The Spectator returns after the first week of intense winter sports competitions. Some final notes on the fall season before the weekly winter roundup, though:
The Cross Country team finished third in the MIAA Championship race held at McDaniel College, then returned to the course a week later and emerged victorious in the Private Schools Championship.
Individuals honored with all-MIAA recognition this fall were: Grant Farley, Logan Paff, and Luke Unger for soccer, Will Gildea, Brooks Lebow, Adam Mason, and Hollis Quasebarth for Water Polo, Cameron Alexander, Chase Drew, John McGowan, and Tyler Witherspoon forVolleyball. Congratulations on the well-deserved accolades!
Turning the page to the winter:
Basketball: The boys traveled to Georgetown Prep last Wednesday for a challenging tip-off to the regular season with a non-conference game against the Baby Hoyas. After a strong start that gave the Hounds an early 7-3 lead, Gilman went cold from the field. Two big dunks from Georgetown Prep gave them a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, and they pulled away 76-60.
The Hounds returned to the Finney Arena for the Bristow Tip-Off Classic Friday, opening with a scrappy St. Paul's team. The Hounds slowly built a lead with great effort on defense which created turnovers leading to some easy buckets. The Hounds pushed the lead to 63-40 in the fourth quarter before finishing off the visitors 64-51 to advance to the championship game. Jalen Rucker finished with 17 points and Jordan Foster with 13.
Matched up against a supremely talented West Nottingham team featuring post-grads, the Hounds knew they were going to have to play tough and pick up the pace against West Nottingham. After a back and forth game, the visitors started to pull away in the third quarter, taking a 58-43 advantage. However, the Hounds weren't done yet, and responded with their own 15-2 run that pulled them within a bucket at 60-58. Unfortunately, that is as close as they would get as West Nottingham hit some big shots down the stretch to close the game out with a 74-66 to take the Bristow championship. Jalen Rucker scored 20 points, Jordan Foster had 15, and Chase Drew added 11. Rucker and Foster were both named to the all-tournament team.
The Hounds will kick off MIAA A Conference play with a big game at powerhouse Mt. St. Joe Wednesday night at 7pm.
Ice Hockey: Though the season just started for most teams, the hockey team has been skating since early November. The first game was only four days after the start of the season when they faced one of their toughest opponent of the year, Delaware Prep. A fast paced, back and forth game, the Ice Hounds eventually fell to Prep, 7-5.
Just two days later, the team went against their fiercest rival, Loyola. Another intense, high scoring game ended in a tie, 7-7. The team then faced their second league opponent, Curley, finishing on top 5-3.
The Ice Hounds then traveled to Piney Orchard to play MIAA opponent Glenelg. Absolutely dominating possession, the team put up an astounding 72 shots. Thwarted by an unbelievable performance from Glenelg’s goalie, the Hounds only won 5-1.
Finally, this Sunday the Ice Hounds played Fox Lane from New York. Another intense, back and forth game, the team fell 6-5. Over the past five games, goals have been scored by Sam King, Alex Koster, Bear Vandiver, Bennet Mosk, Justin Adelsberg, Kyle Morris, Xander Martin, Pierce Washburn, Quinn Craig, and Jacob Korczakowski.
Indoor Track: The Indoor team came away with first place in the season opener and had over 40 points more than the second place team. Nico Gonzalez-Reed, Garrett Shriver, Keith Roberts, and Charlie Edwards placed first in the 55 meter, 500 meter, 800 meter, and 3200 meter respectively. Gilman's 4x800 team also won their event.
Swimming: Both JV and Varsity defeated Calvert Hall for the first time together. Crediting a fiery pre-race speech by senior Will Gildea, the Hounds finished each race with all they had. With clutch third and fourth places from sophomores Ian Railey, Ryan Blumenfeld, and Antonio Mendez, juniors Bodie Breza and Andrew Kim, and seniors Gildea and Andrew Diehl, augmenting dominant first places finishes from freshman Bryce Lloyd, sophomore Eric Zhang, junior Philip Morgan, and seniors Wade Perry, Max Verheyen, and Nathan Hedgecock, the Hounds cruised to the win.
Wrestling: The Wrestling team opened the season with the Ray Oliver tournament this past weekend. For the Varsity, Mattheus Carroll took third place (220lbs), Kevonte Beard finished in third place (195lbs), Kezmond Elliot took fifth place (182lbs), and Cam Ward secured sixth place (138lbs).
Notably, the JV team won the team tournament, and had a number of first place finishers, including Jack Goldman (113lbs), Dan Griffin (120lbs), Jack Neurmberger (145lbs), and Jack Vander Heyden (160lbs).