By Spencer DuPuis
Viva Loudoun High School Intern
Leesburg (Jan. 22, 2014) – Heritage High School wrapped up its first half of the winter season …. so let’s take a look at all the sports. The Pride boys basketball team is 4-10 overall, as is the girls basketball team. The wrestling team has competed well so far. The Pride gymnastics team just keeps getting better as the season wears on. The swim team is looking good so far and competed well individually.
The boys basketball team is struggling on the season but has won 2 out of their last 3 games. They are sitting at 4-10 overall and 1-3 in the Dulles District with all the remaining games in district, so if they can get on track they can get into the district race. Although they have only won 4 games they have lost 7 games by 10 points or less. They have are hoping for more gains the rest of the season. Junior, Jesse Case has averaged 13 points per game and junior Stanley Seldon has averaged 10 points per game. Also senior Paul Conteh has provided a spark this season. He is a good aggressive defender that has had clutch steals at times.
The girls basketball team currently sits at 4-10. With a new head coach and young players, it has been a tough road for the Pride this season. Not being able to have multiple practices in a row due to the weather hasn’t helped the developing squad. Yet the team has continued to improve despite the lack of court time.
“The toughest part about having a young team is getting them all of play together as one. They are picking up each others’ playing styles as well as our coaching staff,” said coach Nicole Barnes.”Probably the biggest improvement I have seen as a team is the defense as a whole has become more of a threat. We still have a lot of challenges to overcome with the packed schedule coming up, but we are a fighting team and are ready for the second half of the season.”
Despite the challenges senior Kayla Tibbs has averaged 17 points per game and junior Ashley Silvernale has averaged around 10 points per game.
Barnes on Tibbs committing to Division II Glenville State: “We are all so excited for Kayla and her continuing to play in college. This has been a dream of her’s her entire basketball career and it is happening for her. She has been such an offensive asset to our team and we all know that she will also do a great job for Glenville as well.”
The wrestling team is looking good. Lead by sophomore Fletcher Davis, who has a 17-4 record with 3 pins, 1 tech fall, 6 major decisions, and a 5-0 mark at the Strasburg tournament.
Coach Mike Hill: “The best moment so far this season would be how well the team wrestled this past weekend at Strasburg. The guys went up against some great competition man of them ranked opponents; Fletcher Davis going undefeated at 5-0 with 1 pin and a victory over a defending state champion, Jacob Holton winning 3 matches with 1 pin, Danny McCrystal winning 2 matches both by pin, Nick Yeganeh earning his first 2 varsity wins both by pin, and Reed Krahulec earning his first 2 varsity wins winning his final match with a last second takedown. Standouts so far this year have been Fletcher Davis who has a record of 15-4 with 3 pins, 1 tech fall, 6 major decisions, and also went 5-0 at the Strasburg tournament. Also Jacob Holton who has a record of 13-7 with 6 pins, 1 tech fall, 1 major decision, and placed 4th at the Warren County Invitational Tournament.”
The Pride gymnastics team has gotten better each meet despite the fact that all 5 team members have yet to compete at the same meet. Both junior Courtney Walker and sophomore Hedi Barrientos have been the most consistent on the team. Heritage placed 2nd in the lower division at the Glory Days Invitational on Jan. 4 at Park View. Most recently Heritage competed in a meet at Potomac Falls on the 15th as Courtney Walker led the Pride with 6th place finish on vault (8.7), 9th on bars (7.550), 5th on beam (8.4), 10th on floor (8.7) Molly Rich had a personal best on vault (8.0) and improved her all around score.
The Pride swim team is looking really well after back to back wins in the water against John Champe and Tuscarora. They are currently trying to set there conference meet line ups because of the missed meets. So far they have swimmers qualified for the state meet in 13 events. Most notably seniors Jake Schroth and Tim Burris have qualified for 4 events and 7 events respectively.
Spencer DuPuis is a sophomore at Heritage High School