Area briefs: Handley’s Barnett to play volleyball at Fairleigh Dickinson

Posted: February 26, 2013

From Star staff reports

WINCHESTER — Handley senior Alex Barnett committed to play volleyball at Fairleigh Dickinson University Monday.

The 5-foot-10 middle blocker made her decision official at a short signing ceremony held at the Hilton Garden Inn.

“I really liked the business school as well as the team, the coach and the program,” said Barnett, who plans on majoring in marketing. “I just thought it was a really good fit.”

Barnett was a first team All-Northwestern District and Winchester Star All-Area selection after helping lead the Judges to their first regional match for the first time since 1996.

Barnett finished her senior season with 117 blocks, 95 kills, 59 digs and 21 aces.

The Division 3 Devils compete in the Northeast Conference and went 8-21 overall and 4-12 in the conference last season.

Girls’ Basketball

Patriots 51, Dragons 23

STUARTS DRAFT — Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy slowly pulled away from Stuart Hall to win the VACA North Region championship Monday evening.

SVCA (18-3) led by five after the first quarter, by six at halftime and by 18 heading into the fourth quarter.

Sisters Samatha Yarnall (14 points) and Mackenzie Yarnall (10 points) combined for 24 and freshman Grace Snyder chipped in with 13 points, seven rebounds and six steals in the victory

Boys’ Basketball

Conquerors 70, Crusaders 54

STUARTS DRAFT — Mountain View Christian Academy used a dominant third quarter to pull away from United Christian and win the VACA North Region championship Monday evening.

MVCA (28-7) was outscored the Crusaders 28-15 in the third quarter to open up a 13-point lead.

Wayne Alsberry finished with a team-high 18 points and 19 rebounds and Brandon Pressley added 14 points and six rebounds for the Conquerors in the win.

Patriots 68, Warriors 42

STUARTS DRAFT — Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy outscored Ridgeview Christian by 18 in the second half to win the VACA North Region third-place game Monday.

Evan Hotek finished with a triple-double of 25 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for SVCA and Mike Powell added 14 points.

The Patriots led by eight at the half before outscoring the Warriors 40-22 over the third and fourth quarters.

College Baseball

Hornets 18, Blue Jays 13

WINCHESTER — The No. 23 Shenandoah University baseball team won its fifth straight game Monday afternoon with an 18-13 non-league victory over Elizabethtown College.

Shenandoah (5-1) was forced to rally with five runs in the seventh after coughing up an eight-run lead to the Blue Jays (0-3).

The Hornets, on the strength of an eight-run second and four more in the fifth, looked to be cruising to the victory.

Unfortunately, Elizabethtown had other ideas.

The Blue Jays had their first nine men that came to the plate in the seventh reach base safely and hit a pair of three-run home runs to tie the game at 13-13.

Shenandoah went through four pitchers in the frame and did not get out of it until sophomore closer Matt Riegler (1-0) got a strikeout and a groundout to finally put out the fire.

SU answered in the bottom half of the inning with five runs on three hits — sophomore Mikey Paul put his club on stop to stay with a two-run double to left center.

Prior to the seventh, Shenandoah did most of its damage in the second — the Hornets sent 11 men to the plate and scored eight runs on six extra base hits.

Sophomore Daniel Freshley got matters started with a solo HR to left and on his second at-bat of the frame, drilled a double into the left-center gap for the final run of the inning.

In between those two hits, SU had two triples and two doubles along with a walk, a hit batsman and one batter reaching via error on an attempted sacrifice.

The Hornets added four more runs on three hits and another E-town error in the fifth — junior Andrew Creamer drove in a pair with a one-out single up the middle.

Riegler worked a perfect eighth and ninth to secure his first victory of the spring.

Freshman Phillip Morse was in position for the win, having left with a 12-4 lead, but was left with a no decision after Elizabethtown rallied in the seventh.

Morse allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.0 innings of work while striking out three and retiring eight of the final nine batters he faced in order.

The Hornets had 16 hits on the night with all nine starters getting at least one hit. Center fielder Corbin Lucas finished his day 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Eight of the nine SU starters also drove in at least one run each.

Shenandoah opens up ODAC play on Sunday at Roanoke in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

College Golf

Hornets open up spring season

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The Shenandoah University golf team opened up its 2013 spring season Monday by shooting a collective 327 at the Georgetown College Invitational.

Playing on the par-72, 6,772-yard PGA World Golf Hall of Fame course, SU had its four qualifying scores within two strokes of one another.

Junior Zach Ramey and sophomore transfer Wes Licklider, a pair of local players, paced the Hornets by each carding nine-over-par 81.

Freshmen Cory Hammons and Cameron Wiseman, both Sherando High School graduates, rounded out the qualifying scores with an 82 and an 83, respectively.

Erik Hale had a 92 that did not count towards the team total.

The two-day, 36-hole event concludes today.