- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2009 19:32
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The Drifters varsity boys’ basketball team rekindled an old neighborhood rivalry over the holidays against an old nemesis, Washington & Lee, in the Northumberland Holiday Tournament. After a three-year layoff of playing their Northern Neck arch rivals, picked up where they left off by beating the Eagles handily in front of a packed house in Northumberland. The last time the Eagles and Drifters played each other was in 2006, with the Beach winning the contest.
The win or as former W&L coach Mark Comer one said “Backyard Brawl” propelled the Drifters into the Christmas tournament championship against host school Northumberland. On the subsequent night, the Drifters defeated the Indians and brought home the holiday hardware.
The Drifters played one more game over the holidays against Chancellor, where they narrowly lost by three points.
Next season when the Drifters enter the Northern Neck, the rivalry will take on the form of District competition, and the batter for area basketball supremacy will between the Eagles and Drifters will get even hotter. Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “We take pleasure in beating W&L in anything and anytime--even if we were playing tidily winks, We have a natural rivalry built in that dates back 60 plus years.”
Northumberland Christmas Tournament
CB 77 – W&L 65
At the start of the game, the character of the contest took on a life of its own as both teams resembled two heavyweight boxers battling for ring dominance. TT Carey and Dylan Farinet shifted the Drifters offense into fourth gear, by scoring 18 points of the team’s 20 first quarter points to give their team a 20-11 lead after one quarter of play.
After an exchange of baskets in the second quarter, the Beach led 38-19 going into halftime.
W&L’s DJ Brooks scored 14 points in the third quarter to rally his team to a three-point lead heading into the final quarter.
The Drifters dynamic duo of Farinet and Carey recaptured the lead, scoring 22 of their team’s 25 points going down the stretch into the fourth quarter. Carey and Farinet each scored three-pointers with less than three minutes left to seal the Eagles fate. Carey and Farinet scored 69 of the Drifters 77 points.
Kevin Swope scored his second three-pointer from the left corner as the buzzer ended the game.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 38 points [career high], 3 three-pointers, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 deflected passes, 2 steals; Dylan Farinet – 31 points [career high], 3 three-pointers, 8-9 free throws, 19 rebounds, issued 4 assists, 9 deflections, 7 steals; Kevin Swope – 8 points, 2 assists, 4 steals.
NHS Christmas Championship
CB 60 – Northumberland 41
Scoring crucial three-pointers, free throws and playing solid half-court defense was again the mode of operation for the Drifters winning combination of Carey and Farinet.
Carey was named the tournaments MVP after capping off another 30-point plus night. He scored 35 against the Indians defense, by making 14-18 [77%] shots from the floor. Carey also pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out three assists, deflected 11 passes, blocked four shots and ripped away four steals to earn his MVP performance.
Drifter stats: Dylan Farinet – First Team All-Tourney, nine points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 8 deflections, 2 steals; Kevin Swope – Second Team All-Tourney, 2 three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 4 deflections, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – solid on defense and dominant in the low post; Jamel Dickerson – 2 three-pointers, 7 points, 5 rebounds.
Chargers 48 – Drifters 45
The visiting Chargers brought their best physical bump and grind defense
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 19:28
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The Drifters varsity basketball program is on a roll. After winning four games in a row, including a dismantling of cross-town archrival King George, the Beach has now regained their familiar swagger of confidence. Last week, the Drifters utilized their patented fast break skills to defeat King George, Amelia County and their first Tidewater victim, West Point. In the last two years, the “Black & Gold” have dominated the cross-town series 3 games to one.
Satisfied that his team is on the right path, Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “We are still a work in progress; however, I’ve seen some little things that let me know we are on the verge of putting our package together.”
Throughout the years, the Beach has consistently maintained a high-energized court presence, complimented by an unwavering defense. “The fast-break is beginning to click, and our defensive presence is starting to materialize, while the confident look in their eyes is shaping up,” Swope said. “We still need more repetitions on shooting, and learning the overall system during the break.”
CBHS 66 – KG 59
A packed house at the famed “Drifterdome” witnessed two-heavyweight basketball teams feel each other out, before both teams accelerated into fifth gear,and went for the jugular. They ended the first quarter with a surge of jumpers and slashing moves inside of the Foxes interior post area, thereby taking the lead 22-12.
Dylan Farinet broke down the Foxes defense with penetrating moves to the basket that either led to an assist or a strong finish. Kevin “K-Dog” Swope and Jamel Dickerson completed the offensive assault with bombs from three-point land.
King George rallied in the third quarter to cut the Drifter 15-point lead to five. The game went into the money quarter [fourth] with the combatants standing toe to toe and swinging with all their worth. Although the Foxes cut the lead to two points during scoring stretch, they failed to take the lead. Donta Smith led the Foxes with 17 points, while teammate Devin Kohn added 10 points.
Drifter stats: Dylan Farinet – 21 points, 3-point basket, 8-14 free throws, 6-12 field goals, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 deflections, 4 steals; TT Carey – team high 22 points [including 7 jump shots], 8-9 free throws, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 9 deflected passes, 5 steals; Kevin Swope – 11 points, including three 3-pointers, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 deflections, 4 steals; Paul Roberson – board dominance [7 rebounds], 9 deflections, 4 steals; Jamel Dickerson – 3-pointers, 6 deflections, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Thomas Peery – 7 points, including a 3-pointer.
CBHS 63 – Amelia 56
After a tough battle during their first game, the Drifters knew the host Amelia Raiders would present a tough rematch. After battling their way to a 16-16 tie in the first quarter, the Beach managed to take a one point lead into the halftime locker-room.
The second half was a battle of wills, as both teams exchanged the lead in a back-and-forth motion. The Drifters finally won the game, with Farinet scoring 3-5 and K-Dog perfect at 2-2 from the foul line.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 23 points [9-17 field goals], 5-6 from the foul line, 12 rebounds, deflected 10 passes, 3 steals; Jamel Dickerson 16 points [season high, 11 in first quarter], two 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Kevin Swope – 14 points, including three 3-pointers, 10 assists, 10 deflections, 5 steals; Dylan Farinet – 5 critical points in the stretch, 10 rebounds, 5 steals; Paul Roberson – 5 points, 3-4 free throws, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Joe Slater – instrumental in the victory with hustle plays.
CBHS 73 – West Point 42
It was blow out city from the start in this one. The smack talking Pointers came in big and brash, but could not back up their chatter as the Beach romped to a 31-point whipping. The Drifters shot 47 percent from the floor with five 3-pointers, and out-rebounded the Pointers by 10 and forced them into 22 turnovers.
Drifter stats-: TT Carey – 33 points [13-18, 92 percent from the field], including one 3-pointer, 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 14 deflections, 3 steals; Dylan Farinet – 9 points, including a 3-pointer, 13 rebounds [team hight], 11 assists, 6 deflections, 7 steals; Kevin Swope – 10 points, including two 3-pointers, 2-2 free throws, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Travis Cundiff – 7 points [3-7 from the field], including a 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Paul Roberson – 6 points, 4 rebounds, one blocked shot; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points [2-2 from the field]; Thomas Hayward – 2 points; Alex Gorfida – 2 points, three rebounds; Joe Slater – 3 rebounds; Jeremy Robinson – 3 rebounds.
The Drifters are now 1-0 in the Tidewater District, and 4-1 overall as they head into the Christmas break. The Beach will return to action in the Holiday Tournament on Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30th. Don’t miss the action, as the Drifters lock horns with arch rival Washington & Lee for the first time in three years. The Holiday Tournament first round game featuring the Drifters and Eagles is scheduled for Monday, at 4:00 p.m.
Reprints of Photos from the game between the Drifters and Foxes are available at the Photo Gallery. Click Here
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2008 23:30
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Neither cold nor fidgid temperatures could keep 2,200 runners from competing in the 15th annual Friends & Family/YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk race on Thanksgiving Day.
