Looking back on a wild Virginia state championship weekend


Woodgrove is all smiles after winning its first Virginia 5A girls’ lacrosse title. (Richard A. Lipski / The Washington Post)

The 2013-2014 high school sports season is officially over, coming to a close in memorable fashion for many area teams in Virginia this past weekend. In total, 16 area teams won state titles in baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis, with eight coming on Saturday and another eight coming on Sunday. That number ballooned in part as a product of the Virginia High School League’s realignment of classification last year, but there was no shortage of drama – many schools won their first title, another won its seventh straight. There were home runs and hat tricks. There was a last-second title-clinching goal, a game-winning penalty shot, a 15-round penalty kick shootout and much more. Here are stories, photos and videos from the weekend:

STORIES

– Haylea Geer’s home run and Riley Wilkinson’s three-run double help send South County to a win in the Virginia 6A softball championship.

– Becca Callison’s game-winning penalty helps Battlefield win in a shootout to cap a perfect season and girls’ lacrosse title.

– After being beaten the past two times against Oakton, Westfield finally brought down their “tyrant” to win the school’s first girls lacrosse 6A title.

– Robinson found a way against Langley on Sunday to win its 10th VHSL title in the 6A boys’ lacrosse final.

– Briar Woods made all the right adjustments to rally and beat Stone Bridge in Sunday’s 5A girls’ soccer final.


T.C. Williams players and supporters celebrate the school’s 6A boys’ soccer championship. (Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

– All-Met Eryk Williamson, a forward who was moved from the midfield, helps lead T.C. Williams past Washington-Lee in the Va. 6A boys soccer final.

– Woodgrove rolled past Loudoun Valley to win its first state title in girls lacrosse.

– Briar Woods took Great Bridge to extra innings but came up short in the Virginia 5A softball title game.

– James Moreno scored with seconds remaining to give Loudoun County a 1-0 win over Midlothian and its first state title.

– Jack DeGroat’s complete-game gem against Poquoson delivered Loudoun Valley’s first state title in baseball since 1972.

– Woodgrove set a Virginia record by scoring 24 runs in rout of Fauquier to win softball championship.

–  George Mason’s girls’ soccer team captured its seventh consecutive 2A state championship and clinched an undefeated season with a 2-1 victory over Richmond’s Maggie Walker.

–  George Mason’s boys took advantage of a hand ball in the box and rolled past Riverheads for a second straight state championship.

– Alie Brandt’s kick gave Dominion a 15th-round knockout and their first 4A state title after three overtimes and 15 shootout rounds in Lynchburg.

– Lake Braddock held off Langley, 5-3, to take the Virginia 6A boys’ tennis team title, while Oakton lost in the girls’ team final to Cox.

– Hours after graduating, JP Reategui netted three goals to propel Broad Run boys’ soccer past Albemarle in the Va. 5A final.

– Chantilly ran out of magic as Western Branch ended the Chargers’ best season to date in the Virginia 6A baseball championship game.

– A late overtime goal doomed Loudoun County’s attempt to win a 4A boys’ lacrosse title.

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PHOTOS

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