Thirty memorable stories from the 2012-13 sports season

June 11, 2013

We take a look at the year’s top story lines. (File photos)

High Point has one: The High Point football team ended its area-longest 41-game losing streak with a 38-16 win at Laurel, its first triumph since November 2007. “The stands, the supporters, everybody around this team, everyone just felt euphoric,” Coach Andre Brown said at the time. The Eagles finished 2-8.

Stag party: DeMatha dismissed five football players after they allegedly sneaked three prostitutes into the team hotel at 5 a.m. after an Aug. 31 game at Hillside (N.C.). “The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community,” DeMatha Principal Daniel McMahon said then in a statement.

We (and you, and you, and you….) are the champions: The Virginia High School League in September approved a new classification system that will divide its more than 300 schools into six classes beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Most sports competed in three classes prior to the new alignment. The move, designed to correct enrollment disparities among schools competing for the same championships, abolishes the current districts and regions, although most traditional rivals plan to continue to face each other.

Ineligible to inactive: H.D. Woodson football Coach Greg Fuller, whose teams had won three consecutive D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championships from 2008 to 2010, was fired in September in part because of the use of an ineligible player. He had been the Warriors’ coach since 1999, reaching the Turkey Bowl seven times.

Fore! to one: Marriotts Ridge All-Met freshman golfer Bennett Buch broke the Maryland state record with a two-day score of 138 to win the individual title at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park. He also led the Mustangs to their first Maryland 1A/2A team title.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 14: Sherwood's AlexHolston goes up for the kill during the Maryland State 4A Volleyball semi finals Monday, November 14, 2011 in College Park, MD. Sherwood beat Richard Montgomery 25-16, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17. Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
Sherwood’s Alex Holston was named the volleyball Player of the Year for the third year in a row. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

A view to a kill: Sherwood senior Alex Holston was the All-Met volleyball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and was named an All-Met for the third year in a row. Her Warriors went undefeated and held the top spot in the rankings for the entire season, dropping just three sets along the way in winning their third straight Maryland 4A championship. Holston set a Maryland state tournament record by recording 42 kills in the Warriors’ four-set semifinal victory over Walter Johnson.

Falcons fly highest I: Good Counsel finished as The Post’s top-ranked football team for the fourth consecutive season, an accomplishment that no area team has matched in recent decades, if ever. After a season-opening loss in Las Vegas, the Falcons won their remaining games, including three by four points or fewer, then topped DeMatha in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship for a fourth straight title.

Wise and shine: Seeking its first state title, Wise pounded the ball on the ground for most of the Maryland 4A football final against Quince Orchard on Nov. 30, but trailing by a point, the Pumas were forced to throw and junior quarterback Isaiah Black found 6-foot-5 tight end Micah Till for the game-winning 24-yard touchdown with 2 minutes 14 seconds left in a 12-7 victory.


Briar Woods charges onto the field. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Falcons fly highest II: In its final year in Virginia’s AA classification, the Briar Woods football team captured its third straight championship, becoming the first AA school to achieve a three-peat since Salem did so from 1998-2000. Led by dual-threat junior quarterback Trace McSorley and a dominant defense, the Falcons shut out six teams, including a 52-0 whitewashing of Heritage-Lynchburg in the final to cap a 15-0 season. Briar Woods will carry an area-best 29-game winning streak into the fall.

Washington’s monument: Stonewall Jackson senior guard J.R. Washington poured in 61 points in a 99-68 holiday tournament victory over Freedom-Woodbridge at Wakefield, the highest total scored in the area in at least a decade, according to The Post’s internal box score system. The 6-foot-3 Washington, who recently committed to Division II Lander (S.C.), made 10 of 19 three-point attempts, nine of 15 two-point shots and 13 of 16 free throws.


Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, a sophomore at Stone Ridge, competes with her classmates. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Gold standard: Months after winning gold in the Olympics, Stone Ridge sophomore Katie Ledecky opted to swim for her high school team. She shattered the high school record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 31.38 seconds, which is even faster than the NCAA record.

Future gold standard?: Before making the decision to end his high school wrestling career to refine his skills at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Good Counsel junior 220-pounder Kyle Snyder went 179-0 in three seasons and was All-Met wrestler of the year for the second consecutive season.

Ebb of the Green Wave: Spingarn, the D.C. high school where greats Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing and Sherman Douglas starred locally, played its final game. The District is shutting down the school after 60 years as part of its consolidation plan.

