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Sports Briefs: Yorktown Boys Beat First-Place Edison

The Yorktown boys basketball team edged Edison 56-54 on Jan. 20 at YHS. Edison entered the contest atop the National District standings with a 7-0 record, including a 63-58 win over Yorktown on Dec. 13, but the Patriots started the second half of district play with a win over the previously unbeaten Eagles.

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Jack Earley, seen against Stuart on Dec. 16, and the Yorktown boys basketball team beat Edison 54-52 on Jan. 20. Edison entered the contest undefeated in the National District.

According to stats from the Washington Post’s Web site, Jack Earley led Yorktown with 16 points. Zak Esherick scored 10 points for the Patriots, Nick Yore totaled eight and Jeremiah Leano and M.J. Stewart each added six.

Through eight games, Edison sat atop the district with a 7-1 record, followed by Wakefield (6-2), Washington-Lee (5-3), Hayfield (5-3), Mount Vernon (4-4), Yorktown (4-4), Stuart (1-7) and Falls Church (0-8).

Yorktown traveled to face Stuart on Jan. 24. Results of the game were not available prior to the Connection’s deadline. The Patriots will travel to face Falls Church at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. Yorktown’s next home game is Jan. 31 against Washington-Lee.

Yorktown Girls Third Through Eight

The Yorktown girls basketball team lost to Edison 48-38 on Jan. 20. According to stats from the Washington Post’s Web Site, Lauren Dresser led the Patriots with 10 points. Haley Molnar scored eight points and Ellen Nye and Emily Rebh each had six.

Through district games, Yorktown was 5-3 and in third place, losing only to first-place Mount Vernon and second-place Edison (twice). Mount Vernon was 8-0, followed by Edison (7-1), Yorktown, Washington-Lee (4-4), Wakefield (4-4), Hayfield (3-5), Falls Church (1-7) and Stuart (0-8).

Yorktown hosted Stuart on Jan. 24. Results of the game were not available prior to the Connection’s deadline. The Patriots will host Falls Church at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.

Yorkton Girls Win, Boys Lose to W-L

The Yorktown swim and dive teams had their first meets in the new YHS pool, facing cross-town rival Washington-Lee. Both YHS and W-L were undefeated before their dual meet on Jan. 20. At the end of the night, the YHS girls emerged with a win to remain undefeated for the season with a 7-0 record, and the W-L boys edged the Patriots, leaving them at 6-1.

The boys lost their meet by a final score of 161-154, but had many fast swims and challenged the W-L team with their depth even in races where they did not have first-place finishers. Max Fish was a double winner with first-place finishes in the 100 free and 100 breast events. Will Tarkenton finished first in the 200 IM event. The boys 200 medley relay also finished first (Tarkenton, Fish, David Emson, Jason Henley).

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Emily Rebh, seen against Mount Vernon on Jan. 9, and the Yorktown girls basketball team were in third place in the National District through eight games.

The girls won their meet by a score of 227–99 with first-place finishes in every event. Double wins came from Stephanie Romano (200 free, 500 free), Ellie Belilos (100 fly, 100 free), and Abby Young (200 IM, 100 back). Other individual event winners were Elena Bavolack (diving), Mason Nassetta (50 free) and Lauren Allard (100 breast). The girls also won each of the relays: 200 medley relay (Young, Rachel Robertson, Belilos, Kirby Nassetta); 200 free relay (Romano, Belilos, M. Nassetta, Young); and 400 free relay (Romano, Amanda Didawick, Allard, K. Nassetta).

The Patriots return to the pool next weekend for the district championship meet which will be held at the new Yorktown pool. The dive events will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26. Swim preliminaries will take place on Friday, Jan. 27, with finals on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Yorktown Wrestling 3-4 at District Duals

The Yorktown wrestling team finished 3-4 at the National District Duals on Jan. 20 and 23 at Mount Vernon High School. The second day of competition, originally scheduled for Jan. 21, was postponed due to inclement weather.

Nolan Paduda (7-0), Curtis Jeney (7-0) and Charlie Wheldon (5-0) each finished undefeated for Yorktown. Cody Cummings (6-1), Rene Fuentes (5-2), Josh Granadeno (5-2), Frank Gulyas (4-3), David Garcia (4-3), Lucas Degraw, Sebastian Skladony, Anthony Waldren and Edgar Payano also competed for the Patriots.

Host Mount Vernon finished 7-0.

The Patriots will host Falls Church and Stuart on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The National District tournament is Feb. 4 at Stuart.

O’Connell Boys Ranked in VISAA Poll

The Bishop O’Connell boys basketball team was ranked No. 6 in the Jan. 17 edition of the independent schools’ state top 10 poll. Paul VI was ranked No. 1, followed by Episcopal, Blue Ridge, Benedictine, Miller School, Bishop O’Connell, Trinity Episcopal, Bishop Ireton, Potomac and Flint Hill.

Others receiving votes were Bishop Sullivan, Fork Union and St. Christopher’s.