From individual accomplishments, to team victories that would last a lifetime, 2017 was a success for athletes in local sports. Here are some of those memorable moments.
Junior Jasmine Dickey scored 18 of her game-high 30 points from the foul line to lead Catonsville to its first girls’ basketball state championship.
The Comets won the Class 4A crown by defeating defending champion Walt Whitman, 49-46, on March 11, at Towson University’s SECU Arena.
“I am absolutely numb,” said Catonsville coach Mike Mohler, who completed his 22nd season leading the program. “It’s been 30 years since the Catonsville girls have even been in the finals.”
In the second half, Dickey made 13 straight free throws and 15 of 19 overall.
Gabby Douglas (7 points), Jen Gast (6), Stashia Daniels (4) and Jameila Barrett (2 ) also scored for the Comets and Gast led them in rebounding (13).
The title game ended the Catonsville careers of seniors Gast, Amber Lally and Aakilah Barrett.
Colins capture crowns
Catonsville resident and Boys’ Latin graduate Colin Heacock capped his college lacrosse career by playing on the University of Maryland’s national championship team.
The Terrapins defeated Ohio State, 9-6, in the title game. Heacock finished the season with 28 goals and 17 assists.
The 2017 third team All-American ended his career with 93 goals and 36 assists.
Goalie Colin Reymann, a Catonsville resident and Mount St. Joseph graduate, anchored Sailsbury University’s run to its 11th NCAA Division III national title last spring.
Reymann had a game-high 12 saves in the Sea Gulls’ 15-7 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology.
It was the second year in a row Reymann was the goalie for the Sea Gulls when they won a national title.
Senior night jubilation
The most exciting victory of the season for the Catonsville girls lacrosse team was a 14-13 overtime decision on senior night over C. Milton Wright.
Down two goals with less than two minutes to play, Brittany Stevens cut the lead with 1:24 left and Leah Marshall tied the game at 13-13 just 20 seconds later.
Junior goalie Amber Weedon saved a free position goal with under 20 seconds left in regulation and senior Kayla Wood won the overtime draw and Stevens scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds left in overtime.
McDonogh’s Quinn Devaney, a Catonsville resident, made his final homecoming a success as he captured a third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual wrestling championship.
Devaney, who now wrestles at the University of Maryland, won a 12-1 major decision over Dylan Blau, of St. Paul’s.
Host Mount St. Joseph crowned three champions and put nine wrestlers in the finals, while winning the MIAA team title.
Grand scorers on court
Catonsville High junior Jasmine Dickey scored her 1,000th point in December and scored her 1,500th in the victory over Walt Whitman in the state championship game.
Lansdowne senior DaQuan Williams scored his 1,000th point in a 41-35 loss to Western Tech on Jan. 20 when he scored 18 points and eclipsed the 1,000 mark with a free throw.
Seton Keough senior guard Kayla Bacon scored her 1,000th point in the last regular-season girls basketball game played at Seton Keough High School before it closed for good in June. Bacon, who plays at Drexel University, scored the historic point in a 61-45 win over St. Vincent Pallotti.
Kolarek makes Majors
Adam Kolarek, a 28-year-old Catonsville High graduate, made his Major League Baseball debut in the eighth inning of a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh on June 29. He pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one hit and he struck out one.
Two days later, in the ninth inning of the Rays’ 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the southpaw reliever, who rooted for the Orioles growing up, pitched a scoreless inning, overcoming a leadoff walk and an error before inducing a flyout and a double play.
“Getting to come out of the dugout and seeing the Orioles take BP, it was awesome,” Kolarek said. “I was saying this to my parents and my friends, everything leading up to the game, that’s the part that doesn’t seem real. Walking around town and going to the stadium, being in the locker room. But once the game starts, it’s kind of funny because that’s when it starts to feel normal,” Kolarek said.
His father, Frank Kolarek, played in the Oakland Athletics Minor League system from 1976 through 1979.
“I was never called up during the regular year,” Frank Kolarek said. “My only glimpse was in spring training. All that means is you get a nice pair of shower shoes. I couldn’t be happier. Whatever happened to me was nothing compared to what happened to Adam. He’s earned this.”
Gaels win two titles
The Mount St. Joseph boys basketball team won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League crowns, defeating Mount Carmel in both title games.
Mount St. Joseph senior guard Darryl Morsell scored a game-high 14 points as the Gaels claimed a 54-44 win over Mount Carmel in the BCL championship game.
Morsell now plays for the University of Maryland where he will be joined by current Gael Jalen Smith next year..
Smith, a 6-foot-9 center, helped lead the No. 3 Gaels to a 29-3 mark during the regular season when he averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots per game and was recognized as the BCL’s Jerry Savage Player of the Year Award and Mark Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year.
McDonald makes history
One season after scoring 13 goals as a freshman on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County women’s lacrosse team, 2015 Catonsville High graduate Lauren McDonald led the Retrievers in goals scored as a sophomore with a program-record 62 goals in 2017.
In a 21-10 victory over Binghamton on April 12, she scored a career-high eight goals.
McDonald was selected to the America East All-Conference second team and All-Academic team.
Western Tech crowned
Western Tech’s volleyball team opened the season with losses to the two teams [Hereford and Towson] that went on to play for the Baltimore County championship, but after those defeats, the Wolverines reeled off wins in 14 of the next 15 matches and defeated Dunbar, 25-16, 25-17, 25-14, to win their first regional title since 2011 and second in the school’s history.
The Wolverines (16-4) lost in the Class 1A state tournament semifinals to Smithsburg, 25-11, 25-11, 25-11.
Grapplers achieve success
Western Tech senior wrestler Chukwudi Kalu clung to a 1-0 lead in the third period over Woodlawn’s Alon Hough and won the 285-pound match at the Baltimore County tournament.
Kalu, who lost a 5-4 overtime decision to Franklin’s Eric Ostrow in the championship finals in 2016, stayed on top for the entire two minutes and emerged a champion.
“When that kid [Hough] took bottom in the third period, I didn’t think he would get up,” Western Tech coach Juan Solera said.
Lansdowne’s senior Gorsha Reiterer (113) was the top Viking, placing second after losing in the finals to Chesapeake’s Jerry Vo, 8-7.
Reiterer rallied to tie 6-6 after trailing 6-1, but lost in the end.
“I just fought. Usually I do best when I’m in a situation where I’ve got to do good,” Reiterer said. “I was nervous in the first period and then I had to start kicking it up and start getting better.”
Lansdowne coach George Dunn, whose team went 13-1 and made the dual meet region tournament, wasn’t surprised by his comeback.
“He’s been battling for six minutes all year,” Dunn said.