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It’s not the way they want to win, but a victory it is.
Ashland Post 206 arrived Saturday at Patrick Henry High ready to play Spotsylvania Post 320. The one problem? Post 320 only had eight players. After conferences and a scanning of the American Legion rule book, the game was ruled a forfeit win for Ashland. In the record books, it will be recorded as a 9-0 victory. With the win, Post 206 moves to 4-4 in its first season in District 13.
The Herald-Progress can confirm from a reliable source that the reason Post 206 is playing in District 13 this season is due to missing the deadline for entry this season in their usual District 11, which includes Mechanicsville Post 175 and other Richmond area teams. The silver lining in all this is if both Ashland and Mechanicsville save their best play for district tournaments, it’s possible two county teams could reach the State American Legion Tournament, set to begin July 29 in Williamsburg.
Babe Ruth Softball
The 2013 State Championships will play out at two parks in Stafford over four days beginning Thursday with champions crowned Sunday.
Rockville is well represented, with teams in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 16U tournaments. A roundrobin format will be used to determine who moves on to the semifinal and championship rounds on Sunday in all formats except 12U, where the top eight teams will begin elimination games Saturday night.
The 8U and 16U teams will play at Willowmere Park, while the 10U and 12U teams will play at Smith Lake Park.
The Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) holds a week for players selected to their all-state teams in seven categories, culminating in all-star games for each.
Atlee graduate, and future VMI football player Chad Jacob will represent the county at the Football All-Star Game Friday, July 12 at Darling Stadium in Hampton. Atlee graduate Jessica Holte and Lee-Davis graduate Haleigh Cottrell will participate in the Softball All-Star Game Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Christopher Newport University (CNU).
Wednesday, July 10, Lee-Davis’ Emily Edwards and Emily Paul and Atlee’s Lindsay Wilkins will represent the county in the Girls Soccer All-Star Game at CNU at 5:30 p.m., while later that evening, Patrick Henry graduates Kyle Palmer (Radford) and Joe Bugas (VCU) will join Hanover’s Keith Searles (Randolph-Macon) in the Baseball All-Star Game at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton at 7 p.m.
VHSL: The Big Change
In our article this week on Hanover golf’s decision to utilize two home golf courses this fall, we touched upon some of the many changes coming to high school sports for all of Virginia’s public schools in September. Terms like “Group AAA,” “Group AA,” “Group A,” “Districts” and “Regions” are all extinct now, relegated to history.
Later this month, the Herald-Progress will begin running an extensive series of articles on the new Virginia High School League classification system and how it affects each county high school.
With questions ranging from “what is a conference?” to “you mean Hanover County can have two state champions in the same sport?” we’ll endeavor to provide you everything you need to know, including in-depth comments from the activities directors and principals charged to oversee the massive changes.
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