The Highland Hawks’ boys soccer season came to an unexpected end Friday in first round of the VISAA Division II state tournament.
No. 12 Norfolk Collegiate upset No. 5 Highland, 2-1, in overtime on the road in Warrenton, ending the Hawks’ season with a 14-4-1 record.
“I am sorry to see the season end before it should have,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “The guys worked too hard and came too far to have it end like this. I couldn't be more proud of their efforts.”
Senior Tim Bartz scored the Hawks’ lone goal with an assist from freshman Conor White.
“We controlled the flow of the game, we just couldn't finish one in the second half,” Oare said. “We had some unfortunate mistakes in the second half and overtime, and they were finally able to capitalize on one midway through the first OT.”
Fredericksburg Christian volleyball 3, Highland 1
The Highland Hawks fell short of winning the Delaney Athletic Conference volleyball tournament title Friday with a 3-1 loss on the road to Fredericksburg Christian in the championship match
Highland won the first set, 25-21, but then Fredericksburg went on a 3-0 run to win.
“We couldn't maintain our initial level of play. No offensive power,” Hawks coach Gary Hicklin said. “On the positive, our defense stepped up.”
Senior Shelby Thornhill led Highland (11-10) with 13 digs and 2.0 receiving defense. Junior middle hitters Tanya Bopp and Ann Collins had seven and five kills, respectively, while freshman Savarna Pahari and junior Miranda Shaw had three aces each to help the Hawks serve at 88.9 percent.
Fredericksburg Christian, ranked No. 2 in the latest VISAA Division II poll, also beat No. 6 Highland on Oct. 22, 3-2.
“We have taken the No. 2 team in the state to five and four sets in the last 10 days,” Hicklin said.
They could be again in the state tournament next week.
Highland cross country second in DAC
The Highland Hawks finished second Friday in the girls race of the Delaney Athletic Conference cross country championship meet at Randolph Macon Academy.
Eighth grader Carolyn Treuting led the Hawks with a seventh-place finish, while eighth grader Molly Petronzio took ninth and sophomore Olivia Saunders finished 14th.
For the Highland boys, sophomore Shane Buss placed 12th.
The Highland girls entered the competition as the DAC regular season champion.
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