- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 23:03
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The 15th annual Drifter Baseball Camp was a huge success at Monroe Park last week, with 75 campers enjoying the grand ole game. It was a smash hit as the youngsters’ enthusiasm rang out each day with a full week of fun on the fields.
Up and coming Drifter ball players were treated to a week of fun, games, trophies, camp T-shirts, evaluation cards, daily contests and solid fundamentals of America’s pastime. Five different fields were used at spacious Monroe Park to keep four Tee Ball/Minor League teams and six Little League/Senior League teams rolling each day. Campers rotated through 12 stations daily during the week. Drifter varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball players helped coach – relaying valuable tips to campers on hitting, pitching, base running and defensive and offensive skills.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 19:21
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After finishing fourth in the American Division of the Rappahannock Swim League last season, the Eels are hungry for redemption. Their recent win over YMCA Masaad branch is a clear indication that they have the personnel to take them all the way to the top. The YMCA Masaad won the regular season championship and finals championship last season.
In fact, with more than 90% of the team returning, the Eels could potentially be the team to beat in its division this season. The Eels are solid, with a total of 112 swimmers, ages five to 18.
The Eels coaching staff, made of up head coach Adam Taylor, assistant Katie Taylor, assistant Emily Jones and assistant Curt Albert have more than 30 years of experience combined. After being a part of numerous seasons where their former high school alma mater, King George High School, has dominated the Battlefield Division with championships, its readily apparent that the Eels coaching staff has the right stuff.
Taylor is beginning his sixth season as the Eels head coach. The Taylor family is deeply rooted in the King George swim community, with Adam’s father, Heath, on the Eels board of directors and a former Raiders swim administrator. Adam’s mother, Nancy, is the head data official for the American Division and a scoring official for King George High School.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 05:00
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People all over the state of Virginia are puzzled as to why the Colonial Beach School system has produced so many championships over a short period of time in every sport within its program.
The answer to this mystifying question is rooted deep within the fabric of its elementary school physical fitness process. Coach Steve Swope, an educator for 30 years has seen the formula for success start from the elementary school to the high school. His secret is amplified in one simple mantra. “We grow our own here at Beach.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:25
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KG Red Challenger baseball star takes center-stage
King George Challenger Red baseball may never be same! After Rachel “Boom Boom” Sheehan sang the National Anthem in front of 20,000 fans at the Worldwide Challenger Jamboree in Virginia Beach, nothing, including a fastball from a rival little leaguer can stop her now. “The funniest thing is to be in front of a crowd, whereas I usually sing to myself sometimes,” Rachel said. “Singing in front of a crowd is a lot better than singing to myself.”
The baseball Jamboree is the largest of its kind in the world. Challengers Red has become a mechanism for children with disabilities in King George to enjoy America’s favorite pastime in a competitive format. Eighty-two teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania competed in the event.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:05
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USSSA team attains top state & national ranking
They breathe baseball and bleed success! The Virginia Sports Complex [VSC] 13 and under double-A Baseball Academy baseball team is the number one USSSA team in the state of Virginia and the number one team in the country.
Based on a USSSA tournament point system, the team has rocketed itself to the top of its atop the
Currently the VCS have a 28-3 in class record and a 34-14 overall record, that includes several tournaments wins during the spring season. During the 2009 spring season, they will play in 13 tournaments, including at trip to Rocky Mount, North Carolina in May. They plan on finishing the season as finalist in the USSSA 13 and under World Series in July.
Versatility and the ability to play high-level baseball is the key to their game plan. As a team, their present batting average is .467. The entire roster is featured in the batting order; manager Michael Hundley frequently replaces each player as each game unfolds. “Our primary focus is to develop athletes for high school baseball, stress fundamentals, and focus on the advanced skills needed for high level baseball.
Also, although four players are missing from last season’s roster, the nucleus of the VSC team is still in place.
The upstart stars from Ruther Glen, Virginia are no strangers to the state and national spotlight. As a 12 and under team during the 2008 spring season, they accumulated 46 victories and two tournament championships.
Later during the fall, during their 13 and under debut, the team compiled 14 wins out of a 25-game format, that included six appearances in tournaments, which yielded two second place finishes and three third place finishes. In addition, they also finished fourth in another series of games featured in tournament play.
The following players are featured in tournament play.
The following players are featured on the 2009 VSC Baseball Academy 13 and under roster: Cody Bell, Jonathan Didlake, Jared Dorton, Dustin Dunton, Jordan Estes, Corey Hall, Michael Hundley, Matthew Hunt, Zachary Kegley, Justin Pitts, Brian Schmied, Zachary Smith, Ethan Steele. Managers include: Michael Hundley [Head coach], George Estes [Assistant coach], Steve Kegley [Assistant coach], Ryan Carroll [Assistant coach], Mike Mallory [VSC Director of Baseball], Mike Smith [Manager].
Ryan Carroll is a King George High School graduate, and a former District standout in baseball.
After qualifying to play in the Triple Crown World Series in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the VSC placed second in the Silver Bracket format.
VSC baseball program is continuous throughout the year, whereas the spring program begins in May and ends in July, and the fall portion of the season begins in August and ends in November.
Call it baseball fever, or a collaboration of athletes with a common interest in America’s favorite pastime—whatever description you end up with, it surely will have success as a common denominator. Factoring in the family concept of sportsmanship, and the unique atmosphere that the Virginia Sports Complex in Ruther Glen, Virginia continues to embrace, Hundley and his assistants may have a formula for grooming tomorrow’s high school stars.
For information pertaining to VSC baseball, go online to www.frozenropesbaseball.com.
Leonard M. Banks