Take a brisk read down memory lane and enjoy reliving some of the memorable moments that the Catonsville and Arbutus area athletes enjoyed during 2013.
Catonsville girls soccer was school's best
The 17-2 Catonsville soccer team made history by winning more games than any other girls soccer team in school history and its 16-game winning streak was the longest ever for a Comet squad.
Although they lost to Walt Whitman in the Class 4A state championship game, the Comets won Baltimore County and regional titles and set retiring coach James Fitzpatrick out on top.
“I told them all year long you are the best team I have ever coached,” said Fitzpatrick, who retired after the Comets went 117-58-1 in his 12 seasons. “Top to bottom, all 19 players that we put on the field can do the job.”
The Comets outscored their opponents 69-13 and produced 10 shutouts.
Their most impressive win came in the state semifinals when they scored all their goals in the second half of a 5-0 win over Sherwood.
Junior Jenn Nonn led the Comets in scoring with 21 goals.
Catonsville baseball team reached state finals
Only one other team in school history went as far in the state tournament as the 2013 Catonsviile High baseball team and that was the 1976 team that won the state title.
This year’s Comets reached the Class 4A finals at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen but they came up short, falling to South River (20-5), 6-0.
Along the way, the Comets (17-5) won classic 4-3 victories over Winston Churchill in the state semifinals and Westminster in the regional title game.
Jeremy Davis drilled a game-winning hit off the left field fence and scored Rob Wheeltonin the win over Westminster.
“I wanted to be up there,” Davis said. “I trust myself and I was excited to hit the ball and that is what I did.”
Assistant coach Doug Campbell had seen many victories before at Catonsville and that one was the best.
“In 19 years as a head coach or an assistant coach, that is the best game I’ve ever seen,” said Campbell, who assisted Rich Hambor.
MSJ coach Clatchey reaches 500 wins
Mount St. Joseph closed out the Memorial Gymnasium and Gael coach Pat Clatchey celebrated his 499th career victory at the Irvington school with convincing 79-48 victory over visiting Loyola Blakefield in the quarterfinals of the 42nd annual Baltimore Catholic League tournament.
The Gaels gave the coach his historic 500th triumph in the semifinals when they trumped John Carroll.
His 501st win over Archbishop Spalding came as the Gaels defended their BCL tournament championship.
Western Tech girls wins state basketball title
Western Tech earned a thrilling 46-40 triumph over two-time defending state champion Dunbar and captured the school’s first-ever basketball state crown.