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Varsity Golf Wins MAC Championship!

The 2019 Varsity golf team concluded its season by winning the MAC Championship. They last won the tournament in 2002. The team finished with 8-1 overall record. In the tournament, the team was lead by Grant Exley (2022) who came in second overall with a score of 77. He was followed by Ryan Huppe (2022) with a 79, Josh Shapiro (2022) an 80 and Robert Cantus (2021) an 83. Teddy Ross (2022) and Michael Djourup (2020) played well with scores of 84 and 85 respectively. The final team score of 318  came in seven strokes lower than second place Maret.

The 2019 Varsity golf team concluded its season by winning the MAC Championship. They last won the tournament in 2002. The team finished with 8-1 overall record. In the tournament, the team was lead by Grant Exley (2022) who came in second overall with a score of 77. He was followed by Ryan Huppe (2022) with a 79, Josh Shapiro (2022) an 80 and Robert Cantus (2021) an 83. Teddy Ross (2022) and Michael Djourup (2020) played well with scores of 84 and 85 respectively. The final team score of 318  came in seven strokes lower than second place Maret.

Tennis Still Undefeated

The girls tennis team continues its winning ways, with a 7-0 start to the season. The team was pushed hard in its recent match against Holton-Arms, but managed a huge 6-1 win. Click here to view a gallery.

The girls tennis team continues its winning ways, with a 7-0 start to the season. The team was pushed hard in its recent match against Holton-Arms, but managed a huge 6-1 win. Click here to view a gallery of the match.

Boys Soccer Beats Maret

Last Thursday, the boys varsity soccer team squared off against Maret, resulting in a 2-0 win for the Panthers. Goals were scored by Erick Richardson ’20 and Patrick Morris ’21; both were assisted by Noah Alexander ’21. Click here to view a photo gallery.

Last Thursday, the boys varsity soccer team squared off against Maret, resulting in a 2-0 win for the Panthers. Goals were scored by Erick Richardson ’20 and Patrick Morris ’21; both were assisted by Noah Alexander ’21. Click here to view a photo gallery.

SUCCESS FOR CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country team travelled to the Oatlands Invitational this past Saturday to face the best teams in the surrounding states – a group that included perennial national powerhouse Loudoun Valley. A total of 2,641 runners competed, making this one of the largest meets of the year. The boys were led by Jud Cummings ’21 and Charlie Ortmans ’23, while Nate Boyle ’23 made the team’s most noticeable improvement. Returning All-League runner Tayloe Friedrich ’21 led the girls’ charge, closely followed by captain Izzy Zhang ’20. Emma O’Reilly ’23 established herself as an immediate impact runner among a veteran group consisting of Olivia Agolini ’22, Caroline Osborne ’21, Kat Plaza ’20, Windsor Smith ’20, and Megan Wenig ’20.

The cross country team travelled to the Oatlands Invitational this past Saturday to face the best teams in the surrounding states – a group that included perennial national powerhouse Loudoun Valley. A total of 2,641 runners competed, making this one of the largest meets of the year. The boys were led by Jud Cummings ’21 and Charlie Ortmans ’23, while Nate Boyle ’23 made the team’s most noticeable improvement. Returning All-League runner Tayloe Friedrich ’21 led the girls’ charge, closely followed by captain Izzy Zhang ’20. Emma O’Reilly ’23 established herself as an immediate impact runner among a veteran group consisting of Olivia Agolini ’22, Caroline Osborne ’21, Kat Plaza ’20, Windsor Smith ’20, and Megan Wenig ’20.

A Field Hockey Victory

The varsity field hockey team started the season off with a 3-1 win over George Mason.  After giving up a goal early in the first half, Potomac battled back to score three unanswered goals. Caroline Lay '20 scored two goals, and captain Ginger Myers '20 scored once. In addition to her offensive contributions, Caroline also controlled the midfield play, distributing the ball to teammates and helping out defensively.

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An Incredible Season for Softball

The varsity softball team wrapped up their 2019 season  with a 9-7 victory over Flint Hill in 10 innings, winning the ISL Championship. Maria Urban '21 went the distance, striking out 16 while walking only one. The hitting star of the game was Charlotte Thompson '21, who had six runs batted in and three hits, including a grand-slam homer in the top of the 10th inning that provided the winning margin.

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Boys Basketball Is Victorious in Tip-off

The boys basketball team defeated Ron Brown Charter 66–37 in the first round. They continued their championship success the next day with a 59–53 win over Collegiate. Our team's high energy on defense and efficient execution on offense led us to victory. Preston Bacon '19 and Jamel Melvin '20 made the All-Tournament. The team is off to a 3–0 start this season! Click here to see photos from the tournament.

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Girls Basketball Wins Tip-off Tournament

The girls basketball team opened last weekend's Tip-off Tournament with a 67–33 victory over Broad Run. The team used an impressive 23–0 third quarter to pull away for the decisive win. In the championship game, Sara Park '19 and Kayla Rolph '22 led all scorers (23 and 19) on the way to a 67–52 win over Saint John Paul. Park and Rolph also made the All-Tournament. The team is off to a 3–0 start this season. Click here to see photos from the tournament.

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Girls Varsity Tennis Undefeated and ISL Champs

Girls tennis has ended its regular season with a record of 12–0: the first undefeated record in AA school history. The girls have also won the ISL regular season championship for the second year in a row. The team has thrived this season, due to its strong singles and doubles pairings that both consistently played well. The Panthers finished strong with wins over Sidwell Friends (5–2), Stone Ridge (7–0), and National Cathedral (5–2). This last event included an amazing performance by Carolyn Beaumont '19, who filled in to play at number-one singles and won a great match. The team is looking forward to both the ISL and state tournaments.

