In their first week back from the break, the Bishops had a full slate of athletic competitions to kick off the winter season.
Boys basketball had three contests this week. On Tuesday they travelled to Millwood school. They put some quick points on the board and stayed ahead after going up in the first quarter. With seven three-pointers from senior Bryce Waterman, the bishops walked away with a 91-41 win. The home opener against Benedictine College Preparatory proved another decisive win. With formidable offense, it was 32-9 at halftime and the Bishops went on to beat the Cadets 61-35. The boys closed out the week with a close, thrilling win over crosstown opponent LCA. With a standing room only crowd and a newly dedicated Robert I. Lee, Jr. ‘45 Court, it was a back and forth battle between the two squads, but the bishops ultimately walked away with 59-55 win.
On the girls side, girls basketball put away two contests of their own this week. First they traveled to Central VA Disciples High School where they found themselves up against a tough 2-3 zone that was hard to breakdown. Sophomore Holly Koudelka led the team in scoring with senior Janae Bennett putting up strong numbers as well. Though the Bishops fought until the last whistle they unfortunately lost 23-49. On Saturday, the girls had their home opener against long-time crosstown foe LCA. The girls came out with focus and a solid warm up which translated into great effort and a fast paced tempo to open the game. Despite a strong defense, LCA stuck with a “hot hand” three point shooter who had a 13 point burst. The Bishops defense adjusted well, with great communication and defensive rebounds, but it was hard to mitigate the damage done. High scorers for the game were junior Nia Cummings and seniors Cameron Basnight and Ariel Mial. It was a tough loss, but the team should be very proud of their performance. The Bishops move into conference play with a critical road stretch. Upcoming match ups include at North Crossand at Kenston Forest before returning home for the big Phil Garmey tournament next Friday against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.
Wrestling hit that mats for the first time this season with its home opener on Wednesday. The match boasted quite the turnout as the Bishops played host to both Blue Ridge and Grace Christian. In the three team competition there were mats in both Van Every and Barksdale. On Saturday, the squad traveled to Fork Union Military Academy where they put in strong performance––four wrestlers placed in their respective weight classes: Xavier Lee ‘22 placed 5th, Spencer Simmons ‘19 placed 3rd, and Nana Kofi Obeng-Mensah ‘20 and Neguens Ovincy ‘20 both placed 2nd. A strong start to the season for the Bishops.
Finally, swimming traveled to Richmond on Saturday to compete at Saint’s natatorium. Almost everyone on the team swam new races, and for a few it was their first meet ever! In between their own events, they cheered one another on in fine style. St. Christopher’s, St. Catherine’s, Seton and Godwin all have impressively large teams, so the Bishops came up against some very strong competition. With many impressive top 10 finishes from both the girls and boys sides, our boys 200 freestyle relay––comprised of sophomores Charlie Schindler, Jack Prahinski, John McNally and Cody Carnes––missed the State time cut by just a one second margin and Cody’s performance in a very tight 100 fly race clinched the first State qualifier for the Bishops. One of our swimmers competed in a different meet––Junior Captain Spencer Miles. He dropped time in all of his events and qualified––for the first time in his swimming career––for Youth Nationals in not only the 50 Freestyle, but also 100 Freestyle. Spencer came in top 15 (out of roughly 160 swimmers) for both the 50 and 100 Freestyle.