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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.
The McLean Highlanders and Madison Warhawks were first-time champions in their respective district tournaments, winning the Feb. 15 title games in girls high-school basketball action.
Marshall High School’s Luke Munna won the 145-pound weight division at the 6D North Region Wrestling Tournment, compiling a 4-0 record that included three pins and a 4-3 decision in the championship match. Munna’s pins came in 2:10, 1:53 and 53 seconds.
The Marshall Statesmen in boys and girls action and the McLean Highlanders in girls are No. 2 seeds, the highest among local teams, in this week’s high-school basketball district tournament playoff action.
Between them, with a victory each, a runner-up and a third-place, the Madison Warhawks and Oakton Cougars were the big success stories of the 6D North Region Swimming and Diving championships.
With multiple individual and relay champions and other top three finishers, the Madison Warhawks and Oakton Cougars dominated the Concorde District swimming and diving high-school championships.
A first-place showdown ended with the host McLean Highlanders scoring four late-game points to win, 67-62, over the Washington-Lee Generals and take over sole possession of the lead in the Liberty District boys high-school basketball standings.