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The Drifters varsity basketball team will be headed to the VHSL State tournament quarterfinals this weekend to take on Riverhead High School from Staunton, Virginia. The game will take place at the Siegel Center facility on the campus of VCU. The VHSL has set a 5:00 p.m. starting time for the Drifters to plunge into their first state competition for the boys’ program.
Put on your best Black & Gold outfits and follow the Drifter excursion down 95 south for what promises to be an exciting adventure in our state’s capital this Saturday.
For more information and directions to the game, call the Colonial Beach High School office at  224-7166.
Picture caption: Drifter forward Dylan Farinet [right] has consistently impacted his team's offense in every game this season.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 18:11
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Tristan [TT] Carey of the Colonial Beach Drifters has been named the “Player of the Year” in Region-A, for boys’ basketball. Carey has dazzled the entire area and Region with his amazing basketball skills throughout his successful career, and now he’s topped it off by adding this trophy to his collection as the Region’s best.
Carey averaged close to 30 points a game, scored an incredible 802 points in his senior season, became the all-time scoring leader at Colonial Beach High School with 2,400 points. And he’s not done yet, as the high impact player heads into State competition this weekend. Carey also averaged close to 10 rebounds a game, five assists, 10 deflections and six steals.
Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope affectionately calls Carey the face of his basketball program, and an extraordinary young student/athlete for our community to be proud of.
Carey’s teammate, Farinet was named to the second team All-Region, as he provided a combination of skills that mesmerized his rivals, night in and night out. Farinet averaged over 20 points per game, scored over 500 points total on the season. In addition, he averaged 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals per game to delight Drifter fans every game.
“Dylan is the most fundamentally skilled kid I’ve ever coached,” coach Swope said. “Dylan can beat you in so many different ways—he plays the game with his head, his heart and allows his strength to overcome his opponents.”
First Team All-Region-A: David Copeland – Chesterfield Community; Darius Robinson – Northampton; John Dille – Essex; Donzell Shearin – Franklin; TT Carey – Colonial Beach [MVP].
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:19
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They are simply the best basketball program in the Tidewater-A District.
None can compare to the Drifter varsity basketball program, especially after they closed out their two-year tenure by pounding West Point and Mathews in the District tournament on Saturday night.
Before a raucous pro-Drifter crowd, in the unfriendly confines of King William High School, the Drifters celebrated their victory over Mathews in center court with hardware associated with championship crown. Reflecting on his team’s performance, Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope said, “This was a great finish. Our team is running on high octane right now—and we hope to take it up a notch when the Regions start next week [home, Wednesday]."
Tidewater District Semi-Finals
CB 75 – West Point 38
The Drifters jumped on the Pointers early in the first quarter, building a 22-10 lead and then blew the game open as it progressed. Combined with fast-breaks and speed, the Drifters ran away with the game by extending their lead to 15 at halftime, 21 at the end of the third period and 37 by the end of the game.
Senior, point guard and area leading scorer, TT Carey had a banner night as he scored 28 points [12-24, 50%]. He also pulled down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, deflected 12 passes and produced seven steals.
Junior, point-forward, Dylan Farinet added another dose of doom against the Pointers as he scored a total of 23 points. In addition, he pulled down 13 rebounds, distributed seven assists, deflected five passes, and stole five passes on defense.
Senior, forward Jamel Dickerson also had a hot hand against the Pointers. He scored 11 points [5-6, 83%] and produced three steals.
Other Drifter stats include: Thomas Peery – 5 points, 2 assists; Kevin Swope – 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – 7 rebounds; Jeryl Dickerson – 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 deflections, 2 steals.
Tidewater District Championship, at King William High School
CB 96 – Mathews 47
The Drifters approached the District championship game expecting a dog-fight, but finished the game dominating Mathews in every facet of the game-crushing Mathews into submission.
The “Black & Gold” jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but saw Mathews rally back to take the lead at 7-6, early in the contest. The Mathews lead was momentary, as the Drifters regained their traditional swagger by extending their lead to 24-15 after one quarter. As the game continued, the Drifters were relentless, as they built a 48-26 halftime lead, before dismantling the Blue Devils in the second half.
After the game, coach Swope complimented his team on their ability to score consistently throughout the game. “This is by far the greatest margin of victory in a tournament championship, in the history of our school.”
Eight out of the ten man Drifter roster scored, while all 10 contributed at least one rebound or more for the night. As a team, the Beach shot 47% from the field, while out-rebounding their opponents 43-34. They also distributed 27 team assists, forced a season high 50 turnovers to create a plus 40 on the floor game and scored 15 three-pointers as a team.
District MVP TT Carey led the charge with 32 points [14-25, 56%]; three over his season’s average. He produced a triple-double as he ripped down 10 rebounds, deflected 14 passes, stole seven passes and issued 10 assists.
District, unanimous first-team selection, Dylan Farinet added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for a second Drifter to produce a triple-double in the same game. He also picked up seven steals and seven deflections.
Thomas Peery, Dylan Farinet and Kevin Swope all buried four 3-pointers apiece against the Blue Devil defense, that appeared to be physically and mentally drained.
Jeryl Dickerson scored four of five shots [80%] for 8 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Alex Gorfida added four points and four rebounds. Joe Slater nailed a three-pointer and finished with five points and two rebounds. Jamel Dickerson scored a three-pointer and produced three steals.
As they prepare for more post season play and their winter 2009-2010 schedule in the Northern Neck District, the Drifters leave a legacy of success. They finish atop the Tidewater in first place with a 12-0 undefeated record, and 21-3 overall. Their current win streak has been extended to 11 games.
As for the Regional championship post season, the Beach has officially locked in the number one seed in Region A. They will host two games at the Drifterdome this week if they survive and advance. The first Region A game is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, at home versus number eight seed Charles City, starting at 7:00 p.m.
If the Drifters win, they will host the number four seeded Surry versus number five seeded Mathews winner on Friday, February 27. If they continue to win, they will travel to Surry County on Saturday, February 28 to play in the Regional championship game, starting at 8:00 p.m.
Come one, come all to the Drifterdome this week to catch the red-hot Drifters put excitement in the air. Attention fans! If the Drifters win on Wednesday, there will be another white-out for Friday night’s game. Wear white shirts or purchase white-out T-shirts at the game.
Find photos from the West Point and Mathews games at The Journal's Photo Gallery.
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Beach is perfect with 10-0 District record
For the last two consecutive years, the Drifters have rocked the high school basketball nation. Most recently, the “Black & Gold” made it official by winning their second regular season Tidewater-A District championship, as they ran the table with 10 consecutive wins. The Drifters will enter this week’s post season play needing two wins in the Tidewater tournament to clinch the number one seed in the Region-A tournament.
The Drifters attained these goals by winning their last Tidewater District game at home over King & Queen in a blowout. After clinching the title, the Beach prepared for the second season [post season play] by defeating Essex by 15 on their home court, and subsequently crushing double-A power Chancellor by 20 in their backyard.
In light of his team’s recent success, Drifter varsity boys’ head coach Steve Swope said, “We need to remain focused and concentrate on just the next task at hand, and not look too far ahead.”
CB 94 – K&Q 43
Before the Tigers could take a deep breath, the Drifters had ran up a 26-7 lead in the first quarter. The Beach shot 67% from the field as a team, handed out 18 team assists and produced an amazing 39 turnovers on defense.
Senior guard TT Carey led the way with 27 points on 11 of 14 shooting [79%] from the floor, 12 rebounds, four assists, 16 defensive deflections, two blocked shots and three steals. Carey is also the Fredericksburg area’s leading scorer.
Junior point guard Dylan Farinet added 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting [83%] from the floor, nine rebounds, six assists, 10 deflections and five steals.
Other Drifter stats include: Thomas Peery – 13 points, 4 three-pointers, 2 assists, 2 steals; Kevin Swope – 10 points, 2 three-pointers, four assists, three rebounds; Jeryl Dickerson – 9 points [4 of 5 shots from the field, 80%], 8 rebounds, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – 6 points [3-4 from the field, 75%], 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points, 2 rebounds.
CB 69 – Essex 54
The Trojans prepared the Drifters with a tough non-District, physical game that would prepare them for the upcoming post season. Not only did the Drifters slow down the Trojan’s top shooter, John Dille, but also the held the Division I prospect to 14 points, which was eight points below his average. In addition, thanks to their 1-3-1 defense, the Drifters didn’t allow him a field goal in the second half.
In the initial stages, the 20-14 first quarter start helped the “Black & Gold” control the tempo of game.
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Within the first three minutes of Saturday’s rematch between Colonial Beach and Lancaster, TT Carey and Dylan Farinet added their names to the roster of Drifter basketball legends.
Carey became the second player in Drifter history to amass 2,000 points in his varsity career. He joins Lamon White [2,226 points] as the only two to reach this hallowed status. Reflecting on his recent scoring milestone, Carey, “This is something that I’ve been striving for all of my varsity career.”
Farinet knocked down a three-pointer to enter the 1,000-point club. Farinet has achieved his piece of notoriety in Drifter folklore in just two and a half years of varsity play.
After witnessing the growth of both stars from elementary school recreation basketball to their glory days as varsity players, Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope said, “These two young men are fine athletes, students and high character people. They are the face of our program and they exemplify greatness—needless to say, I am very proud of them."
The scale of Carey and Farinet’s skills will soon be measured in the number of college recruiters knocking at their door.
On January 23, Drifter head coach Steve Swope celebrated his 30 years in coaching by defeating King & Queen.