Prince William News
High school sports teams from western Prince William County came up big this past week, claiming several different district titles, including the first ever by a program at Patriot.
PHS, SJHS, BHS all claim Cedar Run District titles
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The Pioneers earned their first Cedar Run District sports title of any sort on Friday night by winning the boys swimming championship at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas. The girls came in second place behind Freedom (South Riding).
After a one-point loss to Battlefield last season, the Patriot boys blew away the competition with 496 total points, giving them a 94-point victory over the second-place Bobcats.
"It was pretty much the attitude they took into it last night," said Patriot head coach Lisa Bussian, later added, "They wanted to solidly prove that they learned their lesson last year."
She explained the different between the results-oriented approach the second-year team took entering the post-season this year versus the "starry-eyed" wonders of the rookie squad from 2012.
"This year, they came in with a purpose and stuck their focus and their intent for the whole meet," said Bussian.
Sophomore Andrew Proper won the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke, giving him the distinction of the only Patriot swimmer to come away with two individual titles from districts.
That wasn't all for him though: he also helped the 4x400 freestyle and the 4x200 medley relay teams capture first place.
Thomas Scott, Jeffrey Pfannenstein and Luke Cumberland joined him in the 400. Proper, Scott, CJ Higdon, Jr. and Gavin Graham made up the 200 squad.
For the girls, Mary Claire Tansill replicated her state-qualifying time in the 100 yard breaststroke to win that event while Samantha Baird captured the gold in the 200 yard individual medley.
The two of them joined forces with Morgan Mugnolo on the two victories relay teams, with the 200 medley team including Madeleine Brant and the 400 featuring Haley Soller.
Patriot's victory in the 400 marked what may well be the most electrifying win for the Pioneers in program history as Baird, the anchor swimmer, propelled the girls from second place to first by 0.03 of a second, causing fans and swimmers even from other schools to rise to their feet.
"She needed to hit every single one of her turns perfectly. She was half a body to a body behind," said Bussian.
When Baird executed a flawless third turn, she started to close the gap and pulled away for a team time of 3:50.59 compared to Broad Run's 3:50:62.
Overall, the Patriot girls earned their silver medal with a score of 392, 15 points behind Freedom's (South Riding) score of 407. Broad Run came in third place with 353 points and Battlefield ended up in fourth at 272.
On the hardwood, both the boys and girls basketball teams from Stonewall Jackson ended the regular season with perfect 10-0 records in the Cedar Run District. The girls (18-3 overall) finished the regular season by winning 10 games in a row and 17 of their last 18 games. During that stretch, their only loss came by one point in overtime, on the road against Woodside on Dec. 28.
Meanwhile, the boys (16-6 overall) won their last eight games of the regular season, all of which came by double digit margins. In fact, only two of the Raiders' 16 wins came by nine points or less all season.
Stonewall's boys and girls not only clinched the No. 1 seeds for their respective district tournaments but also earned automatic berths to the Northwest Regional tournament. Meanwhile, Battlefield came in second place for both the boys and girls with identical 8-2 district records. The boys ended up 16-6 overall and the girls posted a 15-6 mark.
The Bobcats did take first place elsewhere though as the gymnastics team won a surprisingly close meet Friday night for another Cedar Run District title.
Battlefield topped second-place Freedom (South Riding) 139.625 to 134.675. While both of those two teams advance to regions, third place Broad Run just missed out with a team score of 133.150.
Battlefield won the vault, bars and beam while coming in second behind Freedom on floor, which is normally the Bobcats' best event.
Two big benefits for Battlefield came on vault and bars as more of the girls performed more difficult maneuvers than usual.
"We got four nines on vault alone, so we really upped our vault," said Battlefield head coach Mary Henry.
Meanwhile, June Mumo, Kassie Krivo and Victoria Krivo all hit their giants on bars. For Victoria, that marked the first time she ever got her giants around, according to Henry.
"And I mean for the first time: not even in practice," added the coach.