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Updated: February 17, 2009, 12:45 PM ET
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Boys' Lacrosse - St. Albans


Just one look at the Inside Lacrosse Top 50 Rising Seniors list and it's easy to see why expectations are running high at St. Albans this spring. The Bulldogs return a pair of stud prospects in Chris Landon and Roger Ferguson, both of whom are highly rated on the list. "To have two of those (players) on one team doesn't happen every day,"says head coach Malcolm Lester. In addition to Landon and Ferguson, St. Albans will have 10 seniors back from a team that finished 16-5 last spring. Several of the returning veterans were part of the '07 squad that won the school's first IAC title. Their experience will be paramount as the Bulldogs try to overcome a rash of third-place finishes. "We don't like to think of ourselves as perennial runner-up or third-place folks, but we are in the toughest league in the country,"says Lester. Ferguson is committed to play at Brown in the fall. He netted 15 goals and set a school record with 140 ground balls last spring. Landon transferred from Bethesda-Chevy Chase last year and is one of the quickest defenders in the league. Senior Greg McCallop led the team in scoring in 2008, while classmate Ramsey Bates is a physical presence in the middle. Last April, St. Albans posted a 6-4 win over national power West Genesee of New York. The victory could provide some confidence for the Bulldogs as they attempt to navigate a brutal schedule this year.



Softball - Battlefield


Last year, the Bobcats made a run at the Virginia AAA state title and won 25 games  the most in the school's four-year history. Led by All-American catcher and Virginia-Tech recruit Courtney Liddle, the Bobcats fell two runs short in the title game against Hickory. Liddle batted .471 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 2008. She will have help this spring from fellow seniors Brittany Black, who suffered her lone defeat in the title game, and infielder Shannon Cleary. Both players earned Washington Post All-Met honorable mention honors.



Girls' Track St. Mary's


Led by Sidarth Balaji, Fairfax finished last season 13-4 and advanced to the Virginia AAA semifinals. Balaji is one of the nation's best singles players in the Class of 2009, as evidenced by his No. 4 ranking among players in the USTA boys' 18-and-under Mid-Atlantic region. The two-time Washington Post All- Met was 16-5 last year and was runner-up in the Virginia AAA Northern Region. Sophomore Jason Luu is a promising talent who teamed up with Balaji to reach the AAA doubles semifinals.



Gymnastics - Osbourn Park


The Yellow Jackets won the Virginia AAA team title with a school-record 150.7 points to outlast Kellam last year. Osbourn Park became the first area school to win back-to-back titles since 2002-03. Junior Megan McDonald tied for fifth in the all-around at the state meet and earned Washington Post All-Met honors. Senior Jacquie Teets placed 10th in the all-around and was also named an All-Met first teamer. In addition to the state title, Osbourn Park repeated as champions in the Cedar Run District and the Northwest Region.



BREAKOUT TEAMS


BOYS' ROWING  YORKTOWN
Seniors Ian Suvak and Elliott Oakley return to lead the Patriots.

GIRLS' LACROSSE  GOOD COUNSEL
Monica Baumgartner is a top-notch defender who helped the Falcons win the 2008 WCAC title as a junior.

BASEBALL  COLONIAL FORGE
The 24-win Eagles were runner-up in Group AAA last year and return senior Garrett Marin.

GIRLS'TRACK  BROOKE POINT
Last year, Colleen McGlade won the Commonwealth District pole vault crown as a junior.