11 Highland girls soccer
Despite entering as the No. 7 seed, Highland advanced to the championship match
of the VISAA Division II girls soccer tournament. The Hawks lost to No. 1 Eastern Mennonite in the state final, 1-0, but pulled a pair of upsets to achieve their runnerup status. Highland defeated No. 2 North Cross, 2-0, in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Atlantic Shores Christian, 1-0, in the semifinals. Eastern Mennonite's goal in the title match was the only goal allowed by Highland in the state tournament, and Mennonite didn't score until the 75th minute of the match. The Hawks finished 11-5-2 and enjoyed their best season
since winning the 2007 and 2006 state championships.
12 Liz Wood at Maine
As a freshman, Liz Wood started all 28 games for the University of Maine women's basketball team in 2012-13 and led the team with 32.4 minutes per game. The 2012 Liberty graduate
was named America East conference Co-Rookie of the Year
despite the Black Bears' 4-24 record. Wood led all America East rookies with 10.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Wood's former Liberty teammates
, Jazmon Gwathmey
, also excelled in 2012, making the Colonial Athletic Association all-rookie team as a James Madison redshirt freshman.
13 Kettle Run swimming
The Kettle Run swim team produced its best region finish in program history by placing third in the boys standings at the Region II meet and eighth in girls' standings. Henry Patrick became Cougars' first region champion by winning the 50-meter freestyle, 100 free and 400 free relay with Zach Webb, Ryan Kelley and Connor Webb. Zach Webb also won the 100 butterfly. The Cougars competed in 16 events at the Class A/AA state meet
and placed 13th at state, while the girls took 24th. The Cougars also won their second consecutive
Evergreen District boys and girls championships.
14 Kettle Run volleyball
The Kettle Run volleyball team fell one win short
of qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in program history. The Cougars won a school record 25 matches and beat William Monroe
in the Class 3A East Region quarterfinals, 25-21, 25-9, 25-11. KRHS then lost a tantalizingly close match to Warhill in the semifinals, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20. Thus, Kettle Run's season ended at 25-2, while Warhill went on to finish as 3A state runner-up. Earlier, the Cougars won the Conference 27
regular season and tournament championships, as well as the Evergreen District regular season title. They went 12-0 in conference play and did not lose a single game in those matches.
15 Liberty football
The Liberty football team won a playoff game for the sixth consecutive season. The Eagles defeated John Handley in a shootout, 49-47
, during the first round of the Class 4A North Region tournament, exacting revenge for a 45-42
loss to Handley in the season-opener. As the No. 9 seed, beating No. 8 Handley was an upset. Liberty couldn't do the same to No. 1 Sherando, which defeated the Eagles, 34-12
, in the region quarterfinals. Liberty finished 7-5, despite beginning the season 1-4, and won the Evergreen District title
by going 5-0. The Eagles were also the county champion for the second consecutive season, beating Kettle Run 28-26 and Fauquier 28-10 in the Bird Bowl. Plus, they were the only team in the regular season to beat Eastern View, 42-14
, with a newly-featured double wing offense.
16 Kettle Run football
For the third consecutive season, Kettle Run won a football playoff game. The Cougars beat Skyline, 35-7
, in the first round of the Class 3A East Region tournament, but fell short of advancing to states for the third straight year. James Monroe defeated Kettle Run, 6-3
, in the region quarterfinals and finished as a state runner-up for the third consecutive season. In 2012 and 2011, James Monroe beat the Cougars in the Class AA Division 3 state semifinals. Regardless, in only six seasons as a program, the Cougars have amassed a 7-3 record in the playoffs. Kettle Run finished with a 7-5 record, which included thrilling games against Fauquier
and Eastern View
17 Fauquier girls soccer
For the first time since 2005, Fauquier qualified for a region girls soccer tournament. Plus, the Falcons beat Millbrook, 4-3
, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals, during which they lost to defending state champion Woodgrove, 3-0
. Fauquier finished 12-7 and was the Evergreen
District regular season and tournament runner-up to Kettle Run
. The Falcons, however, made a deeper postseason run with the Cougars losing in the region quarterfinals. Against Millbrook, Fauquier overcame a 3-1 deficit in the final 30 minutes with Caity Ashley scoring the winning goal with about four minutes remaining in the match.
18 Fauquier softball
It took extra innings and a defending state champion to knock Fauquier out of the Region II softball tournament. Woodgrove beat the Falcons, 2-1
, in the 10th inning of a region semifinal game, ending Fauquier's season with a 16-5-1 record. The Falcons' season included a nine-game winning streak and the Evergreen
District regular season championship
. In the region quarterfinals, Fauquier defeated Fluvanna, 1-0
, thanks to a two-hit shut out by star pitcher Tess Miller.
19 Kettle Run girls lacrosse
By going 10-0 in Evergreen
District play, the Kettle Run girls lacrosse team earned a spot in the semifinals of the Northern Section
tournament, during which it lost to Loudoun Valley, 19-8
. En route to a 12-4 final record, the Cougars won the district regular season and tournament championships
. Center midfielder Morgan Rodgers set a single-season scoring record for Kettle Run with 86 goals as a sophomore, giving her 169 goals in her young career.
20 Fauquier Activities Director
After 19 years as Fauquier High's activities director, Allen Creasy retired in June
. He spent 41 years in the Fauquier County Public School system, including an 11-year stint as boys basketball coach during which he amassed a 172-94 record. “I've gotten to do things I've always wanted,” Creasy said. “Be around sports and be around kids.” Creasy was named
the 2010 Athletic Administrator of the Year in the Virginia High School League Group AA classification. Mark Holmes
took over Creasy's position at Fauquier in July after serving as Liberty High's activities director for five years. Holmes graduated from Fauquier in 1981.