Fall Sports Preview for 2017-18 school year

Golf swings towards a hole-in-one season

photo Libbie Smith
Senior Diana Domenech gets ready for a putt

Coach: Hunter Thomas 

Last year’s record: Regional Tournament

Coach quote: “Losing a lot of seniors hurts any team, but we have some strong underclassman and should be able to compete with anyone.”

Captain(s): Senior Diana Domenech

Key match: Regional Tournament

Key athletes: Senior Diana Domenech, juniors James Howe, Jacob Vernon, Zachary Smith, sophomore Ari Lehman, and freshman Charlie Kennedy

Key athletes lost: Andrew Kennedy, and Adam Collins

Player quote: “I expect our team to play very well in the Regional Tournament.” – junior James Howe


Football is ready to tackle the new season

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Football secures their first victory over Clover Hill at an away game under new coaches

Coach: Ron Strine

Last year’s record: 4-5

Coach quote: “My expectation for the team would be a winning season.”

Captain(s): Seniors Traneil Moody, Sam McRoberts, and Nick Aaron

Key games: Atlee, Freeman, and Deep Run

Key athletes: Seniors Sean Bowers, Andy Barnett, Allen Massie, Traneil Moody, Nick Aaron, Alex Spangler, and juniors Austin Pitts and Brian Carroll

Key athletes lost: Wesley Dugger, Will Abbott, and Justin Spencer

Player quote: “I expect the team to be better than in previous years because the coaching staff is pushing us harder than before. I want this team to be known as the team that gave everything on the field every single play.” – senior Traneil Moody


Cross Country prepares to run to victory

photo Julia Grossman
Sophomore Destiny Schiess and junior Akankshya Jena train for the season during practice over the summer.

Coach: Kathryn Wood 

Last year’s record:

Boys – fifth in conference

Girls – fourth in conference

Coach quote:

“We have a big group of young talent, and we are guided by our seniors/leaders. I think they will surprise some people this season.”


Girls- seniors Arielle Cottrell, Johanna Lupica, Lilly Wein, and Brynn Backer

Boys- seniors Juan Chairez, Michael Harik, and junior Paul Dearing

Key meets: Deep Run, Glen Allen, Lee Davis, and Freeman

Key athletes:

Girls- senior Johanna Lupica, and freshmen Ellie Jeffrey, and Landin Bostian

Boys- seniors Michael Harik, Juan Chairez, and freshman Ryan Newman

Key athletes lost:

Girls- Emily Whitty, and Brittany Bell

Boys- Reid Weston, Matt Chilton, and Ronan Higgins

Player quote: “We have been working hard at practice and hope to have a good year. I am excited for meets and regionals.” – junior Michael Haddad


Boys volleyball strikes towards a successful year

photo Kathryn Chamberlin
Senior Ethan Joint serves in practice

Coach: Whitney Di Frischia

Last year’s record: 17-6

Coach quote: “There is a little inexperience in some of our biggest positions, so we will have a slow start but will finish strong.”

Captain(s): Seniors James Carroll and Cory O’Shea

Key match: Glen Allen

Key athletes: Seniors James Carroll, Alex Dogbo, and Cory O’Shea

Key athletes lost: Ryan Keogh and Connor Hicks

Player quote: “I think we have a good team with some real talent. If we work hard together, I think we can accomplish a lot.” – sophomore James Lesniak


Girls volleyball serves up the competition

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Sophomore Carmen Wright sets to junior Aggie Hughes

Coach: Chris Wakefield

Last year’s record: 19-3

Coach quote: “Our team overall is a very young team. Even though we lost a handful of seniors from last year’s team, we return a bunch of youth that will help us not just this year but for years to come. They have gained experience from being around last year’s team, and I am confident they will be able to step up this year.”

Captain(s): Senior Ava Stokes, juniors Amanda Strong  and Aggie Hughes    

Key match: Glen Allen

Key athletes: Senior Ava Stokes, junior Amanda Strong, sophomores Hanna Cillo and Izzy Parsons

Key athletes lost: Ayanna Swan and Polina Bukina

Player quote: “We lost six important seniors. However, our defense is very strong, and our offense is big and getting better. We lost our first game to Hanover, but we came back and won our second to James River. We came together as a team in the second game, and if we continue to play that way, we should have a successful season.” – senior Kathryn Chamberlin


Field hockey is ready to stick it to the opponent

photo Julia Grossman
Senior Naomi Ghahrai drives towards the goal

Coach: Caitlin Prentiss

Last year’s record: 9-7

Coach quote: “I expect them to play their hardest 60 minutes every game. We have learned a lot from last season, and this season we are focused on being a first and second half team. We have worked a lot on our mental game, and I think that has paid off so far. I am excited to watch the girls have a successful season this year.”

Captain(s): Seniors Peyton O’Donnell, Rachel Staib, and Molly Wheeler

Key games: Deep Run, Freeman, and Maggie Walker

Key athletes: Seniors Peyton O’Donnell, Rachel Staib, Molly Wheeler, Chloe Billy, junior Caroline Godkin, and sophomore Anna Hundley

Key athletes lost: Abigail Killius, Sally Plaster, and Katie Johnson

Player quote: “We are off to a great start with the first few games. I’m looking forward to a great end to the season.” – senior Jessica McWalters

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