Every year local high school sports teams produce memories and championships. This year was no different. There was Gilman ice hockey, Bryn Mawr tennis, Park girls lacrosse, Friends girls soccer, Gilman volleyball and Roland Park volleyball all winning championships. And there was Shane Cockerille overcoming illness to win a wrestling title.
Those were among the top local sports highlights for 2013. And this is the time of year we remember those stories.
A lack of mat time couldn't slow Gilman's Cockerille
The circumstances seemed far from ideal for Gilman's Shane Cockerille to win his second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
Cockerille, now a reserve quarterback on the University of Maryland football team, missed six weeks of the wrestling season last winter because of mononucleosis. He lost 20 pounds.
He was finally cleared to return to practice one week before the tournament, but spent most of that time playing football in the International Bowl in Texas.
That left him just a single day of practice before the MIAAs. Remarkalby, it wasn't a problem.
Cockerille dominated Pallotti's Yami Cristobal at 220 pounds, winning a 12-2 major decision. He went on to enjoy more postseason success, finishing second in the Maryland State Independent Tournament and third at National Preps.
Cockerille's MIAA performance in February still sticks in the mind of coach Bryn Holmes.
"I think it speaks to the type of athlete he is to win after practicing one day," he said. "I don't think too many guys can do that."
Friends girls soccer
Things ended exactly the way the Quakers had hoped.
Seniors Eliza Harris, Amy Lieber, Abby Corkum, Mackenzie Gerrity and Izzy Blaock won a championship in their final game in early November.
The Quakers beat Roland Park, 1-0, to claim the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference title, thanks to a goal from junior Rachel Kehoe.
For the five seniors and their coach, Nick Gill, the experience was particularly meaningful. They had been together for four years.
"Seeing them go out with a championship is really special," Friends coach Nick Gill said.
Gilman ice hockey
Gilman coach Zach Collins took watching film of tough losses seriously. Collins viewed the 9-4 setback in late January to Boys' Latin six times.
And the film study paid off for Collins and his players.
Gilman captured the MIAA B Conference championship in mid-February with a 6-2 victory over defending champion Boys' Latin.