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Blues Netmen Fall to Wilson Memorial, LCA

  • Written by Jonathan Schwab

Wed., April 23 – Despite showing improvement, the Parry McCluer High School boys’ tennis team suffered two 9-0 losses, dropping to 0-7 overall after falling on Wednesday of last week at Wilson Memorial and on Thursday at Liberty Christian Academy.

Against Wilson Memorial, the closest matches of the day were in singles. At No. 3, James Crowder lost 8-2 to Scott Herring. At No. 5, Jacob Tyler fell 8-2 to Jeremy Zirkle.

In the LCA match, Tyler had the tightest singles contest, coming up short 10-3 at No. 5 to Kaleb McKee.

In doubles play at LCA, Crowder and Michael Austin challenged their opponents at No. 1 but fell 8-4.

Assessing the week, PM head coach Jerry Tutt said, “I’m pleased with the progress of my doubles players and the continued improved play from Jacob Tyler.”

Next up the Blues will play host to LCA on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Southern Virginia University courts.

PM vs. Wilson Memorial

SINGLES Connor Spotts (WM) d. Michael Austin (PM) 8-1; Matthew Knick (WM) d. Will Stanley (PM) 8-0; Scott Herring (WM) d. James Crowder (PM) 8-2; Chris Puzio (WM) d. Waite Armstrong (PM) 8-0; Jeremy Zirkle (WM) d. Jacob Tyler (PM) 8-2; Cullen Miller (WM) d. Briar Thompson (PM) 8-0.

DOUBLES – Spotts and Zirkle (WM) d. Austin and Crowder (PM) 8-1; Knick and Herring (WM) d. Stanley and Armstrong (PM) 8-1; Puzio and King (WM) d. Tyler and Thompson (PM) 8-0.

PM vs. LCA

SINGLES – Nico Garay (LCA) d. Austin (PM) 10-0; Harmin Cho (LCA) d. Stanley (PM) 10-0; Min Park (LCA) d. Crowder (PM) 10-1; Jacob Brooke (LCA) d. Armstrong (PM) 10-0; Kaleb McKee (LCA) d. Jacob Tyler (PM) 10-3; LCA won by forfeit.

DOUBLES – Henderson and Kang (LCA) d. Austin and Crowder (PM) 8-4; Garay and Brooke (LCA) d. Stanley and Armstrong (PM) 8-2; LCA won by forfeit.

Wildcat Girls Win Home Track Meet, Blues’ Relay Team Sets School Record

  • Written by Jonathan Schwab


Note: An error was made in the reporting of team scores in this week’s high school track and field story. The Rockbridge County High School girls’ team won its home meet, while the Wildcat boys placed second. The Parry McCluer boys finished fifth, while the Blues’ girls came in sixth. We apologize for the error and have corrected the story in the version below.

Fri., April 18 -- The Rockbridge County High School girls’ track and field team won its home meet, while the Wildcat boys placed second, and the Parry McCluer High School boys’ 4 X 100-meter relay team set a school record on Wednesday of last week at RCHS.

Scoring 134.5 points, the RCHS girls placed first of six teams, beating Blue Ridge District foes Northside (86.67 points), Staunton River (75.33) and Alleghany (73.5). Completing the standings were Covington (36), the Blues’ Pioneer District rival, and PM (16).

Northside won the boys’ meet with 110 points, while the Wildcats finished with 102.5, ahead of Staunton River (86.5), Alleghany (84), PM (79) and Covington (26).

For the Wildcat boys, Hunter Campbell was the highest scoring athlete, tallying 27 points. Campbell and teammate Devin Lee tied for first in the high jump, leaping 5 feet, 4 inches. In the triple jump, Campbell placed second with a distance of 36-11. He came in third in the long jump, vaulting 17-5.

Lee also stepped up in the long jump, placing fifth with personal record (PR) 17-2; and in the 100-meter-dash, finishing third in 12.2 seconds.

Other top finishes came from Sebastiano Blandino, earning second in the 800-meter run in 2:19.01; and Jackson Beacham, placing second in the mile in 5:23.87.

