With a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over the visiting Yorktown Patriots last week, the Madison Warhawks (13-1-2) advanced to this week’s semifinals of the boys 6D North Region Tournament.
The seasons ended for the dual-district baseball champion McLean Highlanders (17-6) and Marshall Statesmen (16-7) the night of May 24 with quarterfinal losses in the 6D North Region Tournament
Their bats keep busting games open and now the McLean Highlanders have a Liberty District Tournament baseball championship as a result of that consistent season-long offensive production, in addition to a 12-game winning streak.
A nice comeback. After a 1-4 start to the 2019 high-school baseball campaign, the McLean Highlanders figured things out and caught fire to finish the regular season with a 15-5 record, a 10-game winning streak and first place in the Liberty District.
The defending state champion Madison Warhawks (14-3) had a busy week, playing three games, including a 2-1 home victory over previously undefeated Stone Bridge in girls high-school softball action.
Led by strong pitching and solid defense to compile a 3-0 record, including convincing victories over Herndon, 13-1, and Langley, 15-2, in Liberty District high-school baseball play last week, the McLean Highlanders (14-5, 7-2) were tied for first with one regular-season contest to play.
* The Madison Warhawks (11-3) blanked the Chantilly Chargers, 12-0, and Westfield Bulldogs, 13-0, in Concorde District girls high-school softball games earlier this week.
The action-packed and tightly-contested April 13 softball showdown between the McLean Highlanders and Bishop O'Connell Knights was an impressive display of why the two girls high-school teams are perennial powers.
With convincing victories in their first three games – two no-hitters and a one-hitter – the Madison Warhawks began the 2019 girls high-school softball campaign the way they played the last two – dominating opponents en route to winning back-to-back state championships.
With the weather expected to warm and dry a bit this week, three high-school baseball teams that won conference-tournament titles last spring – the Madison Warhawks, Marshall Statesmen and Potomac School Panthers – are scheduled to open their 2019 campaigns.
For years, including the 2018-19 campaign, girls basketball teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas of Fairfax County have been perennial region contenders and often champions.
By compiling maybe the best statistical season in program history, Marshall High School center Daniel Deaver was rewarded for his efforts during the 2018-19 boys basketball season.
Langley High School junior pole vaulter Hannah Richardson continued her domination of the girls event by winning the Virginia High School League's Class 6 state championship in Hampton. Her winning jump was 11 feet.
The Marshall Statesmen (21-6) began the week with an eight-game winning streak, including a 2-0 record in the boys 6D North Region Tournament to reach the semifinals of that high-school basketball competition.
Thanks to a fast start and shooting 65 percent from the floor, the visiting McLean Highlanders downed the Oakton Cougars, 77-66, Feb. 19 in a first-round boys basketball game of the 6D North Region tournament.