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Friday, July 13, 2018

Top 10 Moments of 2017-18: #1: Shirey's Touchdown For The Ages

Sepp Shirey always wanted to be one of the neighborhood gang when he was little. If there was a football game going on in someone's front yard, he was there.

One day, Shirey, who has cerebral palsy, joined in the game. It immediately stopped play.

Not because of fear, but because of an impromptu celebration which saw the players race to the Shirey household to pound on the front door to tell the rest of his family to come out and see what was happening.

"We're playing football in the yard, and I got tired of dragging the walker over the bumps of grass and stuff," Sepp said when we interviewed him for the December 29, 2016 edition of The Herald Progress. "I just left my walker. Nothing else would have piqued my interest to do that."

Sepp's football career was underway, and it didn't stop as he grew up. Our first encounter with Shirey was Atlee football's first practice before the 2016 season, running drills with his teammates using his walker. No one was more committed to the Raider program than Shirey.

Fast forward to the 2017 season. Shirey had seen in-game action on multiple occasions. On October 27, Sepp's Senior Night, he entered the game in the fourth quarter of what would be a disappointing loss to a playoff Varina team. Shirey had no idea that he was about to go viral.

On a handoff to Shirey, he began running up the middle of the field. Soon, not only were his teammates running with him, so was the Varina defense. The crowd began to react and come to their feet. Shirey would run 80 yards to the end zone, scoring a touchdown in his final game at home. Before the night was over, the courage of Sepp Shirey, coupled with the great sportsmanship of the Varina Blue Devils, was shown not just in Richmond on NBC12's "On The Sidelines", but began to be seen around the world.

To see NBC12's Marc Davis with a great report and commentary about the play, and to see the play itself, CLICK HERE.

To read a portion of our 2016 interview with Shirey, CLICK HERE.

Now headed to the University of Alabama, where he will no doubt make his mark again, we will not soon forget Shirey's fighting spirit, commitment to excellence, and the shining example he gives to everyone who deals with a disability day in and day out.

A moment that was a decade plus in the making, The Sepp Shirey Touchdown, the number one moment of 2017-18. It combined courage, teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect. And that is why we have high school sports.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Top 10 Moments Of 2017-18: #2: Mark L. Fischer Field

The night of October 13, 2017 was an important milestone in one of the, if not the most, emotional high school football season in Richmond-area history.

When a head coach, who has defeated cancer, only to find himself fighting the battle again, announces to his team that the season about to begin would be his final on the sidelines, it is a monumental task for teenagers to process the stark reality of what he is facing, then find a way to emotionally funnel their support, their anger, and their love, into an historic season.

But the Louisa Lions not only poured their heart and soul into their 2017 campaign, by October 13 they were running opponents off the field. Coming off a 40-13 win over Powhatan, the Lions entered Homecoming against another undefeated team, Monticello. Before the game, the county renamed the home of the Lions as Mark L. Fischer Field.

Later, the Lions ran wild, posting a 62-21 victory that only added fuel to a championship desire fire. Louisa finished 10-0 in the regular season, but so did three other teams in their own region. They defeated two of them en route to the Class 4 State Championship Game on December 10th. Only then did the Lions find an opponent they could not conquer.

The ability of the Lions to channel all of the conflicting emotions they faced to take Fischer to the brink of a state title, all the while worried about their head coach, was nothing short of phenomenal. And among all the highs of their 14-1 season, perhaps, at least in the minds of some, the one that will be remembered longest is the one that produced a new sign that future Lions will see every time they practice, and every time they take the field for Friday Night Lights.

Mark Fischer changed Louisa County football, and, through a physical battle now six years long, one he certainly did not ask for, his resolve, positive personality, and unique ability to deflect attention from him to his players, no matter the circumstance, Mark Fischer has changed Louisa County. For the better. Period.

RVA Sports Network salutes Coach Fischer and the 2017 Louisa Lions for a season to remember, and our #2 Moment of 2017-18. The field at Louisa County High School will always be a reminder of how one should live life during great uncertainty; with incredible grace.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Top 10 Moments of 2017-18: #3 and #4

A day to remember at the Siegel Center and a night to remember for one of the best girls basketball players this decade in the RVA, as our Top 10 Moments Countdown continues.

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#4: TRIPLE PLAY AT VOLLEYBALL: The Siegel Center was the epicenter of celebration for Patrick Henry, Deep Run, and Cosby boys volleyball as all three teams won their respective state championships. For Patrick Henry, it was a second straight title after moving down from Class 5 to Class 4, sweeping Midlothian in three sets for another ring. After downing Class 5 power Princess Anne in the state semifinal, the Deep Run Wildcats succeeded Patrick Henry as Class 5 champions, defeating Indian River in four sets. The afternoon concluded with Cosby taking the Class 6 title with a four-set victory over Frank W. Cox, who had eliminated James River in the state semifinal.

CLICK HERE for photos from an unforgettable afternoon at VCU!

#3: BOYD BALLS OUT, BREAKS RECORD: Teams will double team, and triple team, Appomattox Regional Governors School rising senior Jada Boyd, and usually to little success. But nothing could stop Boyd on January 10th, her first game since before winter break, as Boyd broke the single-game Virginia High School League record for both points (69) and rebounds (33) in the ARGS victory in overtime, 79-77. Exactly one month later against Greensville, Boyd scored 66 points and grabbed 18 boards. She already has more than 2,000 career points. It will be amazing to watch her continued progress when the 2018-19 season begins in late November. As for her next home, she plans to announce her college choice before the start of the regular season.

CLICK HERE for an interview with Jada courtesy of our friends at NBC12 about the 69 and 33 game in January.

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Our #2 Moment, which represents a milestone during a very long and arduous journey, is released Thursday, and our top moment arrives on Friday.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Top 10 Moments of 2017-18: #5 Through #7

We continue our look back at the Top 10 Moments of the season gone by with three events all courtesy of Henrico County teams, two from championships, and one out of nowhere.

#7: RUNNING WILD: J.R. TUCKER VS GLEN ALLEN FOOTBALL: When the season began, no one knew what exactly to expect from football teams in Henrico County west of Hermitage. Deep Run had a playoff appearance from 2016 to build upon, Glen Allen and J.R. Tucker suffered disappointing campaigns that year, while Mills Godwin had a new coach. The Eagles started slowly, while Douglas Freeman stumbled out of the gate. But the back half of the season provided for some pretty wild Friday nights in the West End, from the Deep Run/Douglas Freeman comeback thriller to this November 3rd game that closed the regular season for the Tigers and Jaguars. J.R. Tucker still held out some hope for a postseason berth in Region 5B, and did its part due to a record-setting night by Keyonte Thompson, rushing for a Richmond-area record 467 yards. Glen Allen countered with a team performance just as enthralling, the two teams combining for over 1,100 rushing yards in a 63-56 Tigers win. But when Meadowbrook upset eventual Class 3 state champion Hopewell that same night, it ended their postseason dream.

Suddenly the 2018 season is filled with wonder, and a lot of questions, as to which teams in the West End can break out of the pack and be serious playoff contenders in Region 5B.

#6: JOHNSON'S STATEMENT: Sunday December 10th, Highland Springs had just completed its third straight run to a state championship, defeating Tuscarora 40-27 at Hampton University. The win placed the Springers into the realm of dynasty, which was only a dream five years ago, while L.C. Bird was in the midst of doing the same thing. The most potent, powerful statement from the team came, though, during the postgame press conference, as head coach Loren Johnson made it abundantly clear not only who his Highland Springs Springers are, but what impact that program is making on individual lives, on and off the roster, and throughout their community. Listen to Johnson for the first 2:41 of the conference, as posted on our YouTube Channel, to hear the impact sports can truly have, life changing impact, which Johnson plans to continue this fall as the Springers bear the weight of going for a fourth straight championship. Bearing the responsibility of becoming a man, a productive society contributor, continuing to turn the perception of a community around. These Springers carry much more than three rings on their fingers, and we all should be proud of their efforts.



#5: LACEY'S FACE: Varina boys basketball, over the past four seasons, has been a tale of tenacity and purpose. While rivals like Henrico and L.C. Bird captured headlines, and a state title apiece, the Blue Devils quietly grew their team, following their Blue Devil blueprint, feeling confident it would take them, too, to the promised land. In 2017-18, it did. Varina almost knocked off a Trinity Episcopal squad in the Times-Dispatch Invitational final in a rematch of a game where the Titans blew the Blue Devils out of the Richmond Coliseum the year before. In the calendar year of 2018, Varina built a 22-game winning streak. Expecting a playoff showdown with L.C. Bird, they got, instead, their pesky upset-minded rivals from Highland Springs. Twice. Through it all, head coach Andrew Lacey's mix of youth and experience worked perfectly, down to the championship game, using a second half comeback for a 64-60 win over Wakefield.

When Lacey was given the Class 5 State Championship trophy, a look came on his face that likely mirrored the look he would give as a young child on Christmas morning. Some coaches remain stoic, others smile, but Lacey beamed. His team believed, and now Varina was atop the high school basketball world. Watch the postgame press conference at the video below:






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TUESDAY: Our #3 and #4 Moments of the Year, featuring an unbelievable game performance, and, appropriately, a "championship sweep".




Friday, July 6, 2018

#1 Team of 2017-18: Highland Springs Football

After two state championships, Highland Springs football entered the 2017 season missing their quarterback, their top receivers, their best offensive lineman, now starting for Lamar Jackson and Louisville, and more to graduation, the Springers began play not the favorite to turn two titles into three.

Add to that an opening night loss to Hermitage, a team primed, and eager, to knock the Springers off their perch, and it would be an uphill climb, plus a learning curve for new starters. But head coach Loren Johnson and his staff built, and built well, as Highland Springs got better each week, and never left the championship conversation.

The August loss meant a Thanksgiving Friday trip for Highland Springs to Chester Fritz Stadium, where the Springers dominated the second half to avenge their only loss, and head back to the state semifinals. Eight days after a home win there, Highland Springs captured their third consecutive title, defeating Tuscarora 40-27.

Following the victory, Johnson took time out at the beginning of the postgame press conference to note the impact off the field of his players, and the program. His comments can be seen on our YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Congratulations to Highland Springs Football, now a three-time champion, and laser focused on winning a fourth when the 2018 season begins for real on August 24.





