Considering that seven public school teams from the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas have won class 6 state championships during the spring high school athletic season, a natural question arises:
What potential do these seven have to repeat these titles in 2023? B
Judging by the number of key players expected to return, some of them may very well win it all again.
For example, the Madison High School women’s softball team will have many starting players from the 2022 state title team, including top two pitchers Ava Livingston and Sophia Marshall. Livingston posted an 18-1 record last season.
Starting shortstop and top hitter Graciela Dominguez was a junior this spring, as was starting third baseman and North Region 6D Player of the Year Katrina Suam along with infielder Rim Castro. Starting outfielder Isla Condill was a sophomore.
“We’ve got a lot of good players coming back, so this will be a good starting point,” Madison coach Jim Adkins said.
Madison State’s other spring champion was the boys’ lacrosse team. Top scorers and twin brothers Will and Mark Rubley, Caleb Smith, Carter Casto, Ollie Howe, Toby Koons and Ethan Hodge are expected to return.
“There’s enough out there to have a strong team again,” Madison coach Aaron Solomon said.
Yorktown High School had two female state champions in soccer and lacrosse.
The football team will lose eight adults, six of whom were in the starting lineup. The Patriots will return key starters Aminata Davis, Evelyn Casadabán, Talia Agrillo, Moira Flynn, Reese Montgomery and goaltender Margo Harms.
In addition, players from Yorktown’s junior varsity team, which finished 14-1-1 this spring, will be joining the university.
“The football talent that is emerging at Yorktown is amazing,” said Yorktown coach Hannah Davies.
Sisters such as Emily and Olivia Stafford, Libby Lapierre, Helen Lydon, Marin McCormack, Sofia Allenbaugh, Sidney Quetzel, Ellie Finkelstein, Mila Perez and goaltenders Victoria Carcillo, Caroline Storer and Emmy Callinan are expected to return to Yorktown lacrosse. multiple players.
“Then we will worry about next season. This season we wanted to get the state title for our seniors,” said Yorktown coach Jenny Tran.
This spring, the Langley Saxons won the 6th grade boy’s football crown for the third time in the program’s history.
Aidan Connolly, Nicholas Guagliano, Dante Tosado, Brian Chow and Ryan Ronzkewitz are expected to be key players trying to help Langley defend this title.
In tennis, girls from Langley and boys from Oakton High School won state crowns in 6th grade.
Langley is expected to bring back top players Noel Talarek and Arakai Henryson Gibbs from this team, as well as many other juniors.
Octon will return Allen Wang and Kenny Jiang to the top players.
It is always very difficult to repeat the title of state champion. But with all seven of these teams expected to bring back key players, each certainly has the potential for repeat play.