<b>Park, Westfield Finish Third at States</b>
At the Virginia AAA state golf championships, held Monday and Tuesday at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Chantilly’s Ji Soo Park placed third individually and the Westfield Bulldogs took third as a team.
After second-place finishes at both the Concorde District and Northern Region tournaments, Park had a two-day total of 144 and secured third place when he won a one-hole playoff with James River’s Nick Austin.
Park shot an even-par 72 on both Monday and Tuesday, finishing three strokes behind first-place Brinson Paolini of Frank W. Cox.
Westfield won both the Concorde District and Northern Region team titles, but its 615 strokes were nine more than first-place James River’s total. For the first time in the three tournaments, Westfield’s second-day team score was larger than its first.
“This is the first time all year, I think, where our scores have increased on Day 2,” said Westfield coach Tim Vigotsky. “I think that was where we really got disappointed, which is uncharacteristic for us to not have improved.”
Despite an opening round score of 71, Centreville’s Norri Hyun posted a two-day total of 148. Teammate Han Joe Kim had a two-day score of 165.
<b>Chantilly Football Victorious on Homecoming</b>
Behind a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes from senior quarterback Roger Strittmatter, the Chantilly football team won its homecoming game, 42-6, over the visiting Fairfax Rebels (3-5, 1-4 Concorde) last Friday night. With the win, the Chargers improved to 6-2 overall, 3-2 in the Concorde District, and with 29.4 power points, Chantilly currently holds the No. 3 seed in the Division 6 playoff race. Against the Rebels, senior running back Torrian Pace led the way with six carries for 185 yards. Pace, who averaged 30.8 yards per carry, scored three touchdowns. Strittmatter completed four of his six passes for 106 yards, including those second-quarter tosses to senior tight end Mike Ryan (3 catches, 100 yards). Chantilly will travel to Centreville on Friday.
<b>Westfield Drops First Game Since Nov. 25, 2006</b>
The Westfield football team suffered its first loss since Nov. 25, 2006 — a 22-game span — when it dropped a 29-28 double-overtime decision at Herndon last Saturday. Herndon’s Nick Impellizzeri grabbed a 2-yard touchdown pass from Zack Ozycz before Westfield junior Tommy Fenyak scored from a yard out to give the Bulldogs a chance. But the two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete and Westfield dropped to 7-1 overall, 3-1 in the Concorde District this season. However, with 29.8 power points, Westfield remains the No. 2 seed in Division 6 as the Bulldogs host Oakton (8-0, 4-0 Concorde) in a pivotal district matchup on Friday.
<b>Centreville’s Jukich Nets Winner for Virginia Tech</b>
With less than two minutes remaining in Sunday night’s home match against Maryland, Virginia Tech junior Emily Jukich scored from eight yards out to give her Hokies a 1-0 win. Jukich, a Centreville graduate and Clifton native, scored her 12th goal this season, giving her sole possession of the second-highest single-season goal total in Virginia Tech history. She also has one assist for a total of 25 points. With the win, Virginia Tech improved to 9-5-2 overall, 3-2-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
<b>Area Gridiron Stars Learn from Redskins</b>
Washington Redskins alumnus and Director of Responsibility Ken Harvey led a panel of Redskins players in the annual 4th & Life Senior Football Forum, held Tuesday afternoon for nearly 700 senior football players and their coaches at FedEx Field in Landover. Senior football players from Chantilly and Centreville high schools attended the event. The 4th & Life program is designed to teach high school football players what it takes to be successful both on the field and in the classroom by emphasizing the importance of both academic and athletic performance. In addition to an interactive discussion, the area football players participated in a question and answer session with Colt Brennan, Khary Campbell, Rock Cartwright and London Fletcher.