Towson High’s turnaround on the basketball court and Notre Dame Prep’s upset in the volleyball championship match were a couple of the finest female performances in 2016. The Towson Times look at some other memorable moments.
Towson to region finals
The year before Towson coach Rebecca Moyer took over the girls basketball program for the 2013-14 season, the Generals finished 2-18.
In her just third season at the helm, Moyer led the Generals to a 20-4 record and a trip to the Class 3A North Region finals.
Although they lost to Poly, the Generals record was their best mark since claiming the 1998 state championship under longtime former coach Bev Snyder.
“It’s amazing to see where we have come from,” Moyer said. “The seniors now were freshmen when we won two games. They turned it around to make it fun and have brought us to our current record.”
Moyer was talking about seniors Jordan Gans, Samantha Chodkowski and Maggie Schneidereith.
Two other players, senior starting point guard Nicole Guy-Thomas and junior reserve guard Emily German, have also been a big part of Towson’s revival.
NDP bounces back
One year after losing in the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference volleyball championship game Notre Dame Prep defeated St. Paul’s to win the title.
The Blazers (11-8) got a stellar performance from All-Metro outside hitter Brooke Newell to upset St. Paul’s, (15-2), 20-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-13.
Newell finished the match with 18 kills and three blocks.
St. Paul’s had beaten Jim Ipsording’s Notre Dame Prep squad twice during the regular season, but each time the Blazers were without key players because of injuries.
Maryvale runners go south
Maryvale Prep runners rank among the best in the area, consistently winning Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships in both track and cross country.
In June, seven Lions went to the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
Senior Kendall Gray, juniors Sydney King, Courtney Kenny, Gabby Halaby and Emily Craig and sophomores Cameron Hinton and Brittney Graff were the standout athletes who went to North Carolina.
Hinton was the only Lion to qualify in an individual event. The other competitors ran on three relay teams.
Hinton won four IAAM individual titles in her career, including back-to-back titles in the 400 last two springs.
Maryvale coach Jason Miller, whose team won the A Conference outdoor track title in convincing fashion over McDonogh.
Casey Wong squash champ
Recent Roland Park Country School graduate Casey Wong competed in the 2016 World Junior Squash Championships in Poland from Aug. 6-12 in the U-19 division.
The Ruxton resident also participated in the event in 2014 and 2015.
Wong is now playing squash at Stanford University after playing on the Roland Park varsity for five seasons.
Wong, who captained the U.S. team in Poland, was the country’s No. 1 ranked player in the U-17 division during her sophomore and junior years of high school.
Towson volleyball shines
On a night when Towson and Hereford played inspired volleyball for two pulsating hours in the Baltimore County championship, Towson had the final word and handed the Bulls their first loss of the season.
The Generals did it by rallying from a two-set deficit before going on to post a 17-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-8 victory in Parkton.
“It shows we go down against a really good team and fight back,” said Towson coach Emily Berman, whose team also won county titles from 2008 to 2011. “It says something about their character and work ethic.”
Junior outside hitter Sara Mandreja (21 kills, 9 digs) performed admirably for the Generals, a Class 3A state semifinalist last year that extended its winning streak to 13 after a 1-2 start.
Towson swept Poly, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18, to take its second straight Class 3A North region championship.
The season ended when the Generals (17-3) lost to Atholton in the state semifinals.
Field hockey upsets
In its first meeting with Hereford, the Dulaney field hockey team lost by three goals.
That’s why Kiley Bolonda needed only a few words to describe the thrill of beating the two-time defending Class 2A state champion Hereford, 1-0, in Timonium after scoring the game’s only goal on a feed from Emma Klein.
“This was pretty amazing,” Bolonda said.
Bolonda, a senior attacker, scored Dulaney’s goal with 12:48 remaining in the first half.
In another stunning upset during the field hockey season, Dulaney was beaten by Towson, 1-0.
Dulaney dominated Towson, 6-1, in 2015, but Towson senior midfielder Shaeleigh LaCasse scored a goal with 15:50 remaining in the first half to give the Generals the victory in 2016.
“Of all the teams that I have seen come through Towson in the past seven years, this one really plays together,” Generals’ coach Sam Merrick said. “They make things happen because they trust each other and they just have a cohesion that I have seen no other team have.”