Stone Bridge falls in state final
The Stone Bridge football team lost its third Virginia AAA Division 5 championship game in the last four years, falling to Eastern Region champion Lake Taylor, 20-14, on Dec. 8. The Bulldogs (14-1) nearly climbed out of a 20-0 hole, but watched Lake Taylor (15-0) recover a fumble deep in its own territory with 21 seconds remaining to seal its first-ever state title.
Senior quarterback Ryan Burns, a Stanford commit, recorded 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, while D’Ante Yarborough and Sterling Dailey combined for 141 yards on 29 carries.
It was a disappointing finish to the careers of Burns and Alabama-bound defensive end Jonathan Allen, who compiled three Liberty District titles, two Northern Region crowns and a 38-4 record during their time at Stone Bridge.
Chase commits to Stanford
Lake Braddock senior cross-country star Sophie Chase committed to Stanford on Monday, two days after she finished sixth at the Foot Locker Championships in San Diego, Calif. The two-time individual state cross-country champion also considered Georgetown before ultimately choosing the Cardinal.
Chase made the decision in the wake of a spectacular senior season that saw her win every race she completed up until last Saturday’s national meet. She ran a personal-best 17 minutes, 5 seconds to claim the Foot Locker South Region title by two seconds on the 5K course in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to that, she set a course record with a time of 17:24 at Great Meadow to help the Bruins earn their first state title since 2009.
Chase, who also owns region and state titles in indoor and outdoor track, will join ranks with Chantilly senior Sean McGorty, who committed to Stanford on Nov. 18.
Local runner wins Junior Olympic championship
Rheinhardt Harrison, running for the Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC), captured the sub-bantam Boys 8&U Division at the USATF National Junior Olympics Cross-Country Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Dec. 8.
Harrison completed the 2K course in 7 minutes, 30 seconds, setting new course and events records and beating out 140 other national qualifiers.
Former Marshall star lifts UIC basketball
Sophomore center Will Simonton came off the bench to help the University of Illinois-Chicago men’s basketball team defeat Colorado State, 64-55, on Dec. 8. With Josh Crittle in foul trouble, the 7-foot Simonton stepped in to contribute six points and three rebounds in 22 minutes of action. The former Marshall standout also drew a crucial charge in the second half that helped give UIC the momentum needed to come away with the win.