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Leesburg, Va. (April 27, 2017) — Six? Seriously? Six???
Six sporting events on one campus, all covered in a single night? That’s gotta be some kind of record or something.
We’ve been doing Sports Night – our exclusive feature (proudly powered by Power Train®) in which we go to a Loudoun high school and cover every single game, match, dual or meet we can lay our eyes upon – here at Viva Loudoun for three springs now.
I don’t think we’ve ever come across one school on one night sporting six (6) (VI) (½ doz.) (0b110) (६) score-keeping events for your local-coverage pleasure. Five? Usually. Four? Sometimes. Six? Well, that’s a lot of scores and stats and notes and quotes. I know.
Let’s dig in and eat up that smorgasbord of sport served on Loudoun County High School‘s athletic fields on Thursday night. The Raiders met Rock Ridge High School for boys’ tennis, Park View High School for girls’ JV and varsity soccer, and fought off not one but two flocks of Falcons when Briar Woods High School came calling for baseball and softball, while Fauquier High School opposed in girls’ lacrosse.
Count ’em: Six. Now that’s a Sports Night.
Boys’ Tennis: Rock Ridge 9, Loudoun County 0
The Raiders have been decent under first-year head coach Brian DeVault…but the Phoenix has been awesome in their third year of existence.
Rock Ridge (10-0) remained unblemished as a team with their sweep at County, though they needed comebacks in three of the six singles matches to complete it.
No. 1 Momin Khan (RR) def. Luke McMullen (LC) 8-1
No. 2 Sid Ravikanti (RR) def. Grant Buchen (LC) 8-2
No. 3 Everett Chou (RR) def. Jeremy Williams (LC) 8-5
No. 4 Ethan McFerren (RR) def. Michael Schaffer (LC) 8-2
No. 5 Arjit Sarkar (RR) def. Ryan Wigglesworth (LC) 8-2
No. 6 David Denice (RR) def. Connor McLean (LC) 8-4
No. 1 Momin Khan & Everett Chou (RR) def. Luke McMullen & Jeremy Williams (LC) 8-2
No. 2 Sid Ravikanti & Ethan McFerren (RR) def. Grant Buchen & Lucas Dial (LC) 8-3
No. 3 Arjit Sarkar & Nathan Porchezhian (RR) def. Andrew Elmquist & Coyle (LC) 8-2
The success and the accompanying camaraderie have had an impact on head coach Chris Schamus.
“Between the countless number of bonding experiences we’ve had at Buffalo Wing Factory, Benihana and of course, on the court, these players have made my first year of coaching a season I will never forget,” he said.
Baseball: Briar Woods 4, Loudoun County 0
Wilson Ayers got a rare start for the Falcons and the junior left-hander didn’t disappoint. In fact, he impressed. With a lively running fastball, Ayers delivered six shutout innings to his head coach’s delight.
“With multiple games this week, I wanted to give him a start to see how he handled it,” said Jason Miller, whose Falcons (8-4) had lost two of their last three. “I was super-impressed with how he pitched tonight. He had command of all his pitches, breaking ball, changeup, fastball. It was a dominating outing.”
Ayers scattered four County hits while striking out 11 and walking – Miller liked this part – no one.
Every run the game had – all four of them – came in the second inning, and all with two outs. Ayers cracked the goose egg with a bases-loaded walk. Then senior Jake Kleifges drove an outside pitch the opposite way, lambasting a double down the line which scored all three Falcon runners.
Senior lefty Michael Ludowig, who might hear his name called during the MLB draft this June, tossed a 1-2-3 frame to close things out.
Softball: Loudoun County 5, Briar Woods 2
Rusty from a weather-forced layoff of six days, it wasn’t the cleanest game County head coach Richard Sullivan had ever seen. But he liked what it saw anyway: A tough win against a tough team.
“We made five errors, which is not typical for us,” Sullivan said. “We were just off a tick tonight, but good teams find a way to win and we found a way to win.”
County (11-1) batted around in a three-run first inning, providing the cushion the Raiders needed as Tess Mitchell kept the Falcons’ bats quiet until the fifth. Macie Scott drilled a two-out RBI double to get Briar Woods on the board.
Kaly Garcia, Kiley Turner and Allyah Ramey all knocked a pair of hits for County, and each of the last four in the Raiders’ lineup drove in a run. The Falcons gave a last gasp in the final inning when Abby Arabia tripled and Caitlin Nee singled her home.
JV Girls’ Soccer: Loudoun County 6, Park View 0
Despite having no set goalkeeper, the Raiders (10-1-1) surged out to a 5-0 advantage by halftime and cruised to the shutout victory in a manner that pleased their overseer.
“Normally we play a 3-5-2, but yesterday [versus Stone Bridge] we saw some things breaking down, so we went to a 4-4-2,” head coach Chelsea O’Bruba explained. “It fixed some problems, so we put it in motion. We really moved the ball around. It was pretty.”
It’s the eighth time this season County’s JV squad held an opponent without a goal, as it was Rayn Horner‘s turn in O’Bruba’s rotation to guard the big cage.
Elena Dinman put in two goals from her three shots on frame, while Haley Galanos collected a goal and two assists.
Girls’ Soccer: Loudoun County 9, Park View 0
The two-time defending state champs got on a roll early and kept rolling through a first half of nothing but offensive pressure from the Raiders (11-1).
Virginia Tech-bound scorer Allyson Brown dented the net first just three minutes in, igniting a barrage of shots off Raider boots. Allison Maliska knocked one home from Jillian Bowers‘ assist halfway through the first have, ratcheting up the score to 4-0.
It was 8-0 at the half. The Patriots held off their hosts for the second half’s first 12 minutes before surrendering the ninth goal. The match ended eight minutes later by auto-win.
“DGS means something really important to us,” said acting head coach MaryGrace Doyle, referring to County’s super-secret acronym (that does not stand for ‘Dirty Grass Stains‘). “We had a lot of movement in the middle and off the ball. We played it with the first touch and kept them down there.”
Maliska, Emily Mothersbaugh and sophomore Taylor Kibble delivered two goals apiece, while Bowers handed out a pair of assists.
Girls’ Lacrosse: Loudoun County 13, Fauquier 5
Everyone else had gone home except for the lacrosse diehards, sticking around for the nightcap. Like their soccer sistren before them, the Raider g-laxers (6-4) dominated draws, ground balls and possession, exploding out of the gate to the tune of 7-0 after 15 minutes and a 9-1 advantage at the half.
A minute into the second half, County’s freshman goalie Liv Toomer and her defense halted Fauquier at the doorstep and took over possession. Two immediate long passes lead to one short cross-crease pass to Taylor Knudsen for the fling-in.
“We had really beautiful transitions from defense to attack,” Raider head coach Katie Bowers said. “They implemented a zone defense and we were prepared for that.”
Mere seconds later, sophomore midfielder Jackie Hildner tallied for a 10-goal lead and a running clock. A flurry of scores in the closing moments brought the final margin to eight.
Senior goalie Marley Blycher got the starting nod in net. Freshman Gabby Rodriguez paced the Raiders with four scores, while Knudsen contributed three.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
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