Less than a week after abruptly resigning as Mount Vernon girls' basketball coach, Kenny Farmer said yesterday he plans to return to the team for the remainder of the season. Farmer and longtime assistant Phil McConnell, who had been promoted from junior varsity head coach to varsity head coach, will co-coach the Majors, Mount Vernon Principal Cathy Crocker confirmed.
Farmer resigned last Monday morning, citing personal reasons and a desire to spend more time with his family. But Farmer said that after consulting with McConnell, Crocker and Mount Vernon Athletic Director Bernie Forte, Farmer decided over the weekend to finish the season. He said he will meet with school officials after the season to determine his future with the program.
Farmer, a physical education and driver's education teacher at Mount Vernon who has directed the team for nearly 10 years, said he met with his players at practice on Saturday.
"I'm sure they were a little hurt and upset with me," he said. "I told them I don't expect them to quit, and it probably wasn't right of me to quit."
The Majors (15-2) went 2-0 this week under McConnell, a 1994 Mount Vernon graduate who has been with the program since Farmer's first season.
All-Met QB Picks W. Va.
All-Met quarterback Antonio Lewis of Thomas Stone High School orally committed to West Virginia last night.
Lewis (5 feet 10, 190 pounds) had narrowed his choices to West Virginia and Syracuse, but after visiting Morgantown this weekend gave Coach Rich Rodriguez his commitment.
Signing day for high school seniors is Wednesday.
The deciding factor proved to be a matter of position. The Orangemen were recruiting Lewis primarily as a defensive back and kick returner; the Mountaineers were focused on keeping him at quarterback.
"I liked the university because it's close to home, but I also like the plan they have for me," Lewis said. "I'll probably redshirt so I can learn their system, but they are definitely wanting me to stay at quarterback. Coach Rodriguez had Woody Dantzler [at Clemson] and he says that we're similar. That's what he's looking for out of me."
Lewis, known for his versatility, passed for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, averaging 24.1 yards per completion. He also rushed for 847 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 17 scores.
Eleanor Roosevelt senior Tiandra Ponteen cruised to the third-fastest 300-meter mark in high school history Saturday in the Microtel Invitational at Virginia Tech, clocking 37.85 seconds to prevail by nearly two seconds.
Entering the race, Ponteen -- who is second in the nation in the 500 and third in the 400 this season -- had posted the fifth-best time in the 300 (39.35) but showed she could challenge the record of 37.59, set in late December by New York's Shana Cox. The All-Met runner then paced the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay team in 55.3 seconds, pushing the Raiders past Largo for a four-second victory (3 minutes 52.59 seconds).
Fauquier sophomore Sarah Bowman set two records in the highly competitive meet, running the season's fastest time in the 1,000 (2:53.19) and dominating the 1,600 (4:54.68) four hours later for the fifth-fastest time of the year. Bowman was pushed and nearly tripped at the start of the 1,000 and had to fight from the outside of the banked track on the far turn of Lap 1 before winning by more than two seconds.
"I was still a little sore, but I tried to look confident and put on the face that I wasn't tired," Bowman said.
Kevin Meier entered Stone Bridge's Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League game against Potomac Falls (7-1-1) having scored in each of his last two outings, both wins.
The sophomore forward continued his streak yesterday, scoring two goals in the Bulldogs' 4-1 win at Ashburn Ice House. Meier scored a power-play goal on assists from sophomore Adam Roeder and freshman Brandon Moser with 5:07 remaining in the first period.
Senior Matt Griffith scored in the second period to give Stone Bridge (7-1-0) a 2-0 lead, but Potomac Falls senior Nicholas Pogu scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead in half with 3:16 remaining in the second period.
"I've started getting into the groove the past couple of games," said Meier, who has eight goals on the season. "It was a rush."
For three consecutive years, the Bullis wrestling team finished second to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament.
However on Saturday, Bullis finally reversed the roles in claiming its fifth championship in 10 years.
The Bulldogs, who captured the regular season conference dual title after finishing 17-0, placed 10 wrestlers in the final round and had six individual champions. They included senior Will Dameron (215 pounds), juniors Alan Schwartzebek (135), Jay Gorman (145), Jack Layton (152) and Sean Thayer (160), and sophomore Andrew Rose (112).
"I am so happy," said Bullis Coach Alex Liederman, adding that 11 of the Bulldogs' 14 wrestlers came from the school's middle program. "For the past couple of years, I have waited for my boys to grow."
Georgetown Prep placed third, followed by Landon, St. Albans and Episcopal.
Special correspondents Kynan W. Kelly, Colin Fitzgibbons and Josh Leventhal contributed to this report.