Area briefs: Millbrook boys’ cross country takes 8th at Octoberfest

Posted: October 7, 2013

From Star staff reports

THE PLAINS — Millbrook High School’s boys’ cross country team placed eighth at the 36-team Octoberfest Invitational on the non-state course at Great Meadow on Saturday.

The Pioneers, led by freshman Alec Schrank in 25th place with a time of 17 minutes, one second, placed four of their five runners in the top 75 overall to finish with 314 points.

Schrank, junior Max Bader (48th, 17:27), senior Nathan Burgreen (69th, 17:41), and senior Israel Lockhart (74th, 17:43) all finished within 42 seconds of each other. Junior Cal Lockley (119th, 18:21) completed the Pioneers’ top five.

Battlefield won the boys’ race with 102 points.

In the girls’ race, James Wood freshman Sophia Dorsey placed 15th overall in 19:44, leading the Colonels to 15th place out of 35 teams. Senior Brittany Arnold (20:55), freshman Autumn Hottle (21:16), freshman Zoe Schopick (21:46) and freshman Jessie Clatterbuck (23:14) completed the Colonels’ scoring five.

Millbrook sophomore Nadia Dahimene finished 17th in 19:49, but the Pioneers did not have five runners to score as a team.

FOOTBALL

Mitchell named Defensive Player of the Week

FOREST — Senior Byron Mitchell has been named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season in selections announced Sunday afternoon by the league office.

Mitchell earned his second honor in three weeks by leading all players with 13 tackles in the Hornets’ 29-20 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Bridgewater Saturday night.

The win is also the first-ever ODAC victory for the football program and just the second over Bridgewater since Shenandoah restarted its football program in 2000.

Eleven of Mitchell’s 13 stops were solo and he had 21/2sacks and 3 tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles and recovered another help SU to the win in the league opener.

FIELD HOCKEY

SU snaps 3-game skid

SWEET BRIAR — The Shenandoah University field hockey team earned its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference win of the season with a 4-0 shutout of host Sweet Briar Saturday afternoon.

The victory also snaps a three-match losing streak for the Hornets (5-7, 1-1 ODAC).

Junior Ashley Cross figured in three of her team’s four goals on the day.

In the 34th minute, she converted a Sarah Brock feed for what would prove to be the game-winner.

Following the break, Cross sandwiched assists on goals in the 41st and 67th minutes around a Brock goal in the 58th minute to provide the final margin of victory.

Sophomore Presha Merritt fed Brock for her tally, and Tori Finney and Lauren Mills had the goals in the 41st and 67th minutes, respectively.

Sarah Clare made three saves in the opening 57:15 of game time before turning it over to sophomore Katelyn Gregory.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Hornets split tri-match

FROSTBURG, Md. — The Shenandoah University volleyball team split a non-league tri-match Saturday at Frostburg.

Shenandoah (9-11) rebounded from a 3-0 loss to St. Vincent by outlasting the host Bobcats 3-2 in the final match of the day.

Frostburg falls to 3-19 with the loss.

The two teams split the opening two sets, with both scores going 25-18 to the winner, before Frostburg won the third 25-22. SU then stormed back to win 26-24 in the fourth and 15-12 in the fifth.

Rachel Gross had a team-high 15 kills, and Samantha Schambach added 10 kills.

Rachel Cerretani had 30 assists, and Jasmine Callahan added 23 assists.

Defensively, Taylor Anderson had 19 digs, and Schambach chipped in with 18.

In the opener, St. Vincent won at 23, 20 and 23 over SU.

Gross paced SU with nine kills, while Haley Smith added seven.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Lynchburg halt’s SU’s streak

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team saw its five-match ODAC unbeaten streak come to an end today with a 2-0 loss to No. 11 Lynchburg.

Lynchburg (11-1, 5-0 ODAC) scored goals in the 36th and 52nd minutes to hand SU (6-5-1, 4-1-1) their first conference loss of the season.

Daisy Thomas tallied the game-winner at 35:34 when she dribbled in all alone down the right side and ripped her shot off the left post and in.

Shenandoah keeper Erin Septer, who finished with 10 saves and had diving stops in both halves, was only able to get a finger on Thomas’ shot.