Most Dominant: The Northern Region representatives at the Virginia AAA tennis tournament in Newport News. For the first time in the event's history, one region claimed all four titles: Chantilly's Thomas Nolan (boys' singles), Robinson's Mike Smith and Drew Courtney (boys' doubles), Madison's Laura Reichert (girls' singles) and Robinson's Christine Tran and Lindsey Hardenbergh (girls' doubles).
Best Debut: Clarke County freshman Danielle Moyer scored two goals to give the Eagles a come-from-behind victory in the Virginia A girls' soccer championship. With the title, Moyer added another state crown to her growing list. In October, Moyer was the individual state champion in cross-country and led her team to a title in that sport. Last week in the state track championships, Moyer won a state title in the 1,600-meter run. "My freshman year, I think it's been one of the best freshman years anyone could ever have," Moyer said. "People give me a hard time all the time -- 'Four rings in one year, that's ridiculous!' "
Best Backup, Part I: Since taking over for All-Met goalkeeper Mary Jo Loos in the AA Region II quarterfinals, Stone Bridge goalie Alex Traughber has won five of six starts, surrendering three goals and earning four shutouts, including a 3-0 blanking of Courtland in the AA championship game yesterday. Loos moved to forward for the region and state tournaments after injuring her right arm -- and scored eight goals in six games.
Most Improved: Prior to last season, the Stone Bridge girls' soccer team had never won more than six games in a season. But under second-year coach Jim Felix, the Bulldogs won 10 games in 2004 and 16 games -- including the state championship -- this year.
Most Momentum: The Handley and George Mason boys' tennis teams continued recent runs of success with victories in the Virginia AA and A state championship matches, respectively. Handley defeated Blacksburg, 5-1, at Virginia Tech, winning the Nos. 2 through 6 singles matches, with all but No. 5 singles going to three sets. Handley was making a third consecutive appearance in the AA final, winning for the third time in five years.
George Mason defeated Galax, 5-1, at Radford for a second straight Group A title, its 10th such title since 1986. The Mustangs' Alex Goetting and Xavier Alarcon also won the state doubles title, defeating J.I. Burton's Caleb Crowder and David Stacy, 6-2, 6-1.
Best Backup, Part II: With W.T. Woodson honorable mention All-Met forward Joe Barnd sidelined by a high left ankle sprain suffered in Friday's Virginia AAA boys' soccer semifinal, Cavaliers senior forward Sam Johnston filled in admirably in yesterday's final against Thomas Dale. He took pressure off All-Met forward Michael Lahoud all afternoon and his shot in the 50th minute of a scoreless tie just missed, hitting the left post. Missing Barnd "hurt us," W.T. Woodson Coach Richard Broad said after his team's 1-0 overtime loss. "But Sam came in and did a great job."
Fastest Start: During W.T. Woodson's 20-4 win over Albemarle in the unofficial Virginia AAA girls' lacrosse title game, Cavaliers senior Ashley McCulloch scored on her first three shots to give her team a 3-0 lead less than seven minutes into the action. McCulloch, who finished with seven goals, also scored the game's final goal.
"I couldn't even tell you how much heart this girl has," teammate Meredith Martin said of McCulloch. "She just keeps going. Even when she's exhausted and wants to put the ball down."
-- Rich Campbell, Sean P. Flynn, Andrew Levine
and Charlie Moss