Area briefs: Clarke soccer players Marasco and Foster to play in college

Posted: May 16, 2014

From Star staff reports

BERRYVILLE — Two Clarke County soccer players officially extended their playing careers Thursday.

Seniors Anthony Marasco and Brittney Foster each held signing ceremonies to commemorate their commitments to play at Shepherd University and Potomac State College, respectively, in the fall.

The Eagles’ leading scorer with 10 goals this season, Marasco said he chose the Division-2 Rams over Emory & Henry College and other schools because he felt it was the best fit for him both athletically and academically.

A forward in high school, Marasco said he’ll probably play more as a center midfielder in college, a position he plays mainly for his club team Loudoun 95 Black.

He plans on majoring in business administration and though he is not receiving a scholarship to start, he will have the chance to earn one with his play on the field.

“It’s something I never thought I’d be able to do,” said Marasco about getting to play in college. “My parents told me there was always a chance and that I just had to work hard and I did.”

Foster’s pick of Potomac State centered around a familiarity with some of the players on its roster.

Former Clarke County players Jackie Fath and Alani Nappi both play for the Catamounts and encouraged Foster to try out for the team.

“They told me to go up there and check it out and I did,” said Foster, who plays stopper for the Eagles and center mid for her travel team. “I went up there three times and the third time they said they were really interested in me and that they wanted me to play for them.”

Foster plans on studying pre-nursing during her time at Potomac State, which is a junior college, and hopes to eventually transfer and play at a four-year university.

 

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Hornets to face Birmingham-Southern

DEMOREST, Ga. — After a day off due to rain in north Georgia, No. 13 Shenandoah University returns to the diamond this morning for its second round game of the Demorest Regional.

 

Shenandoah, the top-seed in the regional, takes on third-seed Birmingham-Southern in what will be an elimination game for the Panthers.

 

Regardless of the outcome, the game will be the first of two that the Hornets play on the day. Should SU win over B-SC, the Hornets will take on the winner of the Bridgewater/Emory game for the right to advance to the championship.

 

If Shenandoah loses to Birmingham-Southern, coach Kevin Anderson’s club will be in an elimination contest at 5 p.m.

 

SU is now 32-9 on the season after downing Covenant (Ga.) 11-3 in the opening game of the regional Wednesday afternoon.

 

The Hornets banged out 17 hits in the victory, including four each from Nos. 1 and 2 hitters Corbin Lucas and Billy Arens.

 

Michael Paul, who entered the game leading the team in hitting and second in the nation in RBI, had three hits and two runs batted in.

 

Paul is now seven RBI from the SU school record set by Jeremy Schutt in 2000.

 

Senior Vince Claudio (7-1) is the expected starting pitcher Friday morning. Claudio has a 3.72 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 552/3 innings pitched.

 

Birmingham-Southern, the Southern Athletic Association champion, comes into the game with a 35-11 record.

 

The Panthers and Hornets have never met in any sport and have three common opponents: Bridgewater, Covenant and Hampden-Sydney, this season.

 

SU is 6-3 against those three opponents (3-0 vs H-SC, 2-3 vs BC and 1-0 vs CC) while B-SC is 2-2 (0-1 vs H-SC, 0-1 vs BC and 2-0 vs CC).

 

The Panthers are hitting .287 as a team and have five pitchers with at least four wins each.

 

By virtue of a coin flip, Shenandoah will be the visitors and B-SC the home team.

 

 

TENNIS

Judges star in Conference 23 singles

WINCHESTER — Today’s Conference 23 boys’ and girls’ tennis finals will both be all-Handley affairs after Thursday’s quarterfinals and semifinals at Handley and the Winchester Country Club.

The six-team Conference 23 allowed two players from the top two teams in the conference to play in the singles tournament in order to fill out an eight-player bracket. The finals are tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. at Handley, though weather could affect the start time and location. Inside at Winchester Country Club is the backup plan.

In girls’ tennis, Judges senior Kathryn Bock will face fellow senior Jamie Miller in the final.

Bock won both of her matches 6-0, 6-0 — she defeated Harrisonburg in the quarterfinals and Louisa in the semifinals. Miller defeated Amherst 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and Charlottesville 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) in the semifinals.

In boys’ tennis, Handley sophomore Parker Wilson will face fellow sophomore Carter Watts in the final.

Wilson beat Harrisonburg in the quarterfinals and Fluvanna in the semifinals, while Watts beat Harrisonburg in the quarterfinals and Charlottesville in the semifinals. Scores were not available.

Doubles semifinals and finals action will follow the singles finals. Wilson and Watts in boys and Bock and fellow senior Leland Damron in girls each received a first round bye Thursday.

 

 

SOFTBALL

Eagles 13, Wildcats 3

FRONT ROYAL — Lexi Call hit a three-run home run and had four RBIs as Clarke County defeated Warren County in a Bull Run District game that was shortened to six innings Wednesday because of the mercy rule.

The Eagles (11-4-1, 9-3-1 Bull Run) also had Tiffani Adams go 3-4 and Allie Hicks hit a solo home run. Sarah Miller (8-3) pitched five innings and allowed two runs and two hits.

 

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Judges boys win five-team meet

WINCHESTER — A correction to a scoring error elevated the Handley boys’ team from second to first place in a five-team meet at the Handley Bowl Wednesday.

Handley took first place with 99 points, Sherando was second with 93, James Wood was third with 67, Millbrook was fourth with 43 and Skyline was fifth with 15.5