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GC, Prep fall short in soccer playoffs

In the Interstate Athletic Conference boys’ soccer championship, the Georgetown Prep Hoyas saw their successful 2013 season come to an end in a 4-1 loss against St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in Alexandria, Va. It was the Hoyas’ third loss to the Saints this season as Georgetown Prep finished the year with an 11-4-1 record.

In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs, Our Lady of Good Counsel’s boys’ soccer team reached the semifinals before bowing out to eventual WCAC champion DeMatha Catholic. The Falcons lost to the Stags, 2-0, after downing St. John College High School in the quarterfinals, 5-0. Under coach Dylan Dempsey, in his second year, Good Counsel finished with a 10-5-2 record.

Good Counsel defends WCAC title

Good Counsel sophomore Nia Dorsey’s goal in the 25th minute of Saturday’s WCAC final was all the Falcons needed in a 1-0 win over rival Bishop O’Connell for their second straight championship and third in four years.

The meeting marked the 10th time Good Counsel and O’Connell played for the WCAC title. The win evened the head-to-head at five games apiece but the Falcons have won the last two.

Holton-Arms wins ISL soccer

The Holton-Arms School soccer team won the season-ending Independent School League “A” Division championship with a 2-1 win over crosstown rival Stone Ridge of School of the Sacred Heart Sunday. Panthers goals were scored by Megan Saunders and Katie Taylor. Saunders also assisted on Taylor’s goal.

Wootton QB throws for 541 yards in a game

Thomas S. Wootton quarterback Sam Ellis threw for 541 yards — which would set a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game record if verified — in a 58-40 win over Rockville on Friday.

Ellis completed 22-of-36 passes with six touchdowns and one interception.

Rockville’s Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards in a win over Col. Zadok Magruder earlier this season, but the state was still verifying that total.

Holy Cross wins second WCAC title

Rhamat Alhassan has been playing volleyball for only three years, but when she graduates from the Academy of the Holy Cross this spring, she’ll have a pair of WCAC titles in tow.

On Friday, a day after sweeping Good Counsel in the semifinals, Alhassan recorded a career-high 26 kills in leading the Tartans to a 3-1 win over Paul VI in a rematch of last year’s title match, which was Holy Cross’ first championship in program history.

“I think I did pretty good,” said a laughing Alhassan, who finished her final high school season with 289 kills, 154 more than her next closest teammate. “I guess it was just me really wanting to win.”

Good Counsel tennis wins two medals

Junior Stephanie Grodecki’s runner-up finish in the No. 1 singles slot and gold medal with freshman Megan Keller in the No. 1 doubles bracket helped the Good Counsel girls’ tennis team to a third-place finish at the season-ending WCAC championship Monday. It was a drastic improvement from last year’s seventh-place performance.

Every point in such a tournament format counts and coach Lee Ingham said in an email that she was extremely pleased with her charges’ record in the first round. The Falcons were victorious in six of nine opening round matches, the most in recent history. The Falcons should only be stronger next year with a good portion of its top six slated to return.

Third time charm for Whitman tennis player

After regular season and county final losses to Wootton’s Miranda Deng, Whitman senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova defeated the freshman star in straight sets to win last Wednesday’s all-Montgomery County Region II girls’ singles title. Maryland public high school tennis is divided into eight regions.

The top two finishers in each bracket — boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles and mixed doubles — earn a spot in the state championship played each May at the University of Maryland, College Park. Last Wednesday’s region finals featured the girls’ singles and doubles; boys and mixed doubles regionals will be played following the boys’ spring season.

Wootton seniors Aishu Iyer and Katarina Sherman won the girls’ doubles region title over Churchill’s Hayley Keats and Sriya Movva.

— Compiled by Gazette staff