School adds to its trophy case

The O’Neal Lady Falcons are forcing their way into the school’s display cases by securing NCISAA State Championship victories in golf, swimming, and basketball so far this year. 

The varsity girls golf team recently secured their third consecutive state championship, showcasing their continued dominance on the greens.

“This was a team effort,” said Coach John Casson. “The results speak for themselves. What you don’t see is the hard work these girls put into their preparation on a weekly basis. It’s not always easy, and yet, with strong senior leadership and committed individuals, it is no accident we enjoyed such success.” 

Kicking off this season’s victories, the varsity girls swim team celebrated their second consecutive state championship on Feb. 12 at the finals held at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. These Lady Falcons defeated 30 other NCISAA schools. The Lady Falcons entered the meet ranked second in the state. After a come-from-behind relay victory, Coach Jen Schmitz said, “It was amazing to see the girls show such grit and determination in that relay! I really don’t know why I am always so surprised because that attitude is embedded into the culture of the program.” 

Adding to the winter season triumph, the varsity girls basketball team made history by clinching their first-ever state championship in the school’s history. Their effort propelled them to a record of 30 victories and a single loss (to Elizabeth Seton, 4th ranked team in Maryland). Girls basketball coach Donna Taylor said the team’s success stemmed from their determination to … “trust the process, stay together, learn from mistakes and make each other better.” 

“We couldn’t be prouder of the incredible achievements of our athletes this year,” said Athletic Director James Franklin. “Winning state championships in girls’ golf, girls’ swimming, and girls’ basketball is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches. However, it is always about more than just winning games at O’Neal; it’s about empowering and developing confident, capable young women who are poised for success in the world beyond sports. These championships represent the culmination of their commitment to excellence, and we are honored to support them in their journey toward greatness.” 


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