Bomb's Away

Senior Dan Sailer's long putt in a sudden-death playoff lifted the Fauquier golf team to second place in the Cedar Run District golf final Thursday at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket and earned it an automatic berth in the region final.

The Falcons finished regulation tied with Osbourn Park with a team score of 346, before a playoff at the par-3 ninth.

Sailer's approach shot sailed over the water hazard surrounding the hole and landed on the green about 60 feet from the pin. He then sank the putt for birdie with an aggressive shot that picked up speed as it raced closer to the cup.

"It broke left and then right, and with 10 feet left I knew it was going in," said Sailer, who admitted he was trying for par. Sailer shot a 91 for his round.

Falcons Coach Mark Ott said he was satisfied with the way his team played.

"I feel good. I felt if we played like we normally played we could win or at least come in second," he said.

Battlefield won the tournament with a score of 325.

Haller Picks U-Va.

Heritage senior softball player Kelly Haller has made a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia. Haller is a three-time All-Extra and all-Dulles District pick. Haller, a catcher, was second-team All-Met last season after batting .528 with six doubles, four triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and 17 runs.

"It was a really tough decision," Haller said. "I unofficially visited Arkansas and . . . [North Carolina State]. I had pretty much decided to go to N.C. State. My family and I talked because I would miss more school with the visit to N.C. State and would also miss a lot of volleyball because of the visit.

"So we talked about all the schools and what I liked and didn't like, and I said to myself, 'They have a great coach. The team was like one big family and not just in it for the softball.' It's also a beautiful campus. I went down there on a visit and fell in love with the school. I visited the other schools just to see if I really wanted to go to U-Va."

-- CHRIS AGUILAR, DAVID BETANCOURT and ANGELA WATTS