After poor weather and a rain delay, the Bishops lost to #3 North Cross in the first round of the VIC Playoffs. The team played a very solid game, but ultimately came up short. VES pitching staff only walked one batter and the team only made two errors. It was a great game that the boys should be proud of their season.
The VES golf team marched through the VIC Tournament in style, securing the win by an astounding 44 strokes. This was the first VIC tournament win for VES golf since 1962. The Bishops’ top four played their usual solid game on a challenging Roanoke Country Club course. Carl Brockman ‘21 led the way with an 80, followed closely behind by seniors Jackson Mutch (81) and Carter Keller (82). Fabian Hultin ‘19 rounded out the scoring with a respectable 89 for the day. Spencer Simmons ‘19 and Charlotte King ‘22 played admirably in #5 the and #6 slots respectively. Carl, Jackson, Carter, and Fabian were all named All-VIC Conference for their Individual Top 10 performance at the Tournament. They finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th respectively in the 66 player field.
The girls golf team took runner-up honors at the St, Catherine's Invitational Tournament at Windy Hill Golf Club in Richmond, VA. Freshmen Charlotte King led the way with a stellar round of 43, earning 8th place honors individually in the 32 player field. Claiborne Porter ‘20 (52), Maggie Zhang ‘22 (53) and Tina Hui ‘21 (59) rounded out the scoring for VES. Dixon Sprock ‘20 also played her first high school match for the Varsity squad! Five student-athletes also competed in the JV division––a full 9 holes on the Windy Hill Par 3 course. McKenzie Lytton ‘19 (43), Anna Marie Barnes ‘20 (44), Eme Clause ‘20 (44), AP Buresh ‘19 (49) and Nancy Martin ‘20 (51) all played great golf in their first official high school matches. McKenzie, Eme, and Anna Marie finished 7th and tied for 8th respectively out of the 25 player field. The VES Girls Golf team went 4-1 on the day.
It was a tough game at home for the boys lacrosse team on Tuesday. The Bishops lost to North Cross 19-10 today. The boys fought until the last whistle brefore coming up short––ending their run in the VIC Tournament.
Girls lacrosse returned to campus Monday night with a 22-10 win over Covenant. The win put the Bishops at 8-0 for the season and ranked them first in the BRC Conference. Holly Koudelka ‘21 led the game with eight goals. Lucy Catherine Olmert ‘21 had eight amazing saves and Sadie Royer ‘19 played a strong game on defense. With just a few days break and a by in the first round, the squad began their run in the BRC Conference Tournament on Thursday. A home win against North Cross put the Bishops in the Championship game which they hosted at home on Saturday. After their 17-6 win against Fuqua School, the Bishops were crowned conference champions. Senior Ellie Tate Schutte continued to lead the team, playing phenomenally on the attack as well as on defense––and hustling until the final whistle. Holly Koudelka ‘21 led the team in scoring with six goals while Megan McGrath ‘19 led with six assists. Sophomore Ann Claire Terrell had six draw controls for the day, helping the Bishops to maintain possession. Sophomore goalie Lucy Catherine Olmert recorded 11 saves for the day. The Bishops also earned a number of all-conference recognition. Ann Claire, Holly, Margaret Sprunt ‘20 and Janiera Carr ‘20 received All-Conference Honorable Mention. Lucy Catherine, Megan and Ellie Tate received First-Team All-Conference. Ellie Tate was also named the BRC All-Conference Player of the Year.
Just one week after seeing them, VES girls soccer was back on the field, Tuesday, against cross-town foe, New Covenant. At their first meeting, the Bishops won 4-2, but this matchup found the teams much closer together. Ending regulation tied 1-1, the teams moved into overtime. First two, five-minute halves with no goals scored for either side. Then two five-minute “golden goal” halves in which both teams also remained scoreless. It would come down to penalty kicks as both teams sent their five shooters to the center. The Bishops shot first and put the first three goals away with Emme Gravely ‘20, Katey Thomson ‘19 and Grace Williams ‘19 all confidently placing their shots. The first three shooters for the Gryphons also scored. An impressive save by the New Covenant keeper stopped our fourth shooter, Sally Curme ‘19, from scoring, but VES keeper, Carson Shepard ‘19, held VES in by answering with her own impressive save. It would come down to the fifth shooter. Mary Blair McLean ‘20 stepped up for the Bishops and put her shot away––and with a miss from New Covenant, the Bishops advanced to the BRC semifinals away at Covenant. Thursday’s semifinal match was well fought and the Bishops kept their opponents fighting until the final whistle, but ultimately Covenant placed a few more shots to end the Bishops chances of advancing in the tournament.
On "Senior Day" Tuesday, the fete of seniors Leo Liu and James Cook, rapidly turned into a slick win. Hardt Lesko ‘21 was the first to clear the court with a 10-0 win at #4, Harry Cook ‘21 quickly followed with an identical score at #5. Kohl Perkins ‘21 kept pace with another perfect score at #1. The race was on to see who could finish and give us a clinching win. Isaac Lee ‘21, playing his first Varsity singles match of the year, followed with a solid 10-2 win at #6. James ultimate clutched the win, winning 10-5 at #2, making Leo's match moot (although he was leading 7-2 when the shoe dropped). On Thursday, Kohl and Hart continued their winning ways earning repeat wins at the #1 and #4 spots in the VIC semi-final match at North Cross. For the Bishops to "stay in it" (and go to doubles tied) they needed another singles win. Captain James Cook stepped up and avenged an earlier loss to the #2 by winning a spectacular 10-8 match. In doubles, all three Bishops squads dug a hole at the beginning of their respective matches. Kohl and James, at #1, dropped the first game, then traded a couple of games before getting traction and pulling away to an 8-4 win. VES had a 4-3 lead and needed just one more win. Both the number 2 and 3 doubles teams (Gray Langston ‘20 and Harry, and Leo and Hardt) dug slightly bigger holes and were down 0-3 before they started to dig in. Both squads traded blows with their opponents, playing 5-5 even tennis from there on out. Unfortunately, they were playing 8 game pro sets, so the North Cross squads tripped the wire before we could and end the Bishop’s run in the VIC Tournament.
Track & Field
The boys and girls track teams ran through the rain Saturday’s VIC/BRC Conference Meet hosted by VES, with the girls placing 6th and the boys placing 3rd overall. With hard work, there were a lot of outstanding performances. The Bishops’ distance team really shone, with Daniel O’Brien ‘20 earning three 1st place finishes, Row Sterne ‘21 earning two 3rd place finishes, Josh Buckley ‘20 placing 3rd and 4th in two events and Colin Walsh ‘22 earning a 4th place finish. In the shorter distances, Charlie Dodson ‘21 totally dominated the 400 and placing 1st, and fighting neck-and-neck with a Blue Ridge runner in the 200 to earn 2nd. In the field events, Charlie Schindler ‘21 placed 1st in the pole vault, and Bruno Paso ‘19, clearing his first height, and earned 5th. Nia Cummings ‘20 earned a PR and second place in the shot put. Drew Tompkins ‘20 and Janae Bennet ‘19 both placed 3rd in the high jump.