By: Sofia Taroncher (283) and Cierra Lyles (283)
Sports at Central are a focal point of school spirit, whether it be the annual Turkey Bowl or the Junior vs. Senior basketball game. However, often overlooked here at Central are the talented women in sports. Some of the girls teams have gone undefeated, broken school records, and have even won district titles.
The spring sports Softball and Lacrosse, have started their 2022 seasons by blowing their opponents out of the water. In their first game of the season, Central Varsity Softball beat Constitution in a massive 22-0 win, and in their second, beat Franklin Towne 10-3 with a defense that did not let up. Girls Varsity Lacrosse also started their season off with a huge bang, destroying George Washington 13-0. The team was also able to rack up a win against the Central’s rival, Northeast, beating them 9-8! Their greatest achievement has undoubtedly been winning the Public League Championship. The team won over Northeast with a score of 5-2.
The winning streak doesn’t stop there! This season, the girls varsity track 4×1600 (mile) team beat a school record with a time of 24:36.12, a huge achievement for the team. Recently, at 4×400 team got second place with an impressive time of 4:16.60!
During the fall, Girls Varsity soccer had an outstanding season leading them to States. The team had an amazing regular season which led them to being the Public League Champions. At the District 12 Championships they had a 1-0 win, with a goal scored in overtime, securing their spot in the first round of State Championships against Conestoga High School.
However, even with all of these accomplishments, girls sports still seem to still receive little to no attention from the school. In an interview with the senior captain of the softball team, Kirsten Barth, she explains her experience over the past 4 years. “Playing girl sports at Central has been extremely frustrating, especially with softball. You get to see the boys have practice on an actual field while we have to play on a football field,” said Kirsten. The conditions for not just the softball team, but all of the teams, are less than ideal.
Central is still playing catch-up with its legacy of being an all-boys school. It is time to bring girls sports into the limelight and celebrate them for all the success that they have had. Merely granting the girls better facilities, new gear, or even providing proper spaces for them to practice would improve team success and establish the roots of women athletes at Central.