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Jamestown Overcomes Slow Start to Defeat York
May 8, 2015 | By Chris Weber
York’s David Brewster opened Friday afternoon’s game against Jamestown with gusto, blasting a two-run shot over the left-field fence.
York’s dugout celebrated, and it appeared the Falcons were set for a competitive matchup with one of the Bay Rivers District’s top teams, Jamestown.
The next six innings did not follow suit, as Jamestown starting pitcher Corey Williams settled into a dominant performance. The Eagles offense kicked into gear, easing the hosts to a comfortable 6-2 win Friday afternoon.
“Great win top to bottom for our guys. Good pitching, and we executed our small ball well. We moved some guys over and drove them in,” Jamestown coach Mike Kuebler said. “We did really well manufacturing runs with outs, not just hitting station to station.”
Softball Roundup: York Pitching Stifles Jamestown
May 8, 2015 | By Chris Weber and WYDaily Staff
A month after two York pitchers combined to throw a perfect game against Jamestown, York coach Ashley Meredith named Maddi Capps the starter in hopes of a similar result in Friday afternoon’s rematch with the Eagles.
Capps did not disappoint, turning in four shutout innings and allowing a single run through five innings to help York to a 10-3 win over Jamestown.
Capps and Molly Rogerson, who pitched the final two innings, held the Eagles (2-14) to just three hits and three unearned runs.
“Maddi did a great job,” Meredith said. “We’re pretty deep on the pitching staff, so it was nice to give her a shot and let her see what it’s like, and for us to see how she handles almost a full game.”
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Softball: Grafton Edges York Thanks to Sprouse Home Run
May 6, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Grafton’s Kayley Cox and York’s Chelsea Evans looked to be settling into a pitchers’ duel Wednesday night.
Cox opened with a three-up, three-down first inning before retiring seven batters in quick succession in the second and third innings.
Evans kept pace and, after facing four batters in the first inning, retired three batters in each of the ensuing four innings.
Slowly, though, the batters found their stride. Evans helped her own cause in the fourth inning, using a RBI double to plate the first run of the game and give York a one-run lead.
Coming off four consecutive three-and-out innings, Grafton’s Christa Hall made the most of an infield hit and beat the throw to first. Jessie Sprouse then stepped to the plate.
Baseball Roundup: Gabe Simmons Stifles Grafton Batters in Win
May 6, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Behind a dominant pitching performance and a number of manufactured runs, York topped visiting Grafton, 8-3, Wednesday night.
Gabe Simmons allowed just one run over six innings to earn the win, helping the Falcons improve to 9-6 on the season.
“He changed speeds, located very well and the defense played very well behind him,” York Coach Rusty Ingram said. “When he came out, it was 8-1. He just really stayed within himself tonight, and located his pitches real well.”
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Baseball Roundup: Tabb Edges Lafayette in Tight Contest
April 28, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Tabb’s one-run decision over Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon carried a little more weight than a typical Bay Rivers District rivalry game.
Tabb Coach Dale Marn said he’s all too familiar with Lafayette, having coached alongside Coach Rick Schenk before took over the Rams program.
“It’s a rivalry, but obviously a very friendly one. We love to play against each other,” Marn said. “He likes to beat me and I like to beat him, but it’s always good-natured and a lot of fun.”
Marn’s Tigers (8-5) earned a tight 3-2 win over Schenk’s Rams (8-3), winners of five consecutive heading into Tuesday. The Tigers scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.
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New Quarter Park to Celebrate Volunteers, Anniversaries Saturday
April 28, 2015 | By Chris Weber
When York County acquired 545 acres between Queens Lake and Cheatham Pond in 1976, the county knew it now owned a property rife with natural beauty and historical significance.
The county also knew it would need to dedicate the land to recreation, per the deal it struck when it acquired the property. New Quarter Park soon opened with little fanfare in 1985.
York County did not, however, know how much attention the park would gather from volunteer and recreation groups across the region.
Hiking and mountain bike trails cropped up, while conservancy groups worked to preserve natural habitat. Archaeology, disc golf and even the North American Chapter of the British Longbow Society found a place within the park.
To keep pace with the growing interest, the county added an office, restrooms, full staff and regular hours by 2005.
“It’s really the volunteers who keep this park as active and engaging as it is,” said Sara Lewis, New Quarter Park interpreter. “It would just be a piece of earth without these groups.”
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Boys Soccer Roundup: York and Grafton Play to Intense Draw
April 23, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Rather than storm the field or cheer in celebration, exhausted players from both York and Grafton collapsed on the field when the final whistle blew Thursday night.
In a matchup of the Bay Rivers District top teams, neither regulation nor overtime could separate York (10-0-1) and Grafton (6-0-3). Both the Falcons and Clippers remain unbeaten thanks to the 2-2 draw at Bailey Field.
York rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to tie the game late in the second half. Two scoreless overtime periods, though, denied both teams sole possession of the district’s top spot.
“I think it was a great game locally,” Grafton Coach Johnny Yu said. “Keeping it exciting.”
High-paced, technical and physical play kept a raucous crowd engaged for 90 minutes, while both Yu and York Coach Ryan Hagerty anxiously paced the sideline throughout the night.
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Girls Soccer Roundup: Jamestown Cruises Past Bruton
April 22, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Seven different players scored for Jamestown on Wednesday night, helping pace a 7-0 decision over visiting Bruton.
The Eagles (4-2-2) picked up where they left off in Monday’s win over Lafayette. Over the last 160 minutes, Jamestown has built a +10 goal differential.
“I really like the way our team is coming together,” Jamestown Coach Michelle Dawson said. “Bruton, I really have to give them credit. They didn’t stop, all the way to the end.”
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Softball Roundup: Bruton Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak With Win Against Lafayette
April 21, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Bruton snapped a four-game skid and eased by Lafayette in the process Tuesday night. The final scoreline, 6-2, mirrors the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the season.
The Panthers (3-7) scored three runs in the first and third innings while the Rams, still winless, managed a run apiece in the first and fourth inning.
For first-year Coach Tim Jones, the loss hides Lafayette’s progress. Jones said that, at the least, they had not lost any ground since their first matchup with Bruton.
“It’s always a work in progress, and we’ll be back to the drawing board tomorrow,” Jones said. “Haven’t gotten that win yet, but wins aren’t everything.”
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Softball Roundup: Rochard Strikes Out 10 Batters During Warhill Blowout Win
April 15, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Warhill knew Wednesday’s opponent all too well. A season ago, Colonial Heights cut the Lions’ season short in the Conference 25 quarterfinal courtesy of a 4-0 decision.
A repeat was not in the making, however, as Warhill flipped the script behind Keely Rochard’s complete game and an offensive showcase.
Rochard struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on five hits while the Lions (6-1) racked up 16 hits in the six-inning, 11-1 win.
“We wanted to beat them because they’re such a great team and last year we ended a little earlier than we wanted to,” said Olivia Schulz, who went 3-for-4 and scored a run. “We wanted to come out and prove a point.”
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Girls Soccer: Pokorny’s Goal Proves Enough for Lafayette Against Grafton
April 14, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Lafayette’s (4-0) lone goal proved the difference in a rain-soaked contest against Grafton (3-3) Tuesday night at Wanner Stadium.
Seven minutes into the contest, Rams midfielder Hannah Potter gained possession, turned up field and saw teammate Carson Pokorny flashing by the Clippers back line.
A well-timed through ball hit Pokorny in stride seconds before Pokorny’s chip shot beat the onrushing Grafton keeper.
The connection added to an on-field relationship that dates back to both Potter and Pokorny’s childhood. Both play for a Richmond-based travel team, and the chemistry paid dividends Tuesday night.
“We have a really good connection. I’ve known her since she was a baby,” Pokorny said. “She played me a little slip ball over the top, which is my favorite, and we capitalized on it.”
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Home Runs Propel Grafton Past Warhill
April 1, 2015 | By Chris Weber
A pair of home runs helped Grafton power past Warhill 4-2 on the road Thursday afternoon.
The Clippers (3-2) jumped out to a two-run lead in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run shot from Ryan McDonald.
“He had just thrown me a ball in the dirt, so I was thinking he’s going to come back with a fastball and I was just going to wait for it,” McDonald said. “I made good contact on it, basically a dinger.”
Softball Roundup: Warhill Offense Explodes in Historic Win Against Grafton
April 2, 2015 | By Chris Weber
With an unrelenting performance from its defense, offense and pitching, Warhill ended Grafton’s perfect start to the season and made history in the process.
The Lions’ 9-1 win Thursday night marked the squad’s first against the Clippers in school history.
Pitcher Keely Rochard threw a complete game and allowed just four hits.
The Lions, meanwhile, tallied 14 hits, including a grand slam and a two-run shot, in a dominating performance.
