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Year in review: Private schools and Group A schools

Looking back at the private and Group A schools' season

Top five moments

1. WRESTLER FINISHES PERFECT 28-0 SEASON

Mathews' James Pavik Jr. entered the Group A state wrestling tournament with a 24-0 record. And to cap his senior season, he pinned all four opponents at state in the 220-pound weight class to win the state championship.

2. PONY EXPRESS BACKFIELD EXPLODES

Mr. Pavik didn't only wrestle. As part of the one-two punch of the Pony Express backfield, he and Chris Davis ran wild in a 73-64 victory over West Point. Pavik scored six touchdowns and rushed for 317 yards, while Davis scored five times and had 223 yards.

3. CAN'T STOP CHRISTCHURCH'S FOOTBALL TEAM

A 48-15 victory finished off a 10-0 season and gave Christchurch the VISAA Division II football championship. Christchurch outscored its opponents 419-65. The fewest points the Seahorses scored in a game was 30 and the most they allowed were 15.

4. GREAT DAY FOR WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTIAN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS

Winning one state championship is tough enough, but in early March the school won two. The girls team rolled past Amelia Academy 70-43 for the VISAA Division III title. Then the boys knocked off Christ Chapel of Woodbridge 59-37 for the boys Division III title.

5. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, HRA WINS TWO IN A DAY, TOO

At the Freedom Aquatics Center in Manassas, the Navigators swam to Division II titles. It was the boys' first since 2008 and the girls' first since 1998. HRA broke 10 team records in the meet and Jeff Scott was named state coach of the year. Hollis Allen won the boys' 100 breastroke.

Five athletes to remember

1. DERON POWERS | WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTIAN

Powers finished his career at WCA with more than 2,000 points and more than 500 assists. He was the VISAA Division III state player of the year and accepted a scholarship from Hampton University. As a senior, he averaged 21.2 points a game.

2. COREY BROWN | WALSINGHAM ACADEMY

Brown scored more than 1,300 points during his time at Walsingham. He was a Tidewater Conference all-star for three years and was named to the VISAA all-state team three times. He will play at Randolph College next year.

3. KIMBERLYN SCHINDLER | DENBIGH BAPTIST

She was outstanding on the volleyball court, earning all-state honors and a scholarship to Liberty University. She was both the Metro Conference and VISAA Division III player of the year. She also excelled in basketball, earning all-state honors in that sport, too.

4. ANDREW CARPENTER | HAMPTON ROADS ACADEMY

He had four goals and an assists in HRA's 10-8 victory over North Cross in the VISAA Division II state lacrosse championship game. For the season, he had 17 goals and 18 assists. He will play at Salisbury University next year.

5. WIN HOMER AND WILL SMITH | CHRISTCHURCH

It is hard to separate these two behemoths. Each earned VISAA Division II all-state football honors on the offensive and defensive lines as Christchurch went 10-0. Homer will play at Boston College next year and Smith at Wake Forest.

Five athletes to watch next year

1. TY SMITH | HAMPTON CHRISTIAN

In his first three seasons — two at Hampton Roads Academy and one at Hampton Christian — Smith has run for 3,599 yards and 48 touchdowns.

2. MARTINE HUNNICUTT | PENINSULA CATHOLIC

She was the best cross country runner in the area as a freshman, turning in a top time of 18 minutes, 59 seconds. She won the Catholic League championship, finished second in the Tidewater Conference meet and won the VISAA Division II state meet.

3. MADISON STRICKLAND | DENBIGH BAPTIST

As a sophomore, she was right behind Hunnicutt, running a best time of 19:06. She won the Metro Conference meet and finished third in the state Division II race.

4. KEYANA BROWN | WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTIAN

Like Deron Powers, she was the VISAA Division III player of the year. Brown, who will be a junior next year, already has been named to the Daily Press all-stars team twice.

5. MACKENZIE MOUGHON | MATHEWS

After Mathews won the Division 2 state championship last fall, Moughon was named state player of the year. In the championship match, she had six kills in the final game. In basketball, coaches named her Tidewater District player of the year and she was named to the Region A all-star team.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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