For the past seven seasons, St. Joseph High had played North Catholic twice a season in sectional play, and the result was always the same. For the first six seasons, North Catholic swept the season series between the two teams. This year, North Catholic changed its name to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. Something else changed this season. Last Monday night, before a large crowd at the Spartans' gym, St. Joseph rolled to an 80-66 victory over the Trojanettes, gaining a measure of revenge for the 52-50 setback the Spartans suffered to the Trojanettes last month at Don Graham Gym on Troy Hill.
"It was very exciting," said first-year coach Sally Ackerman. "We beat them every quarter, but I didn't feel like we had control of the game in the fourth quarter."
Ackerman's team met Trinity Christian in the section finale on Tuesday night. The Spartans won that game, 69-37, and defeated Winchester Thurston 55-39 this past Saturday in the Breast Cancer Classic at Shady Side Academy. St. Joseph closes out the season with another non-section game at Freedom tonight.