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Recalling a year of Towson-area high school champions

Bob Shriver, a Lutherville resident, retired after 36 seasons and 507 wins as Boys' Latin lacrosse coach following the 2015 season.
Bob Shriver, a Lutherville resident, retired after 36 seasons and 507 wins as Boys' Latin lacrosse coach following the 2015 season. (File photo/Baltimore Sun)

Each year leaves members of high school sports teams with fond memories and, if they're lucky, some championship trophies.

That was the case for Calvert Hall's basketball team, Dulaney's volleyball squad, Maryvale's cross country team, Loyola Blakefield's volleyball team, Boys' Latin lacrosse coach Bob Shriver and Lutherville resident Bob Shriver, Maryvale's Miranda Ibello and Dulaney's cross country team.

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They were responsible for some of the top sports highlights from 2015. Here's a look back:

Walz wins state title

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Dulaney senior Eric Walz badly wants to be remembered for more than all the races he won during his decorated career.

"I'd like to be known as someone who motivated people, who is dedicated and is an all-around good athlete," he said.

Walz proved all those points more than ever in mid-November, leading the Lions boys cross country team to the Class 4A state title, winning the race in 16:06 at Hereford High.

That was one of seven county, regional and state championships in cross country and track for Walz.

The senior also had a talented lineup behind him in cross country.
Andrew King (3rd), Sean Smyth (6th), Austin Carey (13th) and Elijah Hawkins (18th) had top 20 finishes in the state meet to help push the Lions ahead of three-time defending champion Severna Park.

Two for Cardinals

The senior-laden Calvert Hall basketball team won two championships last winter.

The Cardinals captured the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League titles under coach John Bauersfeld.

Center Evan Phoenix (Central Connecticut State University), small forward Nico Clareth (Siena College), guard Drew Edwards (Providence College) and forward Justin Gorham (Towson University) powered Calvert Hall to the two crowns.

Gorham, now a senior, paced the 30-7 Cardinals with 16 points in the MIAA final and tipped in the winning basket in the BCL championship game.

Dons perfect season

Loyola volleyball put together a perfect season in the MIAA A Conference.

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The Dons went 18-0 to garner coach Tim Baier's sixth championship in 11 seasons.

"You are surprised when you do it," Baier explained. "There are enough good teams and you are bound to have an off day and run into a Calvert Hall or Gilman."

Senior setter Michael Surine, junior outside hitter Joe Staab, junior middle hitter Alex Harmon and senior middle hitter Liam Hogan led Loyola to a four-set win over Gilman in the title match.

"If I cherish one thing it was the team camaraderie and everyone pulling together," said Baier, whose Dons also won three straight crowns from 2010-2012. "I really liked the players on this team."

Ibello rises to the top

Miranda Ibello, a 2015 Maryvale graduate and Lutherville resident, had an outstanding year for the Lions' lacrosse team.

The Towson Times female Lacrosse Player of the Year finished with a whopping 109 points and won 113 draws in 16 games.

Things only got better for Ibello in August when the current Johns Hopkins University freshman played in the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland for the runner-up U.S. Women's National Team.

Coaching legend retires

Few can or will match the accomplishments of Boys' Latin lacrosse coach Bob Shriver, who retired following the 2015 season.

The Lutherville resident finished with a career record of 507-138 across 36 years, won five MIAA A Conference championships and had nine additional title game berths.

But his towering achievement was three perfect seasons that resulted in No. 1 national rankings.

Boys' Latin graduate Brian Farrell replaces Shriver.

Wong dominates in squash

Ruxton resident Casey Wong, a Roland Park Country School senior, represented the United States for the second time at the 2015 World Junior Squash Championships in the Netherlands in August, competing in both individual and team events.

Wong, who led Roland Park to the Division II national title in the U.S. High School Team Squash National Championships, also won the Under-17 national title at Princeton and has committed to play squash at Stanford University.

She was recruited by several Ivy League schools.

Dulaney rolls on court

The Dulaney volleyball team occupied a coveted spot for a little while: The No. 1 ranking in the Baltimore Sun high school volleyball poll.

But the Lions (19-1) fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a Class 4A state title when Northwest, of Montgomery County, swept them.
"At the beginning of the year, I didn't have aspirations that we would

regionals," said Dulaney coach Cary Lyon, whose team captured a state title in 2013.
The Lions were led by seniors Mallory Svoboda, Olivia Finckel and Rebecca Rawlinson.

Svoboda (Towson University) and Finckel (Palm Beach Atlantic University) both will play college volleyball.

"I haven't seen in my (12 years) years, two Division I athletes on one team," Lyon said. "In volleyball, its almost unheard of."

Craig cruises to victory

Maryvale junior Emily Craig won the IAAM cross country championship by beating Bryn Mawr's Amy Egan by almost a minute to help the Lions claim their first A Conference team title and second overall crown.

Maryvale also received strong efforts from Isabel Pineo (10th), Kendall Gray (12th), Abby Gonzalez (15th) and Kaylie Homberg (17th).

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