Sports Round-Up, 9/20 - 9/28

Cross Country 

Tuesday, September 24 vs. Chatham Hall

The Bishops traveled to Chatham Hall on Tuesday to compete in a mid-week invitational which featured several local independent schools. The girls were first to toe the line and run on the challenging 5km layout, which featured all types of terrain: open fields, road crossings, dirt roads and technical single track. The Chatham Hall girls ran exceptionally well and won the day, scoring 27 points. VES finished second with 40 points, and Fuqua School was third with 85 points. Across the line first for the Bishops was sophomore Delaney Bright, followed closely by freshman Lily McKee. Junior Lillian Pang finished third for the Bishops, followed by sophomore Samantha Dodson, freshman Morgan Scott, and junior Grayson Gondi. 

The boys swept the first four positions. Led by senior Daniel O’Brien, he was followed by junior Row Sterne, and then sophomore Colin Walsh. Junior Hunter Buresh, with one of the best performances of the day, finished fourth for VES. Junior Hardt Lesko was fifth across the line for VES, senior Thomas Cook and junior John Tharp rounded out the top seven. In the team race, VES won the event with a score of 16 points. Hargrave Military Academy finished second with 62 points, New Covenant School finished third with 67 points, and Fuqua was fourth with 199 points.

Saturday, September 28 - Pacer’s Running DCXC Invitational

The sun was shining as the boys rode up to D.C. for the Pacer’s Running DCXC Invitational at Kenilworth Park. Gripped with pre-race excitement, the VES cross country runners turned that into energy that allowed them to all experience victory on Saturday. O’Brien ‘20 cruised to a time of 15:18 in his dominating win of the Senior Boys A Race - finishing a full 10 seconds ahead of Yorktown’s Albert Velikonja and making him 1st out of 147 runners. Daniel’s run was the fastest of the entire day, topping all other 14 races. Colin Walsh sped through the race, coming in 8th place with a time of 17:23, his new personal record. Josh Buckley came in 53, beating out 94 other runners with a time of 18:25. Row Sterne ‘21 finished in 16:52, also topping his previous personal record! Both Daniel and Row ran around 50 seconds faster than their times last year! Go Bishops! 

Field Hockey - Varsity Girls

Thursday, September 26 vs. North Cross
In the last few years, North Cross was one of our biggest competitors and a force in both the conference and the state. Unfortunately, they are currently struggling to find a team and were playing with 7 players. Our team displayed great sportsmanship and energy in the game last week. We celebrate our victory while also remaining mindful of the difficulties of playing a game short. Currently the team is ranked 10th in a recent state poll, a number which we are looking to improve with our games in the next two weeks. 


Friday, September 20 vs Greenbrier Christian Academy

The Fighting Bishops traveled to Chesapeake, VA and earned a hard fought victory against Greenbrier Christian Academy in their second football game of the season. The Bishop’s offense came out firing in the first quarter putting up 14 points. Quarterback Tanner Nau connected with his top receiver, Piercen Young, on two early touchdowns. The offensive line played strong led by Aubrey Wall, Ethan Butcher, and Gustav Guenther. Also contributing to the offense in a major way were running backs Joshua Staggers and Robby Matos who made HUGE plays throughout the game to help lead our team to victory. 
The defense, led by Huntley Davenport in tackles, made a collective effort to shut down the Greenbrier Christian Academy’s offense through the entire second half. Danny Staggers and Joshua Staggers both had an interception in the game along with Piercen Young having two major pass breakups late in the 3rd quarter. The defense line led by Nana Kofi and Neguens Ovincy kept pressure on the quarterback the entire game. Charlie Dodson had 2 major sacks on the quarterback.  
This team showed a tremendous amount of resiliency, poise, and camaraderie willing the Bishops to a 14-10 victory! VES is now 2-0.

