High school fall sports practice begins

Published 9:35 am Friday, August 5, 2011

Southampton Academy quarterback Wesley Barnes tosses the ball during practice on Thursday. The Raiders' first game is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Hampton Christian. -- Dale Liesch | Tidewater News

Practice has begun for local high school teams participating in fall sports this season.

Most teams hit the fields Monday, while some are adapting to new head and assistant coaches.


Fall practices began Monday at Franklin High School under a new athletic director. Dave Lease, FHS golf coach, has taken over for former Athletic Director Mona Sumblin.

“I’ve been busy,” Lease said.

The FHS volleyball team has a new coach this year. Frank Seal has taken over for Marilyn Freeman, who stepped down. Chelsie Brown will be an assistant coach.

“He has coached volleyball in the past,” Lease said of Seal.

Cheerleading and football have also started practicing.


Southampton High School has two new head coaches. They are field hockey coach Stephanie Nash and golf coach William Whitehurst, a former wrestling assistant.

“He’s been in the system before, but he’s new to golf,” said SHS athletic director Littleton Parker.

The Indians’ football team has also named Paul Jackson, Ricky Epps and Darion Bell new assistant coaches under second-year Head Coach Wes Griffith.

The volleyball, cheerleading and cross county teams began practice on Monday.


All fall teams began practicing Monday for the Dukes. Those sports include volleyball, golf, cheerleading and football.


Southampton Academy’s new volleyball coach is alumnus Sarah Nixon, who graduated from James Madison University. Nixon will take over for Terry Bell, said Athletic Director Dale Marks.

The Raiders’ football team will not see the return of defensive consultant John Hinkle Sr.


Tidewater Academy is looking for a volleyball coach, but will have a coach in place when practice begins Monday, Aug. 8, said athletic director Walter Westbrook.

Coach David Rodgers and the Warriors football team began practice Monday.


The football, volleyball and cheerleading teams for Isle of Wight Academy began practices Monday.