For the first time since 2005, the Varsity Softball team won the ISL regular season title by defeating Holton-Arms 10-0. Potomac's 15-hit attack was led by Eva Butler '22 and Erika Castellano '23 with three hits, and Paige Schedler '25, Abby Rebhan '24, and Sloane Escobar '25 with two hits each. Rebhan pitched a complete game allowing one hit while striking out three, also hitting a two-run homer.
This week, senior Anwar Karim was awarded the Character and Leadership All-American Award by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the United States Marine Corps. The news release from the NWCA states that this recognition goes to “outstanding young wrestlers who model the high-level traits of character, leadership, and scholarship.” The award program is an extension of the Scholastic Leadership Academy program that the NWCA and USMC participate in. Congratulations to Anwar!
Potomac boys varsity tennis beat Saint James 6-1 in the MAC tournament quarterfinals. The Panthers swept all four singles spots, led by Eli Butler ’24, William Kadel ’22, Ryan Brownsweiger ’22 and Arjun Kaneriya ’23. Potomac owns a 9-5 record and will play GDS today (Thursday) at 5:30 pm at home in the MAC semifinals.
The girls varsity lacrosse team defeated Holy Child 12-7 on Tuesday in the ISL AA Division Tournament, for its first quarterfinal round victory since 2016. Stella Pence ’25 led the offense with five goals and two assists, while Cate Dannahey ’23 anchored the defense with seven saves in goal. Midfielders Amory Imperatore ’25, Catherine LeTendre ’25, Kate Gregory ’23, and Kate Motley ’23 were pivotal on the draw. The Panthers record now stands at 14-4 as they travel to Stone Ridge for the semifinals today (Thursday) at 5:30 pm.
Following a coin flip tiebreaker to determine the seeding, the Panthers (#4 seed) played GDS (#5 seed) on Tuesday night. Potomac got on the board early, with Marcus Burrell ’23 and Kelly Crittenberger ’23 scoring the first two runs of the game with the help of a sac-fly from Owen Peterson ’24. On the mound, Jack Graham ’24 held GDS to one run in 4 ⅔ innings, giving up only one hit in a stellar performance. Going 3-4, Drew Turner ’23 led the Panthers in hits, with two doubles and a solo home run. Trailing 7-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the top of the Panthers lineup was able to get runners on base, with Turner walking it off, hitting a two-run double off the fence. Varsity baseball moves on to the semifinals of the MAC tournament, going on the road to face rival Flint Hill today (Thursday) at 5:30 pm.
In the span of five days, Potomac’s JV baseball team was twice victorious against MAC rival Sidwell Friends. The Panthers certainly had Sidwell's number, as they defeated the Quakers all three times they competed this spring.
Friday afternoon's tilt at Sidwell was a back and forth battle. The Panthers were led by the hitting of freshman Wyatt Pence, whose three-run HR put Potomac ahead early on in the contest. The team had strong starting pitching from sophomore Jackson Wiley, who pitched five impressive innings. Freshman Jake Adamec came on to close out the game in the final two innings, striking out four Quakers for a tight 9-8 victory.
The Panthers made a return trip to Sidwell on Tuesday with the hopes of sweeping the season series. The offense exploded for 11 runs, thanks to the solid hitting and baserunning of Jake Adamec, Michael Giuliano, Jackson Wiley, Wyatt Pence, and Jack Wigmore. Pence also led the way on the pitching mound, going five solid innings. Wigmore and Adamec closed out the final two innings to seal the win. The entire team played well defensively, limiting the Quakers to only five runs in an impressive 11-5 win.
After beating St. Andrew’s 7-1 on Friday thanks to a clean start by Drew Turner ’23 and clutch performances by Owen Peterson ’24 and Jack Graham ’24, the baseball team was back at the Gumtree Field on Tuesday against Sidwell. Paul Witkop ’24 pitched a complete game, allowing only two earned runs on a mere 85 pitches in a 10-4 Panther victory. Marcus Burrell ’23, Peterson, Witkop, and David Boehm ’24 all had two hits to lead the offense, and the defense was solid all game.
