Bulldogs: Looking Good
The Stone Bridge football team was dressed in uniforms that might prove to be collectors' items. The Bulldogs, keeping with a homecoming tradition established by Coach Mickey Thompson, dressed in one-game-only uniforms with players' last names printed on the backs.
The uniforms, chosen by the team's seniors, were near replicas of the Penn State University uniform (except for the last name), sporting the same simple, dark blue tops with basic stripes and white pants. The team also chose to remove the Bulldogs logo from its helmets, giving itself both a throwback look and the appearance of a winner. The Nittany Lions are one of the biggest surprises of the college season, having won their first six games.
Through the help of community fundraising and contributions, Thompson purchases the uniforms, something he's done for homecoming since 1997. He coached at Park View then and took the job when Stone Bridge opened for the 2000 season. Thompson said he purchases whatever uniform design his seniors request.
"Having a uniform to keep is fun," said Bulldogs junior quarterback Terence Glenn. "But in the end, it's not what you wear, but winning the game."
Stone Bridge topped Madison, 15-7, in overtime on a scoring run by senior Shamar Knight-Justice and a two-point run by Glenn. The win gave the Bulldogs a 5-1 mark overall and 3-0 in the Liberty District. The team is playing at the Class AAA level for the first time in school history.
"With a win like this one, we might have to keep the stickers off our helmets again," Glenn said.
Brouse Takes Fourth
Heritage's Greg Brouse shot a two-day total of 139 to finish in fourth place at the AA state golf championships held on Monday and Tuesday at Fincastle Golf Club in Bluefield. Brouse was four strokes behind winner Josh Williams of Magna Vista.
Magna Vista also won the team title with 588. Salem (601) was second and Blacksburg (603) third.
In the AAA state championships, Loudoun Valley's Danny Bosse shot a 152 to finish in a tie for 18th place at Piedmont Golf Club in Haymarket. Bosse shot 75-77 and was the area's highest finisher in the event.
Stone Bridge's Matt Wallace was the second-highest finisher, shooting a 165. Heritage's Ben Greenway shot a 177 to tie for 66th.
Joe Monte of Chantilly won the individual title with a 142. Deep Run High School won the team title with a 587, followed by Westfield (606) and Clover Hill (608).
-- PAUL BERGERON
AND GENE WANG