- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 19:01
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The grueling five-game week finally paid off for the Drifters. On Friday afternoon, Kevin “K-Dog” Swope got his fifth win of the season over visiting Tidewater District rival Mathews. The Drifters finish the regular season in third place.
The rainy spring weather forced the Drifters to play five of their eight total District games in a five day period of time.
Drifter head coach, Steve Swope praised his players for a hard fought battle all week. "We had to rely on our two horses at the top of our rotation to eat most of those innings," Swope said. "The job Kevin Swope and TT Carey did was simply amazing, and their will to compete was in every game."
After trailing 1-0 for three innings, the Drifters rallied back in the bottom of the third inning with four runs. Swope also added three hits, three RBI’s, which included a homerun. In addition, Chad Inscoe had a stellar performance with three hits that included a homerun to give the Drifters a 10-¡6 victory over Mathews.
The Drifters finish the regular season with a record of 9-8 overall, and 4-4 in District competition. Results of the quarterfinal District game versus Middlesex on Tuesday were not available due to press deadlines.
Drifters 6 - Pointers 4
TT Carey’s game winning RBI triple in the 7th inning over District foe West Point proved to be winning recipe for success last Wednesday. The Drifters defeated the Pointers 6-4.
Carey also scored twice against the host Pointers. On the mound, Carey and teammate Kevin Swope proved that good pitching can beat good hitting any day. With Swope pitching in relief and Carey starting, the Pointers offense was limited.
Alex Gorfida led the team in hitting as he produced four RBI’s, while Swope score once and banged out two RBI’s. Chad Inscoe also had two RBI’s, which featured a double and a single.
Mathews 10 - Drifters 0
The Drifters lost to the Blue Devils in five innings. Only four Drifters hit safely in this outing: Nick Peterson, TT Carey, Jamel Dickerson, Joe Slater.
Drifters 4 - Cavaliers 1
Cavaliers 4 - Drifters 1
The Drifters split victories with King William, with the Beach winning the first game 4-1 and the Cavaliers winning the second game, 4-1. Nick Peterson and Chad Incoe provided the run scoring hits in the first game, while Kevin Swope’s two hits and one RBI were not enough to power the Drifters past King William in the second game.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 19:07
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Drifters receive Championship Rings
Memories of the greatest season in Drifter history were celebrated at a landmark located off the beaten path in the town known for Champions.
On Saturday night, at the Riverboat on the Potomac restaurant, in Colonial Beach, the 2008-2009 varsity Drifters boys’ basketball team took their final bows to an historic season. In front of a packed venue, the team received their State Championship rings. Over 300 loyal Drifters fans celebrated the historic event.
Held in the upstairs banquet room, overlooking the Potomac, the ring banquet was sponsored by the town’s chamber of commerce. Drifter fans were treated with a meet the players and coaches social hour with hor d’oeuvres and sodas. Fans also had an opportunity to enter a 50-50 raffle where they could win autographed Drifter basketballs. Also, Drifter legend TT Carey’s basketball jersey was auctioned off, while over 150 pieces of Drifter memorabilia and merchandise, including T-shirts and sweatshirts were sold.
Master of ceremonies, Ken Chatham presided over the spectacular event. Other dignitaries that were present included: Colonial Beach High School School Board Chairman Tim Trivett; Colonial Beach High School Athletic Director Jeremy Jack. The guest speaker for the evening was YMCA CEO Barney Reilly. Reilly electrified the audience with a captivating speech, while Drifter boys’ varsity basketball Head Coach Steve Swope recapped the championship season highlights—and presented his basketball team with rings.
Ring recipients included: Colonial Beach Elementary School Principal Kevin Newman; former Drifter Athletic Director Wayne Kennedy; Scorekeepers – Joyce Robey, Lauren Wilson; Statisticians – Josh Thomas, Kamron Smith; Managers – Jarrod Flores, Billy Sanford, Kurt Smith; Coaches – Casey Johnson, Randy Jones, Jonathan Parker; Players – Alex Gorfida, Joe Slater, Paul Roberson, Ken Devers, Jeryl Dickerson, Thomas Peery, Jamel Dickerson, Kevin Swope, Dylan Farinet, Tristan “TT” Carey; Head Coach – Steve Swope.
