Area High School Sports Roundup



STRASBURG SENIOR JENNA SMOOT, number 52 (center), made her 1,000th career game point last Friday in the team’s losing effort, 71-58, versus Mason. This is Smoot’s fourth year as a varsity starter for the Rams. (Photo: Courtesy Elizabeth Smoot)

The Falls Church High School boys basketball team lost to Yorktown 63-51 on the road last Friday, despite 12 points from Sachin Gangele. The Jaguars, now 4-14, had their Wednesday night home game against Edison rescheduled for Thursday at 7:45 p.m. The team hits the road on Friday at 7:45 p.m. against Wakefield.

The Falls Church girls basketball team lost at home to Yorktown on Friday 72-27, dropping its record to 2-15. The Jaguars’ Wednesday  game at Edison was rescheduled to Thursday, and the squad is back in action  on Friday at 7:45 p.m. for a game against Wakefield.

Last Thursday, Falls Church diver Maggie Cullather qualified for the State Championships, to be held in Virginia Beach Feb. 19-21. Both the boys and girls swim teams are competing at Regionals this weekend at Oak Marr.

Jaguar wrestling had an uneventful week, and is gearing up for Districts this weekend.


The Marshall High School boys basketball team defeated McLean 55-40 last Friday. After holding a tight 21-20 advantage at half-time, the Statesmen pulled away in the second half for the victory, improving their record to 10-7. Marshall was led by Stanley Watts with 21 points (18 in the second half) and Shelton Hardy, who had 19 points. Will Simonton tallied nine blocks and nine rebounds. The squad is at Madison for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Friday.

The Statesmen girls basketball team defeated McLean 55-51 on the road Friday behind 12 points from Christine LaBarbera. The squad is now 10-8, and welcomes Madison on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


ABBEY HODGES (CENTER) AND SHANNON STURGEON competed for Marshall High at the Liberty District Championships held last Monday at Stone Bridge High. (Photo: Gary Mester)

The Marshall High School swim team competed at the Liberty District competition last weekend, with the boys team finishing sixth with 172 points, and the girls eight with 105. Regionals are this weekend, and the team includes Cyrus Hashemi, George Hirka, Logan Hirka, Andrew Nyce, Zach Stahl and Katherine Van Winkle.

Statesmen wrestling is preparing for Liberty District completion this weekend at Langley High School.

Correction: Last week’s roundup misstated the victor of the Marshall’s boys basketball team’s game versus South Lakes. Marshall beat South Lakes, 66-58.


Behind 24 points from Lauren Kane, the defending Group A state champions Mason girls basketball vanquished Strasburg 71-58 at home on Monday. Chantal Thomas added 19 points and Nicole Mitchell scored 10 in improving the Mustangs’ record to 14-2.

Mason is at Madison County today, Feb. 4, and has its final regular season home game on Friday against Clarke County at 7:30 p.m.

The Mason boys basketball team was off, and welcomes Clarke County at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Mustang swim and dive team had their Saturday meet against Broad Run canceled due to weather, and will return to the pool for the Dulles District championships at Claude Moore on Friday.

The Mason wrestling team is at the Region B Sectionals at Stonewall Jackson on Saturday.


The Stuart High School boys basketball team narrowly fell to Edison 64-63 on the road on Friday, despite 35 points and six assists from Antonio Harris. The team welcomes Mt. Vernon on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

The Raider girls basketball team fell to Edison 75-25, and next play at  Mt. Vernon on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

The Falls Church girls swim team finished second at the National District Championships with a score of 303 points, and the boys team came in third with a score of 317. The team next competes at regionals this weekend at Oak Marr.

The Stuart High School wrestling team is preparing for the National District Championships this weekend.


The McLean High School boys basketball team fell to Marshall 55-40 on the road last Friday.

The Highlanders were led by Gordon Rogo with 14 points in the losing effort.

The team’s Tuesday home game against Madison was rescheduled to Wednesday, and they host South Lakes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The McLean girls basketball team lost to Marshall 55-51 on Friday, despite 17 points from Andie Romness. The squad’s Tuesday road game at Madison was rescheduled to Wednesday, and the team is at South Lakes on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Highlander girls gymnastics team placed fourth with a score of 34.175 at Monday’s Liberty District championship, held at Stone Bridge High, the defending champion. Stone Bridge took first place at the district championship with a score of 36.175, edging out Thomas Jefferson (35.80) for the second year in a row. Jefferson had been the previous defending champion.

In the all-around competition, McLean junior Claire Sanders tied for sixth with 33.55. She tied for fifth on the vault (8.7).

Highlander Abby Neuberger tied for second on the uneven bars with a score of 8.775.

The gymnasts who qualify for regionals, those who placed in the top eight of their event or scored at least a 9.0, will advance to the Northern Region championship, scheduled for next Thursday, Jan. 11, at Lake Braddock High.