Winter 2021-'22 NHS Sports Recap
Northwood Poms ace the high kicks and more at the County Division III Championships.
Senior Sean Colson leads Boys' Swim and Dive to a divsion championship and state ranking.
By Liya Tadesse and Michelle Reed Kretkowski
The spector of Covid, and it's restrictions, put a damper on most Gladiator winter sports team's seasons this year. But, most managed to find a way to rebound and shine one way or another.
Gladiator determination outshines record.
Above: Senior Fatima Escobar receives a flat pass from her teammates.
By Liya Tadesse, NAA Intern
Our Varsity Field Hockey team had an intensely close season this fall. For a handful of games, they battled it out through multiple overtimes only to fall by one point in the end. Their record didn’t show it, but their games were captivating and proved that this team would fight to the bitter end.
Gladiators' 2021 Fall Sports Recap
Top left: The Varsity Cheerleading squad aces their stunt at competition. Botttom left: Girls Volleyball Captain Karina Salguero gets ready to serve. Right: Seniors Lamar Wilson and Nate Davis race at the Cross Country Regional Championships.
By Liya Tadesse and Woody Crisfield, NAA Interns
NHS coach offers AFCA perspective on student-athletes' mental health.
Northwood Athletics earns first in state of Maryland
December 2020 Northwood High School Athletics becomes the first school in Maryland to earn a Level 1 status in the NFHS Honor Roll by its coaches’ professional development. NFHS is the national governing body for all high school sports associations. Congratulations to our AD Mr. Fuggitti and to all of our coaches for their professionalism and commitment to Northwood. To read more, click here.
Varsity Bocce gains Northwood traction
By Aniya Sebens, NAA Intern
Bocce is an ancient sport. Although it is not well-known in America, it is slowly becoming part of American sports culture and has arrived as a varsity sport in Montgomery County. This year is the first year that all 25 MCPS high schools have fielded a Bocce team. Its popularity here at Northwood has risen too. More students are joining Bocce each year, and as a result, the Northwood Athletics Association (NAA) helped fund additional uniforms needed this year for the growing team.
Bocce (also known as bocci ball) is an international sport that goes from backyard fun to tournaments. Although the sport has been incredibly popular in European and Mediterranean countries for a long time, it has spread to other countries in recent decades. Bocce is a sport that can be played by people of all ages. There are many places that you can play bocce. You could find a bocce court at a local park, a senior living facility, in someone’s backyard, or even a local bar. Courts are made of different materials and typically have a wall surrounding the courts, not only to keep the balls in play, but to also bank the balls against the walls. The surfaces vary, but many courts are made of clay, dirt, grass, or even synthetic grass. MCPS holds bocce games in school gyms.
How to play bocce:
Bocce ball can be played with two, four, or eight players on each team. There is no limit to the number of players MCPS high school teams can have, but only four players can play/roll on each frame of a game. Frames begin by one team tossing the pallino, a specially marked ball, between the center and four-foot line within the playing area. Teams alternate tossing the pallino each frame, with the first frame determined by the winner of a coin toss. Each team underhand rolls the four balls per frame, but in Bocce it’s called a throw.
The team that wins the coin toss, throws the pallino then throws the first bocce ball. Next, the opposing team throws the first bocce ball. After the first two bocce balls are thrown, the team with the bocce ball furthest away from the pallino throws thee next ball. This pattern continues until all the balls are thrown, trying to throw one each as close to the pallino as possible. The team that has not yet thrown their bocce balls now throws their remaining balls, again trying to get as close to the pallino as possible. Hitting either the pallino or either team’s bocce balls is permitted. If they hit the opponent’s ball away from the pallino then it is an advantage, but they will not earn a point.
After all four bocce balls have been thrown, the team with the bocce closest to the pallino wins the frame. The score is tallied and the frame is complete. The balls closest to the pallino earn points. Those who have the most points win the match. The winning team begins the next frame. Each frame’s play begins from an alternating side of the court. The game is over when one team reaches a predetermined score (typically 12), similar to Volleyball’s scoring.
Northwood’s Bocce team
Bocce season is a short season that lasts from December to February and consists of five regular-season contests. Because it is a short season, Northwood’s bocce coach, Coach Dunn, was also able to serve as a Northwood assistant basketball coach. To juggle it he says, “I have to be very organized or else things tend to become more complicated than needed.”
Last year’s 2018-19 team had a lot of seniors and they made it to the county championship match but lost by one point. However, this past 2019-20 season has been a rebuilding one with lots of interest and new players. They ended their season with a record of 3-2 but didn’t make it far at the county championships this year.
Overall, Coach Dunn says the team is developing well. “We had six new players this year and out of those six we were able to get four freshmen. I am very proud of how things are looking for us next year. Currently we have 12 student athletes on our team and hopefully that number will continue to increase in the following years.” Senior Kelly Le sums up the experience and opportunity of the Northwood bocce team saying, “The season went well! We had some great wins, but also a few great losses. The thing about bocce is you can never be too confident because you never know how a game will go, which is what I love about it.”