TES, Collegiate, SGHS advance in Girls Bball; Swimming States continue, Indoor Track States happening today
It's a busy weekend in LIS competition. Yesterday, Trinity, Collegiate and Saint Gertrude all advance to the LIS Tournament Semis in convincing fashion. Trinity will host Collegiate on Tuesday for a 5pm tip. The two teams battled in both regular season contests this year, both game ending in single digit differentials. Saint Gertrude travels to STAB in hopes of pulling off the upset in Charlottesville, a contest that will also begin at 5pm. Tournament Bracket found here
The VISAA State Swim meet was off to an exciting start yesterday with great performances across the LIS. Norfolk Academy and St. Catherine's among those battling for the State Championship. Trinity's Sydney Whiting took the 50 free title last night, while Veritas 8th grader Molly Blanchard finished second in the 200IM in that final. All VISAA State Meet info can be round here
Lastly, the VISAA State Indoor Track Meet kicks off today at 10:30am at St. Christopher's. St. Catherine's hopes to follow up their LIS championship with another VISAA title.
Find the VISAA Indoor Meet Heat Sheet, including entries and estimated start times here
RTD reporting "Cougars, Saints swim to defend", all eyes on LIS Swimming this weekend at St. Catherine's Pool
St. Margaret's is thrilled to be able to offer indoor track this year as a varsity sport. Under the leadership and enthusiasm of the coach, the team of ten is not only meeting our goals, but exceeding them. With no indoor facility to practice, the Scotties enjoy the challenge of being creative and pushing themselves to keep up with the other programs. In the teams first meet this year, they were successful in taking the 55 and 300m. St. Margaret's is extremely excited for the future of the Indoor Track program.
It is no secret Veritas Athletics are on the rise. Joining the League of Independent Schools last year, several of the Lions’ girls sports are improving by the day. The hiring of Tammy Holder as the Head Girls Basketball Coach only speeds up this process.
Holder’s resume is impressive, her philosophies align with the school’s mission, and her passion and knowledge of sport is evident if you have ever seen her coach.
She has made stops at Columbia International University, College of Charleston, University of South Carolina, California State, the Seattle Reign and, of course, the University of Richmond in her years coaching basketball.
An already improved conference, the LIS looks to continue to climb in skill, talent and competitiveness in Girls Basketball with the addition of Coach Holder.
The Saint Gertrude Basketball team sprinted off to a strong start this season going 6 and 0 before suffering their first loss in the Gator Classic Championship game vs. the Central Virginia Homeschool Disciples. The Gators fell to 6-2 after a loss to Collegiate, but are shooting to get back on a win streak this week when they face Veritas and Saint John Paul the Great. Sophomore Nan Kerner leads the team in scoring with 13 points per game. Junior Caroline Gill and Freshman Kate Samson have also contributed heavily to the team success with their scoring and rebounding efforts.
The swim team is fresh off a strong meet last weekend at Saint Catherine’s. Willow Clark and Mary Cornett finished first and second respectively in the 50 yard freestyle. The 200 yard medley relay team made up of Clark, Cornett, Rachel Lewis and Cassidy Butt, finished third at the Saint Christopher/ Saint Catherine meet. In the team’s first meet of the season Freshman Audrey Lewis qualified for states in the 200 IM, while several other newcomers to the team received their first official times.
Holiday Hoops continues: Collegiate, Saint Gertrude, STAB and Trinity Girls all participating in Invitationals around the State this week
Four LIS Basketball teams are back at it already after the Christmas hiatus. Collegiate heads to Clover Hill High School in Richmond to take on Banner Christian today, Thursday, at 2:30. The Cougars will take on the host team, Clover Hill tomorrow, Friday, at 5:30. They will wrap up the event playing Matoaca on Saturday at 2:30.
Saint Gertrude is hosting their own holiday event, the Gator Christmas Classic over the next two days.
St. Anne's Belfield hits the road to Hampton to play at Boo Williams Sportsplex for the next three days.
Finally, Trinity Episcopal will play locally at the L.C. Bird Skyhawk Tournament against Patrick Henry Roanoke tomorrow at 5pm and L.C. Bird Saturday at 7pm.