The Drifter basketball program would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who helped make the event a huge success. In addition, the program is forever thankful to Mr. Carey Geddes an Mrs. Penny Flanagan, and her Riverboat staff for all of their diligent and generous contributions that made the event a night to remember. Continue to support all Drifter teams!
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- Published on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 20:21
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K-Dog lifts team with banner performance
The Drifters varsity baseball team continues to ride the wave of success. Most recently, the Essex Trojans took the long bus ride back home after a 9-8 defeat by the Beach. The Drifters worked a little Monroe Park magic late in the game to pull off an exciting win. A combination of timely hitting to overcome five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and a stellar performance by senior, pitcher, Kevin “K-Dog” Swope helped the Drifters prevail over their rivals from Tappahannock.
Kevin Swope produced the best game of his four-year career. The hard throwing right-hander completed a seven-inning game for the ages. Although he gave up two earned runs allowed, on three hits, he fought back with a 12 strikeouts performance on the mound. Throughout the game, he produced a number of key strikeouts to escape potential Trojan scoring situations. In the last inning, he struck out two batters, using a 80-mph fastball.
After the Drifters fell behind, 5-0 in the third inning, K-Dog woke up the whole Drifter dugout with a three-run homerun blast to dead centerfield. Later, K-Dog revisited his slugging ways, by hammering a two-run double that nearly left the yard in the left-centerfield.
Senior, catcher, Nick Peterson was instrumental in the win with two line drive doubles to centerfield that drove in one run, while he scored two more himself. Defensively, Peterson Was sharp behind the dish, as he threw out a would-be-base-stealer at second base.
Senior, second baseman Will Trivett came up big with a couple of hard hit singles. He also scored a run on each hit. Trivett’s teammate, Chad Inscoe created some heroics at bat, by hammering a single and scoring a run in the sixth inning.
Multi-sport start, senior, shortstop TT Carey ripped a single, smacked a long sacrifice fly that plated the game winning run. He also contributed defensively by making several key plays to prevent the Trojans from scoring.
Joe Slater and Alex Gorfida produced important at-bats in the five run sixth inning by working a walk, producing a single respectively and eventually scoring.
Elated with his team’s three game performances, Drifter varsity baseball coach Steve Swope said. “These five core seniors are the key to our success this year—and boy, did all five of them come up big in this one. Once again, we come away with the win as we continue to get this team ready for the District schedule.”
The game featuring King George was postponed, and has been rescheduled for May 4.
The Drifters are preparing for their fourth consecutive trip to Florida to play games at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The Beach will load up and fly down as a team on Monday, April 13, and return on Friday, April 17.
They will play Northridge Prep from Illinois and Summit Country Day from Ohio, while in the sunshine state. The Drifters will also take in some sun and fun at the Caribbean Resort where they are staying and will visit three different theme parks while down there.
Next week, the 3-0 Drifters will play at James Monroe on Monday, April 6, before taking on Middlesex at home in the District opener on Tuesday, April 7. They will play Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, April 9 at home with all games starting at 5:00 p.m. The game featuring Blessed Sacrament is a fill for the loss of two games versus King & Queen, who will not field a team this season. Follow the Drifters as the season unfolds.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2009 18:46
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Carey throws no-hitter
Swope out-duels Foxes
Last week, the temperatures may have been chilly, but the Drifters varsity baseball team is hotter than ever. After posting two victories over non-District rivals, Lancaster and King George, the small independent high school along the coastal plains of the Potomac River has the potential to be on the road to a Tidewater District championship.
Shifting gears in the face of a short practice week, and the grueling transition from basketball to baseball for seven of the current members of the team has been rough.
However, the Drifter varsity baseball head coach Steve Swope and his staff of Randy Jones and Jonathan Parker prepared the team with five days of solid baseball fundamentals.
CB 7 – Lancaster 0
Whether it’s football, basketball or baseball, Drifter pitcher, TT Carey is the real deal—and then some. Likened to the man of steel, a.k.a. Superman, the All-State basketball player of the year jumped in a telephone booth and put on a pitching performance that will be talked about at Monroe for years to come.
The six-foot four right-hander took the little white pill on opening day and threw a no-hitter for seven complete innings that resulted in 13 strikeouts, and only one walk against a tough Lancaster team. “TT ceases to amaze me in whatever he chooses to take on,” coach Swope said. “Needless to say, he is a very special supernatural athlete.”
Using an above average fastball, complimented with a buckling nasty curveball, Carey handcuffed the Red Devils with 94 pitches.
At bat, Carey was vicious, as he reached base four times as a clean-up hitter, singling, walking three times and scoring two runs. Senior Chad Inscoe banged out a double, walked twice, drove in a run and scored two more. Sophomore, third baseman Mikey Phillips produced a two-run single in the third inning to give the Drifters a 4-0 lead. Senior, catcher Nick Peterson walked two times, stole a base and scored two runs from the leadoff position. Kevin “K-Dog” Swope and Will Trivett each added singles to the Drifter offensive cause.
CB 6 – KG 4
In a pitcher’s duel against Ethan Slemp of King George, Kevin Swope came out on top after pitching a seven inning complete game—earned the hard way. He struck out nine, allowed one earned run on seven hits and five bases on balls. In a losing effort, Slemp battled the Drifters for six innings, giving up eight hits, striking out five and giving up one walk.
Swope brought the partisan Drifter crowd to their feet in the bottom of the first inning with a two run homer, hit over the center field fence. He finished the game with two hits, three RBI’s and one run scored.
Nick Peterson scored ahead on the homer in the first inning after opening the game with a line drive single. He reached base again, stole a base and scored a total of two runs. Chad Inscoe drove in a run and scored a run on a sacrifice fly from Mikey Phillips. Jamel Dickerson and Will Trivett each contributed singles and a run scored. TT Carey rounded out the Drifter offensive assault with another single.
First baseman Gary Inscoe and third baseman Mikey Phillips combined to turn in two defensive highlight gems to stop the Foxes rally late in the game.
King George stats: Theo Klopsis – 1-4, walk, RBI; Kyle Neer – 0-4; Chris Bell – 4-4, triple and three hits, two stolen bases; Ethan Slemp – 0-3; Jared Vann – 0-1; Mat Giles – 1-4, run; Brad Stallings – 1-4, RBI, walk, run; Tony Heard – 0-2, walk, 2 steals; Colin Blake – 0-3, walk; Brian Brown – 0-3.
The Drifters played a rain-shortened game versus Essex on Friday, that will be rescheduled later.
The Drifters are now 2-0 overall and will play Essex at Monroe Park this Thursday, April 2nd, starting at 5:00 p.m. On the following day, they will travel to King George, April 3rd in rematch against the Foxes, at 6:00 p.m.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 18:23
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The Colonial Beach boys’ varsity basketball team has gone where no Drifter athletic has gone before. Thanks to the Drifters' historic Group-A, Division 1, State Basketball Championship win over East Montgomery, the Beach will forever be remembered as a town of champions.
The little 185-student school, grades 9-12, that’s tucked away off the beaten path from the banks of the Potomac River has now produced its very own first state championship.
“It was the most exhilarating feeling I have ever experienced,” Drifter head coach Steve Swope said. “The game was an instant classic, with both teams playing their hearts out—and down to the last shot of the game, fans were on the edge of their seats.”
The two-day championship event began on Thursday, March 12 when the Drifters representing Region-A took on Region-B’s best, Altavista in the semifinals.
CB 55 – Altavista 36
The battle between two contrasting styles made for a very interesting night. The Colonels were a very deliberate, slow-down type of offense, while the Drifters are most accustomed to the up-tempo fast break mode—something had to give.
The Beach opened the game with a 8-0 run, taking control of the style they wanted to dictate. Unable to keep up, the Colonels fell prey to the Drifters transition.
All-Region star TT Carey finessed his way to 23 points, making eight of 11 foul shots down the wire in the money quarter. He pulled down a team high 14 rebounds, including 12 of them on the defensive glass. He also blocked a couple of shots and stole two passes to put an end to the Colonels' state championship hopes.
Igniting the Drifters firepower, Dylan Farinet totaled 14 points, five assists, picked up two loose balls and eight rebounds. Carey and Farinet combined for 13 of the Drifters' 18 fourth quarter points as the Beach extended their 11-point third quarter lead into a comfortable 19-point win.
State championship final: East Montgomery vs. Colonial Beach
In the first half, the Mustangs, behind Henry Hall’s scoring that totaled 21 points, including five three-pointers, kept pace with the high tempo offense of the Tidewater-A District and Regional champions.
After trailing in the first half [33-27], the Beach never lost their poise. Instead, they relished the moment by making the necessary adjustments at halftime to bombard the Mustangs with steals, deflections and fast-break scoring opportunities that left their foes flatfooted, and wondering how to counter a 15-0 run—and the seemingly unstoppable moves of TT Carey and Dylan Farinet. The Drifters turned a six-point deficit into a nine-point lead.
The Mustangs, who set a new VHSL State Tournament record for total three-pointers , made it a game as they clawed their way back with six 3-pointers late in the third period.
It was a Drifter two-point lead entering the money quarter with everything on the line. Both teams exchanged leads several times throughout the final eight minutes.
It came down to a Drifter possession with the score tied, 72-72 with 18 seconds left. With the ball in Carey’s hands, he backed a Mustang player into the paint, scoring a basket, while getting fouled. After Carey missed the foul shot, Farinet pulled down the offensive rebound—while getting fouled in the process. With 14 seconds left, Farinet made both free throws, giving the Drifters a 76-74 lead with 14 seconds left.
After the Mustangs countered with athree-point score to cut the lead to 76-75 with six seconds left, Farinet was immediately fouled on the inbounds pass. After making one out of two shots from the paint, Farinet put the Drifters ahead at 77-75.
Brad Wooten took the final desperation shot, but Drifter forward Jamel Dickerson saved the day with a solid defensive effort that caused Wooten’s shot to miss-fire off the basketball rim. An instantaneous explosion of Drifter pandemonium roared throughout the Siegel Center as the Beach celebrated on mid-court.
“This was a well-oiled machine all year, that was built around teamwork, team chemistry and the will to compete night in and night out,” coach Swope said. “Now they will go down in the archives as the best team ever.”
While Carey finished the game with 37 points; 23 of his points came in the second half. Carey also crashed the boards with 16 rebounds. After eclipsing the Drifter all-time scoring record this season, Carey also tied Tyree Evans of George Wythe High School for third place on the VHSL single season scoring record list. First and second place honors belong to NBA greats, Moses Malone and Allen Iverson. Carey’s career high school scoring stats total 2,481 points.
Reminiscent of a sleeping time bomb, Farinet ripped open the Mustangs defense with all 18 of his points scored in the second half. Farinet also added 19 rebounds to his double-double game.
The Drifters owned the post area by out-rebounding their taller opponents, 52-31. In fact, Drifter post-men, Paul Roberson and Jeryl Dickerson limited the Mustang’s six foot five center, Laquin Khalil to nine points.
Other Drifters who contributed in scoring were: Thomas Peery – 8 points; Jeryl Dickerson – 7 points; solid defensive performances by Paul Roberson, Jamel Dickerson, Thomas Peery.
The celebration went back up 95 North to the school parking lot, where the lot was choked full of cars, fire trucks and ambulances waiting on the team. When the team bus pulled in, the monster crowd formed a gauntlet for the bus to drive into. The entire team received a standing ovation, hugs and kisses from all the well wishers.
The players re-boarded the bus and took the police car escort traditional ride around the point. Sirens and horns blasting, the 200 car “Hoosiers-like" following made their way down Colonial Avenue, Washington Avenue to Irving Avenue and back around Monroe Bay Avenue and again to the school. It was a trip of a lifetime for all to witness and enjoy. It was truly an outpouring of love and support from the whole community.
The 2008-2009 Drifters program finished the season on a 17-game winning streak. Also, they were 12-0 in the Tidewater-A District, 3-0 in the Region-A, and a perfect 3-0 in the State Championship Tournament.
Finishing at 27-3 overall, the Drifters also won the Northumberland Christmas Tournament, Tidewater District Tournament, and the Region-A Tournament.