Saturday, November 5, 2011
DAYTON, Tenn. — Heritage Academy fell to Calumet 27-29, 25-22, 15-6 in the championship match of the National Association of Christian Athletes Division I national tournament late Friday night.
Heritage came through the losers’ bracket with four straight victories to earn the shot at Calumet, which also won the Division I national title in 2010.
“I am very proud of the whole team. They had to fight all the way through the tournament and they represented Washington County well,” Eagles coach Young-Sook Anderson said. “We were the newcomer, we’d never been there before, so nobody knew about us. All the coaches and parents there were shocked, they were all wondering where we were from. So it was neat because everybody was curious about us.”
Kara Stamper — who won defensive MVP honors — had 18 kills, five blocks and 10 digs in the final, and 114 kills and 34 blocks in the tournament.
“All the coaches came to me and told me Kara was the No. 1 player there,” Anderson said. “She mostly got defensive MVP because the offensive MVP went to a player on the winning team (Calumet), but she wasn’t as powerful as Kara.”
Rachel Clarke and Callie Butts also were named to the all-tournament team. Clarke had 10 kills, three blocks and 10 digs in the final, and 54 kills and 22 blocks in the tournament. Butts had 28 assists and 11 digs in the final, and 126 assists in the tournament.
“The losers’ bracket tired our girls out because we had to play more games,” Anderson said. “Calumet had an easy road to the final, had to play less games and had more rest than us. They scouted us a lot, but we didn’t have the time to prepare for them.”
Stephanie O’Brien had nine digs and Jessica Gaylor added eight digs in the final. O’Brien had 50 digs in the tournament and Kathleen Kidd added 45 digs.
The Eagles, who finished the season 18-0 in best-of-5 matches — running their streak to 37 straight best-of-5 victories since the start of 2010 — went 85-7 in 90 games played this year and 14-4 in games played at nationals.
Philip Barbour 3, Berkeley Springs 0
RIDGELEY, W.Va. — Toni Davison had five digs and three kills, Casey Solomon had four digs and three kills and Brooklyn McCusker had 11 assists for Berkeley Springs in its season-ending 25-10, 25-19, 25-5 loss to Philip Barbour in the West Virginia Class AA Region II final.
Mercersburg 29, Kiski 23
MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Marcus Allen ran for 145 yards and a touchdown for Mercersburg Academy in a victory over Kiski School (2-6).
Ayo Adjibaba ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns for Mercersburg (2-6), while Theo Mordecai caught a 28-yard touchdown reception from Lorenzo Vazquez.
Vazquez also carried the ball five times for 43 yards and caught two passes for 41 yards for the Blue Storm.
Kent County 39, Hancock 0
WORTON, Md. — Garrett Wiles had two interceptions and Austin Edgerton had one for Hancock in a season-ending loss to Kent County (3-7).
The Panthers finish the season with a 3-6 record.
Pope John Paul the Great 53, Saint James 0
DUMFRIES, Va. — Saint James (1-8) ended its season on an eight-game losing streak with a loss to Pope John Paul the Great (4-5). No other information was available.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
PIAA state championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Chambersburg placed 12th in the girls team standings and 20th in the boys at the PIAA Class AAA state championships.
Natalie Holder placed 75th on the 3.1-mile course in 20:06 to lead the Chambersburg girls. Greencastle-Antrim’s Caroline Schemel, competing individually, was the top local finisher in the race, placing 39th in 19:39.
Nick Rotz finished 80th in 17:11 to lead the Chambersburg boys. James Buchanan’s Liam Corcoran, competing individually, was the next local runner to finish, placing 129th in 17:33.
Mercersburg 2, Peddie 0
MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Mercersburg Academy ended its season with a Mid-Atlantic Prep League win over Peddie School.
Alfred Hylton-Dei scored on an assist by Breno Caligari and Ahmed Abdel-Latif scored on a Hylton-Dei assist for the Blue Storm (12-7-1, 2-3).
PREP FIELD HOCKEY
Pope John Paul the Great 2, Saint James 1
DUMFRIES, Va. — Pope John Paul the Great scored in the final 30 seconds of regulation to bring Saint James’ season to an end with a jolt.
Anna Beckett scored with 22 minutes left in the first half to move the Saints (4-5-1) into a 1-1 tie at the half.
Saint James goalkeeper Ellie Barton had 14 saves.
Lucas commits to Salisbury
WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport senior Zach Lucas has made a commitment to play baseball at Salisbury University, said Wildcats coach David Warrenfeltz.
Lucas was an All-Washington County first-team selection as a junior last year. He hit .340 with five home runs and 40 RBIs.