IPSL Champions

By Anonymous
NEWS Reporter



Sports by Caroline He




his spring has been a successful one for the Blue Storm. This is especially the case when referring to the various Independent and Parochial School League (IPSL) championships won throughout the season.

The boys varsity lacrosse team recently beat Saint James School to achieve its first championship win ever in the IPSL; both boys and girls varsity tennis also scored wins against St. Maria Goretti School and St. James; and, lastly, both the boys and girls track and field teams swept the league championships.

The lacrosse team, who had previously never been IPSL victors, changed that this past Saturday with their win under the lights at St. James. The ultimate score of the game ended up 12-7

Nick Shulkin ’17, an offensive forward and the team’s top goal scorer, stated, “We knew going into the championship that the tensions would be high between our two sides. One of our keys to victory was keeping our composure.” This composure could be seen on the field through the way the boys showed their control despite the adversity they faced from the opposing team.

Shulkin also commented that, “Another key to victory was the way our role players stepped up. Everyone out there was a scoring threat. For example, Archie Levis (’17) had two goals, and Benji (Cantera ’18) also had one. Not to mention, Nico (Critides ’18) also had an incredible game saving a total of, I think, around 17 shots.”

Both the girls and boys varsity tennis teams continued these successes in the IPSL. Shayan Ghodsi ’18, a captain of the boys team and number one player stated in regard to their match, “It’s a different mentality when we play for the IPSL title. It’s what we have been waiting for: our games are airtight, no jitters or doubts. The end of the year allows for the most comfortable playing yet and all together it makes the whole experience fun and memorable. And the boys didn’t fall short of that expectation. They showed up to the courts not only ready to win, but ready to smile on the court. And that’s why we won.”
Likewise, the girl’s tennis team followed suit with their third consecutive win in the IPSL tournament, a feat all the more remarkable for the fact that the girls team is out of season. (In Pennsylvania, girls tennis is a fall sport; in Maryland, where the other IPSL schools are located, it’s a spring sport.)

Molly Widdoes ’17 claimed, “It’s always tough competing with teams who are in season and most of our team has not practiced in a couple months, but we really came together as a team to dominate both teams, and I could not be happier to have been able to play my last high school match with such an amazing team.”

The girls track team continued the Blue Storm’s winning ways. Sophia Divone ’19, winner of the girls 3200M race, commented, “It was really exciting to see all of our hard work pay off. Sometimes championship meets are difficult because everyone is running for points rather than PR’s, so oftentimes people are put in events they don’t normally run. Despite that, I think it was an impressive effort all around.”

The boys side of the track program also won, their seventh year in a row doing so. Distance runner Cole Kissam ’18 remarked, “There were some fast guys out there, but in the end a bunch of our guys came in clutch when it counted and we were able to take home the victory. It’s always a good feeling to win, and it’s even better to repeat.”

Athletic director Rick Hendrickson, when asked about the successes of so many teams this spring season, said “The performance of all of the teams this spring has been a true testament to the effort our athletes put in.”

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