It was a busy day in the LIS yesterday with 3 different schools taking home titles. St. Margaret's made it five LIS championships in a row with their convincing 10-0 victory over Collegiate. The Cougars solidified their #1 ranking the VISAA State Poll with a 3-0 win over #2 Trinity in the Girls Soccer final. And finally, in the game of the day, St. Catherine's overcame Collegiate in a double OT nail biter 11-10 in Girls Lacrosse.
Several LIS teams will undoubtably receive State Bids this weekend for the VISAA State Tournament that begin next week. Those brackets will be posted here by Monday
As spring sports near the end of the regular season, LIS teams holding steady in many state polls:
VISAA Girls Soccer poll
VISAA Softball poll
VISAA DI Girls Lacrosse poll
St. Margaret's continues their dominance of Softball, going undefeated thus far in the league, winning games in convincing fashion. At the state level, St. Margaret's has their hands full with a LOADED field including the likes of Greenbriar Christian, Nansemond Suffolk and Isle of Wight.
Collegiate, Trinity, and St. Catherine's are battling it out for the LIS title in Soccer, with STAB not far behind. 4 of the top 6 schools in the DI poll are from the League of Independent Schools.
Not surprisingly, Collegiate and St. Catherine's are neck and neck in Girls Lacrosse, both schools chasing NOVA private schools for the top honors in the state.
LIS Tournaments begin next week 5/6, with brackets being release Friday 5/3. VISAA State committees meet the week of 5/10 to determine rankings and matchups for the State Tournaments.
Under the helm of Head Coach Phil Stinnie, who recently gained his 300th win in the program, St. Anne's Belfield School Girls Basketball Program won their 6th straight LIS Championship last Friday. They have won 15 of the last 17 tournament titles in the sport.
The first half was a game of runs, Trinity taking the lead periodically through each of the first two quarters. But, with excellent shooting from Saints guards and very solid defense on Titan forwards, STAB took a commanding lead in the 2nd half and didn't look back. The Saints won handily, 67-52 in the end.
In Division I, STAB, TES, Collegiate, and SGHS all received State bids. Veritas also received a bid in the DIII bracket. Find all Girls Basketball division brackets here
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.