A year in sports

Published 9:17 am Friday, December 30, 2011

Travis O'Neil crosses the finish line in trumph for the 200-meter dash with Dashawn Bynum closely behind him as Delta Sigma Theta Sorioty members cheer at the finish line in May. FILE

Editor’s note: The year 2011 was successful for many local teams. Franklin’s Justin Grant and Tidewater Academy’s Cary Beahm each scored their 1,000th point in basketball and the Isle of Wight Academy softball team made its debut to the state finals. The Franklin and Southampton high school golf teams won their districts, while the SHS volleyball team had a perfect regular season.



JAN. 12—Bronco Wrestling Coach Daniel K. “Bull” Johnson and the wrestling team hosted the Matt Bryant Memorial Wrestling Tournament to honor the deceased former Franklin wrestler.

The Tidewater Academy boys basketball team blew out a previous undefeated Fuqua Falcons team 64-40 with Warrior Martin Hellyer scoring 20 points

JAN. 14—Windsor High School boys’ basketball pulled off its first Tri-Rivers District match beating Franklin in a 45-42 nail-biter. WHS center Tony Walton scored 19 points in the victory.

Nathan Silvertson had a career night for Isle of Wight Academy, scoring 23 points in a 64-55 win over Hampton Roads Christian. Teammate Brandon Privette added 26 points as those two players made up the majority of the scoring for the Chargers, who improved to 5-0 in the Metro Conference.

JAN. 19—Isle of Wight Academy remained undefeated in the Merto Conference with a 58-41 victory over Portsmouth Christian.

JAN. 28—Southampton High competes with two female wrestlers – Kara Roberts and Johnette Robertson


FEB. 2—Windsor High School girls basketball picked up its first Tri-Rivers District win in four years with a 49-47 victory over Charles City. The Lady Dukes were led in scoring by Whitney Searcy, who scored 19 points.

Franklin High School football player Justin Grant signed a letter of intent to play for The University of Richmond on a five-year scholarship.

FEB. 4—Despite a double double by Cary Beahm of 12 points and 15 rebounds, the Lady Warriors were unable to defeat Brunswick Academy in a 42-41 nail-biter.

FEB. 9—Tidewater Academy boys’ basketball attained first place in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference.

SHS boys’ pick up their 10th straight win of the season with a 69-61 victory over rival Franklin.

FEB. 11—Franklin’s Justin Grant scored his 1,000th point in basketball against Chesterfield Community High School.

IWA’s Nathan Silvertson and Brandon Privette combined for 27 points in the first quarter for an 81-32 win over First Baptist. Privette finished the game with 20 points while Silvertson added 14.

FEB. 13—Windsor High School offensive lineman Justin Daniels received a four-year partial academic scholarship to Randolph Macon College.

FEB. 16—IWA’s Chelsea Edwards scored her 1,000th point in a victory over Atlantic Shores.

Both Southampton High School boys and girls basketball teams won first round matches of the Southside District tournament. The girls beat Nottoway 66-38 and the boys defeated Powhatan 48-30.

FEB. 18—Franklin High School wrestlers Xavier Freeman and Emmanuel Ricks advanced to the Virginia State Wrestling Tournament after both placed third at the Region A Wrestling Tournament.

Both Southampton High School basketball teams made it to the finals of the Southside District tournament. The girls beat Prince Edward 36-29, while the boys beat Parkview 67-57.

FEB. 23—Franklin’s Justin Grant was named Player of the Year for the Tri-Rivers District. Grant led the district in scoring with an average of 20.8 points per game. He also averaged 10.2 rebounds per game.

Southampton High School girls’ basketball Coach Aronda Bell was named Southside District Coach of the Year for Division III. Lady Indian senior Regina Artis was named Player of the Year and was picked First Team All District. Ronnie Powell was picked for the Second Team and Freshman Talisha Jenkins was awarded Honorable Mention.

Nick Doyle was named Southside District Player of the Year on the boys’ side. Doyle was also named to the First Team. Josh Johnson and Jalen Ford were named to the Second Team and Tonee Hill received Honorable Mention.

FEB. 27—A three-pointer by Brandon Privette led the Isle of Wight Chargers over Stonebridge in the quarterfinals of the Metro Conference tournament. IWA won the game 45-42.


MARCH 2—The Southampton Academy junior varsity girls’ basketball team won the Virginia Commonwealth Conference title for the second straight year with a 30-24 win over Amelia Academy.


MARCH 4—The Tidewater Academy boys’ basketball team defeated Banner Christian in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Independent Schools state tournament.

MARCH 6—Jennifer Sing, a 2008 graduate of Franklin High School and a junior at Virginia Military Institute, tied for second in the Women’s pole vault at the Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Tidewater Academy lost 55-52 to Williamsburg Christian in the semifinals of the Virginia Independent Schools state tournament. The loss ended the Warriors bid for back-to-back state titles.

