Last week marked the end of the winter sports season and beginning of spring athletic contests for the Bishops. The girls and boys basketball teams both finished their seasons, competing in the VISAA State Tournament while baseball kicked off their season with their first game under the leadership of new head coach Roger Keeling.
The girls started off the week in their first round of the VISAA tournament away versus Nansemond Suffolk Academy. The squad put up a valiant fight but ultimately fell to NSA 30-43 and ending their run in the tournament.
The boys team started their state tournament play hosting Hargrave Military Academy on Wednesday. The Tigers put pressure on the Bishops from the start in a game that ultimately came down to the final buzzer. As Coach Sedlar commented, “[Hargrave] made us grind defensively. It felt like they scored 80 points. We have six seniors who give it all to the program and they just do not know how to quit.” Senior Bryce Waterman praised the team, “everybody had a big part of this win.” With the Bishops taking the game 40-39, they advanced to the final four for the ninth straight season. For the semifinal game on Friday, the boys traveled to Petersburg, Va to play Miller School. The Mavericks brought with them a tough defense. Michael Caprise ‘19 led the Bishops for the night with 14 points and 14 rebounds, but with Bryce being held to just eight points, the Mavericks pulled ahead and stayed ahead in the close game. Falling to Miller 47-52 VES saw an end to their season and Miller moved on to ultimately win the tournament.
As the basketball teams brought an end to winter athletics, baseball traveled to Fork Union Military Academy to play against the very solid baseball team in a non-conference outing. Despite the 8-3 loss, the Bishops walked away from their first test encouraged for the season that lies ahead. Just one year ago, the Bishops lost to the same team in a “mercy rule” end. With strong pitching, the Bishops kept this recent game close, showing immense progress for the squad under the new leadership of Roger Keeling. The Bishops ended the game proud of the starting point and are eager to see what the season holds for them.