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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Eagles’ success sets a new standard

It was a year of change around the Fredericksburg area’s high school sports scene—new conferences, new regions, new alignment and even new sports.

Through all of that, at least one things stayed the same: Colonial Forge High School is really good at athletics.

The Eagles are the first winners of the revamped Free Lance–Star’s all-sports award. Colonial Forge won the Commonwealth District all-sports crown the previous four seasons, and keeps its streak alive with a first-place finish in the first year of the new Free Lance–Star race.

The all-sports standings are calculated by evaluating the results of every varsity team a school fields.

Previously—when the VHSL was aligned with the district-based three-classification system, The Free Lance–Star recognized all-sports champions from the Commonwealth and Battlefield Districts.

With the schools mixed and matched under the new format (our 19 local public schools participate in seven different conferences), we’ve attempted to reformulate the calculations.

Here’s how it works:

  • Teams are awarded points for how they finished in conference play—10 points for a first, 9 points for second, etc.
  • Teams score a bonus point for postseason wins, and we include a small factor for team sports postseasons (like cross country, swimming, track and wrestling).
  • Teams get bonus points for winning conference, region and state tournaments.
  • There is a small adjustment for classification—bigger schools get a fraction of a bump for the more difficult competition they face.
  • The scores are then averaged by the number of sports a school plays. That’s to give the smaller schools a better chance.

The impressive winter Colonial Forge enjoyed wrapped up this year’s title.

The Eagles had strong football, volleyball and cross country seasons in the fall, and were competitive in golf and field hockey.

But in the winter, Forge’s boys basketball team won the state title, the girls basketball team was the area’s best, the wrestling team was as strong as it always is, and the girls swimming, girls track and gymnastics teams were also very good.

Boys tennis and boys and girls lacrosse (a first-year varsity sport in Stafford County) squads added more points in the spring to give Forge a 15.98 average—just edging Mountain View (15.35).

The Wildcats led all 5A schools (thanks to 19-point efforts from the field hockey, girls indoor track, girls soccer and girls outdoor track teams).

King George was the top 4A school. The Foxes were well-balanced over all three seasons and finished with a 12.21 average.

Justin Rice: 540/368-5045

jrice@freelancestar.com

 

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