Deep into our winter season, the VES Bishops are working hard and finding success in all sports arenas. With 14 athletic contests, our student-athletes are posting strong performances.
The week opened up with a full slate of basketball games from the boys basketball program. Deacon traveled just down the road to Sweetbriar College to compete against a tough Lynchburg Home School program for their first game of the week. With some dominating players on the Home School squad, the Deacon boys couldn’t quite power through for a win. Back at home on Wednesday, Deacon was back on the court, this time facing off against North Cross. After settling down the pace of play towards the end of the first half, Deacon walked away with a very tight win. In their last matchup of the weak, the young Deacon squad took a tough loss against the Barons from Blue Ridge.
The varsity team had a full schedule with three games this week. First, they took a tough loss against the Miller School on the road. With seniors Bryce Waterman and Charlie Barnett as high scores with 23 and 10 points respectively, the Bishops ultimately came away with a 55-75 loss. On Wednesday, the first state poll for boys basketball was released putting the Bishops at fourth. Also on the road, Varsity tipped off against Covenant on Thursday. Bryce was once again high scorer with 22 points leading the Bishops to a 74-56 win. The varsity squad finished their week with another big win against Middleburg Academy. The Bishops came out charging and set the pace early in the first quarter, holding leads in each subsequent quarter and taking the game by 16 points––67-51.
Both girls squads played tough against Kenston Forest. Varsity took a commanding 40-11 win. This was one of the girls' best defensive games they've played all year. Leading scorers for the Bishops were: Carson Shepard '19 and Nia Cummings '20 with nine points each and Emme Gravely '20, Cam Basnight '19, and Holly Koudelka '21 with six points each, Ariel Mial '19 and Chloe Liu '20 rounded out scoring with two points each. This was a special game for our team because Chloe scored her first basket ever! To end the week, varsity hosted Middleburg Academy. The girls played with teamwork and tenacity, but ultimately fell 31-43. It was tied at the end of the first quarter and close throughout the first half. Coming out of halftime, Middleburg got hot and the Bishops struggled to put the ball in the hoop. The girls went on a run in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough time to get over the hump. Our leading scorers were: Holly with 18 points––including 7 of our 9 first-quarter points, Nia with four points, Cam and Carson with three points each, and Grace Williams '19 rounded out scoring with one point.
Wrestling had two matches this past week, first a home match in Barksdale Gym––welcoming Hargrave Military Academy and Roanoke Catholic to the mats. Then on Saturday, the boys traveled to Culpeper to face off against a wider pool of opponents.
Swimming capped off their week in the Randolph College pool with a home, dual meet against Liberty Christian Academy. In their first meet back from the break LCA took the win for both the girls and boys teams. Notable swims from the Bishops include: Sarah Bennett Smith ‘20 won the 200 and the 50 free, Sadie Royer ‘19 won the 200 IM, Spencer Miles ‘20 and Joe Smiley ‘20 went 1-2 in the 50 free, Spencer also won the 100 back. The Bishops also had a lot of swimmers compete in events they’ve never raced before so HUGE shoutout to the for those being brave, and pushing through some tough events.
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