Families traveled from as far as California to compete in the 5K adult and 1K childrens’ race, which featured nearly 500 kids. Amid freezing temperatures, seventy-two kids from the King George metropolitan area came out to showcase their holiday running skills. The location of the event took place near the Rappahannock Regional Library and True Luv’s Restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg.
The top overall winners from heats 1-4 for the 1K are as follows: heat 1, Caitlyn Kirtley [Fredericksburg], age 8, 7:39; heat 2, Tiffany Ray [Fredericksburg], age 12, 6:23; heat 3, Ben Morley [Fredericksburg], age 8, 7:19; heat 4, Hearn King [Fredericksburg], age 11, 5:54.
The winner for the adult 5K overall women’s portion was Malika Mejdoub, a resident from New York. Also from the Big Apple was the men’s overall winner, Mouhcine Outaleb [14:39].
Area top overall winners who finished in the top 10 of their age groups were: Michael Habgood, Jr., 4th [age 7] King George; Tyler Knepshield, 6th [age 7] King George; Jacob Watson, 8th [age 10] King George; Miranda Green, 3rd [age 12], King George; Duncan Mollner 4th [age 13] King George; Debi Bernardes 1st [50-54] King George; Erin Lewis 7th [Athena] King George; Haley Armentrout 2nd [13 & under] King George; Whitney Newton 3rd [20-24] King George; Jennifer Rose 5th [30-34] King George; Alice Hough 4th [60-64] King George; Marcia Hall 2nd [65-69] King George; Renn Garbee 10th [13 & under] King George; Ray Gamache 9th [14-19] King George; Stanley Peyton 3rd [20-24] King George; Justin Riddle 2nd [30-34] King George; Bryan Williams 2nd [35-39] Dahlgren; Paul Koepfinger 9th [40-44] King George; Jack Bernardes 3rd [45-49] King George; Larry Cooper 3rd [55-59] Colonial Beach; George Williams 6th [65-69]; Gerald Royce 8th [65-69], Dahlgren; Charles Hall 10th [65-69] King George.
Other competitors from the King George metro area who finished the 1K race with the following overall place: Hannah Koepfinger, 13th, age 8; Abigail Carson, 24th, age 7; Madison Herndon, 43rd, age 6; Megan Williams, 60th , age 5; Courtney Miller, 61st, age 5; Kennedy Tibbs, 62nd, age 7; Grace Kirwin, 63rd, Lauren Yanchulis, 64th, age 6; Hailey Gaither, 70th, age 7; Abby Elia, 73rd. age 6; Cortney Halsey, 74th, age 7, Anna Stafford, 75th, age 7; McKenna Mollner, 77th, age 8; Lexi South, 98th, age 6; Sidney Lillian Seale, 102, age 4; Anna Rinko, 20th, age 12; Briana Green, 26th, age 9; Jenna Heiston, 28th, Tiyanna Brown, 30th, age 12; Victoria Grant, 32nd, age 9; Meghan Yanchulis, 36th, age 12; Kaila Tibbs, 42nd, age 9; Taylor Henderson, 52nd, age 11; Madison Morgan, 54th, age 9; Sara Hall, 56th, age 10; Regan Baughman, 58th, age 12; Lindsay Hall, 65th, age 8; Catherine Phillips, 68th, age 10; Alexandria Arsenault, 69th, age 10; Brittany Halsey, 72nd, age 11; Jordan Ciemons, 81st, age 9; Kendall Rhodes, 82nd, age 9; Katelyn Ritenour, 83rd, age 10; Joshua Hayden, 16th, age 8; Garrett Jones, 19th, age 7; Nathan Williams, 20th, age 7; Logan Sullivan, 30th, age 7; Jesse Virgil, 31st, age 8; Joshua Rowe, 35th, age 8; Devyn Stout, 38th, 7; Connor Raich, 40th; Collin Raich, 42nd, age 8; Brendan Shea, 43rd, age 6; Randolph Juarez, 52nd, age 8; Jayden Parker, 53rd, age 8; Jonathan Rivas, 55nd, age 8; Aidan Arsenault, 67th, age 7; Graham Darcy, 72nd, age 8; Owen Darcy, 73rd, age 7; Dmontre Harvey, 94th, age 6; Zion White, 97th, age 7; Alexander Shea, 102, age 6; Timothy Phrobus, 106, age 8; Michael Feeser, 123, age 6; Jordan Aley, 14th, age 9; Stephen Jenkins 15th, age 13; Stephen Klopp, 18th, age 10; Kyle Knepshield, 19th, age 13; Matthew Marshall, 23rd, age 12; Justin Jenkins, 33rd, age 11; Colton Southall, 43rd, age 11; Thomas Jenkins, 52nd, age 10, Nygel White, 53rd, age 9, Kyle Shea, 69th, age 9; Jonah Bryant, 75th, age 11; Austin Carson, 79th, age 12; Isaiah White, 83rd, age 9; Franklin Rinko, 87th, age 9; Jarod Watson, 90th, age 11; Johnathan Cona, 97th, age 9.