The boys varsity lacrosse team has been working hard this season. The Panthers have one game remaining in the regular season before setting their sights on the MAC and VISAA playoffs. The team is currently tied for first in the MAC and ranked 11th in the most recent VISAA polls. The MAC first round is on Wednesday, May 11, at 5:30 pm, with the semifinals slated for Friday, May 13, at 5:30 pm. The VISAA first round will be on Saturday, May 14.
Captains Owen Deisenhaus ’22, Weston Hicks ’22, and Andrew Lay ’23 have led the way to some great wins throughout the season, highlighted by an 8-6 victory over Episcopal High School. Attackman Drew Ambrose ’23 (35 goals, 15 assists) and Miles Monroe ’23 (27 goals, 17 assists) are pacing the team in points, leading a potent offense that is averaging 10 goals per game. The defense has been anchored by stellar goalie play from Sam Cristinzio ’23 and JJ Kim ’24, who are giving up an average of eight goals per game.
Come cheer for your Panthers as we strive to raise another banner! See photos of the team in action.
The boys varsity tennis team had a strong 6-1 win against Flint Hill on Potomac’s Senior Day. The boys are playing great tennis right now and have improved their overall record to 7-5. Next week, they head into the MAC tournament before competing in the state tournament the following week. Go, Panther tennis! View photos here.
The JV softball had two walk-off wins in their most recent games. Lea Saba ’23 scored on a wild pitch to defeat Alexandria City 20-19, and Grace McMiller ’23 had the game-winning hit to help in the come-from-behind win against St. John's 14-13. Mimi Vorndran ’25 was the winning pitcher in both games. During the St. John's game, Vorndran received outstanding defensive support from her catcher, Harper Kelly ’25, who threw out two would-be base stealers keeping the game close. The team currently holds a 2-3-1 record.
The girls JV lacrosse team improved to 8-0 with wins over Holy Child (13-6), Sidwell Friends (10-1), and Holton-Arms (9-6). The offensive attack has been a complete team effort as Haley Lucier '26, Riley Walters '26, Brooke Ambrose '26, Bella Kim '25, Alden Marin '26, Olivia Trombley '26, Polina Helinski '25, Ava Rentzepis '25, Charlotte Ross '26 and Hala Karim '25 all scored goals. The defensive effort has also been strong, with Charlotte Gabriel '25, Lauren Lovallo '25, Brooke Parry '24 and Chloe Winslow '24 leading the way. The team heads to Madeira this Saturday and then wraps up the season with two games next week.
The Potomac Panthers boys tennis team has been on fire this week. The boys have defeated St. Stephen's and St. Agnes, St. James, Georgetown Day, and Highland to run their overall record to 5-4 and 2-0 in the MAC. The boys have been working extremely hard, and it's fun to watch them come together as a team. The first win of their season against DeMatha Catholic was Chris Caskin's first win as a head varsity coach; we know that there will be many more to come! View a photo gallery here.
Last Saturday, Potomac’s varsity baseball team hosted the Georgetown Day School Grasshoppers at the Gumtree Field. Led on the mound by sophomore Jack Graham ’24 and junior Tyler Judd ’23, the Panthers defeated GDS, with a final score of 15-9. The Panthers were paced by strong hitting from sophomore Owen Peterson ’24, who went four-for-four at the plate with three RBIs. We are looking forward to our next home game, tonight against Maret.
The number two (VISAA) ranked Potomac softball team recorded an amazing 7-6 come-from-behind victory last Thursday over a tough Fredericksburg Christian squad. After three and a half innings, the Panthers trailed the Eagles 6-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Potomac had consecutive doubles from Paige Schedler '25 and Shelby Willcox '23. Then, with two outs left, Hayley Richardson '24 tripled to narrow the score to 6-2. In the fifth inning, Potomac scored two more runs on hits by Fae Butler '24, Abby Rebhan '24, Willcox, and Sloane Escobar '25. The Panthers then tied the score 6-6 on back-to-back triples by Richardson and Yanna Bravewolf '22. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Richardson hit a walk-off homer over the right centerfield fence to cap the comeback.
On Wednesday Potomac traveled to Georgetown Visitation and defeated the Cubs 10-0. Bravewolf and Rebhan combined for a one-hitter while striking out 10. Potomac's 12-hit attack was led by Bravewolf, Eva Butler '22 and Rebhan with two hits each.