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Sports Update from Athletic Director Bob Leake -

October 13, 2015

The weather finally cleared and all of the VES athletic teams were back in action this past week. 

The football team won their second game of the year with a 21-6 victory over Hargrave Military Academy on Saturday afternoon. The Bishops won the turnover battle and prevailed on cool and cloudy afternoon. 

Special kudos from the department go out to tennis players Rachael Naumann and Monte Hogan. Both girls traveled to Roanoke on Sunday morning to participate in the BRC singles championships, which involved the top players from each of the BRC teams. Rachael, a senior and the number one player, finished second overall in the tournament. Monte, a junior and number two player for the team, finished third overall in the tournament.

Boys varsity soccer had a nice victory on Saturday against Mountain Mission School – an independent school from Grundy, Virginia, that regularly travels the state playing in weekend contests. The boys controlled the tempo of the game and came out on top 3-0. 

Our cross country team traveled across the street to the Humankind course and ran against Lynchburg’s perennial public school powers EC Glass, Jefferson Forest, Rustburg, and Liberty.  The girls were led by sophomore Kate O’Brien, who finished 2nd overall, and senior Virginia Elam, who finished in the top 10. The girls team earned a second place finish overall. 

Field hockey dropped a tough contest to Covenant 3-0 this past Thursday but rebounded with a solid win against Chatham Hall on Monday afternoon

With Fall Parents’ Weekend just ahead, it will be a busy week on the VES campus as, once again, all of our teams will be action multiple times this week.

VES Now Has Representatives on Four State Committees

In other news, our girls varsity tennis coach, Anna McWane, was appointed to the girls state tennis committee as the Blue Ridge Conference representative this week. In addition, Darko Sedlar serves on the state girls basketball committee, Scott Winston participates on the boys state tennis committee, and AD Bob Leake will chair the girls state soccer committee this spring.

In the most recently released state polls, the Bishops have a number of teams ranked in the state.  State divisions are based on the number of students a school has based on gender in grades 9 through 12. Following are our current rankings:

  • Field Hockey – 8th in Division II
  • Football – 5th in Division III
  • Girls Tennis – 4th in Division II
  • Soccer – 8th in Division II

Meet Our Coaches: Mike Salvia – Varsity Soccer

Mike started at VES in the fall of 2013. He is a 2007 graduate of Utica College, where he majored in mathematics. During his time at Utica he was also a member of the men’s soccer team. Upon graduation Mike returned to his hometown of Liberty, NY, where he began his coaching career. At Liberty High School, Mike coached soccer, basketball, and track and field. After three years in Liberty, Mike was given the opportunity as an assistant basketball coach at The Maret School in the competitive Washington, D.C. area. Along with basketball, Mike also coached soccer and baseball at Maret. Mike spent one year at Maret before he took the boys varsity basketball head coaching position back at Liberty High School. The spring before he came to VES Mike was given the opportunity to coach The Albany City Rocks 17U travel basketball team, which participated in the Nike EYBL. Mike is currently the head boys and girls varsity soccer coach at VES, as well as the assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team.

Athlete of the Week, Female: Rachael Naumann – Girls Tennis

Rachael is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia and plays number one on the girl’s tennis team.  Rachael is in her fourth year as a member of the girl’s tennis team.  She has helped lead the Bishops to a 4th place ranking in the VISAA Division II polls and finished 2nd overall at the BRC singles tennis championships.  Rachael also serves a member of the school’s counselor body. 

Athlete of the Week, Male: Kane McLaughlin – Cross Country

Kane is an ESU student spending the year at VES.  He hails from Londonderry, United Kingdom, and is in his first season of running cross country. Currently Kane is the number two runner on the boys side of the team and, over the course of the season, has lowered his personal best time by more than four minutes.  Kane is enjoying his experience at VES and looks forward to participating in the winter and spring seasons.

Once again I want to thank all of you have been to a contest either here at VES or at an away game. The support of our families has been tremendous and, if the support our fans have brought to the fall season teams continues into the playoffs, it is going to be a great time to be a Bishop.

Please follow all of our teams on and look for the links to the live webcasts when they are available. 

— Bob Leake


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