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Sports program of Bishop McNamara HS

The Rivalry Renewed: Competition in the WCAC

Brandon Joyner ’11

Staff Writer

A rivalry can mean many different things. To some, it means to strongly dislike another school. To others, it may not be a big deal. To our athletic director, Anthony Johnson, a rivalry is when those schools in a conference exchange victories and defeats as well. There are many memorable rivalries in pro sports such as the Redskins versus the Cowboys, the Celtics versus the Lakers, or the Yankees versus the Red Sox. When it comes to high school sports, it becomes a little unique.

The WCAC is widely considered one of the toughest conferences in high school sports. In the WCAC, there are rivalries all around the conference, but for some alumni, the current rivalries we have today were not what they experienced years ago.

Mr. Johnson, a 1988 graduate of McNamara, played basketball for the mustangs and said that some of the rivalries he considered back in his day are not considered rivals now. In basketball, the mustangs were rivals against St. Johns, Carroll, DeMatha, and a old conference school named Macon High School. Johnson also said that it was very different in 1988, when McNamara and many other schools in the WCAC were all boys schools and the competition was very high, but different sports have different rivals. Counselor Roland Grimes, who played football at McNamara, said that they were also rivals with DeMatha, Carroll, St. Johns and also O’Connell. When asked about how the conference is currently, he said that the conference has become more talented, competitive and wide open so that anyone can win.

There many differences between WCAC several years ago and the WCAC currently. One change Mr. Johnson has noticed around the conference is that girls basketball has become a lot more competitive. Many of the other schools throughout our conference consider McNamara a rival. Another contributor to the rivalries has been the help of the internet. Mr. Johnson said that social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have made the rivalries more healthy and are building more with other schools. Overall, the WCAC is a very diverse conference that expects intense, more competitive games and rivalries to develop in the future.

Swimming Grows Closer While Diving Breaks Records

Casey Gouldman '11 and Addie Miller '11 get ready to swim againist the opponent St. Albans. Photo by Jackie Corley '10.

By AC Brown ’10
Sports Editor

Now that their seasons are over, the swimming and diving program can reflect on this year’s highlights.

Jenny Klimczak, the swimming coach, summed up the swimming season saying the team was “doing their best.” She expanded on this for the boys who won all but two of their meets. This year, the swim team was able to have a team of fifty people. The new comers have fully embraced their new membership with the swim team.

Raven Proctor describes the current team like a “family of brothers and sisters.”

This year has been quite a momentous year for diving. Jada Winston ’10 won first place at Metros which is the competition for the “most elite” divers with a score of 169.15. In addition, this score broke a twelve year record that was held by David Hoffmaster ’98 who scored six point lower than Jada’s score. Donald Perham, the diving coach, described Jada as “courageous” and “hard-working.”

Ms. Klimczak talked about the continuing improvement of Cole Holloma ’13 and Carmela Rourke ’11 and believes they will be significant contributors next year.

Jada’s departure will leave a significant void in next year’s diving lineup. Her contributions will definitely be missed.

Tyler Bryant '11.  Photo by Grant Hill '10.
Tyler Bryant '11. Photo by Grant Hill '10.

