Convincing victories by the Oakton Cougars in the boys race and individual champion Thais Rolly for the McLean Highlanders in the girls event highlighted the 6D North Region high-school cross country championships.
The regular seasons ended for the McLean Highlanders (4-3), Marshall Statesmen (4-3) and Oakton Cougars (1-6) with April 8 losses in non-district high-school football action, then for the Langley Saxons (2-5) April 10.
There was one personal school record set and a rare team mark established about an hour apart by local winners in boys Concorde and Liberty district high-school cross country championships, also region qualifiers on April 8.
A defensive struggle was expected and that’s what occurred March 26 when the visiting and undefeated Madison Warhawks topped the Chantilly Chargers, 10-3, in a high-school football showdown for first place in the Concorde District.
With another stingy defensive performance and their second shutout in four games, the Madison Warhawks (4-0, 3-0) have set the stage for facing another undefeated team with the same record in a showdown for first place in the Concorde District.
While the Madison Warhawks used a dominating first half, the McLean Highlanders rallied in the second as the high-school football teams improved to 2-0 with March 5 road victories.
McLean High School senior forward Nate Legg and Madison High senior forwards Logan Spafford and Colin Tuft were 6D North Region first-team selections in boys basketball this season.
The McLean Highlanders opened their high-school football season with a 28-14 victory over the visiting Mount Vernon Majors on Feb. 27. McLean fell behind 7-0 on a long touchdown pass, then rallied.
Led by a couple of top individual performances, the Madison Warhawks finished third in girls action and the Oakton Cougars tied for third in boys competition at state swimming and diving championships, respectively.
The Madison Warhawks opened their delayed high-school football season Feb. 22 with a 37-0 rout over the host Falls Church Jaguars in a non-district game. Madison was ahead, 23-0, at halftime.
As expected for a state-championship team, multiple basketball players for the Madison Warhawks earned all-district and all-region recognition for helping the girls high-school team finish 16-1.
Langley High School gymnast Julia Stout scored a 9.683 on vault to finish first in the event at the Virginia High School League’s Class 6 girls state individual gymnastics championships.
Introduced to swimming at basic-skills program when she was very young, Maddie Reese quickly found she not only didn’t like the sport, she wasn’t very good, either.
Langley High School’s Alex Woltman at 132 pounds and Chur-Yong Mun at 220, Madison’s Samuel Sorrell (152) and McLean’s Nathan Fishman (182) all won individual championships at the 6D North Region wrestling tournament.
Madison High School had a couple of boys individual champions at the 6D North Region Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet was held outside because of the pandemic.
There weren’t as many event winners as in past championships, yet the end team result was still the same for the Madison Warhawks – a fifth straight region title.
The Concorde District champion Oakton Cougars added a runner-up finish in the 6D North Region girls high-school gymnastics meet to their resume of lofty accomplishments this season.
OAKTON GYMNASTICS WIN: The Oakton High School girls gymnastics team won the Concorde District championship with a team score of Oakton 137.35. Chantilly was second with 135.875.
With an undefeated league record and convincing victories in those contests, the Marshall Statesmen (10-0, 12-0) finished the 2020-21 regular season as the National District girls basketball champions.
During his playing days in Northern Virginia, those who coached Mike Elias in high school and summer baseball knew he possessed the necessary and particular dedicated interest, had all the tools and fit the mold, to someday become a successful Major League executive.