Katrine Berg, Julia Berg and Kate DeJong scored goals during the Western Albemarle girls soccer team’s 3-1 victory over Brentsville District in the VHSL Class 3 state championship game in Salem earlier this month.
The senior trio, along with sophomore midfielder Ellie Cox, were named to the VHSL all-state team on Thursday. All four players received first-team honors.
Katrine Berg scored a team-high 30 goals and added five assists as the Warriors claimed their third straight state championship. Julia Berg finished with nine goals and five assists, while DeJong added three goals and a helper from her defender position.
Cox tallied five goals and three assists for Western Albemarle. Sophomore midfielder Cordelia O’Connell, who tallied three goals and an assist, was a second team all-state performer.
Monticello also was well-represented on the all-state team, led by Coach Thomas Warren, who was named state coach of the year. The fifth-year coach guided the Mustangs to a regional championship and the program’s first berth in the Class 3 state semifinals.
Senior forward Kayla Burton was one of six Monticello players to garner all-state honors, including four first team all-state performers. Burton scored a team-high 29 goals to lead the Mustangs. Senior midfielder Cami Hoke and junior defender Taylor Emmert and sophomore defender Macy Drumheller were also first-team honorees.
Freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Craddock and sophomore defender MaKenzie Scheel were second team all-state performers.
Players from Fluvanna County and William Monroe also were honored.
Freshman midfielder Cristina Valladares was a first-team selection for the Flucos, while William Monroe sophomore forward Sydney Dombrovskis and senior midfielder Anna Baker and senior defender Stacey Calderon-Castillo were second-team selections for the Greene Dragons.
Warriors dominate Class 3 selections
The Western Albemarle boys soccer team knocked off a pair of one-loss teams en route to their second Class 3 state championship in three years earlier this month.
The Warriors were rewarded further for their stellar season on Thursday as six players and a coach garnered all-state honors.
Senior forward Carter Spilman, junior midfielder Colby Wren, sophomore defender Lachlan Murphy and junior netminder Jack Frey were named first team all-state performers.
Spilman scored a team-high 27 goals, including 15 in the postseason and had more than 10 assists for the Warriors. Wren was an effective playmaker in the midfielder, while Murphy and Frey formed the nucleus of a defense that registered six clean sheets on the season.
Coach Milo Oakland was recognized as the Class 3 Coach of the Year.
Senior forward Gabe Nafziger and senior midfielder Clay Bright were second team all-state performers for the Warriors.
Fluvanna County also was represented on the all-state team as junior forward Emory Davis and senior midfielder Kamden Shephard were named to the second team.
Starr named all-state performer
Daniel Starr was the driving force offensively for the Albemarle boys soccer team in 2018 during its run to the Class 5 state championship.
The Virginia Tech signee continued to improve his offensive prowess this past spring to once against earn all-state honors. The senior forward scored a team-high 26 goals and added 15 assists to earn Class 5 first team all-state honors.
Aidan Shell also garnered all-state honors for the Patriots. The junior defender scored three goals and assisted on three others to secure second team all-state honors. He also was part of a backline that registered nine clean sheets on the season.
Smith, Meissner headline lacrosse team
Cassie Smith was an offensive dynamo for the Monticello High School girls lacrosse team as it captured the Region 4D championship.
The junior midfielder scored 87 goals and added 38 assists to finish with a team-high 125 points this season en route to earning Class 4 first team all-state honors.
Smith was joined on the first team by teammate Tara Meissner. The junior defender finished with two goals and two assists and recorded 21 ground balls to earn top honors for Monticello.
Senior forward Meghan Walin tallied 33 goals and two assists and senior midfielder Josie Mallory added 50 goals and five assists for the Mustangs. Junior defender Dasha Kinlaw tallied 21 groundballs and forced nine turnovers as all three players earned second-team honors.
Mattie Shearer was instant offense for Western Albemarle this season as the Warriors advanced to the Class 4 state championship game.
Sophomore forward Libby Carbo, senior defender Annie Meenan and senior goalkeeper Kate Thomas were second-team, all-state selections for Western Albemarle.
Lesemann named all-state
Jack Lesemann showed his versatility as an all-around talent for the Western Albemarle lacrosse team. Whether it was pitching in to add another scoring option on offense and anchoring the defense, he was the unquestioned leader of the Warriors.
Those qualities were recognized Wednesday as the junior defender was named a Class 4 first-team, all-state squad.
Junior attackman Sam Stalfort and junior goalkeeper Will Stalfort were second-team honorees for the Warriors.