3 Panthers and a Bulldog qualify for state cross country meet and other sports briefs

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LURAY, Nov. 4 — Following a third-place finish at the Bull Run District meet in New Market on Oct. 27, Luray High School freshman Davey Johnson captured fourth place at the Region B cross country meet Wednesday, Nov. 3 in Woodstock.

After capturing the Bull Run District title, East Rockingham’s George Austin III also won the Region B title in boys cross country, followed by Clarke County’s Callaway Beckett and Jackson Ellis in second and third, respectively. Leorenzo Callo of Stuarts Draft rounded out the top five.

East Rock, Clarke and Madison qualified for the 2A state cross country meet as the top three teams at the Region B meet. Both East Rock and Clarke placed three runners among the top 10 in the region.

The top five finishers exclusive of the qualifying teams also earn a spot in the state meet. Johnson and Callo were along those five qualifiers, along with senior Jadon Huffman and junior Logan Heiston of Page County, and Mountain View’s Ethan Bly. Huffman placed seventh at the Region B meet.

The VHSL 2A cross country meets will be held at 1 and 1:45 p.m. next Saturday, Nov. 13 at Green Hill Park in Salem. Tickets are only available through Go Fan for $10 per ticket.

Visit https://www.vhsl.org/cross-country/ to purchase state tickets.

Girls Cross County

Page County sophomore Summer Kite was the only local state qualifier from the girls Region B cross country meet also held Wednesday in Woodstock. Kite finished outside the top 10 in the region, but the sophomore was among the top five state qualifiers outside of the three qualifying teams. Clarke, Madison and Central finished as the top three teams.

Kate McLearen of Madison County took the Region B title, after claiming the Bull Run District title last week. Both Clarke and Madison posted three runners among the ton 10 in the region.

Each classification of state cross country meets will have its own webpage. Follow local runners in 2A action at:

https://va.milesplit.com/meets/442157-vhsl-class-2-state-xc-meet-2021#.YW7abhrMI2w

Volleyball

Both local teams fell in the first round of the Region B volleyball tournament on Tuesday night. Page County (7-12) lost to top-seeded East Rockingham (18-4) in three sets, while sixth-seeded Luray (11-10) lost to No. 3 Madison (15-7) after going the distance through five sets.

In other quarterfinal round action — No. 2 Central (20-4) defeated seventh-seeded Stuarts Draft (6-11), and No. 4 Clarke (15-8) beat fifth-seeded Buckingham (11-6).

Thursday’s semifinals will pit No. 1 East Rock against No. 4Clarke, and No. 2 Central versus No. 3 Madison. The Region B volleyball championship is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Luray junior Jaidyn McClung was named the 2021 Bull Run District “Player of the Year” for volleyball last week. McClung was selected first team All-District along with LHS senior Trinity Belton and PCHS senior Caris Lucas. All-Region selections will be announced at the conclusion of the Region B tournament next week.

Football

The Panthers of Page County (4-5) travel to Bull Run District leader Clarke County (8-1) this Friday, Nov. 5 for their regular season finale. Page comes off a 34-12 loss at home against Strasburg (8-1) last Friday night. Junior Gunner Strickler came up with two interceptions during the game, as the Panthers got scores from Ricky Campbell and Caden Lucas at the end of each half. Page still looks to make the Region B playoffs — likely as a No. 8 seed — starting Nov. 12.

The Bulldogs of Luray (4-5) travel to Madison County (2-7) for their final game of the regular season in a district match-up on the road this Friday, Nov. 5. Luray comes off a tough 14-0 loss to Clarke County (8-1) last Friday night at home. The Bulldog defense kept them in the contest, while the offense has been held scoreless in their last two games. The Bulldogs will also be in the mix when the Region B playoffs kickoff Nov. 12, probably seeded about sixth or seventh.

For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.

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