After high school athletes across the state were finally able to complete a full three seasons of sports for the first time in two years, now feels like the perfect time to look back at 2020-21 and observe the best moments across all eight schools in Montgomery County.
In this four-week long series, we will reminisce on the seasons of two schools per week in alphabetical order.
This week: the Northwest Vikings.
I hope you like basketball.
The Vikings were led heavily by a pair of mega-stars in hoops this year -- we’ll get to specifics in a moment -- and one of them even came within one game of a state championship appearance. These two were far and away the biggest contributors to greatness for the Vikings this year, so expect to hear about it a lot in this retrospective.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a ton of success for the Vikings elsewhere. The football, baseball and softball teams struggled through rebuilding phases, while volleyball and girls soccer were strong but didn’t make much of a run at titles. But there is still plenty to celebrate!
Best boys moment
The Vikings basketball team wasn’t going to make a run at the district championship this season -- but don’t tell that to Ametri Moss.
The senior star wasn’t ready to let his season end in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed game against Montgomery Central, so he did what superstars do: take over. The esteemed guard set a new school record with 50 points in one game, leading his team over the Indians in the postseason. It was his last home game with the Vikings, and goodness gracious, did he make it count.
Best girls moment
On that same basketball court, the Lady Vikings captured their first district championship crown in 18 years this season. Led by their own superstar and a phenomenal supporting cast under longtime coach Ben Wallace, the squad left no doubt while running through the district with few close games.
The celebration at midcourt after beating rival Rossview was a sight to behold.
Best boys athlete
Yeah, of course it’s Ametri Moss.
He was named to the TSWA all-state team and Main Street Prep’s all-midstate team. He led the county in scoring and was one of the best bucket-getters in the entire state, making this choice an extremely easy one.
Best girls athlete
Oh, what’s that? Another easy choice.
It’s Ta’Mia Scott. The junior was expected to be one of the best players in Montgomery County this year, but she broke out and took that title by storm and did not let go. She was named the county’s player of the year while leading all players in points per game and blocks per game while being an extremely efficient rebounder and pickpocketer. Like Moss, she was an all-state selection and all-midstate honoree. Universities have taken note too, as she has been offered a handful of high-level Division I scholarships.
Boys team of the year
While not exactly the most obvious choice, this one is going to go to the soccer team. After a difficult 0-3 start where they were outscored 24-2, they went out and played Clarksville to a 2-2 tie before eventually ripping off a 4-1 stretch.
Their improvement through the season was significant and admirable -- and they did it all under first-year head coach and the only female coach in the entire city, Caitlin Pinhey.
Girls team of the year
Scott was joined by standouts Kayla Howell, Emiyah Cobb and much more to deliver one of the best seasons in school history, and they know it. They were the best girls team in the entire city.
Just don’t be surprised when this group repeats for this award next year.