Prep roundup

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Track and cross country standout Thorin Jean was honored Monday at Jamestown’s fall sports banquet as the Virginia state winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman award and a $1,000 scholarship.

Jamestown’s Alexa Halko also took the U.S. Paralympic Female Track Athlete of the Year and was recognized at the fall sports banquet.

Halko competed at the world championships in London. She won two silver medals in the women’s 400- and 800-meter races and a bronze in the 100.

She also is the American record-holder in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and 1500 meters, according to a news release from the U.S. Paralympics website.

This is Halko’s third straight nomination to the All-American list.

Girls volleyball

The lone senior on the Grafton High girls volleyball team crashed into the boards on the sideline in an attempt to chase down the ball during the VHSL Class 4 state championship Saturday.

Yet despite libero Ansley Ashby’s willingness to put her body on the line, the ball dropped in for one of the final points in Loudoun County’s 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-21, 25-16) of the Clippers at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

The Raiders (28-3) won their sixth consecutive state title and their 10th in 11 seasons. The hustle displayed by the Clippers (23-6) throughout the match could not compete with their opponents’ dominance.

Loudoun County exuded poise.

“You could definitely tell their experience in this atmosphere,” Grafton coach Karissa Cumberbatch said. “That was something I tried to help prepare these girls for, but none of them had ever seen it, and it showed.”

Early in the first set, Grafton sophomore middle blocker Olivia Smalls, sophomore outside hitter Kennedy Hoge and junior middle blocker Allison Kenney all came up with running, leaping and diving saves in one back-and-forth battle, but Loudoun County earned the point.

That moment distilled the match as a whole. While the Clippers scrapped for every point they could muster, the Raiders pulled ahead early in all three sets.

Grafton last appeared in a state championship match in 2010.

In the program’s most successful stretch, the Clippers made the Group AA state finals in 2007, 2009 and 2010, but lost each time to the Raiders. Grafton has never won a state championship.

Football

The York High football team earned a 18-13 come-from-behind playoff win Friday against Lakeland on a wing and a prayer.

The No. 3 seed Falcons took their first lead of the game with less than three minutes remaining in the Region 3A second-round battle, only to see the No. 7 seed Cavaliers score their own go-ahead touchdown 53 seconds later.

Then, on the ensuing York drive, junior quarterback Ramsey Hayyat was intercepted. The Falcons’ fifth turnover gave the Cavaliers the ball back with 1:39 left on the clock.

Still, hope remained alive on the home sideline at Bailey Field.

“Our seniors were yelling, ‘There’s still three timeouts left, man. We’re not done,’ ” York coach Doug Pereira said. “There’s nothing else to say.”

The optimism became reality when Lakeland fumbled a snap three plays after the interception.

York took over at the Lakeland 40-yard line with 1:20 remaining, and Hayyat moved his team inside the red zone with two quick passes and help from a Lakeland penalty. Then he lofted the ball into the end zone.

“I saw the ball go up, and I started praying,” Pereira said.

Senior wide receiver Adam Lytle reeled in the ball for an 11-yard touchdown, and York held an 18-13 lead with 35 seconds remaining.

Rotary Invitational Basketball Jamboree

Several area boys and girls high school basketball teams will take part in the upcoming Rotary Invitational Basketball Jamboree, hosted by Williamsburg Christian Academy.

Jamestown, which reached the Group 4A championship game last season, is among the boys teams taking part.

Boys games will take place Friday, Nov. 24 and girls teams will play Saturday. See the schedule of games:

Friday, Nov. 24 — Boys’ games

Denbigh vs. WCA, 10 a.m.

Jamestown vs. Cape Henry Collegiate, 11 a.m.

Jamestown vs. Norfolk Collegiate, 1 p.m.

Denbigh vs. Cape Henry Collegiate, 2 p.m.

WCA vs. Norfolk Collegiate, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25 — Girls’ games

Bethel vs. Surry County, 10 a.m.

Jamestown vs. Norfolk Collegiate, 11 a.m.

Lafayette vs. Surry County, noon

Norfolk Christian vs. Denbigh, 1 p.m.

Lafayette vs. Bethel, 2 p.m.

Jamestown vs. Denbigh, 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5.

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