Fresh Runners, Brand New Team

Staff Writer
by:Taylor Brown ’11

Returning runners are keeping the Track and Feild team competitive.  Team Captain, Kiertson LaRoche is an all-around athlete. She is a tremendous jumper and a multi-event player. A multi-event player does everything such as hurdles, long jump, high jump, 400, 4×200, and so on.  Her personal record in the high jump is 5’6 and in the long jump she jumped 18 feet. She did really well in the meet in Mahattan, New York on January 9. She competed in the hispanics games, placing 1st in the long jump finals with a distance of 18-2.5 3.  Although, LaRoche has proved to everyone that she is an athlete. She strives to place third in a multi-event, jump above 15 feet in the long jump, and 5’8 in the high jump.   She added, “I’m very proud of the team with all the hard work and effort everyone has put in this year.”  The mustangs have a strong group of girl runners lead by seniors Maya Lewis and Chanae Davis. Lewis sprints and jumps. She triple Jump – 34-2 and long Jump – 14-11 as her personal best.
January 23- Lewis ran a new season best time of 26.05 in the 200m at Kevin Dare High School Invitational, placing 4th. Davis sprints and runs mid distance. She PR (personal record)1:31.86  at the the F.I.T (Friends indoor Track and Feild).    The second team captain, Alexis Stroman 11′ (hurdles, sprints) is having a great year. She had broken the record of the 55 hurdles in the F.I.T. She PR  8.3 in the BCIA.  Stroman individual best performance this season was when she PR 41.54 in the 300m at the DCIAA Invitational on January 13.  She said, “As a whole we all look better and we are more unified as a team. Everyone gets along, it’s not cliqueish.” Including Juniors Chyna Brown (400m, high jump), Shannell Debraux (long, triple, high jumps, sprints), and Angelique Payne (sprints, hurdles) who are great runners as well.    The Boys did really well in the DCIAA Invitational. Led by their third team Captain Christopher Spriggs 10′ who is an outstanding 400m 800m runner.  January 10-13- Christopher ran a PR of 37.55 in the 300m at DCIAA Invitational and he PR 53.99 in the 400m at Hispanic Games presented by The Navy.   There are many juniors that are performing terrific this season.  Nigel Crawley 11′ who is one of the top hurdlers in the metro area, won second place in the hurdles of DCIAA Invitational meet with a PR 7.66.  Distance runners Matthew Feather and Christian Harrison both have high endurance.  Feather PR 11:46.52 and Harrison PR 10:39:06 in the 3200m at the DCIAA.  Avery Gaskin 400m 800m runner said, “We try to make each other better when we race each other at practice.” Avery’s teammwork helped runner Christopher Mattocks finish the 4×4 in 51 seconds at the PGC meet.     Additional, freshmen David Stone is a fast runner, who recently ran a PR of 36.87 in the 300m at DCIAA Invitational, placing 4th.

M Soccer: Homecoming Week ‘Rains’ Down Results

Josh Crockett
Sports Editor

The Varsity Men’s Soccer team headed into homecoming week with a definite mission to avenge and maintain. With two totally opposite talent levels, the mustangs were given the opportunity to split the series with the number one team in the WCAC and continue their quest towards a more a favorable place in the playoffs with a win versus St. Johns.  Led by a strong group of seniors, the mustangs are stronger than what paper may reveal. Senior starter, Maxwell Allegro says, ” We have a lot of potential. The second half will be stronger than the first.” When asked how he and the team could turn there 5-5-4 in conference record around he said, “We need to approach each game with the same intensity.” This intensity would definitely be required against a Dematha squad that had only one in  conference blemish on their

Heading into the match against Dematha, Senior Jeff Meekins said, “If we do the same thing as last time and keep up what we are doing, we should have no problem pulling out a W.” Unfortunately, the men fell short to the Stags by a score 4-0. The teams resilient attitude allowed them to shake off this minor road bump in order to enjoy what would be the last spirit week for many of them.

Is there a lack of focus due to the irregular week and outrageous clothing? Coach Robert Nolte says, “The guys have a good sense of when to turn it on and off. The eleven seniors on the team help to keep us focused and grounded.” He really believes that his team feeds off spirit week and the additional amount of fans will give the team a positive boost heading straght from the pep rally to their homecoming game against St. Johns. This boost could not come at a better time. “We are peaking at the right time”, says Coach Nolte, and this is definitely evident by a much improved second half of the season. Due to the competitiveness of the WCAC, ties at times feel like wins especially to a team that has dealt with a number of injuries to key players. To many people an injury to a starter would prove to be problematic. Not for these Mustangs, it was merely an opportunity to experiment and find success in different positions.

As a Forward for much of his high school career, the sound of playing midfield would definitely be somewhat foreign to Allegro. However, the loss of senior Greg Carbott early in the season left a void in the midfield that Allegro filled valiantly.  When asked about his position change he says, “Im just being what the team needs me to be.” This is a team-wide attitude that Coach Nolte attributes to the strong, senior leadership. He says, “This is an amazing group of young men. They get along great and have just made a great impression this year.”  As the team graduates eleven players, who will step up and replace these guys? Newly appointed Mens’ J.V. soccer coach Katelynn Chambers believes that her group of guys are ready to answer the call of duty.

