Student athletes earn season-end accolades
Atlee senior Nathaniel Hall set a personal best with a time of 15:15, finishing 23rd out of 318 entrants in the championship boys division at the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. Hall led a large contingent of county runners into postseason action.
Lee-Davis’ Paul Adam placed 56th overall at 15:38, while teammate Grayson Morgan was 90th, in under 16 minutes at 15:52.
Atlee offensive lineman Alec Eberle recently received his honorary game jersey, symbolic of being chosen as one of 90 players to participate in the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game Jan. 2.
In the championship girls division, Hanover native Molly Breidenbaugh of Trinity Episcopal School finished ninth out of 184 participants in 17:19. Atlee’s Katt Grasberger was 67th at 18:27, with teammate Scarlett Bavin not far behind at 19:07 in 120th place. Each listed performance, in addition to the 19:13 performed by Hanover’s Annie Sadler, qualified for the National Silver Standard.
Many other Hanover athletes also recently received accolades as their fall seasons came to a close.
Three county volleyball players received 5A South All-Region honors. Atlee seniors Rachel Stanford and Clarke Tyler, and Lee-Davis senior co-captain Chelsea Matthews each were named First Team, with Atlee libero Melanie Snyder named to the Second Team. Atlee head coach Curtis Carpenter was named 5A South Coach of the Year.
Stanford, Tyler, Snyder and Matthews all were named to First Team All-Conference 11 as well. Lee-Davis’ Rachel Gaston was named Second Team All-Conference, while teammates Rianna Riccardi, Jordan Martin, Kendyll Brown and Anna Soroka and Atlee’s Kylah Blackmore, Molly Jarvis, Maddie French and Lauren Stanford were all named Conference 11 Honorable Mention.
Hanover sophomore Miranda Hall was honored as a member of First Team 4A South All-Region, while teammate Leila Haynesworth, also a sophomore, was named Honorable Mention.
In Conference 16, Amber Lee of Patrick Henry was named to the First Team, while Laura Williamson and Kayla Hall were named Second Team.
All-Region Boys Volleyball encompasses all 32 high schools in Metro Richmond, as there is only one state champion, as opposed to six girl titleists. Patrick Henry senior Lucas Pienkowski was honored by being named to Second Team All-Region.
In field hockey, three Hanover standouts were recently named to the All-Conference 20 First Team: forward Michelle Knizner, mid-fielder Laura Blunt and defender Brittany Woychak. Forward Kara Kane, mid-fielder Paige Lambert and defender Camille Drozdowski were named Second Team.
In Conference 16, Patrick Henry was represented by four players on the All-Conference First Team: forward Miana Sebra and mid-fielders Ashley Samuels, Logan Tinsley, and Brooke Flexon. Named to Second Team were mid-fielders Blakemore Winston and freshman Aidan Rossman, and defenders Olivia Prillaman and Carlee Porch.
Eleven county players were named to the All-Conference 11 First Team: Cameron Gibson, Lauren Wolfgang, Madison Doss, Harper Matthews, Madison Angus, Amanda Loving and Courtney Gosslin of state semifinalist Lee-Davis, Jasmine Zollar, Lindsay Riefner, Alyssa Cox and Sarah Buckley of Atlee.
Named to Second Team were Layne Courter, Lana Ferguson and Sarah Vasquez of Lee-Davis, and Anna Maimone, Hannah Grasberger, Emily Harrell, Hayley Martin, Hannah Zeidler, Jamari Blackwell, Haley Mitchell, Erin Crane, and Christine Ward of Atlee. Raiders goalkeeper Numa Rehmani was named Honorable Mention.
Look for All-Conference football awards in next week’s Herald-Progress.