Trojans dent the win column in lacrosse, softball and tennis

Luke Curran is one of seven freshmen on Kent County’s boys tennis team. The Trojans return only three players from last season’s two-win campaign.

CHESAPEAKE CITY — The Trojans were justified in their swagger Thursday at Bohemia Manor, earning high marks from their lacrosse coach after playing a solid all-around game.

They won, 16-2, to level their record at 1-1.

“We were able to execute our offense and got a lot of good work on defense,” said rookie head coach Dave Boyle, who picked up his first win.

“All in all, the team played well,” he said.

Juniors Kolby Walters and Joey Cerino found the back of the net with regularity, and Jeremy Graham was so well protected that he had to make only three saves.

An efficient Walters scored six goals on eight shots. Cerino followed with five goals. Four others collectively made up the balance, including sophomore Thomas Goldsborough, who was two and five to lead all players with seven points.

Goldsborough also scooped up a team-best six ground balls. He has quickly regained his lacrosse skills after running track last spring.

Another sophomore standout was midfielder Shane Morris, who won 4-of-7 face-offs. He is a lacrosse novice.

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WORTON — The girls tennis team is 1-2 after its first full week, breaking into the win column March 25 against Cambridge, 7-0.

The Trojans, led by first-year head coach Jessica Arminio, already have matched their win total of last year.

It’s a veteran group led by returnees Paulina Panas, Cynthia Faber, Hannah Bentley, Ellie Jetton, Misty Mett and Abby Loughry.

The starting lineup, so far, has been Panas, Faber, Bentley and Jetton at first, second, third and fourth singles, respectively, and doubles teams of Panas-Faber, Futty-Bentley and Mett-Loughry.

The newcomers are Jordyn Cox-Pemberton, Katie Stecklair, Kimberly Yoc Solis and Cindy Zhou. They are starting out the season playing exhibition matches.

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WORTON — In varsity softball, senior Brianna Pierce (one walk, two strikeouts) pitched Kent County to a 6-3 victory over Washington on March 27. She gave up two runs through five innings. Lexi Langenfelder earned the save, allowing one run on two hits in two innings of relief.

This was Kent’s third game in as many days, and followed losses of 7-4 to Colonel Richardson and 13-3 to St. Michaels.

In all three games, the Trojans received production from the middle of their batting order: No. 3 hitter Maddy Kendall, Ally Hickman in the cleanup spot and No. 5 hitter Yasmine Jiggetts. They are the team leaders in batting average and RBI.

“I am excited for what I see. The unity and growth of the ladies is great,” said coach Michelle Phillips.

Phillips found reasons to be encouraged even in the 7-4 loss to Colonel Richardson in the March 25 season opener. “Our defense was good and our bats were OK,” she said.

The Colonels held a slim 5-4 lead after five complete innings. One of the insurance runs was unearned.

The following day, host St. Michaels pushed six runs across in an error-filled first inning and went on to win handily, 13-3.

The game was called due to the 10-run rule after Kent batted in the top of the fifth.

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WORTON — Ed Stack, who returns for a second year as head coach of the boys tennis team, described the season opener March 22 against highly favored Easton as “wild.”

It was cold and the wind was brutal, and more than one serve cleared the fencing at the Kent County courts.

The Trojans, who are playing without a headline-maker at first singles for the first time in two graduation cycles, did not win a match. That’s not surprising given that seven of the players in the starting lineup had no high school experience.

The most competitive match came at second doubles, where freshmen Jayden Reid and Alystair McKenzie dropped an 8-4 pro set. Stack said the match was closer than the score would suggest.

The lineup for the March 22 opener is printed here.

Senior Nolan Lindsey, senior Ethan McKenzie, junior Mackie Luhn and junior Jonny Williams in singles. Williams is a tennis novice, having played junior varsity baseball last season.

The doubles teams consisted of freshmen Jack Cullum and Ronald Parker at one; freshmen Jayden Reid and Alystair McKenzie at two; and sophomore Andrew Smith and freshman Aron Ashley-Pinder at three. All are rookies.

Working toward a spot in the starting lineup are freshmen Luke Curran and Chris Hinton.

Stack said the outlook for the season “is to play as a team and with great sportsmanship.” He hopes to improve upon the two wins from last season.

“We have a very young team, but the three who have played before are true leaders and positive role models,” Stack said.

There are seven freshmen. “Look out 2022,” he added.

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