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Updated: November 20, 2008, 4:06 PM ET
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Boys' Basketball - Courtland



In hopes of better preparing his team for a deep postseason run, Courtland coach J.T. Nino sought out stiffer competition for the Cougars this winter. Courtland will face Benedictine in the Slamfest 2008 tournament and Landstown in the Virginia Preps Invitational. "You want your non-district games to be as competitive as possible to prepare you for district and postseason play,"Nino says. "The chance to play (those teams) will help replicate the atmosphere and competition we will hopefully see in the postseason." The Cougars' title hopes rest on the shoulders of Dukebound junior Josh Hairston. "Throw somebody big at him and he can take them outside," Nino says. "On a smaller player, he can (take them) down on the block." Hairston posted 18 points and 11 boards per game in helping Courtland reach the state quarterfinals last year. To fully utilize his abilities, Nino will employ a three-guard set with two 3-point shooters available to bail Hairston out of double teams. All-District senior guard Luke Sellers scored 13 points a game last year and was a marksman from deep. Classmate Lamar Giggetts nearly averaged a double-double for the Cougars. Juniors Avery Green and Mario McMorris can also ignite the offense from the outside. The Cougars hope their schedule will result in a battle-tested unit that will vie for a state title at the end of the year.



Girls' Track - Long Reach


Sprinter Funmi Alabi finished her junior year undefeated in the 55, and ended the season at state with a meet-record run of seven-seconds to post the fastest time in the area. She earned Washington Post All- Met honors and was an integral member on the Long Reach relay teams. Sophomore Aneesha Scott is an up-and-coming star and junior Nicole Vanagas is another valuable contributor for Long Reach, which finished seventh overall at state.



Boys' Swimming - Edison


Led by the all-world efforts of senior David Kiss, Edison finished in a two-way tie for eighth at the Virginia AAA championships last season. Kiss registered a pair of All-American qualifying times in both the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. He finished second in each event and was named a Washington Post All-Met first teamer. The Eagles also return seniors Keller Graham, Jack McHugh and Andrew Starr, junior Balazs Kiss and sophomore Charlie Putnam.



Girls' Ice Hockey - Holton-Arms


Holton-Arms continues to produce top-quality talent on the ice and this season should be no different. Last year, was the fifth straight season Holton-Arms went undefeated in the league. The Panthers will look to defender Samantha Shane, an ALL-WIHLMA honorable mention selection, to replace graduated ALL-WIHLMA skater Bailey Fogarty. Holton-Arms, which finished last season at 11-5-2 and outscored its opponents 76-6, return 16 players from last season.



BREAK OUT TEAMS



GIRLS' BASKETBALL  ARUNDEL
With senior Simone Egwu back, Arundel hopes to rebound from its state title loss last year.

WRESTLING  ATHOLTON
Junior Kevin Beck has been lights out competing in the103-pound weight class.

GIRLS' SWIMMING  RICHARD MONTGOMERY
Two-time Metro champ Anais Menguy leads a talented cast of swimmers for the Rockets.

BOYS' ICE HOCKEY  LANDON
The Bears feature a lockdown defender in senior David Mann, who also is a threat scoring.