This team strikes you alike every other team out there in beginning of any season of any sport. Approaching our first game of the season, we had few stumbles here and there in terms of not having found the right ember of confidence or positive attitude to light up, yet. After those stumbled moments, we knew that we had to establish team goals and one of which is a team motto that reflects the girls’ beyond imaginable effort and spirit, “All out, all game, all season.” Because of the consistent support each member had for each other and the energizing fire of spirit from the
players on the bench, winning the championship title was certainly inevitable for this special group of young girls. It was completely earned not given. With that having been said, to state how proud we are of this team is beyond measurable.
Coach Michele & Coach Amelia
We couldn’t be more proud of our girls’s efforts as they showed confidence, determination, and had fun playing. Winning the MIAC championship is a tremendous accomplishment!
Touria Ouahid- Boren, Athletic Director
Talent can bring the team accolades and attention, but the ability to lead has brought Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) the success that heightened beyond the court. MSD came to practice ready to compete.
One of the best highlights of the season is the 3-0 sweep over defending 2A state champion Oakdale High School. Capturing all four (4) tournaments is another highlight. MSD was 10-0 in the MIAC regular-season volleyball division.
In the MIAC quarterfinals MSD defeated Open Bible with a dominating 3-0 win. MSD ended a three-set victory over Greater Grace Christian Academy in the semi-finals. The scores were 25-6, 25-15, and 25-16. In the championship match MSD came away with a victory over Mt. Airy Christian School, 25-16, 25-9, 25-16. Senior Adele Daniels had 11 kills, 3 aces and 9 digs. Junior Karita Lewis had 7 kills, 2 assists, 7 aces, and 7 digs. Junior Brooke Bonheyo had 3 kills, 8 assists, and 9 digs. Kaitlyn Weeks had 5 assists, 1 ace, and 6 digs.
Ashtyn Bouslog (MACA), Adele Daniels (MSD), Brooke Bonheyo (MSD), Karita Lewis (MSD), Rebekah Sefton (MACA), and Kaitlyn Weeks (MSD) were selected on the All-Tournament Team. Adele Daniels (MSD) was named Most Valuable Player.
On Friday October 3rd, Mount Airy Christian Academy competed against reigning champions Greater Grace Christian Academy for the MIAC postseason championship. On a frigid night at Cedar Lane Regional Park, both teams found it hard to create opportunities against each other’s defenses. With no goals scored before half time, the teams came back out for the second half, ready for that one opportunity to give their team the win. That moment came midway through the second half as Lions striker Judge Russell chased down a ball on the left wing and placed a shot over the opposing goalkeeper. Goal Mt. Airy! With about 20 minutes left to play, the Lions held firm on defense and shut it down until the final whistle blew. Final score—Mt. Airy Christian Academy-1, Greater Grace Christian Academy -0. Congratulations to both teams on a well-played match, and congratulations to the Lions on their first ever MIAC championship!
As Maryland School for the Deaf girls varsity basketball team participated in the MIAC Playoffs for the first time this year, the team defeated Perry Hall before meeting their rival in Greater Grace Christian Academy in the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, MSD earned a strong, solid 53-40 win to advance to the MIAC championship game for the first time.
Rockbridge Academy opened playoffs with a win over Arlington Baptist. Rockbridge Academy defeated Mount Airy Christian School, 60-53, in the semi-finals to advance to the MIAC championship game.
In the championship game, Maryland then went on to defeat Rockbridge Academy with a dominating 57-15 win to pull away for the school’s first MIAC Championship for girls varsity basketball.
The first quarter saw slow play from both teams with MSD leading 13 to 4. At the start of the second quarter, MSD pulled away with a 24-0 run to go into halftime with a 37-4 lead.
Senior guard Tessa Lewis led the team with 21 points, 4 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 rebounds. Junior sidekick Adele Daniels contributed to the win with 14 points, 10 steals, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. Senior forward Monique Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the paint. Sophomore forward Karita Lewis also had a hand in the win with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
MSD was able to contain Rockbridge Academy freshman standout Mayowa Taiwo, who holds the highest points scored in a game in the county, to just seven points in the championship game. Rockbridge Academy was also without senior guard Olivia McCarrick as she sat out with an injury.
MSD finished the season undefeated in regular-season conference play, 12-0.
Adele Daniels (MSD), Juliana Bahan (MSD), Mayowa Taiwo (Rockbridge), and Olivia McCarrick (Rockbridge) were selected to the All-Tournament Team. Tessa Lewis (MSD) was named the MVP of the tournament.