Before everyone scatters for the summer, The Spectator wants to take a moment to recognize the outstanding spring athletic season. A roundup of how teams finished:
Baseball: Gilman made it to the finals of the double elimination playoffs for the second consecutive season. The playoffs began for Gilman with a “home” matchup (played on the turf at Johns Hopkins due to inclement weather) with McDonogh. Gilman cruised to a 7-3 win over the Eagles behind a dominant effort from Peter Heubeck, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, finishing with 10 strikeouts and only a single hit allowed. Tripp Myers led the offense with two hits.
The win set up a meeting of the top two teams in the league, Gilman and Calvert Hall. Gilman fell 4-3, with a furious rally in the seventh inning falling just short. Lefthander Danny Rosenfield posted his third straight quality outing against the Cardinals, throwing a complete game, but the Hounds couldn’t muster enough offense to pull out a win.
Next, Gilman played host to the Gaels, as MSJ advanced through the loser’s bracket. Gilman took the lead early on a beautifully executed “double squeeze” bunt by Tyler Martinez. Not only was Martinez safe at first on the play, but Gilman runners from second and third base scored. Martinez finished with three hits and three runs scored, more than enough to support Matt Leikus, who needed just 72 pitches over six dominant innings of work.
The stage was set for the MIAA finals, as Gilman and Calvert Hall squared off for the fourth time of the season under the lights at Harford Community College. Alas, the Hounds were unable to flip the script on the Cardinals, as Calvert Hall managed a 4-2 win to take the championship. Martinez continued his hot playoff run, with two hits, including a double, in the loss.
Congratulations to Pierce Bennett, Heubeck, and Leikus for garnering All-MIAA honors. Congratulations to all of the Hounds on a great season!
Golf: The Hounds missed the A Conference playoff by mere percentage points. A dominant 14.5-6.5 win over Spalding gave Gilman life going into the final week of team competition, but a loss to St. Paul’s in the final team match of the year sealed the Hounds’ fate. Congratulations to Evan Gilbert and Charlie Klein, who were named to the all-MIAA A Conference team this week!
Lacrosse: Gilman finished the season 9-7, just missing the playoffs in the rugged MIAA A Conference. The balanced Hounds were great fun to watch this spring; while junior Sam King led the team in points with 30 goals and 15 assists, the attack was balanced, as 19 different players scored at least two goals, and 50% of the goals scored were assisted. Senior midfielder Will Godine played two-ways, and still managed 23 goals and nine assists, while Logan Paff and Andy Andrews added 14 goals each from the first midfield group. Other standouts included face-off specialist Nick Tussing, who won 64% of his one-on-one matchups, and collected 76 ground balls on the season. Between the pipes, Noah Klein was a bright spot all season for Gilman. His 55% save rate is the highest recorded by a Hounds goalie in recent years.
Tennis: What a finish! The tennis team finished off an undefeated regular season with a team championship, defeating Calvert Hall in convincing fashion 5-0. The win marked the sixth team championship in Coach Krulevitz’ eight seasons at the helm.
The Hounds dominated the individual tournament as well, winning titles at all but #1 singles. Nick Boucher, Gilman’s #1, gutted his way through the field off top players before falling in a tight finals match 4-6, 6-3, 4-6. Dylan Walters won at #2 singles 6-3, 6-1, and Piyush Mavanur won 6-0, 6-0 at #3 singles. Both of the Gilman doubles teams also brought home championships, as Noah Jun/Mikey Haire won 6-4, 6-2 at #1 doubles, and Saijai Kaushal/Rohan Malik won 6-1, 6-3 at #2 doubles.
Amazingly, ALL SEVEN of Gilman’s varsity players listed above were named to the All-MIAA team. Congratulations on another terrific season!
Track & Field: Gilman won the regular season championship after an undefeated sweep of the MIAA, beating MSJ 98-48 in the final dual meet of the season. The Hounds also sent a successful contingent to compete in the Penn Relays the week before.
Highlights from the end of the regular season include Donnie Young’s performance in the triple jump, leaping 45’6.5” against MSJ. His mark was the second highest for a freshman in the country this spring. His counterpart, sophomore Josh Green, also came through in the clutch against the Gaels, jumping the nearly same distance. Sophomore Beck Wittstadt finished his regular season as a school record holder in the open 800m, with a time of 1:55.1, and notched a #18 rank nationally for the event. The 4x100 team (consisting of Mamady Dangnokho, Nico Gonzalez-Reed, Khari Jones, and Jalen Marshall) continues to climb the rankings after a 43.33 performance and third place finish at the Penn Relays last, followed up by a 42.7 performance, and win, against MSJ. Star hurdler and top returner in the 300m hurdles, Gus Cortezi, dazzled the spectators against the Gaels. The pole vault duo of Sal Ricci and Jackson Shelby swept nearly every meet this season. Both Ricci and Shelby own personal bests of 12’6” in the vault. Sophomore Nigel Parker and junior Nico Gonzalez-Reed finished the regular season ranked first and second in the 200m. Also in the past weeks, the 4x400m team (consisting of Coyle Saunders, Beck Wittstadt, Nigel Parker, and Keith Roberts) finished second in their heat at Penn Relays.
The Hounds added to the trophy case at the outdoor championship meet, leaning on a deep roster and the leadership of captains Elie Souied and Keith Roberts to capture the title for a third consecutive year. Congrats to all the track Hounds on the three-peat!