The Commonwealth District boys basketball standings tightened up last week as teams continued to juggle their positions half way through the schedule. North Stafford's gymnastic team won the Park View Invitaional as Mindy Berg was outstanding and Gar-Field's wrestlers remained unbeaten.
Stonewall Jackson of Manassas won its fourth and fifth straight Commonwealth District games to move back into the race after a 1-4 start. The Generals downed Courtland, 77-69, last Tuesday and James Wood, 79-69, Friday. Tim Brown led the way for Stonewall Jackson with 20 points last Friday.
Osbourn Park and Fauquier also gained ground on district leader Potomac with victories last week. Osbourn Park downed James Wood, 83-67, behind 25 points from Mark Fields, and survived an upset bid from winless Stafford, 67-65. Fauquier, led by Carlton Raymond (32 points in last Saturday's 88-84 win over Gar-Field), also defeated Stafford, 72-49, and Woodbridge, 74-66. Potomac was upset by Gar-Field, 75-73, to tighten the race up, but rebounded to down North Stafford, 79-66, last Saturday.
Handley tightened its grip on the Northwestern District lead with a 74-64 victory over Warren County. The Judges got a boost in the district when Osbourn, led by 16 points from Mike Benson, upset second-place Loudoun Valley, 54-51. The Eagles held Loudoun Valley guard Chris Leonard to 15 points, 13 under his average. Leonard came back on Saturday to score 31 as Loudoun Valley downed Martinsburg (W.Va.), 77-55. Martinsburg is the only team to defeat Handley this season.
Woodbridge (see related story) remained unbeaten with victories over North Stafford, 57-24, and Fauquier, 55-44. Osbourn Park moved into second place in the Commonwealth District with a 51-28 win over Stafford as Cassie Mullenix scored 18 points. Should both teams remain unbeaten in district play until next week's Feb. 2 meeting at Woodbridge, the Yellow Jackets, with just one loss, will get a shot at tying for the district lead.
North Stafford, led by sophomore Mindy Berg (see profile), captured the Park View Invitational, besting runnerup West Springfield of Fairfax County, 107.25-102.5, last Saturday.
Berg placed in the top three in all four events to help her capture the all-around title with a school record and personal best 36.95 points. Teammate Tanya Dean, a freshman, placed first in the floor exercise with a score of 9.15. Stafford finished third with 101.1 points, followed by host Park View with 100.7
Courtland downed Stafford in a dual meet earlier last week, 104.25-99.05. The Cougars were led by Jill Chapman, second in the all-around competition, and Alison Peck (third overall). Stafford's Angie Sullivan captured the balance beam with a 8.8 en route to the all-around crown, but Courtland's depth (it placed two gymnasts in the top three in all five categories) led to the victory.
Gar-Field remained unbeaten in Commonwealth District matches, winning its sixth by downing Osbourn Park, 67-3. Three teams are close behind with just one district loss apiece. Once beaten James Wood handed defending district champion Woodbridge its first loss, 39-28. Woodbridge and Stafford, which also has just one loss, wrestled to a 30-30 tie. Stonewall Jackson, 5-3 in district matches with one dual match remaining, routed Potomac, 50-12.
Loudoun Valley defeated Warren County, 54-15, in a Northwestern District dual meet. J.J. Merchant (8-0 in dual meets at 176 pounds) and John Fleming (9-1 at 145) scored pins to help the Vikings to their sixth dual meet win in 10 tries. Earlier in the week Loudoun Valley handled Loudoun County easily, 55-12, winning in 11 of the 13 weight classes.
Broad Run routed Warren County, 54-13, to remain on a roll since knocking off perennial district power Osbourn two weeks ago. The Spartans were led by Dylan Lawlor (167 pounds), who scored a technical fall in his match with Tim Cheeks.
Central of Woodstock's Becky Runion captured the 1,600-meter run with a 5:17.5 in the seventh Annual Blacksburg Civitan Invitational track and field meet last weekend at Virginia Tech. Gar-Field's Connie Coaxon took first place in the high jump with 5-2 to lead the Indians to a ninth place team finish. Woodbridge's four-girl team of Alison Harris, Jennifer Harris, Therese Langley and Burn Rogers won the 3,200 meter relay in time of 9:58.9, keying the teams' sixth place finish.
On the boys side, Curtis Grundler of Woodbridge placed third in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 4:24.3. The Vikings team finished sixth.