At Reservoir, not one but two lacrosse teams have enjoyed drastic turnarounds this season.
The boys team took a 10-2 record into the week, while the girls were 9-2. This comes after each team had won just two regular-season games in the 2007 season.
"The [girls] team is meshing very well, there's a lot of team chemistry, and after getting a taste of winning, they want more. I think the boys team has the same feeling," girls coach Trish Derwart said.
In the case of the boys, a strong senior class of 14 has put the pieces together under four-year coach Bryan Cole.
Billy Reybold and Mike Evans are leading the attack, while Robert While is the catalyst at midfield and Cody Barnett and Tim Wilman anchor a cohesive defense.
"To see them grow over the last four years and become a solid team and good lacrosse players makes me feel really good. It's great to see the success with all the hard work they have put in over these four years," Cole said.
Stability has proved to be a big factor on the girls' side, with Derwart being the first coach to return for a second season in the past four years. The Gators have enjoyed balanced scoring behind McKenzie Stough (34 goals), Julia Joo (31 goals, 33 assists) and Brittany McMullan (20 goals); Leslie Monheit has dominated on ground balls and draws; and Kortney Dwyer is the glue on defense.
"Being able to build on concepts from the previous season has been important. This season, we have been able to work on strategy instead of basics on a new system," Derwart said.
Both coaches said the offseason commitments each team member made - playing in summer and winter leagues, going to camps, for example - have been pivotal in the two teams' successful campaigns.
Glenelg softball -- Glenelg, which took an 11-3 record into this week's play that included an 11-1 mark in the county, will likely find itself back in the county championship game against defending champ Hammond for a second year in a row. But the young Gladiators are finding more ways to win this spring. Coach Jim Schmidt said consistently good hitting throughout the batting order has given the team more options than years past. "We have 10 or 11 kids that can hit the ball and because of that, we can do so much more," said Schmidt, who added that in year's past the best of the offense came early, part of the order. "Now, anywhere in the lineup we can get a hit, get down a sacrifice and score runs. It lets you play good, solid softball." Sophomore pitcher-first baseman Casey Schmidt is picking up the wins and also batting a team-high .540. Freshman Amanda Seagrist, who also pitches and plays first base, is hitting around .380 for the season.
River Hill track -- River Hill freshman runner Anna Demaree had a fine performance at Walkersville's Kelly Zimmerman Invitational on Saturday, winning the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 43.29 seconds. The time broke the event's previous mark by seven seconds. The 48th annual event is one of the oldest in the state
Girls lacrosse -- River Hill senior attack Alex Napoli, a four-year starter who will play at James Madison next year, scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in three games last week. Included was the game-tying goal with six seconds left in a double overtime win against Atholton. Going into the week, the midfielder-attack has 95 goals and 75 assists for her career. ... Chapelgate senior Kylie Ramsland reached 300 career points in a win against Friends. She went into the week with 232 goals and 69 assists for 301 points, including 59 goals and 18 assists this season.?