I’ve got this I: South County senior Felecia Majors almost single-handedly led the Stallions to the Virginia AAA indoor title, and the school’s first state crown in any sport. The Tennessee recruit won the long jump and pole vault and placed second in three events and fourth in another before anchoring a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 relay. She became the first athlete to score in seven events at the meet. She won six individual titles in the Northern Region championship.

BETHESDA, MD - MARCH 26: Washington Post All-Met Girls' Basketball Player of the Year LindsayAllen photographed at Georgetown Prep High School on Tuesday, March 23, 2013. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
LindsayAllen led St. John’s to a WCAC title. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

You again?: St. John’s and Good Counsel met for the third straight year in the WCAC girls’ basketball final, with All-Met Player of the Year Lindsay Allen leading her team to a 67-66 victory in the championship.

Cavalier attitude: Down 22 points in the second half against Wakefield, the W.T. Woodson boys’ basketball team rallied for its first Northern Region title in a 75-70 overtime win. Woodson reached the state semifinals for the first time in the school’s 50-year history.

Dusted off whistle: Dan Meier retired as Robinson principal and weeks later took over as the school’s interim football coach. Meier won three state titles at two previous coaching stops.

Sean McGorty pulls away from the field, as usual. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)
Sean McGorty pulls away from the field, as usual. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Going the extra mile: Chantilly senior Sean McGorty wowed everyone at the Penn Relays with the best mile-run in the history of the meet (4:04.47). He set such a fast pace that the next two runners behind him also broke the old meet record of 4:08.07, including third-place finisher Patrick Joseph from Loudoun County (4:07.88).

Back-handed compliment: Gonzaga senior Anton Zykov capped his 51-0 career with a fourth WCAC singles title. He also won the doubles title.

Not just treading water: After not medaling last year at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America nationals, the Madison girls varsity eight boat won both regattas this season. Five of the eight boat members will row for Division I programs next season, including All-Met Georgia Ratcliff at Virginia. Others are bound for Alabama, UCLA, Stanford and Gonzaga.

Upper Hand: Recruiting analysts Rivals.com kept Woodbridge two-time All-Met junior defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand at No. 1 on its list of the top college prospects nationally in the Class of 2014.

Rhythm of the Saints: The St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes boys’ lacrosse team entered the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 4 seed in a six-team conference but proceeded to knock off perennial powers Georgetown Prep and Landon to take the crown. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes had never beaten Landon.

Net result: St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes attacker Carly Reed finished her career with 475 goals, believed to be a four-year national record. The North Carolina commit scored at least 84 goals in each of the past four seasons, including 131 this spring.

Vetter’s Day: Montrose Christian boys’ basketball Coach Stu Vetter, who for 14 years guided one of the most high-profile and successful high school programs in the country, announced in late May that he will step down this summer after 14 years. Vetter coached several NBA players, including Kevin Durant.

Oliver’s army: Girls’ basketball Coach Frank Oliver, who up through the 2011-12 season led H.D. Woodson to seven consecutive DCIAA championships and three City Titles in five years, took over as head coach at McNamara, which went 3-23 last season. Oliver was All-Met coach of the year last season.

I’ve got this II: Forest Park junior Mustaqeem Williams single-handedly dominated at the Virginia AAA outdoor championships, winning three individual titles, being part of the 4×100 championship team and taking second in the triple jump to lead the Bruins to the title.

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Northern pitcher Jess Cummings didn’t surrender an earned run. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Nobody’s home: Northern junior pitcher Jess Cummings finished the season with a 0.00 ERA in leading the Patriots to a sixth consecutive state title.

Welcome to The Show: The Woodgrove baseball team, which dismissed 10 players early in the season for violating school policy, merged its junior varsity team with the five remaining varsity players and made a run to the Virginia AA semifinals in its third varsity season.

Running out of fingers: The George Mason girls’ soccer team won its sixth consecutive Virginia A title, becoming the first state soccer team of either gender to win six straight state titles.

Majors accomplishment: The Mount Vernon boys’ soccer team, which entered the postseason with only four wins, won nine of 10 games in the playoffs, including the Virginia AAA championship. In the state tournament, the Majors beat Forest Park in penalty kicks, rallied in the second half to beat Midlothian and topped Cosby in the eighth round of penalty kicks to win the title.


Members of the Mount Vernon student body join their team on the field as they mob their goalie Lance Belanger, not seen at right, after winning the championship. (Photo Richard A. Lipski for the Washington Post)

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