Churchill's girls' tennis team defeated previously undefeated Walter Johnson, 5-2, to capture the Montgomery County Division I regular season championship.

Montgomery County public school officials decided last Friday to hold a championship match this week between the top two Division I teams whose regular season was cut short by the sniper attacks. Churchill finished 8-0; Walter Johnson fell to 7-1.

Churchill's No. 3 singles player Tara Irani remained undefeated by ousting Debora Lin, 5-7, 6-3, 12-10, in the closest match of the day. The Bulldog's top two singles players, No. 1 freshman Maggie Mackeever and sophomore Ariela Cohen also won their matches to stay unbeaten. The Bulldog's No. 1 doubles team, twin sisters Sonia and Monica Anand, also won their match, 6-3, 6-2.

"I'm glad for the girls that they got to go out there and put some closure on this whole episode," Churchill Coach Ben Woods said. "It is unfortunate that a lot of other girls did not get a chance to put closure to their season, because there are a lot of good teams out there."

Hess On Top of Hill

Hylton's Jemissa Hess topped the competition in the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region cross-country finals for the third consecutive year yesterday by topping the hills first at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville.

Hess, who finished the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes 5 seconds, significantly widened her lead over second-place finisher Beth Fahey (19:13) of Forest Park by attacking a hill in the second mile.

"I usually catch or break away from people on a hill and it was a slight hill, like an incline," Hess said.

The top four boys' and girls' teams advance to the AAA championship meet Nov. 18 at Great Meadow in Warrenton.

Colonial Forge finished first in the team competition and Forest Park placed fourth. In boys' team competition, Forest Park finished first, Colonial Forge finished second and Osbourn Park finished fourth.

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Schaller and Todd Jacobson