Winter Sports Wrap-Ups

 

Varsity Wrestling

Our wrestling team had a tremendous season overall. Chris Beck ’16 holds the title as TCIS Wrestler of the Year. During the VISAA Tournament, Chris also won the 182-pound title with a 5-0 decision and won his semifinal with a 4-0 decision. Jacob Roth ’19 and Chad Bullock ’16 finished second in the VISAA tournament, helping our to Oaks place fifth as a team.

“The team won the Booker T. Washington Tournament and the Randolph-Macon Tournament,” said coach Mike Hage. “They also visited Atlanta to wrestle in the number one private school tournament in the country. There were more than 37 teams from 14 states in this event and our team placed 12th overall, including Jayden Bullock ’20, who took sixth-place, Chris, who placed third and Chad, who placed sixth.”

“The oaks took fourth at TCIS with Jacob Roth ’19, Jacob Conn ’16, Chris, Chad as champions while Jayden, Miles Edmond ’18 placed second and Max Wagner ’17 placed third. During the state tournament (VISAA) we placed sixth overall, then we traveled to nationals in Pennsylvania and took 37th place. The team had some good newcomers this year including Max, Tim Spooner ’18, Monroe Forehand ’20, and Dylan Pausch ’20.

Varsity Boys’ Basketball

This season was definitely one to remember with our boys’ varsity basketball team winning Collegiate’s first TCIS Championship in more than 10 years. Bash Townes ’16 was named TCIS Tournament MVP. The trio of Bash, Adam Grant ’16 and Kyonze’ Chavis ’16 each took home Collegiate’s Winter Athletic Awards Co-MVP title while Jimmy Hurley ’16 received the OAK Award. Each student played his best and rising athletes Kile McNair ’17 and Jakiem Robertson ’18 were tremendous assets to the team.

“It was an enjoyable season,” said coach Jim Markey. “I said it at the beginning of the season, the camaraderie inside the locker room was a real strength for the team, overall.”  

“The team was consistently ranked as one of the best two teams in Hampton Roads and as one of the best 10 teams in the state, both public and private. The Oaks were led by a trio of seniors: Adam, Bash, Kynoze’. The co-captains were four-year starters at Norfolk Collegiate and had a final year to remember,” said teammate Jimmy.

“Twice the boys beat the top-ranked team in Hampton Roads and for the first time in 10 years, they won the conference tournament and were crowned TCIS champions! The Oaks earned a two seed in the VISAA state tournament, which gave the boys the chance to play in front of the Treehouse one last time. Unfortunately, the team fell to Virginia Episcopal School by one point in the state quarterfinals. It was an incredibly exciting season for all involved; thank you to all members of the community who came and cheered the boys on during their record-breaking season.”

Varsity Girls’ Basketball

 Our girls displayed heart and the ability to fight back throughout the season by pressing their way to the VISAA quarterfinals.

“We were challenged many times this year,” said coach Kala Dawson. “Some games went our way and others we fell a little short. Yet through it all it was a very educational season. We learned that we can compete against the best teams and not just play them. The team surprised a lot of its opponents and secured a foundation to build on next year. We had a big win against Cape Henry this year and the team made it to the second round of the state tournament.”

JV Boys’ Basketball

Our JV boys’ basketball team increased proficiency with each game they played and had a lot of fun while doing it.

“As coaches we were very pleased with the effort the players gave day in and day out,” said Assistant Coach Bobby Merryman. “They competed with each other during practice which made us better during the games. We struggled to get wins throughout the season but not all successes are based on a record.”

“We truly believe the student got a little better each day. We learned how to play with each other as a team and how to play fast because we were a small in number. We didn't have much size but we had speed, so we used that to our advantage,” he continued. “I think we set a good base for rising sophomores, and we are excited to work with the rising freshmen and eighth graders next year. During next season, we will be led by our three rising sophomore guards Matthew Yoeun ’18, Thomas Chatman ’18 and Jordan Laster ’18. Some rising players to look out for are Jake Reaghard ’20 and Ryan Williams ’21.”

MS Boys’ Basketball (Oak)

Coaches often preach that it is more important how you finish than how you start.  Nothing could be more accurate about our sixth-grade basketball team.  

