2024-06-22 9:13 PM

Sports Roundup: Bell Rings Loudly in McLean

Junior pitcher Jamie Bell led the Highlanders to a pair of recent wins.


Senior Alexandra Assaf and freshman Anna Pelak each defeated two opponents last week in Liberty District Tennis Tournament girls singles action, and advanced to face each other in the semifinals. Pelak eventually triumphed over her teammate, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, and went on to face  Lea Kotto in the District championship. Kotto won that match, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

In girls doubles play, the team of Pelak and Anna Houghton also won two matches to advance to the semifinals.

The girls varsity softball team celebrated Senior Night on Wednesday, May 12, and smashed local rival Langley 11-0.

Mclean honored seniors Lauren McColgan (shortstop), Brittany McCray (second base), Meghan Sullivan (first base), Carolyn Gilbertson (catcher) and Lauren Sutherland (center field), and the Highlanders played sparkling defensive ball as junior pitcher Jamie Bell went the distance.

Bell only gave up three hits and struck out ten.

McColgan went two for three at the plate with one RBI, two stolen bases and three RBIs. Junior Jessie Straub went two for four with a double and four RBIs. Sutherland had two RBIs and scored twice.

McLean’s softball team played its final district game at Stonebridge on Thursday, May 13, and Bell again went the distance, throwing her third straight shutout while allowing four hits, as McLean edged the Bulldogs, 2-0.

McColgan led the Highlanders at the plate, going three for four. Sophomore right fielder Mary Spulak went two for three, Glibertson went two for three and Straub and Sullivan collected RBIs.

The Highlanders finished their regular season 13-1 in league play, tying Madison for first-place. However, Madison owns the tie-breaker, putting McLean in the runner-up spot.

McLean faced Thomas Jefferson in the first round of playoff competition last night but results were unvailable before the News-Press went to press.

McLean High will also host two playoff games on Friday, May 21. The No. 1 seed will take on No. 4 seed at 5:30 and the No. 2-No. 3 game will follow.


The varsity girls lacrosse team, currently 7-5 on the year, earned a haul of awards recently. Rachel Waldron and Anna Greenwood were named First Team All-District, while Mallory Grant, April Reinhart, Kelly Crider and Katherine Van Winkle were named Second Team All-District.

Marshall’s Nicholle Depaz was named the 2010 Liberty District Women’s Lacrosse Coach of Year.





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