By Spencer DuPuis
Viva Loudoun High School Intern
(Dec. 6, 2013) – Heritage High School started the winter season this week for five varsity sports and all are competing with high hopes this year.
The Pride boys basketball team is looking to build off last year’s great season. The Pride girls basketball team looks to keep the momentum with them from last year’s playoff run under a newly promoted coach. The Pride wrestling team is looking for another strong season under coach Mike Hill. Also, the Pride gymnastics team looks newly energized with a new head coach and a gymnast coming off a very strong regional appearance her freshman season. And the Pride Swim team looks to keep up its dominance in the water this season.
Heritage boys basketball is in great position to have a great season under new head coach Robert Smart — former girls varsity basketball coach. With seven varsity players returning (seniors: Zach Coffman, Paul Conteh, Ryan Saale, and Connor Tidgewell; juniors: Josh Anderson, Jesse Case, and Morris Robinson), three juniors moved up from JV last year (Alec Simmons, Ben Olafson, and Nick Winslow), and three transfers: junior, AJ Gray came from Flint Hill, also a junior, Stanley Seldon came from Middleburg Academy, and sophomore, Cole Miller, moved here from Indiana. The Pride will look for success in the newly-formed Conference 21 and hopefully the 4A North tournaments. Case is looking to have another great year and do not be surprised if the sophomore Miller is a standout with his height and 3-point shooting ability.
Heritage girls basketball looks to keep its dominance under newly promoted head coach Nicole Barnes. With five varsity players returning (senior: Kayla Tibbs; juniors: Christina Smart, Jayla Rivers, Ashley Silvernale, Melissa Meyers and Jonique Mitchell) ,they’ve added junior, Jayla Rivers, who moved up JV last year, and they’ve also added four new players: junior Qiara Burris; sophomore, Mikahyla Winslow; and freshmen Olivia Overton and Lana Zjajo to boost the roster this season. Tibbs looks to build upon her Dulles District Division 3 : Player of the year honors in the newly-formed Conference 21. Watch out for the freshman Zjajo,who has looked good in practice and during a scrimmage against Liberty.
Heritage Pride’s wrestling team is made up of all returning varsity wrestlers. “Everyone on the team has the potential and ability to do well this year,” said head coach Mike Hill. Here is the roster with the weight classes for this season.
106/112 – Matt Marsteller (junior)
126 – Jacob Holton (sophomore)/Danny McCrystal (sophomore)
132 – Danny McCrystal/Jacob Holton
138 – Josh Tanner (senior)/Fletcher Davis (sophomore)
145 – Josh Tanner/Chad Kirkpatrick (junior)
152 – Wyatt Helean (junior)
As they look for a great season ahead of them Coach Hill says, “Fletcher Davis, Sophomore, and Chad Kirkpatrick, Junior, have the experience and ability to make the biggest splash.”
The gymnastics team is looking to have a good year under head coach Jenny Aubel with sophomore, Hedi Barrientos and the addition of four new gymnasts junior, Courtney Walker, a transfer from Middleburg Academy; and three freshmen Kailyn Mattingly, Nicole Gumbiner, and Molly Rich. Coach Aubel says, “All new team members have some gymnastics experience and should improve with each week of practice and meets.”
Coach Aubel on Hedi Barrientos,”Heidi is showing good skill and leading the team with her year of experience from last year.”
The Pride swim team is looking for another dominate season under coaches Robertson and Schiffer. They had a great season last year with a lot of state meet qualifications. They look to take even more to the state meet this year. They also added a lot of new swimmers this season.
Pride Pulse! is a weekly column by Heritage High School sophomore Spencer DuPuis.