Winter Sports Season Drawing to a Close

Winter Sports Season Drawing to a Close

High School Notebook


The McLean High girls basketball team finished with a winning 12-11 overall record this season. The Highlanders, under coach Mike O’Brien, finished 7-7 in Liberty District play. Here, junior forward Melissa Wilson drives hard to the basket as Langley’s Rachel Warrick defends.


McLean High boys basketball coach Kevin Roller and his Highlanders qualified for the Northern Region playoffs for the second straight year. They made the 16-team region playoff field by defeating South Lakes in a first-round Liberty District playoff game. The Highlanders’ season ended last week with a first-round region playoff loss at T.C. Williams.

The Virginia State AAA Swim and dive championships took place at the Freedom Center in Manassas two weeks ago.

In the boys team standings, Robinson was team champion, with Madison and Langley finishing second and third, respectively. Oakton finished seventh among the field of 36 teams. Other local teams included McLean (14th place), Herndon (15th), Marshall (22nd) and South Lakes (28th).

The Langley High 200 medley relay team, made up of Stephen Richards, Chuck Katis, Alex Brumas and Chris Barnard, finished fourth. And the Saxons’ 400 free relay team of Ryan Natal, Alec Contag, Katis and Richards was fifth.

In individual events, Richards was first in the 100 breaststroke and second in the 200 individual medley race; Katis was third in the 100 breast; Natal was seventh in the 100 fly; and Jamie Sexton was seventh in the 100 breast.

For Madison, Sean Fletcher won the 100 fly and 100 free events, while Robbie Parker won the 50 free race.

Madison’s 200 free relay team of Fletcher, David Fallovollita, Adam Pennington and Parker finished first. The Warhawks also won the 400 free relay with a foursome of Parker, Matt Russiello, Pennington and Fletcher.

McLean High’s Charlie Putnam finished third in the 200 IM race and fourth in the 100 back. In 1-meter diving, McLean’s Martin Brown was eighth.

Oakton High’s Phillip Bailey won both the 200 free and 100 back events and was second in the 500 free. Also for the Cougars, KJ Park was second in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 IM; Devin Jansen finished seventh in the 100 free and eighth in the 50 free; and Michael Hallock was second in the 100 free. The Oakton 400 free relay team of Bradley, Park, Kevin Cho and Hallock was eighth.

South Lakes’ Brad Dillon was eighth in the 100 back event.

Herndon’s Mark Rodakowski was fifth in 100 breast.

Marshall’s Cyrus Hashemi finished fourth in the 200 free event and fifth in the 500 free.

<b>IN THE GIRLS’ TEAM</b> scores at state swimming, Robinson High was the champion. Other local teams competing included Langley High (fourth place), Oakton (eighth), McLean (12th) and Madison (25th).

Langley High’s Kim Pilka was third in 1-meter diving and teammate Kelly Corish was fifth. Also for the Saxons, Megan Howard was seventh in the 50 free; Jayme Katis was seventh in the 100 free; and Karen Schirm was eighth in 100 breast. Langley’s 200 medley relay team of Meghan Overend, Karen Schirm, Jessica Hawken and Megan Howard was eighth. The Saxons’ 200 free relay team of Overend, Hawken, Jayme Katis and Howard was third.

McLean’s Eva Greene was fourth in the 100 free and third in 100 back.

Oakton’s Kaitlin Pawlowicz won the 200 IM and was second in the 100 fly. Cougar Emily Rakosi was eighth in 1-meter diving. Oakton’s 400 free relay team of Quinn Wilkinson, Allie Maher, Ashley Doran and Pawlowicz was seventh.

Madison’s Kelly Lloyd finished second in 1-meter diving.

<b>THE SOUTH LAKES</b> High boys indoor track and field team captured the Northern Region championship at the George Mason University Field House in Fairfax Feb. 21. The Seahawks finished ahead of second-place Edison and third place Chantilly.

Seahawk senior Vincent Brown won three events to lead South Lakes — the 300 dash, 55 hurdles and the long jump. He was third in the high jump event.

Teammate Mike Harrell finished third in the 55 hurdles.

For the South Lakes girls, Lachelle Wallace finished third in the 300 dash and second in the 55.