As we wrap up the winter sports regular season, lets take a look at some of the teams and athletes that stayed hot during the playoffs and state championship competitions.
Washington-Lee’s Mary Lynn Clark won state titles in the Vault and Bars in Gymnastics. She placed second in the All-Around Championship by .225, her Generals also placed second during the state tournament behind state champion Frank Cox (Virginia Beach)
Westfield senior Beau Donahue (152 lbs.) won his second straight Virginia AAA state title in an overtime bout.
Brooks Martino (145 lbs.) of Robinson won his second straight Virginia AAA title, in a come from behind decision. Santiago Valdez (138lbs.) also won a title for the defending team champion Rams, who finished second behind Colonial Forge for the team championship. Forge only had one wrestler to make it to a championship final.
Annandale’s Dane Harlowe (126 lbs.) also won a second straight title. Ali Ali Musa (202 lbs.) also won an individual title for Annandale.
Osbourn Park’s Sean Badua (106 lbs.) captured his first state title.
Maryland Independent schools; Good Counsel Spencer Neff (182 lbs.) won his first title in a first period pin. Another Falcon, sophomore Kyle Snyder (220 lbs.) continued his 56-0 unbeaten streak and repeated as state champion. Snyder will move on this week’s National Prep Tournament.
Another awesome sophomore, McNamara’s Alfred Bannister (138 lbs.) moved to 75-1 on his way to a second straight title as well.
DeMatha freshman Steven Simpson capped off a great year winning the 106 weight division title. Stags senior Dylan Devine (195 lbs.) also picked up an individual title.
Georgetown Prep’s Daniel Sanchez (132 lbs.) won this year after being runner up last year.
Lets bounce to Maryland, Champ Page lived up to his first name winning the 300m dash and leading Wise to it’s first Maryland 4A title in school history.
Dondre Echols sprinted his way to a 3A title in the 55m hurdles, crushing the state meet record, but just falling shy of his national-best time. Echols also took home the 55m dash with a time of 6.44.
The girls 55m hurdles Duval senior Mobolaji Adeokun took advantage of a worn down Alexis Franklin of Old Mill. A personal best 8.07, then went out and won in the 55m dash with a 7.07.
Bowie junior Antonella Taylor came away with the 4A shot put championship, by seven feet over her competition.
Oakdale’s Emma King won the state 2A pole vault title, breaking the state meet record in doing so.
Douglass boys went from worse to first to win their first 2A title in school history. Kyle Smith won the 55m hurdles, and high jump before helping the 4x200, 4x400 relay teams to victory.
Largo girls behind De’Vonni Farrar won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Fairmont Heights senior Pierrysen Henry won his first 1A shot put title, winning on the last throw.
Congrats to the WCAC All-Conference team:
First Team All-Conference
Kris Jenkins, Jr., Gonzaga (Player of the Year)
BeeJay Anya, Jr., DeMatha
Byron Hawkins, Soph., Good Counsel
Coleman Johnson, Sr., Paul VI
Darian Anderson, Sr., St. John's
James Robinson, Sr., DeMatha
Jerami Grant, Sr., DeMatha
Nate Britt, Jr., Gonzaga
Melo Trimble, Soph., O'Connell
Patrick Holloway, Sr., Paul VI
Stan Robinson, Jr., Paul VI
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