Sports News & Notes: Hanover, Atlee to square off for Capital title
Atlee improved to 16-3 with a tournament win over Lee-Davis.
After clinching the Capital District regular season title by two games, Hanover easily reached the district tournament finals Tuesday with a 12-2, five-inning romp over Varina. Chris Gilliam homered as part of a five-run first inning and Derek Casey limited the Blue Devils to two hits in a complete game performance. The Hawks will play rival Atlee in Thursday’s tournament final at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen High School.
The Raiders advanced to the final and clinched a Central Region playoff berth, with a comeback 7-3 win over Lee-Davis in the tournament nightcap. The Confederates took a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning, but the Raiders responded with a seven-run inning of their own, highlighted by a mammoth three-run home run by catcher Roy Coates. Lee-Davis ended its season at 11-9, while Atlee improved to 16-3.
Patrick Henry remained unbeaten in Colonial District play with a 9-0 win over Douglas Freeman in Tuesday’s district tournament semifinals. Beth Ford and Hunter Glave each went 2-for-3 in the victory. The Patriots, now 14-0 in the Colonial, 17-2 overall, will face Mills Godwin in Thursday’s tournament final at 7 p.m. at J.R. Tucker High School. The Patriots defeated Godwin 6-0 in Ashland on April 9, and 8-2 at Godwin three weeks ago.
In Colonial District tournament play, Patrick Henry, the third seed, won its first round game Monday 3-0 over J.R. Tucker, as first team All-District player Garrett Braun scored for the Patriots. They advanced to the semifinals Tuesday night, where the Patriots lost a defensive struggle to second-seeded Deep Run, 1-0. Hunter Davis had 10 saves in goal. Patrick Henry ended their season with a 10-5-2 record.
In Capital District tournament action, second seed Lee-Davis was stunned by third-seeded Henrico in triple overtime, 3-2. The Warriors used two fakes on a free kick to get a man open near the goal to take a pass and make the winning shot. The Confederates, who began the season 9-0, finish 11-4. Henrico will face another surprise entry, fourth seed Hanover, in the title game. The Hawks battled top-seeded Atlee into a fourth overtime before Jonathan Hughes found the back of the net, leading the Hawks to the upset win, 3-2. Atlee still advances to the Central Region tournament by virtue of the regular season title. The Hawks and Warriors battle for the other Capital slot in the regionals, and the final Capital District tournament trophy, Thursday.
Top-seeded Atlee cruised to an 6-0 Capital District tournament semifinal win over Henrico Tuesday. Brooke Jerman scored twice for the Raiders, now 15-2, who will face Glen Allen in Thursday’s championship game. The Jaguars eliminated Hanover in the other semifinal by a 1-0 count.
In the Colonial, the Patrick Henry season came to an end in the first round of the tournament Monday as the Patriots fell to Mills Godwin, 2-0.
The Hanover doubles team of Danny Polk and Connor Healy captured the Capital District title, defeating Shyam Venkat and Jake Weber of Henrico, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Polk and Healy advanced to Central Region play Monday, where they fell in the semifinals to Greg Ackerman and Trent Singleton of Douglas Freeman, 6-3, 6-2.
In girls play, exchange student Pavla Nemeckova of Lee-Davis continued her undefeated season by winning the Capital singles title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Atlee’s Emily Wills. She then teamed with Chelsea Matthews to defeat Wills and her sister Marilyn in the Capital doubles final. In Tuesday’s first round of the Central Region tournament, Nemeckova, from the Czech Republic, defeated Arshaya Sood of Clover Hill to advance to the semifinals, and teamed with Matthews for a doubles quarterfinal win over Melissa Tomlin and Olivia Willoughby of Prince George. The region semifinals were held on Wednesday.
Track & Field
The Patrick Henry girls team cruised to victory in the final Colonial District tournament held last week at Glen Allen High School. Winners included Shania Williams in the shot put, with a new district record of 43 feet, 1 3/4 inches, breaking the old mark set in 1979; senior Lynnell Fisher in the triple jump; Jessica Shelton in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles; and freshman sensation Tiffany Harris in the 100-meter dash.
The Patriots scored 205 1/3 points, easily outpacing runner-up Douglas Freeman, who scored 113. Travis Phillips continued his torrid senior season on the track for the Patriot boys team, winning the 300-meter hurdles in 39.72 and the 110-meter hurdles in 14.38.
In the Capital District tourney, held concurrently at Glen Allen, it was a Raiders sweep as the Atlee boys and girls teams both won the championship. The girls held off Lee-Davis by a score of 162-132, while the boys had their usual challenge from Highland Springs. This year, the Raiders bested the Springers by a count of 165-150.5.
The Patriots and Raiders look to be contenders in the last Central Region Tournament, which will take place Friday and Saturday at SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond.