Week 5

All-Met Watch: Basketball


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Battlefield, 6-1, Sr.

The Bobcats' all-time leading scorer tied a season-high with 28 points in Friday's victory against Osbourn Park.




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Trevor Blondin delivers at charity stripe for Battlefield in Bulldog Bash championship

Trevor Blondin isn’t one to show much expression, and with Battlefield clinging to a slim lead in the final minute of Saturday’s Bulldog Bash championship against Westfield, the Bobcats were glad to have their stone-cold shooter at the free-throw line.

But Blondin wasn’t exactly composed after missing three of his first five attempts in the game. So with the crowd screaming for the host Bulldogs and last year’s runner-up finish lingering in his mind, Blondin decided to switch up his routine, taking a few extra deep breaths before sinking his four final free throws to secure Battlefield’s 73-70 victory. “I just had to block everything out and not think about the crowd or those free throws I missed earlier,” said Blondin, who was named tournament MVP after scoring 20 points in the win.

Initially, it was Jamison Glover who deflated the home fans, scoring six of his team-high 24 points to help Battlefield (8-4) open up an early lead. But Westfield (6-5) rallied, converting several Battlefield turnovers into easy transition buckets and building a 22-17 first-quarter lead.

In a game characterized by its runs, the Bobcats struck back, riding Blondin’s seven points during a 12-2 run to take a 38-32 lead into the half. Glover built on that momentum in the third, draining two of the Bobcats’ four three-pointers in the quarter to extend their advantage to 10 points. “They were sagging off of Jamison, so I told him he had to step up for us and take advantage of that space by making some plays,” Battlefield Coach Kurt Pauly said. “He really caught fire there in the third.”

The lead wouldn’t last, though, thanks to cold shooting from the Bobcats and inspired play by Westfield’s Travon Walton. During a seven-minute field goal drought for Battlefield, Walton scored eight of his game-high 25 points, sparking a 17-1 Bulldogs’ run that gave Westfield a four-point lead midway through the fourth.

But Blondin refused to let Battlefield settle for another second-place finish. The junior swingman punctuated a 10-0 Bobcat run with the go-ahead three-pointer. After he knocked down his clutch free throws, Christian Gray’s last-gasp three-pointer just missed the mark, and the Bobcats could celebrate their fourth straight win and the tournament title. “We knew Westfield was a quality team and I told our guys they could go on a run,” Pauly said, “but we kept our composure in a way that we probably wouldn’t have in years past.”



Wednesday's prep basketball roundup: Battlefield boys win fifth straight



Welcome to a special edition of Basketball Weekly where we turn our attention to the Fifth Annual VirginiaPreps.com Basketball Classic Presented by Cox 11 Sports, set for Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Virginia Wesleyan College. It figures to be a memorable day of basketball, featuring many of the best teams and players from the Tidewater area as well as all over the state. Here we'll be breaking down the matchups in the event to fill you in on these squads

Since I'm technically the Event Organizer (at least that's what they said my title was), I won't make picks on the games. but we bring out the Magic 8 Ball again to attempt to forecast the outcomes. So far, the Magic 8 Ball is 27-10 in four years of projecting winners.


1:30 PM - - Kellam (9-2; 2-0) vs. Battlefield (10-4; 3-1)

The Bobcats from Battlefield are fresh off beating defending Northern Region Champion Westfield in the Bulldog Bash tournament up in Northern Virginia, and they've won nine of ten following a 0-3 start. Four players are averaging in double-figures for Battlefield, led by Trevor Blondin's 19PPG and Roman Hall's 17PPG. Six-foot-4 senior Terrell Walker can turn heads, and 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Kameron Hedgepeth is a name from the Class of 2015 people are starting to find out about. They're very balanced and putting up 70-plus seven times over the past ten.

Kellam brings in one of the top scorers and players in the Eastern Region in Ramone Snowden (22.4 PPG, 20 RRP), who'll play his college basketball at Old Dominion. Snowden, who went off for 36 points against Landstown earlier this season, has already raised his play this season to where he's in the Player of the Year discussion in both the Beach District and the region, recording a double-double in each of the Knights' first ten games. He makes his teammates around him better, too, and Kellam will need contributions from sophomore point guard Janair Raynor-Powell, shooter Tyler Vinsand, and forwards Chris Smith and Kobe Copeland, a couple of board crashers.

How Battlefield executes in the half-court against the Knights' 1-3-1 zone defense will determine a lot that happens in this game. Furthermore, Kellam wants to keep the Bobcats out of transition as much as possible. This could be the tightest game of the day potentially as the two teams seem extremely evenly matched. The Bobcats come in just a bit hotter as of late with their only loss coming by one point against Stonewall Jackson in a contest where a buzzer-beater was waved off, so their confidence is sky high even as the visitor in this spot.


Magic 8 Ball Says: Battlefield (OT)



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Week 3

All-Met Watch: Basketball


On the bubble

Back court: Darian Anderson, St. John's, Jr.; Kenneth Beckham, Dunbar, Jr.; Trevor Blondin, Battlefield, Jr.; Michael Briscoe, Thomas Stone, Sr.; Randall Broddie, Potomac (Md.), Fr.; ...



Prep roundup: Basketball



Stonewall Jackson’s Diandre Stubbs plays on with one healthy hand in win over Battlefield

Early in the game Tuesday night at Battlefield, Stonewall Jackson junior forward Diandre Stubbs expended as much energy making trips to and from the restroom as he did up and down the court. The referees told him that his uniform was in violation, so Stubbs left the floor to take off his long-sleeve undershirt. But when he came back, the officials told him it was his tights, worn to help his tendonitis, that were illegal, not his shirt. So Stubbs disappeared again.

He was on the floor when it mattered most, however, scoring five consecutive points during a late 21-second span to aid the Raiders’ 76-65 victory and complete a regular season sweep of the Bobcats in the Virginia AAA Cedar Run District. Stonewall (9-6, 5-0) had trailed by three early in the fourth quarter.

Stubbs not only had to tend to the wardrobe malfunctions, he was playing one-handed. He dislocated a knuckle on his left hand in a game over the weekend and had that hand taped to the point of immobility. Even so, he scored 11 points after not being allowed to practice Monday.

Senior guard J.R. Washington hit 10 of 20 shots to lead Stonewall with 28 points, including a three-pointer that gave the Raiders the lead for good with 5 minutes 34 seconds left. Senior guard Mustafa Ali added 16 points and junior guard Greg Stroman had 12 points and five steals off the bench.

The Raiders made all nine of their free-throw attempts in the final 1:35, the first three by Stubbs. The game featured six ties and eight lead changes before Stonewall pulled away. The first time the teams met this season, a Battlefield basket at the buzzer was waved off and the Raiders slipped away with a 77-76 win.

This game was closer than the final score but the victory more definitive. Junior swingman Trevor Blondin led Battlefield (10-6, 3-2) with 17 points. Senior guard Roman Hall added 16 and junior guard Jamison Glover, who fouled out with five minutes left, scored 14 points.

“We wanted to limit them from running, that’s why we didn’t come out and press right away,” said Lawrence, whose team outrebounded the Bobcats, 36-18, but committed 21 turnovers. “We played the first half really to get to the second, and then we unleashed our pressure.



Prep boys basketball: Stonewall remains unbeaten in the district

Stonewall Jackson boys basketball head coach Marcus Lawrence knows that game-in, game-out, he can count on seniors J.R. Washington and Mustafa Ali to come through with 40 or more points between them.

The key for a Raider victory is the contributions from other members of the squad, and on various nights, junior Diandre Stubbs and senior Emmanuel Berchie have been the players to step forward.


Junior Greg Stroman, who got the job done on the football field as Stonewall Jackson’s star quarterback last fall, filled the role on the hardwood Tuesday. Stroman scored 12 points, including four straight free throws in crunch time, to help lead the visiting Raiders to a 76-65 victory over Battlefield in a key Cedar Run District contest in Haymarket.

Washington led Stonewall Jackson (9-6, 5-0 Cedar Run) with 28 points, while Ali had 16 and Stubbs added 11 to go along with a game-high seven rebounds.

Trevor Blondin paced Battlefield (10-6, 3-2) with 17 points. Roman Hall added 16 points and Jamison Glover had 14 while Terrell Walker and Kameron Hedgepeth each added nine.


The game was tight throughout, with neither team holding a lead of more than six points through the first three quarters. Despite being badly outrebounded (Stonewall held a 39-20 advantage on the boards for the game), Battlefield led much of the first half and took a 34-32 advantage into intermission by virtue of shooting 52 percent from the floor. Blondin scored all nine of his first-half points in the second quarter, while Glover and Hall each had eight at the break.

The teams traded small runs in the third quarter until Glover scored four consecutive points to give Battlefield a 48-43 lead with 58 seconds left in the period. Washington and Blondin traded baskets before Stroman sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to pull the Raiders within 50-48 heading into the final quarter.

Stroman's shot seemed to give Stonewall new life. The Raiders began to take control, first with Washington scoring nine consecutive points, then Ali adding five in a 14-2 spurt that gave Stonewall a 63-54 lead with 2:45 left to play. Blondin hit a short jumper and Walker sank a three-pointer to bring the Bobcats within four before they began to foul the Raiders. Stonewall sank all nine of it's free throws over the final 1:35, with Stubbs hitting three (including the finish of a three-point play), Ali sank two and Stroman converted the last four to ice the game.

The victory is Stonewall's second over Battlefield this season and gives the Raiders a two-game advantage in the Cedar Run at the midway point of the district schedule.



Wednesday's prep basketball roundup



Week 7

All-Met Watch: Basketball


On the bubble

Back court: Robert Bacon, Oakton, Jr.; Kenneth Beckham, Dunbar, Jr.; Trevor Blondin, Battlefield, Jr.; Randall Broddie, Potomac (Md.), Fr.; Will Ferguson, Herndon, Sr.; ...



Prep basketball: All-Cedar Run District Boys Teams

Cedar Run District Boys Basketball


    First Team

    1. J.R. Washington (Sr.) Stonewall Jackson HS
    2. Mustafa Ali (Sr.) Stonewall Jackson HS
    3. Roman Hall (Sr.) Battlefield HS
    4. Darren Hawkins (Sr.) Freedom HS
    5. E.J. Baltimore (Sr.) Patriot HS
    6. Diandre Stubbs (Jr.) Stonewall Jackson HS
    7. Terrell Walker (Sr.) Battlefield HS

    Second Team

    1. Marcus Farber (Sr.) Stonewall Jackson HS
    2. Greg Stroman (Jr.) Stonewall Jackson HS
    3. Khiore Stewart (Jr.) Broad Run HS
    4. AJ Cowthran (Sr.) Patriot HS
    5. Terry Smith (Sr.) Patriot HS
    6. Trevor Blondin (Jr.) Battlefield HS
    7. Jamison Glover (Jr.) Battlefield HS

    Player of the Year

    J.R. Washington (Sr.) Stonewall Jackson HS

    Coach of the Year

    Marcus Lawrence, Stonewall Jackson HS



Prep boys basketball: Stonewall wins first tournament title since 2003

Stubbs led the way for the Raiders with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while J.R. Washington and Marcus Farber each added 14 points. Washington led all players with 11 rebounds. Roman Hall paced Battlefield with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Trevor Blondin and Jamison Glover each had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

With Washington struggling with his outside shot much of the game, Farber got the Raiders off to a strong start by hitting four three-point goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest, scoring all of his points in that stretch. Stonewall held a 19-18 advantage at the end of the first quarter. But Battlefield hung tough as Glover, Blondin and Hall each scored 10 points in the first half. Hall scored eight consecutive points for the Bobcats as they began to pull away in the second quarter. Blake Pagon and Glover each hit three-pointers to cap a 12-5 run that gave Battlefield a 36-26 lead with 2 minutes 59 seconds left in the half. Enter Stubbs. He made his presence felt immediately as he converted a three-point play, and he scored nine points in a 12-0 Raiders run to end the half. Trailing by 10 with 3 minutes to go, Stonewall took a 38-36 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders carried the momentum into the second half, opening the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt to take a 46-38 lead. But the Bobcats again battled back, tying the game at 49-49 as Hall hit a layup. Stubbs, however, converted a pair of three-point plays spanning the quarter break and a layup by Washington gave Stonewall a 57-49 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Again, Battlefield rallied, Blondin had four points in an 8-1 spurt that pulled the Bobcats within 58-57 with 4:38 left in the game, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Battlefield missed five of six free throws over the final minute, and Stubbs hit a pair from the stripe with 7.6 seconds remaining to ice the victory.

[Missing free throws] kills you in games like this," Battlefield head coach Kurt Pauly said. "There's not a lot of separation between these two teams, and you have to make those to win. Our kids gave a great effort tonight, but the little things, like hitting free throws and rebounding, make a difference." Pauly is pleased the Bobcats have qualified for the regional tournament for the third straight year, but he hopes Battlefield can take that extra step. "We haven't won a game in regionals, so we have to get focused and be prepared when we take the court next weekend, "Pauly said. "We've played tooth and nail three times with a team as good as any we will see, so that is a positive we can take forward."



Week 8

All-Met Watch: Basketball


On the bubble

Back court: Robert Bacon, Oakton, Jr.; Kenneth Beckham, Dunbar, Jr.; Trevor Blondin, Battlefield, Jr.; Michael Briscoe, Thomas Stone, Sr.; Randall Broddie, Potomac (Md.), Fr.; ... 



Northwest Region boys

Battlefield defeated George Washington-Danville, 95-89, behind 25 points from junior guard Trevor Blondin. Sophomore Kam Hedgepeth added 22 points for the Bobcats (19-8), who never trailed in the second half and held off a late rally to secure a spot in Saturday night’s 7 p.m. region final. They’ll meet host Mountain View, which took down Stonewall Jackson, 67-59, in the other semifinal. Stonewall Jackson, which had won 11 straight heading into Thursday’s contest, finishes 19-7.



Northwest Region Basketball: Battlefield boys on precipice of first state tournament berth

The Battlefield boys have won the first Virginia AAA Northwest Region playoff games in program history, beating two teams they had lost to early in the season. With a region semifinal victory Thursday night at George Washington-Danville, the Bobcats could qualify for the state tournament for the first time.

“The old saying is that good is the enemy of great,” Battlefield Coach Kurt Pauly said. “And right now, we’re trying to be great.”

The Bobcats have been just that in the region playoffs. They beat Patrick Henry-Roanoke and Potomac (Va.) in the first two rounds of regionals and are playing with what Pauly calls “a quiet confidence.” That was evident at Potomac on Tuesday night when the Bobcats shot 48 percent from the floor in a 74-60 win. “We defended well also, and you could feel the confidence building and building,” Pauly said. “Not one or two guys were hitting, all of them were hitting.”

Senior point guard Roman Hall scored 20 points, more than double what he managed against Potomac on Nov. 29 in a 55-41 loss in which he made only one field goal. Tuesday night marked his sixth 20-point night of the season.

“He’s played almost every single minute,” Pauly said. “He’s not big in terms of upper body, but he does everything for us.”

Five Battlefield players average double figures or close to it, led by junior Trevor Blondin and Hall, who are each around 15 points per game, followed by junior Jamison Glover (11.3), senior Terrell Walker (10.4) and sophomore Kam Hedgepath (9.6).

Each has scored 19 points or more in a game. And each has gotten to the foul line more than 70 times, a testament to the team’s measured aggressiveness offensively. In the quarterfinal win at Potomac, the Bobcats (18-8) went 24 of 38 from the line compared to 15 of 17 for the Panthers.

“I’ve had teams that are just as talented as this one, but for whatever reason, this one just plays well together,” said Pauly, who coached a Minnesota team to a Class 4A championship appearance in 2006. That team included Rodney Williams, currently the second-leading scorer for the University of Minnesota.

Traditionally, the balance of boys’ basketball power in Prince William County has been tilted heavily toward the eastern end, with Potomac, Gar-Field and formerly Woodbridge. In recent years, that power has shifted somewhat toward the western end, with Manassas school Osbourn reaching the past two state tournaments, Battlefield winning in regionals for the first time this season and Stonewall Jackson, after topping Gar-Field on Tuesday, reaching the region semis for the first time since 2003.

Stonewall plays its region semi at Stafford County school Mountain View on Thursday. Battlefield lost three times to Stonewall, including in the Virginia AAA Cedar Run championship.

Next season, when the state playoff structure is realigned, the Manassas-area schools will compete in 6A North with the 21 largest Northern Region schools, while the eastern Prince William teams will play in 6A South, with the larger schools in the Richmond and Virginia Beach areas.