“It was important for the girls to prove we can hang with girls people thought we couldn’t hang with before,” Warhill Coach Meredith Powell said.
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Soccer Roundup: Two First-Half Goals Lead Grafton Over Jamestown
April 1, 2015 | By Chris Weber and WYDaily Staff
A pair of late first-half goals sent the Grafton boys soccer team past Jamestown 2-1 at Wanner Stadium on Tuesday.
The match mimicked last season’s Conference 19 Championship, where the Clippers advanced past the Eagles by the same score.
“That’s what Bay Rivers soccer is. All these kids know each other, they play together on the same teams year round,” Jamestown coach Bobby O’Brien said. “Sometimes what’s perceived as the best team on paper isn’t going to be the best team on the field.”
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Boys Soccer Roundup: Late Penalty Kick Goal Lifts Princess Anne Over Lafayette
March 24, 2015 | By WYDaily Staff
Gustavo Marsillac’s late penalty-kick conversion gave Princess Anne a 1-0 win over Lafayette at Wanner Stadium on Tuesday night.
With less than four minutes remaining, a Lafayette (2-1) defender took down a Princess Anne player from behind, prompting the head referee to grant the penalty try. Rams keeper David Domalski guessed correctly but could not do anything to stop Marsillac’s near-perfect placement.
“The keeper was to one side, and I knew he couldn’t dive all the way to the other side,” Marsillac said. “So I went upper-90.”
The lone goal masked a largely quiet evening for Domalski. Lafayette turned in a strong first-half performance and, despite an unorganized and disheveled second half, limited Princess Anne to a handful of legitimate scoring opportunities.
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Jamestown Girls Soccer Drops 2-0 Contest to Blacksburg
March 20, 2015 | By Chris Weber
A pair of early goals helped defending 3A girls soccer state champions Blacksburg beat Jamestown 2-0 at Wanner Stadium on Friday night.
Blacksburg’s Jessi Wollmann scored twice in a 15-minute span, creating an advantage the Eagles could not overcome.
“I thought we actually played pretty well,” Jamestown coach Kevin Dawson said. “It was a great opponent. I love playing teams like this early in the year — it gets us ready for districts.”
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Lafayette Cruises Against Bruton in Season Opener
March 17, 2015 | By Chris Weber
The defending Bay Rivers District champions picked up where they left off last season, as Lafayette (1-0) downed Bruton (0-1) at the Warhill Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon in a 10-3 game.
The Rams scored multiple runs in three innings while the Panthers, winless over the past two seasons, were held scoreless in all but the sixth inning. Lafayette outhit Bruton 11-8 and had six different players score during an efficient offensive performance.
“We haven’t seen live pitching. It’s easier when one of our coaches is throwing,” Lafayette head coach Rick Schenk said. “I thought the at-bats they took were very good. They went to the opposite field like they should and drove it up the gaps.”
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Lafayette Girls Soccer Blanks Lakeland in Season Opener
March 16, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Having run just a half-dozen full practices, Lafayette girls soccer Head Coach Kevin Nealer had reason to worry heading into Monday night’s season-opener at Cooley Field.
But Lafayette (1-0) showed no signs of rust, beating Lakeland 4-0.
“We wanted to work in a couple of scrimmages, and those didn’t happen,” Nealer said. “The time on the field just wasn’t there.”
Instead, on-field adjustments picked up where preseason training fell short. The Rams capitalized on two first-half penalties before netting two more in the second half.
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Tribe Men’s Basketball Falls Short of CAA Title, Loses to Northeastern
March 9, 2015 | By Chris Weber
BALTIMORE — William & Mary stood just 40 minutes from a historic conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.
Then William & Mary went cold. Atypically cold.
The Tribe shot less than 40 percent for only the third time this season. The Northeastern Huskies took advantage and, alongside a 60 percent shooting performance, claimed the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title with a 72-61 win.
“It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what happened today, but I think in its simplest form, one team executed really well and one didn’t,” Tribe coach Tony Shaver said. “We got really out of character today, as a ballclub, and we didn’t guard the ball very well defensively.”
Northeastern’s win, its first CAA tournament title, sends the Huskies back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991.
Meanwhile, William & Mary remains a member of the Forgotten Five — a group of Division I schools to never have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The upcoming NIT berth did little to dampen the disappointment.
“It’s good for us, you know, another national tournament,” Thornton said. “Obviously not our main goal, so I’m disappointed with that.”
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Dixon’s Last-Second 3-Pointer Advances Tribe Men’s Basketball to CAA Final
March 8, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Don’t mind the conference-record 37 points from senior guard Marcus Thornton. Don’t mind sophomore guard Omar Prewitt’s career-high 33 points.
Sunday afternoon’s Colonial Athletic Association semifinal game came down to one shot, and it didn’t come from Thornton or Prewitt.
Down two, with 8.3 seconds left in the second overtime, Thornton drove down the court, cut left and rose for what seemed the potential game-winner.
Just before the shot left his hands, Thornton dished to his left and found sophomore guard Daniel Dixon. Without hesitation, Dixon drained the shot and sent the Tribe to Monday night’s Colonial Athletic Association Championship against Northeastern.
“What a big play for Daniel Dixon, my gosh. He’s playing on one leg,” Coach Tony Shaver said. “He’s playing on pure guts right now, one leg out there.”
Dixon, who returned from a hamstring injury late in the season, scored seven points total in the 50 minutes of game time. Shrugging off a 1 of 6 shooting performance, Dixon’s final three points proved the most important.
“I just trusted it,” Dixon said of the shot.
Click here to relive the game, including video of Dixon’s game-winning shot, through our courtside updates from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
The win returns the top-seeded Tribe (20-11) to the conference title game for the second time in as many seasons and fourth appearance since 2008. A win Monday night would secure a bid to the NCAA Tournament — the college is one of five Division I teams to have never advanced to the Big Dance.
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Boys Basketball Roundup: Historic Triangle Teams Fall in Regional Playoffs
March 4, 2015 | By Chris Weber
With 11.1 seconds remaining, Bruton had all but won their 2A East Regional quarterfinal matchup with visiting Strasburg.
It did not matter that Strasburg’s Noah St. Clair had just hit a straight-away three to tie the game at 44 because, seconds after the shot dropped, St. Claire sent Bruton’s Jalen Carr to the line.
Carr’s attempt went long, and classmate Daniel Jones hauled in the rebound. Jones was fouled on the put-back attempt. Two shots upcoming, 9.3 seconds to go.
Then it began to unravel.
Jones missed both free throws. Strasburg collected the rebound and his outlet pass found Trevin Howard on the right side of the court, who outran the Panthers’ Shaquan Edwards before cutting inside. Howard put up an off-balance prayer of a shot, and it fell as time expired.
Bruton slowly walked off the court as Strasburg piled on Howard.
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Boys Basketball Roundup: Strong First Quarter Leads Walsingham Over Hargrave
February 24, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Walsingham Academy put on a clinic in the first quarter Tuesday night en route to a dominant 75-53 win of Hargrave Military Academy in the first round of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) State Tournament.
The seventh-seeded Trojans opened on a 16-0 run that led to a 28-9 first quarter advantage. Despite an even second quarter and second half, Hargrave could not cut into the deficit.
Walsingham’s Kai Brown scored the opening points with a transition lay-up off a Hargrave turnover to set the tone early.
Over the next three minutes, the Trojans tallied four steals, forced numerous turnovers and capped the sequence with Richard Washington’s two-handed dunk.
The offense seemingly could not miss, and the defense — playing in a full-court pressure set — left the Tigers little room for error. A 3-pointer from Hargrave’s Riggs Jordan ended the run, but not before the Trojan’s tallied 16 points from four different players.
What followed in the next three quarters left Walsingham frustrated.
Girls Basketball Roundup: Seaman, Barnes Pace Walsingham in State Tourney Win
February 24, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Walsingham Academy had not won an Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) state game since 2008, but that changed behind Stephanie Seaman’s game-high 21 points Tuesday night.
The seventh-seeded Trojans ran away from visiting Eastern Mennonite in the second and third quarters during a 56-40 win in the first-round of the state tournament.
“It was a really good team effort,” Seaman said. “We’d lost some games, so we wanted to come back really strong, and we did.”
Seaman, who came alive in the second half, helped spark the Trojan’s double-digit win.
After a slow first quarter that saw a 7-0 Eastern Mennonite run, Walsingham responded with a 21-point second quarter and 16-point third quarter to clinch the win.
A driving Seaman lay-up brought Walsingham within a possession of the lead early in the second quarter. Career 1,000-point scorer Ashley Barnes then stepped to the line and drained two free throws to regain the lead with 6:16 left before the break. Seaman and Barnes sparked a 9-0 run, and the Trojans never relinquished control.
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Walsingham Escapes Bishop Sullivan
February 14, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Walsingham Academy (21-5, 7-2) withstood Bishop Sullivan’s furious second-half rally and a waived-off go-ahead buzzer beater to escape with a 56-55 win Friday night.
With less than four seconds remaining, Walsingham Academy’s Kai Brown stepped to the free-throw line to essentially seal the win. The first attempt missed right, though, and Bishop Sullivan’s Lance Tebay brought the ball upcourt, unleashed a halfcourt heave that, for a second, seemingly won the game. Tebay and the Crusaders watched in disbelief as the referee waived off the shot.
Girls Basketball Roundup: Ashley Barnes Scores 23 to Lift Walsingham over Bishop Sullivan
February 13, 2015 | By WYDaily Staff
Walsingham Academy (13-10, 3-5) followed Ashley Barnes’ lead in a 48-41 Senior Night win over Bishop Sullivan on Friday night.
Barnes, a career 1,000-point scorer, hit from everywhere en route to a 12-point first quarter. Bishop Sullivan managed 12 points as a team and fell into an early deficit, but A strong second quarter brought the visitors to within a point, 27-26, at the break.
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Basketball Roundup: Warhill Girls Defeat Lafayette; Tabb Solidifies First Place in Bay Rivers
February 10, 2015 | By Chris Weber
Seven players scored in double figures, but defense decided Tuesday night’s outcome.
Warhill’s (15-5, 12-5 Bay Rivers District) zone held Lafayette’s attack in check as the Lions earned a 67-54 Bay Rivers District win that helped Tabb clinch the Bay Rivers District regular season title.
“It’s a big win, it’s an important win especially after we fell down a little bit against Jamestown. We made more pressure for ourselves by what happened the other night,” Warhill coach Bingo Brungot said. “The girls stepped up.”
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Boys Basketball Roundup: Murillo’s Late 3 Helps Clippers Sink Panthers
February’s 6, 2015 | By WYDaily Staff
Grafton had answers all night, but none bigger than Jacob Murillo’s 3-pointer from the left wing with just over a minute to play.
Prior to Murillo’s shot, three consecutive Grafton turnovers fed an 8-0 Bruton run late in Friday night’s Bay Rivers District matchup.
Bruton drew within four points, 43-39, with 2:35 remaining. With momentum and, seemingly, the game slipping away, Murillo came off a high screen on the left wing and drained a deep 3-pointer.
The gymnasium erupted, and Bruton did not have an answer. An Isaiah Moore breakaway dunk for Grafton erased any lingering hopes of a comeback as the Clippers topped visiting Bruton, 48-43. The win moves Grafton into first place with three games remaining in its district schedule.
“I just trusted [Jacob Kiedinger] to throw a good pass and when I got it I just let it go,” Murillo said. “I was excited for the team. We deserve a win like that.”
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Boys Basketball Roundup: Bruton, Grafton Hold Steady in First Place
January 30, 2015 | By WYDaily Staff
Bruton’s 21-9 run in the second quarter proved enough Friday night, as the Panthers held off a late rally to top Bay Rivers District rival Jamestown 70-63.
Grafton’s win over York means Bruton retains a share of the district lead.
“It was a great win. We needed this win,” Bruton coach Brenner Carter said. “We started out in the first half with a lot of energy, and that’s something we haven’t really done in a while.”
After Jalen Carr hit a runner in the lane to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter, Bruton (14-1, 12-1 Bay Rivers District) pounded the defensive glass and executed the fast break to near perfection in the second quarter.
Zack Calloway scored seven of his 12 points during the eight-minute run, while Carr and Shaquan Edwards — who finished with 15 on the night — each added five points during the stretch. As if to emphasize Bruton’s dominance, Carr hit another buzzer beater just before the half as a deep trey fell.
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Basketball Roundup: Lafayette, Tabb Sit Atop Bay Rivers Standings After Wins
January 29, 2015 | By Ty Hodges, Chris Weber
With a share of the Bay River District top spot on the line, Warhill held a one-point lead over visiting Tabb with three minutes, 38 seconds remaining Thursday night.
Enter Tamia Smith.
The sophomore guard drained a 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark, her fourth of the night.
After Tabb’s Raven Royal and Warhill’s Olivia Schulz traded baskets, Smith capped a 5-of-5 performance from beyond the arc, effectively clinching the win with 2:34 left on the clock.