Monday, September 23 vs. St. Anne’s Belfield JV Team Scrimmage

The underclassmen of the VES Football team had the opportunity to travel to STAB to compete in a JV football game. Twelve players traveled to Charlottesville, VA to participate in this contest.  Although we were outnumbered and smaller than STAB’s JV football team, the Fighting Bishops stepped onto to the field with pride and confidence. Walker Andrews led the offense at quarterback while Elijah Noble, Patrick Dirom, Cole Powell and Jim Smith all contributed at the other skilled positions. Dave Darko played center the entire game for the first time, and he did not mishandle a snap. Will Varner and Juan Pablo alongside Ebube Mbulu were major forces on the offensive line, opening running lanes the entire night for our runners. On defense, Tucker Olmert and Will Varner both were stout at outside linebacker. Cole Powell, playing middle linebacker, recorded many tackles. Adam Carvajal caught his first high school interception while recording two major tackles including a forced fumble. Elijah Noble and Patrick Dirom broke up many passing attempts from STAB’s JV team. Danny Staggers also contributed, bursting for a huge run and recording a sack. We held STAB to a 6-6 game until the 4th quarter where they would go onto to score and break the tie. Although we did not win the game, our young players displayed promising ability. They were complimented by the other coaches from STAB on their discipline as a collective. I look forward to continuing to see their growth and maturity over the next couple of years.  

Saturday, September 28 vs Kenston Forest

The Bishops displayed their discipline, resiliency and toughness in their 54-50 victory over Kenston Forest. The Bishops are battle-tested and have proven their poise in responding to adversity. Even with an hour-long weather delay among other trials throughout the game, the team protected their home field, moving their record to 3-0. Tanner Nau led the team in passing throwing multiple touchdowns and deep passes to Piercen Young. Tanner also used his legs more in this game, rushing the ball in for a touchdown. Piercen had yet another HUGE game on both sides of the ball. Joshua Staggers and Robby Matos continue to lead our running offense week in and week out. Joshua Stagger ran tough inside while Robby Matos compiled more yards outside. Both running backs had huge games, scoring touchdowns and also caught passes out of the backfield. The offensive line—led by captain Ethan Butcher alongside Gustav Guenther, Reilly Holleran, and center Aubrey Wall—were the glue to the offensive team. This week, our kick returner, Dylan James, had an breakout game with three huge kick returns and a spectacular concentrated catch—both setting our offense up for success.  
Defensively, slowing down the Kenston Forest offense was a team effort. The game was sealed with two 4th quarter interceptions. Danny Staggers recorded his second interception in the past two weeks. Piercen had the final interception, which ultimately ended the game. Also stepping up for us were Davis Nau and Yancey Kerr, two late additions to the team earlier this season who have been extremely beneficial to the Bishops program. Huntley Davenport manned the middle of the field while Charlie Dodson, Nana Kofi and Neguens Quincy stuffed the offensive line. We are extremely proud of the identity that this team has developed. This weekend, we’ll celebrate Homecoming, Senior Night, and Fall Family Weekend with our final home game of the season versus St. Anne’s Belfield at 3 p.m. We hope to see you all there!

Soccer - Varsity Boys

Tuesday, September 24 vs. St. Anne’s Belfield

The match began with an even feel to the play, with each team creating movement forward into the opposing end. The game took a decided turn when a St. Anne’s player was issued a yellow card, followed by an immediate second yellow. At that point, the advantage would have seemingly been in favor of the Bishops; however, St. Anne’s struck first with a long distance shot that went over the head of the VES goalkeeper. Eventually, the Bishops were able to level the score through Alex Showalter who touched home a cross by Josh Buckley. The first half ended even. In the second half VES was able to create several chances to score, but none of them were able to find the back of the net. VES keeper, Harry Cook, was up to the task every time an attempt on goal was made, with dives and body-sacrificing play. In the end, all of the pressure from the VES attack was not enough to break the deadlock and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. 

Thursday, September 26 vs. Holy Cross

The Bishops wasted no time in scoring their first goal through the high pressure of freshman, Tae-In Kim, in the third minute. A through pass was played by Drew Tompkins and Tae-In was able to put enough pressure on the goalkeeper to make him fumble the ball. Only minutes later Drew Tompkins took a shot that a Holy Cross defender deflected into the back of the net. The Bishops maintained possession for the rest of the half. After the interval, Cole Workman was the first to score with an assist from Drew Tompkins. Tompkins then went from provider to creater as he was able to score an unassisted goal just a minute later. At that point the Bishops were buzzing and Cole Workman was able to pass to Mercer Pringle who scored. With the game well in hand, the Bishops looked to the bench for help. Esteban Arcila Hijuelos scored his first goal of the season. In the end, the Bishops walked away with the victory and much promise. 

Friday, September 27 vs. New Covenant

The Bishops were visited by cross-town rival, New Covenant, on Friday. The advantage was given to the visitors quickly when they were able to convert a penalty kick in the first ten minutes. Later in the first half, the Gryphons doubled their lead on a header during a corner kick. Despite the deificit, the Bishops put together several great attacking sequences, the closest chance was shot by senior Javi Cervera that deflected off the crossbar. 

In the second half, the Bishops increased the pressure on the Gryphon defense. As the game was winding down, the Bishops scored through the work of Cole Workman and Javi Cervera on the assist. Despite the late game surge, the Bishops were not able to overcome the initial advantage. Coach Huryk said, "We made it far too easy on our opponent today.  Although we played some of our best soccer at moments, we dug ourselves too deep of a hole early. Our performances and results are not matching up at the moment because of a loss of focus in crucial moments. We have all of the ingredients to win games. We've just not found the correct mixture. Our time will come when everyone gets on the same page."

Soccer - JV Boys

Tuesday, September 24 vs. St. Anne’s Belfield

Bishops played a hard-fought game against St. Anne’s Belfield, showing true grit and determination as they worked together as a team. Bishops lost the advantage early in the game as they were down 0-2. The Bishops worked hard to narrow the gap, with Drew Stokes, Brennan Olmert, William Harris, and Sawyer Tatom all making significant contributions from their midfield roles, all creating a number of scoring opportunities. Andrew Smith had an outstanding game, playing at the right back position before switching into goalie when his team needed him most, embodying the spirit and camaraderie of the team. Tommy Glenn managed to score a goal in the second half, unfortunately this was the only goal of the game as Bishops lost to STAB 1-4. 

Thursday, September 26 vs. Covenant

In the Bishops second match against Covenant this season they came into the match with impressive resiliency following their first loss in Charlottesville. This game the team created a number of scoring opportunities early in the match before finally breaking before half-time with a header from Drew Stokes. Covenant quickly rebounded with the second goal of the game, making the halftime score 1-1. The second half was a back-and-forth battle between the two, with Covenant eventually gaining the lead when one of their midfielders scored. The boys fought to the very end with Tommy Glenn, for the second game in a row, scored against Covenant. William Harris and Brennan Olmert again paced the Bishops in the midfield and Vittorio DeAngelis and Arthur Benedict provided spectacular defense. The boys tied Covenant 2-2.

Tennis - Varsity Girls

Tuesday, September 24 vs. St. Anne’s Belfield 

The team traveled to Charlottesville to face Division I team, STAB. The day was sunny and the girls were ready to go. In singles, Carly Chafin battled a very hard-hitting dynamic player at number one. Carly remained calm and collected even as the girls had a tough time breaking each others' serves. There were several long exciting points with Carly eventually coming out victorious at 8-6.
Sierra Lewis played her best match of the season as she battled at number three singles against a powerful hitter and server. Sierra went up in the first game and then lost six in a row. She then battled back to tie the game up at 6 all. She and her opponent then traded games until they reached 8-8 and had to go into a tie-break. Sierra played consistently and confidently and won the tie break! 
Lilly Lewis, Morgan Keller, Sarah Bennet Smith and Mary Outland all played admirably and had some very good points but were unable to pull out the wins. 

At doubles, Chafin and Sierra Lewis played at number one and faced a well-coached team. The girls played admirably but couldn't quite come up with the win. Smith and Lilly Lewis matched their opponents game for game. They played well from the baseline and up at net; unfortunately, the other team was able to break them late in the game and come out on top.

Rose and Outland played at number three doubles, and in their typical fashion, battled to the bitter end. Both girls were hitting their serves consistently and playing aggressively at the net. They ended up in a tie-breaker to decide the game. The girls dug deep and pulled out the win!

Thursday, September 26 vs. Eastern Mennonite

It was a beautiful fall day for tennis in the mountains. On the singles courts the girls won across the board. Carly Chafin 8-4, Claibourne Porter 8-6, Lilly Lewis 8-1, Sierra Lewis 8-0, Morgan Keller 8-2, and Sarah Bennett Smith 8-0. 

On the doubles courts, Mary Outland and Walker battled hard and tenaciously to come out with an 8-4 win on the number one courts. On court two Carlisle Watts and Liza Green kept the match very close and lost by just two games. On court three Anna Marie Barnes  and Carter Smith made their varsity debut, they both played well and kept the game close but eventually lost at 8-5. 

Walker Rose was named player of the match for her tenacity on the court.

Friday, September 27 vs. Collegiate

It was another beautiful day on the tennis courts. While the team was not able to pull out a win against a very skilled Collegiate team, they displayed great strength of character and determination as they battled out matches. Carly Chafin played a calculated game and was able to defeat the number one player 8-4. The other six singles courts played great tennis but ultimately fell to their opponents. 

At doubles, Claibourne and Carly had a blast at one. At two, Lilly and Sierra played some very intense back and forth points. At court three, Walker and Mary played the best tennis of their season. All three courts lost, but none of the games were without intrigue and competition. 

Tennis - JV Girls

Tuesday, September 24 vs. St. Anne’s Belfield

"There is no nobility in being better than your fellow man, there is only nobility in being better than one's former self." This credo is an apt description of the success of the VES Girls JV Tennis team despite a 2-7 loss to St. Anne's Belfield (STAB). Every one of our top 6 singles players faced a daunting, if not overwhelming, opponent. Yet, not one of our players shirked the responsibility to represent VES in the finest positive manner. Some matches showed deceivingly lopsided scores, yet none were a "roll-over."  Every one of our girls fought hard, learned to deal with adversity, displayed only positive body language, and were fabulous ambassadors for the sport - the STAB coach echoed the sentiments of the coach of every team we've faced: VES girls are great examples of sportsmanship. Isabel Rhodes was the lone singles player to bring home a win—a lovely 8-6, come-from-behind-win. The coaches of the two teams agreed to relax in doubles (as the match was already decided) and let all of our players play. Jana Yan and Emma Mitchell picked up a thrilling tiebreaker win 9-8 (8-6) at the #2 doubles match, and Mary Farrell Chafin and Taylor Norton came within a hair's breadth of winning their second straight doubles match. Brenna Forehand and Suzie Rice both won their first exhibition singles matches of the season. Did we get better by experiencing the difficulty of playing Amazonian opponents? Indeed. True nobility!

Friday, September 27 vs. Collegiate 

You might think there would be no positives in being swept 9-0 by a very talented D-1 Collegiate team. But there really were! Although Captain Charlotte King fell 0-8, she took almost every game to deuce and even had a few ad-ins. Afterwards it was revealed her opponent had been playing tennis for 12 years, while Charlotte is only in her second year. Although Collegiate won every singles match 8-0, our Bishops doubles teams registered a few game wins: Chloe & Kirstin took a game at #4 doubles, and Maria & Nikitha did the same at #3 doubles. Captain Isabel Rhodes nailed multiple volleys at the net to secure a game, and inspired her partner, Amanda, to do the same netting another game. Despite a lopsided score, these two danced across the court voicing their joy in getting better!

For her efforts, Isabel gets the MaxPreps "Player Of The Match" nod. All in all, it was a great, positive experience for the girls to face very, very good opponents thus sharpening their own skills. The girls can't wait for their next match!
Volleyball - JV Girls

Thursday, September 26 vs. Eastern Mennonite 

The JV team won their first game of the season 2-1 against Eastern Mennonite. The girls played well and have started to show the world what it means to play as a team. Standout performances were had by senior Maggie Wu, who was a dynamic server to help us win both game 1 and game 3. Additionally, Phoebe Hanning showed her growth as a blocker denying 3 hits from Eastern Mennonite. We are excited to see them play in the future! 
Friday, September 27 vs. Westover Christian 

Against Westover Christian the girls had their best game of the season despite coming up on the losing end 0-2. The girls all took a step forward in their games. They supported each other and were communicating as if they had been playing the game for years. Standout performance came from Maya Barrera, who showed what focus and hustle can do in game. Additionally, senior Briony Zhao made many dynamic plays when her number was called and saved 3 points that looked to be over for the Bishops. Both girls helped the team build a culture of hustle and determination that will add greatly to our skill development.
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