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Vikings Succeed in the Postseason

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While football is still in regular season play, field hockey and cross country are already well into the postseason. 

Field hockey beat Dominion 6-0 making them Dulles District champions and regular season champions. Junior Katie Clarke led the team with three goals. 

On Monday, they outlasted Woodgrove 2-1 to move on to the Region 4 Final. They faced Loudoun County in the Region Final on Thursday.

Earlier this season, their matchup against County was a tight 2-1 victory over the Captains.

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Clarke said the key was taking the game one quarter at a time. “Just trying to get on the board first and build up a lead, because last time we played them they scored on us first and then we had to mount up a comeback.”

They did just that on Thursday, they scored three goals before County was able to get one on the board, which led them to being back-to-back Region Champions. On Tuesday, they defeated Chancellor High School 2-0, to advance to the State Semifinals on Friday. They will face Powhatan High School at noon at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.

Girls Cross Country finished 1st at both districts and regionals with senior Ella Peterson finishing 1st in both meets. Freshman, Harper Bartlett finished 3rd in districts, and 2nd in regionals. They now advance to States, Nov. 11 at Oatlands.

“I think the feeling of team support really has helped us going into the postseason. I think going into states, we need to focus on a positive mindset and believe in the abilities of ourselves and the strength of the team.” Junior Mayleen Hyett said when asked how the mindset of the team is headed into the State Cross Country meet.

Boys Cross Country finished 2nd, behind Tuscarora with senior Ty Blair finishing 1st running a 15:21 and sophomore Max Panica finishing 3rd running 15:50. At Regionals they finished 1st, placing in front of Tuscarora with Ty Blair coming in at 2nd place. 

“With the tough loss at districts to Tuscarora it really fueled us to come out for the win.” Senior Bradley Bernard said when asked about how the mindset was different from districts to regionals. 

They also advanced to States, Nov. 11 at Oatlands. 

Football is currently 3-1 in the district, with their only loss coming to undefeated Tuscarora. On Friday they beat Dominion 54-3. They are currently 2nd in the district. They had their last regular season game on Friday for the Battle of Pville, at home vs. Woodgrove.

“We always give them our best game and we always get their best game of the season. So I think our guys are always motivated to play Woodgrove. They know all those kids, they played youth league against a lot of those kids. So it’s a fun game to coach and it’s a fun game to play.” Coach Valentine said when asked about the energy going into the matchup against Woodgrove.

It was a tight game, coming down to the last play of the game, with a failed 2-point conversion that gave Woodgrove the 26-25 victory. They will face Broad Run on Friday at 7 p.m. for the Region Quarterfinals at home.

The golf team made it past districts onto regionals as a team, at regionals they shot a team best 322. Individually, junior Davis Bush made it to states shooting an 82. 

Girls Competition Cheer finished 4th out of 5 teams in districts scoring a 177 and beating Rock Ridge.

Girls Volleyball lost in 4 sets to Tuscarora in Districts quarterfinals, which ended their season.

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