By Katie Smythe

The fall sports season has come to an end at T. C. Williams High School. A summary follows of the final contests in cross country, field hockey, football and volleyball during the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 3. Highlights from last week include the regional cross country championship, regional field hockey tournament, and Homecoming. Tryouts for winter sports take place this week: Nov. 5-8. 

Lena Cromley and Yeabsera Shire lead the Titans at regionals (Photo: TCW XC/Track Boosters)

Cross Country
The T. C. Williams varsity cross country team competed in the Occoquan Region 6C Championship at Burke Lake Park on Nov. 1. The top T. C. finisher was senior Lena Cromley who took 17th place out of 81 competitors in the girls’ race with a time of 19:17. The other Titan runners were freshman Grace Glade, senior Tessa Naughton-Rockwell, junior Eliza Medearis, junior Emma Waldhoff, sophomore Mia Humphrey and sophomore Kirin Mackey. In the boys’ race, the top T. C. finisher was sophomore Yeabsera Shire in 27th place out of 82 competitors with a time of 16:46. The other Titans were sophomore Eyasu Belaye, senior Liam Davis-Wallace, freshman Yoyo Damte, sophomore Sebastian Ballestero, junior Victor Vassallo and senior Marcus Keum. See photos of the races on the TCW Titan XC/Track Facebook page.

Field Hockey
The Titans’ field hockey team won the first two rounds of the Occoquan Region 6C Tournament to advance to the semifinals. No. 2 T. C. Williams defeated No. 4 Robinson 1-0 in the first round on Oct. 23, and then toppled No. 1 Colgan (Cardinal District Champs) 3-0 in the regional quarterfinals on Oct. 25. Last week, T. C. Williams faced No. 1 W.T. Woodson (Patriot District Champs) in the semifinals on Oct. 30. The Titans lost 3-0 to the Cavaliers. T. C. finished the season with an overall win-loss record of 16-5.

T.C. Williams versus Annandale (Photo: T.C. Williams Football)

T. C. Williams hosted Annandale at Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium for their last game of the season on Nov. 3. The Titans scored first on a touchdown run by junior Anthony Eaton. Annandale evened the score at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter and led 9-7 at halftime. The Atoms scored two more touchdowns in the second half to defeat the Titans 23-7. See photos of the Annandale game by T.C. Williams Football, Pictures to Share. The Titans’ finished the season 4-6 overall and 1-3 against Gunston District opponents.

2018 Homecoming King and Queen (courtesy photo)

Saturday was also Homecoming and Senior Day. Homecoming festivities took place during halftime, which included the Marching Titans, parade of class floats and crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. See photos from Senior Day.

The T. C. Williams volleyball team finished third in the Gunston District tournament to advance to the regional tournament last week. No. 3 T. C. Williams lost to No. 3 Woodbridge in straight sets in the first round of the Occoquan Region 6C Tournament on Oct. 30. The Titans’ season is now complete. 

Winter Sports Tryouts 
Tryouts for winter sports are taking place this week: Nov. 5-8. Sports includes basketball, gymnastics, swim/dive, track & field, and wrestling. New head coaches are in place for girls basketball, boys basketball and swim/dive. See the TCW Athletics website for more details on each team.

2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees (courtesy photo)

Also of note
Athletic Hall of Fame
: Alexandria City Public Schools inducted seven exceptional athletes and one coach into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. The inductees represented 80 years of outstanding athletic performance at the high school level across all disciplines.

TCW Athletic Passes are on sale at the T. C. Williams Athletic Office at the King Street campus or at TCW home games for $50 for adults or $25 for ACPS students. The TCW 2018-2019 Booster passes provide entry to all home athletic events at T. C. Williams High School (excluding playoffs); all proceeds go to support T. C. Williams’ athletics. Student-athletes playing this season get in free to athletic events during the current season. Regular admission to home games has increased this year to $6 for adults.