Saturday, January 18, 2014

THE WRAP: Highland Springs Girls With Huge Win; Varina Track Victorious....

SPRINGERS ROLL: It was an anti-climatic final game of the six-game 2014 Classic Saturday night as the homestanding Highland Springs Springers destroyed Stonewall Jackson (Manassas) 91-45.

The Springers led from the start, pulled away in the second quarter, fueled by pressure defense and the deft passing of Bri Justice, who scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half. Of her five first-half assists, two of them came on no-look passes of 40 feet or more, finding Najai Pollard down low all alone. Pollard led the 12-1 Springers with 27 points. Both Justice and Pollard had double-doubles, as each grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Raiders never got into the offense, shooting 26.7 percent from the field, and only 10-of-17 from the line to fall to 8-6 overall.  Stonewall Jackson plays in Conference 8 of the 6A North Region.

Highland Springs must now take exams starting Tuesday, and return to action at the surprise team north of the James River, the Atlee Raiders, on the road Friday night.

TIMOK VICTORIOUS: Congratulations to Cam Timok, who won the 120 pound class at the 2014 Big Blue Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday way down in Christiansburg. Timok defeated Ryan Friedman of St. Paul's by a 1-0 decision to take the crown for the Panthers, who finished 21st in team competition with 39 points.

BLUE DEVILS TRIUMPH: The Varina boys track team took victory Saturday at the Fred Hardy Invitational at Fork Union Military Academy southeast of Charlottesville, scoring 59 points to beat the host FUMA by 14.

The 4 X 400 relay team took 2nd to Fork Union, the 4 X 200 team was 2nd to Heritage of Lynchburg, and place 4th in the 4 X 800 race. Noel Cherry scored points placing 3rd in the 55 Meter Hurdles, finishing in 8.07.

Darrick Thornhill grabbed 2nd overall in the 1600 Meters, finishing at 4:32.38, just 1.2 seconds behind the winner. Thornhill did one better in the 1000 Meters, victorious in 2:39.11, besting Peter Lomong of Fork Union by 1.2 seconds.

Add in Deondre Anderson's big win in the 300 Meters by a full second over the field at 36.30, and the Blue Devils had built the team win. The Blue Devils battle in the Conference 3 Tournament in mid-February at Liberty University in Lynchburg, hoping to advance to the 6A South Regional, February 21st and 22nd at Boo Williams SportsPlex in Hampton.

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