Forest Park junior Stefanie Slekis won her seventh race of the season, taking the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region girls' cross-country title in 19 minutes 2 seconds yesterday at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville.
Osbourn senior Charlie Swartz (16:21) was the top local boys' finisher, placing second behind E.C. Glass's Patterson Wilhelm (16:13).
Colonial Forge and Brooke Point, respectively, won the boys' and girls' team titles.
The Virginia state meet is next Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains.
Fairfax to Honor Laing
Fairfax High will name its fieldhouse after late athletic director Pat Laing, who died in March. The L. Patrick Laing Field House will be dedicated on Dec. 8, prior to the Rebels boys' basketball game against Yorktown.
Laing, who spent 34 years at Fairfax and had been athletic director since 1982, was 56-years-old when he succumbed to a diabetic coma while checking on the school's athletic facilities.
Potomac School Cruises
Natalie Heintz, Lea Gonzalez and Katie Steele scored to lift Potomac School to a 3-0 victory over visiting Bullis and a spot in the ISL AA conference girls' soccer final.
Heintz, a freshman, opened the scoring for Potomac School and Gonzalez, a junior, followed to make it 2-0. The third goal came after Heintz crossed the ball from the left side and senior Annie Harris heel-flicked the ball to Steele, who struck a one-touch shot just under the crossbar.
The Panthers (10-4-2) will play National Cathedral in Sunday's final.
Led by junior middle hitter Jess Hoffman, Episcopal's volleyball team stormed back from two matches down to defeat visiting Stone Ridge, 19-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-5, in the ISL A conference semifinals. Episcopal will play Madeira in Sunday's 1 p.m. league final at National Cathedral.
Pare Solid in Shootout
Junior goalkeeper Brailey Pare made four saves in a penalty stroke shootout and junior Caroline Koste converted two in the tiebreaker to give Episcopal a victory over host Holton-Arms in an ISL field hockey semifinal.
The game was tied at 1 after regulation and overtime, and still tied after five rounds of penalty strokes, with each team making two. Lauren Robertshaw and Koste made the strokes for Episcopal.
In the sixth round of strokes, Koste struck again and Pare made a save to give the Maroon the victory. Episcopal will play Alexandria neighbor St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in tomorrow's semifinals.
Brennan Kalleen scored Episcopal's goal in regulation.
Special correspondents Jon Goldberg, Soraya McDonald and Rachel Zavala contributed to this report.