1! 5! 8! They Did Pretty Great!

At Monday’s senior night, the Lady Panthers made a statement with a 10-3 win over the Notre Dame Blazers. The win knocked their rival to third place in the standings, leaving SVPHS in second, confirming a playoff berth.

Seniors Coreena Brogden, Kennedy Essex, and Colleen Blasko were recognized, escorted by their families, as they received flowers, hugs, and praises by their teammates and coaches. The #3 Panthers played #2 Notre Dame Preparatory Blazers in a tough match.

Brogden, the team co-captain, is a four-year varsity softball player. She also managed the girls’ varsity basketball team for two years and played junior varsity basketball her freshman year. She managed the varsity football team for three years. She will be attending Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where she plans on majoring in Business and Entrepreneurship.

Essex is also a four-year varsity softball player and co-captain. She is also a part of the swim team. She is in the French National Honors Society, the National Honors Society, a Union Leader, and a member of the Film Club. She has been awarded the Pallotti Service Award each year for completing a minimum of 40 service hours as well as the Bronze Presidential Volunteer service award for completing 100+ service hours. Essex will be attending the University of Maryland College Park where she plans on double majoring in Elementary Education and French. She has a cumulative GPA of 4.26.

Blasko is a four-year varsity softball player and a co-captain of the softball team this year. She was IAAM All-Conference her junior year. She played varsity volleyball for three seasons, where she led the team with 101 digs her senior year. She was a member of the varsity swimming team her junior and served as a team manager her senior year. Colleen is a member of the National Honors Society, a Union Leader, and a school ambassador. She volunteers at the Prince George’s County Special Olympics swim team, assists the Bowie Boys and Girls Club 12-under softball team, and she volunteers at her church with communion and confirmation retreats. When she permits, Blasko also sings in the youth choir. She intends on continuing her softball career at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she plans on majoring in International Relations/Global Studies.

Their second shutout of the season was the fourth since 2011. They have secured home field advantage as the playoffs begin on Tuesday. Their last conference championship was in the WCAC in 1999 and they won States in 2004.