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Lady Drifters upset Lancaster Red Devils

Friday night became a nightmare evening for the visiting No. 1 Northern Neck seeded Lady Red Devils of Lancaster. In the midst of missing their leading scorer, Andrea White, their offense fell prey to a suffocating Colonial Beach defense, which limited their ability to score in transition.
In a low scoring game, in a sparsely populated gymnasium, the third-seeded Lady Drifters upset the Red Devils, 29-24. With the victory the Drifters could overtake second place Northumberland before the end of the regular season. Results of the Northumberland game (4-1, 10-4) were not available due to press deadlines.
The Drifters have proven they have the right stuff. With the majority of their losses coming in the final minutes, the Drifters continue to show poise in the face of adversity. Most recently, the Drifters have developed a new weapon in their arsenal of offense, with center Melissa Turner shooting from the perimeter, rather than the low post zone. Turner scored 6 points and dominated the defensive boards.

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Drifters boys’ varsity basketball off to a slow start

 

The first two games of the season have been tough for the Drifters (1-2) boys’ varsity basketball team. After a tough 71-56 loss to Christ Church on Tuesday, the “Black & Gold” fell prey to a 93-28 blowout from triple-A powerhouse Great Mills (2-0).
However, the “Black & Gold” bounced back against King & Queen on Monday night with a 65-47 win. Drifter standout Dylan Farinet led all scores with 22 points. His triple double included 10 assists, and 11 rebounds in just three quarters of play.
Other Drifter statistics includes: Michael Jackson, 11 points; Sedrick Smith, 10 points; Randy Ruczynski, 9 points.
On Thursday, the Drifters will host King & Queen. Game time is 6 p.m.
Great Mills game
The game began with an ominous twist of fate as the Drifters kept the Hornets in check during the first quarter, with Farinet assisting Joe Slater for 8 straight points during the final two minutes of first quarter play. However, the Drifter rally was short-lived as the Hornets delivered the game’s crushing blow in the second quarter, when they scored 18 unanswered points against the host Drifters. Although Drifter forward Randy Ruczynski managed to score a jumper in the second quarter, the Hornets piled up 20 total points, and a 46-24 halftime lead.
With a packed Drifterdome, and dream of a rally quickly fading, the Hornets used their fearsome 6’4” foursome of Kameron Barker, Mykel Harris, Brandon Teston and Basil Maye to limit the Drifter offense to just four points. After Farinet penetrated the Hornets defense with a lay-up, the visitors from Southern Maryland shifted their offense into fourth gear, going on a 30-4 run — and amassing an insurmountable 78-28 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Hornets, led by point guard Earl Castain (9 points), dropped another 13 points before running out the clock.
Barker lead all Hornet scores with 19 points, while Farinet scored 13 points for the Drifters.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

Midnight Madness mania


On Saturday, the Drifterdome was buzzing with hoopster madness. In celebration of the 18th annual Midnight Madness basketball festival, more than 120 kids from King George, Colonial Beach, Caroline, Maryland and Fredericksburg flooded every corner of the Drifter gymnasium for 12 hours of fun and competition.
The event was sponsored by the Colonial Beach Athletics Department. The Colonial Beach High School Booster Club sold concessions for the event.
Competitors for tournament events were split up into two categories (elementary and high school/college). The following athletes placed first in their chosen disciplines: free throws: Darius Brooks (elementary), Parish Muse (high school); 3-pointers: Cameron Hedley (elementary), Kevin Brooks (high school); knockout: Trey Graham (elementary), Sedrick Smith (high school); hot shot: Darius Brooks (elementary), Mike McGorda (high school); 3-on-3: Kamron Smith, Nick Graves, Cameron Hedley (elementary), Montie Gould, LJ West, LaShaad Thompson, Terry Bushrod (college/high school); 4-on-4: Mikey Mothershead, Anajai Lewis, Ryan Thomas, Michael Chaucey, Deshawn Turner, Andrai Turner (elementary), Dylan Allison, John Farley, Mikey Phillips, Travis Cundiff, Sidney Horton (college/high school). 

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

CB Drifters reload for a new era in drifter sports history


Colonial Beach High School basketball is headed in a new direction. Now that Casey Johnson has taken over the helm as varsity head coach of boys’ basketball in the absence of Steve Swope, the Drifters will journey in a new direction.
Now that the Drifters have assured themselves of basketball immortality by winning a state championship last season, fans of the “Black & Gold” will have high expectations of any Drifters basketball team.  
Will Johnson or any coach in the area affect a sports organization in the manner that Swope has over the last 30 years? It’s highly doubtful, but Johnson is a talented coach capable of motivating his team to play beyond their true potential.
“We have 10 solid players, but I really lucked out with the team I’ve got,” Johnson said during a recent practice at the Drifterdome. “Everybody has a great attitude and that’s a huge advantage to have when you’re stepping into your first year of a program.”

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A Drifter fall sports season of triumphs and rebuilding


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.

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