Top 10 Moments of 2017-18: #8 Through #10

"Moments" are defined in many ways. They could last seconds or months, depending upon the circumstances. The 2017-18 high school sports season certainly gave us moments to remember, moments which surprised us, took our breath away, and helped us find the positive, and what's good in life, reminders we all need.

We begin a week-long look back at our Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 with numbers eight to ten.

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#10: NEW FIELDS, NEW ERA: This "moment" actually began in November, 2016 when the voters of Henrico County approved a bond referendum which included new synthetic turf football fields for all nine high schools. This past spring, construction began on the first three fields, at Hermitage, Douglas Freeman, and Varina. When fans arrive to watch the new-look Panthers christen the new field August 24th against three-time defending champion Highland Springs, they will see one of three new fields in the county. New fields will come to J.R. Tucker, Highland Springs, and Henrico in the fall of 2019, with Deep Run, Glen Allen, and Mills Godwin completing the task, with fields set to be ready by August, 2020. The move will save countless man hours for the county and many volunteers, and make it easier to use the fields for multiple sports all year long.

#9: TODD V. BACOT: The Arthur Ashe Center was packed February 3rd for the final game of the annual Coaches 4 The Cure day-long basketball classic. John Marshall, led by top national 2020 recruit Isaiah Todd, bested Trinity Episcopal, featuring top national 2019 recruit Armando Bacot, 67-62. The hoopla surrounded the fact that both Todd and Bacot are big men, talented and both extremely versatile. And now with Todd departed to Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina to continue his high school career, it looks like this will be the only meeting, at least at this level, between two of the most promising players in Richmond in a long, long time.

#8: LEGENDS STEP ASIDE: Step by step, announcement by announcement, 2017-18 saw the end of several extremely important eras in high school coaching. We said thank you and farewell to:

Patrick Kane: 17 seasons at Hermitage High School, the all-time winningest coach at the school, surpassing the legendary Chester Fritz. Kane's Panthers reached the Group AAA, Division 6 State Championship Game in 2010.

Joe Fowler: 17 seasons at Goochland High School with 148 wins and state championships for the Bulldogs in both 2006 and 2012.

Charlie Dragum: The only head coach in Hanover High School baseball history. Dragum was an assistant coach for the 1997 Lee-Davis Baseball State Group AAA Championship, moved to become head coach first at Atlee, then Hanover in 2003. He led the Hawks to the state title in 2013, 2014 and 2016, appearing in the state final in 2017.

Larry Parpart: The man whose name graces the court in the Douglas Freeman gymnasium, Parpart announced his retirement just this week after 33 years as the head coach, and a total of 40 seasons with the Rebels.

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The countdown, and the walk down memory lane, continues Monday.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

#1 Game of 2017-18: Gallagher Grabs Championship For Cosby

With all the hoopla, and deservedly so, surrounding the 2015-17 run of Monacan girls basketball, led by the nation's most sought after recruit in Megan Walker, some people forget that their accomplishment of three consecutive state championships had already happened, just a few miles away.

The Cosby Titans took the former Group 6A state title in 2014, led by Dorothy Adomako, then again in 2015 and 2016, led by Tyra Whitehead and Jocelyn Jones, in a pair of nailbiting finishes. After a "down" season by Cosby standards, being eliminated in the region playoffs in 2017, a new look Cosby team roared back in 2018, and made their way through the postseason, arriving at the Siegel Center to face the Langley Saxons.

Needing a comeback with a quarter to go, it was the Titan defense that fueled the effort, forcing overtime. The Saxons took a 50-46 lead, but Cosby would score the game's final six points, including an unforgettable assist from Nia Covington to a waiting, and able, Marissa Gallagher, who laid the ball up off the glass for the championship clincher with just 3.2 seconds to play. In the video, which you can see HERE, watch Gallagher's arms fly high to give the driving Covington the option of drawing the defense and dishing off, which she did to perfection. Covington led Cosby with 25 points.

Cosby 52, Langley 50, an overtime classic which returned Rachel Mead and her Titans to the pinnacle of Class 6 girls basketball, the #1 game of the 2017-18 high school season as chosen by The RVA Sports Network.


Year In Review: Top 10 Teams of 2017-18

While there were over twenty teams who won high school state championships during the 2017-18 season, a title doesn't necessarily clinches a berth in our RVA Sports Network Top 10 Teams countdown. There are teams that accomplish mighty things for their program, school, and community who do not make the final game. Eight state champions did make our Top 10, numbers two through ten listed below, along with other teams who most certainly deserve honorable mention status.

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#10: Atlee Girls Lacrosse: After clinching the program's first state tournament bid in 2017, but losing a lot to graduation, the Raiders roared back behind their returnees, and two super freshman additions in Kate Miller and Stella Harrison, to dominate area teams all season, losing their only match in the Class 5 State Final on June 9th by a single goal.

#9: Thomas Jefferson Football: A program that was once an automatic victory on everyone's schedule not only completed a turnaround, but finished first overall in their region, hosting a home playoff game for the first time in recorded history. The Vikings broke ground on a new level of expectations, one of the best stories of a 2017 football season filled with them.

#8: L.C. Bird Boys Track And Field: The Skyhawks grabbed the Class 5 State Indoor Championship, then, three months later, made it a double, claiming the Outdoor Championship as well. It was an unforgettable season for L.C. Bird.

#7: Hanover Girls Tennis: Lose your #1 player to graduation after going 22-0 and winning the program's first state championship, and what do you do? You go undefeated again, replacing her with Raine Weis, who joined a veteran squad that, again, grabbed the Class 4 State Championship and earned the Hanover County Sheriff's Department's triumphant escort back to the school on June 9th.

#6: St. Christopher's Baseball: After splitting their regular season series with rival Benedictine, the Saints went on an unbeaten run to the championship, finally won at Shepherd Stadium in Colonil Heights after a host of rainouts and other delays during one of the wettest stretches of weather in recent Richmond history. Not even Mother Nature could prevent the Saints from claiming the VISAA Division I title, defeating rivals Trinity Episcopal and Collegiate before knocking off Norfolk Academy for the crown May 21st.

#5: Varina Boys Basketball: A comeback win in the Class 5 State Championship earned the Blue Devils their long-awaited title (more on that in our Top 10 Moments), finishing the season on a 22-game winning streak after starting the season 4-2. Varina never lost in the 2018 calendar year.

#4: Patrick Henry Boys Volleyball: In one of the most dominant seasons by any team, the defending Class 5 state champions moved down to Class 4 and went undefeated in five-set play, only losing a three-set match to Deep Run at the Virginia Volleyball Showcase Labor Day Weekend. Although the Patriots lose more to graduation this year, the 2018 edition will still be the favorites to make it three titles in a row.

#3: Prince George Softball: It was finally the Royals' turn in a star-studded Class 5, as the Royals took two out of three against Lee-Davis, the rubber match a 4-0 win in the state semifinals June 8th, then turning a huge first inning into an 11-4 championship win the next day over Brooke Point to claim the program's first championship. Seniors led the way, and Laura Thompson was the best of the bunch, dominant in the circle. The Royals' only loss was to Lee-Davis, 2-1, in the Region 5B Championship, a loss they avenged a week later.

#2: John Marshall Boys Basketball: What could have been, when we look down the road now. Led by Isaiah Todd, one of the top recruits of the Class of 2020, joined by the likes of Elijah Seward, Levar Allen, DeMarr McRae and Roosevelt Wheeler, the Justices earned chemistry through a rugged early schedule, and dominated in the postseason to win the Class 3 State Championship. Now, Todd is off to Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attention will begin to turn to Wheeler, another big man, a year younger, who could have a breakout season trying to lead the Justices back to the Siegel Center in March.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Cosby Girls Basketball
Matoaca Girls Volleyball
Hopewell Football
Hopewell Baseball
Lee-Davis Softball
Deep Run Baseball
Deep Run Girls Tennis
Maggie Walker GS Girls Tennis
Atlee Boys Track
Hanover Girls Soccer
Deep Run Field Hockey
Colonial Heights Girls Soccer
Highland Springs Boys Basketball
Deep Run Golf

We'll name our 2017-18 Team of The Year on Friday!






Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Year In Review: Top 10 Games: #10 to #2

Some were regular season, many came in the postseason, and all of them created unforgettable memories for participants and fans. In choosing our Top 10 Games, we consider their significance, influence, back stories and more. Here are our choices for the Top 10 Games of the 2017-18 high school season, #10 through #2.

We'll reveal #1 here on our website Thursday, as well as start our countdown of the Top 10 Teams of the year gone by!

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#10: FOOTBALL: J.R Tucker 63, Glen Allen 56 (November 3, 2017)---With hopes of clinching a playoff bid for the first time this century, the Tigers needed a other-worldly rushing performance from Keyonte Thompson, with 467 yards on the ground as the Tigers and Jags combined for over 1,100 yards on the ground. The Tigers did not clinch a postseason bid due to an upset win the same night by Meadowbrook, but this game, along with a nailbiting Deep Run/Douglas Freeman comeback win earlier in the season, put everyone on notice that games between West End games in 2018 will be ones to watch.

#9: SOFTBALL: Lee-Davis 8, Atlee 7 (9 innings, April 27, 2018)---Another chapter in the best softball rivalry in Virginia was written late on a Friday night as the Confederates posted a come from behind victory over the Raiders thanks to one of three game-winning hits during the regular season from senior first baseman Jesse Gentry. The teams would meet, again, in the postseason, but this time Lee-Davis came out on top, ending the three-year reign of Atlee as Class 5 state champions, advancing all the way to the state semifinals.

#8: FOOTBALL: Highland Springs 40, Tuscarora 27 (Class 5 State Championship, December 10, 2017)---In a game postponed a day by a surprise early December snowfall, the Springers made Hampton University their second home by winning a state title at Armstrong Stadium for the second straight December 10, this time not needing the last second theatrics and heroics of 2016. Head Coach Loren Johnson delivered a strong and positive message about the work and results of his football team, not as much for football's sake, but for his community and the RVA in general. Hopes are sky high for another title which, this year, would be won December 8th. Unless there's snow. :)

#7: BOYS SOCCER: Deep Run 4, Mills Godwin 3 (Class 5 State Semifinal, June 8, 2018)---Free kicks, corners, men down, overtime theatrics, and a golden goal, all between the fiercest of rivals. Add to it the presence of two student sections worthy of Friday night football thanks to the Class 5 State Tournaments begin moved to Richmond this year, and it all made for an unforgettable afternoon of state tournament soccer at Glen Allen High School. The next day, the Wildcats, who almost scored in the final minute of sudden victory overtime to win the state title, saw their chances slip away as Albemarle won in penalty kicks.

