June 26 - The postseason accolades continue to pile up for the area’s two Virginia High School League state championship teams.
Lake Braddock’s John Thomas and Lyle Miller-Green were named the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively, after leading the Bruins (26-3) to the Class 6 title earlier this month, the program’s second state championship and first since 2012. Stafford’s Tommy Harrison and Mike Tolson, meanwhile, claimed the same awards after guiding the Indians (24-3) to the Class 5 title, the first in program history.
Miller-Green hit .435 with a .592 on-base percentage, 12 home runs and 28 RBI and was 6-0 with five saves, a 1.24 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 56.1 innings to lead a Class 6 first-team that also includes West Springfield senior catcher David Giorgis, Lake Braddock senior shortstop Bobby Leitzel, Fairfax senior third baseman Dylan Wilkinson, Centreville junior outfielder Thomas Trinca, Colgan junior outfielder Ryley Johnson, West Potomac senior pitcher Jimmy Curley and Westfield senior pitcher Joe Clancy.
Also joining Tolson, who was 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 77 innings, as Class 5 first-team picks were two Stafford outfielders - sophomore Elijah Lambros and senior Caleb McAlister - as well as Stone Bridge senior outfielder Paul Moore and Broad Run junior Ethan Snyder, who was chosen as the designated hitter.
Four Northern Virginia players were picked as Class 4 first-team selections: Riverside senior pitcher Gunner Canary, senior outfielder Sajon Belser and senior catcher John Heltebran, and Kettle Run junior Joe Vogatsky, who was chosen as a third baseman. The lone area player picked as a Class 3 first-team selection was Spotsylvania senior Trevor Croson, who was chosen as the utility player.
Five of the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team selections were named as first-team selections: Miller-Green, our Player of the Year, as well as Tolson, Clancy, Leitzel and Johnson. Westfield sophomore Nick Lottchea and Battlefield senior Zach Agnos were Class 6 second-team picks, while Potomac Falls junior Nate Savino and Potomac junior Braden Mack earned Class 5 second-team honors
Photos of, from left, Lake Braddock’s John Thomas and Lyle Miller-Green by Gregg Zelkin, Stafford’s Mike Tolson courtesy of Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, and Tommy Harrison courtesy of Stafford Baseball