Chargers compete in softball, golf, soccer

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

by James J. Lidington
Isle of Wight Academy

The Isle of Wight Academy softball team was defeated by Greenbrier Christian Academy 6-5 last Thursday in a state semifinal at the Dinwiddie Sports Complex.

IWA (17-4) took a 5-1 lead to the top of the fifth, but Greenbrier rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Gators loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning before an out could be recorded. A ground ball back to the pitcher got one out at the plate, but the winning run scored on a defensive miscue with a subsequent batter at the plate.

IWA also won over Highland School of Warrenton, 14-0, on May 16 in a Div. II state tournament quarterfinal at IWA. The Lady Chargers also defeated Portsmouth Christian 12-0 on May 15 to win the rain-affected Metro Conference Tournament.


From left are Isle of Wight Academy’s golf team: Gene Milburn, Willie Keyt, Blake Davis, Cody Jeffries, Jed Davies, Sydney Grimes, Brett Leidel, Caitlyn Kinsey and assistant coach Chester Morse.

Isle of Wight Academy’s Blake Davis carded a 78 on May 15 at Sleepy Hole Golf Course to take medalist honors in the Metro Athletic Conference Golf Tournament.

The Chargers also outdistanced their nearest competition, Atlantic Shores Christian, by 94 strokes and claimed the team title by virtue of earning the best four scores in the one-day, 18-hole tournament.

Along with Davis’ 78, IWA’s Sydney Grimes shot 82, Jed Davies fired an 83, Brett Leidel shot 89 and Cody Jeffries broke 100 with a 96. All qualified for the 2017 All-Metro Golf Team.

Gene Milburn, Isle of Wight Academy golf coach, was named conference Coach of the Year.

IWA advanced to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Golf Tournament on Monday at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Richmond.


Members of the Isle of Wight Academy soccer team.

The IWA co-ed soccer team (10-2-2) wrapped up the Virginia Commonwealth Conference Tournament title with a 4-2 win on May 16 over previous No. 1-ranked Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot at Brunswick Academy.

The Chargers had been in second place prior to their defeat of the Knights.

Freshman William Fricke scored three goals and was named tournament Most Valuable Player; Tre Powell also scored in the title game.

Fricke finished the season with 22 goals and five assists.