The William Monroe High School baseball team, Albemarle HS boys soccer team, and Western Albemarle High School boys tennis team all won state championships Saturday.
The Greene Dragons baseball team beat Chilhowie 5-4 in eight innings to capture the Group A, Division 2 state title for the first baseball state title in school history.
Freshman Keegan Woolford drove in sophomore Austin Batten from second base for the walk-off victory at Kiwanis Field in Salem.
"It feels great," says Woolford. "Everybody in the stands and the dugout was pulling for me. I just wanted to make it happen for all the seniors."
William Monroe finishes the season 27-1, winners of 25 straight games to end the title run.
Head coach Mike Maynard says, "It's unbelievable. We've been thinking about this for a long time at William Monroe. Our community has been behind us, with new facilities, and we came through today."
Ryan Leake hit a three-run home run in the second inning, and Monroe scored on a Chilhowie error to get on the board first, as the Greene Dragons jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings.
The Warriors got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning and then tied the game 4-4 on a three-run double in the sixth inning.
Both teams threatened late but both teams stranded two runs on base (Monroe in the bottom of the sixth and Chilhowie in the top of the seventh inning), sending the game to extra innings.
Senior Jordan Gentry struck out nine batters on the mound for Monroe.
The eight seniors on the WMHS team (Gentry, Logan Forloines, Spencer Breeden, Ryan Morris, Lamar Nelson, Jacob Hirtz, Michael Thompson, and Trey Kirby) had their graduation ceremony on the field after the game, as the players missed walking at graduation with the rest of their classmates while playing for the title.
The Monroe seniors fittingly received their diplomas with their caps and gowns over their baseball uniforms.
Forloines says, "It's great. I'd rather be in my baseball uniform. It's just amazing."
Gentry, Bull Run District Player of the Year, adds, "Graduation is a long time coming. A long 12, 13 years, and now that us eight seniors get to win a state championship and come out here and graduate on the same field, it couldn't be any better."
"I love those guys, they're like my family, they've been with me for so long," says the Bull Run District Coach of the Year, Maynard. "I can't say enough about them. They're great kids. They love to play baseball, and I'm gonna miss them."
The Albemarle boys soccer team topped Colonial Forge 3-0 in the AAA state championship match at Westfield High School in Chantilly.
The game marked the fifth meeting this season between the Commonwealth district rivals.
The Patriots rallied to beat Colonial Forge 3-2 in the Northwest Region Championship in the last meeting May 31st, but the Eagles had won the three other meetings (two in the regular season and one in the Commonwealth District Tournament championship match).
Albemarle, which ended the season 21-4-1, did not need a rally on Saturday.
The Patriots scored a goal in the first five minutes of the match when Rowen Perry found Kai Marshall, senior to senior, to take the lead 1-0 at half.
They tallied another score in the opening minutes of the second half when Perry found Andrew Solomon in the box.
The junior scored on a volley to take a 2-0 lead.
Senior Victor Zarate added another insurance goal with about 17 minutes left on a great feed from senior Jon Mathes for the final tally of the match.
The championship is the first for the Patriot program, which played in the state title game for the first time in school history.
Albemarle High School senior captain Alex Bohn said, "It means everything. To make it this far and to win it, to take it home, it's just truly unbelievable. It's an amazing feeling right now."
"It is the greatest feeling in the world," said Perry, a captain. "This is what we played for. We worked so hard all season. We traveled so far to Stafford County...It's been awesome."
AHS senior captain/midfielder Shane Rose said, "It's incredible. We've been working for this for four years. We've had a great season. It just means so much to actually have it finally accomplished and just win the state title. It's great."
"It means everything," said Marshall, one of ten seniors on the team. "It means a lot for us, a lot for the coaches, a lot for the school, a lot for the town. We've never won a state championship before. This is the first in our history. It's incredible."
Marshall and Rose will play soccer and attend Virginia Tech in the fall.
The Western Albemarle boys tennis team beat E.C. Glass 5-3 to win the Group AA state championship at the Virginia Tech Tennis Center in Blacksburg.
The Warriors (22-1) avenge their only defeat this season, winning the state title for the fifth time in program history (1992, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).
The match was tied 1-1 after two singles matches and 3-3 when the singles matches ended. It was the first time this season that Western had been tied going into doubles.
Senior and Group AA state individual champion Cam Scott at #1, senior Tom Lewis at #5, and junior Timmy O'Shea at #6 won their singles matches. Scot beat Scottie Taylor, whom he beat in the state semifinals Thursday, 6-3, 6-1.
Scot and senior Will Diamond put Western up 4-3 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at #1 doubles.
Senior Gray Evans and O'Shea clinched the victory with a win at #3 doubles.
Western Albemarle played in the state finals for the sixth year in a row and won 21 straight matches to close out the season.
The Spotswood High School girls tennis team, which beat Western Albemarle Friday in the semis, lost to E.C. Glass 5-1 in the Group AA state championship match at Virginia Tech Saturday.
The Wilson Memorial High School girls tennis team lost to Gate City 5-1 in the Group A state championship match at Radford Saturday.
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