Green Dragons, Eagles flying high
Maggie Walker coach Ian Kelley said that a Deep Run win was something that had always eluded his Green Dragons squad.
That streak ended on April 1 as Maggie Walker, ranked No. 8 in the T-D Top 10, downed the defending state champion Wildcats 4-3.
“(Deep Run) went up 2-0 early, but freshman Sabrina Daglish answered,” he said. “Halftime was 3-2 and we reorganized and got two more in the second half for the win. The girls couldn't believe it.”
Daglish ended that game with a hat trick.
Kelley said that Mills Godwin, which beat Deep Run 2-1 on March 20, is now the team to beat.
“All focus is on Godwin now,” he said. “We aren’t thinking that the previous victory assures tomorrow night’s win.”
Speaking of the Eagles, coach Ali Toole said that they, too, continue a wave of confidence after defeating Deep Run.
“It has been four years since we have come out on top against them,” she said. “They are a great program with talented players and ran by a quality coaching staff.”
According to Toole, No. 5 ranked Mills Godwin is led by senior captain Audrey Mathias, who has been a “tone setter” this season.
“Our team has an incredible mix of upper classmen and under classmen,” she said. “The under classmen have listened and bought into how our upperclassmen are going to led the team while at the same time adding an element of fresh energy.”
The Wildcats also lost to Atlee on March 24.
Colonials, Royals taking Thomas Dale's spot among former Central District schools
Due to the VHSL’s realignment, what use to be the Central District is no more. It's unfortunate, because the race for the title would be changing hands if the district still awarded a championship.
Thomas Dale, which has had the hold on the schools that make up the former Central District, is being surpassed this season by Colonial Heights and Prince George.
The Colonials, who appeared in this week’s T-D Top 10 for the first time in 2014 at No. 10, suffered their lone loss so far to Conference 25 opponent Lafayette. The Rams are undefeated at 5-0. The good news for Colonial Heights is that the 2-0 margin has been Lafayette’s closest game this season. The Rams have outscored their other four opponents 34-1. The two schools could be headed for a conference title rematch.
Prince George’s (4-1) only lost came by the hands of Colonial Heights. With the Royals being in Conference 16 with familiar foes in Matoaca (0-1-1) and Meadowbrook (3-0-1), these matches are important to postseason positioning.