In a battle of unbeaten boys tennis teams, the Highland Hawks emerged with a 7-0 victory Thursday over the Wakefield Owls on the road in The Plains.
Highland improved its record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference, while Wakefield fell to 4-1 and 2-1.
Winning 8-0 in singles play for the Hawks were No. 2 Jack Thomas over Gabe Himelfarb, No. 3 Rich Gerhardt over Harwood Wolfson and Tim Bartz over Henry Ohrstrom. No. 1 Adam Fenton added an 8-2 win over Will Driskill and No. 4 Ward Van De Water won, 8-3, over Connor Mulvey.
In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Fenton and Bartz defeated Driskill and Himelfarb, 8-1, while the No. 2 team of Gerhardt and Stolterfoht beat Wolfson and Mulvey, 8-4.
Fauquier baseball 9, Courtland 7
Ryan Simpson hit a three-run home run to lead the Fauquier Falcons to a 9-7 win over the Courtland baseball team Thursday at home in Warrenton.
Courtland took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Falcons (3-1 overall, 2-0 Conference 22) responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Travis Croson began the rally with a single, stolen base and run scored on a passed ball. Then Ryan Simpson hit his three-run homer to give Fauquier the lead for good.
Seven different Falcons scored in the game and Fauquier’s batters combined for seven hits and eight stolen bases. Croson went 2-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases, while Gavin Cranford went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases, two walks, a double and a run.
Starting pitcher Sam Tinnesz got the win by allowing two earned runs while striking out 11 over six innings
Kettle Run girls soccer 3, Spotsylvania 1
Facing a deficit for the third consecutive girls soccer match, the Kettle Run Cougars rallied to beat Spotsylvania, 3-1, on the road Thursday.
The victory ended a three-game stretch in which the Cougars went 0-2-1. They improved their overall record to 3-3-1 and moved to 2-0 in Conference 27.
After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Kettle Run’s Emily Brummett tied the score early in the second half with a goal off an assist from Alyssa Rodemsky. Seven minutes later, Erika Blevins took a free kick, sending the ball into the box where Rodemsky scored on a header.
The Cougars closed scoring with 18 minutes remaining in the second half on a header by Lauren Schlenker off a cross from Taylor Decker.
“They came out in the second half with more energy and determination,” Kettle Run coach Elizabeth Martin said.
Jenna Turner gave Spotsylvania the initial lead with about five minutes remaining in the first half. She scored a goal off an assist from Shannon Wratchford.
Fauquier boys tennis 7, King George 2
The Fauquier Falcons beat the King George boys tennis team, 7-2, Thursday at home in Warrenton.
Winning singles matches for Fauquier (4-3) were No. 2 Jacob Evans, No. 3 Kaleb Scott, No. 4 Mike Dooly, No. 5 Sam Opper and No. 6 Jonathan Turner. William Usery lost at No. 1.
Fauquier also won the No. 1 doubles match, but lost at No. 2.
James Monroe boys tennis 6, Kettle Run 3
The Kettle Run Cougars lost to the James Monroe boys tennis team, 6-3, Thursday at home in Nokesville.
Nonetheless, Kettle Run coach Stephen Sviatko felt pleased with the Cougars' performance against a team that won the Region I championship last season and advanced to the AA state final.
"The match was a lot closer than the score indicated," he said. "Against any good team, you just want the opportunity to win going into the doubles matches. We weren’t able to pull through but the chance was there."
It "shows that we can hang and beat the good teams, we just have to push through," said Sviatko, whose team has a 4-2 record.
In singles play, Kettle Run No. 2 Andrew Rainger won, 10-6, while No. 4 Justin Smith won, 11-9. Smith trailed 7-1 in the match, but rallied to tie the score, 9-9, before winning the final two games.
"I was very proud of him on how he never gave up," Sviatako said.
Losing singles matches were No. 1 Nick Meding, 10-6, No. 3 Ryan Powell, 11-9, No. 5 Luke Schwenke, 10-2, and No. 6 K.P. Deliee, 10-2.
In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Meding and Rainger won in a tiebreaker, 11-10 (8-6), while the No. 2 team of Powell and Smith lost, 10-6, and the No. 3 team of Deliee and Ethan Schmidt fell, 10-5.
Previously, the Cougars beat Spotsylvania, 9-0, Tuesday. They lost only six games in that match.
Highland girls lacrosse 16, Wakefield 3
The Highland Hawks rebounded from their first loss of the girls lacrosse season with a 16-3 win Thursday over Wakefield at home in Warrenton.
Jessica Crew scored five goals to help the Hawks improve to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Delaney Athletic Conference.
"I am very proud of our performance," Highland coach Coach Kristen Conques said. "Played great defense, and did very well on offense and controlling the ball."
Emy Ferrell and Mackenzie Walker scored three goals each, while Carley Eldredge and Sophia Sirianni had two each. Soha Ahmed and Katie Clifford added two assists each.
Highland girls soccer 2, Wakefield 0
The Highland Hawks got their fourth consecutive win by beating the Wakefield girls soccer team, 2-0, Thursday at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks improved their record to 4-2 (2-1 Delaney Athletic Conference) after beginning the season with consecutive losses, while the Owls fell to 2-2-1.
"After a shaky start, our girls settled in and started to control the flow of the game," Hawks coach Reynolds Oare said. "Very strong defensively as Wakefield only had one good chance on goal."
Highland took a 1-0 lead in the first half with an Ashton Eicher goal off an MC Treuting assist. Annie Pendleton then scored the Hawks' second goal on a penalty kick after being tackled in the 18-yard box.
"Ashton and Carolyn [Treuting] were dangerous all day," Oare said. "Had a ton of chances on goal in the second half."
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