For the second straight year, DeMatha's tennis team finished runner-up in the national boys prep team tennis championships, which were held Sunday through yesterday at McDonogh High School outside Owings Mills, Md..
The Stags, who won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament last month, lost 4-2 to host McDonogh in yesterday's championship match.
The Hyattsville school defeated Western Reserve (Ohio), Georgetown Prep, Deerfield Academy (Mass.) and Hill School (Pa.) during the three-day, round-robin format.
McDonogh won the tournament with a 5-0 record, while DeMatha finished second at 4-1. Georgetown Prep went 1-4, defeating Hill School 4-0 yesterday for its sole victory.
"I didn't expect us to do this well," said DeMatha Coach George Thayer, whose team finished the season with a 20-6 record. "We have five freshmen on the team who all played this week, and we came here expecting this to be a good learning experience. We wound up competing very well."
Under-19 National Team
Annapolis sophomore Acacia Walker and Broadneck senior Lauren Peck were named to the U.S. under-19 women's national lacrosse team, which will compete in the under-19 World Cup in Perth, Australia, in September.
Peck, an All-Met who finished with a school-record 172 career goals, led No. 5 Broadneck to a 14-4 record and the Maryland 4A/3A East Region final.
Walker, a midfielder, had 26 goals and 25 assists for No. 4 Annapolis, which successfully defended its Maryland 4A/3A title. She was one of two sophomores to make the 16-player team, which also selects four alternates.
"I'm stunned and excited," said Walker, who found out she made the team last weekend at a U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association tournament in Dublin, Ohio. "I've always wanted to be on the USA team and I don't think it has sunk in yet."
Former Surrattsville girls basketball coach Kevin McLean was hired at Northwest yesterday to succeed Larry Hurd, who left the Germantown school after its inaugural season last winter to become the head boys basketball coach at Poolesville.
McLean was hired midway through the year as a science teacher, according to Northwest Athletic Director Tom Manuel.
"I felt Kevin was the best person for the job," Manuel said. "He had the experience of coaching girls before and he is knowledgeable about the game."