From Key's Athletic Director Brian Boyd: A Spring Like No Other!
- Upper School
On March 8, when the Key School Obezag teams stepped onto Fusco Athletic Park for the opening practice of the year, the season was already a success. It had been 361 days since the last time an Obezag team prepared for interscholastic competition, and the energy and positivity of the first practice was palpable. This positivity and gratitude for the opportunity to play lasted throughout the season, making it one of the most satisfying ever.
But, the achievements did not stop there. Key’s Obezags had incredible success with their play as well, including two MIAA Championship wins!
The Varsity Tennis team had a season for the ages. Two years ago, which was our last complete season, the young team rode their then-sophomores to an MIAA Championship. Many of those same players, now seniors, led the Obezags to their second consecutive MIAA title in one of the most dominant seasons in any sport that the Obezags have fielded. All seven Varsity players were named All-MIAA performers: Max Berman ‘21, Ryan Hart ‘23, Colin Hughes ‘21, Elizabeth Hughes ‘21, Owen Lewis ‘21, Noah Saperstein ‘21, and Ian Sleat ‘21. The septet finished a combined 54-1 in match play on the season. Ian Sleat finished his career, playing each year as Key’s number one singles player, undefeated in Conference match play. Simply incredible!
For the first time since joining the MIAA, Key fielded a JV Tennis team in the league, coached by our own alum Oliver Holmes ‘16. How did they do in that first season? No big deal, they just made it the whole way to the MIAA Championship Match after completing the regular season with a 5-1 record and finished with a tie for first place. The future looks bright for Key’s tennis program.
The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team had a historically great season, finishing the regular season as the #1 seed then capping the season off with a win in the MIAA Championship game—Key’s first-ever boys’ lacrosse championship since joining the MIAA! The offensive attack was led by All-MIAA performer Hudson Smith ‘21, who finished his time at Key with over 120 career goals, Reid Chapman ‘23, Jaeden Clark ‘22 ( a newcomer to lacrosse), and Owen Wood ‘21. The experienced defense was anchored by All-
MIAA defender Chris Bulmer ‘21, as well as Scott O’Connor ‘22 and Patrick Tormey ‘21. In the MIAA Championship, played at St. Mary’s Stadium, Key faced off against St. John’s Catholic Prep of Frederick. While the victory was a true team effort, the play of James Madison ‘23 and Teddy Fleming ‘22 truly stood out. James won an astounding 16 of 21 faceoffs, giving Key a dominating advantage in possession, while Teddy, who had been injured for much of the season, scored seven goals in an unstoppable performance.
The Varsity and JV Sailing teams, led by world-ranked Charles Anderson ‘21, had a stellar season. The Varsity Team, comprising Charles, Andrew Baker ‘24, Stella Kim ‘23, Marissa Loftus ‘22, James Rizek ‘24, and Molly Roden ‘22, capped off an impressive spring season by qualifying for both the Team Race Silver Championship and the Fleet Race Gold Divisional Championship. The JV Team completed a strong season by finishing fifth at the JV Championship Race.
The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team had a great season, led by All-IAAM performer Clare Russell ‘22, who led the team in goals, assists, ground balls, and draw controls. The Obezag defense was led by captain Emma Morahan ‘21, with Meghan Campbell ‘23 and Anna Harris ‘23 and first-time goalie Izzy Moran ‘24, setting up a promising future on the defensive end. Clare was complemented by second-leading scorer Lia Porterfield ‘22 and captains Hannah Nairn ‘21 and Addison Neise ‘21. Beyond the on-field success, highlighted by a 10-5 win over league powerhouse St. Timothy’s, the positivity from this group of athletes was one of the highlights of the entire Spring season.
The Varsity Baseball team had its best season in a decade in 2021, finishing the regular season with an impressive 11-3 record. The Obezags were led by All-MIAA performers Will Dowton ‘23, Colin MacNabb ‘23, and Armand Ortiz ‘23. Armand and Will formed an impressive 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation, while Colin dominated defensively behind the plate. While the leadership of seniors Thomas Nusbaum ‘21 and Clayton Wrinn ‘21 will be missed, the youth on this team should set the ‘Zags up for continued success in the upcoming seasons.