AAA Softball

Osbourn Eagles (19-4)

Most Recent State Appearance: 2003 (lost to Princess Anne, 2-0, in Virginia AAA semifinals).

State Titles: None.

How They Got Here: Defeated Hylton, 4-0, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals Monday; defeated George Washington-Danville, 5-0, in region semifinals Wednesday; scheduled to play at Stonewall Jackson yesterday in region championship, which was postponed by rain Friday.

What's Next: Will play either Madison or Oakton of the Northern Region in Virginia AAA quarterfinals Tuesday.

The Skinny: The fourth-ranked Eagles have qualified for the state tournament for the third straight year . . . The team starts three freshmen -- left fielder Robin Botkin, second baseman Caitlin Davis and shortstop Dana Woodsmall. Catcher Laura Hundemer is the only senior starter . . . Osbourn played in a spring break tournament in Myrtle Beach that included both Oakton and Madison. The Eagles beat Oakton, 1-0, and Madison, 3-2 . . . Junior pitcher Cristi Ecks struck out 10 in the win at George Washington-Danville . . . Three of the Eagles' four losses have been to Stonewall . . . Sophomore third baseman-outfielder Brittany Campbell is the daughter of Manassas Park softball assistant Gerry Campbell.

Quotable: "If you had asked me two months ago where I saw us with the young team that we had, I don't think I would have said, 'In the regional championship.' I really don't. What they have accomplished so far has been tremendous." -- Osbourn Coach Renee Leake.

Stonewall Jackson

Raiders (22-2)

Most Recent State Appearance: 2003 (lost to Princess Anne, 6-3, in Virginia AAA championship).

State Titles: None.

How They Got Here: Defeated Gar-Field, 8-0, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals Tuesday; defeated Culpeper, 3-0, in region semifinals Wednesday; scheduled to host Osbourn yesterday in the region championship, which was postponed by rain Friday.

What's Next: Will play either Madison or Oakton of the Northern Region in Virginia AAA quarterfinals Tuesday.

The Skinny: No. 1 Stonewall, using both senior Courtney Bures and junior Kirby Jenkins in the circle, have posted shutouts in eight of their past 10 games . . . Junior Amanda Burk, out with a knee injury last season, this spring has played catcher, shortstop, third base and the outfield . . . Junior outfielder Katie Speaks has produced a series of clutch hits the second half of the season, including in the region semi win over Culpeper . . . If the Raiders draw Madison in the state quarterfinals, it will be a rematch of the state semifinals last year, which Stonewall won, 2-0 . . . This marks the Raiders' third straight state tournament berth and the fourth in nine years. They reached the finals in the other three, losing to Manchester in 1996, Atlee in 2002 and Princess Anne last season.

Quotable: "I figured next year would be the year to have a good shot [at a return to the state title game]." -- Stonewall Coach Jason Koch last June, knowing that this spring he would return seven starters off his 2003 state runner-up team.

A Softball

Manassas Park Cougars (13-7)

Most Recent State Appearance: 2000 (beat Patrick Henry-Glade Spring, 3-1, in Virginia A championship).

State Titles: One (2000).

How They Got Here: Defeated Riverheads, 6-5 in 15 innings, in Region B quarterfinals Tuesday; defeated Goochland, 5-4, in region semifinals Thursday; scheduled to play at Page County yesterday in the region championship, which was postponed by rain Friday.

What's Next: Will face either Essex or Northumberland of Region A in Virginia A quarterfinals Tuesday.

The Skinny: The Cougars have shown a flair for the dramatic by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Madison County in the Bull Run District final, three runs in the 11th inning to stay alive against Riverheads and two in the top of the seventh at Goochland on a two-out double by freshman Courtney Steele . . . Aimee DePugh, the lone senior on the team, tripled to open the Goochland game . . . Manassas Park was one of five Bull Run teams that tied for first place during the regular season with a 6-4 record . . . The Bull Run has a rich recent history of producing state champions: Rappahannock in 2001, Manassas Park in 2000 and Brentsville in 1998; Madison County won the crown in 1995 but was not in the Bull Run at the time.

Quotable: "At the beginning of the year, the girls kind of came out and had talked about how they wanted to go to states this year. . . . .I don't think they ever gave up thinking they could go to states; it just might not have been as clear for a little while." -- Cougars Coach Melissa Pitts.

AAA Girls' Soccer

Gar-Field Indians (11-5-2)

Most Recent State Appearance: 1994 (lost to Midlothian in Virginia AAA quarterfinals).

State Titles: None.

How They Got Here: Defeated Colonial Forge, 3-2, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals Tuesday; defeated Osbourn, 4-1, in region semifinals Wednesday; scheduled to play at North Stafford last night in region championship, which was postponed by rain Friday.

What's Next: Will play either Mills Godwin or Midlothian of the Central Region in Virginia AAA quarterfinals Tuesday.

The Skinny: The Indians had gone 11 years without a district or region title until they beat Forest Park for the Cardinal crown two Fridays ago. Their pursuit of a region title was put on hold when rain forced Friday's region final at North Stafford to be moved to last night . . . Gar-Field, which had won four straight heading into the region final, lost, 1-0, to North Stafford on March 31 . . . Sophomore forward Theresa DeLucca leads Gar-Field in scoring with 10 goals and seven assists -- she had a hat trick in the region quarterfinal win over Colonial Forge -- and sophomore midfielder Kendall Irby is second with nine goals and six assists . . . Should Gar-Field win its state quarterfinal game on Tuesday, it could affect the state playoff schedule because the team's five seniors are scheduled to graduate Friday, the day of the state semis in Newport News. "The seniors are definitely like, 'This is crazy,' " Coach Michelle McDonald said. "Obviously, they wouldn't miss graduation." If necessary, McDonald said, she hoped the game times (now 1 and 3 p.m.) could be moved up so the team could play and her seniors could attend the 7 p.m. graduation.

Quotable: "We're just going through our same routine; really nothing has changed. We don't need to be [practicing] hard on each other." -- McDonald.

-- Preston Williams

and Ashton Williams

Shortstop Dana Woodsmall, left, is one of three freshman starters for Osbourn. The fourth-ranked Eagles are in the AAA state tournament for the third straight year and start only one senior.There is plenty for Stonewall Jackson's Lauren Mayoral, right, to cheer about this season, as her team has had eight shutouts in its past 10 games.