With outstanding performances from the fledgling Indoor Track program as well as discipline and hard work on the basketball court and wrestling mats, the VES Bishops were back in action last week with a full slate of athletic contests following the winter break.
The boys basketball program kicked off the week with back-to-back games on our home court against Hargrave Military Academy. The deacon squad won 51-50 in a nail-biter of a game. Freshman Tommy Glenn lead the team in scoring with 14 points and played versatile offense. Sophomores Tanner and Davis Nau were right behind Tommy with 11 points each and played big in the paint. The JV squad took the court right after and in a tight game throughout, managed a 54-49 win over the Tigers. In the final game of Tuesday night, the varsity squad played tough, but struggled from the free-throw line and ultimately lost 52-53. On Wednesday, the varsity B squad had the opportunity to showcase their talents. Senior Smith Winborne came out as the high scorer for the night, posting more points than he had throughout last years JV season. Boys basketball finished out the week with JV and varsity games again Virginia Academy. While JV had a tough loss against a skilled, precise VA squad, the varsity came out charging. Bryce Waterman ‘19 had the hot hand, shooting 11/13 from three-point range. Michael Caprise ‘19 was great on the rebound.
On the girls side, JV and varsity put away two games apiece; starting off on Wednesday against Gretna High School. The Bishops from both squads fought hard, but couldn’t quite find their rhythms against the tough, talented Gretna players and both JV and varsity came away with a loss. On Thursday they were both back in action with home contests against Timberlake Christian. This marked a big win for the girls and was captivating to watch. Junior Nia Cummings led the team in scoring with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Although a relatively new program, VES Boys Indoor Track wasted no time in posting impressive performances. The program has grown from two athletes the last several seasons to the current squad of seven. At Saturday’s Liberty Premier Invite, runners set a number of personal bests. Row Sterne ‘21 blazed to personal records of 4:49.16 in the 1600m and 10:27.66 in the 3200m. The latter time ranks 5th among all VISAA runners so far this season. Boyd Burruss ‘21 has already put up a 43.60 in the 300m and 1:21.88 in the 500m in his first season on the indoor oval. Colin Walsh ‘22 has been impressive in his inaugural outing, with a 5:23.75 in the 1600m and 11:17.50 in the 3200m. Thomas Cook ‘20 continues to make great strides with a 5:36.57 and 12:25.17 in the 1600 and 3200m events, respectively. The runners will be in action again at the Virginia Showcase meet January 19-21.
Wrestling traveled to Elizabeth City, NC on Saturday to compete in the River City Invitation. The 17 team tournament brought with it some very tough competition from around the area. The boys wrestled tough, with two just one match away from the podium. The Bishops next hit the mat at home on Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm and will travel out of town again this coming Saturday.