Area briefs: Eagles have 4 wrestlers in semifinals at Region B

Posted: February 9, 2013

From Star staff reports

STRASBURG — Clarke County had four wrestlers advance to the championship semifinals in their respective weight classes on the first day of the two-day Region B Wrestling Tournament at Strasburg High School Friday.

Junior Guido Marasco (120 pounds), senior Brandon Hutchinson (132), junior Ben Wallace (170) and junior Ryan Huff (285) are all still in the hunt for titles for the Eagles.

As a team Clarke County currently sits in seventh place, out of 20 teams, with 55 points. Bull Run District rival Manassas Park leads all teams with 82 points.

The championship semifinals are set to begin at 10 a.m., with the finals tentatively slated for 4 p.m. at Strasburg.

Boys’ Basketball

Eagles 66, Conquerors 63

WINCHESTER — The Mountain View Christian Academy boys’ basketball team held a seven-point lead at halftime but couldn’t hold on against visiting Evangel Christian Friday evening.

MVCA (25-7) got 23 points and 18 rebounds from senior Brandon Pressley and James Kirksey added 20 points in the loss.

Junior Wayne Alsberry, who scored the 1,000th point of his high school career in a 72-30 win over Massunutten Military Academy on Thursday, chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Men’s Lacrosse

Hornets picked 9th in preseason poll

FOREST — Shenandoah University is the preseason No. 9 selection of the ODAC men’s lacrosse coaches in the preseason poll results announced Friday afternoon by the conference office.

Shenandoah, in its first season of ODAC competition, has 19 points in the poll to come in just behind Randolph College for eighth place.

The Wildcats have 21 points to secure the No. 8 position and SU is eight points clear of No. 10 Bridgewater.

Lynchburg is the preseason pick to win the league in 2013 — the LC Hornets have 78 points and seven of a possible nine first-place votes.

Washington and Lee, on the strength of one more first-place vote, is the No. 2 selection over Roanoke. The Generals had 71 points and two first-place votes while Maroons posted 70 points and the remaining first-place selection.

Points are awarded on a 1-9 basis and coaches cannot vote for their own teams in the poll.

SU, under the direction of second-year coach Mike Kruger, welcomes back senior midfielder Bryan Pope to lead the squad this season. Pope, an honorable mention All-CSAC pick last spring, led SU with 30 goals and 35 points along with 39 groundballs and six caused turnovers.

Kruger also returns starting goalkeeper Tyler Quinn (182 saves) and sophomore co-captain Eric Hobby as a short-stick midfield defenseman (32 groundballs, 11 caused turnovers).