The Wildcat boys finished second in two relays, comprised of team members Blandino, Michael Bopp, Michael Washburn and Adam Hatcher. In the 4 X 400-meter relay, they clocked 3:53.7, a season best by 1.5 seconds. They finished the 4 X 800-meter relay in 9:22.24.

For the Blues, the boys’ 4 X 100-meter relay team placed second in 46.44 seconds, breaking the old school record by nearly two seconds. Team members were Logan Arthur, Riley Erekson, Ryheem Dawson and Dallas Keiser.

The PM boys won the 4 X 400-meter relay in 3:48.58, a season best by about five seconds. Joining forces were Arthur, Erekson, Keiser and Dalton Scott.

Keiser had the top individual finish, winning the 400-meter dash in 53.57 seconds. Following Keiser was Arthur, placing third in 55.25 seconds.

In throwing events, the Blues swept the top three places in the shot put. Dawson won with a toss of 48-10, Tyler George placed second with a throw of 43-9.75, and KJ Cook finished third with a launch of 39-8.

Pleased with the progress of Cook, a freshman, PM throwing coach Danny Cole said, “He’s an athlete. The key is getting him hooked on it. He’ll start taking off, I believe.”

In the discus, Dawson won with a heave of 48-10, while George placed third with a throw of 113-1, and Lucas Fitzgerald finished fifth with a launch of 101-8, a PR by 17 feet.

For the PM girls, Ali Armstrong broke six minutes in the mile for the first time, placing third in 5:57.9, a PR by over six seconds.

Also stepping up was Katy Patterson, finishing third in the 200-meter dash in 27.27 (PR).


Additional individual scorers (top six) for RCHS (* if personal record)


100-meter dash – 4th, Hunter Campbell, 12.21.

400-meter dash – 4th, Michael Bopp, 56.69*. 6th, Michael Washburn, 57.47.

800-meter run – 5th, Brad Swenson, 2:26.88*.

110-meter hurdles – 4th, Anthony DeBruhl, 20.42.

300-meter hurdles – 4th, Anthony DeBruhl, 48.41.

High jump – 5th, Bryan Hartbarger, 5-0.

Triple jump – 4th, Anthony DeBruhl, 31-6.5.


100-meter dash – 4th, Megan Cain, 14.31.

200-meter dash – 5th, Rebekah Berry, 27.9*.

300-meter hurdles – 6th, Jessica Wheeler, 54.67.

800-meter run – 6th, Madeleine Gavaler, 3:00.37.

Shot put – 4th, Caressa Lizotte, 27-5.

Additional individual scorers (top six) for PM (* if PR)


200-meter dash – 5th, Hunter Ramsey, 25.25*.

Mile – 6th, Isaac Armstrong, 5:48.35.


Mile – 5th, Meghan Beard, 6:21.93.

Shot put – 5th, Kiki George, 27-2.5.


Coale’s Home Run Powers Wildcats Over Lord Botetourt

  • Written by Jonathan Schwab

Thurs., April 17 – Ryan Coale’s two-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Rockbridge County High School baseball team to a 6-5 win over Blue Ridge District foe Lord Botetourt on Wednesday in Lexington.

Coale’s home run, which sailed over the right field fence, brought home Daniel Trout, who had gotten on base with a walk.

With the win, the Wildcats (5-3 overall, 1-1) snapped a three-game losing streak. RCHS trailed 4-2 to the Cavaliers (3-5, 0-3) before tying the game in the seventh inning, thanks to an RBI-single from Will Whitmore and a sacrifice fly from John Colliton.

Trout was the starting pitcher for the Wildcats, striking out three batters and allowing one walk in seven innings. Coming in with the save was Coale, striking out two and giving up no walks in two innings.

The Wildcats will continue district action today when they play at William Fleming They’ll return home on Monday to play host to non-district foe Broadway. Both games will start at 5 p.m.

For the full story and photos on this week’s games, please see our April 23 print edition.

Rain Postpones High School Sports Events

  • Written by Jonathan Schwab


Tues., April 15 -- Several high school sports events have been rescheduled because of rain.

Today’s baseball and softball games with Covington, scheduled to take place at Parry McCluer High School, have been postponed until Wednesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m.

