- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 22:18
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The 2009 Drifter fall sports had its share of celebrations and tribulations. The Drifters girls middle school basketball defeated Lancaster to win their district championship. The varsity high school cheerleading team beat out the rest of the Northern Neck to win the coveted crown. The Drifters (218) narrowly defeated district runner-up Essex (215) by three points. Jennifer Grigsby completed the Drifter sweep by winning Coach of the Year.
Within the small network of sports teams associated with Colonial Beach is sense of resilience and fortitude. Although the six-year reign of Drifters gridiron dominance ended on losing note to W&L (41-0), they will remember images of senior running back Travis Cundiff finishing the season with 996 yards on 125 carries — including 13 touchdowns. Cundiff was the heir apparent to former Drifter great and all-time rushing leader Foster. Cundiff is a rare football commodity. Constantly put to the test, Cundiff consistently punished opposing defenders with a slashing style of movement that made life difficult for opposing teams.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 16:02
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After rushing for 151 yards, scoring two touchdowns, and grabbing one interception against Surry High School last week, the U.S. Army Baltimore Recruiting Station announced Colonial Beach running back Travis Cundiff as the “Army Iron Man of the Week,” and the best two-way high school football player in the battalion’s northern Virginia recruiting territory. Cundiff is the sixth player this season to receive this prodigious honor.
The criterion for receiving the iron man award is tough. The player must demonstrate excellence on both ends of the gridiron — offense and defense — as well as strength in character. The Army Iron Man exemplifies the quality of Army strength in every aspect of his performance.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 19:04
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After an inauspicious beginning at the start of the season, the Drifters are back on track.
On Friday, at Monroe Park, the Drifters (2-3) varsity football team defeated the Surry Cougars (1-5), 28-8. The Drifter football machine was revving in all cylinders, as Travis Cundiff lifted his team to two touchdowns and 151 yards rushing on 13 carries. Cundiff’s teammate Dylan Farinet rumbled for 112 yards on 11 carries, including one touchdown. Farinet also passed for 33 yards, completing four of seven pass attempts. Cundiff is having a banner year with 683 yards on 59 carries, including eight touchdowns.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2009 22:27
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In a battle of winless varsity teams, the visiting Manassas Park Cougars (1-2) defeated the Drifters, 21-18. It would be the second week in a row that the Drifters would lose by less than a touchdown in the final quarter. While the Cougars solely depended on a ground game attack, passing only once throughout the contest, the Drifters gave the visitors from the north everything but the kitchen sink.
John Byrd led the Cougars with 15 carries for 111 yards, while teammate Michael Williams finished the night with 13 carries for 84 yards, and two touchdowns. The Cougars controlled the clock throughout the game, punting only once.
As for the Drifters, Travis Cundiff continues to lead his team in offensive production. He carried the ball for 43 yards on seven carries. Also, he produced 114 yards on two kick returns that featured one touchdown. Farinet finished the night with three completions for 48 yards, on nine attempts, that included one touchdown.
The Drifters appeared to be on a mission during their first possession of the game when they marched 54 yards down the field for the game’s first score courtesy of a Josh Sanford 3-yard touchdown, thrown by Dylan Farinet.
In less than 5 minutes and 10 seconds, the Cougars took the lead on a 26-yard touchdown scored by Williams. After the extra point conversion, the Cougars lead by one (7-6).
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:34
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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.