Isle of Wight Academy sports: Edwards leads school’s state-level runners

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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By James J. Lidington

Isle of Wight Academy


Isle of Wight Academy runners competed Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond.

IWA’s Hannah Edwards finished third in the girls 500-meter dash final, a fraction of a second behind the second-place and winning runners. She also placed 12th out of 32 runners in the girls 300-meter dash final.

Teammate Hannah McClain finished 27th in the girls 500 and placed 32nd in the girls 1,000-meter run final.

In boys events, IWA’s Pierce Cutler and John Butler finished 33rd and 34th, respectively, in the boys 1,600-meter run. IWA’s team of Butler, Cutler, Jaiden Wilson and Jayce Joyner finished 11th out of 18 teams in the boys 4-by-800-meter relay final.


The IWA varsity girls basketball team awaited state tournament selection Sunday, Feb. 19, to see if it made the VISAA Division II State Tournament bracket, but the Lady Chargers ultimately were not selected.

The team ran its record to 13-6 after defeating StoneBridge School in its regular season home finale Friday, Feb. 17, by a score of 22-8.

The Lady Cavaliers had crept to within six points, 13-7, in the fourth quarter, but IWA outscored the visitors 9-1 to close out the win.

IWA was vanquished by Norfolk Academy 39-14 on Thursday, Feb. 16, and turned the tables on Broadwater Academy on Monday, Feb. 13, by a score of 37-27 in a rough-and-tumble contest in Exmore.

In a recent state poll, IWA was ranked No. 13 in Division II, with the top 12 teams qualifying for the state tournament that was set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 28. 

The IWA varsity boys team wrapped up a 6-14 campaign with a 72-56 home loss to StoneBridge on Feb. 17.

The Chargers suffered the same fate against Norfolk Academy, 75-18, on Feb. 16 and versus Broadwater, 76-74, on Feb. 13.

Isle of Wight Academy was paced this season by freshman Antonio Harrell’s 17.2 points per game. Teammate Jason Chapman accounted for 8.6 and Evan Bracey for 8.5.


In a Feb. 17 ceremony, IWA honored senior athletes and cheerleaders. Listed by sport, the honorees included the following:

  • Boys basketball: Jackson Cofer, Jude Powell and Ricky Summerell;
  • Girls basketball: Macy Hooper and Emma Young;
  • Indoor track: Hannah Edwards, Hannah McClain, Pierce Cutler and Brett Landen;
  • Cheer: Aftyn Bracy, Madison Zyliak and Lily Hayslett.