It is officially the start of VISAA State Tournament season––with the swimmers competing in Stafford, Indoor Track in Richmond and the wrestlers at Cape Henry. These three teams all boasted strong performances and even a new State Title. As for the rest of the Bishops, they are working to close out their regular seasons and beginning their road to the postseason.
Girls JV basketball finished out their season with three games at home. Starting the week against cross-town team New Covenant. The Bishops battled to control the ball against the Gryphons, but could quite hold on for the win. Next, the squad tipped off on Wednesday against Miller, ultimately falling to the strong program. The girls finished out the week and the season with their third home game, taking on a strong Lynchburg Home School team.
Deacon boys basketball also had three games to end their season, starting with a home game on Monday. In their third and final matchup against Blue Ridge, the teams had each won one game apiece against each other. The game boasted some of the best basketball the deacon squad played this season, as they fell into their rhythm together. The team continued to press as the clock wound down and Campbell Rech ‘22 sank an impressive three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Davis Nau ‘21 earned 8 points for the game as the team’s high scorer and the Bishops went on to win 41-34. For their second game of the week, deacon tipped off against Lynchburg Home School at home in Van Every. Despite strong defense in the first half, the exhausted deacon squad was unable to generate enough offense to hold of Lynchburg Home School. Tommy Glenn ‘22 was high-scorer for the Bishops with eight points including two very nice three-pointers in the second quarter. Deacon ended their season with a win on the road against Hargrave Military Academy. David Basnight ‘22 put away 14 points and Tanner Nau ‘21 contributed 11 to lead the Bishops to a 46-37 final.
Girls Varsity started their week with a 47-33 win at home on Tuesday against Eastern Mennonite. This was a huge win for the girls squad which pushed them to 6-2 in conference play. Holly Koudelka ‘21 had a season-high of 24 points and Cameron Basnight ‘19 poured in 9 of her own. With no rest, the Bishops moved on to play Miller School on Wednesday. While Holly continued scoring at a torrid pace, putting in 16 points, Janiera Carr ‘20 played incredible defense, forcing the opponents to take tough shots. Ultimately, Miller went on to take the game and VES lost 29-61.
JV Boys basketball had two games for the week on Tuesday and Friday and went 1-1 for the week. First, the squad traveled just north of the North Carolina border to take on Oak Hill Academy. Boasting one of the best prep basketball teams in the country, Oak Hill had strong depth even in their JV program––handing the JV boys their last loss of the regular season. The Bishops rebounded as they traveled to Hargrave and closed out a strong conference win.
Varsity Boys basketball saw similar success to the JV counterparts. On Tuesday, the varsity struggled against an impressive Oak Hill squad. The Warriors outmuscled the Bishops as they went on to hand VES a 39-104 loss. To end the week, varsity found success against Hargrave on the road, winning 48-38. The Bishops finished the regular season 19-8 overall and 3-3 in the VIC. They will host Miller School this Thursday in the VIC Semifinals.
Ten members of the VES swim team qualified for states this season, with six boys and four girls representing the Bishops in Stafford. Every Bishop who competed dropped time in their events, highlighting a season’s worth of hard work. Two of the three relay teams made it to the finals late on Saturday evening. Additionally, Spencer Miles ’20 moved into the finals, posting a 22.03 and a 21.66 second in the preliminary rounds of the 50 Free. Spencer went on to earn a bronze in his final swim coming in at 21.51 seconds, just behind two seniors. The team is already looking forward to next year’s competition.
VES wrestling traveled to Cape Henry Collegiate for the VISAA wrestling tournament this past weekend. With more than 30 teams in attendance, the boys went up against the toughest competition in the state. Each member of our 11-person VES squad worked hard and contributed. Neguens Ovincy ’20 achieved significant personal success on the mats, taking 7th overall in his weight class.
The boys indoor track team competed at the VISAA Indoor State Track Championship on February 16––coming away with four personal bests and another individual State Champion title. Boyd Burruss ’21 started the day well with a 36th place in the 55-meter dash. His time of 7.50 was only one one-hundredth of a second off his previous best. Boyd more than made up for this near miss by sprinting to a 43.46 in the 300-meter—almost a second faster than his personal record! Josh Buckley ’20 raced over from soccer practice in Richmond to grab 16th in the Boys’ 1000-meter race. His time of 2:50.80 was 3 seconds faster than he had previously run. The “most improved award” goes to Row Sterne ’21. Row, a rising star in the VISAA running world, placed 6th in both the 1600 and 3200-meter races. This notoriously difficult “double” did not deter him. He posted two huge personal bests with a 4:42.27 and 10:18.57 for the 1600- and 3200-meter events, respectively. Daniel O’Brien ’20 continued his comeback after injury, running 9:40.84 in the 3200m and placing 21 seconds ahead of the runner-up, earning Daniel his 8th State Championship title. As the team rests and looks forward to starting the outdoor track season, Daniel’s indoor track season continues as he heads to New York City to compete in the New Balance National Indoor Championship.