Season in review: 2016 Lake Forest fall sports

FELTON – With the fall sports season officially in the books for the Lake Forest Spartans, we’re taking a look back at what each team was able to accomplish this season.

Cross country

The Lake Forest boys’ and girls’ cross country squads, led by head coach Eric Payne, each finished with 8-4 regular season records.

The boys’ squad finished fifth in the Nov. 1 Kent County Championship and fourth overall in the Nov. 5 Henlopen Conference Championship. Individually, senior runner Ryan Harris finished fifth individually in the Henlopen Conference Championship. The Spartans’ placed four runners – Harris, Marc Mapp, Patrick Wills and Alexander Argo in the top 30 at the Henlopen championship.

The girls’ squad fared a little better, placing third at the Kent County championship and third at the Henlopen. Lead senior runner Hannah Fox placed seventh and sixth at the Kent County championship and Henlopen championship, respectively. Overall, Lake Forest placed three in the top 20 at the Kent championships (Fox, Micayla Cannon and Shumailah Ahmad-Statts) and three in the top 20 at the Henlopen championships (Fox, Cannon and Desiree Amaya).

Field hockey

Finishing up an 8-5-2 regular season, head coach Michele Tucker’s varsity field hockey squad put up its third straight winning season in 2016. Her squad’s eight-win campaign earned the Spartans a DIAA State tournament appearance. The Lady Spartans’ state title quest ended with a 5-1 first-round loss at the hands of the eventual state champion Delmar Wildcats.

Junior forward Kaitlyn Stahre led the way on offense, scoring 15 goals. Senior midfielder Mya Maddox added another 12 goals.

Football

Head coach Fred Johnson’s 2016 varsity football squad, coming off last year’s 8-2 season, came up short of a playoff berth this year. The Spartans (2-8) got off to a slow start to the season, dropping its first seven games before winning two of the last three weeks of the season.

Unfortunately, the Battle of the Bell winning streak was snapped at five straight years. But with freshman quarterback Desaun Bizzell, the Spartans’ have plenty of young talent heading into next season.

Boys’ soccer

Despite finishing 5-10 this season, head coach Pietro Randazzo’s Spartans squad made improvements upon last season and it showed. The boys’ varsity squad got off to a strong start to 2016, putting up wins in each of the first four games of the season.

A six-game skid during the month of October dropped Lake Forest out of playoff contention, but with five freshmen and sophomores on this year’s roster, coach Randazzo’s squad have plenty to look forward to in 2017 and beyond.

Volleyball

In her first season as Lake Forest varsity volleyball’s head coach Alison Lauber learned a lot in her squad’s 2016 season. Though a 6-9 record isn’t ideal, varsity volleyball won three out of the last five games of the season and will only be losing two seniors (Faith Garey and Hailee Russum) heading into next fall. You can expect to see plenty of improvement in Coach Lauber’s second season at the helm in Lake Forest.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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