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Monticello’s Jake Noble and Trevor Hayslip work out on the field. With Jeff Lloyd installed as the Mustangs new football coach, workouts in July were a welcome opportunity for players to better get to know the man running show. Lloyd is Monticello’s fourth coach since 2011 — with the program having just one from 1998 up until 2011, having been founded by former coach Brud Bicknell. With training camps just a week away, pigskin season is nearly upon us. In the second week of July, the VHSL released its master schedule. To learn more about it, flip over to page 19. ✖ (Photo by Ryan Yemen)

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Orange County taps Jessie Lohr as next football coach By Bart Isley

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essie Lohr knows Orange County football. Lohr has been involved in the program for 17 years, working as a varsity assistant and a junior varsity coach as well as the middle school coach for two years.

Most recently he’s been the offensive coordinator for the Hornets for 13 years. He’s been a part of the highs and lows in Orange. He knows the ins and outs of the community. In his 18th year though, his role will change. Lohr was named the new head coach recently when Keita Malloy stepped down. “This has been a goal of mine for some time,” Lohr said. “I love Orange County to death. I’ve had a chance to sit back and survey. I’m ready to turn this around.” While the last four years have seen a complete swoon for the Hornets, Orange is actually one of the area’s longest running and more successful programs under the tenure of former head coach Jon Kayajanian. The Hornets, who used to compete in the vaunted Battlefield District, finished as the state runner-up in 1992. Even with a move to the Jefferson District in the 1990s was tough to handle, posting five seven-win or better seasons between 2004 and 2010 with stars like Bradley Starks and Quintin Hunter playing huge roles. “We have definitely reached out to those guys,” Lohr said. “We’ve reached out to some of the older alumni too to speak to these kids about the history of the program and the pride in the program. These kids are working hard.” That four year swoon has resulted in a 5-35 record the last four years, so Lohr has his work cut out for him. With not much time left before the start of the season, Lohr will keep the current staff in place, including Neal Ferguson, who

will continue to help pilot the defense, now in conjunction with longtime Orange assistant Rod Hawkins, who will return to the sidelines. “We’ll try to keep everything as stable as we can,” Lohr said. “We have an approach that we believe in.” It’ll help the Hornets that nine players that played extensively on defense last year are back, but they still have some serious work to do, as the program has surrendered more than 400 points per season (44.7 per game) every year since 2011. Offensively, the Hornets will look to build around junior running backs DeAngelo Hunt and Tre’von Smith, both backs with good size and the ability to move the chains. Lohr did an excellent job with Starks and Hunter of tailoring the offense around the squad’s best athletes’ strengths, and as of right now, Hunt and Smith appear to be those players. “There is some young talent that’s in place that we’ll have a chance to grow with,” Lohr said. “Hopefully four quarters worth of competiveness is here now. (Orange’s players are) just as frustrated with what’s going on as anyone else. Hopefully something changes here, something changes there and we get back to where we were.” That’s a lofty spot that the Hornets once occupied and Lohr has them pointed now at a return to glory. He was a big part of getting them there in the first place, so he knows the path. Now he’ll get to try and make that journey again, this time as the man in charge. ✖

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Former Baron continuing to build solid golf resume By Bart Isley Just on the surface, Blue Ridge School alum Chris Hickman’s decision to go to East Tennessee State University seemed a little out of left field. But when you dug a little deeper it became clear that when it came to Hickman’s golf game, ETSU was the right spot for him with an accomplished college coach in Fred Warren running the program. Hickman’s choice has proven to be on point as he enters his senior season with an already impressive list of accomplishments. This spring, he was an All-Southern Conference selection as a junior despite missing part of the season due to an injury. He posted a 73.39 scoring average on the season and shot a 77 in the NCAA’s San Diego regional, as ETSU fell short of qualifying as a team for the NCAA tournament. He’s getting the opportunity as well to play alongside some top notch international golfers on his own team as the Bucs boast players from Iceland, Wales and Poland on the roster. Hickman had a particularly productive summer in 2014 when he won the Delaware Open, the Delaware Amateur and the Eastern Amateur

tournaments. He even finished 18th in the prestigious Porter Cup, an elite amateur event held at Niagara Falls Country Club in New York during that stretch, carding a 66 in the final round. Hickman’s first two years at ETSU were also productive as he posted two top-10 finishes in 13 tournaments for the Bucs included a seventh place finish at the Atlantic Sun championship. That season he was third on the team in stroke average at 73.8. As a freshman he tied for ninth in a tournament at one of the country’s top courses, the TPC Sawgrass. In 2012, Hickman placed fifth in the VISAA Division I tournament for Blue Ridge and then got his post high school career off to a rousing start with a 21-stroke victory in the Delaware State Amateur championship. With one more season of collegiate golf coming up next spring, Hickman is poised to continue building on an already impressive amateur resume — this week he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Open at Olympia Fields. That may open the door for a run at a professional career as it does for many of the nation’s collegiate golfers.✖

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- C A R E E R ACHIE VEMENT AWARD KENDALL BALLARD, CHARLOTTESVILLE, SENIOR SPORTS: FIELD HOCKEY, BASKETBALL, LACROSSE

So where do you start with Kendall Ballard? In the grand scheme of things, it boils down to the fact that she earned 11 letters at Charlottesville, with this spring being the only season she took off in high school as she looked toward her collegiate career. Since she was a freshman, Ballard was a force in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. It’s as simple as that. Field hockey was Ballard’s forte, but impressively, only by a slim margin. She led the Black Knights to a pair of state tournament final four berths, once as a sophomore, and this year as a senior. Since day one, she was the focal point of the Charlottesville offense. She packed the hardest shot this area has seen since Taylor Brown (Covenant ’11, now at the University of Virginia). She was a gifted stick handler. She was able to beat defenders with her speed and overwhelm them with her physical skill set, which only got more intimidating with age. Defensively, she was tenacious, something that defined her play in all three sports. In basketball, she was thrown into the fire as a starter as a freshman on a team that was both young and inexperienced. But the last

two years of her career on the hardwood, the Black Knights were Conference 23 champions and Region 4A North semifinalists. Ballard’s play in the paint was yeoman like. She was a foul drawing machine. Defensively, again, she was a stalwart, a rebounding phenom who simply won not on size, but rather on hustle. And then there’s lacrosse. While she was unable to play this spring, in her first three years she was able to make Charlottesville a presence in the Jefferson District. She had a knack for the goal, but again, it was her speed and ability to play both sides of the floor that made her so effective. Ballard earned two All-Scrimmage Play Player of the Year awards, and was 11-for-11 in making All-SP fall, winter and spring teams. In our six years of publication, we’ve never had someone so dominant in so many sports for so long. Ballard was Pete Rose — the kind of athlete who beat you because of her competitive nature, her desire to win. But unlike Charlie Hustle, she was as affable and well-liked by her teammates as you’ll find. She played hard, and was well-respected by her peers, coaches and opponents. ✖

- SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR KEEGAN WOOLFORD, WILLIAM MONROE, SENIOR SPORTS: BASKETBALL, BASEBALL

The truth is, nobody is going to miss Keegan Woolford more than William Monroe boys basketball and baseball coach Mike Maynard. If ever Maynard had a four-year hired gun in either sport, it was Woolford. And as a senior, there’s not a lot more that Woolford could have done to help his team in either basketball or baseball. We’ll start with his effort on the hardwood. On a team where the post play was the focal point with All-Scrimmage Play first teamer Jeff Early leading the way, Woolford was as spot-on as a jump shooter comes. He drew a ton of fouls, was lights out at the free throw line and pretty much defined what a fundamental basketball players was offensively. But that’s only one part of his game. Woolford was regularly tasked with guarded the opposition’s most talented athlete. He played hustle defense and avoided foul trou-

ble. He rebounded as well as or better as some of the Monroe forwards. He created turnovers. He was a pest. His line? He had 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Baseball was even better. Woolford came just two runs shy of setting the VHSL career record for runs scored. He caught for the Dragons, played exceptional defense and then there was that smooth lefty swing. While he rarely saw strikes thrown at him, Woolford managed to lead the Dragons in nearly every offensive category and more importantly, to a Region 3A West semifinal showing. Suffice it to say, without Woolford, William Monroe’s winter and spring would have been rough. Now the hard part is for Maynard to figure out what to do now that he’s graduated. ✖

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- S P O RT S WOM AN OF THE YE AR REMEDY RULE, WESTERN ALBEMARLE, SENIOR SPORT: SWIMMING

Traditionally, Scrimmage Play’s Sportswoman of the Year award has gone to an athlete who competes in multiple sports. To earn that award in just a single sport, an athlete has to essentially be flawless in that sport. In swimming, Remedy Rule was essentially flawless this year, much as she has been since she first dipped her toe in the pool for the Warriors as a freshman. This year she won two individual state titles in the 100-meter butterfly and the 100-meter backstroke. Both were Group 3A records, giving her a hand in three total state records as she helped the Warriors to set the 200-freestyle relay record in 2014. She also swam a leg of the second place 200-medley relay team’s effort and the anchor on the runner-up 400-freestyle relay squad for the Warriors. That’s a ton of points Rule helped contribute to on yet another state title effort by Western. In four years, Rule swam anything and everything that the Warriors needed from their captain. She helped vault Western to four straight state titles in her career, including the fifth straight for the program this winter.

She could’ve won eight total individual event titles as a high school swimmer in four years. Rule won seven of them, with an injury hampering her bid for that other title. That appears to be a record number of individual event titles in the VHSL. As a year-round swimmer she’s been named a NISCA/Speedo High School All-American, a YMCA All-American and was a multiple-time finalist at Speedo Junior National Championships. She was even a member of the 2014-2015 USA Swimming Junior National Team. She’s also a top-notch student, posting a 4.6 GPA in her time at Western. She was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the English, Spanish, Science and Math Honor societies. Rule embraced the team concept as wholly as any individual athlete in Central Virginia has and was largely unconcerned with individual accolades during the high school season. The University of Texas-bound swimmer quite simply got it. She understood what high school sports were about. She understood what being on a team was about. One sport or not, Rule embodied excellence with her accomplishments and her leadership. ✖

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Danny Higginbotham /// Monticello, Sr. Swam and played tennis for Mustangs James Graves /// Madison County, Sr. Quarterback in football, played basketball, pitched in baseball Jordan Jefferson /// Goochland, Sr. Virginia Tech-bound, All-State football standout for Bulldogs Drew Gaffney /// Covenant, Sr. Key scorer in soccer and was VISAA D2 POTY in lacrosse NathanIel Tyrell /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. First team All-VISAA in football, also ran track and field for Tigers Marcel Berry /// Albemarle, Sr. Gatorade Virginia POTY in soccer for Patriots Jake Allen /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Two sport standout, All-VISAA Division 1 in baseball Alex Lomong /// Fork Union, Jr. Ran cross country and both indoor and outdoor track for FUMA

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KK Barbour /// Albemarle, Sr. Set all-time record for Patriots in career points scored in basketball Rebecca Harvey /// Orange County, Sr. Standout in basketball and soccer for Hornets Kathryn Deane /// Monticello, Sr. Soccer, tennis, field hockey and track standout for Mustangs Kara Morgan McHaney /// Madison County, Sr. Group 2A champion in 200 IM and multiple top-10 finishes Julia Haney /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Princeton-bound lacrosse star and field hockey standout for Saints Maddy Kline /// Fluvanna County, Sr. Volleyball star for Flucos who was first team All-State pick Lexi Mallory /// Miller, Sr. Played soccer and for VISAA D2 championship basketball team Brooke Baker /// William Monroe, Sr. Led soccer team to Region 3A West quarterfinal showing


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- B OYS L ACROSSE FIRST TEAM Drew Gaffney /// Covenant, Sr. VISAA D2 POTY, VIC POTY, 65 goals, 20 assists

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Joe Robertson /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, So. Second team All-VISAA D1, 36 goals, 10 assists Phillip Robertson /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. First team All-VISAA D1, 39 goals, 15 assists Patrick Shea /// Woodberry Forest, Jr. Second team All-VISAA D1 Sumner Corbett /// Western Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 4A, C’ville Conf. POTY, 36 goals, 21 assists Brodie Phillips /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-Prep League, 19 goals, 28 assists, 47 ground balls Luke Reilly /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville Conf. 54 goals, 10 assists Carter Elliott /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville Conf. 44 goals, 27 assists Ian Davis /// Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 5A, All-Region 5A South, 38 goals Oliver Herndon /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 5A, 131 ground balls Jay Gaffney /// Covenant, Sr. First team All-VISAA D2, All-VIC, 28 goals, 16 assists Justin Moran /// Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 5A, All-Region 5A south, 40 goals, 10 assists Rob Schotta /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-American, first team All-VISAA D1, 71 groundballs

Repeating a state championship run has to be one of the most challenging feats in high school lacrosse, but it’s made a bit easier when the state’s reigning player of the year is back in the fold. Drew Gaffney followed up his incredible junior campaign with another stirring season, scoring 65 goals while notching 20 assists and picking up 54 ground balls while leading the Eagles to a second straight state title. Gaffney, a St. Joseph’s commit, was a known entity all season and still managed to post the area’s top numbers. He helped guide the Eagles, who stumbled in the VIC championship but bounced back with a monster run to the state title. That run included avenging that loss to VES in the championship game.

