Northwest Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball clench conference titles


Northwest’s Men’s Lacrosse team drives forward in an attempt to score. Their hard work has paid off with another conference title to add to the books.

Winning is the ultimate goal of any team. Winning the next game. Winning against a rival. Winning a championship. This year’s Viking Baseball and Lacrosse teams have both accomplished this goal in its highest form, clenching the conference title for both sports.

Northwest’s Varsity Baseball team has had a strong run so far, finishing conference play with an 18-8 record and only one conference loss. The Vikings have struggled offensively this year, but the pitching and defensive abilities of the team have shone through, holding opposing batters to only a .215 batting average.

“We’ve put in lots of work and countless hours of practice to get where we are,” senior Pearce Kerley said.

This season has been particularly memorable for the Vikings, as this is only the second time that a team has won both the conference title and the Metro 4A Conference Tournament. This season will be one that every player, especially seniors will remember.

“I think that it’s awesome that we won [conference],” Kerley said. “It’s something that I’ll always be able to remember.”

Lacrosse has experienced similar success this year, winning the conference title with a record of 14-3 and remaining undefeated in conference play and defeating Page 21-8 during the Metro Conference Championship.

“We have put in a lot of work so far, and will continue to put in more work in order to win states,” junior Landon Clary said. “Our practices have gotten more and more intense… and we continue to push each other every day.”

The Viking Lacrosse team has put in a lot of work this year to get to where they are, and the work hasn’t stopped. On May 3, they faced West Forsyth in the first round of the state playoffs, shutting them out with a score of 22-0. The Tournament continues today, Tuesday, May 8, with the Vikings facing off against Reagan.

“[Northwest] has a winning tradition, and it’s really cool to take part in that [tradition],” Clary said. “[Winning conference] means a lot.”

Overall, Northwest’s teams have made their mark this year, bringing home their respective conference titles. Sports have always been a strong suit of Northwest, and the teams this year have lived up to that legacy.

The Viking Baseball team practices batting in preparation for their first game in the state tournament. With a conference championship and title, the team looks to make a deep post-season run