Jamestown High's volleyball team will look to secure at least a tie for its first Bay Rivers District title since 2008 Thursday night, when it plays at Lafayette. Should the Eagles (15-0 district) win, they can unseat two-time defending champion Grafton by beating the Clippers on Tuesday.
Eagles coach Tom Stephenson said he is getting good play all over the floor, particularly from setter Monique St. Cyr, who set a school record with 55 assists in a four-game win earlier this week against New Kent. Stephenson feels that outside hitter Briana Sutton, who had 14 kills in the New Kent game, is having a district Player of the Year type season.
"Monique makes great decisions and is good at seeing the matchups that will give our hitters the best advantage against the other team."
Hitters Becca Schroeder and Kelly Esch have partnered with Sutton to give the Eagles a formidable presence at the net. Emily Ortiz and Natalie Esch have limited opposition scoring chances with solid blocking in the middle.
"We thought we would be strong this season and have lived up to expectations," Stephenson said. "But we know Grafton is still out there, and the district championship is theirs until someone takes it away from them."
Cunningham to address Tabb legends
Bruce Cunningham, a former Tabb High football player who has covered the Baltimore Ravens on the radio and television for 15 years, will be the guest speaker at the inaugural Legends of Tabb Dinner set for Nov. 5 at the school.
The Legends Dinner, which will be an annual event, is designed to celebrate the school's storied athletic past. Former football coaches Freddie Mitchell, Charlie Hovis and Willard Hunt are this year's honorees.
Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 757-867-5306.
Big crowd for Jamestown-Lafayette
Jamestown High athletic director Don Samuels said that a large crowd is expected to attend Friday's football game at Wanner Stadium between Jamestown and Lafayette. Samuels said that the gates will open at 6 p.m. and suggest that folks wishing to avoid long ticket lines arrive early.
Bruton linebackers excel
Bruton High isn't exactly lighting up the scoreboard this season, scoring 14 or fewer points in four of seven games. But the Panthers have forged a winning record (4-3) in large part because of a defense led by a strong five-man linebacker corps.
De'Arius Olvis has been the star of the group, but says he's far from a one-man show.
"It seems like Brent Spencer forces every fumble we get," Olvis said. "Scott Frazier is a quarterback, but he's filling the gap, coming in and getting his hands dirty.
"Drew Wilkinson is doing a nice job rotating with Spencer, and Kajoun Johnson is doing a heck of a job on the other side of me. He looks like me back in the day: trying to learn everything he can in one day."