By Katie Smythe
Winter sports at T. C. Williams High School are drawing to a close. Sports include basketball, gymnastics, indoor track & field, swim & dive, and wrestling. A summary follows of contests during the week of Jan. 30 – Feb. 4.
The T. C. Williams gymnastics team competed in the Patriot Conference Championship at West Potomac on Feb. 2. The team included senior Cailyn Lager, junior Schyler Vander Schaaf, sophomore Isabel Frye and sophomore Leslie Lytle. Lager earned All-Conference honors and qualified for the regional championship in all four events: fourth place on beam and vault, fifth on floor and sixth place on bars. She also qualified for the all-around competition based on total points earned (35.425). Lager, who was not overly pleased with her performance last week, hopes to peak when she competes in the 6A North Region Championship at Patriot High School on Feb. 11.
T.C. Gymnastics – 2017 Patriot Conference Championship
Indoor Track & Field
The T. C. Williams track and field team competed in the Patriot Conference 7 Championships at Episcopal High School on Feb. 1 and Feb. 4. The Titans had several Conference Champions and Runners Up.
Shot Put: Sarah Leckman and Ebenezer Belayneh
High Jump: Bhrandi Crenshaw and Terrence Sakyi
55 meter Dash: Ibrahim Bangura
3200 meter Run: Jack Mackey
Boys 4x200 meter Relay (Kai Cole, Ibrahim Bangura, Kelvin Harris, Daniel Davis)
Shot Put: Sterling Johnson
Long Jump: Nyla Ward
55 meter Dash: Nyla Ward
55 meter Hurdles: Raymond McGuire
500 meter Dash: Kelvin Harris
In the team standings, the T. C. boys track and field team finished second overall behind Lake Braddock to earn the 2017 Patriot Conference Runners Up title. The T. C. girls placed fourth in the team results. Those athletes who qualified will compete in the 6A North Region Championship at the Prince George’s Sportsplex on Feb. 15. View more photos here.
T.C. Indoor Track & Field – 2017 Patriot Conference Championship
The T. C. girls basketball team notched two more victories last week, extending their winning streak to 13 games. Their win-loss record is now 19-1 overall and 12-0 in the Patriot Conference entering the final week of regular season. On Jan. 31, T. C. Williams crushed South County 74-33. Sophomore Trinity Palacio had 21 points and senior Bhrandi Crenshaw contributed 17. The Titans defeated archrival West Springfield 66-49 on Feb. 3. Palacio surpassed all scorers with 28 points, and Crenshaw added 14. The Lady Titans have their last two games of regular season this week: away against Mt. Vernon on Feb. 7, and at home for Senior Night against W.T. Woodson on Feb. 10 (Fr 4:30 / JV 5:45 p.m. / Varsity 7:15 p.m.). The Patriot Conference playoffs start on Feb. 14. T. C. Williams is ranked No. 13 in the metropolitan area by The Washington Post.
The T. C. Williams boys team also won both games last week. The Titans defeated South County 67-55 on Jan. 31, after losing to the Stallions by nearly 20 points earlier in the month. Sophomore Jaquan Johnson-Terry had 21 points, including five three-point baskets. Junior Cameron Campbell contributed 14 points and senior Gabriel Harold added 10 points. On Feb. 3, T. C. Williams earned a tight 51-49 victory over West Springfield. Johnson-Terry led the Titans with 17 points; junior Isaiah Borders had 14 points and junior Miles Weaver added 10. The Titans’ win-loss record is now 6-11 overall and 5-7 against Patriot Conference opponents. This week the T. C. boys play their last two games of regular season: against Mt. Vernon at home for Senior Night on Feb. 7, and on the road against W.T. Woodson on Feb. 10 (Fr 4:30 / JV 5:45 p.m. / Varsity 7:15 p.m.).
Swim & Dive
T. C. Williams had four relays – both boys and girls 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay – plus one individual competing in the 6A North Region Championship on Feb. 2-3. The Titans did well but did not have any competitors qualify for the State Championship. The 2016-2017 season is now complete.
The T. C. Williams varsity team competed in the Patriot Conference 7 Championship tournament at Annandale High School on Feb. 3. Three Titan wrestlers earned conference medals and qualified for regionals. Zion Ojibway-Marshall was crowned Conference Runner-Up for finishing second in the 132-pound weight class. Benjamin Bailey took third place at 145 lbs, and Jake Coombs finished third in the heavyweight class. T. C. Williams also has two alternates for regionals: Ange Ndinga Nzita (152 lbs) and Marc Wagner (138 lbs). The 6A North Region Championship is at Fairfax High School on Feb. 10-11.
Spring Sports: Tryouts for spring sports begin on Feb. 21. Sports include baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field plus rugby and crew. Athletes must have completed paperwork from the Athletic Office before participating in tryouts.
Also of note…
National Signing Day: On Feb. 1 (National Signing Day), 12 T. C. Williams football players announced their commitments to play at the collegiate level:
Cesar Alfaro – Virginia State University
Teyan Williams – Livingstone College
Daniel Davis – Livingstone College
Raymond McGuire – Livingstone College
Brandon Duncan – Livingstone College
Ben Petterson – Stevenson University
Garrett Roach – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Tyrese Randall – Yuba College
Martice Briscoe – Yuba College
Jaren Hillian – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Steve Massaquoi – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Benton Lewis – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
TCW Athletic Passes are on sale at the T. C. Williams Athletic Office at the King Street campus or contact Terri Belcher via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase. The 2016-2017 Booster passes are $50 for one person or $175 for a family of four. TCW Booster passes provide entry to all home athletic events at T. C. Williams High School (excluding playoffs) with all proceeds going to support TCW athletics.