By: Justin Zulu
There is no doubt Glenelg's junior class is going places; some just happen to already know where.
Throughout the fall and winter, nine student-athletes announced their verbal commitments to eight Division-I schools to continue their athletic careers.
Lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer programs so far have talked to and contacted multiple standout athletes in the junior class. These athletes include AJ Eyre, Kamryn Henson, Ava Hernandez, Lara Hoeflich, Chloe Key, Ashley Kim, Kate Kim, Stephanie Lathrop, Maggie Metz, and Holland Swope.
NCAA Division I coaches can contact female lacrosse student-athletes beginning September 1 of their junior year via verbal offers, emails, calls, texts, and recruiting letters. This change was caused after a study that found that 81 percent of women’s lacrosse student-athletes had their first recruiting contact with a coach prior to the start of their junior year. Lacrosse had the highest rate of early recruiting when compared to the other ten NCAA sanctioned women’s sports.
For field hockey and soccer, NCAA Division I coaches can contact athletes starting June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year, including verbal offers, emails, calls, texts, and recruiting letters.
These decisions affect these athlete’s futures heavily and prove to be an exciting new chapter in their lives.
By: Nabil Abou
By: Bell West
2022 is the year of the Tiger.
The tiger is the symbol of ambition, courage, self-confidence and a commitment to help others. By these traits alone, 2022 might as well be the year of sophomore Jordyn Dodson-Jenson.
Dodson-Jenson made Glenelg history by becoming the school’s first female football player when she held the first extra point for the Gladiators against Hammond High School on Sep. 2 and has started every game since. Ambition, courage, self-confidence: check.
By: Nabil Abou and Mr. Illuzzi
In 1958, Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash” topped the billboard charts, President Eisenhower signed NASA into law, and WHAM-O introduced the Hula Hoop to the world.
While obviously significant to pop culture and the world, these events might not have as much impact locally like the meaning of the game that took place 65 years ago, establishing the longest running rivalry in Howard County sports history: the Gladiators versus the Howard Lions and the battle for the Elgard Trophy.
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.