Three free throws later, Smith’s game-high 22nd point secured the Tigers’ second win over Warhill this season, 46-38. The win moves Tabb (13-4, 11-3 Bay Rivers District) into a first-place tie with Lafayette.
“They’re a really good team, they’re really well coached and anytime we get to play a game like that it’s fun,” Tabb coach Jason Clarke said. “We were fortunate to come out of here with the win.”
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WCA Girls, Boys Basketball Sweep Double-Header Against Atlantic Shores (w/ Photo Gallery)
December’s 10, 2014 | By Chris Weber
The defending Metro Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament champions did not miss a beat against Atlantic Shores Christian School on Tuesday night.
Junior Imani Bryant led Williamsburg Christian Academy with a game-high 21 points as the Eagles downed the visiting Seahawks 47-25.
With a seven-point lead in hand at the break, Williamsburg Christian Academy figured to face more pressure in the second half.
Visiting Atlantic Shores obliged, implementing a relentless press throughout the third and fourth quarters. Still, the defending Metro Atlantic Region regular season and tournament champions prevailed, as the Eagles topped the Seahawks 60-51 on Tuesday night.
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Football: Lafayette Beats W. Albemarle to Reach 3A State Championship
December 6, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Lafayette followed a one-game-at-a-time mentality throughout the season, working their way through the Bay Rivers District and Group 3A competition seemingly with ease.
Now, following Saturday’s 3A state semifinal win, head coach Andy Linn doesn’t anticipate anything different entering next week’s 3A State Championship.
“It doesn’t change,” Linn said. “One more.”
The Rams (14-0) built 27-point halftime advantage and withstood a fourth-quarter rally to beat Western Albermarle, 33-14, at Wanner Stadium. The win sends Lafayette to the state final for the fourth time in program history.
“It’s great for these kids,” Linn said. “I think it’s great for Lafayette football, I think it’s great for our region, this side of the state – you know, everyone says this side of the state can’t play football – so I think it’s great for all of those things. But it’s really great for these kids.”
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Warhill Girls Volleyball Captures School’s First State Championship
November 22, 2014 | By Chris Weber
They danced between sets and didn’t stop dancing after the final point.
Warhill topped Cave Spring, 3-1, in the 3A State Final at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on Saturday, securing the first state championship in the school’s seven-year history. Coach Greg Koon lifted the trophy to the crowd, culminating a one-loss season for the Lions.
“It was a lot better than last year,” Greg Koon said of returning after last season’s five-set loss in the final. “It’s a good feeling. We had a big fan base, which I was glad to see, and it was kind of my way of saying, ‘This is for you for all of the support you guys have given us all year. These girls here played their hearts out tonight, they earned this, and we’ll display this in your house back in Williamsburg.’”
Led by Wichita State-commit and Region 3A East Player of the Year Alex Koon, the Lions overcame a first set loss (20-25) to win the next three sets (25-13, 25-19, 25-18). Cave Spring couldn’t regain its first-set success, struggling defensively the rest of the way.
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Lafayette Football Routs Hopewell to Advance to Region Semifinal
November 21, 2014 | By Chris Weber
If last week’s 52-6 win over Huguenot was a statement, call Friday’s 59-0 decision a declaration.
Lafayette scored on offense, special teams and defense while also forcing three turnovers in a dominating performance at Wanner Stadium in the second round of the Virginia High School League playoffs.
Senior quarterback Brendan McGinty, who finished 5 of 7 for 88 yards, threw for three scores while junior tailback John Douglass rushed for two more as part of a rushing attack that racked up nearly 340 yards.
“I think we played exactly the way we wanted to play. I told the guys, I didn’t think they were as physical as we were, so we had to come out here and play a physical game,” Lafayette coach Andy Linn said. “Other than Derrick [Harris] spitting up that first fumble, I think we played about as perfect of a game as we could have played. Defensively, offensively, everything pretty well clicked.”
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4A Volleyball: Grafton, Jamestown Fall in State Semis
November 18, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Having upset rival Jamestown in the 4A South Region Final, Grafton was not lacking momentum.
Skill wasn’t an issue either, as senior Christa Hall was named the 4A South Region Player of the Year earlier in the week and was joined on the all-region team by several of her teammates.
James Wood High made both momentum and skill obsolete, though, downing Grafton 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-15) in Tuesday night’s Virginia High School League 4A state semifinal on the Clippers’ home court.
“We played great for two-and-a-half weeks, and tonight just wasn’t our night. We were never in rhythm, really, with one another,” Grafton coach Karissa Cumberbatch said. “They’re a good team — they’re big. We were undersized. If you’re undersized and never in rhythm, then you don’t have a shot.”
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Enoch, Tabb Defeat Maggie Walker 5-1 to Take Home State Title
November 15, 2014 | By Chris Weber
In what’s becoming more routine than extraordinary, Tabb earned its fifth state championship in seven seasons Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers, led by senior midfielder Kara Enoch’s hat trick, blitzed Maggie Walker 5-1 in the Virginia High School League 4A State Final at the U.S. Field Hockey National Training Center in Virginia Beach.
The victory ended a two-year state-title drought for Tabb, which won four in a row from 2008 to 2011.
“It means a lot, especially because this group in particular has been through a lot of ups and downs,” Tabb coach Wendy Wilson said. “Just for them to persevere has been amazing.”
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Football Roundup: Lafayette Caps Another Unbeaten Regular Season by Shutting Out York 28-0
November 8, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYD Staff
In an attempt to polish off a second consecutive unbeaten regular season, Lafayette had every excuse to enter Friday night’s game with some anxiety. The Rams fumbled three times in the first quarter, losing possession twice, and it seemed that York would have a chance at the upset.
Then senior wideout Brandon Villanueva-Pernell scored on a 10-yard sweep late in the first quarter and things fell into place. Lafayette scored again late in the second and twice in the fourth, downing York 28-0 at Wanner Stadium.
The win secured the top overall seed for the Rams and home field advantage throughout the 3A East Region playoffs.
“It’s not our goal,” Lafayette head coach Andy Linn said of finishing off a second unbeaten regular season. “It’s very nice and great for the kids, but we have five more games to win. That’s our goal.”
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Region Field Hockey Roundup: Tabb Runs Past Nansemond River to Secure State Berth
November 4, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYD Staff
Before the post-game celebrations began on Bailey Field, and in front of a largely vacant stadium, senior captain Kara Enoch stepped into the middle of the Tabb huddle. Enoch paused before yelling, “We’re going to states!”
After wrapping up their second-consecutive Conference 19 title last week, Tabb punched its ticket to the Group 4A South Region championship game after downing visiting Nansemond River 7-1 on Tuesday night. The win guarantees the Tigers a spot in both the regional final and state tournament.
“I felt like we played a great team game,” Enoch said. “It took us a few seconds to realize that, but our passing sequences were on point, we were executing on corners. We’re going to go to states; I’m so proud of them.”
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Grafton’s Winning Streak Snapped as Late Rally Falls Short Against Poquoson
November 1, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Trailing by 20 midway through the fourth quarter, Grafton had no business turning Saturday’s contest into a game. Four minutes later, though, the Clippers found themselves down by just a score.
The comeback fell short, however, as a failed onside kick and ensuing Poquoson drive allowed the Islanders to leave Bailey Field with a 26-19 win and snap the Clippers five-game winning streak.
“This team, this year, has a lot of resolve and mental toughness,” Grafton coach Matt McLeod said. “They really find ways to scratch, crawl, find ways to get back in it. It’s real exciting for that kind of thing to happen. That’ll take you further in life, in terms of games.”
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Warhill Thumps Jamestown 49-6 to End Three-Game Skid
October 25, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYD Staff
Warhill’s relentless rushing attack, led by Bryce Koob and Elijah Onks, racked up nearly 400 yards as the Lions eased past host Jamestown, 49-6, at Wanner Stadium on Friday night.
Koob and Onks each ran for more than 100 yards as the Lions ended a three-game losing streak with the win over their crosstown rivals.
The Lions (2-6, 2-5 BRD) relied on the ground game early and often, tallying two rushing scores of more than 30 yards in the first quarter. Jamestown (0-8, 0-7 BRD) did not find an answer, failing to score until the third quarter.
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Field Hockey Roundup: Tabb Claims Eighth-Straight BRD Title with 4-0 Shutout of Grafton
October 21, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYDaily Staff
In a game with Bay Rivers District title implications, neither Tabb nor Grafton let emotions overwhelm Tuesday’s match.
Instead, an efficient matchup saw the Tigers ease past the Clippers, 4-0, at Grafton High.
While last week’s 6-0 shutout against York guaranteed at least a share of the district title, Tuesday’s win secured Tabb (9-0 BRD) its 64th consecutive district win and the district crown all to itself. The district title was the Tigers’ eighth in a row.
“We’ve done it so many times in the past. People think it would make you nervous, but it’s just a greater motivator,” Tabb’s MC Evans said of the game’s importance. “We just want to do it for our coach [Wendy Wilson] and our team.”
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Tabb Shuts Out Bruton for Homecoming Victory
October 18, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Bruton was not lacking for scoring opportunities, even limiting Tabb’s touted rushing attack through the first quarter of Saturday afternoon’s matchup at Bailey Field.
But the Panthers watched a go-ahead 33-yard field goal, and containment of the Tigers’ offense, fall short early in the second quarter, as Tabb scored four times in the second and third quarters in a 28-0 Homecoming win.
“We played hard the first half, and just didn’t execute in the second half,” Bruton coach Reggie Jones said. “Hats go off to Tabb.”
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Football Roundup: Lafayette Steamrolls Jamestown 78-0
October 3, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYD Staff
For 49 minutes Friday night, Lafayette averaged a point a minute.
The first quarter pace slowed somewhat, but not before the undefeated Rams left Wanner Stadium with a 78-0 win over host Jamestown.
“I think we did what we wanted to do. Sometimes you can let yourself down in a game like this, after the big game against Tabb last week,” Lafayette coach Andy Linn said. “We concentrated on coming out and on doing what we’ve been doing all season, and to play that same way.”
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Football Roundup: Warhill Earns First Win of the Season, Beats Bruton 20-13
September 26, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYD Staff
Leading by a score late in the fourth quarter, Warhill needed a stop to secure its first win of the season.
With Bruton threatening from the red zone, Warhill benefited from solid coverage as much as Bruton’s own blunders.
Facing a first-and-goal from the 2 yard line with just under a minute remaining, Bruton botched snaps on first and second down to set up two final passes from the 15 yard line. Both of sophomore Greg Dockery’s passes fell incomplete as Warhill claimed the 20-13 win.
“It’s just part of the game,” Bruton coach Reggie Jones said. “Nobody wants it to happen, but it’s just the nature of the beast.”
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Football: Grafton Shuts Out Jamestown 37-0
September 14, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Jamestown struggled to gain a foothold as Grafton found success on both sides of the ball for a 37-0 win at Wanner Stadium on Saturday.
“We just tried to play hard and the guys just didn’t get the game plan done — it’s as simple as that,” Jamestown coach Lee Williams said. “We had a game plan, we failed and then the score got out of hand at the end.”
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Football Roundup: Bruton Struggles Offensively in 27-0 Season-Opening Loss to Amelia County
September 6, 2014 | By Chris Weber, WYDaily Staff
Bruton High’s football team had no answer for Amelia County on Friday night, falling to the visiting Raiders 27-0 in the season opener Friday night at ‘The Pit.’
Amelia scored twice in the span of two minutes late in the third quarter, turning what had been a one-score game into a runaway victory.
“They outcoached us, they outplayed us, they were the better team tonight,” Coach Reggie Jones said after the game. “There are no excuses. The proof is in the pudding.”
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Lafayette Football Dominates Brunswick County 41-0 in Season Opener
August 30, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Defending Bay Rivers District champion Lafayette wasted no time in picking up where it left of a season ago, topping Brunswick County 41-0 in both teams’ season opener at Wanner Stadium Friday night.
Despite losing 2,000-yard rusher Jahil Green, the Rams, who averaged over 45 points per game last fall, showed that they still had plenty of offensive weapons capable of putting plenty of points on the scoreboard.
“Good start,” Rams head coach Andy Linn said after the game. “You want to get your first game under your belt. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but it was a pretty good effort. No one is hurt, which is key.”
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Warhill Falters Late in 42-14 Season-Opening Loss to Churchland
August 29, 2014 | By Chris Weber
Warhill High fell to visiting Churchland High in both school’s season opener Thursday night at Wanner Stadium.
Despite falling behind 8-0 in the first quarter, the Lions (0-1) fought back to within a point twice in the third quarter. That was as close as Warhill would come to the lead, however, as Churchland (1-0) outscored the Lions 36-7 the rest of the way.
“We made a few mistakes, and we’re at the point where we can’t overcome those mistakes right now,” first -year head coach Thad Wheeler said of his young team. “We have to play close to a perfect game to keep us in it, and that’s what we’re working toward.”