National Cathedral guard Marta Sniezek, who led the area in scoring for the second straight season this past winter, has been named the District of Columbia’s Gatorade Player of the Year.


The award caps a decorated junior season for Sniezek, one of the area’s most gifted offensive players who guided her team through the top division in the Independent School League. Sniezek finished the season averaging 29.9 points per game, which was five points more than the area’s second-leading scorer.

“It’s actually kind of a complete surprise,” Sniezek said of the award. “It was kind of a shock, but I’m excited.”

Sniezek started training with her AAU team, Fairfax Stars, on Sunday morning – just two weeks after she ended the high school season in a loss to Georgetown Visitation in the District of Columbia State Athletic Association tournament.

National Cathedral, which won the Independent School League A Division title in 2012-2013, moved up to the ISL AA this winter and finished the season 17-5.

“I think our team did a good job of adjusting to the upper division this year. I was really impressed with our work ethic,” Sniezek said.

Sniezek’s game was more polished this season, and her production never wavered (she averaged 29.5 points per game as a sophomore). She hit 49 three-pointers, shot nearly 80 percent from the free throw line and scored 30 or more points in 10 games. She scored a season-high 43 points against division champion Georgetown Visitation earlier this season.

Rated as ESPN’s 17th ranked point guard in the class of 2015, Sniezek lists Stanford, Georgetown, Harvard and Princeton as her top four schools. She will take official visits to the schools this spring, and hopes to make a decision within the next few months.

“It will be a tough decision, but one that I’m hoping to make by the end of the school year,” Sniezek said. “Working on my handle and being more comfortable with my shot…I think that will help improve my game.”

The number of offensive rebounds by Eleanor Roosevelt’s Tolu Omokore in Saturday’s 4A state title game against North Point, which helped the Raiders win convincingly.


— Paul VI nearly played 40 games this season, but showed durability down the stretch to win the Alhambra championship this weekend to cap a dominant postseason run.

— Potomac (Va.) had a much-improved Trey Porter in Saturday’s 5A title game against Henrico, and a fast start helped crown the Panthers to end a brilliant season.

— Wise expected to be in the 4A state title game when the season started four months ago, and that’s where it found itself Saturday against Whitman – dominating the Vikings from the onset to achieve its goal.

— Damascus vowed to win a 3A state girls basketball title after enduring heartbreak last year, but came up short in a thriller against Milford Mill. 

— Calvert was trying to win its fourth straight 2A title Saturday, but ran out of time against stingy Patterson Mill in Towson.



Wise jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 70-43 win. (Terence McHale/The Washington Post)

The Raiders finished an undefeated season with a 64-30 win over the Eagles in the Maryland 4A championship game. (Corey Paterson/The Washington Post)

Potomac's 64-51 win over Oakdale earned the Wolverines the Maryland 2A state championship (Julian Toliver/The Washington Post)

What to Watch:

Snow. Again.

All of the region’s schools are closed once again after Sunday night’s snowfall, meaning the official start of spring sports in Virginia and Maryland public schools will have to wait a day — or several. Everyone likes a snow day, but when schools are petitioning to avoid having to hold an extra week of school in June, you know things are getting a little ridiculous.

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