Tuesday night, November 13, the brightest and best of the Northumberland fall sports teams and coaches attended the 2018 Fall Sports Awards ceremonies at the high school. Joining them were families, friends and fans from across the county and beyond. With the football team still involved in the playoffs, it was as usual a star studded event. Each coach introduced their team, summed up the year and made predictions for the coming year. The Indian’s Athletic Director, Teresa Rock, kicked off the program with these observations = 144 students participated in the fall sports programs, 39 were seniors and 45 made their respective All Academic teams.
First up was fall cheerleading with Amiah Thomas being selected as the most valuable and Zaire Jackson as the most improved. Cross country coach Donald Mitchell noted the guys’ teams third place finish; Addie Swisher was the ladies most outstanding, with the most improved award going to Bess Blake; most outstanding guy was Zach Moore, with the most improved going to Anthony Ashton.
The field hockey team hosted the first round of the regionals for the first time, closing with 6-7 mark and recording six shut outs Jayna Bramblet was chosen a most improved, Natalie Webb as defensive player, Hannah Loving as offensive player, most valuable was Lexi Rock, and the coach’s award went to Breanna Davis.
The golf team was the Northern Neck District champs and third in the region. Matthew Jett was chosen for the coach’s award.
The Lady Indians volleyball team as the Northern Neck District Tourney champion advanced to the second round of regional play. They earned $4,803 for cancer research in the Dig Pink night. Latney Hodges was announced as an All Region 1A East first team selection, she also was defensive player of the year. Elle Williams was the offensive player of the year.
The football teams were announced with the JV having a 7-1 record and the varsity now at 10-1 and the season still going. Principal Dr. Travis Burns called for another round of applause for this fall’s coaching staffs. In a comedic effort, he threw out school blankets to slow down the exodus to get cake and punch.
At the smaller sized schools, such as Northumberland, winning is just as important as with any other; but, it also presents a problem as the winter sports teams often rely on the same quality players as the fall sports teams do to fill their rosters.
While going on into the Region 1A East finals on Saturday in football, it caused the guys basketball team to have to cancel its one lone scrimmage set for the 2018-19 season.
The guy’s basketball team has 27 eighth graders and 28 JV and varsity prospects. Coach Michael Stevenson notes a possible 15 football players will try-out. He lost eight to graduation and, as he stated, “We’re in a holding pattern.” The regular season opens November 26, with a trip to Mathews and a November 27 game at Middlesex followed December 1 at Nandua.
The wrestling team is also on hold with the football team still playing. They are set to open with a tri-meet with Lancaster and Essex at Northumberland on November 28.
Coach Donald Mitchell stated the indoor track team is busy practicing with three invitation meets set for December.