Melissa Whatley: A look back at the fall sports season at Dulaney High School

With the fall sports season just winding down, the past few weeks have been filled with championships, all-star games and accolades.

Senior athletes have worked hard over the past four years – putting in time virtually or playing masked during the pandemic – and are now enjoying their final seasons.


Several teams at Dulaney High School enjoyed highly successful seasons with field hockey, men’s soccer, volleyball, and both the men’s and the women’s cross country teams – all winning regional championships and representing well in the state championships.

Senior Ty Dailey captured the 4A state title with an outstanding cross country run at the championship with a time of 16:25. He was joined by seniors, Nikhil Manickam, Connor McGeehan and Nikhil Khosla, and along with other teammates placed fifth overall in the state.


The women’s cross country team also finished strongly at the state level, placing fourth with seniors Cassie Weymouth, Jacqueline Sibilia and Mary Melito all contributing to the team.

The Dulaney men’s soccer team had an exciting regular season, including a seven-game winning streak, and claimed their 13th regional title in a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory against Catonsville. The trio of senior captains of James Northey, Joe Pichney and Justin Samels represented the Lions at the Baltimore County Senior Showcase games on Nov. 22.

The Dulaney women’s soccer team was represented by Maddie Adams, Natalie Crowley, Brooke Knabe, Sydney Scherer and Maddie Wise in their Senior Showcase game.

A perennial powerhouse, the field hockey team put together their normal stellar season, besting Hereford in a 2-1 shootout to take the county championship. They followed it up by winning the regional championship and taking a trip to the final four at the state level. Addie Erdman, Alex Erdman and Ava Winner were the representatives at the field hockey Baltimore County Senior Showcase.

The Dulaney football team also experienced a strong season and notched their first playoff win in over 30 years. The senior standouts include Ethan Dasch, Tristan Forby, Mehki Rice, Brendan Howard and Luca Van Eron. They represented Dulaney at various all-star and showcase games around the area.

On Nov. 18, the Dulaney Hall of Fame honored a new class of hall of famers at an induction ceremony and dinner. The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding athletes, coaches and individuals who have made significant contributions to Dulaney’s athletic programs.

The new class featured Isabel Griffith ‘14, Dan Keppeler ‘04, Jan Liszewski Howells ‘91, Brandon Phillips ‘10, Gavan Scanlan ‘13, and Eric Walz ‘16.

These athletes excelled in cross country, track and field, soccer, field hockey, wrestling and lacrosse while also participating in other sports during their time at Dulaney. Walz, standout runner and state cross-country champion, is now back at Dulaney as a coach working with the distance runners.


The 1976 men’s lacrosse team was also recognized as a Team of Distinction.