This week was marked by 14 athletic contests as the Bishops competed in matchups all across the state.
JV Boys basketball started off the week against Blue Ridge. The Barons had one shooter that was particularly difficult for the Bishops defense to shut down. The sharp-shooter dominated play from outside of the three-point range, putting up a majority of the Barons points and helping them overtake the Bishops. At the end of the week, VES went on the road to take on St. Christopher’s. The JV boys hustled, but were outmatched and ultimately lost 34-53.
Varsity boys basketball also started the week with a home game against Blue Ridge. The Bishops took the game 54-50, attributing the win to their patient style of play and ability to move the ball. VES was strong in rebounding and kept Blue Ridge from taking advantage of any second or third chances in the paint. Ismael Plet ‘20 was the high scorer for the night with 14 points, Bryce Waterman ‘19 was right behind him with 13 points and Michael Caprise ‘19 had 11 points. On Wednesday, VISAA released the second state poll showing the Bishops as #3––one spot up from the previous poll. VES closed out their week also on the road against St. Christopher’s, winning 47-34. The Bishops played strong defense, holding St. Chris 10 points or less each quarter. Saliou Diop ‘19 had seven blocks for the night. Of his team’s performance, Sal said, “It is like a puzzle, and we have all the pieces.” This win brings the Bishops to a record of 15-6.
Varsity girls basketball had three games for the week, starting off with a great 51-44 win against Covenant on Tuesday. The girls did a great job of sharing the ball and playing an unselfish offense––looking for ways to help each other score. They communicated well on the offensive and defensive sides of the court. With a hot start from Emme Gravely ‘20, the Bishops jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter. As the game progressed, Covenant calmed their pace of play and eased back into the game. With great leadership from Cameron Basnight ‘19, the Bishops held onto the win. Leading scorers were Nia Cummings ‘20 with 20 points, Emme with 11 points, Cameron and Holly Koudelka had eight points each, and Janiera Carr ‘20 and Ariel Mial ‘19 each with two points. The varsity girls were back on the court the next day, this time facing off against Chatham Hall and walking away with a 35-23 win. This game allowed for all players to work into the rotation. The focus was less on scoring and more about running the offense and defense and perfecting their full-court press which Louise Sprunt ‘22 and Emme ran well. To finish their week, the girls tipped off against LCA––a historically difficult matchup. The team was short some bodies, but appreciated the efforts of Ellie Cordell ‘21, being willing to step up from JV when we asked. She did a great job and was very coachable. Defensively, Janiera did a great job of shutting down #4––who was LCA’s leading scorer last time the two teams met––and held her to 5pts. Offensively, Cam did a great job of getting VES on the scoreboard, despite LCA was playing in a tight, high pressure man to man defense. Cam scored the team's 1st 6pts. Grace Williams ‘19 also played an incredible game on the offensive boards, setting screens, and once again making great passes. While the game didn't go quite as planned, the girls showed a lot of grit and fight.
The JV girls squad also played in two contests against Chatham Hall on Wednesday and LCA on Saturday. On Wednesday, the girls had a dominating win against the Purple Turtles. The Bishops were up by 10 after the end of the first quarter and continued with the momentum for the rest of the game. Saturday’s matchup proved to be much more difficult, with LCA’s commanding style of play, the young Bishop squad couldn’t quite match up and ultimately lost.
Boys Varsity B played two games against different Forest Youth Athletic Association teams, but the real highlight of the week was the stunningly close game against the Faculty. In a time-honored tradition, several faculty members laced up against the boys of varsity B and what a game it was. Joe Matthews ‘19 hit four three-pointers and was dangerous from outside the line. While players on both sides played their hearts out, the faculty win came down to a strong five which included Mr. Morris, Mr. Miller, Mr. Aiken, Mr. LaFraniere and Mr. Hanning. With the clock winding down, Mr. Morris hit a three-pointer for the faculty to lead the game by one, maintaining the faculty’s undefeated streak.
Table Tennis hosted its Annual Table Tennis Open over the weekend. Competitors from all over the region and spanning the age bracket joined VES’ squad in Van Every to play.