Bay Rivers District athletic parity has received considerable ink over the years, but the 2011-12 school year was off-the-hook competitive. Consider: If only one of Tabb's or Lafayette's sports teams had finished a single place higher in the standings in one of 22 sports, they would've finished as the Bay Rivers District's top athletic school for 2011-12.
Actually, it was by less than one place that Grafton and Jamestown finished ahead of Tabb and Lafayette, and will share the district's all-sports trophy. Grafton and Jamestown finished with 153.5 points each, with Tabb and Lafayette at 153 points apiece.
York was not far behind the four, finishing with 138.5. Points are calculated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale, with 10 points going to a team that finishes in first place in district play by itself, and one point going to a team alone in 10th place.
"I think this says a lot about the level of competition in all programs and the parity in all sports," Jamestown athletic director Don Samuels said of the close finish. "Any time you can win an all-sports trophy in a district as strong as the Bay Rivers, it says a great deal about how well so many programs have done.
"We're very honored to have tied for first and to finish in first three years in a row."
The all-sports trophy is the first ever for Grafton, which fell a half-point short of Jamestown a year ago.
"I think this proves what a lot of people say that 'Any team can beat another team in the Bay Rivers District on a given night.'" Grafton AD Laura Sutton said. "It's interesting that the four teams that were so close to each other involve crosstown rivalries: Lafayette-Jamestown and Grafton-York."
Bay Rivers District All-Sports Trophy standings for 2011-12: Tie 1-Grafton and Jamestown 153.5 points, Tie 3-Tabb and Lafayette 153, 5-York 138.5 6-Poquoson 96, 7-Warhill 94.5, 8-Smithfield 93.5, 9-New Kent 90, 10-Bruton.
Lafayette tops academically
Lafayette High finished first in the Bay Rivers' Academic Activities standings for the 2011-12 school year. Activities included in this competition one-act-play, scholastic bowl, debate, forensic, newspaper, yearbook and magazine.
Bay Rivers District Academic Activities standings for 2011-12: 1-Lafayette 41, 2-Grafton 33, 3-New Kent 26, 4-Tabb 25.5, 5-Jamestown 24, 6-York 22.5, T-7 Bruton and Smithfield 26, 9-Poquoson 16, 10-Warhill 8.
Commonwealth baseball tryouts
Tryouts for the East baseball squad in this year's Commonwealth Games are set for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Nansemond River High in Suffolk. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible and the registration fee is $20.
The Games are scheduled for July 6-8 at Kiwanis Field in Salem.
Bruton girl shines
Bruton sophomore Michaela Cody's time of 5:07.89 in the Region I track and field meet 1,600 meters is the fastest ever run by a Bay Rivers District female. It is the eighth best time ever recorded on the Peninsula, including girls from the track-rich Peninsula District.
While Jon Culloum of Jamestown lit up the scoreboard at Wanner Stadium by scoring six goals in a 14-1 boys soccer rout of Prince Edward on Tuesday, Grafton's Morgan Singer and Tabb's Reilly Maw were excellent on the road in their team's Region I tournament quarterfinal victories.
Singer netted five goals in the Clippers' 8-0 win at Southside District girls champion Prince Edward. Maw scored all three goals in the Tigers 3-0 win over Battlefield District boys champion Courtland.
"Reilly has been in a groove lately," Tabb coach Scott Kuhnle said. "He's been shooting real well, and when he's been given opportunities to finish he's been taking advantage.
"Sutton Nichols has done a nice job of setting him up."