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As the Colonial Beach sports programs prepare to enter the Northern Neck District, they can leave fulfilled with the knowledge that they left an indelible mark on the Tidewater conference — and technically, the entire state of Virginia. Most recently, the Drifters honored their athletes at the 2009 sports spring awards.
After starting the season late, due to winning the Group A State Basketball Championship, the Drifters varsity baseball team reached deep into the heart of the team to pull off a victory over Lancaster, with a no-hitter, thrown by multi-sport athlete TT Carey. While their season had their share of ups and downs, varsity head coach Steve Swope continued to urge his players to forge ahead. Along with Swope’s will to succeed and his players’ fortitude, they did the unthinkable by pounding King William 11-6 to win the Tidewater District Tournament Championship.
The Drifters finished the season with a 6-4 district record, and a 11-9 overall record. Over the past five years, the Drifters varsity baseball team has amassed a 99-26 record.
While players such as Chad Inscoe, Kevin “K-Dog” Swope, and Carey will no longer compete on the hallowed 70-championship banner filled Drifterdome or hallowed grounds of Monroe Park, junior varsity baseball players will soon replace them as a rite of passage. Although the junior varsity team is young with nine rising freshman and one sophomore, the future for Drifter baseball is bright. The Drifters finished the season with an overall record of 4-6.
The Drifter boys’ Middle School baseball team started the season slow with a record of 1-5, but managed to come together to finish the season successfully, winning four out of their last six games, including three wins over Washington & Lee.
The Drifter girls’ varsity baseball team finished with four victories, including a trip to the District playoffs. The following players were selected to the All-District Tidewater-A Second Team: Danielle Galloway, Cara Adams, Jessica Boyer. Lindsey Graves was selected to the districts first team as an at-large honoree.
The girls’ Drifter middle school softball program had a solid year that produced an 8-4 record. A big reason for their success can be attributed to Karley Inscoe, Emily Parks, Kristina Smallwood, Taylor Lee, Kelsie Worrell, and Tiffany Allison.
2009 Drifter award winners
Varsity baseball: Most Improved — Alex Gorfida, Ken Devers; Coaches Award — Will Trivett; Leadership Award — Nick Peterson; Most Versatile — TT Carey; Academic Award — Mike Irvine; Big Bat Award — Chad Inscoe; Mr. Clutch Award — Jamel Dickerson; Drifter Award — Kevin Swope.
Junior varsity baseball: Most Improved — Tim McDowney; Most Versatile — Josh Thomas; Academic Award — Kiante Dickerson; Coaches Award — Kiante Dickerson; Drifter Award (MVP) — Sidney Horton.
Middle school baseball: Most Improved — Carter Foster, Dez’John Parker; Most Versatile — Kameron Smith; Coaches Award — Cal Inscoe; Drifter Award (MVP) — Nick Graves.
Varsity softball: Most improved — Erica Willford; Academic Award — Paige Trivett; Coaches — Lindsey Graves; Hustle Award — Carley Graves; Drifter Award (MVP) — Jessica Boyer.
Middle school softball: Most Improved — Kelsie Worrell, Taylor Lee, Tiffany Allison; Coaches Award — Kristina Smallwood; Drifter Award (MVP) — Emily Parks.
Leonard M. Banks