Assistant Director of Student Activities Fernando Belli recently received official recognition as a Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association. Obtaining this certification took a lot of extra work on top of all Mr. Belli does for McLean’s many wonderful activities, and I commend his efforts.
Junior Caroline McCleary took first place at last night’s Regional Dive Championships. She is now a two time district champion, a regional champion, and the defending 2013 state champion. She will compete in the state competition in Richmond on Feb. 20. Best of luck, Caroline!
This just in from Assistant Director of Student Activities Fernando Belli….go Highlanders!
The McLean Highlanders had a great fall season and all the final awards from All Conference to All State have been given out. The season brought out many team and individual accomplishments. Please give kudos to the following teams and student athletes.
Field Hockey: The Varsity Field Hockey team had an outstanding season advancing to the Liberty Conference 6 Finals and the 6A North quarterfinals. Coach Summer Vanni was awarded the Liberty Conference 6 Coach of the Year. Several individuals received the following recognitions:
Christi Geisler-1st Team
Erika Eckrod-1st Team
Erin Calpin-1st Team
Noor Varjabedian-1st Team
Karynne Baker-2nd Team
Tricia Cole-2nd Team
Katy Fedak-2nd Team
Sarah Sinnas-Honorable Mention
Christi Geisler-1st Team
Erika Eckrod-2nd Team
Erin Calpin-Honorable Mention
Washington Post All Met
Christi Geisler-2nd Team
Christi Geisler-2nd Team
Football: The Varsity Football team had big wins over Madison, Marshall, Herndon, South Lakes and TJ. The following individuals received recognition:
RUNNING BACK – Gabe Sutherland – 1ST Team
GUARD – Christian Raveling – 1ST Team
CENTER – Ben Lafoon – 2ND Team
TIGHT END – Owen Pilewski – 2ND Team
WIDE OUT – Jordan Cole – Honorable Mention
WIDE OUT – CJ Downey – Honorable Mention
TACKLE – Connor Meyers – Honorable Mention
QUARTERBACK – Danny Hecht – Honorable Mention
LINEBACKER – Gabe Sutherland – 1ST Team
D. LINE – James Howard – 2ND Team
LINEBACKER – Manny Enriquez – 2ND Team
D. END – Johan Marin – Honorable Mention
D. END – Connor Meyers – Honorable Mention
D. LINE – Ben Lafoon – Honorable Mention
LINEBACKER – Owen Pilewski – Honorable Mention
D. BACK – Christopher McDonald – Honorable Mention
D. BACK – Jordan Cole – Honorable Mention
PUNTER – Ricky Ludwick – Honorable Mention
PUNT RETURNER – Chris Merrill – Honorable Mention
Volleyball: The Varsity Volleyball team had several wins over quality opponents such as conference opponents Washington Lee, South Lakes, Fairfax and Hayfield. The following individuals received recognition:
Meagan McArthur-1st Team
Lauren Osuch-2nd Team
Elena Karakozoff-Honorable Mention
Autumn Brenner-Honorable Mention
Golf: The golf team had a great season this year starting off with a win at the Annual George Pavlis tournament at Reston National Golf Course. The team followed that performance with wins over Stone Bridge, Marshall, South Lakes and Fairfax.
In the conference championship at Herndon Centennial Golf Course, the Highlanders had 1 Medalist in Kendall Taylor and 3 regional qualifiers in Kendall Taylor, Charlie Fitzner and Cameron Kenworthy.
Kendall Taylor followed up her regional appearance with a Virginia State Qualification. It was a great season for the McLean golf team
The following individuals received recognition:
Kendall Taylor-1st Team
Charlie Fitzner-2nd Team
Cameron Kenwothy-2nd Team
Kevin McCarthy-2nd Team
Cheerleading: The Varsity Cheerleading team under the direction of first year coach Jen Johnson really provided the “spirit” needed to fuel the football team at their home and away games. The cheer team participated in the Rebel Rally and game a very spirited performance. At the Conference meet, the Highlanders finished tied for 5th. The future is bright for the Highlander Cheer squad going into 2014.
Cross Country: The cross country team while young, had a great season with several outstading performances against Liberty Conference 6 and Liberty District opponents. Individuals also participated in top invitationals such as the Oatlands in Loudoun County and the Six Flags Wild Safari in NJ.
The following individuals qualified for the 6A North Regional Meet
Dance: The dance team had a busy fall preparing for the winter competition season. They performed at several home football games, despite the rain. They gave a great performance at the Homecoming game against Madison as well as Senior and Hall of Fame night against Langley.
Congratulations to all our student athletes!
The McLean Highlandettes performed in their second competition of the season today at Towson University this weekend. They completed against 13 other teams in four varsity and two JV dances. Junior Stephanie Bourland also competed in a solo.
Photo courtesy of Brianna Johnson
The teams placed as follows:
Varsity Kick – 1st place
Varsity Pom – 3rd place
Varsity Hip Hop – 3rd place
Varsity Jazz – 3rd place
JV Kick – 1st place
JV Pom – 2nd place
The Highlandettes have their Senior Night and final basketball performance on Jan. 31 and their final competition on Feb. 15 at GarField High School in Woodbridge, so be sure to go out and support them!
The McLean Highlandettes dance team performed in their first competition of the year yesterday at West Springfield. They competed against 19 other teams in four varsity dances and two JV dances, and they also had two girls do solos. Stephanie Bourland and Lilia Souri got honorable mentions for their solos, JV pom got third, JV kick got second, and varsity kick got third–congratulations to all of the dancers for their hard work and dedication!
Photo courtesy of Chris Weise
Congratulations to Chris Weise and the marching band, who became the Oakton Classic Grand Champions this weekend! They scored a 90.86 total average and received a Superior Rating from the judges.
The marching band’s other honors for the day were:
- Highest score of the day in music
- 2nd highest score of the day in percussion
- 3rd highest score of the day in color guard
- Highest score of the day in visual performance (marching)
- Highest score of the day in general effect
Photo courtesy of Jessica Tang
The marching band had its first competition of the year at the USBands Marine Corps Invitational at the Navy Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday, Sept. 28. McLean’s group won 1st place in our division, as well as Best Music, Best Guard, Best Visual, Best Effect, and Best Percussion, ending up in 2nd place overall for the whole day.
I’m so proud of the accomplishments of Chris Weise and those hard-working marching band students!