Prep boys basketball: Battlefield reaches state tournament for first time in school history

Battlefield High School's boys basketball team reached the state tournament for the first time in the program's history Thursday after defeating host George Washington-Danville 95-89 in the Northwest Region Tournament semifinals. The Bobcats (19-8) will play at Mountain View(25-2) Saturday at 7 p.m.for the regional title. The game will be a rematch from the regular season when Battlefield dropped its opener to the Wildcats 68-48 Nov. 28.

On Thursday, Jamison Glover led Battlefield with 26 points. He hit six of those down the stretch by sinking key free throws. Kam Hedgepath added 22 points and Trevor Blondin had 19 and Roman Hall for Battlefield.

The Bobcats, the Cedar Run District runner up, led by nine at halftime and extended their lead to 14 in the third quarter before GW-Danville got back within one point on its 3-point shooting. The victory was another big accomplishment for a team that has now defeated back to back No. 1 seeds in the tournament. Playing at GW-Danville, where fans were lined up two hours before the game, Battlefield kept its composure. "With the crowd, our kids accomplished something they will remember for awhile," Bobcats head coach Kurt Pauly said. "It's a special feeling. Right now, we're riding the momentum."



Basketball: Battlefield boys lose Virginia AAA Northwest final

In reaching the Virginia AAA Northwest Region boys’ basketball final this season for the first time, Battlefield relied on team play, balanced scoring and a tight-knit feel on the floor. When the Bobcats most needed those elements in the waning minutes of the region championship Saturday night at Mountain View, they were not to be found. One starter was on the bench with a bad ankle sprain and two others had fouled out, leaving senior guard Roman Hall and junior wing Trevor Blondin as the only starters on the court.

Mountain View, down 10 with four minutes left, was able to grind out a 68-64 victory, the Wildcats’ 24th win in a row, to snag the region title and earn their second state tournament berth. Battlefield (19-9), which by reaching the region final also had locked up a state berth, lost starting sophomore swingman Kameron Hedgepath to an ankle injury late in the first quarter. Later, junior guard Jamison Glover and senior guard Terrell Walker fouled out.

The Bobcats, who opened the season with a 20-point loss to Mountain View, could not muster the clutch baskets in the final minute and missed five of seven free throws in the final 3 minutes and 16 seconds for a frustrating finish. “It killed us at the end,” Battlefield Coach Kurt Pauly said of the free-throw shooting. The Bobcats entered the game shooting 65.7 percent from the line.

Mountain View, behind a boisterous home crowd that has known nothing but winning this season, scored 19 of the game’s last 24 points in the final 3:58 to earn the win. As gritty as Mountain View was, the poor foul shooting and strapped lineup left the Bobcats wondering what might have been. “I definitely think if we had had our five in there, we could have probably tied the game at least,” Walker said. “We had it, but it came down to free throws and we didn’t knock them down.”

“It’s definitely a big loss for those three to be on the bench,” Blondin said, at the same time praising the team’s backups. “We’ve been in those situations before, and we actually did find a way to pull out the victory.”

Blondin, too, had to leave the game for two crucial minutes in the fourth quarter when he went down with an injury. The 10-point lead was down to six when he returned.

Hedgepath is not only one of the team’s better penetrators and top three-point shooter (he hit one before he got hurt), he also usually draws the toughest defensive assignment. “The injury to Kameron hit us hard,” Pauly said. “When he got hurt we’re limited. It’s nothing against [the reserves], it’s how well he’s playing. . . . If we have a full deck, who knows? But that’s sport.”

Blondin led Battlefield with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Hall had 18 points and Glover 14.

Even if Battlefield had won, the Bobcats still would have played a state quarterfinal at Robinson, against the Northern Region runner-up. As Northwest Region runner-up, they will face Northern Region champion W.T. Woodson on Friday at Robinson.

Battlefield’s road state quarterfinal will be a closer trip than their last three region games, in Dumfries, Danville (the team arrived home at 2 a.m. Friday) and Stafford. “It’s a weird thing because you want to win it because you want to hang a banner,” Pauly said, at the time not knowing the outcome of the Northern Region final. “But in the grand scheme of things, does [losing the region final] mean anything in the state?”



Prep boys basketball: Battlefield loses in regional final

After a marathon stretch that saw them play four games in eight days and included an early-morning arrival to school on Friday, Battlefield faded a bit down the stretch, allowing host Mountain View to win the Northwest Region title, 68-64, Saturday night.

A team that some thought might not get past their Northwest Region opener against Patrick Henry took down consecutive No. 1 seeds in Potomac and George Washington-Danville and very nearly handed Mountain View its third loss of the season. But just after Mountain View coach Kevin Brown called the Wildcats’ final timeout with just3:35 to play, Mountain View outscored Battlefield 17-5 the rest of the way en route to the victory. Battlefield (19-9) will face the winner of the Wakefield-W.T. Woodson game this Friday at Robinson High School at a time to be determined.

Not only was fatigue a likely factor in the Bobcats’ late fade, a combination of foul trouble and injuries were a major culprit. Battlefield’s biggest setback occurred with :53 left in the first quarter when sophomore Kameron Hedgepeth, who led Battlefield with 21 points in its last game against Danville, sprained his ankle when landing after attempting to block a shot. Battlefield coach Kurt Pauly said he does not know whether or not Hedgepeth will be able to return for Friday’s game, but “we are hopeful,” he said.

In the game’s final minute, the only two starters still on the floor for Battlefield were Trevor Blondin, who scored a game-high 21 points, and Roman Hall, who added 15, and has been called the team’s Most Valuable Player by Pauly. Jamison Glover and Terrell Walker each fouled out, leaving freshman Blake Pagon, Todd Jorgenson and Alex Pfost as the other three on the floor for the Bobcats at the end.

Pagon had twice given Battlefield a 10-point fourth quarter lead, once on a three-pointer with 4:33 to play, then again on two free throws about 20 seconds later. But following the timeout, Mountain View picked up the tempo, used a series of pressuring double-team moves on defense, and corralled several offensive rebounds during its late surge. Battlefield also committed three turnovers, including one on a charge by Pfost, in that span.

“Alex [Pfost] came in and took a late charge, but obviously the injury to Kameron hit us hard,” Pauly said. “He’s been one of our better players. We could all sit there and say what could have been. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out [that] when he got hurt, we’re limited. It’s nothing against the [other] guys. He’s just a special player.”

Another bugaboo for Battlefield was its free throw shooting. Overall, the Bobcats shot 68 percent (17-25) from the line, and missed six of its last 10 free throws, allowing Mountain View to come back.

“It [our free throw shooting] killed us at the end,” Pauly said. “It’s something you work on all the time. But that’s basketball some times. You see major college players [where] the same thing happens. This was a noisy environment, but it wasn’t the noisiest crowd we have seen lately. Danville was louder. For whatever reason, it wasn’t meant to be tonight. If we have a full deck, who knows? But that’s sport. I’m really proud of the effort the kids put forth. They could have come out and played really flat, but they didn’t.”

The late surge by Mountain View took a bit of the luster off a strong start for Battlefield, who shot 63 percent (7 for 11) from the field in the first quarter en route to taking an 18-14 lead. The Bobcats’ defense blocked at least eight shots during the game, including three in the second quarter, helping Battlefield to a 27-25 halftime edge.

The Bobcats held Mountain View to 31 percent shooting (4 for 13) in the second quarter and 29 percent (5 for 17) in the third quarter. But the Wildcats shot 63 percent (7 for 11) in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

Although Battlefield was dealt an early blow with the injury to Hedgepeth, the Bobcats were nearly able to overcome it, thanks to continued solid play from Hall, Blondin, and Glover (14 points). Blondin, in particular paid dividends, blocking shots, and making clutch shots.

Blondin sank a three-pointer with 1:06 to play to pull Battlefield within 64-63, but the Bobcats could not prevent Mountain View from making layups and getting key offensive rebounds in the final seconds.

Blondin, who had suffered a stomach bug that limited his production for much of the past week, said he finally “felt really good” Saturday.

“With Terrell [Walker] and Jamison [Glover] I tried to contain the floor late, but wasn’t able to do it,” Blondin said. “They [Mountain View] sped up the tempo late and we might have been tired at the end. But I hit a lot of big shots in the game and gave us a lift. There are a lot of players on the team that played well. I’m not going to say this game didn’t mean anything, but we [knew we] have one more game and we are going to play better next Friday than we did tonight.”