#6: FIELD HOCKEY: Deep Run 2, Hickory 1 (Class 5 State Quarterfinal, November 7, 2017)---How does it feel to "win", only to have the game-winning goal waved off, then get the focus back to score the real game-winner? Ask Natalie Biliunas. That's what she did to send Deep Run to the Class 5 State Semifinals for the second time in school history, eliminating the Hawks, seemingly, watching that goal be waved off, then coming back to do it again, this time setting off a celebration which did not end for the Wildcats.

#5: BOYS BASKETBALL: T-DIT Championship: Trinity Episcopal 61, Varina 58, December 19, 2017)---The year before, the Titans blew out the Blue Devils in the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament, owning the second quarter. A year later, it took all 26 of Armando Bacot's points to hold off a much improved Varina squad, one which showed just how good by blasting through the rest of the season en route to the Class 5 State Championship. The Titans would fall short in their quest for consecutive VISAA Division 1 state titles, but are primed for another run next winter.

#4: BASEBALL: Powhatan 6, Hanover 5 (Region 4B Semifinal, May 29, 2018)---Destiny, meet Hunter Hopkins. Hopkins finished a comeback for the ages for the Indians, who scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to clinch a berth in the Class 4 State Tournament. Even bigger in the scheme of area sports, it marked the end of a five-year run of state tournament appearances from Hanover, who won state crowns in 2013, 2014 and 2016. It also marked the end of Charlie Dragum's legendary career as Hawks head coach, the only coach so far in Hanover's short, yet storied, history.

#3: FOOTBALL: "The Henderson Bowl": Monacan 22, James River 15 (OT, October 6, 2017): A senior-laden Chiefs squad, just a few weeks removed from a miracle comeback victory over powerhouse Manchester, looked to stay undefeated in a game that, on paper, seemed quite winnable. That's the great thing about sports, however. One coaching move suddenly made this game much different, as Bobby Henderson left brother Jim Henderson's staff at Monacan to take the head coaching position with the Rapids. Thus, "The Henderson Bowl" was born. The Rapids gave the Chiefs everything and more, sending the game into sudden victory overtime, where Monacan survived, and stayed unbeaten en route to a 10-0 season, one of four in their own region, Region 4B, joining Louisa, Dinwiddie and Eastern View. Oh, mark your calendar for October 5th, when the Chiefs head to The Swamp for "Henderson Bowl II".

#2: FOOTBALL: Hopewell 7, Phoebus 6 (Region 3A Semifinals, November 18, 2017): After stumbling down the stretch of the regular season, the Blue Devils stunned the previously unbeaten Phantoms on the road, using a 63-yard touchdown pass from Greg Cuffey to Sean Allen and a relentless defense to leave the Phoebus faithful stunned and propel Hopewell on a run culminating in a 20-14 win over Heritage three weeks later for their first state championship in fourteen years. The Blue Devil defense held on after helping to build a 20-0 lead on Heritage, Cuffey helping to clinch the title with a late reception to Kadarius Stapleton for a first down which allowed Hopewell to run out the clock and begin the celebration at the College of William and Mary.

We'll announce our choice for the #1 Game of the 2017-18 season on Thursday, plus, begin our countdown of the Top 10 Teams!



Monday, July 2, 2018

#YourTop10: The Votes Are In!

Here are your choices for the top games and teams of the 2017-18 high school sports season. See below for the schedule when we will reveal our top teams, games, and moments of the 2017-18 season, exclusively here on RVASportsNetwork.com!


YOUR TOP 10 GAMES:

1) Powhatan Baseball's Walk-Off Ends Hanover Region in Class 4, Region B Tourney
2) Deep Run defeats Mills Godwin in Class 5 Boys Soccer State Semifinal
2) Lee-Davis Softball Walk-Off Over Atlee, 8-7 in nine innings
3) Class 5 State Boys Soccer Championship: Albemarle vs. Deep Run
4) Prince George 4, Lee-Davis 0, Class 5 State Softball Semifinal
5) Hanover Girls Soccer Win Class 4, Region B Title at Courtland
6) Deep Run Field Hockey State Quarterfinal Win Over Hickory
7) Douglas Freeman Girls Soccer Upsets Deep Run, Class 5 State Semifinals
8) Monacan/James River Football: "The Henderson Bowl"
9) Highland Springs defeats Hermitage in Region 5B Football Championship
10) Cosby Boys Soccer Upends James River for Region 6B title


YOUR TOP 10 TEAMS:

1) Deep Run Boys Soccer
2) Prince George Softball
3) Lee-Davis Softball
4) Highland Springs Football
5) Deep Run Field Hockey
6) Hanover Girls Soccer
7) Cosby Boys Soccer
8) Mills Godwin Boys Tennis
9) John Marshall Boys Basketball
10) Atlee Girls Lacrosse

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RVA Sports Network will count down our Top 10 Games, Teams and Moments from the 2017-18 season this week. Here's our reveal schedule:

Top 10 Games: #10--#2, Wednesday July 4
Top 10 Games: #1, Thursday July 5

Top 10 Teams: #10--#2, Thursday July 5
Top 10 Teams: #1, Friday July 6

Top 10 Moments: #10-#8, Friday July 6
Top 10 Moments: #7-#5, Monday July 9
Top 10 Moments: #4-#3, Wednesday July 11
Top 10 Moments: #2, Thursday July 12
Top 10 Moments: #1, Friday July 13

Friday, June 29, 2018

VHSL: More Changes Possible Come Fall 2019

The Virginia High School League released its "Initial Region Alignment Plan", which covers the four-year period from 2019-2020 to 2022-2023 on Wednesday morning, an exercise normally dominated by schools changing classes due to enrollment/population changes.

This normally means a few schools would have changes, but, in this new proposal, there are numerous changes, some major. We break it down by class.

CLASS 6: Currently, Cosby, Clover Hill, Thomas Dale, James River and Manchester populated the majority of the eight-team Region 6B. The new plan completely belows that up, and moves Cosby, Thomas Dale and James River, along with Colonial Forge, Riverbend and Franklin County into what's being called currently "6A West", a sub-region of Class 6, Region A. They are joined by newcomer Massaponax of Spotsylvania County, moving up from Class 5. The other half (seven teams) that comprise the "6A East" sub-region are all from the Tidewater area.

CLASS 5: The region with the most Richmond-area schools, Region 5B, expands from 15 to 17 teams. The headlines here are that Lee-Davis drops down to Class 4, while Midlothian moves up from Class 4. Clover Hill and Manchester drop from Class 6 to Class 5. So, the new Region 5B would contain:

Atlee, LC Bird, Clover Hill, Deep Run, Douglas Freeman, Glen Allen, Mills Godwin, Henrico, Hermitage, Highland Springs, Manchester, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, Midlothian, Prince George, J.R. Tucker and Varina.

As a fifteen-team region in 2017-18, only eight teams were taken for the playoffs in most sports, mirroring the football formula. If there is no expansion, come Fall 2019, the road to the postseason will become even tougher. It could be worse, however, as Region 5A, downtown in Tidewater, moves to 18 teams. Meanwhile, with Region C proposed to have just ten teams and Region D eight, trying to keep the regions geographically sound may be sacrificing opportunity for some quality teams to make the playoffs, while, in other Class 5 regions, the postseason would be more easily made.

CLASS 4: Region B, now at 13 schools, moves up to 15, as Midlothian leaves, replaced by Lee-Davis, while Orange County moves down from Class 5 and Spotsylvania moves up from Class 3. The new Region 4B would contain a land mass from Orange and Culpeper (Eastern View) to the northwest, east to King George, down Route 301 with Caroline and Hanover, down I-95, then I-85 to Dinwiddie, with Powhatan and Louisa to the west. Three of Hanover County's four schools would be in the same region, as Lee-Davis would join Hanover, a longtime member of Class 4 (formerly know as Group 4A) and Patrick Henry, who dropped down to Class 4 a year ago. Of note in other regions, Hampton and Menchville would drop from Class 5 to Class 4 in Region A, while Tuscarora, who played Highland Springs in the 2015 and 2016 Class 5 State Football Championship games, drops down to Class 4 in Region C.

CLASS 3: In Region A, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, New Kent and Petersburg would be joined by Lafayette near Williamsburg for a 13-team group. Also at 13 teams would be Region 3B, with Goochland and Maggie Walker Governors School moving up from Class 2 to join Armstrong and George Wythe. They, however, would be four teams with nine far away neighbors, as Central of Woodstock, Independence, a new school scheduled to open in Fall, 2019 in Loudoun County, and George Mason of Falls Church would be added to holdovers like Brentsville District, James Monroe, William Monroe, Skyline, Manassas Park and Warren County.

CLASS 2: The big news here is John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson dropping to Class 2 in Region A, joining Amelia, King William and Nottoway.

A few changes are also brewing in the realigned district proposal. Districts haven't been used for playoff purposes in the Richmond area since May, 2013, but are still used as guidelines for regular seasons scheduling. The highlight would be Powhatan moving from the Jefferson to the Dominion District, making it a ten-team district. If all current Dominion teams are forced to add Powhatan to their football schedules, it would allow for just one non-district game for each team, down from the current two, unless teams petition to not play district opponents two or more classes above/below team for competitive reasons. Powhatan's football schedule would be completely different.

Petitions for changes to the proposed plans must be received by the VHSL by July 11. An appeals hearing is scheduled for August 21 in Charlottesville. We don't expect a final decision until Fall.

RVA LOCALS ONLY: Manchester QB Brendon Clark and Head Coach Tom Hall

It's a packed season finale of #RVALocalsOnly presented by Farm Bureau Insurance this morning on ESPN Richmond as Bob Black and Rob Witham talk football, the Elite 11 and more with Manchester standout quarterback Brendon Clark, who shares some news on his college decision process, and head coach Tom Hall, who discusses the huge expectations for the Lancers in 2018!

