Wakefield’s Tham, Bentley Receive Conference 13 Honors
Dominique Tham, a senior on the Wakefield boys’ basketball team, and head coach Tony Bentley were recognized as the best in Conference 13 this year.
Tham was named conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 forward, who earned 5A North region Player of the Year honors as a junior, is a dominant force at both ends of the floor.
Bentley was named conference Coach of the Year. He led Wakefield to a 21-1 regular-season record. As of Feb. 24, the Warriors’ only loss this season was a one-point defeat against Eastern High School of Washington, D.C. Wakefield is ranked No. 4 in the Washington Post’s top 20.
Wakefield senior guard Marqua Walton and junior guard Deng Nhial received first-team all-conference honors. Sophomore guard Alan Treakle was named to the second team.
Nhial earned a spot on the all-defensive team.
On Monday, Wakefield defeated Lee 78-44 in the conference tournament semifinals, improving the Warriors’ record to 23-1. Wakefield, the tournament’s top seed, hosted No. 2 Edison in the championship game on Tuesday, after The Connection’s deadline.
Wakefield Girls Earn Trip to Championship Game
The Wakefield girls’ basketball team, seeded No. 2 in the Conference 13 tournament, beat No. 3 Mount Vernon 54-37 in the semifinals on Monday.
The victory earned Wakefield a trip to the championship game, where the Warriors faced No. 1 Edison on Tuesday, after The Connection’s deadline.
Monday’s victory improved Wakefield’s record to 15-8.
Yorktown Boys’ Basketball Qualifies for Regionals
The Yorktown boys’ basketball team defeated Madison in the Conference 6 quarterfinals on Feb. 19, earning a trip to the regional tournament. The Patriots, who lost to Hayfield in the conference semifinals, will compete in a regional contest later this week.
Yorktown Wrestler Kappel Competes at States
Yorktown wrestler Jason Kappel competed at the state tournament on Feb. 20 at Robinson Secondary School.
Kappel lost his first match in the 195-pound bracket to Woodbridge’s Jonathan Berry, 10-3.
Kappel qualified for states by finishing runner-up to eventual state champion Tyler Love of Centreville in the 6A North region.
Individual State Gymnastics Competition Postponed
The individual portion of the VHSL state gymnastics competition, originally scheduled for Feb. 21, was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 28 due to inclement weather concerns. Competition begins at noon at Patriot High School.
Washington-Lee’s Sophie Hatcher and Yorktown’s Bella Kane qualified to compete in the all-around.