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Bluestone begins spring sports season / March 07, 2018
Bluestone High School spring sports teams are beginning to hit full stride with their upcoming seasons.

Boys and girls soccer along with softball will play scrimmage games this week. The scrimmages on tap include softball and soccer match-ups with Park View, in Skipwith, as well as a softball game on the road at neighboring Halifax County.

Bluestone’s outdoor track team is not currently scheduled for any warmup events as they begin their James River District schedule shortly.

The only sport not set to see action this week is baseball. Bbaseball had a scrimmage scheduled with William-Campbell on Saturday, but no report on this game was available.

On the schedule for today was a road game with Kenston Forest, but this match-up was cancelled. Baseball opens it season March 13 against Randolph-Henry.

Bluestone should have a decent squad this year, as several junior and sophomore players from last season return. Bluestone’s 2017 baseball season ended in the Conference 34 quarter-final rounds, losing to Amelia.

Softball is set to play two games this week. The girls were scheduled to play Halifax yesterday and close out the week with a Thursday game against Park View.

Kaitlyn Shanklin started as the varsity pitcher last season, in her freshman year. Her maturity as well as her rec/travel-ball experience should be a positive in shoring up the team’s 2018 outlook. The program also has a number of freshman players who show solid potential.

Two sports that Bluestone excelled in last season were boys’ and girls’ soccer, with the Lady Barons team coming close to earning a VHSL state tourney berth.

Lady Barons soccer was set to travel to Chatham yesterday to take on Chatham Hall.

Last season the girls lost in Region 2-A tournament play to Maggie-Walker. Ann Taylor-Williamson and Erin Strider both return in their senior year and were named last year to the All-Conference 34 team.

Taylor-Williamson was also selected as Conference 34 Player of the Year and earned a spot on the Region 2-A first team.

Bluestone head coach Marty Bowlin was voted Conference 34 Coach of the Year.

Bluestone boys soccer also fielded a strong team last year and should be on track for another successful season. Cooper Carter, a freshman last season, was voted to the All-Conference 34 first team; Dale Sturdifen Jr. was named to the second team.

The Bluestone outdoor track program has consistently qualified student-athletes for VHSL state competition. Last season the varsity boys’ team won the 2017 Conference 34 Championship and had several members qualify and place at state competition.

2017 Bluestone graduate, Nyier Evans was the 2-A state champion in 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles.

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