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April 15 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Tuesday, Apr. 16 | By Jeff Malmgren
The Liberty Eagles beat the Kettle Run Cougars for the first time in the five-year history of that rivalry. --Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Highland Hawks’ extended their undefeated run the seven matches Monday with an 8-1 victory over Virginia Episcopal at home in Warrenton.

No. 1 singles player Adam Fenton won 8-1, while Rich Gerhardt won 8-2 at No. 2, Tim Bartz won 8-2 at No. 3, Connor Deal won 9-7 at No. 4, Jonathan Finley won 9-7 at No. 5, and Jon Deal lost 7-8(3-7) at No. 6. In doubles action, Fenton and Bartz lost 8-6 at No. 1, Gerhardt and Connor Deal lost 8-6 at No. 2, and Finley and Jon Deal won 8-4 at No. 3.

Liberty boys lacrosse 13, Kettle Run 11

Not only did the Liberty Eagles get their first win of the 2013 boys lacrosse season, they beat the Kettle Run Cougars for the first time in the five-year history of that rivalry.

The Eagles rallied from a deficit in the first half to beat Kettle Run, 13-11, Monday at home in Bealeton and improve their record to 1-6 (1-3 Evergreen District).

“A sensational game,” Eagles coach Scott Girolmo said.

During the past two seasons alone, Kettle Run won four games against Liberty by the combined score of 79-16. Their game Monday began in similar fashion with the Eagles scoring only three goals in the first half, but Liberty recovered with 10 goals after halftime.

Junior attackman Parker Smith led the Eagles with five goals, while senior midfielder Tyler Longerbeam had four and junior midfielder Tyler Jones had two. Adding one goal each were sophomore attackman Tommy Smith and junior midfielder Matt Nailor. Smith also had three assists, while Longerbeam and Jones had two each.

Nailor also had 14 ground balls and five take-aways, while senior defenseman six ground balls and two take-aways.

Kettle Run’s record fell to 2-5 (2-2 district).

Kettle Run girls tennis 5, Warren County 4

The Kettle Run Cougars improved to 2-0 in the Evergreen District (5-3 overall) with a 5-4 victory Monday over the Warren County girls tennis team at home in Nokesville.

They did so without the full service of Alex Smith, typically a No. 1 doubles player and No. 3 singles player, who sat out much of the match with an illness.

The Cougars clinched the team victory by winning the No. 1 and 3 doubles matches. Sophomores Shannon McAvoy and Maggie Clinard won the No. 3 match 10-6, while senior Jessica Doyle and junior Nicole Yessler won the No. 1 match 10-4. Smith and junior Kaylyn Peacher ended up forfeiting the No. 2 match when their coach decided to pull them off the court, due to the illness, after the Cougars had clinched the team victory.

In singles play, Doyle won 10-2 at No. 1, while Yessler won 10-4 at No. 2 and Peacher won 10-8 at No. 5. Filling in for Smith, McAvoy lost the No. 3 singles match 10-1, while junior Nicole Starkey lost 10-8 at No. 4 and Tanvi Suresh lost 11-9 at No. 6.

Kettle Run girls lacrosse 15, Liberty 3

The Kettle Run Cougars improved to 4-0 in the Evergreen District with a 15-3 win over the Liberty girls lacrosse team Monday at home in Nokesville.

Liberty fell to 2-2 in the district and 3-4 overall, while Kettle Run improved to 4-2 overall.

The Eagles had 15 shots on goal, but only Shelby Payne (two) and Abbe Smitley scored goals. Liberty also had 32 ground balls and eight draw controls.

Previously, Liberty lost to in overtime to Culpeper, 14-11, April 11 at home in Bealeton despite four players who scored at least two goals each.

Keyanna Gibson led the Eagles with three goals, while scoring two each were Tanya Thompson, Lizzie Sabio, Shelby Payne and Gigi Martinez. Peyton Morris added one goal and helped Liberty finish with 33 shots on goal, 13 draw controls and 25 ground balls.

“Both games the girls showed a lot of heart,” Eagles coach Kate Deming said. “We walked away knowing what we need to fix and improve on. … The girls can see that [while] they have come a long way, they still have a long way to go.”
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