Monday, August 5 saw everybody in action for the beginning of fall sports with the Northern Neck District, and that was particularly true at Northumberland.
The Indian harriers, the cross country team opened with a new Head Coach in Trinity Bea. Bea, a long time distance competitor at Northumberland has a rebuilding program to accomplish this year. The field hockey team also has a rebuilding program for the 2019 season. Head Coach Mark Fridenstine noted they lost eleven seniors for last year’s team. He returns Coach Mac Magerko as his “right hand man” to help with the teams, particularly the JVs. Fridenstine said they had picked 15 varsity candidates and 12 for the JV.
Golf has been practicing over the summer months, mostly on their own and have already won a match to kick-off the fall season at Northumberland. Football started on August 1 but has made major strides once the needed physicals were finished. Head Coach Aaron Lewis was seen grinning with a fistful of physicals saying, “I’m building my varsity.” By week’s end his forty plus candidates were in full pads and “hitting” in some tough drills. Lewis made the following observation, “I am high on this year’s team. They are looking great, have plenty of energy, eager to learn, a really, really talented group.” The football team will host a spaghetti dinner on August 23, at Coan Baptist Church. They have a scrimmage that evening with West Point here at 6 p.m.
The 2019 volleyball squad will again have the dynamic duo of Anjelica Scott and Echo Hopkins as coaches. With nearly a week’s worth of practice the two have chosen 12 players for each to JV and varsity teams. Scott says “It’s still early, there is some work to do, we’ll be competitive, a strong competitive team.” They have a scrimmage set for August 22 at Caroline High School.
The Lady Indians field hockey team gets in some laps at practice.