Plus we'll break down the latest VHSL region realignment proposals and more, all at 9:30 on 99.5 and 102.7 FM, 950 AM, and online at ESPNRichmond.com !


Monday, June 25, 2018

LISTEN LIVE: LC Bird Summer League Basketball: Five Games!

Use the player below to join us on our YouTube Channel all evening for the action!

5pm: Huguenot v Petersburg
6pm: LC Bird #2 v Colonial Heights
7pm: LC Bird #1 v Petersburg
8pm: Hopewell v Matoaca #1
9pm: Prince George v Manchester


Saturday, June 23, 2018

CHANGE: Little League District Tournament Rained Out Saturday

The 8-10 Baseball and Softball tournaments must wait one more day to begin play as overnight rains force a postponement at the 2018 District 5 Little League Tournament at Atlee Little League.

The updated brackets are posted below:



Friday, June 22, 2018

UPDATED Broadcast Alert: LC Bird Summer League: Five Games Monday!

RVA Sports Network will bring you live coverage from the 2018 L.C. Bird Summer Basketball League this Monday at 5pm, exclusively heard on our YouTube Channel. You can listen on the embedded player below to these games:

5pm: Huguenot vs Petersburg
6pm: L.C. Bird #2 vs Colonial Heights
7pm: L.C. Bird #1 vs Petersburg
8pm: Hopewell vs Matoaca #1
9pm: Prince George vs Manchester


#RVALocalsOnly: LC Bird Summer League with Head Coach Troy Manns

Several top boys basketball teams are spending two weeks working out with and against each other at the 2018 L.C. Bird Summer League. On Friday at 9:30am on The Black And Drew Sports Huddle, Bob Black and Rob Witham catch up with Skyhawks head coach Troy Manns about all the action this week and next in Chester, the importance of summer leagues on player development, and how things look for the Skyhawks as the 2018-19 season approaches.

Get to 99.5 and 102.7 FM, 950 AM, or online by CLICKING HERE to listen live Friday at 9:30am only on RVA Locals Only Presented By Farm Bureau Insurance only on 99.5 and 102.7 ESPN!




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Honors: #Region5B All-Region Teams

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for earning this prestigious honor!

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BASEBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Buck Forbes, Prince George
Pitcher: Justin Walton, Glen Allen
Pitcher: Camden Lazar, Douglas Freeman
Catcher: Connor Hicks, Glen Allen
Catcher: Zach Lass, Lee-Davis
First Base: Hunter Vaughan, Matoaca
Second Base: Brooks Mazey, Deep Run
Third Base: J.T. Fitzpatrick, Atlee
Shortstop: Tevin Tucker, Prince George
Outfield: Liam Simpson, Douglas Freeman
Outfield: Tyler Warren, Atlee
Outfield: Cooper Benzin, Glen Allen
Outfield: Carson Jones, Deep Run
DH: Lucas Carmichael, Matoaca
Utility: Eli Weisner, Deep Run

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Spencer Rife, Mills Godwin
Pitcher: Alex Leverty, Mills Godwin
Pitcher: Jacob Waltman, Matoaca
Catcher: Justin Starke, Prince George
First Base: Zach Beach, Atlee
Second Base: Bryce Safferwich, Mills Godwin
Third Base: Jacob Farrar, Prince George
Shortstop: Cory O'Shea, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Tucker Bratton, Atlee
Outfield: Jaelan Hines, L.C. Bird
Outfield: Bryan Rodriguez, Hermitage
Outfield: Noah Berringer, Mills Godwin
DH: Sam Essex, Mills Godwin
Utility: Alec Erickson, Douglas Freeman

THIRD TEAM:

Pitcher: Sam Landess, Mills Godwin
Pitcher: David Hanson, Deep Run
Pitcher: Max Moore, Hermitage
First Base: Devin Flowers, Glen Allen
First Base: Max Moore, Hermitage
Second Base: Evan Kozen, Prince George
Third Base: Scott McDonough, Mills Godwin
Shortstop: Carter Trice, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Jack Rice, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Michael Peterson, Prince George
Outfield: Nick Noonan, Deep Run
Outfield: Lucas Bauer, Glen Allen
Outfield: Scott Sweeney, Deep Run
Outfield: Andrew Bland, Douglas Freeman
Utility: Donovan Riddick, Glen Allen

REGION 5B BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tevin Tucker, Prince George
REGION 5B BASEBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Mickey Roberts, Prince George

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SOFTBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Laura Thompson, Prince George
Pitcher: Savanah Henley, Lee-Davis
Pitcher: Rachel Davis, Atlee
Catcher: Logan Hawker, Lee-Davis
1st Base: Jesse Gentry, Lee-Davis
2nd Base: Ashley Hailey, Glen Allen
3rd Base: Korey Ellen, Glen Allen
Shortstop: Sarah Thompson, Prince George
Outfield: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Caitlin Abernethy, Prince George
Outfield: Rayn Robinson, Henrico
Outfield: Kelly Ayer, Atlee
DP/Flex: Emme Collins, J.R. Tucker
Utility: Lauren Murphy, Mills Godwin

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Emerson Aiken, Glen Allen
Pitcher: Emme Collins, J.R. Tucker
Pitcher: Sam Conner, Henrico
Catcher: Alyssa Swords, Prince George
1st Base: Meg Rooney, Glen Allen
2nd Base: Alyssa Bernardini, Atlee
3rd Base: Angela Sperando, Deep Run
Shortstop: Lauren Taylor, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Hanna Cinella, Deep Run
Outfield: Hannah Mahan, J.R. Tucker
Outfield: Alexis Mills, Hermitage
Outfield: Madison McLaughlin, Lee-Davis
DP/Flex: Cassidy Maitland, Matoaca
Utility: Maddie Gutermuth, Deep Run

THIRD TEAM:

Pitcher: Claire Hoover, J.R. Tucker
Pitcher: Chloe McPhearson, Hermitage
Pitcher: Adaisia Randolph, Meadowbrook
Catcher: Emily Friel, Atlee
1st Base: Kyla Nase, Prince George
2nd Base: Brooke Loving, Prince George
3rd Base: Hayli Wagner, Lee-Davis
Shortstop: Carmen Betts, Glen Allen
Outfield: Amanda Cubeira, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Sydney Kuester, Atlee
Outfield: McKenna Mehlbrech, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Sydney Blackwell, Mills Godwin
DP/Flex: April Hooper, Atlee
Utility: Alexis Garnett, Varina

REGION 5B SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
REGION 5B SOFTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Rasheeda Crews, Henrico

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GIRLS SOCCER:

FIRST TEAM:

Forward: Natalie Nettemeyer, Deep Run
Forward: Lauren Bruns, Douglas Freeman
Forward: Bailey Tran, Deep Run
Forward: Grace Gompers, Atlee
Forward: Marypat McCombs, Atlee
Forward: Katie Livesay, Glen Allen
Forward: Hannah York, J.R. Tucker
Midfield: Lexi Long, Deep Run
Midfield: Julianna McKean, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Haven Lakey, Deep Run
Midfield: Lucy Grochulska, Henrico
Defense: Melissa Mancuso, Deep Run
Defense: Emma Schwarz, Deep Run
Defense: Logan Metts, Atlee
Defense: Karson Girivin, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Hannah McLaughlin, Deep Run

SECOND TEAM:

Forward: Maiya Pencile, Matoaca
Forward: Lauren Donovan, Glen Allen
Forward: Kayla Rinderle, Atlee
Midfield: Courtney Smith, Prince George
Midfield: Izzy Frazier, Deep Run
Midfield: Cali Bruce, Deep Run
Midfield: Kayla Rose, J.R. Tucker
Midfield: Sam Fee, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Abigail Charleston, Glen Allen
Defense: Hastings Crenshaw, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Anni Waldenmaier, Deep Run
Defense: Jackie Hemp, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Maddie Strieffler, Deep Run
Defense: Lauren Johnson, Atlee
Defense: Laine Mumford, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Lauren Hargrove, Douglas Freeman

THIRD TEAM:

Forward: Caley Shriner, Deep Run
Forward: Lesly Pineda-Castillo, J.R. Tucker
Forward: Madi Thrasher, Matoaca
Forward: Joanne Torres, Meadowbrook
Midfield: Sydney Bartlett, Prince George
Midfield: Lindsey Rose, J.R. Tucker
Midfield: Lucia Lira-Colmenero, Hermitage
Midfield: Jessica Fox, Matoaca
Goalkeeper: Gabrielle Cook, Glen Allen

REGION 5B GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Melissa Mancuso, Deep Run
REGION 5B GIRLS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Chapman, Deep Run

BOYS SOCCER:

FIRST TEAM:

Forward: Tyler Schardein, Deep Run
Forward: Jin Kim, Mills Godwin
Forward: Arfenne Senior, Meadowbrook
Forward: Prabin Khulal, J.R. Tucker
Forward: Austin Adt, Lee-Davis
Midfield: Parker Lawson, Deep Run
Midfield: Cameron Smith, Atlee
Midfield: Matt Shriner, Deep Run
Midfield: Mamadou Bah, Hermitage
Midfield: Dylan Sykes, Prince George
Defense: Daniel Ahrens, Mills Godwin
Defense: Ryan Hall, Deep Run
Defense: Logan Pheng, J.R. Tucker
Defense: Henry Baird, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ty Louthan, Matoaca
Goalkeeper: Nick Jordan, Deep Run

SECOND TEAM:

Forward: Ben Ungerleider, Mills Godwin
Forward: Marcus Wisch, Mills Godwin
Forward: Chris Ondoua, Mills Godwin
Forward: Fabian Moran, Prince George
Forward: Colton Howell, Glen Allen
Midfield: Ben Lynch, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Michael Follis, Matoaca
Midfield: Reece Coetzee, Deep Run
Midfield: Will Chapman, Atlee
Midfield: Leonardo Flores-Escobar, J.R. Tucker
Defense: Elvin Romero, Meadowbrook
Defense: Nico Cavallo, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Juan Menjivar, Meadowbrook
Defense: Lance Chaney, Atlee
Defense: Austin King, Deep Run
Goalkeeper: Nikos Mouris, Mills Godwin

THIRD TEAM:

