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CHS student athletes make Washington Post all-met list

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Photo courtesy of Darius Siahpoosh

Photo courtesy of Darius Siahpoosh

Photo courtesy of Darius Siahpoosh

By Will Hyland, Sports Editor

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CHS is known for its stellar academics, but student athletes are incredibly skilled as well. Six CHS student athletes were named to the The Washington Post’s Fall All Met team, which is comprised of the top athletes in the DMV. The All Met teams feature a first and second team, as well as honorable mentions.

Senior midfielder Darius Siahpoosh was named first team All Met for boys soccer. He scored 22 goals and nine assists, helping CHS claim the number one overall seed as well as a first round bye in the state playoffs. He also was pivotal in helping CHS achieve a number three ranking in the Washington Post.

“This season was one of the most enjoyable of my career,” Siahpoosh said. “I want to thank my teammates, coaches, parents and all others who helped me achieve success this season.”

Senior field hockey midfielder and defender Faith Kean, who had eight goals and assists, was named to the All-Met second team. Junior midfielder and forward Alex Sperling, who had 18 goals to go along with six assists, was an honorable mention. Each played played a pivotal role in helping the team to the top record in the 4A South and making a run to the state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion South River High School.  

“This year, especially with my injury during the playoffs, I realized how much field hockey is a team sport,” Kean said. “I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without great coaches and teammates who helped and pushed me to be the best that I can be.”

Senior defender Molly Olcott, who is committed to play DIII soccer at New York University, was named to the All-Met first team. Her sister, junior midfielder Jane Olcott, committed to play DI soccer at Villanova University, was an honorable mention.

Molly was part of a defense that conceded on average just five goals a season. Over the course of her career, she was key in helping CHS achieve an 8-3-1 record and the third seed in the 4A West Section I. Jane was also a huge part of the team’s success by scoring 13 goals this past season, which was among the most in the Metropolitan area.

“It means a lot because it recognizes my hard work throughout my four years at CHS,” Molly Olcott said. “I have had really great coaches and supportive teammates that helped me along the way.”

Senior Michelle Tai received an all met honorable mention for volleyball for the second consecutive season after a strong season for both her and CHS volleyball. Tai was crucial in leading the team to an 8-2 record and the second seed in the 4A West Section I.

“Playing on CHS varsity volleyball has been a great experience these past four years,” Tai said. “This award shows not only the hard work I put in but also the amazing coaches and teammates that have helped me improve.”

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