Last week saw the return of the familiar sights and sounds of Gilman boys competing on fields, courts, and in the water. A roundup of the first full week of fall contests:
Cross Country - On Saturday, Gilman competed at the Seahawk Invitational to open their season. After finishing tenth a year ago, the Hounds tied for fifth despite various injuries. Junior Beck Wittstadt finished 13th overall with a convincing 16:01 three-mile. Senior captains Tom Broadus and Charlie Edwards followed behind Beck with times of 16:26 and 17:01, respectively. Sub-eighteen minute efforts from James Edwards and Pieter Heesters helped secure not only a great placement in the meet overall but a resounding win over the Loyola Dons, who were also in attendance.
Football - The Hounds traveled to Alexandria to renew their rivalry with Episcopal High School. Down numerous starters out with injuries, Gilman gave a gritty effort that saw the game in a 3-0 battle seconds before halftime. A terrific throw and a catch touchdown pass by Episcopal at the first-half horn extended the lead to 10-0, and the Hounds could not close the gap in the second half. Sophomore Kenny Green, getting his first career start at running back due to injuries, led the Hounds in rushing and receiving and chipped in with four tackles on defense. Tyler Martire led the defense with eleven stops on the day from his middle linebacker position. “Big play” Rayuan Lane was at it again Saturday, forcing a fumble to extinguish an Episcopal scoring drive. Junior captain Mattheus Carroll recovered that fumble and added a huge sack to stop another drive late in the half. Senior Gage Crites and freshman Ahmir Crawley dominated the line of scrimmage from their defensive end positions, each recording six tackles on the day. Remi Remington provided much-needed help to a banged-up defensive secondary, making his first career start at safety, notching six tackles on the say.
Soccer - Soccer opened their 2019 MIAA campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over #4 ranked MSJ. The Gaels pressed for scoring opportunities early and often, only to be rebuffed by keeper Grant Farley and the Hounds’ back four. Finally, the scoreless contest was broken as Costi Karakousis notched the game-winner, putting the ball in the lower-left corner off of a feed by Johnny Melancon with just over ten minutes remaining in the game. The Hounds controlled the remainder of the match, and start 1-0 in the rugged A conference.
Volleyball - On Wednesday, the VolleyHounds took the trip to Annapolis to play Archbishop Spalding, where they won 3-0. The team looked sharp, winning each set comfortably with the help of junior setters Zach Gavilow and Jake Thompkins. Middle blocker John Cavanaugh (‘21) had a big game with a team-leading six kills. The team served well, recording six aces from Micheal Mallas, Lucas Matanguihan, Halden Ginsberg, Wallace Halpert, Gavilow, and Thompkins. On Friday, the Hounds opened the DeafDome against St. Pauls, who proved to be stiffer competition in front of an electric crowd of Gilman students. After winning the first two sets, the Hounds dropped a set to the Crusaders before rebounding for a 3-1 victory. The team showed a strong offensive effort, as Charlie Guyton (‘22) and Jackson Shelby (‘20) led the team in kills with ten each. Halpert and Mallas sliced through the Crusader’s defense with a combined six aces. The Volleyhounds hope to build upon what they learned during their first two matches to prepare for Loyola and Calvert Hall this week.
Water Polo - The PoloHounds were off this past week after their successful run in the Philmore Cup. Gilman opens conference play against the Gaels on Tuesday.