH, 20:16; 35. Mathew Vaughn, C, 20:19; 36. Jason Schuler, Re, 20:19; 37. Kieran Calambro, MR, 20:20; 38. Joe Pavao, C, 20:20; 39. Kyle Watts, MH, 20:23; 40. Ryan Romanik-Romano, RH, 20:24.
41. Will Ma, MH, 20:25; 42. Greg Bisant, MH, 20:26; 43. Scott Zimmerman, A, 20:28; 44. Liam Doherty, OM, 20:30; 45. Jared Garber, MR, 20:30; 46. Matthew Ault, MR, 20:31; 47. Benjamin Hall, A, 20:36; 48. Ethan Budsock, MR, 20:38; 49. Jeffrey Carbello, WL, 20:41; 50. Alexander Crich, RH, 20:41.
Girls team scores: 1. River Hill, 31; 2. Centennial, 50; 3. Reservoir, 55; 4. Howard, 103; 5. Wilde Lake, 148; 6. Glenelg, 181; 7. Atholton, 189; 8. Marriotts Ridge, 197; 9. Mt. Hebron, 284.
Top girls individuals: 1. Stacy Young, RH, 21:30; 2. Emily Miller, Re, 22:02; 3. Sherin Menachery, RH, 22:37; 4. Alyssa Taylor, C, 22:47; 5. Kelly Maloney, RH, 23:06; 6. Maggie Niland, Re, 23:16; 7. Becky Goodridge, C, 23:33; 8. Katie Krutz, Re, 23:44; 9. Melissa Froh, Ho, 23:46; 10. Kirsten Kruus, RH, 23:52.
11. Mina Sun, C, 23:57; 12. Nicole Young, RH, 24:13; 13. Amy Zhang, C, 24:13; 14. Theresa Menachery, RH, 24:14; 15. Jenna Harrity, C, 24:17; 16. Lillian Messer, RH, 24:19; 17. Taylor Jaranyi, Ho, 24:23; 18. Stephanie Lietzau, WL, 24:26; 19. Chloe Garrison, RH, 24:30; 20. Katie Cho, RH, 24:41.
21. Autumn Durham, Re, 24:44; 22. Libby LaFemina, Re, 24:50; 23. Erin Heimlicher, G, 24:56; 24. Genesis Ramirez, Ho, 25:00; 25. Stephanie Crispell, C, 25:01; 26. Alexis Dorsey, MR, 25:07; 27. Maria Skibniewska, A, 25:11; 28. Molly Hart, Ho, 25:13; 29. Kaitlyn Hennacy, RH, 25:20; 30. Ashley Mazer, C, 25:20.
31. Hannah Lee, C, 25:20; 32. Ilana Malkin, WL, 25:31; 33. Amanda Iovine, RH, 25:34; 34. Brynn Trevizo, Ho, 25:35; 35. Rebecca Walker, Ho, 25:38; 36. Marina Chang, WL, 25:40; 37. Julie An, Ho, 25:43; 38. Katie Sroka, G, 25:43; 39. Emily Hazzard, RH, 25:57; 40. Alli Liberman, MR, 25:58.
41. Nupur Hegde, Ho, 26:01; 42. Taylor Baird, WL, 26:06; 43. Serena Lao, WL, 26:07; 44. Sarah Bank, RH, 26:07; 45. Amanda Harvey, A, 26:08; 46. Samantha Pearce, G, 26:10; 47. Ally Schito, C, 26:11; 48. Rachel Jaksec, Ho, 26:13; 49. Jillian Swaim, Ho, 26:14; 50. Zainab Yahaya, WL, 26:21.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun