Tuesday, October 15, Fishburne Invite
The VES cross country team traveled to Waynesboro, Virginia to compete in a midweek small school invitational, hosted by Fishburne Military School at Coyner Springs Park. Coming off of two hard weeks of training, the Bishops were excited to test their fitness and tackle the two loop 5km layout. The girls were the first to compete in the five team field. The race featured the most challenging competition the girls have faced this season, and we were proud to see them finish third in the field. The order of finish for the girls: Delaney Bright (10th, medalist, 23:47), Morgan Scott (17th, 26:01), Lillian Pang (21st, 26:33), Mia Hindermann (22nd, 26:34), and Samantha Dodson (26th, 28:33).
1 Grace Christian School, 23
2 Eastern Mennonite School, 52
3 Virginia Episcopal School, 79
4 Miller School, 83
5 Shenandoah Valley Academy, 110
The boys, led by breakout performances from Thomas Cook (8th, medalist, 19:02), Hunter Buresh (7th, medalist, 18:50), and Hardt Lesko (6th, medalist, 18:49), the Bishops packed 7 runners into the top 15 places and took the top step on the team podium. Daniel O’Brien and Row Stern were the top medalists for VES. The duo ran together and finished 1st and 2nd, breaking the tape at 17:02:37 and 17:02:60, respectively. Rounding out the top 7 for VES was Colin Walsh (12th, 19:31), and John Tharpe (14th,19:52.54). Also competing were Josh Schindler (18th, 20:16), Fisher Zhang (27th, 21:12), David Herbert (28th, 21:15), Teddy Tharp (34th, 21:50), Gray Langston (48th, 22:52), Justine Shin (57th, 23:37), Alex Sterne (63rd, 24:29), Ricky Li (69th, 24:54), Pierson Van Trigt (72nd, 25:13), Gray Choi (80th, 26:01), Paden Garrad (84th, 26:43), Max Weiboldt (85th, 26:48).
1 Virginia Episcopal School
2 Regents School of Charlot, 90
3 Grace Christian School
4 Fishburne Military School
5 Blue Ridge School, 107
6 Eastern Mennonite School, 113
7 Hargrave Military Academy, 178
The regular season is now over for the Bishop harriers. Next up, the team travels across town to New Covenant School to compete in the VIC and BRC Championships. The BRC runs at 1:00, VIC runs at 2:00, and a developmental race is at 2:45.
Friday, October 18, vs Southampton Academy
The VES Bishops football team regained momentum with a team effort victory over Southampton Academy last Friday, 34-6. Tanner Nau threw for 5 touchdown passes to 4 different receivers. His top target, Piercen Young, caught 5 passes for 163 yards with 2 touchdowns. Dylan James, Walker Andrews, and Charlie Dodson all caught huge touchdown passes which led the team to victory. Joshua Staggers was a force both receiving and rushing the ball the entire night, having 5 rushes for 45 yards and 2 catches for 40 yards. Danny Staggers also carried some of the load catching and receiving passes. None of this would’ve been made possible without the blocking of the offensive line led by captain Ethan Butcher, Aubrey Wall, and Gustav Guenther
The defense played with intensity the entire night, shutting out Southampton for the majority of the game. Captain Nana Kofi recorded 4 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, and a sack. Yancey Kerr made tackles around the entire field, followed by Xavier Lee who played his best game of the year recording 5 tackles. Neguens Ovincy, Reilly Holleran, Davis Nau, Charlie Dodson, Danny Staggers, Cole Powell and Joshua Staggers rallied to the ball smothering the opponents. The entire defense recorded multiple tackles. This is a testament to their effort and desire to stop the opposing offense. Riggs Handy had another impressive day kicking onside kicks giving the Bishops high percentage chances of recovering the ball to gain extra possessions.
In the fourth quarter, our entire team had an opportunity to play in this last regular season game. Special recognition to Ebube Mbulu, Dave Darko, Tucker Olmert, Will Varner, Elijah Noble, Patrick Dirom, and Sunny Sang for seizing the opportunity to play.
This win gave the Bishops a solidified position in the playoffs and allowed VES to finish the regular season in 3rd place with a record 5-2. This record includes the forfeited game from Hampton Roads Academy next week. The next game will be in Charlottesville, VA against St. Anne’s Belfield on Friday, November 1st. This game is a rematch of the homecoming loss suffered earlier this year against St. Anne’s Belfield. If the Bishops win on November 1st, they will head to the championship game.
Tuesday, October 15, vs North Cross
It was a beautiful day for tennis on the VES courts today. The team came out knowing that it was going to be a tough match against a skilled North Cross School. Carly Chafin played at number one on her first day back from an injury. It was by far the most exciting match of the season as two talented players matched each other point for point and game for game. In the end, North Cross’s number one pulled out the win. But Chafin’s cool head and solid play out there was an inspiration to all of her teammates. Claibourne Porter and Lilly Lewis both faced tough foes at courts two and three, and lost. Sierra Lewis, Morgan Keller, and Mary Outland won handily on courts four, five and six. The singles ended with both teams having three wins. It would all come down to doubles. Keller and Porter played a very long and challenging doubles match on court one, they played well and had a blast but ultimately lost. The Lewis sisters won 8-5 on court two against a couple of very talented players. The other team battled hard, but they were no match for the dynamic sibling duo and their doubles skills. It all came down to Outland and Rose on court three. They pulled ahead of the other team 2-1, then the other team tied it up 2 -2. Rose and Outland went up again 3-2, the other team tied it up again 3-3. With a rowdy crowd cheering on both teams, Outland and Rose took each game one point at a time. Outland moved the ball cross court, forcing errors from the other team while Rose attacked the net, killing the other team with her drop shot volleys. Rose and Outland rolled and ended up winning the match. VES beat North Cross 5-4. In the almost dark, the VES team swarmed the court and formed a mosh pit around Rose and Outland. It was a perfect end to a very tough match.
Junior Varsity Tennis
Thursday, October 17, vs Chatham Hall and New Covenant
On a blustery fall day the Girls JV Tennis team took on not one but two schools in a match for the ages. Our top six players took on the Chatham Hall JV all by themselves, playing both singles and doubles. The rest of the squad took on New Covenant's JV team.
Against Chatham Hall, doubles won by all three VES teams spotted the team to a good lead over the Purple Turtles. Charlotte, Nan, Amanda, Maria and Nikitha came through with wins to post an 8-1 win.
Against New Covenant, the balance of the squad also swept doubles. Chloe and Jana posted identical 6-0 runaways to clinch the match. Gabriella, in her first official singles match provided the most excitement of the day. Her see-saw match had her at 5-6, she powered through and took the court and forced a tie-breaker, which she won handily 7-2. The Final count vs New Covenant was 6-3!
Tuesday, October 15 - vs. North Cross
The girls traveled to North Cross on Tuesday to take on the Raiders in a conference match-up. They stepped onto the court ready to play their game. We have talked a great deal throughout the season about controlling our side of the net, regardless of competition. The girls did just that! Each girl played a contributing role in the victory claimed over the Raiders. The matchup was fierce, but the team stuck to fundamentals and worked hard to earn the 3-0 win in a pivotal BRC conference match.
Wednesday, October 16 - vs. Kenston Forest
The 5th annual Pink-Out Night was a HUGE success! The gym was beautifully decorated in numerous shades of pink. The entryway was covered with pink balloons. The team was all dressed in pink tie-dyed shirts, and there were tons of pink banked goodies for sale. This volleyball program tradition was started to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken. Tonight, we raised $250.00 to be donated to the Alan B. Pearson Cancer patient fund, which will be utilized in a variety of ways to help ease some financial burden for current and future patients. We owe a massive shout-out and “Thank You” to Jenny Haga and Amy Koudelka for all their hard work and dedication to help make this night a great success!
The girls rallied hard in all four sets, but ultimately fell short in their match against Kenston Forest, 3-1. Regardless of the loss, this was a great night for the varsity members of our volleyball family. With 14 kills, 11 blocks and 18 digs, Holly Koudelka was an unstoppable force for the Bishops. Eme Clause was a beast at the net, blocking hits and strategically placing hard driven hits in precisely the correct position! Raine Arthur had a number of phenomenal serves and her assists for vital for our hitters. Emma Bell had a solid defensive night, and led the team in digs. Virginia Haga had a tremendous night with great serves, excellent hits, and an epic block at the net. Eleanor Fortsch was a huge asset tonight with her deep serves, well-placed kills, and spot-on reading of the Kavaliers’ tips and roll shots. Overall, it was a great night! Thank you to all the students, parents, faculty/staff and administration for coming out to support Pink Out! And a huge shout-out to Mr. Leake and Mr. Winston, who both dyed their beards pink for the occasion! Your spirit didn’t go unnoticed!
Junior Varsity Volleyball
Wednesday, October 16 - vs. Kenston Forest
The JVVB team had a big win today against Kenston Forest. The girls had to work hard for this win, they took the first game 25-22 on the back of some strong attacking from Caroline Falwell and leadership from Abigail Hanning. The second game was tougher and we lost 17-25 after the game quickly got away from the team. However, the final game was a clinic of good play from the Bishops as Phoebe Hanning paced the ‘shops with her serving. Her teammates helped push the game over the edge as Julia Langley and Caroline Falwell became walls at the net letting very little get by. The team won the third game 15-12, beating Kenston forest 2-1.
Thursday, October 17, vs Chatham Hall
Chatam Hall came out strong and took a large 11 point lead in the first game. Then the team started to work together and communicate and made their comeback. Maya Barrera stepped up and served 12 points in a row that helped the Bishops take the lead and eventually game 1. Game 2 was under the Bishops control and began with a 6-2 run by the Bishops. Then, Maya Barrera stepped up to serve 13 points in a row. Using the energy from the serving of Maya Barrera the girls were confident at the net achieving 4 blocks and multiple kills to wrap the game up 25-10. The Bishops won the match 2-0.