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2011-12 Prep Season: Eagles roll, Chargers nudge in to All-Sports crowns

THE FREE LANCE–STAR’S

ALL-SPORTS CHAMPIONS

ARE ANNOUNCED

BY JUSTIN RICE

Colonial Forge ruled the Commonwealth district and it wasn’t even close.

And Chancellor was the Battlefield’s king of the hill, but only by the narrowest of margins.

The Eagles and Chargers are The Free Lance–Star’s 2011–12 All-Sports champions in their respective districts, an honor that recognizes consistency and excellence throughout the school sports year.

Colonial Forge scored a staggering 161 points, 23 more than when the Eagles won last year’s title, and 32 more than runner-up North Stafford. That’s the most points any single school has scored in at least the last 13 years (with the caveat that the addition of Orange to the district this year has made a district title one point more valuable).

The Chargers’ victory was decided by one point, 105 to 104, over rival Courtland.

The all-sports title is calculated by scoring the regular-season standings throughout the year. A team earns one point for a last-place finish and, in the case of an eight-team sport, eight points for a championship. For sports in which regular-season standings are not kept—such as cross country and swimming—the district championship meet determines the order of finish.

Colonial Forge cemented its third straight all-sports crown—and seventh since 2003—with an outstanding spring.

The Eagles were the Commonwealth regular-season champions in baseball, boys soccer, boys and girls track, and lacrosse. They were second in girls tennis and girls soccer.

Colonial Forge’s 68 all-sports points in spring competition were nearly half what any other district school scored for the entire year.

“It was an awesome year,” Colonial Forge athletic director Brian Collier said. “Our kids and coaches worked their tails off, and the results showed in how they performed on the field.”

The Eagles were also district champions in girls cross country, girls basketball, boys and girls indoor track, and wrestling for 10 district titles in 23 sports. They were second in four other sports, and finished lower than fourth in only two (boys basketball and softball). Even the softball team, though, managed a postseason run into the region tournament.

Courtland has won eight Battlefield all-sports crowns since 2002, but this year the Cougars have to settle for second place behind rival Chancellor.

The Chargers were the Battlefield champions in volleyball, field hockey and boys cross country. They tied for first with Culpeper in softball.

The Cougars won the girls basketball and boys and girls soccer district titles.

Overall, Chancellor finished ahead of Courtland in 10 of 19 sports. And in four of those, the Chargers were one spot ahead of the Cougars (like volleyball, for instance, where Chancellor was first and Courtland second). A flip–flop in the standings in any of those sports would have allowed Courtland to retain its crown.

In the Commonwealth, fourth-place Albemarle won district titles in five sports. And North Stafford—which beat Mountain View by one point to finish second—had four district champions (football, volleyball, boys basketball and softball).

James Monroe won the most Battlefield District championships, finishing first in football, boys basketball, boys swimming, girls tennis, and tying for first in boys tennis.

King George (boys cross country, girls swimming girls track, and a tie for first in baseball) and Chancellor had four district titles each.

Justin Rice: 540/368-5045

jrice@freelancestar.com

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