As has often been the case in recent years, it wasn’t a matter if the talented, deep and dominant Langley Saxons would win the region golf tournament, but by how much.
As expected, the two-time defending champion Langley Saxons carded a low score and had a comfortable lead after the first round of the 6D North Region Tournament, played Oct. 2 at Herndon Centennial Golf Course.
No more. By opening their football season with a 12-6 victory over the host Osbourn Park Yellow Jackets, the McLean Highlanders snapped a frustrating 21-game losing streak dating back to the final game of the 2016 campaign.
McLean High School graduate John Thomas, who later served head baseball coach at the school for seven seasons, led the Lake Braddock Bruins to region and state championships this season in his first season as that team’s head baseball coach.
Their defense-first formula is working for the Marshall Statesmen and has the girls high-school softball team in the region championship game for the initial time in program history.
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.