With her high-school cross country career nearly complete, Thais Rolly recently reflected on what has been a highly successful three-season stretch when the McLean Highlanders runner became maybe the most accomplished state wide in the girls sport.
Each of this weekend’s high-school football games involving teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas have different reasons of significance – or perhaps even uniqueness.
The McLean Highlanders and Oakton Cougars each amassed significant passing totals, but that was not enough as the high-school football teams lost in lopsided decisions in Sept. 30 games.
While the Madison Warhawks and Flint Hill Huskies earned their second wins of the season by blowouts in high-school football games Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, respectively, three other teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas lost by lopsided margins.
With so many adjectives previously used to detail the Langley Saxons’ continuous winning and record-setting success in postseason tournament play, probably the best way to now describe the talented high-school golf team’s most recent achievement is just to list the facts.
Behind a balanced running and passing attack on offense, a touchdown scored on special teams and a defense that yielded little, the Potomac School Panthers continued their strong start to the high-school football season on Sept. 24.
An impressive performance by the Langley Saxons of breaking multiple scoring records brought head-shaking reactions, including one from the golf team’s longtime coach Al Berg.
For the Langley Saxons (3-1, 1-0), a strong start to the high-school football season continued Sept. 16 with the team’s 48-13 rout over the host and winless Meridian Mustangs (0-4) in non-district action.
The Langley Saxons and Potomac School Panthers earned their second victories in different manners in non-conference high-school football home games Sept. 9.
The Oakton Cougars (2-0) blanked their second straight opponent, defeating the visiting W.T. Woodson Cavaliers, 35-0, in a non-district high-school football game Sept. 1.
The Marshall Statesmen evened their district and overall records at 1-1 with a 35-7 home victory over the visiting McLean Highlanders in Liberty District high-school football action Sept. 2.
Bad weather was the winner at a much-anticipated nine-hole match that could have determined the regular-season standings and hierarchy in the Liberty District.
The Oakton Cougars, by virtue of a blowout, and the Langley Saxons, with a six-point victory, were the two local high-school football teams that won opening games of the 2022 season the night of Aug. 26.
Four turnovers and a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown were too much for the Marshall Statesmen to overcome as the high-school football team lost to the host Washington-Liberty Generals, 27-7, Aug. 25 in the opening game of the season for each squad.
Of the seven varsity high-school football teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas of Fairfax County, only the Madison Warhawks and Potomac School Panthers had winning records last season.
Since the Langley Saxons became a varsity program in 1999 and won the first Northern Region tournament in that initial year of such competition, the high-school team has remained the standard of excellence for girls public-school volleyball in the area.
As is so often the case each fall, local teams and individual runners in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas have considerable potential to have successful cross country seasons.
Marshall and McLean high schools were two of 54 member Virginia High School League schools that received Stay in the Game awards for the 2021-22 sports school year.
By carding a personal-best 18-hole high school score of 71, Max Vadas finished third individually and helped the McLean Highlanders team place sixth at the recent Stallion Invitational tournament.
Of the local high-school golf teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas, the McLean Highlanders have enjoyed the most success during the early season portion of the 2022 fall schedule with top finishes in three different 18-hole tournaments.
Griffin Stieg is perfectly satisfied with how the recent Major League Baseball draft unfolded, in which the 2022 McLean High School graduate was not chosen in the 20 rounds.
With so many spring high-school sports teams from the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas winning state tournaments or enjoying big success during the competition, many players earned Virginia High School League Class 6 all-state honors, with two chosen as Players of the Year.
McLean High School graduate Griffin Stieg recently was chosen to the 2022 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School All-Region 2 overall team as a pitcher for his performance on the field during the spring campaign.
By finishing first in the girls 1,600-meter race in 4:54.92, McLean High School distance runner Thais Rolly was the lone local winner from schools in the Sun Gazette’s coverage area at the recent Virginia High School League’s Class 6 girls and boys outdoor state championship meets.
The McLean Highlanders (18-7) were 1-1 in the Virginia High School League Class 6 girls state softball tournament, amassing 19 hits in a 15-6 first-round win over the Robinson Rams, then getting nipped by the Cosby Titans, 4-3, in the semifinals after leading 2-0 after two innings.
With the McLean Highlanders and Oakton Cougars losing close semifinal home games in the 6D North Region tournament May 31, the baseball season officially ended for all high-school teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas.