Promising season for the hawks ahead

James Norman

Boys Cross Country
This team was left holes when
then-seniors Caleb Haneline, Peyton
Robinson, Chase Kirby, Cameron Upshaw
and Tyler Hancock graduated.
However, it was left into the hands
of returning varsity runners, and now
captains, senior Grant White and
sophomore Will Chesley. The season
is long and brutal, but they look
to run past it. According to Will, the
team has done pretty well and thinks
that they’re going to come along as
the team goes on through the season.
Girls Cross Country
A State championship appearance
was how the ladies ended their last
season under now Hanover graduate,
Annie Sadler. This time around,
Hanover is led by returning runner
senior Courtney Chenault, senior
Sarah Owen and senior Allison Burns.
They will try to replicate their success
this season. Coach Lauren Hopper
has been added to the coaching
team. Lani Lestourgeon said that the
season has gone “pretty good” so far,
after coming off a win against Glen
Allen and Lee Davis. She said that the
girls team hopes to get back to states
this year.
Field Hockey
The Hawks field hockey team is returning
from a very successful season
and are hoping to go further in the
playoffs this year. Their leading scorer,
senior Michelle Knizner, is coming
off a 25 goal season, but is still having
a season to remember. She currently
has 13 goals seven games into the
season. Their record currently sits at
6-1, are on a six game win streak, and
are undefeated on the road. The team
is coached by biology teacher, Sarah
Womens Volleyball
These ladies are back from their 15-
10 record from last year, and they’re
looking forward to this season. Led
by senior Allie Dry and junior Leila
Haynesworth, they go into the season
looking to avenge their playoff loss
to Glen Allen. They are coached by
mathematics teacher, Karl Lippa.
During last year’s season, the golf
team had two golfers, senior Eric
Alexander and then-senior Evan
Wright, who made the regional tournament.
According to Alexander, the
team has many returning players who
hope to be conference champions by
the end of the season. The golf team is
led by Alexander and history teacher
Chris Pace is the current coach.
Mens Volleyball
The triple threat of seniors Ben
Anderson, Eliott Sledd and John Atwood
lead this year’s squad as they attempt
to rise up the conference rankings.
Coached by Hillary Cassill, they
currently sit at 2-3. According to Atwood,
an outside hitter, the team has
battled some injuries, but will come
back to speed up their pace of the offense.
The Hawks this year are younger
and stronger than other year’s squads.
There is an abundance of youth on
the roster, starting with quarterback
Clayton Cheatham. Last season they
ended with a 6-6 overall record, but
currently sit at 3-0 going into the
end of September. They’re coached
by Derek Stoudt, who is entering his
sixth year of coaching Hanover.


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