Cougar Spring Sports Start


Varsity softball standing for the National Anthem before their 9-4 win at Brentsville.

Mandy Holmes, Managing Editor

The spring sports season has started and it’s on full blast. The spring season includes soccer, lacrosse, tennis, softball, baseball, and outdoor track. As of March 30th, all the Kettle Run teams are looking good and are ready for some competitive play. Following their big season last year, including being regional finalists and playing in the state tournament, the girls’ lacrosse team is starting off hot. They rolled past Brentsville, Loudoun Valley, Gainesville, and Eastern View, only falling to Lightridge in a non-conference game. The team is ready to make a long playoff run as they did last year. On the flip side, the boys’ lacrosse team is ready for a redemption season. After going 4-10 last year in a highly competitive district, they’re looking to be a threat. The team has started out 2-2, with all these games being non-conference. This is a better start than last year, and things are looking up for the coming season. 

Baseball has been off to a great start, winning 2 of their 3 conference games. Their tough loss came to the 2022 district finalist, James Wood, with a score of just 0-1. They have a veteran lineup that is ready to make a highly competitive playoff run this season. Softball is at 3-2 overall, but only 1-2 in conference play. Despite this slow start, the team is ready to heat up. Led by three senior college commits, they’re looking for a redemption run from last year. 

Girls’ soccer has a rebuilt lineup after losing 11 seniors from last year. Despite this, the team is coming together well. With a roster that is a majority of underclassmen, they sit at 2-2 in conference play. They’re looking to go even further than they did in their district-run last year. Boys’ soccer has high hopes this season and is led by senior captains Andrew Curry and Chris Childers. They won their opening game against the 2022 district runner-up, James Wood, 3-0. This points toward a good season and a playoff run, despite their current record of 1-1-1. 

Both boys’ and girls’ tennis teams are off to a slow start, but don’t count them out for the rest of the season! Track and field athletes are hoping to qualify for states and nationals again this season. So far a few of their runners and field eventers have qualified for states already. There have been a few meets already, and in one of them, the boy’s 800 sprint medley relay broke the school record. They’re “on track” for a good season!

Overall, Kettle Run’s spring sports teams are looking sharp. This should be a competitive season for all the teams and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Let’s go Cougars!