Weekly Sports Round-Up: March 25-30

Returning from the break, our Bishops saw some tough opponents in a full slate of athletic contest.

Varsity boys tennis started off the week by downing Jefferson Forest in a 7-2 decision. After taking two of the three doubles––#2 James Cook ‘19 and Leo Liu ‘19 won 8-5, and #3 Harry Cook ‘21 & Hardt Lesko ‘21 won 8-3––VES sealed the deal with wins at five of the six singles slots––#1 Kohl Perkins ‘22 9-7, #2 James 8-4, #3 Leo 9-7, #5 Xander Dirom ‘21 8-6, and #6 Harry 8-4. The match was a great start to the season. On Thursday, the team lost a hard-fought battle (2-7) versus perennial powerhouse, Covenant. The Bishops #1, Kohl Perkins, impressed everyone with a solid 10-4 win over Covenant’s #1. Veteran Gray Langston ‘20 secured the win at #6 by a 10-5 score. At this point, VES needed all 3 doubles matches to win – a TALL order.  Although Gray & Harry made a valiant effort at #3 doubles, they fell just short at 6-8. JV boys tennis also competed in two matches this week, first against Fishburne on Thursday and then against STAB on Friday. Two years ago, the last time the JV Boys Tennis team traveled to STAB, they won a nail-biter 5-4. This year's trip was almost as nerve-wracking, but going into the doubles with a 4-2 lead in singles was relatively luxurious. Great singles wins by sophomores #2 Isaac Lee, #3 John Tharp, #5 Jack Sorenson, and #6 Brandon Yang ranging from 8-4 to 8-6. The most entertaining singles match of the day was Jack Prahinski ‘21. During Jack's cliffhanger 7-9 loss, he executed two (not one) "Flying Prahinksis" requiring irrigation and bandaging before jumping into doubles. As the doubles started, with STAB needing all 3 wins and the Bishops needing only one, it wasn't long before Brandon & Jack S. sealed the deal, and John & Jack P. added one for good measure.

Baseball took the field on Tuesday as well. Unfortunately, an early lead by FUQUA was too much for VES to overcome. Fuqua scored on four singles and a double in the first inning. VES struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Fuqua, giving up 12 runs. The Fuqua floodgates opened in the first inning when their clean-up hitter reached on a dropped third strike, with two outs.  Rather than exiting the first inning with no runs scored, Fuqua proceeded to plate 8 runs, completely reversing the course of the remainder of the game. David Basnight ‘22 took the loss for the Bishops. He lasted one inning, allowing eight hits and ten runs while striking out two. David, Hunt Bailey ‘20 and Nixon Rascoe ‘19 each collected one hit to lead the VES offense. The boys came out for the second home game of the week on Saturday, against Woodberry. Not unlike their matchup earlier in the week, the Bishops struggled in the first inning, and while they continued to battle through the entire game, they didn’t have quite enough to get back in it.

Boys golf had two matches this week to start off their spring season. On Tuesday the squad met with conference foes North Cross and Thursday, they took on Timberlake Christian. The boys are starting to find their rhythm as they move into a packed spring schedule.

Boys Lacrosse used a few wins in North Carolina over spring break to start their season off before heading up to Charlottesville on Tuesday, to take on a very talented group at St. Anne’s-Belfield. After starting the game a little on their heals, the boys finished strong but fell 18-10. On Friday, the VES hosted Nansemond-Suffolk. Despite being down 5-1 early in the game, the Bishops came storming back, scoring 7 straight goals & never look back, beating Nansemond-Suffolk 11-9! It was a great game from senior goalie Jake Baugher and the whole defense played well! Leading the way with four points each were senior Bryson Carter and junior Dylan James!  The JV squad took on public school foe E.C. Glass on Friday night at the Hilltopper’s field across town.

On Wednesday, both JV and varsity girls lacrosse squads traveled to Western Albemarle. Both teams were served with tough losses (10-1 and 15-5 respectively), but the squads kept their heads up and played tough, skilled lacrosse––working hard through the last whistle.

JV girls soccer played in their home opener on Thursday, hosting New Covenant. While the game ended in a 2-4 loss the JV squad showed tremendous growth and marked improvement––even from the first to second half of the game. Goals were scored by freshmen Walker Rose and Janys Li. The varsity squad had a tough first game of the season against Dayspring Christian Academy. While holding the Lions to just 1 goal in the first half, the Bishops could not quite maintain momentum in the second half of the game; ultimately losing 1-6. The Bishops goal came from junior Emme Gravely.

The VES Track and Field team started their season off strong this past Saturday with impressive showings at the Rod Camden Kickoff at E.C. Glass in Lynchburg and N.C. State’s Adidas Raleigh Relays. Drew Tompkins ’20 got the team off on the right foot after clearing 5 feet 8 inches in the High Jump for 4th place. Charlie Dodson ’21 ran a blistering 52.60 in the 400 for another 4th place. Row Sterne ’21 captured 5th in the 1600m and 2nd in the 3200m, with impressive marks of 4:45 and 10:44 respectively. Colin Walsh ’22 ran a personal best time of 11:11 in the 3200m, which earned 4th overall. Helen Ma ’19 placed 9th in the 1600m and Nia Cummings ’20 managed an impressive 6th in the Shot Put. Lillian Pang ’21 and Rachel Xu ’22 placed 10th and 11th in the 400m. Daniel O’Brien ’20 ran in the Adidas Raleigh Relays Boys 3200m meet at N.C. State on Friday night. He crossed the line 5th out of 21 in the elite field and was the second junior. His time of 9:10.09 is the 14th fastest time overall in the U.S. this season and the 5th fastest for the Class of 2020.  He competed the next day at E.C. Glass, winning the 800 in 2:02 and placing 8th in the 400 in :56. Other athletes contributing to the VES team effort include freshman Will Orchowski; sophomore Boyd Burruss and Justine Shin; juniors Thomas Cook, Sunny Sang, Alex Showalter; and seniors Bruno Paso and Sunny Sun.
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