She says,”That’s always the goal to work up to varsity.” When asked about her transition from the women’s side to the men’s, she expressed that she really was not looking for anything in particular, however, when Coach Nolte offered her the position, she felt that it was an opportunity of which she should take advantage. So far she says,”It has been great. There is a very responsive coach to athlete relationship and I have to give them credit…I know it was  difficult.”

Freshman Andrew Smith says, “We responded well…I have never had a female coach, but she is doing a really good job. Her techniques are different from what I am used to.” She accepts nothing but maximum effort from her players and it is evident out on the field that most of the team’s victories are a result of strictly outworking their opponent.

Coach Nolte says,”J.V. has had a good season. Coach Chambers has done well with focusing on the basics.” This is high praise from the coach that will inherit many of the players on her roster next year.

Both of these teams had a responsibility on the Friday of homecoming week “Beat St. Johns!” With the football team coming off of an emotional victory over the cadets a week before, now was the time for the soccer team to pull out a win against the Cadets just as they did earlier in the season. As both the the boys teams headed out to the field fresh out of the pep rally, there was an added amount of energy as many students stuck around in the rain to support the Mustangs. People throughout the community bundled up and kept up the school spirit.  The added energy propelled the team to an early 1-0 lead after a great goal from Senior Greg Carbott. A clutch cross much later in the game from senior Ryan Leslie set up Carbott for what would be his second, and the teams winning goal. The mustang defense held strong and the Cadets scored only one goal. Heading into the playoffs, the Mustangs are in great position to compete for the WCAC crown. Confident that they can play with pretty much any team in the league, the boys have their eyes on the prize.

Tap to the End Zone

The majority of the tap class is made up of football players, with only a few girls.
The majority of the tap class is made up of football players, with only a few girls.

Taylor Brown ’11
Staff Writer

Football players are taking over the tap dance program at Bishop McNamara. Tap dance has developed and expanded significantly because of the football players.

Ronald Grimes, assistant coach of the varsity football team, influenced his players to take tap dance. “The greatest football players have the greatest dance,” he said.

Tap dancing helps you with playing football, he explained. The main reason the football players are taking tap is because they want to improve their footwork.

Footwork is important because it develops speed and quickness in the player’s legs and feet. Players need to be able to change direction within one step on the football field. Tap dance helps develop just that.

Mr. Grimes said he has seen significant improvement in Matthew Goldsmith ’10, Jalen Neal ’11, and Hannibal Robinson’s ’11 footwork.

Girls Basketball plays to a tie with Ireton

Brandon Joyner ’11
Staff Writer

Sept. 18 — The Lady Mustangs were on the road Friday to take on Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Virginia. The Mustangs were ready for a good game against the Cardinals.

In the first quarter, the Cardinals came out firing, but the Lady Mustang defenders were able to hold them off. Junior Stephanie Ayres and senior Alicia Thomas were driving the soccer ball away from the goal all game. Ireton scored first in the eleventh minute in the first half to lead one to nothing.

During the first half, Senior Jackie Corley sustained an injury to her leg, but returned later in the game at the half with Ireton still lead one to nothing. When the second half began, the Lady Mustangs came out firing on all cylinders with a goal in the sixteenth minute by sophomore Cathy Anderson to tie the game at one.

Later in the second half, the Mustangs went on another surge and senior Candace Chambers scored in the tenth minute giving the Mustangs a two to one lead, but the Cardinals would not go away. They came back to score the tying goal in the sixth minute. During that goal, goalie and freshman Sara Cavanagh sustained an injury to her hand and did not return. She finished with ten saves for the Mustangs.

The game ended in a two to two tie. After the game, Stephanie said that they played well and crossed the ball well in the game. She also said they have to work on communication and concentrating in the game.

When asked on looking forward to the next games, she said as long as the team plays together, they can compete and win some games. Also after the game, Marco Clark, the principal, said that he was proud of the girls because they played together and persevered throughout the game. Both teams played very hard and gave it their best effort. Next on the schedule for the Lady Mustangs are two home games against St Mary’s Ryken and Don Bosco High School.