Hall, who missed 4 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter, said losing Hedgepeth was a big blow.

“He’s a big part of our team,” Hall said. “He always guards the other team’s best player. It kind of set us back, but the other thing was the free throws, especially at the end of the game. It was a real aggressive game on both sides. We work on [making] free throws every day at practice, but sometimes they just don’t go in. We can’t worry about it. We’ve got one more game to play next Friday and we are going to play much better.”






 Cavaliers brace for state basketball tournament

Battlefield awaits Woodson in Friday’s state quarterfinal



Boys’ basketball: W.T. Woodson downs Battlefield, heads to Virginia AAA semifinal

W.T. Woodson Coach Doug Craig admits his team lacks a superstar. But as Friday’s Virginia AAA state quarterfinal matchup against Battlefield proved, that’s not such a bad thing.

Led by Peter Murray’s 15 points, four W.T. Woodson players scored in double figures to lead the Cavaliers past the Bobcats, 65-52, at Robinson. Woodson (25-4) moves on to Monday’s semifinals, where it will face Henrico at 3:15 p.m. at VCU’s Siegel Center in Richmond.

Woodson’s collective approach initially surfaced through its team defense. After the teams traded baskets in the first minute, the Cavaliers held Battlefield without a point for nearly nine minutes, an effort anchored by strong defensive rebounding. Tommy Stepka nailed a three-pointer just before the first-quarter buzzer to spark a 14-0 Woodson run and build a 17-5 lead midway through the second period.

The second half brought much stronger play from the Bobcats (19-10). After scoring 10 of Battlefield’s 14 first-half points, Jamison Glover received some offensive help from Trevor Blondin and Roman Hall. The trio attacked the basket to open up a 12-4 run that cut Woodson’s lead to 35-30 after three quarters.

But the Cavaliers answered, building an 11-point lead by opening the floor with inside-outside play. On consecutive possessions, Bowles penetrated to draw in the defense before kicking out to Murray, who hit three three-pointers during a 13-5 run.

Blondin fought to keep Battlefield in contention, scoring nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter on a series of mid-range jumpers and drives to the basket. But Stepka and Alex Boock (13 points) combined to hit Woodson’s six final free throw attempts, keeping the Bobcats at bay and sealing the Cavaliers’ first trip to the state semifinals.



Prep boys basketball: Battlefield loses in state quarterfinals

For one half Friday, the Battlefield boys basketball team showed why it had earned its place among the top eight teams in Group AAA in Virginia. Unfortunately, the game consists of two halves and Battlefield’s first-half struggles proved too much to overcome as the Bobcats fell to W.T. Woodson, 65-52, before a near-capacity crowd in the Group AAA state quarterfinals at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.

Peter Murray scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures for W.T. Woodson (25-4), the Northern Region champion, which advanced to face Henrico in the state semifinals Monday at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Alex Boock and Eric Bowles each had 13 points for the Cavaliers, while Tommy Stepka had 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Junior Trevor Blondin scored 18 points and classmate Jamison Glover had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Battlefield (19-10), the Northwest Region runner-up, as its historic season came to a close. Glover was nearly the only offense the Bobcats could muster in the first half as he scored their first 10 points. After he hit a three-pointer on Battlefield’s first shot of the game, the Bobcats missed their next 14 attempts and finished the opening 16 minutes hitting just 14 percent (4 of 28) from the field. Blondin became the first Bobcat to score other than Glover when he converted two free throws with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the second quarter, and the half ended with Woodson holding a 26-14 lead.

“We did a good job of executing our game plan,” Cavaliers head coach Doug Craig said. “They like to run and we wanted to control the tempo. We wanted to contest shots, make them make shots, and I felt we did a good job of that.”

Battlefield struggled with the shooting background in the spacious Robinson gymnasium, which seats 5,000 and has a deep baseline area with seating behind both baskets. The stands behind the basket the Bobcats shot at in the first half was inhabited by approximately 500 screaming Woodson students, clad in white “Woodson Cavalry” t-shirts, which certainly didn’t help Battlefield’s accuracy.

