George Mason High School’s fall sports season is already under way with some teams looking to build on the success of last year and others trying to push a little bit more for state championship success. The head coaches of the Mustang’s fall sports teams wrote the News-Press about their expectations for this season:
Boys & Girls Cross-Country
The boys and girls cross-country teams kicked off their season at Strasburg High School yesterday and are looking forward to an exciting season. Results of the meet at Strasburg were not available at press time. Each team has been working hard all of August with the goal of returning to the VHSL 2A Championships in November.
The girl’s team has a chance to challenge Maggie Walker Governor’s School for the state title and is lead by Junior Blaise Sevier, who is seeking a top five finish at states. Behind Sevier is a tight pack of junior Isabelle Kessler, freshman Estelle Timar-Wilcox, senior Kaitlin Kutchma, freshman Linnea Skotte, sophomore Brooke Meinhart, freshman Logan Funk and sophomore Mia Sawyer.
The boy’s team looks to repeat as state runner-up even after graduating four of their top seven from last year. They are paced by a strong senior top three of Jackson Jost, James Pala and Beamlak Hailemariam, who all seek to finish in the top 50 at states.
– Jeff Buck
The Mustangs began their second season with a varsity program with two victories. The program includes 44 young women on JV and Varsity, making it one of the larger sports programs at Mason.
Mason is looking forward to another great season and hoping to capitalize on their experiences they gained last year. The Mustangs are led by senior co-captain Emma Graig, a standout defender. She is accompanied by senior co-captain Eleanor Langford, a quick forward and junior co-captain Caroline Striker, a potent midfielder.
When the Mustangs came into the preseason, it was clear many of the players worked over the offseason to ensure the program would have a successful second season. The girls just returned from an outstanding campaign in Virginia Beach, in which they beat a team from group 5A and a team from group 6A.
– Amanda Crider
Any time half of your team graduates, the transition into the next season takes some time. Our girls have worked hard this off-season, some changing positions, while others are brand new to our team.
Even though the season is young, we have already faced some challenges. We opened the season with a 3-0 loss to Rappahannock County last Tuesday, and had starting outside hitter and one of our senior captains, Micaela Albright, go down with an injury against Manassas Park. We bounced back last Thursday with a 3-0 win over Manassas Park High School. Our team has an amazing chemistry, a desire to win, and is poised to rally around each other toward another successful season.
– Erik Healey
A great mix of experience and youth leads this year’s varsity golf team. Our 11-person team consists of five seniors, three juniors, one sophomore and two freshman.
We have had eight different players compete in our seven matches so far this year. Our season started with a 17th place finish (out of 24) at the Yorktown Invitational Tournament held at Bristow Manor Golf Course.
The team followed that performance with two 3rd place finishes in the Bull Run District mini matches at Greene Hills Golf Course and Bryce Golf Course on Aug. 11 and 14, respectively.
After that, we placed 3rd in a match against Clarke County and Strasburg High Schools on Aug. 19, beat Manassas Park 373-376 on Aug. 21, placed 2nd against William Monroe and Warren County High Schools on Aug. 26 and came in first place against Central and Madison County High Schools on Aug. 28. So far this year, the team has shot an average score of 370.6 in the five 18-hole matches we have competed in and 193 in our two nine-hole matches.
– Chris Carrico