Austin Llera /// Covenant, Sr. First team All-VISAA D2, All-VIC, 52 ground ball Eric Buhle /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-American, First team All-VISAA D1, All-Prep League

HONORABLE MENTION Kareem Johnson /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. Jackson Sours /// Western Albemarle Jr. Brandon DeJong /// Covenant, Sr. Lee Parkhill /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Javon Johnson /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Clark Sipe /// Western Albemarle, Sr. Wylie Mendicino/// Woodberry Forest, Sr. Andrew Hogg /// Albemarle, Sr. Brian Young /// Monticello, Jr. Will Werner /// Charlottesville, Jr. Colin DiSesa /// Blue Ridge, Jr.

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NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR JOSH REISS ST. ANNE’S-BELFIELD, SOPHOMORE Josh Reiss took a big leap forward in his first year of lacrosse for the Saints, becoming a crucial midfield scoring threat on a team loaded with attackmen. With a rock solid shooting percentage of 32 percent, Reiss turned just 53 shots into 17 goals on the year.

COACH OF THE YEAR ALEX WHITTEN WESTERN ALBEMARLE

Put together a balanced Western roster that rolled through the postseason and finished as Group 4A runner-up.


- GIRLS L ACROSSE FIRST TEAM Julia Haney /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-American, first team All-VISAA D1, 82 goals, 59 assists

CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR JULA HANEY AND AUDREY SCHRECK ST. ANNE’S-BELFIELD, SENIORS

Audrey Schreck /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-American, first team All-VISAA D1,45 goals, 10 assists Bailey Mincer /// Monticello, Sr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville conf., 63 goals, 39 assists Heidi Karweik /// Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 5A, All-Region 5A South Mackenzie Trainor /// Monticello, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville conf. 34 forced TO’s Britany Cramer /// Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 5A, All-Region 5A South Summer Larese /// Monticello, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville conf., 105 goals, 35 assists Annie Cory /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. First team All-VISAA D1, All-LIS, 77 goals, 12 assists Emily Carden /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-LIS, defensive anchor for VISAA D1 semifinalist Ellie Allen /// Western Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville conf. 45 goals, 53 draw controls Hannah Curry /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville conf. Caroline DiGiacomo /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. All-LIS, 43 goals, 16 assists Sammie Magargee /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-C’ville conf., 41 goals, 20 assists Jen Wendelken /// Albemarle, Fr. Second team All-Group 5A, first team All-Region 5A South Hamilton Ibbeken /// Western Albemarle, Sr. Second team All-Group 4A, first team All-C’ville conf.

HONORABLE MENTION Virginia Speidel /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Mailynn Steppe /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. Sadie Bryant /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Catherine Fox ///Covenant, Sr. Kate Snyder /// Western Albemarle, Jr. Hana Schuler /// Western Albemarle, So. Lily Elder ///Western Albemarle, Jr. Jane Pinnata /// Albemarle, So. Chloe Brannock /// Monticello So.. Kellyn Kusyk /// Charlottesville, Jr.

Julia Haney and Audrey Schreck were just the tip of the iceberg on an incredibly deep, supremely talented St. Anne’s-Belfield girls lacrosse team that advanced to the VISAA Division I final four and posted a 21-3 record against a stout schedule. But what a tip of the iceberg the senior midfielders were. Haney led the Saints with 82 goals and 59 assists while Schreck notched 45 goals and 10 assists while also providing an incredible presence on the draw and on the defensive end. Schreck, who is headed to Denver University this fall, has become an incredible leader for the Saints and is a top-notch communicator on the field. Haney put up another incredible set of statistics despite drawing a lot of defensive attention from the opposition. She also dished out 22 more assists than she did as a junior as she helped facilitate the offense and open up opportunities for teammates.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR PAIGE MCGLOTHLIN MONTICELLO, FRESHMAN Paige McGlothlin exploded out of the gate this season as a freshman with 51 goals and 37 assists. But the Mustangs’ emerging star isn’t just a scorer, she proved to be a fierce presence on contested balls whether they’re in the air or on the ground. With several key players graduating, McGlothlin will likely be asked to fill a larger role next year. She’s proven already she should be up for the task.

COACH OF THE YEAR MARY BLAKE ST. ANNE’S-BELFIELD

Led Saints to VISAA D1 semifinals, LIS championship and won 400th career game.

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- SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM Jackie Tremain /// Goochland, Sr. First team All-Group 2A, Conference 34, All-James River District

PLAYER OF THE YEAR JACKIE TREMAIN GOOCHLAND, SENIOR

Annaliese Kennedy /// Fluvanna County, Jr. First team All-Group 4A, All-Region 4A North Brooke McAllister /// Albemarle, Jr. Second team All-Region 5A North, first team All-C16 Hannah Jones /// Orange County, Jr. First team All-Region 5A North, All-C16 Sarah Sharpe /// Louisa County, Jr. First team All-Conference 23 Alexis Scott /// Fluvanna County, Sr. First team All-Group 4A, All-Region 4A North, All-C23 POY Lindsey Talley /// Louisa County, Sr. First team All-Conference 23, All-Jefferson District, .613 BA Megan Shifflett /// Madison County, Jr. First team All-Conference C35, All-Bull Run District Kaitlyn Aylor /// Madison County, Sr. First team All-Bull Run District Alexis Wayland /// Wiliam Monroe, Jr. First team All-Region 3A West, All-Bull Run District Carter Morris /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Fr. First team All-VISAA D1 Tiffani Shaheen /// Fluvanna County, Sr. Honorable Mention All-Group 4A, first team All-Region 4A North

HONORABLE MENTION Kaitlin Keane /// Albemarle, Sr. McKenzie Flora /// William Monroe, Sr. Mariann Smith /// Madison County, Jr. Kaitlin Presley /// Fluvanna County, Jr. Makayla Morris /// William Monroe, Jr. Kayley Norford /// Monticello, So. Lexy Bledsoe /// Orange County, Sr. Taylor Robinson /// Louisa County, Jr. Hannah Fletcher /// Louisa County, So. Marian Smith /// Madison County, So. Reagan Clatterbaugh /// Madison County, Sr. Kaitlyn Johnson /// Orange County, Jr. Tanner Largent /// Charlottesville, Jr. Sam Atwell /// Madison County, Jr. Kara Madison /// Western Albemarle, Jr.

