The Return to Play Season Comes to a Close with a Regional Championship and More


Varsity Baseball was the 3A North Regional Champs of 2021!

Daja Lane

The Fall Sports “Return to Play” season wrapped up on April 16 and by the next day on April 17 the Spring sports season began. After all of last Spring’s season being cancelled due to the pandemic, athletes and coaches were excited to return to the fields these past two months for the Spring season.

Kenwood athletic director Coach Ruocco shares, “It’s been an absolutely wonderful return to play and it gives us so much momentum for an even more normal 2021-2022.” For the overall “Return to Play” Kenwood teams have won 31 of 54 games played.

Though it was a short season, the Spring season came with many highlights for our athletes. Varsity baseball finished their season with an 11-2 record and were the 3A North Regional Champs and made it to the State Quarterfinals.

On the tennis courts, Jalen Dhanoolal had a great season, winning four of his six matches.
Both our boys and girls lacrosse teams held their own against some tough competition with the boys going 2 and 2 and the girls winning 3 of their 5 games.

Kenwood’s Track Team went to the regional championship with 15 other schools to compete at Dundalk High school at the end of the season. Coach Andrucyk shared, “Our student athletes did AWESOME! “They worked SO tremendously hard during this very different year, and we could not be prouder.” Students track results from the regional meet:

100m Dash:
Fred-Morgan Iheanacho 4th place – 11.81 seconds, Tyler Green 5th place – 11.95 seconds, Rachel Otuyelu 6th place – 13.81 seconds, and Makayla Parrott 8th place – 14.75 seconds.

200m Dash:
Tyler Green 3rd place – 23.58 seconds and Rachel Otuyelu 6th place – 28.73 seconds.

400m Dash:
Fred-Morgan Iheanacho 5th place – 52.95 seconds, Jakeriea Burton 7th place – 1 minute 12 seconds, and Aracely Adames 8th place – 1 minute 23 seconds.

800m Run:
Cameron Baker 8th place – 2 minutes 22 seconds

High Jump:
Casey Walker 5th place – 5 ft 8in

4x400m relays:
Boys: Casey Walker, Alexander Lee, Lucas Scheuerman, and Fred-Morgan Iheanacho 5th place – 3 minutes 47 seconds
Girls: Aracely Adames, Meriam Williams, Makayla Parrott, and Jakereia Burton 8th place – 5 minutes 16 seconds.

Despite the challenges of a rough year Kenwood student athletes showed up to play and did a phenomenal job. Tuesday, June 15 at the “Return to Play” Awards ceremony several student athletes were recognized at the end of the season for individual athletic awards. Those recognitions went to:

National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award – Ashton Dunigan
Derek Maki Leadership Award and Scholarship – Domernick Hollis
Booster Club Male Athletic Award and Scholarship – Ashton Dunigan
Booster Club Female Athletic Award and Scholarship – Haley Kuzma
Blanche Drennan Outstanding Male Athlete – Ryan Puller
Blanche Drennan Outstanding Female Athlete – Laila Lucas
Neil Rivers Memorial Award and Scholarship –– Zachary Deigert
McCormick Unsung Hero Award Male Athlete- Domernick Hollis
McCormick Unsung Hero Award Female Athlete- Haley Kuzma

Athletes and coaches were thankful for this mini season to return to play but are looking forward to full athletic seasons next school year.