By: AJ Eyre and Ashley Ford
Freshman Natalie Davis finished fourth at the MPSSAA state tournament at The Show Place Arena.
We asked Davis about her experience as a female wrestler in a male dominated sport:
By: AJ Eyre
The wrestling team, which capped off a stellar season with a county championship title, were represented by five male wrestlers who qualified and competed at the state championship meet March 4-5.
Senior Kyle Hansberger and junior Ethan Sotka placed second at the state tournament, while seniors Kian Payne (3rd place), Daniel Vaysman (4th place), and Jaegon Hibbits (4th place), each had strong performances.
Glenelg Shield staff writer A.J. Eyre spoke to each of the five to get their thoughts about how they felt the season went:
By: Alfonse Dello Russo
A team out of Savannah, Ga. has been gaining traction for its interesting way of playing baseball. After many seasons with very few people in attendance the Savannah Bananas, a minor league baseball team, has been consistently selling out stadiums ever since the team changed owners in 2016.
Fans now come to watch the collegiate level baseball players who are there to play baseball. The team has been very good in the past years, winning the CPL (Coastal Plain League) championship in 2016.
By: Sam Kersh
Finally, baseball is back.
On Dec. 2, 2021, the MLB owners voted unanimously to lockout the players in spite of the 2016 collective bargaining agreement’s expiration. Over three, long months later, a new CBA has been agreed on – pen to paper.
Much was sacrificed to get to this moment, though. Ultimately, the failure of negotiations on both sides is not a good look for the sport, and begs the question:
Is baseball’s reputation permanently damaged?
By: Justin Zulu
For Tim Cherry it must have been something out of a dream. The senior, who finished the winter high school season as the 800 meter and 1600 meter state champion, most recently ran a school record mile time of 4:12:62 at the New Balance Indoor Nationals Championship Meet on March 12.
Cherry’s time breaks a mark set 11 years ago, according to coach Philip Johnson.
It’s a dream that Cherry has been running toward since the indoor track season of his freshman year, but really materialized this year at the start of the cross country season.
By: Justin Zulu
The Glenelg Track and Field team experienced a variety of feelings this season: cold, tired, and, at times, unmotivated. But there was never a doubt that the runners would end the season feeling anything but triumphant.
In a season that saw multiple pauses due to COVID-19, Glenelg was able to persevere throughout the season, which culminated with multiple championship victories at state and regional meets.
By: Nevin Shatzer and Alfonse Dello Russo
After a hard fought season, Glenelg Ice Hockey ended their season 5-5-1.
The team had its fair share of ups and downs this season. Through all of the wins and losses this season, players grasped a better understanding of how to play with each other more effectively, according to the team’s head coach.
By: Carlin Costell
The wrestling program at Glenelg trains its athletes at a highly competitive level. The result? The varsity team has won the county championships five out of the last six years.
But a strong varsity team is usually built on the foundational success of its JV program, and this year’s team was no exception, which won the JV county wrestling championship.
By: Sam Kersh
If your favorite NFL team has made the playoffs, then you know how it goes: feelings of excitement, nervousness, and heartbreak prevail.
However, as regulation comes to a close, these emotions are even more noticeable. With both teams’ seasons on the line, the clock slowly winds down to zero - but the score remains tied.
By: Justin Zulu
By: Sam Kersh
It’s been two years since Glenelg basketball last stepped foot on the court. Nonetheless, both the boys and girls team have kept the same confidence they had back in 2019.
It hasn’t been easy.
For most athletes at Glenelg, they only lost a few games in their 2020 season. But when COVID-19 postponed last year’s sports to the spring, winter sports, such as basketball, didn’t get a second chance.
Now Glenelg boys and girls basketball are ready to make an impact.
By: Kyle Gonce
After finishing their season 16-1, culminating in a 2A State Championship victory, Glenelg’s field hockey team already has its sights set on next season.
Following a 3-2 loss to Marriotts Ridge on Sept. 17, the Gladiators rattled off 13-straight wins, the last five being playoff shutouts en route to their 1-0 win over Hereford on Nov. 13, the team’s first championship since 2017.
By: Mack Leach
The Glenelg boys and girls Cross Country teams ended their seasons finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, at a sloppy and muddy State Championships at Hereford High School on Nov. 13.
Hereford plays host to the Bull Run Course, one of the most challenging in Maryland due to its steep hills, according to sophomore Liam Rutledge. Add the muddy terrain due to the weather that day, and it could have spelled disaster for the runners.
by: Katie Heimberg and Julia Keane
Despite their top-ten finish at the state championship golf tournament in late October, members of Glenelg’s golf team are already looking forward to next season.
Playing in windy conditions Oct. 26 and 27 at The University of Maryland Golf Course, the team placed eighth overall behind sophomore Megan Kirkpatrick’s fourth place finish. It was Kirkpatrick’s first state tournament.
by: Carlin Costell and Ashley Ford
The Allied Sports program is an integral part of the Glenelg community.
Through soccer in the fall, bowling in the winter, and softball in the spring the program is designed to provide students with disabilities an opportunity to be part of a sports team and to participate in an athletic setting.
The program gives students with and without disabilities a chance to develop friendships and an understanding of the value of teamwork, which, according to student aide Amanda Preston, was most evident in their soccer season.
By: Michael Nagle
Playing sports on all levels during the pandemic has been quite controversial. Some say playing organized sports increases the chances for Covid spread, while others maintain personal freedoms outweigh possible consequences.
By: Alfonse Dello Russo and Nevin Shatzer
Despite an early season loss to Atholton, Glenelg’s varsity football team has been on a tear lately, winning five of its six games and beating opponents in dominant fashion. Although their season has been filled with wins so far, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing, which actually has helped keep the team focused on a playoff run.
By: Mitchell Steinberg
*January 4, 2021 is a big day if all remains the same over Christmas Break, it will bring the first action in Howard County High school sports since March thirteen this past year. Still a bitter taste stays with students as the postponement of high school sports has continued along with the delays of a return to school. Currently, Howard County students are staying virtual until the end of the third quarter. This vote came as a shock since the reevaluation was not supposed to be until January 26 at the end of quarter two, but instead the vote may have come too soon and jeopardized a chance at returning to school in the third quarter if it all this year. Since once the decision is made it is hard to reverse it and change direction for thousands of students and teachers.
By: J.T. Shatzer
After a decade of high-flying dunks, flashy passes, clutch performances, and all-star caliber seasons, The Washington Wizards have parted ways with John Wall, as they send him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for former league MVP Russell Westbrook. The trade came into fruition after both Wall and Westbrook expressed their desire to leave their respective franchises. From an outside perspective, the trade can be seen as a win-win situation for both teams, as both the Wizards and Rockets are looking to make major jumps this coming season. Wizards fans all across the DMV took to social media to express their gratitude for John Wall’s contributions to both the team and the community over the years.
By: Mitchell Steinberg
The 2020 NBA Bubble has been the center of the sports world since sports were able to return during the pandemic. The Bubble was the central location where the NBA decided to resume and finish its season that was halted by the pandemic. As a lot has happened in the country during the pandemic with police brutality and racial equality, many players have used the Bubble to promote movements throughout the pandemic and even playoff games have been postponed in an act or protest for racial justice. The Bubble has not been bullet proof though as some players have broken guidelines to get food or sneak in outsiders to their rooms. Overall atmosphere of the Bubble is off as the arena has been compared to a high school basketball court. With the walls being closer to behind the backboard and overall smaller arena has been proved to increase depth perception, which many fans and NBA enthusiasts believe is the reason for all of the high performance shooting in the Bubble.