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HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Wildcats cruise to semifinal win
Mountain View sophomore defender Lauren Graves knows the time is coming when she and her back-line compatriots will have to make a save to keep their team rolling. Surely the Wildcats will at some point need their defense—and not just their overwhelming offense—to save the day.
“Sometimes we get relaxed,” Graves said. “We know we need to stay up. We know the big teams are coming.”
So far this week, though, the only “big team” Mountain View has seen is itself.
The Wildcats rolled on Wednesday to an 11–0 win against Thomas Edison in the 5A–North semifinals. The win clinched a state semifinal bid for Mountain View, which will host Orange at 4:30 today in the region championship game.
The 5A semifinals are next Friday at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach.
Mountain View has outscored its two 5A–North opponents by a combined 18–1. The Wildcats had 15 penalty corners to one for Edison on Wednesday (they allowed one to Marshall on Monday) and a staggering 38 shots on goal.
Morgan LaRowe led the way with three goals for Mountain View and Gretchen Geisler and Erinn Black had two each. Morgan Lowry, Beth Barnes, Demi Barrow and Jasmin Shelton also scored.
Geisler had three assists, Olivia Hubert had two, and Bailey McCarthy, Camile Unruh and Shelton also added helpers.
And Mountain View’s defense wasn’t tested much, just like in Monday’s win. For Graves, that means the best practice her teammates get is facing their own offense.
“Obviously our offense is really good,” Graves said. “Just playing against them in practice all the time keeps us up and on our toes.
“I think we’ll be ready.”
FCS 3, EASTERN MENNONITE 0
Ashlee Middleton had 27 assists, and Gabby Vess added 12 kills and six aces to help homestanding Fredericksburg Christian get a 25–18, 25–10, 25–22 win in the VISAA Division II quarterfinals.
Mary Kathryn Pressley provided six kills and six blocks, and Marnie Streeter supplied seven kills and five aces for the Eagles (22–4), who host Peninsula Catholic in the state semifinals on Friday, at 10 a.m.
5A NORTH MEET AT OATLANDS PLANTATION
The top six teams and top 10 runners not on those teams advance to next week’s state meet. The top 15 individuals were named all-region.
Team scores: 1. Tuscarora 70; 2. Thomas Jefferson S&T 71; 3. North Stafford; 4. Potomac Falls 104; 5. Albemarle 150; 6. Mountain View 163; 7. Stone Bridge 169; 8. Massaponax 184; 9. George C. Marshall 192; 10. Falls Church 243; 11. Orange 272; 12. Thomas Edison 277.
Individual 15 (local): 1. Bailey Kolonich (R.E. Lee–Springfield) 19:13; 3. Jordan Angers (MV); 9. Brittany McGraw (NS) 20:22; 10. Caroline Marquis (Or) 20:25; 12. Taylor Boruch (Ma) 20:30; 14. Hannah Field (NS) 20:34; 15. Christina Dittmer (MV) 20:40.
Local state qualifiers: Marquis (Or); Boruch (Ma).
Team scores: 1. Stone Bridge 72; 2. Albemarle 80; 3. Broad Run 104; 4. Thomas Edison 107; 5. Thomas Jefferson S&T 117; 6. Brooke Point 153; 9. Mountain View 206; 10. North Stafford 231.
Individual top 15 (local): 1. Louis Colson (TE) 15:30; 13. Zachary Batt (NS) 16:48; 14. Robert Walker (BP) 16:51.
Local state qualifiers: Batt (NS).