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Bell Takes VAHS MTB Series’ First Race

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It was a start.

And a heck of a start at that.

The Virginia High School Mountain Bike Race Series, believed to be the first series of its kind in the state and possibly the East Coast, started Tuesday afternoon at the Miller School to rave reviews from veteran high school-aged mountain bikers who’ve been hoping for a competition like this for some time.

Rocktown Racing's Connor Bell from Harrisonburg crossed the finish line as the winner of the first ever Virginia High School Mountain Biking Series race victory.Rocktown Racing’s Connor Bell from Harrisonburg crossed the finish line as the winner of the first ever Virginia High School Mountain Biking Series race victory.Photo: Frank Crocker

“This is really the first of its kind,” said Murray High School student Whit Zirkle. “It’s awesome to see this stuff finally get into play.”

Zirkle checked in at third in the race behind winner Connor Bell, an accomplished young cyclist from Harrisonburg representing Rocktown racing club, and another local product, Chris Keeling, a St. Anne’s-Belfield student racing as part of the Charlottesville Bike Camp team. It was everyone in the field’s first chance to ride in a high school only race and represent their school or club, a fact that wasn’t lost on Keeling.

“It’s really cool to be out here with all these high school kids racing,” Keeling said. “When you think of high school sports, you think of the big sports like football and basketball, but to be out here with all these riders and be able to support your school is a great experience.”

Blue Ridge School, home to an extensive, long-running outdoors program, had an excellent representation, with six riders in the top 25 of the 33-competitor race. Dillon Long was the highest-finishing member of the Blue Ridge contingent checking in at seventh in the race. All 33 riders had the added benefit of a practice lap with professional rider Jeremiah Bishop, a 12-time member of the USA Cycling National Team.

“I’ve always followed (Bishop) on the internet and looked at his Facebook page,” Long said. “To actually see him in real life is pretty cool and he actually gave us a couple of really cool pointers and he’s a nice guy too.”

Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association’s Emily Croft, out of the Tidewater area, grabbed the girls title just in front of Miller School’s Ursula Nelson. The two finished 16th and 17th respectively in the total race.

Bell will take the leader’s jersey, presented to he and Croft as the boys and girls’ current series leader, on to the second race, scheduled for March 31 at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg.

“Overall it was a complete success,” said Miller School Endurance team coach and race director Peter Hufnagel. “The kids had a great team and they raced hard. This was part of the strategic plan, to create a high school mountain bike series, but it came together quick — in about a month.”

The series is scheduled for six total races, culminating with the May 21 Virginia State Championship at Walnut Creek Park in North Garden.

Top 10 finishers in 2011 VAHS MTB Race at Miller School

1. Connor Bell, Rocktown

2. Chris Keeling, Charlottesville Bike Camp

3. Whit Zirkle, Blue Ridge Cyclery

4. Clair Wailzer, Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association

5. Adam Croft, Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association

6. Will Chambers, Miller School

7. Dillon Long, Blue Ridge School

8. Cameron Ritcher, Rocktown

9. Hayden Castle, Blue Ridge School

10. Kyle Ottoway, Miller School

2011 VAHS MTB Race One team finish order at Miller School

1. Rocktown- 20

2. Eastern Virgnia Mountain Biking Association- 28

3. Blue Ridge School- 28

4. Miller School- 31

5. Charlottesville Bike Camp Composite Team- 35

6. Tandem Friends School- 78

Link to the Scrimmage Play article HERE. Link to Scrimmage Play’s  photo gallery HERE. Link to Miller School’s photo gallery HERE.

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March 25, 2011 at 3:34 PM

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Winter Awards Ceremony

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Awards were given to students based on academic and sports achievements. For a slide show of the event click HERE.

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March 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM

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The Girls Basketball team finished the season 25-4 and won the VISAA Division 3 State Tournament for the second year in a row! The team finished ranked #15 in the state by, which rates teams by their strength of schedule, wins and losses. Maxpreps includes all Public and Private schools in the state of Virginia! Congratulations were definitely in order! Click HERE for a slide show of the celebration.

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March 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

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Miller School of Albemarle Coordinates High School Mountain Bike Series

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Virginia’s first interscholastic high school mountain bike series will kick off at the Miller School of Albemarle on March 22, 2011. The series will travel around Virginia and offer middle and high school students the opportunity to race against their peers and compete for both individual and team state titles. Please take some time to read through the website to learn more about the series and the individual races.
For more information click HERE.

Please contact Race Director Peter Hufnagel by email( or phone (434-987-5406) with any questions.

Look for flyers in your local bike shops. Please email us if you would like us to send you flyers in the mail.

To see a slide show of the event, click HERE.

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March 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

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Eighth Grade Student Earns Spot To Compete In National Geography Bee

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In January the Miller School of Ablemarle 8th grade World Geography students all participated in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.  Eight students emerged to the semifinals in front of the whole school.  Those students were Marta Regn, Nate Smith, Ian Kim, Eisen Huang, Lydie Holt, Brooke Henley, Andre Corscia, and Andy Mangham.  Emerging from a very difficult semi-finals round were third place winner, Brooke Henley, second place winner Nate Smith, and first place winner, and the 2011 Miller School Champion, Marta Regn.

Marta then completed an hour and a half written test in only an hour.  Her score sheet was then officially submitted to the state level where she was scored against all other school level champions across the state of Virginia that participated in the contest.  The Miller School of Ablemarle is pleased to announce that Marta Regn of Fluvanna County has earned a spot to compete in the National Geography Bee state level competition for the state of Virginia.

Marta will travel to Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia on Friday, April 1, 2011 in hopes of moving on to the national competition which will be held on May 24 and 25 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, DC.   Should she advance to the final round, featuring Alex Trebek, it will air on the National Geographic Channel on May 25 and then on public television stations, produced by National Geographic Television.

Ms. Regn joined us for eighth grade this fall from Fluvanna County.  Here at Miller she is a day student who was the only eighth grader to make the varsity volleyball team this fall, just about stole the show during her soliloquy as the Abbess at the end of the winter Shakespeare play, A Comedy of Errors, and has twice earned the highest grade point average for her grade so who knows . . . she just may go on to the national level!

Congratulations and good luck, Marta!

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March 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

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Miller Girls Win Second Straight State Championship

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By Brandon Lloyd | Daily Progress correspondent
Published: March 05, 2011


The Miller girls basketball team captured its second straight VISAA Division 3 state title Saturday afternoon with a 53-33 win over Williamsburg Christian Academy at Benedictine High School.

“The pressure is off for at least another year now,” Miller coach James Braxton said jokingly. “I’m very happy with our team, we progressed throughout the season and I’m definitely happy for our seniors as they got to go out with another state title.”

The run at a second consecutive state title came fairly easy for the Mavericks as they won their final 15 games, mostly in dominant fashion. Saturday’s victory was no different. They led from the get go and after hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter, and jumped out to a 29-19 halftime lead.

“We jumped out quick and got ahead,” Braxton said. “We held the tempo to the game and they had a couple of good runs, but we ran our motion offense and took a lot of time off of the clock in the second half.”

Williamsburg Christian wouldn’t go quietly, however. They cut the Maverick lead to six with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter. That would be as close as the Eagles would get as Miller (25-4) put the game away en route to the 20 point win.

Miller’s seniors stepped up big in their final game as Mavericks. Ashley Bowles, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Mavericks with a game-high 16 points and hit four 3-pointers.

“Last year we struggled because we only had about five players,” Bowles said. “It was easier this year because we had more people to sub in and I could take charge when I needed to. This is an amazing feeling and I don’t want to leave this team even though I have to. Hopefully they can keep it going next season without me.”

Fellow senior Kelsey Corcoran chipped in with six points and five rebounds as she earned tournament MVP. Junior Ashley Claybrooks was also named to the all-tournament team after scoring 13 points and pulling down four rebounds.

Williamsburg Christian was led by sophomore Jalynn Ponzo, who scored a team-high nine points.

To see the slide show go HERE.

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March 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM

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Miller School of Albemarle Students to Participate in The Festival of the Book

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The Festival of the Book is part of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and MSA is a sponsor. The following students have been selected by the 17th Annual Festival of the Book to read their work at the “High School Reading” on March 15th.

Andrew Lee reading Pantoumish

Grace Dawson reading My Love Yet Thrives and Ode to a Summer Night

Cindy Dong reading Sonnet

Congratulations to these three students on their wonderful accomplishments!

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March 3, 2011 at 4:19 PM

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