Dozens of Williamsburg student-athletes earn Spring 2019 All-State honors

Staff writer

The 2019 spring high school sports season was a memorable one: There were multiple records broken, several regional champions were crowned and Lafayette’s baseball team won the state championship.

Now the Virginia High School League has announced the athletes selected for Virginia All-State teams, and many Williamsburg student-athletes have been selected, one last achievement in a season marked by so many others.


In a season that ended with the Rams baseball team winning the school’s second state baseball championship, it looks like there’s at least one more honor going to three team members.

Named to the VHSL Class 4 All-State baseball first team, senior Geo Rivera earned the rare honor of being nominated to All-States twice, as both a pitcher and outfielder on the region’s first team.

Fellow Lafayette senior Ricky Sullivan was named to the VHSL Class 4 All-State second team as a first baseman, while Rams junior Thomas McLaughlin, was nominated as an outfielder.

The members of the Rams baseball team weren’t the only ones getting some glory — senior Alaina McKnight, a defender on the girls soccer team, was named to the VHSL Class 4 All-State second team.


Though both teams were stopped just short of the state championship, the boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed strong seasons and won the regional championships, breaking a handful of records along the way. It’s not surprising to see Eagles filling the ranks of the region’s All-State soccer teams.

Junior Michael Meese was named to the VHSL Class 4 All-State first team as a forward. After a season where Meese set program records with 52 goals for the season and eight in a game, as well becoming Jamestown’s all-time scoring leader with 103 career goals, Meese also was named to the USA Today All-American team, the only Virginian selected for the national team.

Joining Meese on the All-State first team were fellow Jamestown juniors Augie Cooper as a midfielder and Jack Hanson as a defender. Senior Zay McGhee, was also named a forward on the All-State second team.

After scoring 40 goals last season, junior Brianna Behm easily earned a spot on the VHSL Class 4 All-State first team as a forward, with senior teammate Summer Haag named to the squad as a defender.

Three more Eagles were selected for spots on the All-State second team — freshman Abbey Merchant as a forward, and seniors Madeline Allburn and Kylie Devine as midfielders.

In track and field, junior Abby Schugeld earned all-state honors for the 400-meter dash.


The Lions may have sent the smallest squad of athletes to the state championship — just nine track and field athletes — but more than half would return with top-three finishes, including one state championship. Those same five athletes were named to the VHSL Class 4 All-State outdoor track team.

Two seniors, Anthony Giacchetta and Jacqueline Jones, were named to the All-State team, with Giacchetta earning a spot for the pole vault and Jones earning two for both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.

Jones earned a third All-State spot, alongside Niyah Ward, Aiyanna Morning and Jordan Barrett, on the 4x100 girls relay team, after having previously won the state championship in the event.


The Panthers’ track and field team won two championships in the VHSL Group 2A state outdoor championships last month — now they, and a number of other team members have been named to the All-State outdoor track team.

Junior Karena Glass, who won the state title in the 100-meter hurdles for the second year in a row, earned All-State honors for the same event, and a second spot on the 4x100 girls relay team, alongside teammates Amena Scanlon, Joselyn Jones, Karen and Makayla Phoenix.

Also named to the All-State team were the members of Bruton’s boys 4x400 relay team, Casee Jones, Joey Mahoney, Seth Shafer and Josh Hamman, who won the state title with a time just one second short of the state record.

Sean CW Korsgaard can be reached at 757-968-1529, by email, and on Twitter @SCWKorsgaard.

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