Teams go for gold in championships

As the fall sports season draws to an end, The Patriot looks into JC’s most competitive sports to see which teams are champions and which teams are potential championship contenders

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Women's cross country practices for the championship meet on Oct. 30. The team went undefeated this season with a record of 7-0.

Women’s Varsity Cross Country

The women’s varsity cross country team has proven itself to be a primary contender and possible victor for the IAAM A conference championship meet. The team is currently undefeated with a perfect 7-0 record. Coach Robert Torres believes that the team’s success is due to the talent, hard work, and leadership of the captains.

“This is the deepest team of talent I think we’ve ever had in the IAAM,” Torres said.

Torres expects the girls to do well at championships. “We’re the favorites. If [the other teams] are on and we’re a little off, it might not turn out how we want. If we stay focused though, we’ll be ready” Torres said.

Captain and senior Alex Gromacki has been one of the leaders of the team

“As Coach Torres says, ‘stay focused.’ With this mindset during our workouts, we can pull out with a conference championship” Gromacki said.

The championship meet is Oct. 30 in Cockeysville, MD.

Women’s Varsity Volleyball

The women’s IAAM A conference volleyball is exceedingly competitive. Like any other sport in an A conference, it requires strong motivation from its players throughout the season according to head coach Greg Cullison. The team’s energy and devotion has earned them a record of 10-5.

“JC is currently ranked 4th place and can be a contender for the championships if we eliminate many of the unforced errors that kill momentum,” Cullison said. “Serving tough and putting the other team on the defensive from the onset greatly improve our chances.”

“Our team has a bond that every team wants to have,” sophomore Taylor Sommer, a varsity player, said. According to Sommer, the players have “come a long way and are getting better and better.”

The championship game is Nov. 2 at Roland Park Country School.

Men’s Varsity Soccer

The men’s varsity soccer team is fighting for its chance to play at championships. “We are right in the middle of that fight, and we have to make sure we qualify,” men’s varsity soccer coach James Fendryk said. “If we get in, we have just as good as a chance as any other team to win.”

Fendryk describes how unpredictable soccer games can be. “The best, and sometimes worst, part of the game is that any team can win on any given day. The only way to know what will happen in the championships is to see what happens on what day.”

The men’s varsity soccer team has an overall record of 9-9-2 and their championship game is on Nov. 11 at Stevenson University.

Women’s Varsity Soccer

When the varsity women’s soccer team gave McDonogh its only loss of the season, their potential to go to championships and possibly win was greatly increased.

“Beating McDonough proved that JC is able to play a high caliber game. Having a few days off for the tournament will only benefit our team,” assistant coach Hayley Howe said.

The team has an overall record of 5-7-1, winning against Patterson Mill, Bryn Mawr, Mercy, Notre Dame Prep, and McDonough.

“The varsity squad can clearly differentiate between the appropriate time for hard work and the time to enjoy each other and the game” Howe said.

The championship game is on Nov. 2 at Anne Arundel Community College.

Billy Jump is a Copy Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.