Six local players were named to the Region 4C boys' soccer first team in selections that were released on Tuesday.

Sherando led the way with three selections (senior forward Nate Laing, sophomore defender Ethan Laing, and senior goalkeeper Spencer Scott), Handley had two (senior forward Owen Mattens and senior midfielder John Avant) and Millbrook had junior forward Ricardo Palma make the first team.

Six local players also made the second team. Those players are Millbrook junior midfielder Juan Tovar and senior defender Jake Hansbrough, James Wood sophomore forward Chris Garcia and junior defender Jamie King, Sherando sophomore midfielder Jack Hendren, and Handley junior midfielder Tucker Heglas. 

Park View captured the honors for Player of the Year (Elton Quintanilla) and Coach of the Year (Arturo Jimenez).


Handley's Stokes named to Region 4C team

Handley senior Meghan Stokes' name was omitted from the All-Region 4C team that ran in Tuesday's edition. The senior was selected to the second team as a utility player.  


Cain transferring to Washington Adventist 

Handley graduate (class of 2016) and women's basketball player Joneisha Cain is transferring to NAIA school Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., after having a strong sophomore season for Chesapeake College.

Chesapeake is a junior college in Wye Mills, Md. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 10.5 points per game this year and made a single-season school record 49 3-pointers (on 159 attempts for a 30.8 percentage) despite playing half the season with an injury for the Skipjacks. Cain tied a school record for made 3-pointers in a single game by connecting on 8 of 12 as part of a 30-point game (her season-high point total) against Garrett College on Feb. 8. 

Cain helped Chesapeake win the Region XX championship and advance to the NJCAA Division II national tournament, where the Skipjacks were seeded 14th. Chesapeake lost both its championship bracket and consolation games to finish with a record of 20-7. Cain went on to graduate with honors from Chesapeake.

Cain did not play in 2017-18 because of a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Cain will join a Washington Adventist team that went 20-10 last year and plays in the Association of Independent Institutions in the postseason. 

Prior to arriving at Chesapeake, Cain averaged 26.8 ppg in eight games for Hagerstown Community College in 2016-17, with a single-game high of 39 points. 


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