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Perhaps no player leaves a bigger void by way of graduation than Jackie Tremain does at Goochland. She departs the Bulldogs after compiling a 83-11 record over four years, and this year was her finest. Tremain led the Bulldogs to a 22-1 record on the season, pacing the way to a Group 2A East semifinal showing. She went 17-1 in the circle, had an ERA of 1.13 and struck out 110 batters. She was also a dominant part of the offense for Goochland. Tremain hit .469 from the plate and had a .589 on-base percentage. She finished with 19 RBI. Her two-way play made her a runaway selection for the player of the year honors for both the James River District and Conference 34. Now she can add this award to her lengthy resume. Tremain heads to play for James Madison University next year.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR FAITH GERDES GOOCHLAND, FRESHMAN

The Bulldogs made another a impressive playoff run this year, and in large part, it was because of the addition of Faith Gerdes to the roster. The freshman played great defense in the outfield, ran the bases well, and most importantly was arguably the team’s best hitter. That last part is rarely said of freshman, and that’s what Gerdes is, a rare talent, an all-state selection who’s just getting started.

COACH OF THE YEAR GREG BREEDEN WILLIAM MONROE

Retooled Dragons across the field in his first year and coached them to Region 3A West semifinal showing.


- BASEBALL FIRST TEAM Jack Morris /// Miller, Sr. VISAA D2 POY, first team All-VIC, .533 BA, seven HRs

PLAYER OF THE YEAR JACK MORRIS MILLER, SENIOR

Keegan Woolford /// William Monroe, Sr. First team All-Division 3A, Region 3A East, All-BRD Stevie Mangrum /// Western Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 3A, All-Region 3A West, All-C29, .459 BA, seven HRs John Page /// Monticello, Sr. First team All-Group 3A, All-Region 3A West, All-C29 Henry Kreienbaum /// Western Albemarle, Jr. Second team All-Group 3A, first team All-C29, .519 BA, 35 RBI Bobby Nicholson /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. First team All-VISAA D1, All-Prep League Jake Allen /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. First team All-VISAA D1, All-Prep League Mike Dailey /// Miller, Sr. First team All-VISAA D2, All-VIC, .443 BA, 1.72 ERA Connor Gillespie /// Miller, Jr. First team All-VISAA D2, All-VIC, 1.45 ERA DG Archer /// Albemarle, Sr. First team All-JD, All-Region 5A North, .375 BA, 14 RBI Jeff Early /// William Monroe, Sr. First team All-Division 3A, All-Bull Run District Coleman Duty /// Goochland, Jr. First team Region 3A West, All-C34 POY, 0.71 ERA, six CG

HONORABLE MENTION Scott Carter /// Goochland, Jr. Trevon Smith /// Orange County, Sr. Ryan Porter /// Albemarle, Fr. Nic Smith /// Madison County, Jr. Reid Chenault /// Goochland, Jr. John Reynolds /// Louisa County, So. Tanner Morris /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, So. Luke Burton /// Covenant, So. Adam Hackenberg /// Fork Union, So. MacLindsey Mitchell /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. Jack Decker /// Monticello, Sr. Tyler Mahone /// Covenant, So. Jake Talley /// Louisa County, Jr. Tre Bright /// Fluvanna County, Jr. Cody Spencer /// William Monroe, Sr. Grant Bodison /// Fork Union, Jr. Robbie Deane /// Monticello, Sr.

Jack Morris was as good at the plate this year as any player could ever hope for. The senior finished with a .533 batting average hitting third for the Mavericks. He led Miller in runs with 34, hits with 32, and RBI with 34. Nearly half of his hits went for extra bases as he slugged seven home runs, three triples and and eight doubles. Of course, few teams wanted to pitch to him, so he also led the Mavericks with 21 walks. That propelled him to an o-base percentage of .646. That alone would merit any player serious honors but after having to take last year off as a pitcher to recover from Tommy John surgery, Morris also threw awfully well for the Mavericks this year. Over 21.2 innings he compiled an ERA of 1.62. In short, it was just a monster year for Morris, and as a consequence, also for Miller, the VISAA D2 runner-up.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR DEREK DOMECQ WESTERN ALBEMARLE, FRESHMAN

Midway through the year, Western Albemarle was desperate for a consistent number two starter. Derek Domecq answered that call and then some going 6-2 and posting a 2.15 ERA. He led the Warriors both in innings pitched at 55.3 and strikeouts with 61. Domecq was a nothing short of a massive addition to an already talented Warriors roster.

COACH OF THE YEAR COREY HUNT MONTICELLO

Patched together unbelievable Group 3A final four run with a team hit hard by injuries and absences.

