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Bluestone spring athletes receive region recognition

SoVaNow.com / June 12, 2019


Bluestone spring sports teams did an excellent job of representing their school in Region 2A tournament play and to that end, several players have been selected to receive region honors, with Lady Barons varsity soccer leading the way.

The Bluestone girls varsity soccer team was a contender not only in district play this season — earning a share of the James River District regular season title — but also in 2A region competition where they had a first round bye, a quarterfinal win, and went on to advance to the semifinal round.

The Lady Barons were one win away from earning a trip to the VHSL Class 2 state tournament — losing to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, which eventually went on to win the state championship — and their hard work was rewarded as the team had three players selected to the All-Region first team and two members selected to the second team. Player positions on the teams were ranked from 1-4, with four being the highest ranking.

Leading the first team selections was Ann-Taylor Williamson at the midfielder position. Williamson received a three score in the voting. The 2019 graduate had a marvelous season receiving JRD Player of the Year honors, the second time in her high school career she earned the distinction, as well as JRD first team honors.

Charlotte Bradshaw and Ashlyn Knott, now seniors, were also selected to the first team at midfielder and forward, respectively. Shoring up the second team selections for Bluestone were Molly Garner at forward and Kayla Williams as a defender.

The boys varsity soccer team also fared well with region picks. Bluestone had two players selected to the first team and one to the second team, which was quite an accomplishment considering the talent in Region AA.

Senior graduates Cooper Carter at forward; and Dale Sturdifen, Jr. at defender made the first team. Gabe Giamatteo, who also graduated this year, was selected to the second team as a midfielder.

Barons varsity baseball had a decent season, finishing fourth in the JRD and entered the region playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Bluestone had a first round win over Nottoway before falling to Nandua to end their run for a trip to the states.

Bluestone’s Nathan Newcomb was the only Baron named to the first team and was picked as the team’s utility player. Newcomb’s teammate, Brendan King, was chosen as catcher for the second team. Both players recently graduated; King is moving on to Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia where he will play baseball for the Battlers.

The one sport at Bluestone this year that surprised and elated Barons fans everywhere was the varsity softball team. This program has improved each season since head coach Shelby Brown along with her assistant coaches Jenna DeSantis and Kristyn Owen came on the scene approximately four seasons ago.

Bluestone finished fourth in the JRD with an 8-8 district record, 10-8 overall, which earned the No. 5 seed in the region tourney. The girls won two region games — over Randolph-Henry and Maggie Walker — before losing to JRD opponent Nottoway, which won the JRD regular season championship. Nottoway went on to lose to Page County, 1-0, in the first round of the VHSL state tournament.

Bluestone had three players selected to the All-Region second team. Hannah Mull, who graduated a couple of weeks ago, was chosen as a shortstop. Rising senior Katlyn Shanklin was selected at third base and Devin Gregory, a freshman this past season, was voted onto the team as a pitcher.





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