The last few weeks of the 2017-2018 school year were busy in the athletic hallways of Quince Orchard. On May 24, QO had their last signing day for four more seniors who will continue their athletic careers in college. Elizabeth Cassel will run track at Dickerson College, Daniel Dorsey will play basketball at Marymount University, Desmond Johnson will play football at Clarion University, and Janna Kase is going to Emerson College to play soccer.
Later that day, QO had its Awards Night to commemorate their entire year of athletics. It is hard to pick out which teams, players and coaches had a standout year when a majority of the teams had successful seasons and deep playoff runs, but QO Athletic Director Jeff Rabberman and his staff sifted through the championships and records and found the best of the best.
Head football coach John Kelley and head girls’ soccer coach Peg Keiller both took home the boys’ and girls’ Coach of the Year, and their respective teams won the boys’ and girls’ Team of the Year. Members of those two teams, seniors Doc Bonner (quarterback on the football team) and Beth Ellinport (offensive powerhouse on the girls’ soccer team) won boys’ and girls’ Athlete of the Year.
Boys’ tennis and girls’ swim and dive won Most Improved Team while co-ed volleyball and poms each won Cougar Team of the Year. Offensive coordinator and assistant football coach TJ Changuris won the boys’ Assistant Coach of the Year, and longtime QO coach Bobby Bishop won the girls’ Assistant Coach of the Year. Eli Fouts and Isabelle Sajonia each won the Mike Lanahan Athletic Director Award and Dylan Wells and Maxine Asenso won the Dan Shea Scholar Athlete Award for their work on the field and in the classroom.
This was Rabberman’s first year here at QO, and it was a pretty good way to start. Rabberman recalled many memorable events, but some that stood out to him were, “the football team winning the region and advancing to the state championship game, girls’ soccer’s run through the playoffs, the wrestling team competing so well at states with three top four place finishers, boys’ lacrosse winning the division and advancing to the region finals, and the baseball team playing so well at the end of the season and advancing to the region finals.” He also said that, “an off-the-field memory I will never forget is the kids and teachers at Rachel Carson sending us off to the state championship game. I still get chills thinking about that scene and being a part of it.”