by Peter Gobeille
Wrestling: The varsity wrestling team has had an eventful and successful 2015-2016. The team started off with a meet against Tuscarora and Fairfax high school. While they fell to Tuscarora, they were able to bounce back and beat Fairfax 43-33. A couple weeks later on Dec 5 the Raiders earned another win against East Rockingham High School at the Warrenton Duels. The early season success continued late into the season as the team had Junior Michael Dua go 5-0 and win the “Rumble in the Jungle” tournament that is hosted by J.E.B. Stuart, which ended in a huge win where the Raiders were able to get the belt back from Falls Church. The Raiders followed up the regular season success with an impressive 4th place finish at the Conference 13 tournament. A tournament that will send seven wrestlers to the regional competition. One of those wrestlers was Junior Kevin Flores, who is in his first year of wrestling. “ One of my goals at the beginning of the season was to win the conference tournament, and it is really big for me to have been able to accomplish that goal. I couldn’t have done it without my awesome teammates and my two terrific coaches who pushed me on and off the mat. Now I have to just keep working and hopefully get to states,” said Flores.
Indoor Track:Though the Indoor Track team had undergone some head coaching changes, that doesn’t seem to be affecting their success at competitions. The team is having a number of athletes being sent to regional and state competitions. Junior pole vaulter and two time regional champion David Do is on his way to qualifying for the state competition once again. The team also has high jumper sophomore Maya Verma and Junior shot putter Michael Kluesner already state qualified. “ We have been doing well at our meets and we’ve been improving all season, so we are just be trying to do whatever we can to get to regionals,” said Junior Antulio Martinez. The conference tournament are on saturday Feb. 13 and the team will be hoping to do well enough to go to the regional tournament on Feb.17.
Boys Basketball:Varsity Boys Basketball has already improved on their record from last year. The team got off to a rough start, going 1-11, nine of those games coming against non-conference opponents. Since the tough 12 game start, the raiders have split their last six games. The wins came against conference opponent Thomas Jefferson and a sweep of bell rivals Falls Church. Nolan Ivey, one of three sophomores on the team, said “ This season has been a learning experience for me and the team. We understand what we need to work on for next season and plan on getting better.”
Girls Basketball:The Girls Basketball team is on pace to finishing with a better record than last year’s 6-17 record. . Through 13 games the Lady Raiders have gone 5-8. Their wins came against Stonebridge, Eastern, Northwestern, La Plata and Lee. 7 of the final 8 games will be against conference opponents and will be looking to improve their 1-4 conference record so far this year and go into the conference tournaments with a lot of momentum.
Swim and Dive:The Swim and Dive conference 13 tournaments were underway on January 30 after having to be rescheduled due to the snowstorm that affected much of the east coast. Despite the change of time for the meet, the Stuart swim team was still able to have a very successful outing sending seven swimmers to regionals and Junior diver Aidan Jones to the state competition. At the regional competition on Feb. 5 the swim team put out a good effort, but were unable to send any swimmers to states, other than the already qualified Jones.