Princess Aghayere is making a name for herself during her sophomore season on the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team.
The 2015 South Lakes High School graduate was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her performances last week on the hardcourt. She posted a career-best 21 points during a Friday victory over Columbia, and followed it up the next day with a 12-point performance in a win over Cornell.
Some of her highlights from the weekend’s action can be seen on the Ivy League Sports YouTube channel.
On the season, Aghayere is averaging 5.6 points per game, tops among the team’s non-starters.
During her career at South Lakes High School, Aghayere earned first-team All-Conference recognition three times, and was second-team All-State twice. She also lettered in cross country and volleyball.
Aghayere is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, on a pre-med track. In a video released by the school earlier this year, she discussed her background and her goals for the future.
The defending Ivy League champions, the Quakers are undefeated (7-0) in conference play so far this season.
Photo via Don E. Felice/PennAthletics.com
The South Lakes High School track teams are once again on the top of the heap in the Liberty Conference. The boys closed out their ninth consecutive title this weekend at the championships in Landover, Maryland, while the girls took their sixth straight.
Junior runner Olivia Beckner, who had already set multiple new records earlier this season, won both the 1,000 meters (2:55.67) and 1,600 meters (5:04.44) in meet-record times. She also won the 3,200 meters (10:47:17) in school and conference record time.
Senior Devyn Jones won the 300 meters in 42.72 and finished third in the 500 meters (1:20.52) and fifth in the triple jump (33-08.75). She won the 55-meters hurdles in conference record time on the first day of the championships, as well as finishing second in the long jump and sixth in the high jump that day.
Jones was part of a SLHS sweep of the 500 meters. The race was won by junior Aly Rayle (1:19.62), followed by freshman Mary Gregory’s second place finish of 1:19.69. Rayle and Gregory teamed with sophomores Sophie Halkett and Cara Hutson to win the 4-by-400 meter relay in 4:09.53.
The Seahawks also won the top three spots in the 1,000 meters with Beckner leading the way, followed by Halkett (3:05.81) and sophomore Jordan Anderson (3:07.76).
On the boys’ side, seniors Timiebi Ogobri and Don’ta Whitley had outstanding performances for the Seahawks.
Ogobri, who successfully defended his 55-meters title on Day 1, won the 300 meters in 36.54. Sophomore Stevie Jones was third (37.19) and Whitley finished fifth (37.43). Ogobri was also fifth in the triple jump (39-04.00) and teamed with Jones, sophomore Nicky Napolitano and junior Carson Frutchey for third in 4-by-200 meter relay (1:35.34). Whitley was second in the triple jump (42-01.75), second in the 500 meters (1:08.61), sixth in the high jump (5-08.00), and teamed with senior Dimarcus Vilcheck and juniors John Eggeman and Houston Nelson for third in the 4-by-400 meter relay (3:38.21).
Senior Peter Sepulveda was third in the 1,600 meters (4:36.57), followed by juniors Alex Loukili (4:37.35, 4th) and Sean Casey (4:38.76, 5th). Loukili ran a 2:40.55 for third in the 1,000 meters while Casey finished fifth with a 2:46.85.
South Lakes will next compete in the 6A North Region Indoor Championship on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
The Cleveland Indians got off to an early lead in Game 1 of the 2016 World Series Tuesday when outfielder Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch to force in the Indians’ second run. The Indians went on to crush the Cubs 6-0 and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
If you are looking for a local guy to cheer for, Guyer’s the one.
Guyer, 30, is a 2004 graduate of Herndon High School, where he also was a star tailback for the Hornets. He is still remembered for scoring seven touchdowns — a school single-game record — in the 2003 Homecoming game against West Potomac.
But back to baseball. Guyer was part of the Hornets 19-4 Concorde District championship squad in 2002, which was the last time Herndon won a district title. As a senior, he had 23 RBI, a .483 batting average and was walked 19 times.
He went on to play at the University of Virginia, and then moved through the minors. He briefly made an appearance with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, hitting a home run in his first at-bat against Baltimore.
By 2014, he was back in the majors for good. In 2015, he led the American League in being hit by the most pitches. The Major League single-game record for being hit by pitches is three, and that has happened to Guyer several times, most recently on April, 21 2016. That’s why they call him “La Piñata.”
Guyer — who is married to former Fox5 sports anchor/reporter Lindsay Murphy — was traded to the Indians on Aug. 1.
Look for Guyer as the series continues Wednesday in Cleveland. Game times is 7 p.m. on Fox5.
Photo courtesy Cleveland Indians
South Lakes High School football coach Trey Taylor was named the Washington Redskins Foundation’s High School Coach of the Week last week — and that was before SLHS earned another victory to improve to 8-0.
The award is given out each week by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Inova Sports Medicine.
The Seahawks earned their biggest victory of the season Oct. 14 with an upset over then-No. 8 Madison. South Lakes then climbed 10 spots in the Washington Post poll. The Seahawks are the No. 8 team now. The team beat Langely 42-14 on Friday.
“Coach Taylor does a great job of helping each of his players recognize their full potential,” Linda Jones, SLHS Director Student Activities, said in a release. “He encourages his players to focus on academics first and to always do the right thing.”
The Redskins and Inova highlight some of Taylor’s accomplishments on and off the field since arriving at SLHS in 2014.
Coach Taylor has used community outreach as an opportunity to advocate team building amongst his student-athletes. Coach Taylor and his players are active in the “Readers Are Leaders” program with Terreset Elementary School and assist with the Reston Youth Association’s football camps and clinics. Players also help South Lakes custodial staff move school furniture before the start of every school year.
All South Lakes football coaches are Heads Up Football certified and emphasize the importance of proper tackling techniques to players. Taylor encourages his players to seek out the assistance of the Athletic Training staff when necessary. Additionally, he holds clinics for youth football coaches on proper techniques.
The High School Coach of the Week program is an NFL-wide initiative designed to recognize area high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their football programs, the health and safety of their players, and who make a difference in their communities.
The Redskins Charitable Foundation has convened a panel of local high school football media experts to provide nominations of deserving high school coaches for consideration and selection.
Each coach chosen throughout the high school football season will receive a $2,000 donation from the Redskins Charitable Foundation to their football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden, Redskins President Bruce Allen and General Manager Scot McCloughan, as well as other giveaway items from the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Inova Sports Medicine.
Coach Trey Taylor at SLHS football practice/file photo
The South Lakes Seahawks toppled No. 8 Madison 21-13 Friday, handing the Warhawks their first loss of the football season and taking the top spot in the Conference 6 standings.
With the victory, the Seahawks, ranked No. 18 by the Washington Post last week, will surely rise in the region-wide standings this week. They are now 7-0 (4-0 Conference 6).
A key play came in the third quarter. With Madison at fourth and goal on the Seahawks 1 yard line, South Lakes’ defense stopped Madison’s Nick Quinto from reaching the end zone.
SLHS coach Trey Taylor called the goal-line stand “one of the greatest I have ever seen.”
The game was WTOP’s “Game of the Week.” Madison had won 15 of its last 16 games, losing only to Chantilly in last year’s playoffs.
Quarterback Devin Miles passed for 232 yards. Spencer Alston ran in all thee of SLHS’ touchdowns.
South Lakes next plays at Langley Friday at 7 p.m.
Photos Courtesy David Cordts
The game is one of three candidates to be WTOP’s “DMV Game of the Week,” and it is depending on reader/listener votes to earn the honor.
WTOP will cover one of three games live Friday — and post interviews, photos, video from the game. the choices are South Lakes-Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt -Wise or top-ranked DeMatha vs. Gonzaga.
Read more about the games and cast your vote on WTOP’s website.
The deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Photo: football/Credit: eteamz.com
Grant shot a 68 on Tuesday, which helped him win the individual medal by eight shots.
As a sophomore in 2015, Grant finished one stroke behind the winner. Grant was also the winner of last week’s Conference 6 tournament at Herndon Centennial Golf Course.
Grant, along with other regional qualifiers move on to the Boys 5A-6A state championships in Mosely, Va., Oct. 10-11.
Read more about Kurtis and see regional tournament pictures in this Washington Post story.
After a 56-18 route of Washington-Lee last week, South Lakes High School’s football team moved up in the Washington Post’s Top 20 Poll.
