Sports

Meridian’s Golf Team Places 3rd in State Championships

By Ryan McCafferty and Nick Porr

Meridian High School

Meridian Football lost 41-0 at Clarke County on Friday the 14th, remaining winless on the season at 0-8. This week’s game may be their best chance to finally notch a win as they host Park View.

Meridian Varsity Field Hockey earned a decisive 5-1 win against Liberty on Tuesday the 11th, improving their record to 11-3-1. Cassie DuBois scored a hat trick during the game, with Lucy  Hladky and Annaliese Baron also finding the back of the net. Meridian will host Kettle Run on Tuesday the 18th, in the first round of district playoffs.

Meridian Varsity Field Hockey earned a decisive win against Liberty High School on Tuesday, October 11th. (Photo: FCCPS)

Meridian Volleyball lost both matchups this past week, falling 3-1 at Warren County on Tuesday and 3-0 to Manassas Park on Thursday at home. Their record for the season drops to 6-15 with away games at Brentsville and Skyline this week.

Meridian’s Cross Country squad closed out its regular season this week, and brought plenty to write home about with Grace Crum winning the Emerging Elite event, which consisted of more than 200 girls. The girls overall placed tenth in the competition, while the boys placed 21st in theirs. The Mustangs’ next competition will be on Thursday the 25th as they travel to Brentsville for the Northwestern District Championship.

Meridian’s Golf team took home third place in the State Championships this week, capping off a fantastic season for the co-ed squad as there is plenty of optimism for the program moving forward. 

Falls Church High School 

After suffering five straight losses, Falls Church Football (2-5) is back in the win column. The Jaguars defeated local rivals Justice High School 33-23 Friday night. They will search for their second consecutive win Friday against Annandale. 

Field Hockey (3-9) defeated Hayfield 2-1 on Wednesday to end their regular season. They will begin District Tournament play this week. 

Volleyball (9-6) split their results last week, bouncing back from a 3-1 loss to Thomas Jefferson Science and Tech Tuesday to blank Justice 3-0 on Thursday. They will play their last two games of the regular season this week, hosting John R. Lewis on Tuesday and visiting Hayfield Thursday. 

Boys and Girls Cross country ran at the Third Battle Invitational this past week. The teams performed well overall, but the standout again was Haley Heironimus. Heironimus set a personal record 5k of 18:39 for 8th place out of 233 runners.

Justice High School

Justice Football remains winless (0-7) following a 23-33 defeat at the hands of Falls Church. They play Washington-Liberty (3-4) at home this Friday. 

Field Hockey (6-6) is on a tear of late finishing off their regular season with four straight wins. Last week featured a dominant 6-0 win over Thomas Jefferson Monday and a 2-1 victory against Mt. Vernon. They begin District playoffs with a game against Hayfield Monday. Should they win, they will play again in the District Semifinals Wednesday. Volleyball (15-11) split their results this week, beating Annandale 3-0 before falling to Falls Church 3-0. The Wolves will play twice more this regular season. They host Thomas Jefferson Tuesday and will visit Mt. Vernon Thursday. 

Saturday Cross Country ran at the Arundel Invite. The Boys finished 11th of 15, while the girls finished 8th of 13. Sophomore Ella Galway impressed with a fifth place finish with a 20:43 time.

Marshall High School

Football (1-6) dropped their fifth straight with a scoreless 35-0 loss to Yorktown. Over the past two games they have been outscored 77-6. The Statesmen will hope the offense comes alive against the Langley Saxons (4-3) this Friday. 

Field Hockey (11-4) was bounced in the first round of the Liberty District Tournament to Langley 2-1 off an overtime penalty shot. Offseason success following a strong regular season is still possible. Marshall plays in the Regional Quarterfinals next Wednesday. 

Volleyball won twice last week, beating Washington-Liberty 3-0 and Wakefield 3-1. They end their regular season Tuesday night with a visit to Yorktown. 

Marshall competed alongside Falls Church at the Third Battle Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Boys team finished an impressive 6th out of 45 behind a ninth place finish from Sean Sanders and a 20th place finish by Seth Oliver. The Girls also ran well, finishing 20th out of 34 in large part due to a sixth place finish from Haley Spoden.