Another year, another win for Hanover in the Capital District Duals held Friday and Saturday at Varina. But the Hawks knew coming off the bus they would be starting behind after showing up without a full roster.
“We expected very close matches, and we knew we would have to step up and get some key victories due to having some forfeits,” Hanover head coach Aaron Bradley said.
Hanover’s closest match was against the host team Blue Devils, overcoming two forfeits to win 37-33. The trio of Corbin Allen (138/145), Michael Engels (152), and Christian Unger (195/220) had important victories in the matchup, proceeding to go unbeaten over the two-day event. Unger won six matches by pin, the longest match lasting just 1:35.
The youthful Atlee Raiders fell to both Lee-Davis (44-30) and Hanover (60-19), but did pick up victories over Armstrong, Highland Springs and Henrico.
“We are such a young team, very green, with one senior and, what, five or six first-year wrestlers?” said Atlee head coach Steve Lagow. “But they’ve grown, and the upside is, hey, they’re freshmen. We have time to work with them, build them up. It’s frustrating at times, but it’s also rewarding.”
Their senior leader, Eli Williams, recently returned from an injury, overcame mat rust to win all six of his matches at 145 pounds, then moved up to 152 to compete against Lee-Davis’ Mark Reisenweaver in what turned out to be one of the best matches of the entire Duals. Reisenweaver held off Williams for a razor-thin 3-2 victory. Junior Tanner Bazemore had an impressive tourney winning all seven matches at 170 pounds, six by pinfall.
Most county schools are scheduled to compete this weekend at the Deep Run Duals in Glen Allen.
Patrick Henry kicked off 2013 hosting Group AA Goochland Saturday at the Patrick Henry Family YMCA, compiling impressive team victories, but, more importantly, getting ready for a red-letter date on their calendar.
The Patriot boys defeated the Bulldogs 119-31, while the girls prevailed 120-43. Patrick Henry had three quadruple winners: Miranda Menk, Thomas Perkins, and Ted Schubert. Schubert also qualified for state competition in the 100-yard backstroke event, finishing in 54.28. Menk teamed with triple winners Lindsey Anderson and Logan Harrington to win the girls 200-yard freestyle relay along with Meade Reihl.
“It really was a great group effort today. We had several swimmers have personal bests,” Patrick Henry head coach Bob Flanagan said.
With the 2013 Kecoughtan Invitational looming this Saturday, Flanagan was happy to have the Goochland meet for preparation purposes coming off winter break.
“I always want to have an early January meet,” he said. “You don’t want to go three weeks, then step into an elite competition such as Kecoughtan.”
Perhaps the most exciting event of the night was early on, as Madeline Montgomery, the anchor leg of the girls 200-yard medley relay, overcame Goochland’s Hannah Lumpkins in the final 50 yards to win the race by six-tenths of a second (2:15.65 vs 2:16.21).
In a case of the future being now, 14-year-old Scotty Mizelle was the anchor leg on the Patriots’ victorious boys 200-yard medley relay, then returned to the pool a few minutes later to win the boys 200-yard freestyle by 17 seconds with a time of 1:57.44.
“Goochland did provide us a great competition,” Flanagan said, impressed at how the Bulldogs team came together while their school was still on winter break.
“We are the only team in our district that has a swim team, so our athletic director does a wonderful job finding us private schools, Group AAA schools, so we can compete,” said Goochland head coach Liz Kilberg. “Our kids, to be able to compete like this, they really enjoy it.”
Kilberg pointed out the performances of her two top swimmers, Justin Edwards and Mary Wright, who both reached the state championships last season. Edwards fell just short to Schubert in a riveting duel in the boys 200 yard IM, falling by three seconds, while Wright was victorious in the girls 200-yard IM by 12 seconds over runner-up Logan Harrington.
All four county school swimming teams are expected to compete in Hampton Saturday at the Kecoughtan Invitational.
Atlee, Lee-Davis and Hanover got back into action after the break at the Christopher Newport University Showcase Saturday in Newport News.
In boys action, Haiden Lamb of Lee-Davis beat out 64 competitors to reach the 55-meter dash final, finishing fifth over at 6.72. Atlee junior David Segovia defeated 31 others to reach the 55-meter hurdles final and placed sixth at 8.13.
Griffin Carmichael led a strong showing, once again, for Atlee, as the Raiders won the 4 X 800 meter relay easily at 8:16.62, Carmichael joined by Matthew Peery, Bizz Alidost and Nathaniel Hall. Carmichael and Alidost joined Segovia and Brian Elliott to place fourth in the 4 X 400 relay, losing the title by just two seconds to Jamestown High in Williamsburg. Individually, Carmichael placed third in the 300 meters at 37.34, just behind Lee-Davis’ Wesley Jones who finished second in an almost photo finish against winner Alex Darden of Kellam, 36.72 to 36.78.
Jones would move on to place third in the 500 meters, finishing in 1:09.83. Jones would team with Lamb and former football standouts Deshaun Rogers and Blake Stattelman to grab third place with the 4 X 200 relay at 1:36.00.
Atlee sophomore Austin Cannon fell two inches short in field action from winning the boys shot put. David Rimarski of Kempsville bested Cannon 51 feet, 2 inches to 51 feet even.
On the girls side, Lee-Davis speedster Dallas Tennessee qualified first in the 55-meter dash, but fell in the final to Micah Hanks of Tabb High, 7.33 to 7.41. Atlee sophomore India Lowe also qualified for the final and finished sixth. Lowe later placed sixth again, this time in the 300 meters with a time of 43.99.
The shining star for the Hanover Hawks was freshman Leila Haynesworth, proving her older brother Donte, a football and basketball star, is not the only athlete in the family. Haynesworth won the girls 55-meter hurdles with a state-qualifying time of 8.62. Atlee sophomore Carly Feyerabend placed fifth at 9.11.
Another top performer for Hanover at CNU was junior distance runner Annie Sadler, who finished 10th in the 1000 meters at 3:17.19, and 11th in the 1600 meters at 5:36.72.
Chloe Bavin of Atlee ran third in the 1600, finishing at 5:24.80. Bavin teamed with Katie Gardner, Katt Grasberger and Katharine Leitch to place third in the 4 X 800 relay, finishing at 10:12.44.
In field events, Madison Angus of Lee-Davis placed third in the girls pole vault, clearing nine feet, just ahead of three Atlee Raiders, sophomores Val Miller and Erin McDaniel and freshman Sasha Osipenko, who all cleared eight feet.
Tennessee moved from the track to the long jump to place fifth in the competition at 16 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Confederate teammate Shakiya Sheppard fell inches short in the triple jump, finishing second at 34 feet, 5 inches. Atlee’s Lowe was just behind in third at 34 feet, 3 inches.
Atlee and Lee-Davis now prepare to face other area top teams in the St. Christopher’s Indoor Meet this Saturday at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond.