Fall sports competition heats up for high school teams
New stars are emerging and top teams are beginning to find separation from the competition as fall high school sports start to accelerate through their regular seasons.
Lauren Wolfgang, who started the season with a hat trick for Lee-Davis, has scored 10 goals in the Confederates’ first six games, all resulting in victories. The sophomore is arguably playing better than anyone in the Richmond area.
Lee-Davis’ Abbey Myers maneuvers in front of the Hanover net en route to scoring the first goal in the Confederates’ 6-1 win over the Hawks. The win moved the L-D team to 5-0 for the season.
Her 10th goal of the season Monday broke a scoreless tie and began Lee-Davis’ drive to a 2-0 win at Atlee, their first win against the Raiders on the road since 2007.
“This was a huge win for us mentally,” said Lee-Davis head coach Courtney Jones. “Our seniors felt a huge sense of accomplishment in defeating this rival team on their turf. We have worked very hard to prepare this season and are accomplishing our goals one game at a time.”
The Confederates have wins over both Atlee and Hanover during their hot start. The Hawks rebounded from their loss at Lee-Davis last week by handing Glen Allen their first loss of 2013 Monday night, 5-1, to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Atlee, after a 4-0 start, has lost two straight and will look to right the ship this week at Highland Springs and at Patrick Henry. The Patriots are 2-2 going into a two-game homestand this week, facing Douglas Freeman before welcoming Atlee Thursday afternoon.
The annual regular season meetings between Patrick Henry and Atlee took place Monday night, and while the girls had a predictable result, every point of every set went to the limit that packed five sets worth of action into three sets.
The Patriots (5-4), bolstered by Holden Samuels’ eight aces and six kills, knocked off the Raiders in exhausting fashion, 27-25, 26-24 and 25-22. Austin Pace contributed eight kills and two digs for Patrick Henry, while the Raiders were paced by Eric Rohr, who had seven kills and 23 digs. Atlee fell to 3-6.
Patrick Henry welcomes former Colonial District rivals Hermitage (Thursday) and Mills Godwin (Tuesday) to Ashland in the next week as they seek to gain momentum towards the playoffs, a scant six weeks away.
The Atlee girls defeated Patrick Henry 25-9, 25-10, 25-9, as Rachel Stanford had 21 assists and 14 aces while Kylah Blackmore added eight kills and two aces. The Raiders are 6-1 and go to Hanover Thursday.
The Hawks prevailed in a titanic five-set battle with new Conference 20 foe Midlothian on Monday night. Led by Rebecca Hoover’s 23 digs and four aces, Hanover won 19-25, 25-13, 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. Leila Haynesworth added nine kills, six aces, eight digs and seven blocks, and Kendall Pully had 39 assists. Twenty-four hours later, the Hawks swept Highland Springs 3-0 to improve to 6-3.
Lee-Davis stayed in winning mode Tuesday night with an impressive three-game sweep of Henrico, 25-9, 25-6 and 25-10. Jordan Martin led the Confederates (6-4) with 10 assists and five aces.
Atlee put in one of their best performances of the season Monday with a victory over Glen Allen and Lee-Davis. The Raiders carded a 155, while the Jaguars finished 30 shots behind. Lee-Davis ended a stroke behind Glen Allen at 186.
The Raiders were led by three golfers shooting under 40 in the nine-hole event. Phillip Sening was medalist with a one-over 37, followed by Phillip Sweeney with a 38, and Erica Whitehouse with a 39. Joshua Nuckols led the way for Lee-Davis shooting a 42.