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As the old adage goes, “If you build they will come.” Stafford native and Colonial Beach resident Dennis Cornell’s latest football venture, the Northern Neck Rivermen, has attracted men from arena football to college football. Each athlete seeks a path or return to the days of old where fans complimented by teammates cheered their names at the end of a play.
Why would a perfectly healthy athlete sacrifice his body for the sake of football glory in a hostile environment, filled with violent collisions, while chasing the dream of one day playing for a professional football team? After coaching three semi-professional football teams in the last 10 years, Stafford graduate and Rivermen head football coach Dennis Corwell may be closer to the truth in his latest football franchise.
“Eighty percent of these men are playing because they love the game,” Cornwell said. “They want an opportunity to put the uniform back on again, and fulfill the team concept.”
- 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.