The 5-0 Seahawks — who were without starting quarterback Devin Miles after he went out with an injury halfway through Friday’s game — are now now No. 19. Last week, the team entered the poll at No. 20.
There are no additional details on Miles’ injury or whether he will be back this week. Coach Trey Taylor says the team does not comment on player injuries for privacy reasons as they are minors.
South Lakes is averaging more than 48 points per game behind the rushing duo of Spencer Alston and Albert Mensah. Read more about them in this Washington Post story.
Next up for South Lakes: Crosstown rival Herndon (1-4) in the annual “Baron Cameron Bowl.” The game is at Herndon Friday at 7 p.m.
South Lakes’ football’s 75-8 victory over McLean on Friday has earned the Seahawks a spot in the Washington Post’s High School Top 20 this week.
South Lakes (4-0) entered the poll at No. 20 based on the performance in which eight different players scored touchdowns and the Seahawks led 61-0 at halftime.
It was the biggest victory since Coach Trey Taylor took over the team prior to the 2014 season. The Seahawks were 8-2 last season, earning a trip to the Virginia 6A North Region Playoffs.
The margin was believed to be the biggest for the school since 1978.
“In general, I am happy with how we have progressed this season form last,” said Taylor. “We have had guys step up and replace players who graduated and we are playing well as a team. We are still a young group and have lots of things we need to fix if we want to improve as a team. That is our focus; we need to be better than last week.”
Leading South Lakes’ effort was junior running back Albert Mensah, who rushed six times for 127 yards (an average of 21.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns; junior wide receiver Chris Ezidinima (33-yard touchdown catch); senior punt returner Andrew Funaki (50-yard return for a TD); junior quarterback Devin Miles (10-yard TD run); junior running back Spencer Alston (two-yard TD run); junior receiver Noah Seneca (13-yard catch); and sophomore running back Xavier May (scoring on runs of six and four yards).
There is still time to register for Saturday’s Susco 8K: Running with Tim.
The race is an annual event that honors Tim Susco, a 1999 South Lakes High School graduate who died of a bran aneurysm in 2007.
The race benefits both brain aneurysm and organ donor awareness. Susco was an organ donor, and his parents have, over the years, met several recipients of Tim’s otherwise-healthy organs.
The race begins at South Lakes High School at 8:30 a.m. There is also a 2K fun run/walk that starts at 8:35 a.m.
Online registration is closed, but you can register at packet pickup at SLHS ($35) Friday night or at the race ($40) Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m.
The course will go through streets near SLHS. Roads will not be completely blocked, but certain lanes will be for runners only. So plan ahead and use caution.
Affected streets include Ridge Heights Road, South Lakes Drive, Twin Branches Road, Glade Drive and Soapstone Drive.
See the full course on the race website.
Jimmy Sosinski of Haymarket was the top finisher at Sunday’s Reston Triathlon.
Sosinski, 34, finished the Olympic distance competition (1,500-meter swim in Lake Audubon; 40k bike ride; and 10k run) in 2:08:04. Last year’s winner, Nathan Rickman, 37, of Fairfax, finished second in 2:08:24.
The top women’s finisher was Claire Wolff, 17, an accomplished swimmer from McLean High School. Wolff finished in 2:25:28. Colleen LaFrance, 31, of Great Falls was second in 2:27:49.
See full results on the 2016 Reston Triathlon results page.