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- GIRLS SOCCER FIRST TEAM Jazzy Loredo /// Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 5A, Region 5A North, 11 goals, 14 assists

PLAYER OF THE YEAR JAZZY LOREDO ALBEMARLE, SENIOR

Carmen Thomas /// Albemarle, Sr. Second team All-Group 5A, first team All-Region 5A North, 18 goals Shannon Moore /// Western Albemarle, Fr. First team All-Group 3A, All-Region 3A West Rachel DeMasters /// Wiliam Monroe, Jr. Second team All-Group 3A, 65 goals Jane Romness /// Western Albemarle, Fr. First team All-Group 3A, All-Region 3A West Sunny Gelnovatch /// Albemarle, Jr. Second team All-Region 5A North, first team All-C16 Hannah Eiden /// Albemarle, So. First team All-Conference 16, six goals, six assists Hannah Keith /// Monticello, So. C29 POTY, first team All-Group 3A, Region 3A West Cyan Coates /// Fluvanna County, So. First team All-C23 Zoe Weatherford /// Charlottesville, Fr. Top defender for Region 4A North semifinalist Lillian Meggs /// Western Albemarle, Sr. First team All-Group 3A, All-Region 3A West TaylorAnne Barry /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-LIS, six goals, four assists Morgan Symmers /// Fluvanna County, Sr. First team All-C23, 124 saves, 10 total goals allowed Madi Mazzola /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. Second team All-VISAA D1, All-LIS, four goals, four assists

HONORABLE MENTION Juliet Karnes /// William Monroe, Jr. Samantha Payne /// Monticello, Jr. Ariana Mills /// William Monroe, So. Raigan Tarkington /// Albemarle, Sr. Maddie Messier /// Fluvanna County, Jr. Lexi Mallory /// Miller, Sr. Brooke Bauman /// Albemarle, So. Grace Leytham /// Albemarle, Sr. Emma Hendrix /// Charlottesville, Sr. Elizabeth Fabiano /// Western Alebmarle, Fr. Hannah Kirk Nass /// Tandem, Sr. Bri Jordan /// Charlottesville, Sr.

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Jazzy Loredo’s career at Albemarle has been, from the very beginning up until her final game, all about helping her teammates shine. It’s been all about making the Patriots the most dangerous, dynamic team they can be. That shows in the 14 assists she had this season that gave her 36 for her career to go with 17 career goals (eight this season). A central midfielder who distributes as well as Loredo does is invaluable to the team and she melded nicely this season with new addition Sunny Gelnovatch in that midfield, making that unit the area’s deepest and most versatile. Loredo is a table-setter and while she had a lot of help this season with the Patriots’ depth and in particular the return of striker Carmen Thomas, Loredo continued to put her squad first and make the Patriots a little better each and every game.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR JANE ROMNESS WESTERN ALBEMARLE, FRESHMAN

With nine goals and three assists, Jane Romness was dangerous but she wasn’t Western’s most potent scoring threat. That title went to fellow freshman Elizabeth Fabiano. But Romness solidified Western’s midfield and played her best soccer in the postseason as the Warriors sprinted to a spot in the state finals.

COACH OF THE YEAR JAKE DESCH WESTERN ALBEMARLE

Took a youthful Warriors team to a conference championship and a berth in the state finals.


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- BOYS SOCCER FIRST TEAM Marcel Berry /// Albemarle, Sr. Gatorade Virginia POTY, All-Group 5A first team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR MARCEL BERRY ALBEMARLE, SENIOR

Brendan Moyers /// Albemarle, Jr. All-Group 5A second team, first team All-Region 5A North Alec Yost /// William Monroe, Sr. All-Region 3A East second team, first team All-C28 Carter Allbaugh /// Fluvanna County, Jr. First team All-Region 4A North, C23 Brandon DeJong /// Covenant, Sr. First team All-VISAA D2 Muse Mohammed /// Charlottesville, Sr. C23 POTY, All-Group 4A first team Carrington Murphy /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-C29 Wilson Casco /// Monticello, Sr. First team All-C29 Aidan Sinclaire /// Western Albemarle, Jr. First team All-C29, second team All-Region 3A West Jordan Parks /// Albemarle, Jr. Second team All-Group 5A, first team All-Region 5A North Alexander Wenzel /// Charlottesville, Sr. Honorable mention All-Region 4A North Fritz Berry /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Sr. All-Prep League, 13 goals, six assists Jonathan Whyte /// Covenant, Jr. First team All-VISAA D2 Joe Foley /// Woodberry Forest, Fr. First team All-VISAA D1

HONORABLE MENTION Jake Paulson /// Western Albemarle, Sr. Tyler Hill /// Orange County, Sr. Drew Wolanski /// Monticello, Sr. Jesus Duran /// Albemarle, Sr. Griffin Coffey /// Albemarle, Jr. Jake O’Connor /// Charlottesville, Sr. Hussein Osman /// Charlottesville, Jr. Hunter Deforge /// Fluvanna County, Sr. Adam March /// William Monroe, Sr. Will Peake /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. Michael Colberg /// Covenant, Jr. Graham Tyler /// Woodberry Forest, Sr.

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Nearly every time Albemarle’s boys soccer team needed a goal this season, Marcel Berry would appear like a blur and notch one for the Patriots. Whether it was a critical situation or when Albemarle needed to get off on a good foot, Gatorade’s Virginia state player of the year was there. It’s been that way for awhile now, and his senior year finished off an incredible career for the William and Mary bound forward. He poured in 27 goals and dished out 12 assists in his final year suiting up for Albemarle and while the Patriots got upended in the regional well, short of last year’s state final run, Berry was clearly the most potent offensive force and the biggest matchup nightmare in Central Virginia. Whether it was his speed or his technical ability or — quite often — both, Berry punished opposing defenses all season long.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR JOE FOLEY WOODBERRY FOREST, FRESHMAN

Woodberry Forest’s boys soccer team made a big leap this fall and freshman Joe Foley was a big reason why the Tigers were seeded No. 2 in the VISAA Division I tournament. With 11 goals and three assists through the squads first 10 games, Foley was Woodberry’s leading scorer while earning All-Prep League and first team All-VISAA honors.

COACH OF THE YEAR MATT DUNN WILLIAM MONROE

Took William Monroe’s boys squad to its first ever conference championship in a historic campaign.


