Next Year Team Captains

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Junior Greg Brown gets checked by a Watkins Mill player as he runs down the field. -- Adam Bensimhon

Junior Greg Brown gets checked by a Watkins Mill player as he runs down the field. — Adam Bensimhon

Each year varsity sports teams must find new captains to fill out the leadership roles that were left by graduating seniors. Although many teams have not chosen captains yet, some teams such as football, baseball and lacrosse have found new leaders for the 2012-2013 season.

For the RHS football team, rising seniors Blaine Pierce and Rajesh Sharma will be the captains for the 2012-2013 season. Both were starters last year; Pierce played quarterback and free safety and Sharma at strong safety. Pierce was also a captain last season. Together they hope to lead the team to an outstanding season.

While Sharma did not start at safety at the beginning of the season, he soon became one of RHSa�� key defensive players and earned the starting spot. Pierce was one of RHSa�� main scoring threats both off the pass and on the run, and the team turned to him in many key plays. “I think our team is going to be much better this year,” said Sharma.

Rising senior Greg Brown is a returning captain for the baseball team and it will be his fourth year starting on the varsity team. Brown was one of the team’s main pitchers and one of the best batters with several home runs.

“We have a bunch of good returning players so I think next season is going to turn out well,” said Brown. Last season the team finished with a record of 13 wins, 6 loses and 1 tie, including two big playoff wins against Urbana and Linganore.

For lacrosse, rising senior and returning captain Mark Sintetos will again lead the team. Last year at goalie he anchored the team, having one of the highest saving percentages in the county. While the other captain(s) have not been chosen, there is a good possibility that either Ray Doyle or Owen Taylor could lead the team seeing as both have started on varsity since their sophomore year.

Rising senior Ray Doyle said, “We have summer workouts and practices to help us improve. Also a lot of us play on club lax teams over the summer.” He played a significant role on the team last year with 18 goals and 20 assists.

Many of the varsity teams have not yet chosen their new captains. However, in the coming weeks each team will need leaders to help unify and guide younger players.