Area briefs: Campbell advances to Group A cross country meet

Posted: November 2, 2012

From Star staff reports

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Senior Zach Campbell was the lone Clarke County boy or girl to qualify for the state meet at the Region B Cross Country Championships Wednesday at Panorama Farms.

The top four teams and top 15 individuals in each qualified, and Campbell qualified for the Group A meet individually by placing 11th overall in 17 minutes, 44 seconds.

The Virginia High School League State Cross Country Championships will take place Nov. 10 in The Plains.

In the boys’ meet, the team qualifers were Wilson Memorial (first with 67 points), George Mason (second, 69), Central (third, 114), and Altavista (fourth, 114). Clarke County was sixth with 169 points in the 16-team field.

Wilson Memorial’s Stephen Good won the race in 16:48, four seconds ahead of Nelson County’s James Russ Ballowe.

Other top runners for the Eagles were Matthew Dietz (23rd in 18:06) and George Novakowski (38th in 18:54).

In the girls’ meet, Wilson Memorial was first with 55 points, George Mason was second with 65, Strasburg was third with 94, and Central was fourth with 95.

Wilson Memorial’s Hannah Rose was first in 18:27, and Rappahannock County’s Julia Wood was second in 19:40.

Volleyball

Eagles 3, Rams 1

BERRYVILLE — Clarke County beat visiting Strasburg 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 14-25, 25-17) in the Bull Run District tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.

Clarke (15-7) was led by sophomore middle hitter Sydney Chrane’s 10 kills and five blocks and senior Ammie Levi’s eight kills and three blocks.

Setters Stephanie Nelson and Amelia Erickson combined for 23 assists in the win.

The Eagles will next face either George Mason or Central in the semifinals at Madison County on Saturday.

MEN’s Basketball

SU picked last in ODAC

SALEM — Shenandoah University has been selected 12th in the pre-season men’s basketball poll in voting results released Thursday as part of the league’s annual Media Day.

Shenandoah, which advanced into the USA South Conference semifinals last season in its final year in the league, has 14 points to round out the poll.

National pre-season No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan leads the poll with 121 points and 11 of 12 first-place votes.

Hampden-Sydney and Randolph-Macon, both ranked in the preseason top 25, come in behind VWC with 109 and 99 points, respectively.

Points were awarded on an 11-1 basis and coaches could not vote for themselves in the poll. R-MC received the Virginia Wesleyan’s first-place vote.

Shenandoah opens up its first ODAC campaign on Nov. 24 at home versus Washington and Lee. The Generals were one of eight ODAC games for SU last season — W&L was an 80-65 winner in Winchester on Nov. 22.

The Hornets' first outside competition is Nov. 9 at DII West Virginia Wesleyan in an exhibition.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Lynchburg 4, SU 1

LYNCHBURG — Third-seeded Lynchburg College ended Shenandoah University’s women’s soccer season with a victory Thursday evening in the ODAC Tournament semifinals.

LC (18-0-3) and SU (9-11-1) battled to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes, but host Lynchburg stepped up the pressure to open the second.

LC, currently ranked No. 4 in the nation by D3soccer.com, had 15 of its 26 shots following the halftime break.

At 52:53, Alexis Jensen put the hosts on the board as she hit a rocket from just inside the 18-yard box across the goal and into the top right corner of the net.

Jensen’s tally started a four-goal run in the next 23 minutes.

Shenandoah finally ended the string in the 85th minute as Hannah Oakes converted a penalty kick.

Field Hockey

Lynchburg 3, SU 1

LYNCHBURG — Top-seeded Lynchburg College scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes Thursday afternoon to eliminate No. 5 Shenandoah from the 2012 ODAC Field Hockey Tournament with a semifinal round win.

Lynchburg (16-3) scored in the 67th and 70th minutes to pull away from Shenandoah (11-8).

LC scored the game’s first goal on a Kelsey Link tally just 20 seconds prior to halftime, but then found itself in a dogfight as SU had an answer.

Senior Sarah DeLuca deflected home an Alexandra Darrow shot in the 42nd minute to tie the game at 1-1.

The goal allowed by Lynchburg is just the second scored by ODAC teams against LC this season.

The two teams battled back and fourth following DeLuca’s goal before Katie Kline received a cross goal pass from Link and was able to beat SU goalie Sarah Clare to the short side.

Clare made 10 saves, including seven in the first half.