The aforementioned overall placements of the above runners are different from the category placements. Representatives from the King George Elementary, Sealston Elementary and Potomac Elementary schools participated in the race.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 05:00
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On Saturday, neither frigid temperatures or a failing economy could keep the Drifter faithful from witnessing the Group A Region A Virginia High School Regional Championship at Colonial Beach. Although the Franklin County [10-2, 5-0] finally managed to defeat the Drifters [11-1, 5-0] on their fourth attempt in two years 16-14 for the championship, the victory did not come easy.
The game was a seesaw like battle to the final seconds. Drifter running back Travis Cundiff scored the first Drifter touchdown, by busting through the right side of the Broncos interior line. The Broncos started the second quarter with a fumble, which resulted in a 56-yard scoring drive, with Travis Cundiff scoring from 26-yards out.
At the start of the second quarter, Bronco running back Isaiah Hudson coughed up a fumble, placing the Drifters offense on the Franklin 36-yard line. Eleven plays later, Cundiff scores the Drifter second and final touchdown from 15-yards out.
In a strange twist of fate, Drifter defensive back, TT Carey intercepted a Bronco pass, but fumbled the ball back to Bronco defensive back, Malik Brown, who promptly ran down to the Drifter 5-yard line. On a second and goal, Hudson scored from five yards out. Hudson also scored the two-point conversion.
Although the Broncos never put together a lengthy scoring drive, their defense thwarted three potential Drifter scores in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Broncos scoring hopes were temporarily stalled after Deshawn Views tackled Hudson for a loss on forth down, on the Drifters two-yard line. On the ensuing drive, Bronco lineman Lacurt Boone recovered a Drifter fumble in the end zone, which tied the game at 14-14. Moments later, Hudson converted his second two-point conversion of the game, giving the Broncos a two-point lead, 16-14.
With the clock running out, the Drifters made one last ditch effort to win the game. After another Drifter defensive stand, halting a Bronco drive deep in Franklin territory on the 15-yard line, Drifter fullback Chad Inscoe on a draw play, rumbled down to the seven-yard line. Three plays later, the Broncos became the 2008 Regional champions, when they stopped Farinet two yards short of the goal line.
Now there is only one game separating the Broncos from competing the for their third State Championship in three years, life in the fast lane will not get any easier. Their next opponent, William Campbell [11-0, 6-0], from the Dogwood-A District defeated last year’s State Champion, Buffalo Gap on Friday. How tough are the Generals? Not only did they end the Bison’s 26-game winning streak for the Region B Division 1 Regional Championship, but also they did what no other opponent has done this season.
Last season, the Bison’s narrowly defeated the Generals in the Regional Championship, 29-28. The Generals defense has dominated opponents this season, by giving up 76 points, while their offense has scored 501 points.
The 2008 Drifter varsity football season featured one of the best seasons in school history. From the starters to the supporting cast, the team played as a family.
Leonard Banks, Sports Editor