By Katie Smythe
alexandrianews.org

Fall sports continue at T. C. Williams High School. A summary follows of contests in golf, cross country, field hockey, football and volleyball for the week of Oct. 2-7. 

T.C. Williams Golf Team (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Golf
As runners-up at the Gunston District tournament, the T. C. Williams golf team qualified for the Occoquan Region 6C Championship, which took place at the Prince William Golf Course on Oct. 2-3. The top boys competed for the Titans in the regional tournament. T. C. Williams ended the tournament on a high note by edging out West Potomac 328-329 on Day 2; the Wolverines were the only team to defeat the Titans during the regular season. T. C. junior Deion Sanchez drained a birdie putt on the final hole, after hitting a perfect approach shot landing 7 feet from the pin. The two-day average for the top three T. C. players follow: Deion Sanchez, 78.5; Marc Wagner, 81; and Will Anaya, 83. Neither the team nor any individuals advanced to the Virginia State Tournament, bringing an end to the T. C. boys’ 2017 season.

“It has been a great year for the T. C. Varsity Golf Team posting 6 wins and 2 losses, finishing second in the Gunston District tournament and qualifying as a team for the regional tournament for the first time in many years,” said T. C. Head Coach John Kennedy.

For the T. C. girls, juniors Hannah Stone and Leslie Lytle both qualified to compete in the VHSL Girls Golf Zone Qualifier at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Course on Oct. 17. The top 20% with the lowest score will qualify for the girls’ Virginia State Tournament.  

T.C. Williams Cross Country team sweeps 2017 Alexandria City Championship (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Cross Country
T. C. Williams High School produced two individual champions and clinched the team title in each of the four races at the 2017 Joe Halm Memorial Alexandria City Cross Country Championships. The annual contest among the four area high schools – Bishop Ireton, Episcopal, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, and T. C. Williams – took place at Episcopal High School on Oct. 4. T. C. junior Lena Cromley was the girls’ varsity champion and junior Tessa Naughton-Rockwell was varsity runner-up. T. C. freshman Ziyad Hassan won the boys’ junior varsity race and classmate Sebastian Ballestero was runner-up. Senior Yonael Tekleberhan was runner-up in the boys’ varsity race. See related article and more photos of the races. This week the Titans compete in a Gunston District Meet at Burke Lake Park on Oct. 11, and the MileStat.com XC Invitational in Mechanicsville, VA on Oct. 14.

Field Hockey
The T. C. Williams field hockey team notched another victory last week, extending their winning streak to seven games with an overall win-loss record of 12-2. The Titans defeated the Annandale Atoms 5-0 on Oct. 5, at their annual Pink Out / Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Goals came from senior Sophie Johnson (2), sophomore My-Linh Aslanian, senior Izzy Diz and junior Caroline Sloan. This week the Titans host West Potomac at T. C. Williams / Minnie Howard Field on Oct. 12 (JV 6:15 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.), and travel to Hayfield on Oct. 13 (JV 6:15 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.).

T.C. Williams scores against West Potomac (courtesy photo)

Football
In their first contest against a Gunston District opponent, T. C. Williams defeated crosstown rival West Potomac 14-8 at home on Oct. 7. Last year, the Wolverines brought the Titans’ season to an abrupt end, knocked them out of the regional playoffs in the first round. With Saturday’s victory, the Titans improved their win-loss record to 4-2. The next game for T. C. Williams is at home against Hayfield, another strong Gunston District opponent, on Saturday, Oct. 14 (1 p.m. kickoff). Senior Day for football, cheer and the T. C. marching band begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Homecoming is the following weekend against Edison on Oct. 21 (10:30 a.m. kickoff).

Volleyball
On Oct. 3, the T. C. Williams volleyball team defeated Annandale in straight sets (25-6, 25-10, 25-18). Leading the Titans in kills were senior Emma Yowell (8), senior Emilia Toledo (6) and junior Emma Lundgren (4). Junior Tatiana Kyle had 10 assists and sophomore Shannon Murphy had 5. Senior Ellie Bernstein led the team with 5 aces and junior Alyssa Umpar had 4. Sophomore Kate Bernstein had 7 digs. On Oct. 5, T. C. hosted Hayfield for their annual “Dig Pink” night, a fundraiser to support breast cancer research and awareness through the Side-Out Foundation. The Titans defeated the Hawks 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 26-28, 25-12). Emma Yowell led the Titans’ offense with 17 kills; Emilia Toledo added 12 kills and 2 blocks. Tatiana Kyle and Shannon Murphy each had 16 assists. Ellie Bernstein racked up 20 digs and senior Madeline Gyllenhoff had 19 digs. This week the Titans travel to West Potomac on Oct. 10, and Mount Vernon on Oct. 11 (Freshman 5:00 p.m., JV 6:00 p.m., Varsity 7:15 p.m.).

See the new TCW Athletics website for more details on each team. Follow alexandrianews.org  for current information. The schedule for the upcoming week is posted every Monday as This Week In T. C. Sports.

 

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