High school sports are coming to a close for the spring, but a lucky few teams from around the area, will have the chance to end the year with a grand finale at state tournaments now underway.
Across several sports, from baseball to track and field, all four high schools in Williamsburg will have somebody to cheer for over the next couple weeks.
Baseball — Following a 6-5 comeback victory over Great Bridge in the Class 4 Region A regional championship, the Rams feel like they’re in a good position heading into states. After being underdogs for regionals, and having to defeat the region’s first and second seeds to win the championship, the Rams have one goal: coming home with Lafayette’s second state baseball championship.
The Rams will host Midlothian in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at 6 p.m. June 4 at Warhill Sports Complex Field #5.
Track and field — 13 athletes from Lafayette will compete in the two-day VHSL Group 3A/4A state outdoor championships, which started Friday at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
Boys and girls soccer — In a year defined by broken records and large victories for both soccer teams, both earned shutout victories in their respective regional championship matches, with the girls defeating Great Bridge 6-0 and the boys defeating Grafton 3-0.
“Both programs have had great years so far, and after falling short the past couple of years, winning regionals in front of the hometown fans is wonderful,” said Jamestown boys soccer coach Bobby O’Brien. “The job is not over yet though, both teams set a goal at the start of the season to win the state championship, and we’ve still got work to do.”
The Jamestown girls will play their state quarterfinal match against Monacan, while the boys will play Midlothian. Both games are June 4 at Jamestown.
Girls tennis — With a 5-0 win early Friday in the VHSL Class 4 state quarterfinals, the next match for the girls will be at 2:30 p.m. June 3 at Jamestown High School. The Eagles will play the winner of Hanover and Great Bridge.
Track and field — 25 athletes from Jamestown will compete in the two-day VHSL Group 3A/4A state outdoor championships, which started Friday at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
Girls tennis — The Lions will have one tennis player, sophomore Stefa Ilardi, compete in the state singles tournament. Ilardi won the regional title earlier this week and will compete at 10 a.m. June 6 at Roanoke College.
“She’s a fierce competitor, she’s been playing tennis for a while with Williamsburg Elite Tennis since she was quite young, she’s a seasoned, confident player, who hits with a lot of power. She really made a difference this year,” said Jim Gomes, Warhill girls tennis coach. “She’ll be against the best players in the state, but she’s earned her place there with them.”
Track and field — Nine athletes from Warhill will compete in the two-day VHSL Group 3A/4A state outdoor championships, which started Friday at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
Leading the way will be senior Jaqueline Jones, who, in addition to a strong showing in regionals, broke three school records this year in the 100 -meters, 200 and as the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team.
“This is my first year coaching at Warhill along with my assistant coaches, and we have made such a great impact on our student-athletes building a solid foundation of track and field knowledge and appropriate training in all areas,” said coach Kenny Edwards. “When you come to this point in the season, when all the hard work is done, the outcome should be their best performance at the state meet, they’ve got the will and he heart of champions.”
Bruton High School
Track and field — 18 track and field athletes will compete in the two-day VHSL Group 1A/2A state outdoor championships, which started Friday at East Rockingham High School.
“We’re taking more than half the team to states this year, with a real chance to be competitive in several events,” said Bruton athletic director Richard Onesty. “Best of all, we have a young team, so no matter what happens at states, we’ll be contenders for a few years.”
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