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Varsity Field Hockey Improves to 5-1

The Varsity field hockey team played an inspired game against Stone Ridge on Tuesday, beating the Gators 4–3. Alexis Kartalian '19 (pictured), Eliza Soutter '19, Maddie McGavin '19, and Bridgett Hyde '19 all scored goals, while Mishona Horton '20, Ellen Oskoui '19, Elisabeth Oskoui '21, and Kartalian anchored the defense.  Kate Newton '20 was the winning goal keeper in the victory.

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Potomac Football Wins Big Against St. Albans

 

The varsity football team hosted St. Albans this past Saturday and won by a score of 56-12. Quarterback JT Tyson threw touchdown passes to Preston Bacon (127 yards receiving) and Thomas Ferris (64 yards receiving). Brown Anglin (2 rushing touchdowns), Jake Levingtson (1 rushing touchdown), Chris Joe (1 passing touchdown) and Axel Gyllenhoff (1 receiving touchdown) also scored for the Panthers.
 

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Stellar Season for Boys Varsity Tennis

Against all odds, the boys varsity tennis team just had one of its best seasons in years. Both coach Marty Hublitz and the rest of the team were certain that the 2017-18 school year was going to be about rebuilding the team’s strength, after five talented senior starters graduated the year before. But they found themselves winning – and winning. Eventually, the Panthers made it all the way to the VISAA State Championships, where they were named runners-up.

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Track and Field Has Big Day at Championship

This past weekend, boys track and field successfully defended their MAC Championship title, while the girls team placed eighth, scoring 30 points – our highest since 2014! Reed Voeks set a school record in the long jump (21-4), and Catherine Hyman broke the school record in the 400m (56.98). Voeks, Matt Gelin, Eric Jackson, Darien Killebrew, Austin Rucker, Brian Wilson, Miles Wilson, Caleb Wooten, and Josh Wooten earned All-League honors. Jodie Kuo placed third in the discus, and Isabel Morris placed fifth in the 800 with a 2:22 (PR). Morris, Kristen Fairbank, Julia Johnston, and Isabel Zhang anchored the girls 4x800 to a fourth-place finish. Nicole Manning placed fifth in the 3200m. Several of our athletes will continue onto States and many have already qualified for Nationals.

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Varsity Baseball Wins MAC Tournament

A gutsy pitching performance by Carter Bosch (eight innings) helped the Panthers (14-5) win an outright MAC title for the first time in team history! This was the Panthers' fifth tournament title, but the team has never previously won the regular season and the tournament in the same year. Click here to read more about their 3-2 win over St. James.

Saint James took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh. Matt Plaza started the rally with a leadoff double. Two outs later, there were men on the corners, and Bosch sent a line drive to the right-field fence for a ground rule double and tied the game 2-2. Senior Brenden Mabus relieved Bosch in the ninth inning and was able to retire Saint James with a strikeout and a heroic catch by center fielder Michael Valentine. Mabus came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with one out and bases loaded. Mabus walked home, giving the Panthers the winning run. The final score was 3-2.

For a Washington Post article on this incredible accomplishment, click here. For a photo gallery, click here.

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Potomac Softball Wins  ISL AA Tournament and Advances to Semifinals at States

On Friday, the varsity softball team won the semifinal game in the ISL AA Tournament, beating National Cathedral 15-0. Potomac's 12-hit attack was led by Anna Takis (with three hits) and Kat Plaza and Maria Urban (with two hits each). Charlotte Thompson had three runs batted in with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. Maria Urban was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits over four innings while striking out four.


On Saturday, Potomac won the ISL AA championship game 6-2 over Flint Hill. Potomac's nine-hit attack was led by Takis, with three hits while driving in two runs. Caroline Semel and Kate Newton each had two hits. Potomac broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs. Key hits in the seventh inning were by Takis, Newton, and a bunt by Caroline Culp. Urban pitched a four-hit complete game, striking out eight and allowing no earned runs.


On Tuesday, in the quarterfinals of the VISAA state tournament, the fourth-seed Panthers defeated fifth-seed Norfolk Christian 5-3. Potomac was held to five hits, with three of them accounting for all of Potomac's scoring. In the second inning, Takis led off the inning with a solo homer. In the fourth inning, Charlotte Thompson had a two-run double and Caroline Jackson had a two-run homer. Urban pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, striking out five, and allowing two earned runs.

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Varsity Softball Wins ISL Tournament and Are ISL Co-Champions

Potomac defeated Holton-Arms 16-1 in the opening round of the ISL Tournament behind the strong pitching of Caroline Culp. Caroline pitched a four-hit complete game, striking out four and allowing only one earned run. The 12-hit offensive attack for Potomac was led by Maria Urban with three hits, including a double, and two hits by Caroline Semel and Caroline Jackson, including a triple. They next beat #3 seed NCS 15-0 in the semi-finals and took on Flint Hill in the championship game. Tied 2-2 going into the 7th inning, Potomac batted through the line up and scored 6 runs to secure the win.

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Varsity Baseball Wins MAC Season Title

Congratulations to our varsity baseball team, which won the MAC regular season title on Tuesday, defeating Georgetown Day with a score of 11-0. The boys played extremely well on their Senior Day. While the Panthers have achieved seven baseball league titles, this is the first time since 1996 that Potomac has won the regular season title outright. The team defeated Maret to advance to the MAC championship final against St. James.

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