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The Paw Print


Michelle Boukanov defends the ball against a player from Howard High School. Wilde Lake allowed Michelle to play Varsity field hockey as a junior, despite not having past experience with the sport. COURTESY OF MICHELLE BOUKANOV

Wilde Lake Sparks Confidence in First-Time Athletes

Wilde Lake sports allow first-time athletes to explore new sports at a high level, building confidence and creating new opportunities. Before coming to Wilde Lake, freshman Natalie Morrissey had never...

GAITHERSBURG, MD, MAY 10, 2024 - Coach Saquan Maxwell gives midfielder Riyadh Assani words of encouragement as he comes off of the field during the Boys Varsity Lacrosse regional semifinals.

More Than a Coach: Saquan Maxwell Inspires Teens with PUSH Program

Talik Butler, Writer May 16, 2024

When he was a Wilde Lake student, Saquan Maxwell used a four-letter word to help him persevere through high school and beyond: PUSH.  Now, as a Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Coach and a part of Wilde Lake...

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, MARCH 15, 2024 -- Senior track captain Emmanuel Dean runs laps during after school practice to train for the upcoming outdoor track season.

Senior Emmanuel Dean Breaks School 300m Record

Talik Butler, Amy Manzanares, and Arielle Levine April 9, 2024

After nine years on the track, Emmanuel's hard work has paid off. On January 9th, he set the Wilde Lake record for the 300m run, recording a time of 35.59 at the Liberty Premier Invitational. Emmanuel...

COLUMBIA MARYLAND, February 1, 2024 -- Wilde Lake varsity cheer celebrates after winning first place at the County championship.

Wilde Lake Cheer Crowned County Champions Once Again

This year, the Wilde Lake Varsity cheer team proved once again that they were in it to win it. The cats were crowned county champions for the second time in three years, along with being state finalists. The...

Tiffany Blakey celebrates after scoring a goal contributing to the 6-1 victory over Hammond for the Wildecats.

Coach Matt Aubin Leads Girls’ Varsity Soccer to .500 Record

Talik Butler and Amy Manzanares December 21, 2023

This season, Wilde Lake Girls’ Soccer reintroduced former Wildecat Matt Aubin to the field as head coach. Senior midfielder Lauren Lawson says Coach Aubin has “motivated the team to win,”as they...

“Coach Nesbitt was a huge family guy. I saw him with his family: his
wife and sons. Seeing that was also hugely impactful for me,” said
Coach Justin Thomas. Photo Credit Mr. Pickett.

Lake Bids Farewell to Beloved Coach, Mentor, and Friend

Joseph Ortiz-Rivera and Arielle Levine December 8, 2023

Dave “Bear” Nesbitt was more than just a coach. He was a mentor, pioneer, friend, grandpa, dad, husband, and Wildecat. He could be strict while holding his team to high standards. He would make...

Coach Tee and senior captain Justyce Richard bonding during a home game. “It kind of feels like a family.  It’s very family oriented. We are all very close and just have that connection. Our coach creates that. We  spend a lot of time bonding in practice and through games. We have to in order to win,” said Justyce.

Wilde Lake Softball Finishes Second In Region

Caroline Sorensen, Staff Writer June 2, 2023

Wilde Lake varsity softball ended their regular season with a   third in Howard County and second seed in 3A East Region two. As the team moved into the postseason, they finished as regional finalists,...

Assistant captain Johanna Shin playing her match against Oakland Mills on April 27, 2023. The Wildecats took down the Scorpions.

Game, Set, Match! Tennis Has Best Season in Five Years

Darius Lewis and Arielle Levine June 2, 2023

After Coach Shaw’s third year as coach, the 2023 Wilde Lake tennis team is ranked ninth in the county with their best season in five years, according to County Sports Zone. This season, the boys and...

On April 26, 2023, the Cats and their coaches (Coach Bell, left) hudle during their 
game against Marriotts Ridge. Junior Lewis Collora says that the new coaching staff 
has lead to the team’s overall improvement. “Our coaching has improved. We have a 
lot of new, good, strong coaches,” he said.

With New Coaching Staff, Boys Varsity Lacrosse Makes Strides

This season, the boys lacrosse team introduced three new coaches, Kevin Eagan, Edgar Batenga, and former WildeLake student, Andrew Tiffy. According to Head Coach Tony Bell and players such as junior attackman...

Wilde Lake Basketball Nets Historic Season

Wilde Lake Basketball Nets Historic Season

Blaiz Blackston and Joseph Ortiz-Rivera March 31, 2023

On March 2nd in the second playoff game of the season the Lake faced off against one of their toughest opponents of the year, Long Reach. With two minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, junior...

Henry Hopper at the finish of the State Championship at Hereford High School. (Photo credit Om Maryankandy)

Henry Hopper Makes Strides with State Championship Win

Greta Giuliano, Staff Editor February 16, 2023

Wilde Lake junior Henry Hopper’s path from soccer to running was not a linear one. After seven years on the soccer field, he decided to make the switch to the cross country course. Now, he holds the...

When I was a student athlete, playing my sport bettered my academics and my outlook on life.

Sports Pave a Positive Path for Students

Blaiz Blackston January 5, 2023

Sports have the power to better a person’s life. All it takes is attending that tryout.  For athletes who struggle in the classroom or at home, their sport is an opportunity for change. It allows...

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