Forward: Alberto Macias, Lee-Davis
Forward: Ashwath Malaisamy, Henrico
Forward: Asir Taha, Deep Run
Forward: Wylie Shiffert, Deep Run
Forward: D'Angelo Hunt, Varina
Midfield: Pema Dukpa, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Vahdet Maletic, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Carlos Nieto, J.R. Tucker
Midfield: Mason White, Deep Run
Midfield: Dickey Harris, Matoaca
Defense: Abdalla Bushra, Henrico
Defense: Jacob Parra-Mena, Mills Godwin
Defense: Jonathan Lagos, Meadowbrook
Defense: Matt Lim, Mills Godwin
Defense: Will Killius, Mills Godwin
Goalkeeper: Sam Alburger, Hermitage

REGION 5B BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyler Schardein, Deep Run
REGION 5B BOYS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Frank Ford, Deep Run

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BOYS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:

Attack: Drew Miller, Atlee
Attack: Ford Burke, Douglas Freeman
Attack: Mason Walczak, Atlee
Attack: Mikey Krongaard, Mills Godwin
Attack: Murfy Flickinger, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Andrew Cook, Atlee
Midfield: Kevin Dunne, Atlee
Midfield: Aidan Wheeler, Deep Run
Midfield: Brandon Smith, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Ian Shirey, Atlee
Defense: Walker Everhart, Atlee
Defense: John Bryson, Mills Godwin
Defense: Trevor Tan, Deep Run
Defense: Hayden Moore, Atlee
Defense: Brent Blackmon, Mills Godwin
Goalkeeper: Easton Chucker, Douglas Freeman

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Brian Hufnagle, Glen Allen
Attack: Aidan Shields, Atlee
Attack: Randy White, Lee-Davis
Attack: Luke Babilon, Deep Run
Attack: Thomas Laughlin, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Carson Ayers, Deep Run
Midfield: Garrett Keogh, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Evan Herkins, Deep Run
Midfield: Dominic Demodna, Deep Run
Midfield: David Goodwyn, Highland Springs
Defense: Thomas Gentry, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ian Courter, Lee-Davis
Defense: Quinn Broughton, Deep Run
Defense: Jack Drimer, Mills Godwin
Defense: Alex Moss, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Carter Strother, Glen Allen

REGION 5B BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andrew Cook, Atlee
REGION 5B BOYS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Fielding Crawford, Atlee

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GIRLS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:


Attack: Kellyn McGlamery, Atlee
Attack: Kelly Wyman, Deep Run
Attack: Annie Bartley, Mills Godwin
Attack: Bridget Patton, Douglas Freeman
Attack: Emily Karn, Atlee
Midfield: Kate Miller, Atlee
Midfield: Morgan Whitaker, Deep Run
Midfield: Faith Anna, Atlee
Midfield: Kerry Nease, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Reaghan Kolb, Atlee
Defense: Ari Wheeler, Atlee
Defense: Hannah Braswell, Deep Run
Defense: Elizabeth Mauck, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ellie Woodward, Atlee
Defense: Haley Woods, Mills Godwin
Goalkeeper: Stella Harrison, Atlee

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Jessica Peffer, Atlee
Attack: Courtney Teyssier, Douglas Freeman
Attack: Ashley Varner, Lee-Davis
Attack: Caroline Godkin, Mills Godwin
Attack: Lilly Lutton, Lee-Davis
Midfield: Hanna Pawela, Deep Run
Midfield: Stephanie Bunce, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Madison Ulm, Lee-Davis
Midfield: Kameryn Shears, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Landin Bostian, Mills Godwin
Defense: Jordan Chucker, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ally Parlantieri, Deep Run
Defense: Lauren Oliver, Glen Allen
Defense: Hope Butler, Lee-Davis
Defense: Kathryn Super, Atlee
Goalkeeper: Gabriella Mignardi, Douglas Freeman

THIRD TEAM:

Attack: Elizabeth Moore, Atlee
Attack: Morgan Boyer, Glen Allen
Attack: Libbie Smith, Mills Godwin
Attack: Madison Gowin, Lee-Davis
Attack: Liza Loughlin, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Anna Smith, Deep Run
Midfield: Ann Riley Goldschmidt, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Emma Josi, Glen Allen
Midfield: Margaux Schimick, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Jillian Slaydon, Mills Godwin
Defense: Allie Kelley, Deep Run
Defense: Devan Johnson, Glen Allen
Defense: Emily Devlin, Atlee
Defense: Madison Sherman, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Amber Stallings, Mills Godwin

REGION 5B GIRLS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kate Miller, Atlee
REGION 5B GIRLS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Christina Dobson, Atlee




BOYS TENNIS:


Rishi Shankar, Mills Godwin
Shashwat Pande, Deep Run
Evan Limoges, Deep Run
Nick Prinz, Mills Godwin
Jeremy Curtis, Mills Godwin
Drew Campbell, Mills Godwin
William Westerfield, Douglas Freeman
William Sheppard, Deep Run
Ethan Xie, Deep Run

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shashwat Pande, Deep Run
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Silver, Mills Godwin

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GIRLS TENNIS:

SINGLES:

Emme Levenson, Douglas Freeman
Audrey Butterworth, Deep Run
Casey Carnohan, Lee-Davis
Brooke Connatser, Deep Run

DOUBLES:

Olivia Wright/Audrey Butterworth, Deep Run
Allison Wandling/Katie Sarnowski, Atlee
Emme Levenson/Lucy Collins, Douglas Freeman
Emily Wirt/Sarah York, Mills Godwin

COACH OF THE YEAR: Maria Sorkin, Deep Run




















Tuesday, June 19, 2018

HONORS: #Class4 Softball, Boys Lacrosse Teams Announced

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the Virginia High School League All-State teams for Class 4 Softball, Boys Lacrosse (area players denoted in bold):

SOFTBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Camryn Dolby, Woodgrove
Pitcher: Mason Basdikis, Powhatan
Pitcher: Myra Strum, William Byrd
Catcher: Maxine Barnes, Woodgrove
First Base: Miranda Clarke, Dinwiddie
Second Base: Taylor Fitchett, Smithfield
Third Base: Madison Froemel, King's Fork
Shortstop: Taylor Nicholson, Warhill
Outfield: Katie Currin, Blacksburg
Outfield: Sydney Burton, William Byrd
Outfield: Claire Smeltzer, Smithfield
Outfield: Natalie Blankenship, Woodgrove
DP/Flex: Rileigh DeWeese, Powhatan
Utility: Laken Crockett, Carroll County

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Becca Hallingstad, Grafton
Pitcher: Ana Jarrell, Great Bridge
Pitcher: Tressa Kagarise, Loudoun Valley
Catcher: Tara Rowden, Jamestown
First Base: Jada Karnes, William Byrd
Second Base: Katie Fuchs, William Byrd
Third Base: Madison Morgan, King George
Shortstop: Katie Merchant, Woodgrove
Outfield: Lauren Lindsay, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Sarah Proctor, Louisa
Outfield: Sami Pleasants, Powhatan
Outfield: Alexis West, William Byrd
DP/Flex: Ellassen Spangeler, William Byrd
Utility: Olivia Badura, Loudoun Valley

Class 4 Softball Player of The Year: Camryn Dolby, Woodgrove
Class 4 Softball Coach of The Year: Joseph Spicer, Woodgrove

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BOYS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:

Attack: Kyle Kivinski, Dominion
Attack: Taylor Musa, Riverside
Attack: Wyatt Hamilton, EC Glass
Attack: Danny Maltz, Riverside
Attack: Mitchell Pehlke, Riverside
Midfield: Will Carrington, EC Glass
Midfield: Ryan Flynn, Dominion
Midfield: Evan Park, Riverside
Midfield: Bryson Miller, Midlothian
Midfield: Matthew Gallagher, EC Glass
Defense: Jeremy Johnson, EC Glass
Defense: Jake Kane, Riverside
Defense: Sam Rodomsky, Dominion
Defense: David Foster, Midlothian
Defense: Adam Godsey, EC Glass
Goalkeeper: Casey Joyce, Midlothian

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Josiah Martin, EC Glass
Attack: Alex Brendes, Dominion
Attack: Will Sayegh, Midlothian
Attack: Sam Stalfort, Western Albemarle
Attack: Jimmy Dooley, Kettle Run
Midfield: Max Gladieux, EC Glass
Midfield: Ashton Short, Kettle Run
Midfield: Wilson Kelly, Western Albemarle
Midfield: Cole Anderson, Fauquier
Midfield: Chandler Atkisson, Hanover
Defense: Nathan Marraccini, EC Glass
Defense: Jack Lesemann, Western Albemarle
Defense: Kevin McEachin, Fauquier
Defense: Connor Gladstone, Kettle Run
Defense: Tyler Lamb, Loudoun County
Goalkeeper: Michael Gonzalez, Riverside

Class 4 Player Of The Year: Matthew Gallagher, EC Glass
Class 4 Coach Of The Year: Eddie Ranuska, EC Glass


HONORS: Eight Softball Players Make #Class5 All-State Team

While, surprisingly, no Prince George individual took either state player or coach of the year honors, the Class 5 State Champions place three players on the First Team of the 2018 Class 5 All-State Softball Team announced Tuesday by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). Congratulations to the following student-athletes (local players are in bold):

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Laura Thompson, Prince George
Pitcher: Brooke Bond, Kecoughtan
Pitcher: Savanah Henley, Lee-Davis
Catcher: Bailey Roberts, Hickory
First Base: Kassie Pace, Albemarle
Second Base: Arizona Ritchie, Brooke Point
Third Base: Bianca Palmer-Scott, Kempsville
Shortstop: Sarah Thompson, Prince George
Outfield: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Ashlyn Rogers, Nansemond River
Outfield: Caitlin Abernethy, Prince George
Outfield: Nicole Lucia, Brooke Point
DP/Flex: Alyssa Heath, Hickory
Utility: Lauren Murphy, Mills Godwin

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Noelle Sterner, Brooke Point
Pitcher: Bre McDowell, Hickory
Pitcher: Alexis Robinson, Kempsville
Catcher: Logan Hawker, Lee-Davis
First Base: Jesse Gentry, Lee-Davis
Second Base: Jenna Harlow, Menchville
Third Base: Ashley Brassart, Orange
Shortstop: Lexi Lomax, Orange
Outfield: Hannah Smith, Warwick
Outfield: Hannah Crist, Princess Anne
Outfield: Raegann Boone, Kecoughtan
Outfield: Logan Friesen, Albemarle
DP/Flex: Aimya Ferguson, Orange
Utility: Mackenzie Smith, Gloucester

Class 5 State Player Of The Year: Bailey Roberts, Hickory
Class 5 State Coach Of The Year: Cindy Winter, Kecoughtan



Friday, June 15, 2018

#RVALocalsOnly: Prince George Baseball Coach Mickey Roberts

Get to 99.5 and 102.7 ESPN Friday morning at 9:30 for the latest "RVA Locals Only Presented By Farm Bureau Insurance" as we talk live with the Class 5 State Baseball Coach of The Year, Prince George head coach Mickey Roberts! We'll talk about the season, the climb back to the state tournament, and an unforgettable day last Saturday for the Royals, who won their first-ever state titles in both baseball and softball within thirty minutes of each other.

