Gilman volleyball players celebrate winning the MIAA A Conference championship in early November against Boys' Latin. The Greyhounds finished 18-0.
Gilman volleyball players celebrate winning the MIAA A Conference championship in early November against Boys' Latin. The Greyhounds finished 18-0. (File photo/BSMG)

Gilman and Roland Park Country School volleyball, Boys' Latin lacrosse, the accomplishments of Roland Park Country School squash player Casey Wong and Bryn Mawr freshman cross country runner Sophie Gitlin were among the 2014 highlights for North Baltimore-area high school athletes and their teams.

Gilman volleyball rolls on

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The Greyhounds were perfect last fall for the first time in the program's 13-year history, as Gilman took advantage of the largest senior class coach Neil Gabbey has had.

Gilman won its second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship, finishing 18-0 with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-23 victory over Boys' Latin.

Gabbey cited a balanced lineup.

"We didn't have one star on the team, and I think that's what differentiated us from the last few seasons," he said. "As MIAA volleyball has progressed for the last dozen years, we never really had the best player in the league. But I think every coach in the league would maybe trade his best player for three or four of mine."

The Greyhounds' senior-led lineup were focused on success.

"We had been waiting for this since the summer," said Gilman senior hitter Zack Cohen, who recorded seven kills in the final. "We knew we would be in this position."

Torben Ginsberg (10 kills), Ben Moore (9 kills, 6 blocks), Jack Auen (25 assists), Charlie Darby (25 digs) and Michael Collins (22 digs, 8 kills, 3 aces) also excelled in the final for the Greyhounds. They helped Gilman sweep Boys' Latin for the third time this season.

"No one touched them this season," Boys' Latin coach Drew Haugh said.

Boys' Latin lacrosse secures league title

The Lakers lost to Loyola in the 2013 MIAA A Conference lacrosse championship, and were determined not to let it happen again this year in the final against St. Paul's.

Boys' Latin took care of business, posting a 17-11 victory over the Crusaders in mid-May.

"In the back of everybody's mind was last year," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, whose team was named the 2014 LaxPower national champion. "We can put that demon to rest — they're 37-1 in two years. That's just remarkable stuff."

The Lakers' all-time leading scorer, Shack Stanwick (2 goals, 2 assists), Devin Howell (4, 2) and standout faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland led the Lakers.

Shriver hopes for a repeat in the spring of 2015, which is his last year. He is retiring and will be replaced by Brian Farrell.

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Roland Park volleyball repeats as champions

Roland Park coach Shawn Slater set a goal of moving up to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference when he started coaching the program in 2012.

Roland Park won its second consecutive B Conference title in early November, sweeping Chapelgate, of Howard County, 25-17, 25-17, 25-14.

"I think we are working our way up to be there," Slater said of moving to the A Conference.

The Reds dominated the Yellowjackets, thanks to the performances of senior Olivia Stevens (11 kills, 7 aces) and junior Bailey Andrews (16 kills).

Chapelgate had beaten Roland Park — which also received standout play from Alex Cory, Libby Klutz and Mia Thomas this year — during the regular season in early October in five games.

"The girls wanted to come out and prove that the way they played (Chapelgate) the first time wasn't us," said Roland Park assistant coach Dani Steinbach, whose team finished the season 16-2.

Stevens agreed.

"They were the only (B Conference) team to beat us this season, so we came out ready to beat them," she said. "We were just ready to dominate."

Squash champ competes at world juniors

Roland Park Country School junior Casey Wong isn't your average squash player; she was the nation's No. 1 player in the U17 age division.

Her play in the U19 older division — which included winning three tournaments — landed her a spot on the United States team that competed in August in the 2014 World Junior Individual Squash Championships in the Republic of Namibia, Africa.

"It wasn't a goal to make the world team because we thought it was unreachable," said Wong's mother, Pat, who is the squash coach at Roland Park. "But she had an incredible year."

Freshman runner earns championship

Nobody expected Bryn Mawr freshman Sophie Gitlin to be dominant right away.

Gitlin, a Roland Park resident, won the IAAM cross country championship in late October at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville by 41 seconds over Maryvale's Emily Craig.

Gitlin ran the 3.0-mile course in 18:37.

"I thought it would be closer," Bryn Mawr coach Jim Lancaster said. "She's been a monster in the third mile. She just has another gear."

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