Sports spring into the upcoming season

Spring sports preview 2022

Photo by: Lauren Cassano
Junior Grace Lucero returns to the lacrosse team as a promising player.

Last year, spring sports experienced an unusual, shortened season due to COVID-19. However, the schedule is back to normal for the 2022 season, spring sports have started conditioning and practicing for the approaching season.


Under the leadership of Head Coach Stan Morgan, the outdoor track team is looking forward to their upcoming season as many of the program’s most promising athletes are returning. Returning students are: Gabrielle Garcia, CJ Meirchuck, Porter Clark, Jack Laser, Max Mckey, Kylie Bonser, Nicole Quiram and Tainaya Turner. Though they lost all-star runners Caroline Bowe, Millie Wienhold and Katherine Kreives since they graduated last year, the team hopes to continue their winning streak after having placed first at the Girls 2020-21 States Championship. “I believe that the team has a great shot at competing in the 2022 State Championship,” junior Kylie Bonser said. 


Head Coach Adam Layton, is leading the softball team into another hopeful season alongside Sarah Bates and Mark Whit. Promising seniors this season include Cassie Grizzard, Ellie Herndon, Megan Copolla, and Annelise Cone, while Ryleigh Jones, Lexey Knoll, Ellie Mulligan, Emma Salzman, and Tate Swecker are returning as starters. Class of 2021, Seniors, including Abbie Campbell, Amanda Lanyon, Myanna Hinman, Madison Salzman, and McKayla Havemann were essential parts of the team that will be missed. The main goal of the team this season is to win the State Championship, as they had a record of 11-3 but lost the Regional Final last season. “My coaches know the game really well, and they are all super encouraging and bring positive energy. The team knows that we can always count on them to make the right calls”, sophomore Lexey Knoll said.


The boys lacrosse team looks to improve from last season. Led by Coaches John, Greg, and Powell, the boys team has already started their conditioning to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the season ahead. For the 2021-22 season, the top players include Ethan Knoll, Knox Berry, Stephen Siegel among others. “We have some very high hopes, and with having some promising players this year I think we have a shot at states.” sophomore Siegel said.


Led by Coach Lowe, the girls lacrosse team looks to have a very successful season this year. The team started their pre-season conditioning already in order to be in peak condition for their upcoming season. Relying on key players such as Grace Lucero, and Lillian Singer, the team will continue to depend on athletes in order to rise to the top this season.


Coach Chad Porter will be in his seventh season coaching at Midlo and plans to use his experience to win all of their games at the Poates, compete for a regional championship, and get back into the state tournament. Last year, they missed the playoffs due to a shortened schedule, but the boys soccer team is ready to be successful this season. Justin Varela, Graham Wright, Matthew Hunter, Cesar Acosta are all seniors from last season who will be missed, but there are a lot of promising players this year including Chase Brown center back, Conner Reid center back, Zach Wirt forward, and Tucker Pulliam midfielder.


With their new coach, Coach Flowers, the girls soccer team has a focus goal of working hard and having fun, while also making it to states this season. Former seniors Nina Franklin, Mackenzie Dwyer, Maddie Stockdale, and Sarah Nugent will be greatly missed this year, however, they have a lot of talented players for the upcoming season with Megan Dwyer, Ella Searcey and Sophia Stroud. “Overall, it looks like the team is going to be really good this year because everyone is really talented,” Lucy Edwards said. 


Head Coach Brad Chambers, alongside assistant coaches Lee Coleman, Dennis Moody, and Bill “Pops” Chambers are leading the baseball team this year and hope to take the team to the state championship. Last year, they lost in the regional semifinals to Godwin with a score of 7-6. Carter Lovasz, named Region 5B Player of the Year, made a lasting impact on the team before graduating. Promising players for the upcoming season include Joe Gordon (1b/RHP), Andrew Jones (RHP/DH), Cole Feldman (3b), Jack Copeland (C), Connor Harrington (CF) and Chase Chambers (SS).


One of the expected standout players for the boys tennis team this year is sophomore Jonothan Fogle, whose teammates describe him as “talented and hard-working.” Junior, Wyatt Martin, is predicted to be captain of the boys team this year. The team is still in need of motivated and experienced players as well as a new coach. Sophomore Anish Gutha hopes the team will have a coach who is “optimistic, excited, and hopeful.” 


The girls tennis team, under the leadership of Coach Pomeroy, is looking forward to a strong season this year. Lawsen Barefoot, Armelle Worrel, Mackenzie Little along with Kendall Sing are all expected to emerge as promising players.  The girls tennis team is still searching for more players for the season.