Listen online at ESPNRichmond.com by CLICKING HERE, and you can still here ESPN Richmond at 950 on the AM dial!





Thursday, June 14, 2018

HONORS: Prince George Sweeps VHSL All-State Awards; Class 5, 6 Baseball Teams Announced

Prince George shortstop Tevin Tucker and head coach Mickey Roberts earn Class 5 State Baseball Player and Coach of The Year honors Thursday from the Virginia High School League (VHSL). The 2018 Class 5 and Class 6 All-State Baseball teams are listed below, with area student-athletes denoted in bold....

CLASS 5:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Nate Savino, Potomac Falls
Pitcher: Buck Forbes, Prince George
Pitcher: Wilson Ayers, Briar Woods
Catcher: George Rosales, Briar Woods
First Base: Jacob Mustain, Hickory
Second Base: Brooks Mazey, Deep Run
Third Base: J.T. Fitzpatrick, Atlee
Shortstop: Tevin Tucker, Prince George
Outfield: Brody Mack, Potomac
Outfield: Liam Simpson, Douglas Freeman
Outfield: T.J. Reney, Potomac
Outfield: Eric Falconer, Briar Woods
DH: Ryan Claude, Massaponax
Utility: Ahmaad Goldson, Menchville

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Brody Mack, Potomac
Pitcher: Drew Stanley, Hickory
Pitcher: Justin Walton, Glen Allen
Catcher: Connor Hicks, Glen Allen
First Base: Hunter Vaughan, Matoaca
Second Base: Phillip Forbes V, Menchville
Third Base: Julian Cumba, Potomac
Shortstop: Will Shroeder, Freedom
Outfield: Anthony Hall, Menchville
Outfield: Brayden Moore, Halifax
Outfield: Kyle Schofield, Freedom
Outfield: Carson Jones, Deep Run
DH: Lucas Carmichael, Matoaca
Utility: Matt House, Stone Bridge

CLASS 5 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tevin Tucker, Prince George
CLASS 5 COACH OF THE YEAR: Mickey Roberts, Prince George

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CLASS 6:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Skylar Petry, James River
Pitcher: Josh Taylor, South Lakes
Pitcher: Kris Artis, Granby
Catcher: Matt Thomas, Lake Braddock
First Base: Austin Estridge, Battlefield
Second Base: Jared Lyons, West Springfield
Third Base: Tanner Holben, Thomas Dale
Shortstop: Kyle Novak, Madison
Outfield: Carson Wood, Yorktown
Outfield: Connor Epley, Western Branch
Outfield: Calvin Pastel, West Springfield
Outfield: Ethan Iannuzzi, Cosby
DH: Danny Connolly, Ocean Lakes
Utility: Zach Agnos, Battlefield

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Rojo Prarie, Lake Braddock
Pitcher: Patrick Halligan, Marshall
Pitcher: Zane Eggleston, Manchester
Catcher: Ethan Williams, Cosby
Catcher: Brian Rall, Patriot
First Base: Jack Darcy, Lake Braddock
First Base: Drew Camp, Thomas Dale
Second Base: Zach Hoekstra, Cosby
Third Base: Nate Leas, Madison
Third Base: Jack Quinn, Robinson
Shortstop: Conner Butler, Western Branch
Outfield: Jack Cone, South County
Outfield: Ryley Johnson, Colgan
Outfield: Jake Ness, First Colonial
Outfield: Steven Strout, Woodside
DH: Alec Roberts, West Potomac
Utility: Lyle Miller-Green, Lake Braddock

CLASS 6 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matt Thomas, Lake Braddock
CLASS 6 COACH OF THE YEAR: Roland Wright, Western Branch

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Honors: #Region4B All-Region Teams

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2018 All-Region Teams for Region 4B (Region 4A for lacrosse) by region coaches. Area honorees are denoted in bold.

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BASEBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Tristan Snyder, Louisa
Pitcher: Jack Dragum, Hanover
Pitcher: Trenton Tiller, Powhatan
Catcher: Logan Amiss, Powhatan
First Base: Cody Willis, Powhatan
Second Base: Baylor Cumbea, Midlothian
Third Base: Matthew Church, Powhatan
Shortstop: Hunter Hart, Patrick Henry
Outfield: Tomas Sanchez, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Nick Rini, Powhatan
Outfield: Luke Costley, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Andrew Porter, Monacan
Outfield: Matt West, Louisa
DH: Noah Zook, Patrick Henry
Utility: Zachery Donovan, Dinwiddie

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Lliam Grubbs, Louisa
Pitcher: Ryan Kelly, Dinwiddie
Pitcher: Cam Furman, Midlothian
Catcher: Logan Smith, Midlothian
First Base: Luke Costley, Dinwiddie
First Base: Reed Boettner, Midlothian
Second Base: Nick Zona, Hanover
Third Base: Spencer Cox, Monacan
Shortstop: Zach Thomas, Eastern View
Outfield: Zackery Donovan, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Hunter Hopkins, Powhatan
Outfield: Addie Burrow, Courtland
Outfield: Terrance Oxendine, Patrick Henry
DH: Will Temple, Chancellor
DH: Cam Furman, Midlothian
Utility: Alex Kobersteen, Courtland

REGION 4B BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tomas Sanchez, Dinwiddie
REGION 4B BASEBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Jason Burton, Dinwiddie

*******

SOFTBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Mason Basdikis, Powhatan
Pitcher: Riley Dull, Patrick Henry
Pitcher: Juliet Truslow, King George
Catcher: Mary Beville, Dinwiddie
First Base: Miranda Clarke, Dinwiddie
Second Base: Kennadie Bachelor, Louisa
Third Base: Madison Morgan, King George
Shortstop: Karleigh Morgan, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Lauren Lindsay, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Sarah Proctor, Louisa
Outfield: Erin White, Patrick Henry
Outfield: Sami Pleasants, Powhatan
DP/Flex: Rileigh DeWeese, Powhatan
Utility: Autumn Slemaker, Patrick Henry

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Abby White, Midlothian
Pitcher: Cameron Buzzell, Courtland
Pitcher: Charlotte Mitchell, Patrick Henry
Catcher: Mya Lyburn, King George
Catcher: Terri Jackson, Powhatan
First Base: Tori Gilbert, Powhatan
Second Base: Kaytlin Durham, Dinwiddie
Third Base: Delaney Nuckols, Patrick Henry
Shortstop: Ronni Howard, Courtland
Shortstop: Abbie Campbell, Midlothian
Outfield: Hailey Bruce, Courtland
Outfield: Katlyn Mayo, Powhatan
Outfield: Emily Morrison, Midlothian
Outfield: Emily Fleming, Courtland
DP/Flex: Jessica Russell, Hanover
Utility: Taylor Johnson, Dinwiddie

REGION 4B SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mason Basdikis, Powhatan
REGION 4B SOFTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Marie Crump, Powhatan

*******

BOYS SOCCER:

FIRST TEAM:

Forward: Nico Vega, Chancellor
Forward: Josh Pallotti, King George
Forward: Johnny Waters, Monacan
Forward: Jacob Hendrick, Midlothian
Forward: Ian Glisson, Hanover
Midfield: Chris Escobar, Chancellor
Midfield: Bogue Cummings, Midlothian
Midfield: Andres Correa, Chancellor
Midfield: Carter Averette, Midlothian
Midfield: Jarrod Brem, King George
Defense: Mike Kreider, Chancellor
Defense: Will Brown, Midlothian
Defense: Chase Hebert, Midlothian
Defense: Josh Rasure, Chancellor
Defense: Daniel Garcia, Chancellor
Goalkeeper: Josh Reid, Chancellor

SECOND TEAM:

Forward: Car McAninch, Eastern View
Forward: Eduardo Vargas, Chancellor
Forward: Nick Willging, Courtland
Forward: Jarod Fischer, Dinwiddie
Forward: Scott Harrelson, Powhatan
Midfield: Keith Demps, Courtland
Midfield: Alex Maready, Courtland
Midfield: Justin Healey, King George
Midfield: Cody Brugos, Dinwiddie
Midfield: Josh Lambour, Hanover
Defense: Ben Broyles, Courtland
Defense: Steven Thorsted, King George
Defense: Kwesi Abban, Chancellor
Defense: Justin Varela, Midlothian
Defense: Harrison Adams, Hanover
Goalkeeper: Matt Burger, Midlothian

HONORABLE MENTION:

Forward: Christian Kim, King George
Forward: Thomas Henley, Louisa
Forward: Kyle Moore, Courtland
Forward: Jack Leimann, Hanover
Forward: Ashton Poythress, Hanover
Midfield: Dylan Healy, Eastern View
Midfield: Jesse Rameriez, Chancellor
Midfield: Jack Sherwood, Courtland
Midfield: Patrick Peach, Powhatan
Midfield: Jacob Mast, Hanover
Midfield: Matthew Natale, Monacan
Defense: Connor Smoot, Eastern View
Defense: Colin Vaughn, Patrick Henry
Defense: Kyle Cain, Hanover
Defense: Grayson Sly, Hanover
Goalkeeper: Luiz Ruiz, Eastern View

REGION 4B BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chris Escobar, Chancellor
REGION 4B BOYS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Chad Porter, Midlothian

GIRLS SOCCER:

FIRST TEAM:

