In the shortened week coming back from the break, the Bishops competed in 12 athletic contests––including BRC and VIC Conference Championships for swimming and wrestling.
Boys varsity B hosted the first home game of the week on Wednesday against Forest Youth Athletic Association. The team put on another great showing as they continue to press hard and show their shooting range.
JV boys basketball started off their week traveling to Blue Ridge to take on a good Barons squad. Then they came back to the home court for back to back games at Van Every on Friday and Saturday. Friday, the boys took on St. Anne’s Belfield and walked away with a victory. On Saturday, they couldn’t quite repeat the previous night’s success. With a tough Miller School team pressing them, the Bishops ultimately lost.
Boys varsity basketball also traveled to St. George, VA to take on Blue Ridge on Wednesday after meeting with them just a few weeks ago in Van Every. Despite finding themselves down by 5 at the end of the first quarter, they continued to battle through and took and held the lead in the second and third quarters. Unfortunately, the Barons made a strong run as the clock wound down and the Bishops could not quite hold them off. With a few tough turnovers for the Bishops, the Barons went on to win 55-41. The Bishops returned to their home court on Friday to a great crowd of fans to take on St. Anne’s Belfield. At the half, the boys were up 34-18 and rolled on to a 69-67 win. High scorer was senior Bryce Waterman with 14 points. Close behind him were Klemen Vulga ‘20 and Fabio Dias ‘20 with 13 and 12 points respectively. Ismael Plet ‘20, Michael Caprise ‘19 and Saliou Diop ‘19 rounded out the scoring with 11, nine and six points each. To finish their week, VES celebrated their seniors and a thrilling 45-41 win against rival #2 ranked Miller as they march toward the VIC tournament. VES was down after the first half but came out after halftime in a strong 2-3 zone defense for the close win. Seniors Charlie Barnett, Michael Caprise, Saliou Diop, Tariq Fuller, Scott Hong and Bryce Waterman were all recognized for their dedication to the program. Of the group, Coach Darko Sedlar shared, “we have six seniors who have given a lot to this program, and it is always great to win their last game on our home court.”
Girls varsity basketball had three days of back to back games, first going across town to Holy Cross on Wednesday. It was a scrappy match up with high intensity from both teams. With a tough defense, the Bishops went on to take the win. The girls were on the road again on Thursday, this time in a tough loss against Carlisle. The girls finished their week with a home game against New Covenant. With a great home crowd and senior night recognition, the Bishops pulled out a decisive victory versus the cross-town team. The Bishops came out with a quick tempo game. Emme Gravely ‘20 went on a hot streak and sunk a few key shots. At half-time, the Bishops took the opportunity to recognize the seniors––players Cameron Basnight, Ariel Mial, Carson Shepard and Grace Williams, and Managers Caroline Martin and Jason Meng––with flowers and signed pictures. Go Bishops!
For the swim team, Friday was an awesome night of racing! The girls team placed 5th in the BRC, Coach Markunas was named BRC Coach of the Year and our boys teams won the conference for the second year in a row! The Bishops started the night off in captivating fashion winning the first event and having our 200 Medley relay of Spencer Miles ‘20, Charlie Schindler ‘21, Cody Carnes ‘21, and Jack Prahinski ‘21 qualify for states! Jack also casually split a 25 in that relay. Then Joe Smiley ‘20 took a solid 5th in his 200 free, scoring points for the team, while every swimmer in our 200 IMs (male and female) placed and scored: William Hu ‘20 6th and John McNally ‘21 8th, Sadie Royer ‘19 6th and Mary Blair McLean ‘20 8th. The 50 free is always exciting as it is a quick race and every millisecond counts, Spencer won the event with a fast 22.54, while Charlie and Jack both dropped time, placed, scored, and qualified for the Bonus Event at States. The ladies were equally fun to watch with Sarah Bennett Smith ‘20 just missed the podium by dropping a second and securing a 4th place finish, and Lara Wood ‘20 dropped almost a second and qualified for the Bonus Event at States! Shout out to Abigail Hanning ‘21 who was dying of a flu-like illness earlier in the week and got in a busted out almost a half a second time drop (a big deal in the 50). Cody won the 100 Fly with a 55.01, and Jack placed 8thand dropped over 4 seconds! Both Margaret Sprunt ‘20 and Sadie dropped time and placed in their fly races with Margaret coming in 6th and Sadie 8th! In a very close race, Spencer took 2nd in the 100 free bettering his time to a 49.93, and Xander Dirom ‘21, Bruno Paso ‘19 and Jack Sorenson ‘21 all dropped time in their swims! Meanwhile, when the ladies got in Marian Laing ‘20 and Mary Blair put in great swims, and Charlotte King ‘22 did drop over 4 seconds and took 6th place. Charlie and Margaret also swam the 500 free and both took 5th place and Charlie dropped 5.8 seconds while Margaret dropped 4.45. Our Boys 200 Free Relay qualified again, but this time with the combination of Charlie, Jack, Joe and Spencer, which enabled Jack and Charlie to swim their 50 free bonuses! John dropped over a second and a half in his 100 back clinching the 5th place spot, while all three of our ladies placed: Lara 4th, Abigail 6th and Corte Perry, in a very competitive heat, scored points taking 8th! The evening wound down but kept the excitement pumping with the 100 breast in which Cody took home 3rd after a very close battle, and William took 6th! Patrick Hardison ‘21 and William also both dropped time in this event! Sarah Bennett and Elizabeth Moorman ‘21 swam on the ladies side, and Sarah Bennett placed 5th and dropped over 4 seconds in her swim. The 400 Free Relay concluded the meet, with our boys relay taking 6th, and in one of the most anticipated moments of the meet Lara, Margaret, Charlotte and Sarah Bennett took home the silver second place medal and qualified for States! We now have 10 Bishops (4 girls and 6 boys) going on to the state meet next weekend to represent our school.
To conclude the week, on Saturday, the Wrestling team hit the mats for their VIC Tournament and had three notable wins. Juniors Nana Kofi Obeng-Mensah and Neguens Ovincy placed 1st in their weight classes while junior Reilly Holleran placed 2nd in his weight class. The team will travel to the VISAA State Tournament at Cape Henry this week where both Nana Kofi and Neguens have a great shot at placing.