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Josh Wild, Washington & Lee High School's new varsity football coach, has only met with his players for a few moments since he was hired. But he already has at least one clear goal for the season.
"My most important goal right now is from day one, we are improving," Wild said. "If we make consistent progress that will be a good start."
"I have had about five minutes with the players so far," Wild said. "Our first practice is July 28th and then we will see what we have got. But every position will be open to competition."
The Eagles open the season on at King George. Wild is planning to tailor his offense and defense to the talent he has available. "I am a former running back and I love running the football," Wild said. But it is also exciting and fun to throw the ball all over."
"We will just have to see what our talent allows us to do," Wild said. "In the meantime, we are going to tell our kids every day to make sure they are doing the little things right. That's what makes a difference.."
Wild is making steady progress . He has hired a number of new assistant coaches, Spencer Sadler, Ed Futch, Will Owens and a returning former W&L assistant, Jacob Spears. "They are going to be a vital part of what we are doing," Wild said.
The new coach and he wife, Beth, have moved to Montross in the past few weeks.
They have a 14-month-old son, Landon. Beth is a physical fitness expert and a former soccer player.
Wild was hired after a lengthy and determined multi-state search. Previously he was the offensive coordinator at Southern Lee High School in Sanford, NC. This will be Wild's first head coaching opportunity.
"Coach Wild has been hard at work doing all the right things," said W&L Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. "His planning is long term and he is quickly building relationships with players, colleagues and the community in general."
"What I like about him is that he is a character guy," Lewis said. "I firmly believe that he is going to make his players into better citizens and we often forget that that is our main mission."
Wild, who played running back and linebacker in high school while growing up near Auburn , NY, has a bachelor's degree in physical education from SUNY in New Work and a master's degree from West Virginia University.
Wild has been offensive coordinator for the Southern Lee Cavaliers in Lee County, NC for the past two years. He also has previously served as an offensive coordinator for Stafford High School in Virginia. Wild is a physical education teacher who has served as a strength coach and also has coached wrestling and lacrosse.
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Washington & Lee High School in Montross, noted for the top flight long distance runners it has produced in
recent years, is getting ready for the 201617 cross country season.
"Boys and girls cross country will start Aug. 1 at W&L High School," said Cole Vanover, the boys cross country
coach. "All those interested will meet near the W&L softball field next Monday."
Vanover said there will be an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. for parents, then a 6 p.m. meeting with all
interested athletes. Those runners wishing to participate are asked to bring water, running shoes, a towel, a
dry shirt and copies of any recent medical physicals.
"Last year was a huge change for our program, moving from 1A to 2A. We found success individually having
two athletes earn all state honors," said Vanover. "We are still Washington & Lee, and the expectations are
high for our runners. We will continue to try to develop the best student athletes."
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For Chase and Daphne Davidson recreation and
academics are the perfect remedy for the doldrums
associated with the lazy swelter days of summer.
Married for nine years, the couple met as health &
physical education students at Radford University.
Since then, the Davidsons have focused their lives
around their three children, the peaceful spiritual
comforts of Oak Grove Baptist Church, and their beloved
community of Westmoreland County.
More importantly, as camp directors, the Davidsons
have taken the venue of Oak Grove Baptist Church’s
Family Life Center to a new level, broadening its
summer programs into a menagerie of sports,
academics and personal enrichments programs for
children. Whether its science, volleyball, baseball,
drama, cooking, basketball, or general recreational
activities, the camps have something to offer everyone.
“If you think about the average person, its not just
the athlete or someone fixated on reading that the
camps attract, we have a myriad of things they enjoy
doing,” Daphne said during a recent baseball camp, at
Oak Grove Baptist Church’s Dyer Pavilion. “We want to
make sure every person has an outlet to express
Registration for individual camps begins in April,
and can last until the final camp, on August 15.
The purpose of creating a format that includes
culture, art, academics and athletics is to provide each
kids a chance to benefit from the well‐rounded
programs associated with the camp.
There has never been a dull moment in the camp for 10‐
year old Kya Bushrod. “I like the part of art class where
I got to make paper maché bowls,” Bushrod said. “You
blow up a balloon, then put paper over it, using glue,
and once you pop it—it becomes a bowl.”
Since the opening of the recreation center, and the
summer programs associated with it, there has never
been a shortage of volunteers. Throughout the
community, teachers, scientist, and ministers have
eagerly given their support as teachers each week.
Oak Grove Baptist Church pastor Randall Snipes is
thrilled to see the growth of the summer programs
flourish each year. “We feel that God has led us to this in
a way to help lean into the community, and provide a
place for people to recreate, as well as a ministry to
other ministries,” Snipes said.
Whether its discovering the physics associated with
liquid nitrogen from NSWC engineer Daniel Wallace, or
learning the proper soccer footwork/positioning skills,
kids both small and tall leave the camp fulfilled with the
greater understanding their physical and mental
Colonial Beach Elementary School art teacher
Kimberly Fischer has also found a sense of personal
enrichment, while donating her time to the program.
“After the church helped us out with the fire we had
several years ago, I felt a need to give back to the
community—I absolutely love it,” Fischer said.
Each program averages 65‐75 kids a week. A staff of
adult volunteers, while under the direction of the
Davidsons supervises all summer camp activities.
“The camps was kind of a vision that just showed up,
and we ran with it,” Chase said. “If we could do this year
round, this is what we would do.”
For calendar information on Oak Grove Baptist
Church summer camps, go online to
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Oak Grove Baptist Church, fresh off of soccer and
science camp, finished its third successful camp of
the summer; this time it was volleyball. Throughout
the week, the four major skills of volleyball were
focused on during station work. These skills were
serving, passing, setting, and attacking. Skills, along
with 6 versus 6 game‐play, rounded out each day. A
total of 42 kids came out to the Oak Grove Baptist
Family Life Center to take part in volleyball camp.
The past two years, we have held volleyball camp
outside. With the new addition of the Family Life
Center, we were able to host the entire camp
inside. I definitely felt like volleyball camp went
smoother this year than in years past. Being able to
be inside and on a real court was very beneficial and
the improvement in skills throughout the week
showed just that. I was excited, kids stayed focused
and really improved in all aspects of the game.
Many of these kids are going to make solid
volleyball players in a few years.
When Davidson is not up to his hands in volunteer
church recreational activities, his life takes a sudden
shift as the Colonial Beach High School head
volleyball coach. Recently, he and a team of players
spent five days, and four nights at the annual
Liberty University Volleyball Camp, in Lynchburg,
The experience had a profound effect on Davidson
and his team of Drifter players. During their stay, in
a crowded field of 50 plus teams, they played 10‐14
games, while constantly perfecting their court skills.
“Basically, you wake up, eat, play volleyball, and got
to bed,” Davidson said. “It’s a great camp, and this
is the second year in a row that we’ve attended the
camp. The girls leave the camp so much better, and
the best part is that we get go much volleyball in
long before we start practice. By the time August
arrives, we feel live we are ready.”
Last season, the Drifters volleyball program finished
with the best record (12‐11) in recent school
history. The double‐digit finish has proven to be the
perfect incentive to attend more Liberty University
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After their 254‐226 win over Grafton last week,
Hopyard is now tied at 4‐1, for second place in the
RSL National Division.
The meet featured three triple Hammerhead
winners in the form of Abby Elia, Grace
Brancheau, and Lindsay Knoke. Poise, confidence,
and team spirit were the three key ingredients for
the Hammerhead away‐meet victory.
"Last night we traveled to Grafton and showed how
much we have grown as a team,” Hammerhead head
coach Connor Muncie said. “I was very impressed
with our demeanor as a group and composure in the
face of adversity. We have our last dual meet of the
year against the Eels Monday and are really looking
forward to ending the season with a bang!”
Hammerhead triple winners include: Abby Elia: girls
1314 50meter freestyle, 32.75, girls 1314 50meter
butterfly, 38.60, girls 1314 50meter backstroke,
38.72; Grace Brancheau: Girls 1112 50meter
butterfly, 43.31, girls 1112 50meter backstroke,
43.43, girls 12 and under 100meter IM, 1:32.93;
Lindsay Knoke: Girls 1518 50meter freestyle 32.16,
girls 1518 50meter butterfly, 34.78, girls 1318
100meter IM, 1:21.09.
Hammerhead double winners include: Hudson
Gamble: boys 11‐12 50‐meter breaststroke, 54.41,
boys 11‐12 50‐meter butterfly, 48.53; Natalie Knoke:
girls 11‐12 50‐meter freestyle, 35.88, girls 11‐12 50‐
meter breaststroke, 47.62; Cissanie Krohe: girls 8 &
under 25‐meter butterfly, 29.75, girls 8 & under 25‐
meter breaststroke, 34.12; Rebecca Miller: girls 9‐10
25‐meter backstroke, 22.53, girls 9‐10 25‐meter
breaststroke, 23.09; Katelyn Spuchesi Girls 9‐10 25‐
meter freestyle 17.13, girls 9‐10 25‐meter butterfly