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Centreville High Sports Notebook

Wildcat Classic golf event set for April 30.

— General Dynamics and the Wildcat golf team invite the community to the 8th Annual Wildcat Classic on Monday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton. The registration fee for this year’s event is $400 per foursome and $100 per individual. Registration includes greens fees, cart, range balls, on-course challenges, a tournament goodie bag, and admission to the awards reception and tournament banquet.

Girls Lacrosse

By Aileen Anderson

The Centreville girls’ varsity lacrosse team came on strong in their first Concorde District competition against Oakton on Friday night, April 13. The intensity never let up as the Lady Wildcats beat first-ranked Oakton, 14-13. Senior midfielder Hayley Anderson pounded home two consecutive shots at the start, fed by freshman attacker Reagan Newell, taking the Cougars by surprise. Anderson led the scoring with seven goals (2 draw controls), followed by junior midfielder Carly Sane with three goals (1 draw control). Freshman midfielder Caroline Wakefield was indispensable, keeping the ball in the Wildcats pockets with two goals, two assists, six groundballs, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Newell showed, yet again, her ability to dominate in the attack position with one goal, five assists, one draw control, five ground balls, and one caused turnover. Leading 8-2 at the half, the challenge for the Wildcats had only just begun as the Oakton Cougars began a full advance bringing in 11 points during the second half. Remarkable coaching led the Wildcats to not be swayed by a man-down field four times during the last 10 minutes as the coaches turned their attention to the defense. In the net, first season senior goalie Ayana Teran was outstanding with 14 saves from a well-seasoned group of Cougar offensive players. Junior defensive players Danielle Smith and Brooke Peterson held off the rampage, each tallying two ground balls and a caused turnover. There is now no doubt that Centreville has matured into a cohesive team working together. The Wildcats were scheduled to take on Concorde rival Chantilly on the Chargers’ home turf earlier this week on Tuesday, April 17.

Boys Lacrosse:

By Eileen Balberde

The Centreville High School varsity boys’ lacrosse team competed during spring break in the Woodgrove High School Spring Break Tournament, in Purcellville. The Wildcats won all three of their games, facing Williamsburg Lacrosse Club, McLean High School, and Edison High School. The Wildcats faced a tough Williamsburg Lacrosse Club during their first game on Monday, April 2, finding themselves down 5-1 at the half. However, they quickly rallied and dominated play during the third quarter, scoring six unanswered goals. Centreville ended the close game with a final score victory of 10-8. Scoring goals for Centreville were Zack Sikora (4) and Andy Balberde (3), along with one each from Nathan Marks, Tyler Vennergrund and Kevin Hagan. Assists on the goals were given by Zack Sikora and Andy Balberde. Solid defensive play was provided by Antonio Choi, Jake Hyde and Kevin Brawner. Pat Prosser was back in goal for the Wildcats, having undergone shoulder surgery and rehab in the off season.

Game two of the Woodgrove Tournament found the Wildcats facing McLean High School. Centreville’s defense was the star of the show, allowing only one goal the entire game. The stellar defensive performance was led by junior goalie Pat Prosser and sophomore goalie Kent Roy. Both Roy and Prosser made multiple stops during the game. Superb one-on-one defense was displayed by Kevin Brawner, Jake Hyde and Antonio Choi, completely shutting down McLean’s offensive threat. Man down defense held McLean to no goals, with solid long stick man performance by Nick Ziegler and Kainoa O’Connor. Centreville’s offensive game was highlighted by top scorer Nathan Marks with four goals for the day, followed by Tyler Vennergrund and Andy Balberde, both with a `hat trick’ (3 goals). Kevin Hagan had 2 goals, and Zack Sikora, David Weisbrodt and Sean Doyle each had one for the day. Assists on goals were made by Zack Sikora (3), Andy Balberde (2), and Nathan Marks (2), along with one apiece from Kevin Hagan, Chase Heiner, Nick Ziegler and Danny Meador. The lopsided victory, with a final score of 15-1, was especially sweet for the Wildcats since they lost a close game to McLean in the 2011 season.

