Seahawks dominate in fall and winter athletics

Image via South Lakes Boosters on Instagram

Image via South Lakes Boosters on Instagram

South Lakes has achieved some amazing athletic accomplishments in both fall and winter sports so far this year. Let’s take a look at some of the most successful varsity teams of the 2022-23 school year. 

Field Hockey


Reaching as high as first in the national power rankings, South Lakes varsity field hockey had a historic season. The team dominated all year long, finishing the regular season with a 17-0 record. Led on offense by second team all-state senior midfielder Reese Otwell and second team all-state senior forward Sarah Leaf, the Seahawks finished with an impressive 64 goals on the season. Backed by all-met second team goalkeeper Amelie Beckett, South Lakes boasted a suffocating defense. Finishing the season with 111 saves and allowing just 12 goals during the regular season. While the Seahawks fell to Yorktown in the regional final and eventual champion Fairfax in the state quarter final, the team walked away with a district championship to cap off their all-time season. 


Cross Country


In the past few years, South Lakes cross country has been extremely successful—and this fall was no different. The boys team finished second in districts with four medals, including a first-place finish by second team all-met senior Kai Gibson. They also finished second in regionals with another first-place finish by Gibson. The girls team finished second at the district championship with five medals and fourth at regionals, making the Seahawks one of the most successful teams in the region on both sides. 


Indoor Track and Field


South Lakes runners continued their success with another outstanding indoor track season. The girls team repeated as district champions with first place finishes from sophomore Catalina Simon in the 3200 and first team all-met junior Bella Harsanyi in the 500 and 1000. The girls 4×800 relay team would also go on to win the VHSL Class 6 State Championship with a school record time of 9:17:69 and place second at Nike Nationals, beating their previous record. Harsanyi also showed out individually at Nationals, placing fifth in the 800. The boys team was successful as well, with many individual first place medals in various tournaments and a second overall finish in regionals. 


Boys Basketball


 The South Lakes varsity boys basketball team put together another fantastic year, finishing the regular season with an impressive 21-3 record. Led by Northern Region coach of the year, Mike Desmond, South Lakes boasted a stacked roster including first team all-state sophomore forward Jordan Scott, second team all-state junior forward Aiden Billings, first team all-region junior guard Brian Kennedy, second team all-region sophomore guard Sol Vita, and second team all-district junior forward James Zchunke. This squad dominated the concord district with an outstanding 12-0 record and earned a district championship with a win over the Madison Warhawks in the tournament final. The team continued their dominance in the regional tournament, where they captured another championship with a win over Madison. While the Seahawks came up short in the state tournament with a semi-final loss to future champions Hayfield, they put together a wildly successful season as they cemented themselves as one of the best high school teams in the state. 


South Lakes had many amazing performances during the fall and winter sports seasons as they carry their athletic success into the spring!