MARCH 18—Franklin soccer won its first match since 2008, beating Greensville 4-0 in the season opener.


MARCH 20—The Southampton Storm 12U team took the title during a Softball Nation sanctioned tournament.


MARCH 25—Southampton Academy’s Chelsea Speight and Taylor Bradshaw combined for a no-hitter to defeat Peninsula Catholic High School.


APRIL 10—The Southampton Storm 14U softball team took the title during the two-day Mizuno Madness Tournament. The 12U team took second place in the tournament.

APRIL 17—Franklin’s Justin Grant was a six-time winner during a Tri-Rivers District track meet with Surry and Windsor. Grant won the 100 and 200-meter dashes, as well as the long, triple and high jumps. He also ran lead on the winning 4-by-100-meter relay team with Rashard Sumblin, Shaquan Cook and Josh Walker.

Southampton Academy tennis player Jessica Porter remained undefeated in Virginia Commonwealth Conference play with an 8-0 win over Tidewater Academy’s Olivia Patton.

APRIL 22—Southampton High School shortstop Carla Matthews agreed to play at North Carolina Wesleyan.

The Southampton Academy golf team finished the regular season in third place in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference, despite a 205-172 loss to Steward School.

Southampton senior Ronnie Powell was a triple winner during a Southside District track meet at Greensville High School. Powell won the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Windsor’s Tiffany Rapp pitched a no-hitter during the Lady Duke’s 19-0 win over Franklin.

APRIL 24—The Southampton Academy girls’ tennis team finished third in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference.


MAY 4—Deshawn Bynum placed first in the shot put and 200-meter dash and second in the softball throw during the Special Olympics track meet in Franklin. Travis O’Neil placed first in the 100-meter dash, second in the shot put and 200-meter dash and third in the softball throw.

MAY 6—University of Mary Washington freshman tennis player Lindsay Raulston was named Rookie of the Year in the Capital Athletic Conference.

MAY 8-—The Isle of Wight Academy softball team wins top seed for the Metro Conference Tournament. The Lady Chargers went 10-0 in the conference in 2011.

MAY 15—Isle of Wight Academy softball moved on to the Virginia Independent Schools’ state tournament and won the Metro Conference crown with a over Broadwater Academy.

Tidewater Academy finished second in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference Tournament and hosted the first round of the Virginia Independent Schools’ state tournament as a No. 4 seed.

MAY 18—Tidewater Academy’s Taylor Warner pitched a no-hitter to help the Lady Warriors advance to the second raound of the state tournament with a 15-0 win over Carlisle.

The Tidewater Academy baseball team defeated Steward School 6-3 to win the Virginia Commonwealth Conference title.

MAY 22—The Isle of Wight Academy softball team came one victory short of winning a state title in a 5-0 to Kenston Forest.

Southampton Academy baseball lost 1-0 to Blessed Sacrament Huguenot during the Virginia Independent Schools’ Athletic Association state semifinals.

The Southampton High School softball team finished second in the Southside District for the second straight year with a 16-3 overall record.

MAY 29—Franklin High School softball players Janesha Hurdle and Katisha Bynum were named to the All-District Second Team and made the All-Academic team. Tiana Agee and Raynesha Blow were named to the All-District Second Teamm while Kiara Banks was named to the All-Academic Team.


JUNE 1—Isle of Wight Academy Sophomore pitcher Hailey Glover and eighth-grade shortstop Bailey Key were named to all-state team.

Franklin High School teacher and coach David Lease returned home to Salem, Ohio, over the weekend to be inducted into his high school sports hall of fame.

A four-year track letterman and three-year letterman in football and basketball, Lease was chosen for the United High School Wall of Fame.

JUNE 5—Windsor High School seniors Lance Wall and Justin Daniels signed to play Division 3 football for Randolph-Macon College in the fall.

JUNE 8—Sedley’s 10 & Under girls’ softball team coached by Tony Tharrington beat Capron 3-2 to win the regular season championship.

Southampton High School senior Ronnie Powell for a second year in a row won the 100-meter dash at the Virginia High School League Group AA State Outdoor Championship in Harrisonburg.

JUNE17—Golfers Josh Bryant and Mark Simmons both hit holes-in-one on the same day at Cypress Cove Country Club.

JUNE 24—For a third year in a row, Newsoms 16U won the post-season tournament after splitting a doubleheader with Wakefield.


JULY—Megan Simmons and Allison Matthews hit RBIs in the first, third and fifth innings to lead Capron 13U to a 6-2 win over Sedley and the post-season tournament title on June 19. Capron had another reason to celebrate, with its 10U team also taking a tournament title behind Kellie Ferguson’s 10 strikeouts for an 8-0 win over Sedley.

