Athletes deserve applause

Published 9:14 am Friday, March 1, 2013

We would like to congratulate Western Tidewater’s winter high school athletes who made it to state competitions.

The Southampton Academy girls’ basketball team may have lost 30-23 to Tidewater Academy in the first round of the state tournament, but the Lady Raiders earned bragging rights; they limited Tidewater to its lowest score of the season.

After the victory, the No. 6 TA girls upset No. 3 ranked Roanoke Catholic 47-40 and will compete in the semifinals against No. 2 ranked Wakefield School at 8:30 tonight, March 1. Best of luck, girls.

The Tidewater Academy boys, a seven-player squad, fought through four overtimes, finishing the game with five players after two fouled out in the second overtime. The Warriors lost 73-70.

The No. 7 ranked Isle of Wight Academy boys fell 67-49 to No. 2 Amelia Academy, 33-7, in the quarterfinals after defeating Greenbrier Christian 52-47 in the first round.

The Lady Chargers may have lost 53-25 to Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, but they were competing in a higher division than their regular season schedule. The win for NSA was the first at the state level in school history for the girls’ program.

Franklin High School wrestlers Xavier Freeman and Zack Hopkins also made it to the state tournament.

Congratulations to all our athletes!