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Drifters win it all

The "Black & Gold" are undefeated Tidewater champions

   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.

Drifters run the Tidewater

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.

Leonard Banks 

Dynamic Drifter trio reach historic milestones

   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.

Drifters knock off undefeated Lancaster

Drifters reach 7-0 in Tidewater District

   The hottest ticket in town just got hotter! The Drifters boys’ varsity basketball picked up their sixth Tidewater victory without a loss, while upending the infamous fifth ranked, undefeated Lancaster Red Devils last week. Also, the Drifters cranked up their potent offensive machine and dropped Mathews to the tune of 85-points before pilling up 71 points against a tough Red Devil defense.
CB 85 – Mathews 50
   The Drifters knew they would be in for a tough game on the long road trip to Mathews, and their start proved it. The Blue Devils jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and several Drifters turnover could have easily led to more.
Once the Drifters stopped the Mathews surge, they proceeded to rally to a 25-9 lead. Matthews roared back to cut the lead to 28-24 just before halftime.
   In the third quarter, the Drifters regrouped and put the game away with a 27-7 run. Dylan Farinet turned in one his top performances as the talented point forward made 12 out of 19 shots [63% from the field], six out of 10 free throws to total a game high 30 points. In addition, he snatched 17 rebounds, dished six assists, deflected six passes, picked up six steals and blocked two shots.
TT Carey followed up with 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting [52%], four of five free throws, five rebounds, four assists, 11 deflections, one blocked shot and a number of steals.
   Other Drifter stats: Kevin “K-Dog” Swope: 8 points [including 2 three-pointers], five rebounds, 6 assists, 5 deflected, 2 steals. Jeryl Dickerson: 9 points [4-6], 4 assists, 1 blocked shot, 5 deflections, 4 rebounds. Joe Slater: three-pointer. Alex Gorfida: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, offensive charge on defense. Paul Roberson: six rebounds, solid defense.
CB 71 – Lancaster 59
   The setting was right, the crowd was primed and the Drifters came ready to play. Determined to give the Red Devils their first loss, the Drifters accomplished their mission with poise and teamwork.
After trailing 7-0 to open the game, the Beach went on a breath taking run to go up on the Red Devils by 14. Fueled by the high flying dunks of TT Carey and the speed of Dylan Farinet’s court moves, the Drifters gave the fans their money’s worth.
Although the Red Devils cut into the Drifter deficit by closing in by one point in the final quarter, they failed to take lead, as the Drifters closed the game out with a 12-point lead.
   The Drifters shot 48% from the floor, 100% from the free throw line, out-rebounded the Red Devils 43-34, blocked five shots, drew four

Celebrating 500 - Black & Gold tradition built on Drifter pride

In spite of being the fifth smallest high school in the state of Virginia, Colonial Beach head varsity boys’ basketball coach Steve Swope, continues to beat the odds by the simple act of winning. Most recently, Swope celebrated his 500th career basketball win by crushing King & Queen 91-60.
“Whether its teaching elementary physical education, coaching the James Madison University summer basketball camp, coordinating the youth basketball program or coaching varsity basketball and varsity baseball, Steve has been the right man in the right place, and at the right time,” said former Colonial Beach High School athletic director, Wayne Kennedy as he reflected on the legendary legacy of coach Swope.
Swopes’ commitment to the sports community of Colonial can never be overstated, because the formula for defeating schools often times twice or three times the size of Colonial Beach can found in the off season sports camps that he continues to develop. “Our success is attributed to building good programs and being surrounded by lots of quality kids,” said coach Swope while reflecting on the hundreds of players that have earned the right to wear the colors associated with the “Black & Gold.”
The option of retirement and leaving on a high note while his programs are flourishing is not his primary focus. Instead, Swope’s goal is to finally bring a state championship to his beloved community. “I am at a time in my career that I am taking it one day at a time,” Swope said. “Once you reach the milestone of coaching 30 years, you have that luxury—however you never say never to anything, what you’re going to do or what you’re not going to do.”
The Drifters are presently atop the Tidewater-A conference with a 11-3 overall record and a 5-0 District record. If they win their five remaining District games, the will be the number one seed in the upcoming Regional championships.
Two of their losses were attributed to double-A schools [Chancellor, King George], while Lancaster, the number four-ranked single-A school in the state, narrowly defeated them 62-21 in the first game of the season. The Beach will have a chance at Red Devil redemption, this Wednesday, when Lancasters travel to the Drifterdome. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
“Our goal from this day forward is make it to the state championship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and do something historic in this town that has never been done,” Swope said. “We have a great team in place, with two players [TT Carey and Dylan Farinet] playing at the highest level you can compete at for single-A basketball.”
There is no room for excuses in Swopes’ programs, and maybe that is why, regardless of size, any team never takes the Drifters lightly. “Anything that Steve does, he will be totally committed,” Kennedy said. “Whether it’s the first or the fifteenth player, he believes in preparation so that they will have an opportunity to play.”
Along with the numerous standout basketball players that ran on the hallowed floors of the Drifterdome during Swope’s coaching tenure, are his sons, Joey, Tyler and Kevin. Like their father, each of them possessed a talent for shooting the long-rang score.
Throughout the years, Swopes’ dedication has rubbed off on his coaching staff and fellow Drifter head coaches, which consists Jonathan Parker, Randy Jones, Keith Dickerson, Joe Jones, Earl Payton and Paul Miles.
Swopes’ coaching three-decade career spans three Districts, [Tri-State, Delaney Athletic Conference and Tidewater-A] and a litany of District championships. He is a living tradition of competitive excellence, which continues to touch the competitive-lives of the surrounding counties, and the Fredericksburg metropolitan area.

Leonard Banks







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