After nearly 18 months of Covid disrupting the high school experience for many athletes, fall sports are in full swing and the Baltimore City College Black Knights sports teams are standing their ground.
After speaking to members of different sports teams, it was obvious that everyone was glad to have a sense of normalcy back, doing what they love together, sports.
Currently second place in Division I high school varsity football standings, the Baltimore City College Black Knights are proving that they are a formidable opponent.
This year’s offensive line has been extraordinary in stopping the rush and protecting the quarterback. Quavel Thorton (‘22) and Antonio Green Jr. (‘22) have done so much for their team in both the run and pass aspects of the offense.
The season got off to a rough start, but as they’ve learned to work together, their dedication to the team and one another can be seen through their success.
The Boys Junior Varsity Football team had some difficulties getting off on the right foot. One of the biggest challenges they have faced so far is penalties and not being able to tackle.
Earlier in the season they struggled with penalties and their defense was having trouble stopping players at the point of contact.
They have turned their struggles around, recently beating Reginald 42-6. Being a team is going through the ups and downs together, something that’s helped lead to the recent achievements.
The Girls and Nonbinary Varsity Soccer team has had an impressive season beating Ben Franklin 7-0 and Western 5-0.
Fiona Shadis (‘23), a leading defender, and Arizona Fischvogt (‘24), a top goalie and forward, respectively, have both contributed immensely to the team’s success.
It was challenging to put a team together after all the safety protocols for participation hindered many from joining a fall team. Furthermore, they have a new coach after Dr. Smith became a Resident Principal at Mount Washington.
Despite the setbacks, they have accomplished an amazing sense of community through their loving and accepting team environment, and they pride themselves on their inclusivity.
Like many other Fall sports, the Boys Varsity Soccer team also faced challenges due to COVID safety protocols. Despite losing to North County early on, they have come back strong recently beating ACCE 5-0. They also defeated Poly in a 3-1 tight match.
Most notably they’ve had great performances from two of their captains: Evan Simms (‘22) and Nick Murray (‘23). The Boys Junior Varsity soccer team has had a great season as well.
While they had a rough start to the season they have made an impressive comeback winning against Patterson 7-1. They have seen great games from their captains Owen Koser (‘24) and Henry Fischel (‘24); as well as Ben London (‘24) who’s scored important goals and played well overall. As they’ve learned to work with one another they have created strong bonds as a team that will help them throughout the rest of the season.
Despite the fact that due to COVID-19,the Girls Volleyball team was unable to have any family or friends cheering them on in the bleachers, they hold an impressive record this season of 4-1. All the girls have been playing well this season. A special shoutout to their seniors Alden Edwards, Megan Stinnett, Christophene Stephen, Ayishat Yussuf, Karis Joyner, and Timiya Peterson who have all been contributing factors to these wins.
The Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball team has played great as well. Having secured wins over Milford Mill and Douglas they have a record of 6-3 on the season.
Roxann Smith (‘24) has scored a majority of the points at their games and has been a great team player as well. Some of the girls have had trouble balancing school work and sports, but through their commitment and understanding of their needs, they have been able to find success in both.
The Girls Field Hockey team has had success throughout the season, after starting off with around seven members on the team. An ongoing issue they face is that the Baltimore City Public School system deems them a club, due to the fact that the only other school that has a field hockey team is Poly.
In order to compete, they have to scrimmage private or county schools that have more established field hockey programs. While they have lost most of their scrimmages against these schools, they have been able to keep the final score close.
However, they had a dominant win over rival Poly during a 8-0 shut out. During this game, Delaney Franklin (‘22) scored four goals, two more from Gummy Bedford (‘24) , one from Lilah Cohen (‘23), and one from Charlotte Marshall (‘24).
The Cross Country and Track team has had a great start to the season, where the Boys and Girls teams both came in third place overall at the relay meet. At the second meet, two of the girls finished in the top 15, coming in 4th and 9th place, where the rest all finished in the top half. The boy’s team had 3 finishes in the top 15, coming in at 4th, 9th, and 10th; whereas the rest finished in the top half as well. They’ve all been determined and have helped each other and worked together as a team.
The fall season isn’t over yet so make sure to go out and support all the teams!