Cougars Open Season With Spring in Their Step

Photo | Mac Kennedy Junior pitcher Garett Beloff throws out a runner at first after making a play on a hard grounder back to the mound, leading the Cougars to their third win of the season.

Photo | Mac Kennedy
Junior pitcher Garett Beloff throws out a runner at first after making a play on a hard grounder back to the mound, leading the Cougars to their third win of the season.

Baseball

Last year the Cougars graduated 114 innings pitched on the mound, and returning players have a total of 125 plate appearances. QO lost eight seniors and have been working hard during the offseason on filling in where they left off. Senior Sean Cole is the main returning player who was named preseason all-state by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches and led the team in hitting last year. QO will look for seniors Griffin Mann, Kyle Rinehimer and Kevin Gurcan to step up on the mound, with senior Jason Zimmerman coming out of the pen. The defense will be key for the Cougars to make another deep run in the playoffs. They are off to a quick 3-0 start with no plans of slowing down.

Softball

QO lost three important seniors last year; two were four-year varsity players. Early this season, the rest of the team has stepped up. Morgan Kuiper, Nicole Beisner, Katie Lee, Julia Alexander and Hannah Ropelewski are all returning starters in the lineup looking to lead the team this year. According to Head Coach Colleen Adams, “QO will have three strong pitchers and solid catching again this year, with the addition of some new bats in the line-up and some hopeful speed in the outfield,” which should evolve into a good season. The Cougars are 2-1 so far and on a two-game winning streak.

Boys’ Lax

QO is back with a large number of their players, including all six of their starting offense and their goalie, senior Joe McGowan. The chemistry of this team will play a large role in their success this year as they prepare to play fast and aggressively. QO also will be deeper on the bench than they have been in the past with some experience behind the starters. Seniors Drew Levine and John Hodges have high hopes for this season, and their eyes are set on a regional final championship and more. They opened up with a huge win over Urbana High School but then dropped their next game against Queen Anne’s County High School.

Girls’ Lax

Girls’ lacrosse will enter this season with 13 returners from last season. Seniors Carly Porter and Skylar Saffer will lead this experienced team on their way to what they hope will be a long post-season run. They are expecting to have a very strong and balanced attack anchored by junior Danielle Tulchinsky in goal. The team has been playing together for a number of years, hoping to have it all come together with this talented senior class. As their defense continues to improve to go along with their high-scoring offense, this QO team could be very dangerous. They are 2-1 after their first three games.

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