There were several Reston athletes who earned top age group honors. Among them:
- Matthew Stann, 16, second, men 15-19 (2:30:55 )
- Hazel Cimino, 20, first, women 20-24 (3:19:07 )
- Will Sickenberger, 23, first men 20-24 (2:27:14)
- Aaryn Scheid, 28, first, women 25-29 (2:54:50)
- Heather Detwieler, 28, third, women 25-29 (3:11:47)
- Teagan Miller, 25, second, men 25-29 (2:32:25 )
- Carolyn Argetsinger, 32, first, women 3034 (3:04:39)
- Ashley Didion,30, second, women 30-34 (3:08:33)
- Sean Pinkney, 32, first, men 30-34 (2:12:16)
- Sharon Adams, 41, first, women 40-44 (2:30:02)
- Chris Brown, 43, second, men 40-44 (2:23:05)
- Scott Baldwin, 45, first, men 45-49 (2:21:16 )
- Kevin Kunkel, 45, second men 45-49 (2:21:42)
- Sam Scoggin, 55, second, men 55-59 (2:29:14)
- Jeannie Johns, 56, third, women 55-59 (3:10:24)
- Justine Goodman, 62, second, women 60-64 (2:57:27)
- Marcy Foster, 62, third, women 60-64 (3:11:37)
- Paul Hartke, 62, second, men 60-64 (2:49:21)
- Dana Ann Scheurer, 66, first, women 65-69 (3:08:49)
- Patricia Daniellekay, 65, second, women 65-69 (4:22:07)
- Joseph O’Gorman, 68, first, men 65-69 (2:53:56)
- Michael Scheurer, 67, third, men 65-69 (3:48:03)
- David Breese, 70, second, men 70-74 (3:30:09)
- Manfred Boehringer, 70, third, men 70-74 (3:38:57 )
- Antonio Panizza, 77, first, men 75-79 (4:06:36)
- Bob Lambert, 77, second, men 75-79 (4:10:35)
Photo: Reston Triathlon 2016/Credit: Christin Photography for Reston Association.
The Reston Triathlon returns to the streets, trails, track and Lake Audubon on Sunday.
The race is in its 33rd year, born in 1984, when triathlons were a relatively new pursuit. This year’s field includes close to 500 participants who will swim just under a mile, bike 24.86 miles and then run 6.22 miles (10K).
There will be no parking at Lake Audubon on race day. Race officials also say any vehicles parked on Twin Branches near the Lake Audubon Pool will be towed.
The best plan for racers is drive to and park at South Lakes High School/Langston Hughes Middle School and drop off bike/run transition gear at South Lakes High School and ride your bike to the lake. All athletes should plan to be at the lake and ready to swim no later than 6:30 a.m.
The free event is from 4 to 7 p.m. in the SLHS student parking lot.
The block party is SLHS’ back-to-school carnival. There will be reps from various South Lakes student organizations and teams, Reston Association, Reston Community Center and other groups, as well as food and spirit wear for sale.
After the party, stay to watch the Seahawks open the football season against Marshall at 7 p.m. Admission will be charged to enter the game.
South Lakes, under second-year coach Trey Taylor, had a turnaround season in 2015, finishing with a 9-3 record and a trip to the playoffs. The team returns seven offensive starters, including quarterback Devin Miles, as well as six defensive starters.
The 33rd annual Reston Triathlon returns on Sunday, Sept. 11. There are still more than 100 spaces left if you want to enter.
The Reston Triathlon is an Olympic-distance event. The 1,500-meter swim is at Lake Audubon. That’s followed by a 40K bike course, which goes three laps on roads around Reston. Finally, participants finish with a 10K run on Reston paths. The run starts and ends at the South Lakes High School Stadium.
See the course map and information on the Reston Triathlon website.
For added preparation, there will be a swim clinic at Lake Audubon on Sunday, Sept. 4. This is a good opportunity to experience a lake swim so that you know what to expect on Sept. 11, race organizers say. Swim registration will open at 6:30 a.m. The clinic will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. with instructions by the members of the Reston Master’s Swim team.
Clinic swimmers will be permitted to swim a full mile in open water as long as you are out of the water one hour after the start of your wave.The cost for the clinic and refreshments is $15.00 for those with USAT membership and $25 for those without it.
As of Friday, there were 175 spaces remaining for the triathlon. Registration closes on Sept. 6. Cost: Youth (15-19), $80; Adults, $140.
Reston Triathlon 2014/file photo
The fifth-annual race will benefit SLHS’ cross country team. Registration is available online or on race day.
Here is what you need to know if you are trying to get around nearby:
The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at South Lakes High School.
The course will take runners down South Lakes Drive, then to Colt’s Neck Road, Sunrise Valley Drive, Ridge Heights Road and Soapstone Drive before returning to the South Lakes’ track.
The roads will not be completely blocked, but runners will take over the curb lane. That may slow traffic or cause delays, so plan accordingly.
See a map of the course on the race website.