After school on October 3rd, the BGJHS XC team received a surprise from the High School XC coach. He got the entire team “Mahoning County is Spartan Territory” T-Shirts. Why did he give them free T-Shirts? Mainly because both BGJHS XC teams (and the High School XC teams) placed first in the Mahoning County Championship. However, this isn’t the only success they’ve had this season. Far from it, actually, with the girls’ successful season of an outstanding 5th place in the Spartan Invitational, one 3rd place, two 2nd places, and four 1st place meets, along with the boys’ incredible 5th place at the Spartan Invitational, 2nd at the Salem Early Bird meet, and FIRST PLACE at EVERY OTHER MEET. Mr. Lenhart (one of the coaches) says, “having not just one, but two teams be successful means a lot. ‘It has been a very successful season for the boys. Coached by Mr. Lenhart and Mr. Basista, the nineteen player team consists of Sava Crnjak, Brock Farris, David D’Altorio, Ethan Boots, Hunter Richards, Adam Konnerth, Jeffrey Markovitch, Maksim Milentijevic, Daniel LaCivita, Matthew Beichner, Jimmy Pirone, Samuel Bundy, Evan Sweder, Tyler Tremayne, RJ Keating, Drew Kornbrau, Matthew Amendol, Frank Quinlan, and Jake Murray. The girls’ XC team of twenty-four runners includes Vivian Kiraly, Mackenzie Riccitelli, Cara Zawrotuk, Morgan Auck, Sarah Bero, Abby Mihok, Sami DeFabio, Sadie Ohl, Gina DiNapoli, Serena Arcuri, Bella Barkey, Ashley Bermudez, Ashley Boyarko, Keegan Bruner, Megan Faubel, Lily Haase, Marissa Marino, Emma Moore, Elli Schialdone, Celesta Richards, Alivia Shablesky, Molly Stevens, Natalie White, and Faith Sullivan. Coach Basista states, “This has truly been a special season” and Mr. Lenhart says he looks forward to “the challenge of keeping the success going next year.” He’s a little disappointed that “we only have a few practices left to really push it and prepare for these last two championship runs.” It’s a bittersweet ending, but they still have two meets left, so wish them luck for the Jr. High Championship and AAC Championship!