- COMEB ACK AT HL E T E SPRING 2015

CARMEN THOMAS, ALBEMARLE She was such an impact player in her first two years at Albemarle that when Carmen Thomas was sidelined last spring because of a knee injury, the Patriots were left scrambling without their most dynamic player. As it turned out, Albemarle found a way to grow stronger and develop depth in her absence. So in 2015, the Patriots come back not just with greater roster talent, they got back their ace in the hole. Ask any athlete, rehabbing a torn ACL takes a lot of time and effort. Getting back on the field is no small task. What made Thomas impressive was that eventually she was as good or better as she was before she suffered the injury. The Albemarle senior didn’t play fearing contact or making cuts. It’s not because she never cared, it was because she found a way to work through that fear. “At the beginning of the season I was kind of unsure. I was kind of waving back and forth,” Thomas said. “I’ve kind of blocked it out in my mind. When I’m playing I don’t think about it. It feels great, so I just try and focus on that.” Thomas played an integral part in the Patriots rolling through their Jefferson District schedule with just one loss. Albemarle raced to a Conference 16 championship to qualify for the Region 5A North tournament for the second straight season. This fall Thomas will head to James Madison University where she’ll continue her soccer career. ✖


- GIRLS TENNIS FIRST TEAM Maddy Ix /// Western Albemarle, Jr. C29 singles and doubles champion, Region 3A West semifinalist

PLAYER OF THE YEAR MADDY IX WESTERN ALBEMARLE, JUNIOR

Maddy Parker /// Goochland, Jr. C34 champion, 9-2 singles record Hannah Kearns /// Western Albemarle, Fr. No. 3 for Group 3A finalist Stephanie Barton /// Western Albemarle, Sr. C29 doubles champion, Region 3A West doubles semifinalist Molly Gudka /// Orange County, Sr. Conference 16 singles champion Neely Craig /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. No. 1 player for Saints Maddie Williamson /// Albemarle, Jr. No. 1 for C16 champions Beth Shafer /// Albemarle, Fr. No. 2 for C16 champions Corinne Jennings /// Covenant, Fr. All-VISAA D2, No. 1 for D2 semifinalists Caroline DiGiacomo /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. No. 2 player for Saints

HONORABLE MENTION Grace Barrett-Johnson /// Albemarle, Fr. Tory Stribling /// Fluvanna County, Sr. Savannah Diamond /// Western Albemarle, Jr. Jenna Pierides /// Monticello, Sr. Caroline Guill /// Louisa County, Sr. AK Brooks /// Charlottesville, So. Emily Hobbs /// Goochland, Jr. Madeline Bruggeman /// Albemarle, Sr.

At this point, Maddy Ix can just about assume her high school tennis season is going to last as long as it possibly can. For three straight years, Ix has helped boost the Warriors into the state final, and while this year ended with a 5-3 loss in the state final to a talented Cave Spring squad, Ix proved she’s the area’s best with a tremendous season. In her first season as the Warriors’ No. 1 (she was No. 2 behind Emily Kochard as a freshman and sophomore), Ix won the Conference 29 singles championship and advanced to the regional semifinals. She also paired with Stephanie Barton to win the conference doubles title and advance to the region semis in that bracket. That’s a particularly strong year for a player that just continues to build on her career.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR HANNAH KEARNS WESTERN ALBEMARLE, FRESHMAN

Hannah Kearns is just a freshman, but she knew all about Western girls tennis before she joined the Warriors this year. Following in her older sister Lauren’s footsteps, Kearns quickly made a name for herself as part of the top six out of the gate, and eventually became the No. 3 player on the state finalist squad.

COACH OF THE YEAR RICH LINDSAY ALBEMARLE

Led young Patriots’ ladder to Region 5A North quarterfinals

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- BOYS TENNIS FIRST TEAM Tucker Ottoway /// Western Albemarle, Sr. Group 3A runner-up, Region 3A west runnerup, C29 champion

PLAYER OF THE YEAR TUCKER OTTOWAY WESTERN ALBEMARLE, SENIOR

Billy Boyle /// Woodberry Forest, Jr. No. 1 player for VISAA D1 semifinalist Will Von Hossell /// Woodberry Forest, Jr. All-VISAA D1, no. 2 for VISAA D1 semifinalist David Sun /// Albemarle, Fr. No.1 for Conference 16 champions Mathew Rose /// Covenant, Jr. No. 1 for Eagles Chase Bernstine /// Goochland, So. Group 2A champion, Region 2A East champion Keegan Campanelli /// Fluvanna County, Jr. No.1 for Flucos, C23 semifinalist Scott Grover /// Western Albemarle, Sr. No. 2 for Region 3A West semifinalists Nathan Horner /// Orange County, Sr. Region 5A North semifinalist Charlie Shepherd /// Albemarle, Jr. No. 2 player for C16 champions

HONORABLE MENTION Roger Wang /// Covenant, Sr. Ben Masselli /// Western Albemarle, So. Rafael Torres /// Monticello, Jr. Danny Higginbotham /// Monticello, Sr. Ruffin King /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. Brandon Stanley /// Louisa County, Sr. Matthew Chan /// Blue Ridge, So. Daniel Thomas /// Western Albemarle, Fr. David Grbic /// Albemarle, Sr. John Diven /// Tandem, Sr.

Western Albemarle lately has had a pretty steady parade of players who made noise in the state singles tournament with Cam Scot, who made a pair of finals including his title winning 2012 effort, serving as the latest example. Until Tucker Ottoway got going this spring that is. Ottoway ran all the way to the state final where he fell to two-time champion Thomas Decker of Blacksburg. Ottoway was the Conference 29 champion and the Region 3A West runner-up in singles. As the Warriors’ No. 1 in team matches, Ottoway helped spark Western to the region semifinals where they fell 5-4 to a Hidden Valley squad that finished as the state runner-up. It was an impressive finish to a strong career for Ottoway.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR CHASE BERNSTINE GOOCHLAND, SOPHOMORE

Chase Bernstine exploded onto the high school tennis scene this year with an incredible run that ended with a Group 2A tennis title, the first in Goochland history. He also finished as the state runnerup in doubles where he teamed up with Jacob Webb for that run.

COACH OF THE YEAR MOURAD FAHIM WOODBERRY FOREST

In first year with the Tigers, Fahim guided the program to a VISAA Division 1 semifinal showing.

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- TRACK AND FIELD GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR TAYLOR WATKINS CHARLOTTESVILLE, SENIOR

Taylor Watkins has been burning up tracks around the state for years, and 2015 wasn’t any different for the Virginia Commonwealth Universitybound senior. Twice in the 2015 postseason, Watkins posted triple-title performances, winning the Conference 23 100, 200 and 400 as well as the Region 4A North 100, 200 and 400. Watkins also posted a stirring third-place finish in the 400 and a fourth-place finish in the 200 at the Group 4A meet in Harrisonburg, capping her career as one of the top local female sprinters in recent memory.