The PM soccer game at Glenvar has been rescheduled for Friday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.

The Blues’ boys tennis match at Glenvar, scheduled for yesterday, has been postponed until Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m.

For information on postponements for Rockbridge County High School, which should be posted this afternoon, please check



Fighting Blue Dallas Keiser Sets Two School Records, Campbell and Sheffield Lead Wildcats at Mike Brown Invitational

  • Written by Jonathan Schwab


Tues., April 8 – The second annual Mike Brown Invitational welcomed strong individual and relay performances from Rockbridge County High School and Parry McCluer High School track and field athletes on Saturday at RCHS.

The meet honored Mike Brown, who coached the sport at Lexington High School and RCHS for 35 years. Brown was one of the volunteers on hand and made sure the meet ran smoothly, firing his starting pistol regularly.

In team standings, the RCHS boys placed fourth of eight teams, with 84 points, while PM finished fifth with 71. Lord Botetourt won with 144.5 points. In the girls’ meet, the Wildcats finished fourth of seven teams, scoring 76 points, while PM placed seventh with 18.6. Liberty (Bedford) won the girls’ meet with 174.5 points.

Hunter Campbell led the Wildcat boys with three high finishes, winning the long jump with a leap of 17, feet, 9.75 inches; placing second in the high jump with a height of 5-8, and finishing third in the triple jump, going 37-7.75. Praising Campbell, who scored the most points of any RCHS athlete and was named Male Athlete of the Meet, RCHS head coach Jennifer Showalter said, “He is a huge asset in field events and sprinting for us.”

Also stepping up in the long jump was Devin Lee, coming in third with a leap of 16-7.25.

Michael Bopp was the top sprinter, finishing third in the 400-meter dash in 57.05 seconds, while Brad Swenson led in distance running, placing sixth in the mile in 6:02.12.

The Wildcats placed third in two relays, the 4 X 400-meter relay in 3:55.17 and the 4 X 800-meter relay in 9:05.77. Team members for both races were Bopp, Michael Washburn, Sebastiano Blandino and Adam Hatcher.

Leading the RCHS girls was Laurel Sheffield, placing second in the mile in a personal best 5:30.27.

The top sprinter was Jessica Wheeler, finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles in 53.49 seconds. Wheeler also finished fourth in the long jump, leaping 13-10.

Also stepping up was Courtney Belanger, placing fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:09 and fourth in the high jump, leaping four feet. Morgan Cain finished seventh in both the 100-meter dash in and the 200-meter dash, runner the shorter race in 14.7 seconds and the longer one in 26.51 seconds.

The Wildcats won the 4 X 800-meter relay in a season best 11:19.29. Team members were Sheffield, Belanger, Madeleine Gavaler and Taylor Allen. Sheffield, Allen, Belanger and Wheeler joined forces to place third in the 4 X 400-meter relay in 4:45.7.

Fayth Brown led RCHS in throwing events, placing third in the shot put with a toss of 31-3.35 and fourth in the discus with a heave of 86-4. Both were personal bests Jessica Mick placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 84-11.

For the Blues, Dallas Keiser led the boys by setting school records and winning both of his hurdle races, the 110-meter hurdles in 16.21 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 42.55 seconds.

Also performing well was Logan Arthur, placing second in the 800-meter run in 2:09.22.

Hunter Ramsey stepped up in the 400-meter dash, placing fourth in a personal best 57.94 seconds. “That was a surprise,” said PM head coach Chris Poluikis.

In throwing events, Ryheem Dawson won the shot put with a toss of 44-10.25 and placed second in the discus with a heave of 127-9. Tyler George was the other top thrower, placing third in the shot put with a throw of 43-4.5 and fourth in the discus with a launch of 115-7.

Leading the Blues girls was Katy Patterson, finishing third in the 800-meter run in 2:31.87. Meghan Beard followed in fifth in 2:49.27.

In distance running, Ali Armstrong tied for sixth in the mile in 6:04.45, the fastest she’s run in a while.

The Wildcats and Blues will both compete in a six-team meet on Wednesday at RCHS, starting at 5 p.m.