Tonight the Lady Spartans will play for the Patriot District Championship. They will play their district rival, TC Williams, who they have already beaten twice this season in close games. Tonight's match up is a replay of last year's match-up which saw the Spartans put four girls on the line on the district's All Tournament Team.
West Springfield High School considers their players Lady Spartan Superheroes. But instead of a cape, these Superheroes wear white uniforms, high tops, and keep the high school safe from opponents.
West Springfield will graduate one of its best class of girls basketball players in a decade. Two of those players will go on to play Division I college basketball while the other two are valedictorians.
Logan Battle is one of the top five female basketball players in Northern Virginia. Most Valuable Player in the Virginia High School Northern Region last year, she was will play for Georgetown University after graduation. Logan, who hit 1000 points as a senior, is a McDonald's All-American nominee and has been on the Washington Post All-Met list throughout this season. She is currently ranked 59th nationally for the Class of 2012.
An All-Met First-Team selection as a junior, April Robinson spent most of this season on the bench with a high ankle sprain. However, she’s back on the hardwood, quarterbacking a team that she has started on all four years of high school. April hit 1000 points as a junior and has been the Patriot District MVP for the past two years. Her student fans voted her West Springfield High School’s “Most Athletic Girl” for the senior class. She is headed to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh after graduation.
Jordan Miller has not made a college choice yet, but she has already earned almost $100,000 in college scholarships thanks to her SAT score and her 4.2 GPA. Jordan is being heavily recruited by virtually every Divion III school in the region, including The University of Mary Washington, which is currently ranked 8th in the nation. Christopher Newport University, The University of Scranton, Shenandoah University, Bridgewater College, Roanoke College, and Lynchburg College are all standing in line and coming to games trying to win her favor. UVA’s Division 2 school, UVA-Wise, is also considering her. Jordan is a member of the National Honor Society and Quill & Scroll Honor Society, a regular volunteer for the USO, a Section Editor for the Yearbook, and the Editor in Chief of the school newspaper. Jordan was a Patriot District All-Tournament selection and All-District Second-Team selection last year.
Sixth Man, Emily Esau, has her pick of several top colleges. With a 4.2 GPA and an SAT over 2000, she has her pick of the litter when it comes to the engineering school she would like to attend. Already, Clemson and the University of South Carolina have said they want her; and UVA and Virginia Tech have already asked her to join their Honor Roll. In addition to playing Varsity basketball for 3 years, she is also on the West Springfield girls Varsity soccer team.
The Lady Spartans made it to the Final Four state high school championship last year thanks to the effort of the Robinson, Battle, and Miller. The trio is perhaps the best in the county.
Contributed to Burke Patch by Diana Trawick Miller.