GIRLS HONOR ROLL Taylor Watkins /// Charlottesville, Sr. Fourth in Group 4A 200-meters, third in 400 Annie Taylor /// Western Albemarle, Jr. Fourth in Group 3A 800 Jayla Davis /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, So. Second in VISAA D1 100 Brandy Brown /// Louisa County, So. Second in Group 4A long jump Kathryn Mayo /// Albemarle, So. Group 5A champion in 800 Chance Masloff /// Western Albemarle, Sr. Third in Group 3A 1600, 11th in 800

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BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR DRAKE DAVIS FORK UNION, JUNIOR

How often does a sprinter also compete in the shotput? Fork Union’s Drake Davis went toe-to-toe with Woodberry Forest’s own multi-talented superstar Michael Davenport at the VISAA outdoor championships, and while Davenport may have gotten the slight edge with two individual event titles and the team title, Davis made an impact in five events, scoring seventh or better in the state in each. The various talents each of those disciplines call on and Davis’ limitless versatility, and almost single handedly led FUMA to a runner-up showing as a team.

BOYS HONOR ROLL Drake Davis /// Fork Union, Sr. VISAA D1 champion in 200-meter, second in 100, second in high jump, Gannon Willcutts /// Western Albemarle Jr. Group 3A champion in 3200 Michael Davenport /// Woodberry Forest, Jr. VISAA D1 champion in 100, long jump, second in 200 O’Neil Combs /// Fork Union, Sr. Fourth in VISAA D1 200, sixth in 100, second in long jump Jack Claiborne /// Woodberry Forest, Jr. VISAA D1 champion in high jump, second in 300, third in 110 hurdles Alex Lomong /// Fork Union, Jr. VISAA champion in 3200 and 1600


- TRACK AND FIELD Matasha Martin /// Fluvanna County, So. Second in Group 4A high jump, seventh in 100 hurdles Katie Berry /// Madison County, Sr. Seventh in Group 2A 400, fifth in 300 hurdles Clara Duffy /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, So. Fifth in VISAA D1 1600 Kirsten Gough /// Buckingham County, Sr. Third in Group 2A shotput

Warren Riley Covert /// Charlottesville, Sr. Fourth in Group 4A 3200 Peter Lomong /// Fork Union, Sr. VISAA champion in 800, third in 400 Nick Hayes /// William Monroe, Jr. Group 3A champion in high jump Chris Buck /// Monticello, Sr. Third in Group 3A 400, ninth in pole vault

Sarah Tolman /// Western Albemarle, So. Second in Group 3A pole vault

Khalil Green /// William Monroe, Jr. Fifth in Group 3A 200

Lydia Gardner /// Western Albemarle, Jr. Second in Group 3A high jump

Dacarai Clark /// Albemarle, Jr. Third in Group 5A long jump

Nicole Heon /// Western Albemarle, So. Fourth in Group 3A in long jump

Ben Foley /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. VISAA D1 pole vault champion, third in discus

Laura Habermeyer /// Monticello, Jr. Sixth in Group 3A 800

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brady Logan /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. Third place in VISAA D1 shotput, Prep League shotput champion Curtis Phillips /// Woodberry Forest Pushed Tigers to third straight VISAA D1 team championship

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H O N O R Peter Knade /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. Top four finisher for VISAA runner-up, PL medalist Logan Yates /// William Monroe, Sr. No. 1 player for Region 3A East and C28 champion Kyle Landis /// Western Albemarle, Sr. All-Jefferson District, No. 1 player for Warriors Austin Crenshaw /// William Monroe, Sr. Top four finisher for Dragons at Group 3-4A Ian Buchanan /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, So. All-VISAA D1 Jared Shifflett /// William Monroe, Sr. Top four finisher for Group 3-4A third place Zach Russell /// Charlottesville, Sr. Jefferson District Co-Medalist Basil Boyd /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. Top four finisher for VISAA D1 runner-up

R O L L Chase Northcott /// Albemarle, Sr. Jefferson District Co-Medalist Phillip Hoffman (pictured) /// Charlottesville, Sr. Top four player for Group 4A qualifier A J Stouffer /// Charlottesville, Jr. Top four player for Group 4A qualifier Graham Johnson /// Albemarle, Jr. Group 5A qualifier, first team All-Jefferson District Mac Boney /// Woodberry Forest, Sr. All-VISAA D1, All-Prep League Fitz Woodrow /// St. Anne’s-Belfield, Jr. First team All-VISAA D1, All-Prep League Ryan Pace /// Monticello, Sr. Region 3A West qualifier Pedro Arrangoiz /// Blue Ridge, So. VISAA D2 Qualifier

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ron Morris /// William Monroe Led Dragons to Group 3-4A third place showing www.scrimmageplay.com :: 22


Game Time Always look at the schedule By Ryan Yemen

Goochland and Fork Union will meet early in September for the fourth straight year. (Bart Isley)

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Football schedules work on a two-year cycle and on July 16, the VHSL released the 2015 slate of games for the year. It’s a change of pace for a number of programs, but one that held on to some out-of-district rivalries created over the last two years. August 28 is when the blitz begins. While obviously the meat of the schedule, the meaningful district matchups are reserved for October, the first month of the season has more than its share of interesting showdowns. We’ll start with some of the holdovers where Buckingham once again opens its season with Appomattox in what’s become the Battle of the Axe. Another rivalry that’s sticking around comes in week two, where Goochland steps out of the public ranks for the sixth straight year and for the fourth straight year it will be against Fork Union. The Blue Devils played a pair of public schools the previous two years with Monticello joining the ranks, but this year they cross over only against Goochland in what’s become an interesting measuring stick game for both sides. William Monroe and Charlottesville have renewed their get-together. It’s a nice matchup between former Jefferson District counterparts. The Black Knights took both games in 2013 and 2014, although the last meeting was particularly close. Perhaps no team kept things more local with their out-of-district schedule than Orange County which will travel to play both Culpeper County and Eastern View before hosting neighboring Spotsylvania. Brookville, the 2011 and 2012 Group AA Division 4 champs now led by former Louisa County coach Jon Meeks stand to play a prominent role early in the season. The Bees

will travel to Albemarle to start the season and then in week two, slide over to play at Western Albemarle. Speaking of the Warriors, one of the most annually anticipated games the last few years has an interesting look — Western will travel to Monticello on September 24 on a Thursday. This is because the University of Virginia and Boise State will be playing in Charlottesville on Friday of that week. It sets up an interesting slate of games for the Warriors as they come out of the bye week to face the Mustangs, then travel to Powhatan and two weeks later, travel to Louisa County. Those three finished just below Western in the JD standings last season. In the private school ranks, there are a couple of big games to keep an eye on. First, Woodberry Forest has a meeting with the VHSL’s newest member, Liberty Christian Academy, on September 25. It’s the fourth straight meeting between the two VISAA Division 1 powerhouses. And on that same day, St. Anne’s-Belfield and Trinity Episcopal will play in a rematch of the Division 2 championship game from last year. Outside of how the early part of the schedule plays out, of particular interest will be the coaching turnover. Monticello, Orange and Fluvanna County all have new coaches. Powhatan’s Jim Woodson is the Jefferson District’s longest tenured coach, and believe it or not, the next closest to him is Eric Sherry at Charlottesville. This will be Sherry’s fifth season with the Black Knights. Only Charlottesville and Powhatan have not made a coaching changes in the last three years, something that demonstrates just what kind of shakeup the JD has endured in such a short window. ✖