The final game of the tournament saw Centreville play Edison High in a competitive match, with the Wildcats winning 9-6. Junior midfielder Andy Balberde was the high scorer for the Wildcats with three goals for the day, while David Weisbrodt and Nathan Marks each had two. Also scoring for Centreville were Zack Sikora and Tyler Vennergrund. Nathan Marks and Zack Sikora each tallied multiple assists during the day. Defensive midfielders John Clements and Matt DeVera had impressive games, limiting scoring chances for Edison. Solid defensive play by Jake Hyde, Antonio Choi and Kevin Brawner made for key turnovers, leading to fast breaks. The Wildcats also saw excellent long stick help from Kainoa O’Connor and Nick Ziegler. Pat Prosser helped the Wildcats in goal, stopping numerous shots.

In more recent Centreville boys; lacrosse action, the Wildcats faced a tough Madison High School team Wednesday night, April 11, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. The Wildcats were ahead 3-1 at the end of the first quarter and the score was tied several times throughout the rest of the evening. But the Wildcats could not hold on to their original lead. They ended the night with a 13-10 loss. Attacker Tyler Vennergrund was the leading scorer for Centreville with three goals for the evening. Other players scoring goals for the Wildcats were Nathan Marks and Zack Sikora with two each, as well as David Weisbrodt, Kevin Hagan, and Andy Balberde with one goal each. Assists were given by Andy Balberde (3), Tyler Vennergrund (2), Zack Sikora (1), and Nathan Marks (1).

In their first Concorde District game of the season, the Wildcats suffered a 15-8 loss against Oakton. Midfielders Zack Sikora and Andy Balberde were the top scorers for the Wildcats, with three goals apiece for the evening. Chase Heiner and Kevin Hagan each had one goal during the game. Lending assists to their teammates were Zack Sikora with two, and Kevin Hagan and Andy Balberde with one each. The Wildcats’ record now stands at 8-2.

Wildcats’ JV Lacrosse Update: Friday the 13th lived up to its reputation for the Centreville JV boys’ lacrosse team in a tough 11-1 loss to Oakton. After giving up an early goal, the Wildcats struck back quickly on a great steal by Elliott Cunningham, who fed the ball to fellow attackman Alex Rizzi whose shot tied the score at 1-1. Despite tough defense by the Wildcats, the first quarter ended with Centreville down 3-1. Oakton’s own swarming defense frustrated Centreville shooters in the second quarter, leading to a halftime score of 5-1. The lead gave Oakton the luxury of passing the ball around the perimeter throughout most of the second half. The Wildcats were increasingly forced to press as the game wound down, a necessary risk that led to additional shots and goals by Oakton. The team has still moved to a solid record of 4-1-1, and is scheduled to face two perennial opponents - Chantilly and Lake Braddock – at home this week, on April 17th and 20th, respectively.

Girls Tennis

By Coach Leslie O’Connor

Matches against Chantilly on Wednesday, April 11, and Robinson on Friday, April 13, didn’t play out in the Lady Wildcats’ favor, with shutouts on each day. But all players continue to improve their games through tough district competition. Of particular note were improvements in depth and power, as well as movement and shot placement. This week, the tennis team was scheduled to face Herndon on Tuesday, April 17. Then, the final home match, and Senior Day, will be played against Westfield on Thursday, April 19th.

Track and Field

By Monique King

The Wildcat track and field team faced Oakton and Robinson at a home meet last Wednesday, April 11th, and both the boys and girls teams placed second in the team scoring. There were many outstanding individual performances, including first place finishes for the girls by Seo He Im in the triple jump and long jump, Kylie Cuomo in the 1600, Isabella Medina in the 800, Sara Emsley in the discus, and Natalie King in the 3200. First place finishers for the boys were Chris Jones in the 400, Chan Young Lee in the 800, Philip Christophe in the long jump, and Nathan Milton in the discus. Second place scorers were Seo He Im in the 100 hurdles, Elizabeth Ellis in the 300 hurdles, Maria Cowen in the triple jump, Michael Bishop in the 100, and Calvin Jones in the 400. Third place finishers were Elizabeth Ellis in the 100 hurdles, Rachel Lee in the triple jump, Joanna Ahn in the 800, Amber Assadi in the long jump, Michael Bishop in the 200, Presley Day in the 1600, Jay Cowen in the 400, Bobby Dunn in the 800, and Jay Cowen in the high jump.

