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Dill, Burch top field in Central Zone qualifier

But she still has things to work on. “I have to work on the greens, my putting and chipping,” Dill said. “That’s where all your scores really add up in the end. So I need to work on that a lot before we go down

there. But my drives and my iron shots have been great this past season.” Burch, though she also qualified for the Girls Open last year, was especially pleased with her performance this year. “I’m pretty excited. I shot

much better than I did last year,” Burch said. “I’m glad to be back in.” She said her experience last year will come in handy. “I think it will help a little bit,” Burch said. “It will tame my nerves a little bit because it’s not

the first go round-about it.” Cook, a junior, was thrilled to be joining her teammate Ramsey – who had already qualified for the Girls Open and her two Capital District rivals from Ashland at the state tournament.

“I feel pretty great about myself,” Cook said. “It started off a little rough today, but pushed through it and I was fine.” She said she wasn’t having a problem with any one thing when she started. “In the beginning it was a little bit of everything,” Cook said. “I tried to clear my head and just stop thinking, and the back nine was really good.” Hanover’s Bella Seip just missed making the cut for the Girls Open. Seip, who finished seventh among the field of 20 was three spots out of the running. While she was disappointed in her finish, her coach, Chris Pace, was happy with how she did. “I’m very proud of her,” Pace said. “She shot 117 last year. She shot 93 today. That’s 24 strokes in the right direction.” She began the day with a 42 on the front nine, but ran into trouble on the back nine and never quite recovered. Pace thought it was an excellent growth opportunity for the sophomore. “The beauty of this tournament is that it’s a high-pressure situation,” Pace said. “All postseason golf is a high-pressure situation. She learned that you’ve got to go play the next shot.” Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

11 yards and a touchdown and ran for 130 yards and another touchdown. On the kicking side, Atlee’s Ethan Ratke made field goals from 42 yards and 32 yards as well as all four extra point attempts. Patrick Henry’s Logan Bulthuis missed two extra points and a 37 yard field goal. The rushing game looked quite different. While Atlee’s A.J. Zollar carried the ball car-

ried the ball nine times for 115 yards – most of that on an 80yard run for the Raiders’ first score – and two touchdowns in all, Patrick Henry’s Joshua Guerrero carried the ball 20 times for 174 yards. The Patriots led in an uncomfortable category: penalties. They were flagged 12 times for 98 yards. They finished with two turnovers themselves – an interception and a fumble – and

turned the ball over on down a total of three times. But Patrick Henry coach Bryan Davis gave his team an uplifting message following the game. “I told them, ‘Failure is an event, not a person,’ ” Davis said. “ ‘You guys were part of the event and let’s see if we can do something to minimize these events in the future.’ ” Zollar’s 80-yard scamper

came on the second play of the game, but Patrick Henry responded before the first quarter was out. Patriot running back Brandon Braxton broke through the Atlee defense with an 18-yard touchdown run to give his team a chance to tie, but a missed extra point left the score at 7-6. The second quarter was scoreless until Atlee’s Justin Hall caught an 8 yard pass from

Harris with 51 seconds left in the half to stake the Raiders a 14-6 lead. Atlee extended its lead to 3412 before Patrick Henry scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion with six seconds left in the game. Atlee plays Varina at home Friday while Patrick Henry hosts Highland Springs. Kris Mason can be reached at sports@mechlocal.com.

By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor PETERSBURG – Patrick Henry’s Andrea Dill survived the deep rough and ample water traps to win the VHSL Girls Central Zone qualifier golf tournament at Dogwood Trace Golf Course Tuesday. Dill shot an 82, one stroke ahead of teammate Shea Burch and Glen Allen’s Cameron Cook. Cosby’s Abby Gschwind, who came in fourth with an 84, clinched the remaining berth in the VHSL Girls Open golf championship, which was held after this edition went to press on Monday and Tuesday at Red Wing Lake Golf Course in Virginia Beach. The four will join Atlee’s Erica Whitehouse, along with other local golfers Diana Domenech (Mills Godwin), Peyton Durham (Dinwiddie), Addie Parker (Monacan) and Celadon Ramsey (Glen Allen) who had already qualified for the girls open. For Dill, it is her third and last – she’s a senior – appearance in the Girls’ Open. She feels she has grown a lot since her first appearance. “When I first qualified, I wasn’t as confident in my game, but I’ve worked on it a lot and I’m a lot more confident going into it this year,” Dill said. “I think it will be better.”

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Rasharrd Harris, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Receivers Cole Blackman had six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown and Justin Hall had 11 catches for 56 yards and another score. Harris counterpart for the Patriots, Samuel Hart passed

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Patrick Henry’s Andrea Dill sinks a putt for par on the 17th hole in the Central Zone girls golf qualifier at Dogwood Trace Golf Course in Petersburg Tuesday. Dill finished with an 82, one shot ahead of teammate Shea Burch and Glen Allen’s Cameron Cook to take first place. Dill, Burch, Cook and Cosby’s Abby Gschwind, who finished fourth, qualified for the Virginia High School League Girls Open golf tournament from Oct. 26 and 27 at Red Wing Lake Golf Course in Virginia Beach.

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