Courtland junior Chris Hamm birdied the first hole of a four-way playoff to capture second place in the Virginia AA golf championship yesterday at Fincastle Country Club in Bluefield, Va.

Hamm, who last week won the Region I title, was one of four players to finish regulation at 1-under 139. Greg Brouse of Heritage also was in that group and he finished fourth.

Josh Williams of Magna Vista shot 65-70 -- 135 to win the individual title and lead his school to the team championship. . . .

Chantilly junior Joe Monte shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Virginia AAA golf championship yesterday at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket. Monte was 3 under after 11 holes and made par on the final seven holes.

"He feels like he left a couple out there, but he made a couple pretty good saves," Chantilly co-coach Scott Cronin said.

Monte enters today's final round with a one-stroke lead over four players, including sophomore teammate Jake An.

Two-time defending team champion Deep Run of Glen Allen is the first-round team leader with a score of 291, seven shots ahead of Clover Hill and Westfield.

Severna Park Prevails

Senior outside hitter Ashlee Allen had 13 kills and eight digs and was 9 for 9 serving with two aces, leading Severna Park's volleyball team in a comeback victory over visiting North County, 20-25, 15-25, 25-18, 25-14, 15-9.

"She's been our go-to hitter; she was dominating from the front and the back," said fifth-year coach Julie Allen, Ashlee's older sister. "She's taller then me, but she's technically still my little sister."

Junior Jackie Sabins had 20 assists and also was 9 for 9 serving for the Falcons (7-2).

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-- Josh Barr and Jon Goldberg