The Spectator - Week of September 1

While plenty of Gilman students and families are just now adjusting to the daily schedule of school life again, many of Gilman’s finest have spent the past few weeks toiling away during preseason practices to prepare for fall competition. A roundup of games over the past two weeks, with a look ahead for sports whose games begin this week:

Cross Country - The Cross Country team looks forward to beginning it's season on Saturday, 9/7, at the annual Seahawk Invitational Meet in Annapolis. 

Football - The 2019 Hounds started fall competition in style two Saturdays ago, jumping out to an early twenty point lead en route to an impressive season-opening 47-18 victory over Riverdale Baptist. The win featured solid performances from some Gilman veterans and tantalizing glimpses of the future in highlight moments from some young Hounds. Senior Billy Spillman recorded two interceptions from his strong safety position, while junior Rayuan Lane was all over the field, and took an interception fifty yards to the house for a pick-six touchdown. Freshman quarterback Matt Parker was 8-11 passing, and threw his first two touchdowns of his career, including a beautiful fifty-two yard bomb off of play-action into the waiting arms of Lane. The other TD pass was a short strike to sophomore running back Ke’Yon Torain, who was the offensive star of the day, rushing for 185 yards on sixteen carries. Gage Crites and Mattheus Carroll led the defense with four tackles apiece.

This past Saturday, Gilman battled the Dons of Loyola in a tight first half. Down 13-0 at half, three crucial injuries to two-way starters proved too much for the young Hounds to overcome, as Loyola ran away with the contest in the second half. Parker continued his impressive play, completing 12-19 passes. Crites again led the defense, recording five tackles, including two tackles-for-loss.

Gilman travels to Episcopal of Virginia this Saturday. This matchup has come down to the last snap two years in a row, with Gilman’s Piper Bond catching a game-winning touchdown two seasons ago, and Episcopal returning the favor with a last-second TD pass last season. Good luck, Hounds!

Soccer - After a disappointing 0-0 draw against Severn, Coach Seal challenged the Varsity Soccer team to be relentless and resilient. On Saturday, the Hounds had the perfect opportunity to bounce back against Haverford, a nationally ranked regional rival. The Hounds made a few changes to the starting lineup, including moving sophomore Alden Booth to the left wing. Just four minutes into the game, Booth made his impact on the game. He caught the goalie off his line and slotted a ball from outside of the box into the bottom right corner. The Hounds continued their dominant play in the first half, helped by the success of Tucker Hebert ('21) and Costi Karakousis ('20) in the middle of the pitch. With nearly ten minutes remaining in the first half, Johnny Meloncon ('21) fed Jacob Muher ('22) who found the bottom right corner after a one time hit. Moments later, the Hounds conceded a penalty in the box. Haverford stepped up to take the PK and Gilman keeper Grant Farley dove to the right and saved the shot. The Hounds continued their great play into the second half. With ten minutes remaining in the game, Meloncon played an outswinging free kick into the box and found freshman Devon Nixon ('23) who one timed the ball into the back of the net. Gilman received big performance from Eli Webb ('20) and Chase Spurrier ('23) in the back line. Gilman opens up league play next Friday at home against MSJ.

Water Polo - On Friday, after hitting traffic on the drive to Philly for the annual Philmore Cup, the Hounds hopped right off the bus and dropped a tight contest (11-10) to a tough Haverford team, despite a seven-goal effort by sophomore Ian Reilly and a strong game by goalie and captain Hollis Quazebarth.

Saturday was a different story. Gilman controlled Episcopal Academy, running away with a 17-9 win. Captains Brooks Lebow and Adam Masom scored four and five goals, respectively, while Bennett Gioioso scored the first three goals of his varsity career. 

Gilman continued to roll, beating Germantown Academy 21-7, a game in which senior Ben Thomas saw some action in the goal. Andrew Kim scored his first three varsity goals, while Bodie Breza, Charlie Hiller, Charlie Neuremberger, and Quazebarth each scored their first goal. Plus, Masom tagged on six more goals, and Lebow and Antonio Mendez each scored two of their own.

Volleyball - The Volley-Hounds are excited to begin the defense of their 2018 MIAA A Conference championship this Wednesday at Spalding. The Hounds return to open the Deaf Dome Friday against St. Paul’s.