The winter sports season officially opened on December 3 with both the girls and guys basketball teams in action; on December 5 with the Academic teams having their first meet; and on December 7 when the wrestling team took to the mats in completion. After graduation last spring, it’s a youth movement for all the teams involved in winter sports at Northumberland. Over the past two weeks, the basketball teams played five games between them and the academic team (scholastic bowl) has logged in four matches. The wrestling ream has one tournament under their belts. By the time the two weeks were over, the academic team is the only one without a win, the wrestling team has not had a one-on-one match.
The Lady Indians opened their two series with a pair of losses at home to Mathews and King and Queen. This past week they lost on the road to Mathews and Middlesex but got a win on Saturday at 2A Nandua for their first this season. The girls JV got a win against Essex but has struggled in their other contests during the two week period.
The guys varsity lost at Mathews in their opening game but rebounded for a win at K & Q then on Friday, lost at 6A Freedom High at Woodbridge to “a gigantic team.” In last week’s play, they opened with a loss to Mathews when, “We ran out of gas in the last period.” “We did better” at Nandua on Saturday but “came up just a little short.” Coach Michael Stevenson pointed to the same problems all the winter sports teams are having this year.“We just have to learn to play with each other.” The JV opened with two wins but lost at Freedom. Returning here last week they dropped a game to Mathews when the scoring dried up in the second half and lost at Nandua.
Saturday’s annual pilgrimage to the Eastern Shore was perfect example of the early season. Normally it is a visit that fattens all four basketball team’s records but this year only the girls varsity managed a win.
For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 12/18/19
The Northumberland Academic Team has recently completed 4 matches.