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The beauty behind the high school sports flagship

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he dog days of July… when will it be safe to go outside? Is it fall yet? It needs to be fall, and soon. It’s not just because I melt in the dreaded heat and humidity that make Summer in Central Virginia such a daily dilemma for somebody who thrives in all temperatures 70 degrees and below — and yes I mean below, I loved even the recordbreaking cold temps this winter and the year before. It’s bad enough that I think I spend more time outdoors in the winter than I do than the summer. But there’s something else about the fall that is just so refreshing aside from comfort weather wise, at least on a personal level. It’s that from a sports coverage standpoint, there’s a regularity to the fall that you don’t get from the other seasons. Fall is structured, regimented, repetitive, predictable, and always over way too quickly. To say that fall is beloved by all simply because of football season is a bit of misnomer. Granted football is the most anticipated part of the entire high school sports season by both myself and my colleague Bart Isley, but it’s also because of how it dictates our week. There’s just no other sport like it, and I’m not talking about because of the violence, the raw athleticism, gladiator-like conditions. Rather, it’s the one sport that always leaves you wanting more. Try and think about it this way, part of the glamour of the gridiron is that there’s so little of it. Only in football do the teams play but just once a week. In the grand scheme of things, the sample size of it is really so small. All other sports play 20-30 games a year. The best any team can in football can do is play 15 games if you’re a public school, just 12 if you’re a private school. It’s the one sport where every single regular season game matters almost as much as a playoff game. There’s jockeying in the standings, there are upsets that can make a season, downfalls that throw monkey wrenches into seemingly perfect campaigns. If ever there was a sport where they talk about ‘it’s why you play the games’ it’s because of football. The ‘any given Sunday’ cliché exists for a reason. Furthermore, lets think about the ratio of effort put in to practice to game play. In football it is disproportionately large. Perhaps only swimming and track and field give it a rivalry in that sense. For an athlete to play in a game, they have to put in countless hours doing the mundane, the nitty-gritty stuff off the field. Coaches implement game plans to an extent that don’t exist in the others. It’s truly a labor of love. The argument always gets made that to actually love playing football is to say that you love to practice. If you think I’m lying about that, ask any high school athlete that goes on to play in college. They’ll straighten you out. In so many ways, Friday nights in fall are the church gatherings of high school sports. The crowds are larger than in any other sport. It’s a social event that transcends the game. It brings out the best of the school spirit and the rivalries that surround the event. It brings out anticipation in a way that other sports can’t match. While most programs get two cracks at an opponent in the regular season, in football you get one shot, one opportunity. It’s bragging rights each and every week. And there’s a buildup to it. There’s this maginificent crescendo that starts with the coaches on Saturdays and Sundays and culminates on Friday. A week worth of practice for 48 simple minutes. And then when it comes to the playoffs, it’s anyone’s bag. Each year we’ve been around,

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“We get to see the work put in during practices, watch the game plans unfold from the sideline. It’s an orchestra.” there’s been a team that’s made an inspiring run, Blue Ridge in 2009, St. Anne’s-Belfield and Fork Union in 2010, Goochland in 2011 and 2012, Buckingham in 2013 and then Western Albemarle last year. Each year we’re continually enamored by the last team standing. We get to see the work put in during practices, watch the game plans unfold from the sideline. It’s an orchestra. And it’s all played outdoors in the fall, the best of all the seasons this area has to offer, in my humble opinion. It’s July and by the 31st, the work will begin for each program. I can’t wait. Our creative director Bart Isley can’t wait. And if that’s how we feel, imagine how the players and coaches feel. There’s a reason football is king. It’s foolproof. It’s perfectly marketed, perfectly executed. And it’s almost upon us, thank the gods, both Ryan Yemen, the old and the new. ✖

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What’s your favorite part of the fall season? Email Ryan: ryan@scrimmageplay.com


See a photograph you like? Defensive stand Warriors goalie has more than one trick | By Ryan Yemen

At Scrimmage Play we pride our selves on offering the best possible graphics Two years ago the Western Albemarle boys to Shin, who doubles as a Junior National Judo soccer team get was fueled its underclassmen medalist, we can our byhands on, in both our but has developed into one of the with sophomores and freshman bearing the area’s most versatile goalkeepers. magazine as well as at our website at brunt of the work load. The netminder has shown he’s capable of Now two years later, forwards Aaron Myers making big saves, particularly in the team’s www.scrimmageplay.com and Alex Nolet, as well as senior defender two ties. In the first game of the season, Tom Rogers are all in their senior seasons and looking to earn a Region II bid, something that Orange County snatched away from them in the Jefferson District semifinals last season. After the first month of play, the Warriors seem to have the defensive side of the equation figured out and junior goalkeeper Kai Shin is a big part of that. Before Western went on its spring break, none of its four opponents were able to score more than once, a testament to the team’s play in the middle of the field, but also a nod

Shin endured wave after wave of Albemarle attack, but stood tall and showed no rust in the 1-1- tie. But while Shin’s on the field because he can make stops, his strong leg has also been of great use as he’s able to easily clear the zone but also spark fast breaks all by himself. The Warriors averaged a little over two goals per contest before the break, but if that average starts to increase, don’t be surprised if it’s because of Shin’s ability to contribute to the transition game. ✖

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Western Albemarle’s Kai Shin hauls in a shot during his team’s 1-1 tie with Albemarle that kicked off the soccer season for both squads. (Frank Crocker)

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