Sidwell Friends

Is No. 1 in the ISL

Behind strong play from sophomore No. 1 singles player Rachel Williams, Sidwell Friends captured the Independent School League AA team title yesterday at Episcopal High.

Williams used powerful groundstrokes to turn back Nicole Scattolini of St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, 10-3, for the ISL AA singles title. It was the first No. 1 singles title in 15 years for Sidwell Friends.

In the team competition, the Quakers' 44 points earned them their third consecutive ISL AA title. Sidwell Friends won three out of four final singles matches. It won two out of the three final doubles matches.

"It's been a tough season," said Sidwell Friends Coach Bill Budke, whose team finished 13-0, 6-0 in the ISL. "I've only had my full team together once this year. Luckily, we've had enough depth."

National Cathedral came in second with 35 points, edging Holton-Arms (31).


Saint Mary's Ryken

Clinches Boys Title

Saint Mary's Ryken got goals from seniors Olin Straus, Jeffrey Brooks and Joseph Paker to beat Bishop Walsh (Baltimore), 3-1, in the boys final of the inaugural Maryland State Independent Schools Championship at St. Mary's College.

Baltimore's Saint Maria Goretti beat McNamara, 4-3, to capture the girls final.

"This is special for us," Saint Mary's Ryken Coach Patrick Warring said. "For years, we knew that every time our regular season was over, our season was over, too. But now we have a championship and it's the first one of a kind. No one will be able to do what we did."

The Knights finished the season 18-1.

Erin Ryan's three goals led the Gaels (14-8-1) in the girls final.

McNamara (10-9-2) got two goals from freshman forward Shari Taylor and one from senior midfielder Stacey Oldenburg (penalty kick).


Paul VI Girls Claim

WCAC Championship

Paul VI Catholic completed its undefeated run in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference by winning the WCAC tournament with a 14-16, 15-13, 15-2, 17-15 victory over Bishop Ireton at Good Counsel.

The win is the culmination of a three-year transformation for the Panthers (21-0). Paul VI was 7-14 two years ago and improved to 14-7 last season but lost in the WCAC semifinals.

The Panthers start just two seniors and have been led by a trio of juniors. Against Ireton, junior outside hitters Annie Hylton and Julia Ralston tallied 22 and 16 kills, respectively. Junior setter Elisabeth Moore finished with 28 assists.

"They are the heart and soul of the team," Paul VI Coach Jeff Billington said of the three juniors. "I never imagined we would have a season like this. But they set goals and they knew what they wanted to accomplish and they've done it so far."

The loss ended an impressive run for Ireton (13-12), which entered the tournament as the seventh seed. The Cardinals defeated No. 2 seed Good Counsel in the first round and knocked off Holy Cross in the semifinals.

Staff writer Judith Evans and special correspondents Jon Gallo and Josh Leventhal contributed to this report.