Paul Harris, who led the Catonsville JV team to an undefeated season and county championship in 2019 has now been promoted to coach the Varsity team. Harris feels a connection with the Varsity girls since he coached them at the JV level which will make the transition smooth. The spring season is scheduled to begin with practices on April 17th and games going from May 7th through June 19th.
With 11 sports seasons under his belt and what would’ve been a 12th this spring, Mark Brady from Catonsville High School has been named Catonsville/Arbutus Times’ Male co-Athlete of the Year. The sports Brady dominated at include soccer, basketball and baseball. Basketball helped with his conditioning and soccer helped his footwork, all while making him a better baseball player. Congratulations Mark!
Jen Gast graduated from Catonsville High School in 2017 and was named Catonsville Times’ co-athlete of the year for her performance on the basketball court and soccer field. During her senior year she also earned All-Baltimore County first team and All-Metro second team honors. After a tough first two years at UMBC including a torn meniscus and sprained ankle, Gast had a breakthrough junior year with the most rebounds in a UMBC game since 2012. With school being closed, Gast has been finding other ways to work out away from the facility to make her senior year even better than the last.
With gyms closed Catonsville Olympic weightlifting competitors are taking their workouts to places they didn’t think they ever would. Donna Liu-Young has started using her deck as her gym while neighbors cheer her on from their homes or the sidewalk and Mario Dispenza, founder of Dispenza Weightlifting, LLC/OSS, has moved to his garage. Quarantine and postponed events have not stopped these two Catonsville residents from getting their workouts in and stronger for their upcoming events later in the year.
Adam Kolarek, a 2007 Catonsville High School graduate, made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays last spring pitching on the second day of the season with a perfect 1/3 inning. Kolarek’s season consisted of taking over at first base mid-game and an unexpected trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the last day of the trade deadline and the birth of his son, Hank. Kolarek also talks about how he’s preparing for the 2020 season once it resumes.
Catonsville Wrestling won their eighth straight dual-meet against Landsowne to bring their record to 8-1. The win was achieved by seven pins and three forfeits with a 63-15 victory. Three seniors, Ewan Hemmis, Querell Montaque, and Mateen Kareem celebrated with three of the seven pins, along with sophmores Eric Grap and Josh Sampson and freshmen Daniel Hernandez Perez and Mason Ritter.