Forward: Rachel Andrzejewski, Hanover
Forward: Lydia Burke, Chancellor
Forward: Lauren Didlake, Hanover
Forward: Rowan Geukgeuzian, Courtland
Forward: Emily Wells, Monacan
Midfield: Nicole Czyzewski, Midlothian
Midfield: Kassie Demps, Courtland
Midfield: Erin Junkmann, Midlothian
Midfield: Kylie Reid, Courtland
Midfield: Courtney Rosser, Hanover
Defense: Olivia Adams, Hanover
Defense: Jaymie Bollman, Courtland
Defense: Ally Cook, Chancellor
Defense: Erin Flamm, Courtland
Defense: Summer Hansen, Hanover
Goalkeeper: Mikki Easter, Eastern View

SECOND TEAM:

Forward: Sarah Aud, Midlothian
Forward: Logan Georgel, Midlothian
Forward: Katherin Healey, King George
Forward: Alisha Holcombe, Eastern View
Forward: Katelyn Ignudo, Courtland
Midfield: Emily Brett, Chancellor
Midfield: Dani Eddo, Eastern View
Midfield: Margaret Glass, Monacan
Midfield: Sarah Hatfield, Eastern View
Midfield: Jill Nix, Hanover
Defense: Sydney Clayton, Monacan
Defense: Shannon Huskey, Monacan
Defense: Eleanor Ross, Midlothian
Defense: Melody Washington, Chancellor
Goalkeeper: Zoe Long, Midlothian

HONORABLE MENTION:

Forward: Caedyn Berg, Chancellor
Forward: Sarah LaPeter, Hanover
Midfield: Julia Betancourt, Monacan
Midfield: Brooke Burrell, Chancellor
Midfield: Mackenzie Hoang, Hanover
Midfield: Camryn Mason, Louisa
Midfield: Madison McDermott, Courtland
Midfield: Maggie Sobel, Hanover
Defense: McKenzie Barker, Monacan
Defense: Allison Bunn, Hanover
Defense: Erin Cole, Monacan
Defense: Becca Diaz, Chancellor
Defense: Kyla Greenway, Powhatan
Defense: Hannah Koepfinger, King George
Defense: Elizabeth Row, Hanover
Defense: Erin Wasson, Midlothian
Defense: Cardyn Winn, Courtland
Goalkeeper: Olivia Haynes, Courtland
Goalkeeper: Kylee Maiolo, Powhatan

REGION 4B GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lauren Didlake, Hanover
REGION 4B GIRLS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Manny Tavares, Hanover


*******

BOYS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:

Attack: Will Sayegh, Midlothian
Attack: Sam Stalfort, Western Albemarle
Attack: John Carr Haden, Western Albemarle
Attack: Peyton Grubbs, Hanover
Attack: Zach Harriman, Midlothian
Midfield: Bryson Miller, Midlothian
Midfield: Chandler Atkisson, Hanover
Midfield: Wilson Kelly, Western Albemarle
Midfield: Will Pomeroy, Midlothian
Midfield: Bailey Hauser, Monticello
Defense: David Foster, Midlothian
Defense: Jacob Atkins, Hanover
Defense: Jack Lesemann, Western Albemarle
Defense: Cooper Hauser, Monticello
Defense: Kovie Bowen, Western Albemarle
Goalkeeper: Casey Joyce, Midlothian

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Corey Palmore, Powhatan
Attack: Keegan Smither, Hanover
Attack: Benny Learner, Monacan
Attack: Trevor Christmas, Midlothian
Attack: Hanley Hauser, Monticello
Midfield: Sam Neale, Charlottesville
Midfield: Ben Schubert, Patrick Henry
Midfield: Brendon Riley, Charlottesville
Midfield: Jack Weyher, Western Albemarle
Midfield: Derek Christmas, Midlothian
Defense: Caleb Smither, Hanover
Defense: Danny Talbert, Monticello
Defense: Mac Whitten, Midlothian
Defense: Tyler Schrimpsher, Midlothian
Defense: Sebastian Berger, Monticello
Goalkeeper: Will Stalfort, Western Albemarle

HONORABLE MENTION:

Attack: Troy Bischoff, Monacan
Attack: Freddie Schools, Patrick Henry
Attack: Matt Mauro, Monacan
Attack: Jake Huber, Patrick Henry
Attack: Ethan Young, Monticello
Attack: Trevor Bratton, Monticello
Attack: Jared Sommerville, Powhatan
Midfield: Ward Smith, Hanover
Midfield: Chase Mullins, Patrick Henry
Midfield: Shaun Cobb, Fluvanna
Midfield: Nick Cabell, Patrick Henry
Midfield: Devin McCombs, Midlothian
Midfield: Luke Kangas, Monacan
Midfield: Jake Wilson, Western Albemarle
Midfield: Buddy Wilson, Monticello
Midfield: Carter Massengill, Powhatan
Midfield: Chris Medina, Powhatan
Defense: Sterling Mason, Midlothian
Defense: Archer Lyster, Charlottesville
Defense: Quinn Archer, Patrick Henry
Defense: Caden Koslowski, Fluvanna
Defense: Caleb Seiders, Hanover
Defense: Tyler Brown, Monticello
Goalkeeper: Conner Dobbins, Powhatan
Goalkeeper: Nick Garrett, Monticello

REGION 4A BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Casey Joyce, Midlothian
REGION 4A BOYS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Greg Barnard, Midlothian

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GIRLS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:

Attack: Meghan Walin, Monticello
Attack: Caleigh Smith, Monticello
Attack: Josie Mallory, Monticello
Attack: Emily Flinn, Patrick Henry
Attack: Reagan Thomas, Powhatan
Midfield: Paige McGlothlin, Monticello
Midfield: Ciarra Ashworth, Hanover
Midfield: Katie Badgerow, Monacan
Midfield: Ryann Peebles, Patrick Henry
Midfield: Ashley Van Buskirk, Powhatan
Defense: Tara Meissner, Monticello
Defense: Amaya Gibson, Monticello
Defense: Lilly Domalik, Patrick Henry
Defense: Becca Nordt, Monticello
Defense: Teagan Quinn, Hanover
Goalkeeper: Olivia Hunter, Hanover

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Hailey Camp, Powhatan
Attack: Naliah Chambers, Powhatan
Attack: Mady Starsia, Western Albemarle
Attack: Reid Ferguson, Western Albemarle
Midfield: Kira Repich, Western Albemarle
Midfield: Natalie Willett, Hanover
Midfield: Katie Call, Midlothian
Midfield: Chloe Boutin, Charlottesville
Midfield: Olivia Harriman, Midlothian
Midfield: Piper Mullins, Patrick Henry
Midfield: Anna Kreinbaum, Western Albemarle
Defense: Izzy Shaffrey, Western Albemarle
Defense: Katherine Wells, Charlottesville
Defense: Kora Kane, Hanover
Defense: Bethany Basemore, Charlottesville
Defense: Anna Dockum, Hanover
Goalkeeper: Victoria Tyler, Monacan

HONORABLE MENTION:

Midfield: Maya Block, Charlottesville
Midfield: Anna Snoody, Fluvanna
Midfield: Amy Hughes, Fluvanna
Midfield: Michala Taylor, Powhatan
Midfield: Melanie Stender, Monacan
Midfield: Anna Causey, Powhatan
Midfield: Jenna Kyle, Midlothian
Midfield: Lucy Pelham, Patrick Henry
Defense: Lindsey Clay, Patrick Henry
Defense: Emma Will, Monacan
Defense: Lizzie Kelly, Western Albemarle
Goalkeeper: Bryce Neiman, Midlothian

REGION 4A GIRLS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Paige McGlothlin, Monticello
REGION 4A GIRLS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Langley Sloan, Monticello


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Three Area Players Named First Team VHSL All-State Class 2 Baseball

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2018 Virginia High School League Class 2 All-State Baseball Team. Area honorees are denoted in bold:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: T.R. Williams, Page County
Pitcher: Tristan Eppard, Page County
Pitcher: Andrew Potojecki, Chatham
Catcher: Kaden Warren, Clarke County
1st Base: Justin Lewis, Virginia High
2nd Base: Bryce Bowman, John Battle
3rd Base: Tristan Gordon, Page County
Shortstop: Cole Ragone, Maggie Walker GS
Outfield: Carter Strickland, Randolph Henry
Outfield: Luke Estep, Central
Outfield: Hunter Mohr, Appomattox County
Outfield: Josh Good, Page County
DH: Landon Smith, King William
Utility: Ryan Huffman, King William

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Wyatt Murray, Goochland
Pitcher: Hunter Mohr, Appomattox County
Pitcher: Sidney Willis, Tazewell
Catcher: Willie Havens, Amelia County
1st Base: Wyatt Murray, Goochland
2nd Base: Graham Dalton, Chatham
3rd Base: John King, Goochland
Shortstop: Jake Mumpower, John Battle
Outfield: Kristopher Walker, Brunswick
Outfield: Ty Hevener, Wilson Memorial
Outfield: Logan Smith, Lebanon
Outfield: Kolbe Jorgenson, King William
DH: Easton Martine, Stuarts Draft
Utility: Bobby Medley, Virginia High

Region 2A Player Of The Year: T.R. Williams, Page County
Region 2A Coach Of The Year: Wayne Corner, Page County


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Family Affair: Abernethy Duo Representative Of Proud Prince George

Hundreds of thousands of people proudly call various jurisdictions around the Richmond area their "home", but few do it the way residents of one county do.

In Prince George County, whether near the courthouse, out in Disputanta, near Garysville, or closer to Carson, generations have come through the county's lone high school, proud to be called a Royal.

This decade, they've seen their neighbors to the west, Dinwiddie, become, and remain, a football power. They've watched nearby rival Hopewell succeed in basketball, in football, and this year, capturing the school's first ever region baseball title.

You'll pardon Prince George if they were a bit busy to notice. They weren't being rude, as Royals fans were too busy watching both their baseball and softball teams work to make history.

And Saturday, within a half-hour of each other at two Henrico County high school campuses separated by just a few miles, the Royals and their faithful fans not only celebrated one, but two first-time state championships, as Prince George baseball used a sterling pitching performance from Buck Forbes, a complete game one-hitter, to shut out Potomac 8-0 to win the Class 5 State Baseball Championship at Deep Run High School, while, at Glen Allen, the dream also finally came true for a group of hard working, dedicated young ladies who showed complete trust in each other.

