Oscar Smith has signed to play host to the reigning national champion, Miami's Booker T. Washington High, at 9 p.m. August 23, VirginiaPreps.com reported.
Oscar Smith has been one of Virginia's best programs for years and is ranked 24th in the preseason by MaxPreps. The Tigers were state Division 6 runners-up in 2013, losing 35-6 to Centreville in a stunning final.
Booker T. Washington's Tornadoes, the unbeaten Florida 4A champs, were named No. 1 in the nation in 2013 by six of seven media outlets, including NationalHSFootball.com and MaxPreps.
Group 5A South:
Menchville finally incurred its first loss, but unlike last year, it won't end the Monarchs' season.
Menchville (19-1) fell 5-0 to Deep Run at Huntington Park in the Group 5A South regional final, winning on lines 2 through 6 in straight sets.
The Monarchs will head to Northern Virginia to play the 5A North champion, the winner of a match between Thomas Jefferson and George Marshall.
First, Menchville's Austen Delnicki and Matt Strehle will compete in the regional singles and doubles tournament, which starts Thursday at Huntington Park. Strehle was the lone starting Monarch to avert defeat Tuesday -- he trailed Nick Sorkin 6-2, 4-1 when the match was stopped because the Wildcats had clinched the team triumph.
Rahul Jilakara, Grayson Brown, Grant Rabalais, Chris Boone and Eric Pawela collected the victories for Deep Run. Delnicki won the most games of any Monarch, falling 6-1, 6-3 on line 2.
Deep Run had a far dicier proposition in its regional semifinal -- effectively the 5A Richmond-area championship -- when it won 5-4 over a Henrico squad that had beaten the Wildcats in a previous meeting.
Group 6A South:
Bethel's Matthew Pittman finished fourth in the regional singles tournament in Richmond.
After rallying for a three-set win Monday, he fell 6-1, 6-0 Tuesday to Cosby senior Dillon Sykes in a regional semifinal at Varina High in Richmond.
Pittman then lost 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to Grassfield's Bennett Thomas in the third-place match. Pittman had lost 6-2, 6-4 to Thomas in the Monitor-Merrimac Conference 2 singles final, qualifying for the regional by taking runner-up honors.
Sykes -- who has committed to play for Christopher Newport -- went on to win the championship. He was leading 6-0, 1-0 in the final when his opponent, left-hander Paul Mendoza, a Cosby teammate with whom he won the doubles championship earlier in the day, retired because of back tightness.
In the doubles final, which began the day, Sykes and Cosby defeated James River's Casper Cosmo and Mitch Brody 6-2, 6-2.
All of the finalists will move on to the state singles and doubles tournament.
Group 3A East:
York senior Teresa Alvarez took second place in the regional singles tournament in Fredericksburg, winning two matches before falling 6-2, 6-0 in the final to Loudoun Valley's Maddy Coffman.
But by reaching the final, Alvarez gained a spot in the four-player state singles bracket. She led York to the regional team crown a week ago, providing the Falcons a home state semifinal against Spotswood.
First, Alvarez beat Fendi Bea from Thomas Jefferson High of Richmond 6-0, 6-1. Then she handled a tougher foe, James Monroe's Lucy Castles, 6-3, 6-3 before falling victim on a hot day.
York's Gaby Tersigni, the Colonial Rivers Conference 25 singles runner-up to Alvarez, routed Hopewell's Samantha Park 6-0, 6-0 before losing 6-2, 6-3 to Coffman.
Group 5A South:
One of the state's most impressive streaks in any sport continued when Mills Godwin won its 15th consecutive regional championship, shutting out Maury 5-0 at Huntington Park.
This title was one of the most surprising of the 15, considering how Mills Godwin had lost three times this season to nearby rival Deep Run before defeating the Wildcats 5-3 in a knockout regional semifinal that was a rematch of last year's Group AAA state championship match.
This year also marks the first time a region represents half the teams in the state in a group -- Godwin's first 14 crowns were accumulated in the old Central Region, which included just Richmond-area teams.
Maury, thrilled by Monday's 5-2 win against Princess Anne that earned the Commodores a rare state bid, was overmatched against Godwin -- like many past Eastern Region teams also were. The Commodores won just three games out of the 72 contested.
Group 6A South:
Cox players dominated the final day of the regional individual tournament on a hot, unusual day at Varina in Richmond, but an ankle injury darkened the day for the Falcons.
Because both of the Falcons' entries had reached the doubles final, their advancement was ensured. But a competitive match still ensued, with senior Olivia Large and freshman Sarah Whited overcoming Zoe Fraser and Kait Brogan 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Then came the singles semifinals, which determined which players would advance to state. Large and Whited beat opponents from other schools in straight sets.
That set up the singles final, which Large officially won. But it wasn't the way she wanted to do so.
Whited was ahead 6-0, 5-2 at the time when she suffered a serious ankle injury and could not continue. Her ankle was to be checked out when the Falcons returned to the beach.
If Whited can't play at state, it will necessitate lineup changes for Cox, which many people perceive as the team favorite.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun