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A rite of Drifter passage

The Drifter machine never stops churning! Thanks to the ongoing efforts of long-time Drifter junior varsity head coach Randy Jones, the boys’ varsity basketball program at Colonial Beach High School will continue to reap the rewards of a polished feeder system.
While winning is important, the aspect that Jones has focused on during his tenure with the Drifters is the development of competitive players who will one day bring another championship banner to the “Black & Gold.” “After another year or two the underclassmen will, the necessary experience and gel together so that they will qualify for the varsity level,” coach Jones said.
A potential Drifter star that will be added to the varsity roster next year is forward Randy Ruczynski. Ruczynski is the Drifter junior varsity’s top scorer. “He is taking on a leadership role to help the Drifters in every area that we need,” Jones said. “He is one of our better offensive players—we look to him for a lot of our scoring, especially when teams try to press us.”
Presently the Drifters starting five are: Mike Phillips [center]; Randy Ruczynski [small forward]; Brandon Robey [power forward]; Kiante Dickerson [point guard]; Josh Sanford [shooting guard].
Since moving to Tidewater-A conference competition has risen to the next level. So far this season the Drifters junior varsity is still searching for their first win; their depth squad continues to get valuable experience learning all aspects of the Drifters patented pressure and two-on-three defense. “One through 15, they are all interchangeable,” Jones said. “At any time we can go to any player on the roster and the drop really isn’t a lot.”­
As a rite of passage for potential Drifter basketball players must pass through the Colonial Beach Youth Basketball League, and the Colonial Beach Junior High School basketball program before ascending to the ranks of the junior varsity and varsity basketball programs.
Two years ago, the Drifters came within one point of winning the Delaney Athletic Conference junior varsity championship. Notable members from that team that went on to achieve fame in other Drifter sports were Chad Inscoe, Will Trivett and Nick Peterson.
The Drifters return to action on January 2, 2009 when they host double-A giant Chancellor.
Colonial Beach 2008-2009 boys’ junior varsity basketball roster: #1 Derrick Turner; #2 Josh Sanford; #3 Timmy Jackson; #4 Ethan Harbin; #Sidney Horton; #10 Kiante Dickerson; #20 Michael Jackson; #22 Brandon Robey; #23 Dion Gonzalez; #30 Randy Ruczynski; #32 Travis Irvine; #33 Josh Thomas; #44 Tim McDowney; #52 Andrew Seaman; #54 Mikey Phillips.

Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor

Drifters bounce back

 

Although the Drifters varsity basketball team opened their regular 2008-2009 season with a one-point lost to Lancaster, they regrouped and returned home with a win over Ameila County. With the goal of avenging their one-point loss to Lancaster, the Drifters suffered the same fate that occurred in their last game. The same last second shot that came off the basketball rim last year, took the same journey to come back out this year, giving the Red Devils reason to celebrate. True to form, the Drifters regained their traditional winning swagger and defeated Amelia at the Drifterdome.
Head coach Steve Swope realizes that the loss could be an inspiration for his team to stay focused as the season progresses. “It was a heartbreaker to lose on the same shot at the buzzer two years in a row,” coach Swope said. “The good part about this year’s déjà vu is our ability to play well the next night and beat a quick Amelia team.”
Lancaster 62 – Colonial Beach 61
Last year the Drifters lost 57-56 after a buzzer beater shot by TT Carey came off the back of the basketball rim. Unfortunately, the shot fate happened again, only this time it was Dylan Farinet’s shot that came out of the basket.
Carey led the way for the Beach as the talented playmaker finished with a team hight 29 points. He was 9-16 from the field [56%]. In addition, Carey scored 9 out 10 foul shots and pulled down 11 rebounds. He dished out four assists, deflected 11 passes and produced five steals defensively. He also scored two 3-pointers and consistently penetrated the Red Devil defense as he drove towards the basket.
Senior shooting guard Kevin “K-Dog” Swope opened the season on fire, as he scored six 3-pointers. K-Dog scored eight of 15 shots [53%] from the field. He also deflected six passes and picked up five steals defensively.
As a team, the Drifters were rusty, shooting 36% from the field, while being out-rebounded by nine, 40-31.
Colonial Beach 82 – Amelia County 65
The host Beach bursts through the tunnel, ambushing Amelia 20-8 with a first quarter explosion. The Drifters shot 54% from the field, making 56 of 67 shots, including five 3-pointers. They also crashed the boards by out-rebounding their bigger opponents, 52-37—and forced them into 35 turnovers.
Carey continued this offensive early season explosion by another 29 point output. He came close to a triple double again, as he ripped down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, deflected 12 passes and stole eight passes on defense. Carey scored one 3-pointers and torched Amelia’s pressure defense by consistently driving to the rim.
Junior, point-forward Dylan Farinet busted loose in this game with 18 points on eight of eleven [73%] shooting from the floor. He also hauled in 12 rebounds, issued six assists, deflected seven passes, blocked one shot, and finished the night with four steals.
K-Dog nailed a 3-pointer, totaling five points, gathered five rebounds, and handed out six assists.
Junior, power forward Paul Roberson produced one of his best games with eight points on three of four shooting, pulled down five rebounds, deflected nine passes, blocked a shot and had a solid defensive game all nigh in the post area against Amelia’s defense.
Junior, forward Travis Cundiff came in and provided a spark with nine points, making four of seven shots, including a 3-pointer.
Thomas Perry scored a 3-pointer, as he totaled five points for the game. He also contributed three rebounds and two steals. Perry’s teammate Jamel Dickerson added four points, five rebounds and two steals. Thomas Haywood and Alex Gorfida each scored a basket to complete the Drifter victory.
After their Monday win over archrival King George, the Drifters are 2-1 overall. The “Black & Gold” will travel to Amelia on Thursday, December 18. The Drifters will host Tidewater District rival West Point on Friday, December 19.

 

Getting ready for the basketball 2008-2009 season

In preparation for the 2008-2009 season, the “Black & Gold,” also known as the Drifter varsity basketball team is back and ready for action! They shifted into fourth gear last week as they notched two head-to-head scrimmages under their belts.
The Drifters will open the season this Tuesday, December 9 on the road against Lancaster and on Thursday, December 11, they will battle Amelia County in their home opener.
The Drifters first scrimmage was against four-A high school Great Mills. Great Mills is located in Southern Maryland. Great Mills outscored the Drifters 60-46 for the overall scrimmage, winning four out of six quarters.
The Drifters next game was against another big school, in the form of Battlefield District double-A James Monroe. The Yellow Jackets won five out of six quarters, with a overall score of 77-44.
Junior guard Dylan Farinet played consistently well for the Black & Gold. The talented playmaker hasn’t lost a beat, as he distributed the ball well, with a balance of sound defense and aggressive rebounding. Farinet scored in double digits during both scrimmages.
Senior guard Kevin “K-Dog” Swope nailed four three-pointers versus James Monroe, as he finished with 14 points.
Jeremy Robinson hustled and picked up some big baskets in both scrimmages. Travis Cundiff scrapped and played hard nose defense, while chipping in a couple of buckets in each scrimmage. Kenny Devers, Paul Roberson and Joe Slater rebounded well and provided sound defense in the post area against bigger post players.
Confident that his team will regain their familiar championship swagger as the season unfolds, head coach Steve Swope said, “We didn’t particularly shoot well in either scrimmage, but that will take care of itself in due time. The effort, hustle and high energy were there; however, we need to rep after rep handling it, defending it and shooting it.”
Come open the “Dome” in style on Thursday, December 11, when your Colonial Beach Drifters rock the rafters.
 

Drifters Basketball: All All-Star lineup of speed & quickness

The Drifters varsity basketball program is back and stronger than ever! After one week of practice under their belts, the Drifters are flexed and geared up this week to take on Great Mills and James Monroe in pre-season scrimmages.
On the following week, it will be “Tip Off” time as the Drifters travel deep in the Northern Neck to back Lancaster for their regular season opener, before hosting Amelia County in their home “Dome” opener.
Entering his 30th year as the Drifter boys’ head basketball coach, Steve Swope is anxious to begin the journey to another regular season Tidewater-A District championship. “We are looking forward to the season with a bunch of energetic, hustling kids that take pride in wearing the ‘Black & Gold,’” Swope said. “We should be very competitive to defend our district crown, while we look to go deep into VHSL playoffs.”
Assisting Swope this season in the role of assistant coaches are Jonathan Parker and former Drifter player, Kurt Smith. Head Drifter boys’ junior varsity coach Randy Jones and junior high school coach Earl Payton are back to lead their perspective programs to the top of their divisions.
Graduation cost the Drifters three prime time performers: shooting guard, Tim Wilson; power forward, Nate Galloway; the “X-factor” hustling Terry Bushrod. Their heroic deeds will be missed.
The Drifters head into the season with a strong list of valuable returnees, led by senior, All-District and All-Region point guard TT Carey. Carey averaged a Fredericksburg area best 22.9 points per game along with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals a night.
Junior point guard/forward Dylan “Mr. Versatility” Farinet returns as one of the best players in the District, Region and area. The multi-sport star averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals per game last season.
“We have two of the finer basketball players in the history of our school in the same back-court together,” coach Swope said. “These guys can really put on a show and make people get out of their seats in the stands—you won’t want to miss their highlights.”
Senior shooting guard Kevin “K-Dog” Swope is back to lay claim to his long-range three-ball territory. K-Dog solidifies the Drifters a complete basketball team on all levels. He gives the Beach a solid triple-threat of instant offense, while making life tough on opposing offenses.
A huge presence in the low post zone is junior and center Paul Roberson. Roberson’s ability to dominate the boards and block out taller rivals will be crucial to the success of the Drifters season. In the low post, senior, wing players Kenny Devers and Jamel Dickerson look to enhance the Drifters team speed and hustle as they compose the core of the Drifters depth.
Newcomers who have caught the coach’s attention include Jeremy Robinson and Joe Slater. Robinson possesses a keen instinct for shooting and quickness, while Slater is the complete utility-player, who hustles from every end of the court.
Other players who aspire to contribute are:  senior, shooter Thomas Perry; sophomore, post player Alex Gorfida; junior, swing-man Travis Cundiff; sophomore strongman Aaron Dickerson. The aforementioned role players are essential to providing the Drifters low post strength and scoring from the front-court.
During the summer the Team attended Paul Webb’s Team Camp at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The summer squad won the camp championship for the four-day event and should serve as a confidence builder as the Drifters prepare for a tough season.
The Drifters season outlook could be something special if the chemistry meshes and the depth core of its supporting cast provides fresh legs each night. In light of their proud tradition of defense; look for the Drifters run and press, while creating defensive mayhem. Their defiant swagger and hard nose attitude is a trademark of their legendary past.
The Beach is scheduled to play double-A Battlefield powers King George and Chancellor, and every team in the Northern Neck except Rappahannock. Also, they will go to war against their 10 Tidewater District rivals, providing the hometown fans with an exciting schedule to come out and follow.
Fans come out and get the Drifterdome rocking, with its brand new floor and send the noise meter through the roof when the Drifters come through the tunnel. Go Drifters!
 

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