“We were the only team in our league comprised exclusively of sixth-graders and had a grand total of one season of recreational-basketball experience combined among our eight players,” said Coach Frank Thomson. “Nevertheless, our boys improved throughout the season and closed it out with a victory against a team of similar age and experience.” 

MS Boys’ Basketball (Red)

The finish line was the team’s focus during this season.  The phrase to finish was their overall goal.

“To finish every drill, to finish every play and to finish every game,” said coach Antonio Jones. “With only seven players, each of them had a lot of playing time to better their game. Everyone finished the season with better knowledge of the game and as a better individual player but most importantly as a team player. This season went by fast but we accomplished each of our goals. This season couldn't have ended any better with us playing four for half of the championship game.”

“Our season highlight is Jonathan’s ’20 game winning free throws with no time, which sent us to the championship. I'm already looking forward to what next year’s season will hold for us and am looking forward to coaching the team next year as well. I had an amazing year, though I'm still learning, I couldn't have asked to share this season with a better group of guys. Thanks team, and remember to finish.

MS Boys’ Basketball (Blue)

This year’s eighth-grade team was one of the strongest middle school teams in over 10 years at Collegiate.

“With hard work and dedication, they were able to advance to the league championship, where they fell short to Norfolk Christian,” said coach Lonice Kenley. “Not only did they advance all the way to the finals, but they were able to do so with the smallest roster in the league (seven players), two being in the sixth- and seventh-grade. I am a strong advocate of hard work, dedication and discipline, which were all three essential keys to our success this season.”

MS Girls’ Basketball (Blue & White)

Our two middle school girls’ basketball teams both had a fantastic season.

“Playing together for the first time, our sixth grade team truly showed the determination and desire to get better, which we love to see in our Oaks.  After a few hiccups early in the season, the girls came together for a big upset win over the St. Patrick seventh grade team.  The win propelled them to five straight victories, including the playoffs as they made it all the way to the final four, losing a close game to the eventual champion,” said coach John Bain. 

“The seventh- and eighth-grade team excelled all season, showing that they were ready to build upon the previous year and take their game up a notch.  The girls showed tenacity and attitude that not only bonded them together, but resulted in a fantastic team. The girls made it all the way to the league’s championship game, taking out the undefeated #1 seed along the way,” he continued. “The girls fell just short of victory in the championship, but they played absolutely as hard as they could and we couldn’t be more proud of them and their commitment to each other.  By the end of the season, both teams showed that our Oaks girls’ basketball program is ready to take it to the next level next year and the future is bright.” 

Cheerleading

Our cheering program has grown exponentially since last season and each team has made successful accomplishments.

MS Cheerleading

“This is the first season in a while that Norfolk Collegiate has three full teams of cheerleaders,” said Coach Cayte Brown '08.  “It started at the middle school level with five dedicated cheerleaders. These young ladies cheered at multiple games throughout the season and topped it off with an amazing halftime routine which they worked hard to prepare. We look forward to what this team has to offer.”

JV Cheerleading

“Although our JV team consisted of many eighth-grade students, we were happy to have a full JV team consisting of eighth, ninth and 10th graders,” said Brown. “This team worked hard at practices to improve their sideline cheers, stunting abilities and dance technique.  They cheered at all home JV boys’ basketball games as well as some varsity girls’ games. 

Varsity Cheerleading

“The largest accomplishment of the season was the varsity cheering team and them competing in the cheerleading competition at Norfolk Christian. Not only did this team of 12 cheer at home and away games for the varsity basketball teams, they spent countless hours in the gym perfecting their routine for the first cheerleading competition in six years.  The team took home second place in the competition, and we are looking forward to growing upon what we learned this season next year,” Brown said.

Varsity and JV Co-ed Swimming

Collegiate’s swim team had a great season. Every swimmer dropped seconds off their times in at least one event and excelled to the TCIS meet.

“Our girls team excelled to a new height by taking first place at the TCIS meet in the 200 Medley Relay. Overall, the girls’ team placed fourth at TCIS,” said coach Jessica Hennig. “Seven girls competed at the state competition in Christiansburg. At states, the girl’s 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay both qualified for finals. The boys’ team fought hard throughout the season. We had new swimmers find their events and challenged returning swimmers to try new events. At the end of the season, we held five wins and five losses.”

 

Winter Athletic Awards Recipients 

On March 1, the middle and upper school gathered to honor our winter student-athletes. Click here to view a list of the awardees. 

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