Jamestown named top athletic program in 4A

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Jamestown was recognized as the top athletic program in the state in its classification for the first time since 2001 on Friday when the school received the 2016-17 Virginia High School League Wells Fargo Cup award for Group 4A.

The other winners were Radford (1A), Maggie Walker (2A), Blacksburg (3A), Deep Run (5A), and Oakton (6A).

Boosted by its girls swimming state team title and state championship appearances by the boys basketball and volleyball teams, Jamestown led the Wells Fargo standings entering the spring. Then, the Eagles finished as state runner-up in boys track and girls soccer in addition to sending both the boys and girls tennis teams to the state tournament.

The boys cross country and swimming teams also contributed to Jamestown's 417.5 total points and Midlothian was second with 300.

Lafayette was tied for 19th in 4A while Warhill was 13th in 3A and Bruton was 17th in 2A.

Jamestown also received the Claudia Dodson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award that recognizes schools that have established policies and procedures that make sportsmanship a priority. Winning the sportsmanship award, for the 10th time in school history, gave Jamestown an additional 50 points.

"It didn't decide it for us," Jamestown athletic director Kenneth Edwards said, "but it was one of those things where we felt really good about our chances after winning that award."

The school year concluded in June with Jamestown hosting the Exceptional Games to celebrate students with disabilities. Students participated in football toss, soccer kick, kickball, bean bag toss, potato sack racing, hula hoop and water balloon catching competitions.

The event exemplified the school spirit Edwards said had plenty to do with the athletic success.

"I feel honored to work in such a great community with so many outstanding, coaches, teachers, students and a great athletic director," Jamestown principal Catherine Worley told the Daily Press. "There's definitely a lot of school spirit and community spirit."

Edwards credited the Jamestown coaches, student body and administration, and noted the number of multi-sport athletes in the school.

"I think it's a great source of pride for our school, administration, our student body, our community," Edwards said. "It just brings us together as a school… It's all about our students and trying to find out what works best for them and trying to help them reach their goals on and off the field."

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