“It’s not an excuse, but the shooting background was definitely a factor for us in the first half,” Battlefield head coach Kurt Pauly said. “We struggled with making the adjustment and our shots just wouldn’t fall. Falling behind so much early was certainly a key to the game.

“Jamison kept us in it in the first half. If it wasn’t for him, we may have been blown out. His effort allowed the others to adjust and get us back in the game.”

At halftime, Pauly said he encouraged the Bobcats to get back to playing their up-tempo style and work their way back into the game. It worked as Battlefield converted seven of its first eight field goal attempts in the third quarter, with Blondin’s three-pointer with 4:18 remaining cutting the margin to six, and the Bobcats, who shot 53 percent in the second half (16 of 30), closed within 40-35 by the end of the period.

“We told them at halftime to stay with it, play our game,” Pauly said. “To their credit, they battled back. It’s what good teams do.”

Junior Alex Pfost converted a layup to open the fourth quarter to get the Bobcats within three points, but it was as close as they would get. Murray hit a pair of three-pointers for Woodson to push the lead back to nine and Battlefield would only get as close as 57-52 on Blondin’s layup with 1:08 left in the game before the Cavaliers converted six free throws in the final minute to ice the victory.

“When we got it to three early in the fourth, I thought we had them on the ropes,” Pauly said. “But they’re a good team, they executed and hit a couple of threes to pull away again.”

“[Battlefield] is a good basketball team, and we knew they would make a run at us,” Craig said. “Fortunately, we were able to hold them off.”

Despite the loss, Pauly is pleased with the season Battlefield had. The Bobcats set a school record for victories, won a game in the Northwest Region Tournament for the first time and advanced to their first-ever state tournament.

“It’s tough right now, as any competitor is never satisfied after a loss,” Pauly said. “But I told the guys after the game that they have built a foundation for Battlefield basketball with this season. Hopefully the younger guys will take it from here and continue to build.

“When I moved here from Minnesota, I didn’t think I would coach again. But these guys have given our coaches a nice ride, and it was a pleasure to coach them.”



Hoops Fest 18 participants

Prince William County's top boys and girls basketball players will see who the best 3-point shooters, two-ball team and slam-dunkers are March 12 when Hoops Fest 18 takes the court at Freedom High School in Woodbridge.

Proceeds from the event, which will now be sponsored by Prince William Today, will go to the family of Chris Yung, the 35-year-old Prince William police officer who died in a New Year’s Eve crash on Va. 28 in Bristow.

Here's the list of this year's participants:


Boys 3-point: Trevor Blondin

Girls 3-point: Teresa Wagner

Two-ball: Misha Jones and Roman Hall

Slam dunk: Terrell Walker



Manassas Park's Douglas Leonard honors late brother at Hoops Fest 18

Whether it was fueled by the emotions he experienced after his brother’s recent unexpected passing or by the estimated hundred three pointers per day he shoots three times a week, the unquestioned storyline of Hoops Fest 18 at Freedom High School was the spectacular performance of Manassas Park’s Douglas Leonard.

Leonard, who finished third in the area with an average of 2.4 3-pointers per game, led all competitors, including two-time defending champion Stephen Brown of Christ Chapel, with 19 points in the preliminaries.

Battlefield’s Trevor Blondin and Brentsville’s Andrew Reighard tied with 16 points and then 11 points in the preliminaries, forcing two shoot offs. In the second shoot off, Blondin made four consecutive treys at one point while scoring 15 points to advance to the final. 

Meanwhile, Leonard, who sank a school record nine three-pointers in a game earlier this year, shook off a bit of a slow start by getting hot at the end, scoring 16 points to win the title. Brown did not advance after scoring 15 in the preliminaries.

Leonard said he was “very inspired” to do well after his brother, Josh Long, a student at Osbourn High, died March 4 after what Leonard said was a bout with the flu.

“I wanted to do well for my brother,” Leonard said. “I wanted to win it for him. I knew there was going to be a lot of pressure [because of Stephen Brown’s status as a two-time winner], that he would come in here and do it really big. But I just wanted to win.”

Leonard may have benefitted from the two shoot offs because Blondin appeared to be laboring in the finals. Blondin missed five straight attempts at one point, while finishing with 13 points.