Southern Maryland teams ready for MISAL season
King’s Christian has a full slate this fall
A quartet of private schools spread throughout Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties that compete in the Metro Independent Schools Athletic League will often cross paths throughout the fall on the soccer field and in the gymnasium.
The Calverton School in Calvert County will have boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball, as will St. Mary’s County’s King’s Christian Academy, while Grace Christian Academy in Charles County will have boys soccer and volleyball and Southern Maryland Christian Academy in Charles County will have boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball.
King’s Christian finished the 2017 slate with an 11-3 record that included a 7-1 mark in the league, defeated Grace Christian, 3-1, in the tournament semifinals then was upended by Riverdale Baptist in four sets in the final.
King’s Christian volleyball team has already posted MISAL victories over Southern Maryland Christian, 3-2, and Calverton, 3-0.
King’s Christian’s boys soccer team was 9-8 overall last season, 8-4 MISAL, falling in the semifinals of the league postseason tournament.
Southern Maryland Christian’s volleyball team opened the season with a five-set setback against King’s Christian, but rebounded to defeat Lanham Christian of Prince George’s County, 3-1. The Mustangs will have only one senior on the rosterwith a youthful supporting cast.
“The team played really well in that first match,” Southern Maryland Christian coach Stephanie Baker said. “We have a lot of younger girls on the team this season, so really the ultimate goal is to just keep getting better with each practice and each match. We’ll have a lot of girls played a lot of different roles this season.”
Southern Maryland Christian’s girls soccer team opened the season with an 8-1 setback against Washington Christian Academy of Montgomery County. The Mustangs graduated their best player, Joy Namyst, now a freshman at Southern Wesleyan College (S.C.), but have Alayna Cox, Annie Gaines, Faith Crawford and Faith Arotimi back on the field this fall.
The Southern Maryland Christian boys lost 8-0 in their opener to Washington Christian.
Grace Christian’s boys soccer team headed into this fall as the defending MISAL regular season and tournament champions but have since graduated seven starters and lost three other players to transfer and are now under the direction of rookie head coach, Justin Garrett, who graduated from Grace Brethren Christian in Prince George’s County in 2004.
“We practically have a brandnew team this year,” said Garrett, whose team lost to Calverton, 3-0, and Takoma of Montgomery County, 2-0. “We graduated the league MVP, Zach Wittlinger and six other starters, but we have Brady Tippett and Colby Mitchell in midfield and Brandon Kim and Joshua Jackson-Cody up top and Noah Jones is back as our goalie.”
Grace Christian’s volleyball team is also in the midst of rebuilding season under ninthyear coach Stacie Buhl, a former player at Washington Bible College in Prince George’s County.
The Knights graduated all-conference first-team players Karleigh Cohen and Anastasia Allen and second-team selections Anya Nelson and Ariana Satterthwaite.
“We’re young and we have a new team,” said Buhl, whose team got swept by defending MISAL champions Riverdale Baptist of Prince George’s County and Bullis School of Montgomery County and lost in four sets to Lanham Christian, a school directly across the street from Washington Bible.
Last year, Calverton’s girls soccer team went 11-4 overall, including a 7-2 mark in the MISAL slate, and then won the tournament title by defeating Rockbridge of Anne Arundel County, 4-2, in penalty kicks after the two teams had played to a 1-1 tie.
The Cougars have eight seniors on the roster this fall.
Last season, Calverton’s boys soccer team went 4-9 overall and was 4-8 in the league, but this season the Cougars appear poised to soar past those win totals. Calverton suffered an 8-2 loss to St. Mary’s Ryken, but the Cougars defeated league rival Grace Christian, 3-0, and tied King’s Christian, 2-2.
Calverton boys soccer co-coaches Jason Boxx and Brian Martin have six seniors on the squad this fall.
Calverton’s volleyball team has already been swept by Riverdale Baptist and King’s Christian — the two teams that played for the MISAL title last fall.