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In the Abernethy household, softball has been long a family mainstay. In 2014, Casey Abernethy was a junior for Prince George as they reached the former Group 5A State Semifinals, only to be turned back by eventual champion Great Bridge. Two years later, while Casey settled in to her freshman season at Randolph-Macon College, younger sister Caitlin was contributing for the Royals as they advanced to the 5A South Region Semifinal, a win away from a return to the state tournament.

But it would be Lee-Davis who, by a razor-thin margin, ended the Royals hopes that late May night in 2016, also at Deep Run High School. Abernethy the younger was part of a talented sophomore class that took the lessons of that loss to heart, returned to the region playoffs a year later, only to be bounced in an upset by Glen Allen.

There was one season, one chance left for this senior class. And, from Laura Thompson in the circle to Sarah Thompson at short, Haley Godfrey at third base, Alyssa Swords behind the plate, and Abernethy, patrolling center field, just to name a few, the Royals began this season filled with confidence, aiming for one thing. They wanted to finally seize that elusive state championship, for themselves, the senior class, the coaching staff, and, for Prince George.

They went to three-time defending state champion Atlee in the first week of the season and shut them out 3-0. A month later, they welcomed Lee-Davis to their field and outplayed them for a 7-1 win. They went undefeated through the regular season.

And, while Caitlin was focused on the Royals' success, Casey was busy contributing to the best season in Randolph-Macon history, a 40-7 campaign which saw a third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four years.

The calendar turned to June, and the Royals suffered what would be their lone setback of the year, falling 2-1 to, of course, Lee-Davis, in the Region 5B Championship. But after both the Royals and Confederates won state quarterfinal games, it was time for the rubber match on Friday at Glen Allen High School, in another twist of irony.

For Prince George, to finally make the championship game, would have to beat the team that eliminated them in 2016 on the home field of the team that ended their season in 2017. After six scoreless innings, three well-placed hits, using both the left and right field lines, gave the Royals a 4-0 lead, which would be the margin of victory.

The championship game, thanks to early Brooke Point nerves and a big extra base hit from Madi Quesenberry, almost became an afterthought thanks to a seven-run first inning. Then it was a case of keeping your focus on the game, not getting overconfident. And despite a less than Laura Thompson-like outing from Thompson, the Royals cruised to the 11-4 win and, finally, that state championship they had dreamed of for so long.

Caitlin leapt for joy, racing from center field to join the dog pile. Casey and her family celebrated just on the other side of the fence. And, in a sense, the dog pile included Casey, Brendal Vargo, and the many other Prince George Royals of the past whose contributions laid the foundation for this senior-laden squad to be high enough, and prepared enough, to grab the brass ring.

As the trophy presentation began, when the public address announcer said, "...with a record of 23-1, the Class 5 State Champions, the Prince George Royals...", the tears flowed from Caitlin. And she knows exactly why she was in that position on Saturday.

"I've always looked up to my sister as a player," Caitlin said of Casey. "She's really inspired me to work hard. And I saw her go to states, so I just wanted to follow in her footsteps and make her so proud, because she's my inspiration, and my best friend."

It's a bond sealed by blood, but galvanized by the dirt, grass, and grit of a softball field. Casey couldn't be more proud.

"She's always played with us, been with us. I just always thought she's been able to hang with the older girls, and finally she was able to come up with the big win when we always came up short, so I think it's pretty awesome," Casey said. "My dad watched his last Prince George High School softball game today with a daughter on the field, so it's been a long time coming and I'm glad she was able to finish it out with her team."

The bonds of family, and of community. When in doubt, Laura Thompson could always turn around, and see Sarah at shortstop before reaching for the rosin. Kyla Nase at first could count on Brooke Loving at second, and vice versa. The roots, the relationships, count blood relatives as well as friends who now feel like sisters.

And an entire county, not just a community, celebrates the accomplishments of their homegrown young men and women, who turned Saturday, June 9, 2018 into a day Prince George County will never forget.

Next for the Abernethy sisters is, for a year, a sibling rivalry. Casey is preparing for her senior year as a Yellow Jacket, while Caitlin is preparing to join the Christopher Newport softball program. So, when they face off next spring, who wins?

"Yellow Jackets, all day baby!", exclaimed Casey.

"Christopher Newport, of course!", replied Caitlin.

They may be on opposite sides one day months from now, but the Abernethys, Caitlin's 2018 teammates, and every player ever to put on a Prince George softball uniform owned a piece of the trophy that, finally, found its way back down I-295, then to Laurel Spring Road, where it would find good company: the 2018 Class 5 Baseball State Championship trophy, too. 







Saturday, June 9, 2018

STATE TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

It's time for champions to be crowned in spring sports! Stay with RVA Sports Network for the latest schedules, brackets, scores and any changes. Tickets to all VHSL State Tournament events are $10.

NOTE: We will do listings by sport. Sports listed in alphabetical order.

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BASEBALL:

CLASS 2:

State Quarterfinals:
Goochland 1, Stuarts Draft 0
Page County 8, Maggie Walker GS 2

State Semifinals:
Page County 5, Goochland 0

CLASS 3:

State Quarterfinals:
Spotsylvania 5, Hopewell 2

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Jamestown 7, Dinwiddie 3
Grafton 3, Powhatan 0

CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals:
Deep Run 8, Maury 6
Prince George 8, Menchville 1

State Semifinals:
Prince George 7, Deep Run 3
Potomac 7, Freedom South-Riding 0

State Championship: Prince George 8, Potomac 0

CLASS 6:

State Quarterfinals:
Western Branch 7, Cosby 1
Thomas Dale 7, First Colonial 0

State Semifinals:
Western Branch 6, Thomas Dale 5


LACROSSE:

BOYS:

CLASS 4: 

State Quarterfinals:
Midlothian 13, Salem 10 (Trojans play winner of EC Glass/Western Albemarle)
EC Glass 6, Western Albemarle 4

State Semifinals:
EC Glass 12, Midlothian 4

CLASS 5: 

State Quarterfinals: (Atlee has bye to semifinal)
Briar Woods 13, Douglas Freeman 5

State Semifinals:
Briar Woods 8, Atlee 7

CLASS 6:

State Quarterfinals:
Chantilly 15, James River 10

GIRLS:

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Salem 21, Hanover 0

CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals: (Atlee has bye to semifinal)
Potomac Falls 14, Deep Run 9

State Semifinals:
Atlee 15, Potomac Falls 7

State Championship:
Freedom-South Riding 9, Atlee 8

CLASS 6:

State Quarterfinals:
James Robinson 16, Cosby 14

SOCCER:

BOYS:

CLASS 2:

State Quarterfinals:
George Mason 1, Maggie Walker GS 0

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Grafton 2, Midlothian 0

CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals:
Mills Godwin 4, Menchville 2
Deep Run 4, Hickory 3

State Semifinals:
Deep Run 4, Mills Godwin 3 (3 OT)
Albemarle 4, Briar Woods 1

State Championship: Albemarle 4, Deep Run 3 (Albemarle wins 3-0 on PK's)

CLASS 6:

State Quarterfinals:
Cosby 4, First Colonial 2
Frank W. Cox 4, James River 3 (Cox wins 7-6 on PK's)

State Semifinals:
Cosby 5, Frank W. Cox 0
Oakton 1, JEB Stuart 0 (OT)

State Championship: Cosby 2, Oakton 1




GIRLS:

CLASS 2:

State Quarterfinals:
Maggie Walker GS 2, Clarke County 1

State Semifinals:
George Mason 2, Maggie Walker GS 1 (OT)

CLASS 3:

State Quarterfinals:
Brentsville District 7, Colonial Heights 0

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Hanover 3, Jamestown 1

State Semifinals:
Courtland 1, Hanover 0

CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals:
Deep Run 4, Hickory 1
Douglas Freeman 1, Maury 0

State Semifinals:
Douglas Freeman 2, Deep Run 1
Briar Woods 2, Albemarle 0

State Championship: Briar Woods 2, Douglas Freeman 0

CLASS 6:

State Quarterfinals:
Frank W. Cox 4, Cosby 2

SOFTBALL:

CLASS 2:

State Quarterfinals:
Page County 6, Amelia County 0
King William 3, Madison County 2

State Semifinals:

Page County 4, King William 0

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Powhatan 9, Great Bridge 3
Dinwiddie 4, Grafton 1

State Semifinals:
Powhatan 12, Dinwiddie 1
Woodgrove 1, William Byrd 0

State Championship: Woodgrove 9, Powhatan 1

CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals:
Lee-Davis 2, Kempsville 1
Prince George 4, Kecoughtan 0

State Semifinals:
Prince George 4, Lee-Davis 0
Brooke Point 7, Tuscarora 5 (8 innings)

State Championship: Prince George 11, Brooke Point 4



CLASS 6:

State Quarterfinals:
Manchester 2, First Colonial 1
Grassfield 5, Thomas Dale 1

State Semifinals:
Manchester 2, Grassfield 1 (8 innings)
James Madison 3, McLean 0

State Championship: James Madison 9, Manchester 0

TENNIS:

BOYS:

CLASS 3: 

State Quarterfinals:
James Monroe 5, Colonial Heights 3

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Midlothian 5, Grafton 0
Hanover 5, Jamestown 2

State Semifinals: 
Hanover 5, Midlothian 4

State Championship:
Riverside 5, Hanover 0

CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals:
Deep Run 5, Maury 0
Mills Godwin 5, Princess Anne 0

State Semifinals:
Mills Godwin 5, Deep Run 1

State Championship:
Thomas Jefferson S&T 5, Mills Godwin 1

CLASS 6: 

State Quarterfinals:
First Colonial 5, Cosby 4

GIRLS:

CLASS 2:

State Semifinals:
Maggie Walker 5, George Mason 0

State Championship:
Maggie Walker 5, Radford 1

CLASS 4:

State Quarterfinals:
Hanover 6, Smithfield 0

State Semifinals:
Hanover 5, Jamestown 0

State Championship:
Hanover 5, John Handley 2




CLASS 5:

State Quarterfinals:
Mills Godwin 5, Maury 0
Deep Run 5, Hickory 0

State Semifinals:
Deep Run 5, Mills Godwin 0

State Championship:
Deep Run 5, Thomas Jefferson S&T 1




CLASS 6: 

State Quarterfinals:
First Colonial 5, Cosby 3