Football — Defense

AJ Lytton

The shutdown senior corner and constant big-play threat flexed his versatility late in the Maryland 4A state final when he sealed Wise's win over Quince Orchard with an interception on one play and a 39-yard touchdown run off a double-reverse on the next. Lytton anchored the back end of a defense that has allowed double-digit points just 10 times in 42 straight wins over the past three seasons. Verbally committed to Florida State.

Football defense: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Football — Offense

Kevin Doyle

Philadelphia native transferred to St. John’s for his senior season to give the Cadets a much-needed downfield passing game. He led them to their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title since 1989 by completing 61 percent of his passes and throwing for 22 touchdowns. Will play for Arizona.

Football offense: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Boys’ Cross-Country

Sam Affolder

In his first year at Loudoun Valley, Affolder led the line of five Vikings boys who swept the Virginia 4A state championship race. The junior transfer from Carlisle High in Pennsylvania was the only area runner to break 15 minutes in the 5K, a feat he accomplished in 14 minutes 58.1 seconds for second place at the Nike Southeast regional in Cary, N.C.

Boys’ Cross Country: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Girls’ Cross-Country

Page Lester

National Cathedral’s Princeton-bound senior finished the regular season undefeated, highlighted by a victory at DCXC Invite in a personal-best 17 minutes 34 seconds. Cruised to her second straight Independent School League title in 17:56 before repeating as D.C. state champion in dominant fashion at Kenilworth Park. A national-caliber triathlete, Lester booked her second straight trip to Foot Locker Nationals by finishing fifth at the Northeast regional.

Girls’ Cross Country: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Volleyball

Siron Hardy

The senior outside hitter was the best player on the best team in the area this season, leading Flint Hill to a perfect 35-0 record and wins in the Independent School League AA tournament, Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I tournament and Metro City championship. A George Mason recruit, Hardy averaged 4.1 kills per set and finished the year with 412. In a balanced offensive attack she often stepped up on the biggest stages, going for 15 kills in the VISAA title game and 19 in the Metro City championship.

Girls’ Volleyball: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Boys’ Soccer

Justin Gielen

The Maryland commit was DeMatha's only returning starter this fall and scored 23 goals in 20 games to lead the Stags back to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final. Gielen, who is a guard on the basketball court for the Stags in the winter, is a complete forward with the speed to run by defenders in the open field and the size to win headers in the box. Gielen was a consistent finisher during his four years in Hyattsville, scoring 52 goals and dishing out 22 assists.

Boys’ Soccer: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Girls’ Soccer

Maliah Morris

A dynamic attacking player with explosive speed and exceptional dribbling ability, the junior was the catalyst behind the run St. John’s made to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and D.C. state titles. As dangerous one on one as she is combining with teammates, the Clemson recruit — who has spent time with United States youth national teams — tallied a team-best 24 goals and 21 assists this season, including a dramatic sudden-death overtime strike to lift the Cadets past Sidwell Friends for their second straight DCSAA trophy.

Girls’ Soccer: first team, second team and honorable mentions

Field Hockey

Mackenzie Karl

Westfield’s senior captain capped an illustrious high school career with 40 goals and 19 assists, leading the Bulldogs to an undefeated season and the Virginia Class 6 state championship. She recorded at least one point in every game to earn Virginia player of the year honors. She played four varsity seasons under her mother, Coach Starr Karl, who rushed to the hospital in 1999 after a field hockey game in which she coached to give birth to Mackenzie. Will play for Louisville next season.

Field Hockey: first team, second team and honorable mentions

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