Also this past week, the varsity squad competed in the Morgan State Invitational in Baltimore. Centreville highlight performances include three second place finishes by Sara Emsley and Nathan Milton in the discus throw, Chan Young Lee in the boys’ 1600, and Isabella Medina in the girls’ 1600. Also, sophomore Maryn Wood qualified for the district championship meet in the 100 and 200 meters; senior Mike Wright qualified for the district championship in the 200 and 400 meter sprints; and senior Chris Jones qualified for the championship in the 800 meters. Other placements included: Elizabeth Ellis, 7th, 400 hurdles; Maryn Wood, 8th,100 dash; Mike Wright, 7th, 400 dash; Chris Jones, top 6 in the 800; Nathan Milton, 8th, shot put; Sara Emsley, top 8, shot put; Philip Christophe, 8th, long jump; boys 4x100 (Philip Christophe, Alex Marmol, Marcel Smith, Mike Wright), 6th place.

Centreville Softball

By Lynne Wilson

Lady Wildcats varsity softball won an away game against Robinson on Monday, April 9, by a score of 5-4. Key hits were made by Gretchen Kernbach, Kara Love, and Courtney Burke. The second game of the week was played Friday night, April 13, against Herndon. It was a hard fought game and there were plenty of hits on the night. Lexi Murdock smashed a home run as well as a double with two RBIs. Kara Love had two doubles with a sacrifice fly resulting in an RBI. Lauren Knoble had a double and single. Macy Luck, Natalie Hopkins and Gretchen Kernbach also had base hits. Morgan Yi pitched a solid game, with Gretchen Kernbach coming into relieve in the seventh inning. Despite having the tying runs on base, the Wildcats were not able to close the deal, losing 7-5. The team is now 6-6 on the season, 1-1 in the district. They were scheduled to play Westfield at home earlier this week on Tuesday, April 17, and then visit Oakton on Friday night, April 20, at 6:30.

Baseball:

By Chris Barron

The Centreville High varsity baseball team defeated previously undefeated Herndon, 4-3, on Friday April 13th. Senior catcher and James Madison University recruit Bobby San Martin led the way, going 2-for-2 with three RBI, including a three-run, bases-clearing double in the third inning. Senior pitcher Mitch Mahoney picked up the win after going six innings with three strikeouts before giving way to senior Mitch Ferrick, who picked up the save after throwing out the potential tying run at the plate to end the game.

This victory came after the varsity Wildcats defeated Robinson 5-4 earlier in the week. Centreville is now 12-1 (2-0 Concorde) and was scheduled to face rival Westfield at home on Tuesday, April 17, then travel to Oakton on Thursday, April 19 with both games scheduled for a 6:30 start.

Wildcats’ JV Baseball defeated Robinson 13-11 on Tuesday, April 10th, and Herndon 5-4 on Friday, April 13th. Against the Rams, both teams combined for 15 runs in the first inning, eight for Centreville and seven for Robinson. Freshman Matthew Blaise led the team, going 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. Two of Blaise's hits came in that first inning where the Wildcats had their first eight batters reach base before an out was recorded. Centreville tacked on two more runs in the third and its final three in the fifth. Blaise came into pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh and recorded the final three outs, including a passed ball which catcher Jake Behne was able to collect at the backstop before tossing it to Blaise and getting the runner out at the plate to end the game.

The JV team is now 6-0 (2-0 Concorde) and was scheduled to travel to Westfield on Tuesday, April 17, then play Oakton at home Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Note: Don't forget to follow @CVHSWildcats on Twitter for updates during the game as well as final scores.

Girls Soccer

by Kathy Hull

The Centreville girls' soccer team opened district play on Tuesday night, April 10 at Westfeld. The young team performed well, getting the first goal of the game after Jenna Green's cross allowed Bella Muzo to place a shot past the Bulldogs' keeper in the first half. Centreville goalie Tori Collar had six saves of her own. Westfeld scored to open the second half, and then again in the waning minutes of the game to secure a one-goal victory. The Lady Wildcats are now 4-2-1 for the season and the march through the Concorde District opponents continues. Earlier this week, they were slated to visit Oakton on Monday, April 16 and then host Robinson on Wednesday, April 18.