Wakefield coach Bentley photo

Wakefield High School boys basketball coach Tony Bentley. (Photo by Deb Kolt)

Before leaving Richmond, members of the General Assembly saluted Wakefield High School boys basketball coach Tony Bentley for his, and the team’s ongoing success.

Bentley was lauded for “his impressive achievements and contributions to the commonwealth,” noted the resolution, patroned by Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) and passed unanimously in each house.

Bentley’s coaching career totals 27 years, including 17 at Wakefield as a head coach, and he amassed his 300th career victory this past December. His Wakefield teams have won seven district and three regional championships, made seven state-tournament appearances and reached the state-tournament finals in 2018.

This season Wakefield finished 18-8, second in the National District Tournament and lost in the 5C North Region tourney semifinals.

“Coach Bentley’s defense-first style has made Wakefield High School varsity boys’ basketball team a dominant force among Arlington County and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area schools,” the resolution noted.

Bentley has been recognized as district coach of the year eight times and region coach of the year three times.

O’CONNELL ICE HOCKEY: The Bishop O’Connell Knights finished the boys ice hockey season with an 8-8-4 record.

In recent action, O’Connell tied St. John’s, 2-2, on goals by   Sean Ostrowski and Jake Smith, with assists going to Vincent Mara and Nicholas Hunter. Goalie Jack MacKinnon had 24 saves.

O’Connell then played St. John’s again in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals, losing 2-1. Ben Gibbons scored the goal and Ostrowski assisted.

In the first round of the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League playoffs, O’Connell fell to Gonzaga, 4-1, with Smith scoring and Gibbons having the assist.

Smith, MacKinnon, Mara, Jack Ahlstrom, Ryan Lenaghan, Kyle Leverone, Nick Munitz and Garrison O’Donnell were seniors for the Knights.

ARLINGTON RESIDENT HONORED: Arlington resident and St. John’s College High School freshman girls ice hockey player Cece Hodges earned 2018-19 All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first-team all-conference recognition for her play during the winter season.

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