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April 14 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Monday, Apr. 14 | By Jeff Malmgren
Jessica Crew had seven goals on eight shots and won five draws Monday during Highland's 11-7 win over Fredericksburg Academy. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
With an assist on each of their goals, the Highland Hawks defeated the Fredericksburg Academy boys lacrosse team, 8-5, on the road Monday.

Brandon Landers led Highland with three assists while Manti Batistas had two.

“I am very excited by the number of assisted goals,” Hawks coach Kevin Helmick said, “which I see as statistical confirmation of the chemistry this team has. We have a fun group of players that are enjoying playing together and it is starting to show on both sides of the ball.”

Nick Whitehead finished with three goals to help Highland improve its record to 2-1 overall and in the Delaney Athletic Conference. Adding one goal each were Austin Day, Logan Edwards, Jack Silvernale, Ethan McGrath and Landers.

Fredericksburg won only four of 11 face-offs with Highland’s Silvernale taking six and Decatur Pritchard winning five. Batistas had seven ground balls while Whitehead has six and Landers had four.

Hawks goalie Liam Walsh finished with 10 saves.

“We are a young team,” Helmick said. “Defense is currently the strength of the team, however, offense is steadily catching up as young players are learning their roles in the system.”

Highland girls soccer 0, Shenandoah Valley 0

The Highland Hawks remain undefeated this month after tying the Shenandoah Valley Christian girls soccer team, 0-0, Monday at home in Warrenton.

“Not our best game technically and possession-wise, but the girls showed a lot of heart against a tough opponent,” said Hawks coach Reynolds Oare, whose team improved to 4-2-1. “Really good defensively. Offensively, we were able to generate some good chances but just couldn't get one to go in.”

Brentsville softball 13, Highland 1

The Highland softball team suffered its first loss of the softball season Monday, falling to Brentsville, 13-1, at home in Warrenton.

The Hawks’ record fell to 5-1 with pitcher Jordanna Short taking a loss for the first time after allowing nine runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out two. Hailey Place went 1-for-2 with an RBI double while Julia Granato went 1-for-1 with a walk.

Highland boys tennis 8, Fredericksburg Academy 0

The Highland Hawks won beat the Fredericksburg Academy boys tennis team, 8-0, Monday on the road to remain undefeated.

The Hawks won 56 of 57 games in the match to improve to 4-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference and 6-0 overall.

“I am extremely proud of what my boys have done so far this season,” Highland coach Paola Riccetti said. “They come to practice daily eager to work hard and are so competitive with each other; they push each other to be better players.”

Winning singles matches, 8-0, for Highland were No. 1 jack Thomas, No. 2 Adam Fenton, No. 3 Rich Gerhardt, No. 4 Ward Van de Water and No. 5 Tim Bartz.

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Thomas and Van de Water won, 8-1, and the No. 2 team of Gerhardt and Traves Stolterfoht won, 8-0.

Highland girls lacrosse 11, Fredericksburg Academy 7

Despite playing a man down for the final 12 minutes of the game Monday due to penalties, the Highland Hawks defeated the Fredericksburg Academy girls lacrosse team, 11-7, at home in Warrenton.

“We played strong as a whole and possessed the ball well,” said Hawks coach Kristen Conques, whose team improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Delaney Athletic Conference.

Senior midfielder Jessica Crew led Highland with seven goals on eight shots. He also won five draws and had two ground balls.

“Had an amazing game,” Conques said, “and so did sophomore Carley Eldredge.”

Eldredge finished with five draw controls, three assists, three ground balls and a goal. Mackenzie Walker added two goals and an assist, while Oliva Bell had one goal and Soha Ahmed had three ground balls.

Goalie Emma Walsh kept Fredericksburg at bay with 19 saves.
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