As the winter comes to a close at Boys’ Latin, so too does the seasons of the basketball, wrestling, hockey, and squash teams.
The BL varsity basketball team had an extremely successful season this year. Led by Coach Cliff Rees, the team finished with a final record of 25-7 on the year.
More specifically, the Lakers finished with an in-conference record of 12-5, which was good for 2nd in the Black Division of the MIAA A-Conference.
In the conference tournament, BL defeated both St. Vincent Pallotti and St. Frances to advance to the MIAA Championship against John Carroll at Harford Community College.
The Lakers fought hard, with junior Cameron Spencer dropping 14 points and senior Jaylin Andrews adding 16 points. However, they ended up losing in overtime 58-50.
Despite not winning the conference, junior Sam Grace said that this was the best team at BL that he has witnessed because of how unselfish they were as a team.
Grace, who was a shooting guard this year, also said that his favorite game of the year was the game against Gilman because of the atmosphere of the game. BL ended up winning that game 66-63.
The varsity ice hockey team had another impressive season this year, finishing with a record of 4-3-3.
The Lakers were coached by Chris Maisel this year, but unfortunately, they missed out on the playoffs. They finished in 4th place in the MIAA B-Conference, however, only the top three teams made the playoffs this year.
They were led by JP Barbeau, who was the captain of the team. Barbeau led the team in goals and points this year.
“I think this was the most talented team we have had but we didn’t get the outcome that we wanted,” junior Ari Wister said.
Wister also said he loved playing in the Gilman game because of the fantastic student section. He said that was the biggest he has ever seen it for a hockey game.
In that game, the Lakers ended up tying the Greyhounds 3-3 with Barbeau accounting for two of those goals.
Along with Barbeau, senior Travis Smith also had a strong performance in net that evening. Smith made many key saves that kept the Lakers in the game.
The varsity wrestling team had a very good year this year. Although they finished 1-8, they were competing in the MIAA A Conference, which is one of the most competitive conferences in the state.
Led by head coach Justin Fitch, the Lakers lone conference win came against Calvert Hall by a score of 48-27. Senior Brandon Kagen said that was the most fun match to be a part of because of how competitive it was.
However, wrestling is not only a team sport, as there were some individuals who strived this year for BL. These included Mac Alban and Jamie Rice, who both qualified for Nationals this year.
Rice and Alban both earned their spots by placing sixth in the state tournament, although Rice declined to participate in Nationals due to the Senior Retreat.
“I loved wrestling this year. Good group of guys,” Kagen added.
BL squash performed much better than many expected this year. With a record of 8-6 in the MIAA A Conference, there were many bright spots on the team.
BL got many quality wins this year, including victories against Loyola, Calvert Hall, and Friends.
In squash, players are normally ranked one through seven in order of talent level. The top-ranked player for Boys’ Latin this year was freshman John Bryan, who was considered by many, including senior captain Hunter Isaac, to be the best player on the team.
Bryan would consistently play matches against the best players from every school BL faced.
Isaac also said that his favorite match to play in this year was against Friends because of “how competitive the match was.” He also said he was proud because he could really see the improvement the team made from the beginning of the year.
The Lakers also made an appearance at Nationals this year for squash, and they finished with a record of 2-2. Considering the level of competition, this was a positive result for the team.