Defending Virginia AAA tennis champion Centreville defeated Langley, 5-4, yesterday to win its second straight Northern Region title. Both teams qualified for the state tournament, but the opponent each will face is in question.
Langley was scheduled to play the winner of yesterday's match between two Virginia Beach schools--Frank Cox and First Colonial. Cox won the match, 5-4, to claim the Eastern Region title. However First Colonial is considering protesting the outcome because Cox's Maggie Gormley, who is the No. 5 singles player, was given more than the allowable five minutes of injury time to recover from a twisted ankle in her 6-4, 6-4 victory over Laurie Phillips. Gormley also left the court, which is another rules violation.
According to First Colonial Coach Laurie Shiflet-Hackbirth, Gormley was allowed to take close to 30 minutes to recover from her injury. If the school decides to protest, Gormley could be defaulted, which would give First Colonial a 5-4 win. "We don't want to win that way and would like to play the match over again," Shiflet-Hackbirth said. "A lot of rules weren't upheld that should have been upheld."
On Tuesday, Centreville (15-0) will host the Eastern Region runner-up, and Langley (11-4) will travel to the Eastern Region champion in the state quarterfinals.
Double Success The Centennial boys and girls soccer teams surprised top-ranked and previously undefeated River Hill.
The Centennial boys (6-4-1) came from behind to post a 2-1 overtime home victory over the Maryland 2A champions, and the girls (8-3) broke a scoreless tie with 12 minutes remaining to down the Hawks, 1-0, in Clarksville.
"We're underestimated a lot by a lot of teams," Centennial girls coach Mike Senisi said. "We feel we have a good program here and the kids work hard. Beating River Hill is a great accomplishment."
Goodman Gets Award
Takoma Academy senior guard Tamir Goodman is one of five recipients of the 1999 Reform Party of Maryland's Outstanding Citizen Reformer Award. Goodman, who is an Orthodox Jew, gained national attention last year when he unofficially committed to play basketball at the University of Maryland and stated his intention not to play on the Sabbath, from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. He has since withdrawn his commitment to Maryland and has yet to select a college to attend next year.