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With just 170 eighth- through 12th-grade students, The Calverton School is by far the smallest school in the county but it consistently brings home championship banners to the Huntingtown campus. And 2012 was no different.
Of the six sports boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, tennis and golf that played their entire seasons in 2012 and were able to compete for a championship (field hockey plays as an independent), five of the teams won a conference title and all six were tournament champions.
The year started with the boys lacrosse team (17-2 overall) winning yet another Maryland Independent Lacrosse League title following a 17-9 win over Middleburg Academy of Virginia.
The girls lacrosse team (10-3) had a tough act to follow, but follow they did with a 12-11 win over perennial champion Gunston Day School of Queen Anne’s County to secure the Capital Area Lacrosse League championship.
Zoe Gertz scored the eventual winning goal with less than five minutes remaining. It was the team’s first title since 2006. Calverton was eliminated in the 2011 semifinals.
The teams combined for eight ties and six lead changes before Calverton goalie Claire Smith (10 saves) stopped a free-possession shot with just over four minutes left. Moments later, Gertz raced downfield and netted the eventual winner.
Gunston had won the previous five titles and had not lost a conference game from 2007 its inclusion in the league until the Cougars earned a 13-7 regular season win on April 27.
Again this spring, the Calverton tennis team ruled the courts with an iron fist as the team won the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League tournament for the ninth straight year.
The Cougars (6-1) earned titles from Logan Jeffries (No. 1 singles), Luke Bury (No. 3) and the doubles tandem of Roland Mellies and Andrew Carroll (No. 1). All finished with perfect 8-0 records.
The Cougars had won 66 straight league matches dating back to 2003 before it fell in the season opener to Washington Christian Academy of Montgomery County on March 22.
A few months later, the boys soccer team added to the school’s trophy case when Cole Kern scored on a penalty kick to lead the Cougars (6-2-2) to a 1-0 win over Charles County’s Grace Christian Academy in the MISAL title game. The Cougars also defeated the Knights in last year’s final.
Calverton scored the only goal it would need in the 15th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick and Kern drilled a shot lower left side.
The Calverton girls soccer team (19-1) blanked Rockbridge of Anne Arundel County in the MISAL title match.
Morgan Tabor scored three goals in a 30-minute span to lift the Cougars to their sixth straight championship. Calverton has not lost a league match since 2006, a span of 61 games.
Head coach Carlton Leslie passed the 100-win mark in 2012 and has a 113-8-2 record at the helm of the Cougars.
Rockbridge gave Calverton one of its toughest games of the season on Sept. 14 when it held a 3-1 lead, only to see the Cougars roar back and win in overtime. Calverton’s only loss was a 2-0 setback to St. Mary’s Ryken five days later.
The MISAL golf league is now breathing a huge sigh of relief after Calverton senior Ty Herriott, arguably one of the best golfers in the area, closed out a stellar career in 2012 by helping the Cougars (5-4) claim the MISAL tournament.
Calverton won the tournament with a team score of 179, 17 strokes ahead of runner-up Spencerville.
Herriott, who later signed to play golf at Ohio University, ended his career with a bang as he shot a match-best 4-under-par 31 to help the Cougars.
Herriott, who lives on the course, had four birdies over his first six holes on his way to his 31. He also added five pars.
Herriott was named All-MISAL player of the year following the match.