The Town Courier’s Girls Spring Sports Superlatives

Photo | Submitted Athlete of the Year Editta Pessima swept championship season in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with county, Class 4A West Region and state titles in both events.

Photo | Submitted
Athlete of the Year Editta Pessima swept championship season in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with county, Class 4A West Region and state titles in both events.

Athlete of the Year

Editta Pessima, track and field

Northwest, junior

Swept championship season in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with county, Class 4A West Region and state titles in both events and boasted Montgomery County Public Schools’ top times in both—14.41 and 44.06 seconds, respectively. Ran the third leg of the state runner-up 400m relay and anchored Jaguars’ fifth-place 1,600m squad at season-ending championship, where Northwest finished a close second.

Coach of the Year

Mike Horton

Northwest, softball

Led young Jaguars to the program’s first-ever Maryland 4A state title, defeating five-time defending champion Sherwood in the final. The championship game victory was Northwest’s second over the Warriors this spring, having snapped their state-record 105-game win streak three games into the season.

Rookie of the Year

Kyra Lyles, track and field

Quince Orchard, freshman

Finished in the top 10 of the 100- and 200-meter dash events at the county championship and was one of only two freshmen among 30 athletes to compete in either race. Competed in three events at state meet, anchoring both the Cougars’ fifth-place 400m and sixth-place 800m relays.

Biggest breakout season

Lauren Ransing, lacrosse

Quince Orchard, sophomore

Relentless on offense, surfaced as a reliable go-to scorer for Cougars squad that earned the fourth seed in Section II of the Class 4A West Region. Tallied a team-high 58 goals.

Most improved

Hannah Ropelewski, softball

Quince Orchard, senior

Outfielder was new to fastpitch softball as a freshman; this year batted .460 in the No. 2 spot—improved from .400 last spring—with 18 runs batted in.

Best secret weapon

Julia Brock, lacrosse

Northwest, junior

Consistent scoring threat on a young offense that spent the season gelling as one unit. Her 32 goals accounted for nearly 30 percent of the Jaguars’ scoring; she scored in all 13 games played and at least twice in nine, including three goals against region finalist Churchill.

Best under pressure

Amber Yuille, softball

Northwest, freshman

Showed incredible poise beyond her years and was seemingly unfazed by the magnitude of any situation, in leading the Jaguars to the state championship; teammates agreed her confidence in the circle was contagious. Also batted .333 and drove in 12 runs.

Most resilient

Karlie Stanford, softball

Northwest, junior

Incredible overall athlete and team leader, cleaned up in the middle infield to provide fantastic support for Jaguars’ young pitcher. Batted a team-high .507—with an .822 slugging percentage—drove in 22 runs and scored 38 of her own.

Photo | Submitted Coach of the Year Mike Horton led Jaguar softball to the program’s first-ever Maryland 4A state title.

Photo | Submitted
Coach of the Year Mike Horton led Jaguar softball to the program’s first-ever Maryland 4A state title.

Most versatile

Taylor Wright, track and field

Northwest, sophomore

Finished in the top two of four events at the season-ending state meet, including a victory in the high jump. Four-time winner at county meet in 100- and 200-meter dashes, 400-meter relay and high jump.

Best Cinderella story

Katherine Jones, lacrosse

Northwest, sophomore

Despite her youth took on an important leadership role on defense that became Jaguars’ strength. Played every minute of every game; tallied 132 saves—about 60 percent of shots on goal.

Best sportsmanship

Stephanie Bateky, track and field

Northwest, senior

After qualifying for the state meet in four events, gave up her spot on the Jaguars’ 400-meter relay to ensure she was stronger for the long jump finals and could better help her team. Her top 8 finishes in both horizontal jumping events did just that.

Honorable mentions

Athlete of the Year: Skylar Saffer, Quince Orchard, lacrosse

Rookie of the Year: Kayla Qassis, Northwest, softball; Jordyan Mensh, Quince Orchard, lacrosse

Biggest breakout season: Ashley Santini, Northwest, track and field; Alexis Karamihas, Northwest, softball

Most improved: Chinomso Njelita, Northwest, track and field; Kaylan King, Northwest, softball

Best secret weapon: Emily Wiley, Northwest, softball; Annabel Dulaney, Northwest, track and field

Best under pressure: Yaye Sy, Northwest, track and field; Nicole Beisner, Quince Orchard, softball

Most resilient: Morgan Kuiper, Quince Orchard, softball

Most versatile: Meghan Mychajiliw, Quince Orchard, softball; Julia Zhiteneva, Northwest, lacrosse

Best sportsmanship: Erin Lynch, Northwest, lacrosse; Lindsay Kohan, Quince Orchard, lacrosse

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