Heritage’s Jabari Blake and Liberty Christian’s Shae Dewey each wrapped up third-place finishes to highlight Day 1 of the Class 3 and 4 outdoor track & field championships Friday at Liberty University.
Blake, a senior, started his Class 3 state championship slate of throwing events with a bronze in the shot put Friday, recording a throw of 49 feet, 2½ inches. His throw was about 6½ feet shy of Zach Coldsnow’s (Tabb) heave of 55 feet, 9¼ inches.
Blake looks to topple the VHSL state record for the discus today. The event is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Dewey posted the top finish of the day on the girls side in the Class 4 meet. She cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and headlined a slate of strong showings in the event from area athletes. Jefferson Forest’s Hannah Pettyjohn and E.C. Glass’ Amanic Brown were fifth and 10th, respectively, in the event.
Riverheads 10, William Campbell 8
In Staunton, Riverheads (23-2) piled up 14 hits and held off William Campbell’s seventh-inning rally to capture the Region 1B championship.
Down 10-4 in the game’s final frame, William Campbell (10-11) scored four times on six hits — including twice on a pair of two-out singles — but Riverheads reliever Chad Butler, who earned the win in his lone inning of work, induced a flyout to end the game.
Sloan Seals (2 for 3) started the rally with a two-run double, and Eric Hanson (4 for 4) and Brennan Stone (2 for 4) each delivered RBI singles before Riverheads ended the threat.
Six Riverheads players had multiple hits, with Adam Painter leading the way with his 3-for-4 performance. Painter, Elijah Dunlap and Michael Robertson added two RBIs apiece.
Hanson and Seals had three RBIs each for Campbell, with two of Hanson’s three coming on a home run in the second inning.
Colten Allen took the loss, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.
Both teams had locked in state tournament berths by virtue of their region championship game appearances. William Campbell will travel to Lancaster, the Region 1A champ, for the quarterfinals Tuesday, while Riverheads will host Colonial Beach. Game times have not yet been set.
Riverside 5, Liberty Christian 0
In Leesburg, Region 3C champion Riverside knocked off Liberty Christian, the Region 4D runner-up in the first round of the Class 4 state tournament, ending the Bulldogs’ season.
Rappahannock County 5, William Campbell 1
In Gloucester, Region 1A champ Rappahannock County handed William Campbell, the Region 1B runner-up, a loss in the Class 1 state quarterfinals at Gloucester High.
The William Campbell team wraps up its season, but Sabrina Dickerson will begin her quest for an individual state championship Thursday when she takes on Rappahannock County’s Laura Ambrose in the singles semifinals at 9 a.m. at Radford University.
Brookville names new coach
Lindsey Sharman will take over as head coach of the Brookville volleyball team, athletic director Larry Kidd announced Friday.
Sharman, a Brookville alumna and current biology teacher at BHS, will take over for longtime coach Ashley Wilson.
Sharman played volleyball and basketball at Brookville and was on the basketball team at Randolph-Macon during her college years. She also has been an assistant coach for the Randolph College women’s basketball team since 2015, according to Randolph’s athletics website.