JULY 15—Hunter Peck pitched a no-hitter for the Southampton-Sussex Nationals Pony 13- and 14-year-old All-Star team.

JULY 22—The 12U and 14U Southampton all-star softball teams won each of their five games during the three-day tournament, which included teams as far as New York and South Carolina.


AUG. 21—Justin McHenry, a 2011 graduate of Southampton High School, has received an athletic scholarship from Mount Olive College in North Carolina.

AUG. 26—Due to a lack of participation, Tidewater Academy canceled its varsity football season. The Warriors played six games this year with a junior varsity/middle school team.


SEPT. 2—The Franklin golf team remained undefeated in the Tri-Rivers District, beating Sussex 188 to 195.

SEPT. 11—Southampton High School placed three golfers in the top four for the Indians’ fourth tournament win of the season at Lake Gaston Country Club.

SEPT. 14—Hayes Holdsworth a 2010 Tidewater Academy graduate, received athletic and assistance scholarship from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C.

SEPT. 16—Windsor High School senior center Nick Powell will not wear his No. 77 football jersey during Friday’s home game against Southampton High School. Powell chose to do so out of respect for Brian Rushing and his family. A Southampton High School starting senior defensive tackle that wore No. 77, Brian died Saturday morning after playing in a game against Franklin on Sept. 9. Preliminary autopsy results indicated the 17-year-old’s death was due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

SEPT. 28—Southampton High School’s golf team took its first Southside District title in 18 years and won the district tournament after the Indians swept the top three spots.

Franklin’s golf team won the Tri-Rivers District Tournament, scoring a 380. Sussex finished second with a 400.


Oct. 5—Southampton High School junior Lewis Mayes fell one shot shy of qualifying for the state golf tournament.

The season ended for Franklin and Windsor high schools’ golf teams after no players qualified for the state tournament during the regional tournament. at Quinton Oakes Golf Course.

OCT. 9—The first girl to play football for Southampton Academy sat out during Thursday night’s junior varsity game.That’s because opponent Northeast Academy threatened to forfeit if starting eighth-grader Mina Johnson played.

OCT. 23—Senior running back R.J. Edwards racked up 221 yards on the ground to help the Dukes crush the Cougars of Surry County High School 50-28 on homecoming night.

OCT. 30—Senior Jaron White rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns — one for 33 yards and another for 75 yards — to lead Southampton High School to a 35-0 win over Southside District opponent Brunswick.

Isle of Wight Academy clinched a Virginia Commonwealth Conference championship with a 47-6 drubbing of Brunswick Academy.

Southampton High School’s volleyball team on Thursday completed a perfect regular season and took the Southside District title after defeating visiting Prince Edward 3-0.


NOV. 6—The Tidewater Academy volleyball season ended Thursday with a dramatic 3-2 loss to Fuqua School in the semifinals of the Virginia Commonwealth Conference Tournament. Tidewater finished its season at 12-7 overall and 11-6 in the VCC.

NOV. 11—The Holland Razorbacks came from behind to beat the Franklin Mustangs 19-13 and win the Franklin-Southampton Youth Football League title for a second year in a row.

NOV. 13—Ten Southampton High School football players were chosen for the Southside District’s First Team, including running back Saiquan Mason, who was named Offensive Player of the Year. Also named to the First Team were center Mandel Featherston, guard Jarvis Tucker, tackle Charles Vincent, running back and defensive end Jaron White, quarterback Mason Wright, punter Russell Ballance, defensive lineman Evan Bell, linebacker Cecil Lowe and defensive back Karon Evans. Named to the Second Team were Evans for wide receiver, Ballance for kicker, defensive lineman Trevoris Evans and lineback Jamar Bell. Receiving Honorable Mention were Joseph Baldwin and Forrest Hart.

NOV. 18—Southampton High School Volleyball Coach Chad Brock was named Coach of the Year for the Southside District.


DEC. 7—Tidewater Academy junior Cary Beahm needed 12 points to earn her 1,000th career point on Monday.She scored 19 during the Lady Warriors’ 51-38 win over Southampton Academy.

DEC. 9—Senior Nick Doyle scored a game-high 23 points to lead Southampton High School to a 58-47 win over visiting Franklin.

DEC. 18—Franklin senior Tyshaun Lowe scored 28 points and made 15 rebounds to lead the Broncos to a 77-68 come-from-behind win over Tri-Rivers District opponent Chesterfield.

DEC. 21—Franklin’s basketball team set a record for the all-time high scoring game, defeating Region A opponent Colonial Beach 109-107 in triple overtime.

DEC. 28—Southampton Academy’s 55-42 victory over Ridgecroft Academy gave the boys three wins on the year, surpassing the two wins from last year.