Another Saturday FULL of action across a wide spectrum of sports around Hanover County, from basketball to swimming, wrestling to gymnastics, plus track & field!
BASKETBALL: The Randolph-Macon women's team clinched a first-round bye in the 2014 ODAC Tournament with a come-from-behind 80-74 win over Guilford at Pink Day in Crenshaw Gymnasium. Down 61-52 with 11:05 to play, the Jackets' defensive intensity picked up, as did their shooting percentage, and Randolph-Macon held the Quakers to just 13 points the rest of the way.
Taylor Huber (Patrick Henry) led with 26 points. Freshman Stephanie Staples (Atlee) had 8 points but several key plays defensively as her quick maturation process continues down low on both ends of the floor. The Jackets, now 11-3 in ODAC play, go to Washington & Lee Wednesday before coming home for Senior Day next Saturday to finish the regular season. Randolph-Macon can finish anywhere from 2nd to 4th in the ODAC. The top 4 seeds clinch first round byes in the conference tournament which begins for seeds #5 through #12 on Tuesday, February 25th.
The R-MC men's team overcame a very slow start to handle Emory & Henry 65-39 in the second half of the Crenshaw doubleheader. On a day where #2 Guilford and #3 Virginia Wesleyan both lost, the Jackets made sure they, too, did not slip, going on a 15-0 run after three straight Wasps treys had made it a 21-10 E&H lead.
Down 30-26 at halftime, the Wasps managed but 8 points in 17 minutes of second half action. By then, it was 60-34 and Nathan Davis' crew was in cruise control. Andre Simon led R-MC with 18 points.
Randolph-Macon is 12-2 in ODAC play, 18-5 overall with two games left. Guilford is second at 10-3, Virginia Wesleyan third at 10-4. The Quakers play the Wasps Monday in a makegood game from last week's storm. A win would put them just a game behind the Jackets.
Randolph-Macon celebrates Senior Night for Simon and Jamie Robinson on Wednesday when arch-rival Hampden-Sydney comes to Crenshaw for a 7pm matchup. The Jackets won in Farmville 69-60 on January 29th.
SWIMMING: The Atlee Raiders won the first-ever 5A South Region Girls Swimming Championship Saturday at Old Dominion University, outpacing Princess Anne 374-317. Great Bridge was 3rd at 266 points. Lee-Davis finished seventh overall with 161 points.
Freshman Olivia Fisher won two events for the Raiders, capturing the 50 Yard Freestyle in 24.06, and the 100 Freestyle in 52.40. Fellow freshman Molly Sheffield got a win for Lee-Davis by virtue of her 56.88 time in the Girls 100 Butterfly, winning by nearly two seconds over Jillian Breeger of Menchville.
The Raider boys placed third as a team with 305 points, behind winner Princess Anne (410.5) and runner-up Hickory (390.5). Lee-Davis finished eighth with 90 points. Wyatt Grubb won the 100 Butterfly in 51.95 and took third in the 100 Backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 52.04, while Jeremy Edwards took second in the 500 Freestyle in 4:52.49.
The county, between Atlee and Lee-Davis in 5A South and Patrick Henry in 5A North, will be well represented at the 5A State Championships next weekend at the new Collegiate School Aquatic Center in Chesterfield.
WRESTLING: Gray Hart, Corbin Allen, and T.J. Allen all won indvidual championships for Hanover at the 4A South Regionals at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth tonight.
Hart defeated Malcolm Dawson of Nansemond River to win the 106-pound title, 7-4. At 120 pounds, Tyler Flora was pinned in 3:03 by Nick Garland of Nansemond River to finish second.
Corbin Allen, looking for a state title after finishing runner-up at the state level at 138 pounds last year and coming through a frustrating season with his ankle, won the 152 pound crown with a 7-3 decision over Carter Paige of Smithfield.
T.J. Allen takes the crown at 182 pounds by defeating Jake Tomlinson of Powhatan by pin in 3:07. Bishop Guempel fell just short at 195 pounds, losing to Elijah Cash of Deep Creek 14-2.
Though Hanover will fall short of the 4A South Region team title, they will be well represented at the 4A State Championship next Friday and Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.
Lee-Davis and Atlee began work in the 5A South Regionals at Clover Hill with semifinals and championship matches scheduled for tomorrow afternoon and evening in Chesterfield.
GYMNASTICS: Patrick Henry senior Kristen Valasek finishes third in the All-Around in the first 5A South Regional Meet held at Deep Run High School. For the second straight week, it was a fall on the beam that cost Valasek, this time a shot at the All-Around title.
She won the bars with a 9.8, placed third in floor exercise with a 9.725 and fourth on the vault at 9.575. Valasek advances to the 5A State Open Championship next Saturday in Virginia Beach.
(NOTE: We will update you on other county gymnasts as we receive results from the meet.)
TRACK & FIELD: Lee-Davis leads the men's competition over Atlee 48-32 after six events at Day 1 of the 5A South Region Track & Field Championships at Boo Williams SportsPlex in Hampton. The Atlee girls are currently second to Henrico, down 36-32, with Lee-Davis in seventh with 12 points.
Listed are Top 10 county finishers in each of Saturday's race. Action resumes on Monday.
Girls Pole Vault: 2) Madison Angus, Lee-Davis (9' 9"), 5) Erin McDaniel, Atlee (8' 9"), 6) Jordan Lipinski, Lee-Davis (8' 9"), 7T) Chelsea Rose and Numa Rehmani, Atlee and Yomna Soloman, Lee-Davis (8' 3").
Boys Pole Vault: 1) Bryce Simpson, Atlee (13' 6"), 2) Michael Doggett, Lee-Davis (12' 3"), 3) Henry Buyas, Atlee (12' 3"), 4) Charlie Buyas, Atlee (12' 3"), 9) D.J. Petty, Lee-Davis (10' 9")...
Girls Triple Jump: 2) India Lowe, Atlee (37' 2")
Boys Triple Jump: 3) Quintez Mason, Lee-Davis (43' 9"), 5) Haiden Lamb, Lee-Davis (41' 10 1/2")
Boys Shot Put: 4) Evan Griffey, Atlee (46' 1 1/4")
Girls 55 Meter Hurdles: 3) India Lowe, Atlee (8.75); 9) Sariya Kelley, Lee-Davis (9.19)
Boys 55 Meter Hurdles: 1) Lee Warren, Lee-Davis (7.34), 10) David Segovia, Atlee (8.27)
Girls 55 Meter Dash: 3) CeeCee Harris, Atlee (7.33)
Boys 55 Meter Dash: 2) Haiden Lamb, Lee-Davis (6.39), 7) Blake Stattelman, Lee-Davis (6.68)
Girls 4 X 800 Relay: 3) Atlee (Katie Gardner, Scarlett Bavin, Chloe Bavin, Katt Grasberger), 9:45.26, 9) Lee-Davis (Madison Doss, Lauren Lewis, Hailey Warren, Shelby Rathert), 10:31.85.
Boys 4 X 800 Relay: 1) Lee-Davis (Grayson Morgan, Sheldon Harris, Josh Grant, Paul Adam) 8:06.30, 3) Atlee (David Segovia, Andrew Franco, Tre Fields, Nathaniel Hall) 8:12.12.
HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS: Lee-Davis got one more shot at regular season play in makegood games with Maggie Walker Governors School Saturday, with the girls winning at home 40-33, the boys surviving in Richmond 59-57.
For the ladies, Kerstin Winston led the way with 17 points while Imoni Boothe added 11. On the boys side, Irving Jones poured in 24 points to helped the Confederates to victory.
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