South­ern Mary­land teams ready for MISAL sea­son

King’s Chris­tian has a full slate this fall

The Enterprise - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: @tblack­somds1

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.

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