A winter to forget has been ushered out by a summer to remember for the Woodbridge boys' basketball team, a 49-47 double-overtime winner over Colonial Forge in the Cardinal Run league championship Wednesday.
The Vikings, smarting from a bumpy 5-18 season last winter, did not qualify for the playoffs in the Metro South Summer League, but went 6-4 in the Cardinal Run regular season, then plowed through Battlefield, Freedom, Mount Vernon and Colonial Forge -- the latter two on the same night -- to claim the crown in the first-year, 12-team league.
"This is a great way to reward the kids for their hard work," said Woodbridge Coach Chad Anderson, entering his second season. "This is a group of young, committed kids that are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful."
Rising junior Anthony Pettus hit a three-pointer to force overtime in the championship, and senior Daryl Walker was a force in the extra period. Six-foot-6 senior John Kelley, out with a broken arm most of last season, came up big this summer, as did junior Aaron Brown and several younger players. Naser Omar, a 6-4 transfer from West Springfield, has helped.
"We built the foundation last year with a bunch of young players and we reaped the rewards this summer," said Anderson, who also took the team to camp at American University.
"I think what we're seeing is kids who love basketball. Any time you're around kids who love basketball you're going to see results because that's what they love to do and they'll continue to develop their skills."
Snow Moving Up
Former Stonewall Jackson guard Tyc Snow, an All-Extra who played the past two seasons at Enterprise-Ozark Community College in Alabama, has signed with Division I Mississippi Valley State University.
The 5-7, 165-pound Snow, an all-Alabama Community College Conference selection, averaged a team-high 13.8 points along with 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals last winter at Enterprise, which went 17-14. The Boll Weevils finished 27-6 his freshman year.
Snow voiced his commitment to MVSU a day after the school hired James Green as its new coach. Green replaced Lafayette Stribling, who had stepped down earlier in the year after 22 seasons as coach.
Green went 123-109 in eight years as coach at Southern Mississippi. The team was Conference USA co-champion in 2001.
"He's like a legend down here," said Snow, who also considered Alabama State. "We're trying to win the [Southwestern Athletic Conference] and make it to March Madness."
The Delta Devils last reached the NCAA tournament in 1996, when they lost to Georgetown in the first round. Alabama A&M represented the SWAC this past season and lost to Oakland (Mich.) in the play-in game.
Snow, who led Stonewall to the Cedar Run District title in 2003, its first district crown since 1970, shot 45.2 percent from three-point range last season (76 of 168) at Enterprise and 73.2 percent from the line.
Morres Makes Junior Nationals
Alexander Morres, a rising freshman at Brentsville, has qualified to compete in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Speedo USA Junior National Swimming Championships in Irvine, Calif., next month.
Morres's coach at Occoquan Swimming, Cy Cyganiewicz, said Morres is currently the top-ranked 14-year-old in the country in that event but that his competition in Irvine will include swimmers as old as 18.
To qualify, Morres needed to swim the event in 1 minute 10.09 seconds, or faster. He clocked in at 1:09.8 at the Potomac Valley Senior Championships earlier this month at the University of Maryland but was disqualified for using an illegal kick off the wall.
About 25 minutes later, Morres swam the event again, this time alone, to try to achieve the necessary national qualifying time. His new mark was an even faster 1:09.44.
"The big thing was that he made it, and then it was sort of taken away from him, and then he came right back and made it again," Cyganiewicz said. "That's a little testament to what kind of character he has.
"He's been swimming competitively just about three years. He's really progressed up the line rather rapidly."
McDonald Goes West
Mike McDonald, who coached the Gar-Field softball team for six years and led the Indians to a Virginia AAA state semifinal finish this season, has stepped down and moved to the West Coast, Gar-Field Activities Director Rudy Zimmermann said.
"He was a huge asset for us here at Gar-Field in a whole lot of ways," Zimmermann said. "He was involved in a lot of things at the school. He was the football announcer and had great rapport with the kids in the special education department and great relationships with his softball players. He's going to be a hard guy to replace."
McDonald's teams won three Cardinal District titles and made three state appearances. The softball program graduated its top two players -- Sarah Malene and Becky Horesky -- and fielded no junior varsity team last spring.
The softball job is one of several varsity coaching vacancies at Gar-Field, along with boys' soccer, boys' crew and gymnastics.
One of the boys' soccer candidates is Bill Broaddus, who took over the program on an interim basis in mid-May and guided the Indians to the state quarterfinals.
Tourney Adds Softball
The Jerry Gardziel Fall Classic, an annual fall high school baseball tournament, will include softball this year.
The 20th annual event is set for Sept. 16-18 at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, with the softball portion of the weekend slated for Sept. 17.