The Collegiate Cross Country team was back in action on Saturday, traveling to the Eastern Shore for the Broadwater Invitational.
The varsity boys took third in the seven-team field. Chandler Branton raced to a third-place finish of his own in a personal best 17:41 over the 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) course.
Anthony (A.J.) Davis (19:08) took 13th, Ian Baskins (20:18) finished 20th, Ben Calzini (20:33) was 22nd, Carter Woods (20:56) wound up 26th, while Frankie White finished 30th and Matt Unrein, 33rd. Harrison Fuller and Chas LeHew also set season bests in the strong showing by the Oaks, who are currently ranked fourth in the latest VISAA Division 2 standings
“It was another great effort,” said Head Coach Rob Tupper. “There was some tough competition, a couple of public schools with 2,000 kids to choose from. I thought we really showed them a lot.
“We like to see improvement every week and that’s exactly what we got.”
Indeed, every Collegiate athlete — on both the boys and girls sides — set at least a season-best mark, with more than half of the runners notching personal records, as well, despite the scorching heat.
For the girls, Maddie Foster took ninth, while Svenja Eugster finished 19th to lead the varsity.
Veronica Gross, Gina Leanzo and Grace Lyden went 2-3-4 in the girls’ middle school race, each earning Frisbees for their efforts.
Thanks to Mr. White for the fine reporting on the meet.
Collegiate’s sailors got the season off to a fine start, finishing second and fifth in the first regatta last weekend on the Elizabeth River.
Teams from Christchurch finished first, third, and fourth at the day-long regatta.
For more pictures, go to Oaks sailing.
The boys soccer team had a few chances but could not hit the back of the net against visiting First Flight from North Carolina last Wednesday.
Collegiate benefited from stellar work in goal.
The team plays at home against Atlantic Shores on Tuesday.
For more pictures from the game, go to Oaks Boys Soccer.
Davidson College recruit Seeley Yoo scored twice, the first off a header five minutes into the game, and St. Catherine’s held on during a furious second half to win the state girls soccer championship, 2-0, over Norfolk Collegiate on Saturday in Richmond.
The loss was the first of the season for the Oaks, who finished 17-1-1, the best record in school history. They were TCIS champions for the second straight year and the second time in school history.
“It was a very good game,” St. Catherine’s coach Laurie Marshalek told a newspaper. “Throughout the entire 80 minutes, Norfolk Collegiate played hard. Even when it was 2-0, we weren’t comfortable with that lead knowing that at any point they could get a goal.”
The Oaks had several second-half chances, shooting just wide a couple of times and being stopped by the St. Catherine’s keeper several times.
For the game, Norfolk Collegiate had seven shots while St. Catherine’s had 13. Each team had five corner kicks. The Oaks were called for five fouls while St. Catherine’s was called for 11.
The 11 Oaks starters played all 80 minutes after playing all 100 minutes of Friday’s overtime game.
Cameron Brown, Sarah Smith, and Sarah Smallets were named to the first team All-State squad. No Oaks were named to the second team despite their second-place finish.
A broadcast of the entire game is online at VISAA Championship.
More pictures and video from the state championship are at Oaks Soccer.
One hundred minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to decide the state semifinal between Norfolk Collegiate and St. John Paul The Great on Friday.
The game went to a dramatic penalty shootout and TCIS Player of the Year Cameron Brown clinched the victory after Alexis McGurn made two stellar saves.
The Oaks, now 17-0-1, earned a tough 1-1 win on penalty kicks. Brown was the fifth Oak to shoot. Earlier, Sarah Smith and Ashby Larkin coolly scored.
In regulation, Smith scored in the 25th minute on an assist from Sarah Smallets. St. John Paul evened the game 13 minutes later.
Norfolk Collegiate had a tepid first half, but dominated play in much of the second half and the two 10-minute overtimes. The team had several good chances and also suffered from some horrible offsides calls by an assistant referee who apparently couldn’t believe Smith was that fast.
The two top-ranked teams, public or private, play for the state title tonight in Richmond. Game time is 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park.
The Oaks meet St. Catherine’s of Richmond, the team that knocked them out in overtime in last year’s semifinal. St. Catherine’s is 33-0-3 over the past two years. One of those draws came against St. John Paul.
The 11 Oaks starters played all 100 minutes. Norfolk Collegiate is the smallest school in Division I with 125 girls in the top four grades. St. John Paul has 336 and St. Catherine’s has 319.
The boys tennis team went on the road to defeat the Highland School, 5-3, Thursday and reach the state title match today in Richmond.
The Oaks play top-seeded North Cross for the Division II crown.
On Wednesday, Alexander Loope, Austin Beale, Trafton Addison, and Alex Duvall won singles matches while Loope and Addison combined for a doubles win to put the Oaks over the top.
The undefeated girls soccer team continued on a roll, defeating the Collegiate School of Richmond, 2-0, at home on Tuesday in a state quarterfinal contest.
Freshman Molly Beegle scored twice in the final 14 minutes for the Oaks. Once again, the team had numerous scoring chances throughout the contest, but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net until late in the game.
The Oaks have shut out four of their last five opponents, outscoring them 16-1 in that span. For the season, they have scored 73 goals and surrendered 12.
They play another undefeated team, St. John Paul the Great Catholic School of Dumfries in the semifinal.
St. John, the third seed, defeated Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, 1-0, in the quarterfinal. St. John is 13-0-3 on the year and ranked third in the state overall behind St. Catherine’s of Richmond and Norfolk Collegiate.
The Oaks are now 16-0-1 on the season. The semifinal game is at Ukrop Stadium in Richmond Friday at 6 p.m.
For more video and pictures from the game, go to Oaks State Tournament.
The third-seeded boys tennis team downed Covenant in a Division II state tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday.
The team, seeded third, plays at second-seeded Highland today.
Winning in singles for the Oaks were Alexander Loope, Austin Beale, Alexander Duvall, and Trafton Addison. The team took doubles matches to complete the victory.
The girls soccer team, TCIS champions, plays a home state quarterfinal game against Richmond Collegiate Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The girls are seeded second behind St. Catherine’s, last year’s state champions. They are also ranked second among all schools, public and private, in the state.
The Oaks defeated Richmond Collegiate, 6-2, in a game earlier this season.
On Friday, they captured the TCIS title with a 4-0 win over Hampton Roads Academy. Sarah Smith, who had a hat trick, was named tournament offensive MVP. Cameron Brown was named tournament defensive MVP.