Sports

By Bill Sterling -- Athletes have been forced to put their dreams on hold with the shutdown of sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but not many athletes have dreams bigger than Virginia Beach’s Samantha Tadder, a 17-year-old Olympic swimming hopeful whose mother, Dottie, was raised on the Eastern Shore...
By Michael Garbacz Game 1: Blues 1, 3 Knots Taphouse Whalers 3 The Ides of March kicked off with a somewhat ominous tilt between green and blue. The Whalers came in absolutely ravaged by a short bench, able to field only four players plus a backup goalie. The Blues were...
By Matthew Yoder Central Accomack Little League President Billy Justice delivered the sobering words we’ve all been coming to expect Monday evening at an emergency meeting of board members. “As of right now there will be no Little League operations at all until May 11,” said Justice. The rite of spring that...
By Matthew Yoder Involvement with soccer on the Shore has seen a steady progression. Pop-up leagues up and down route 13, one in particular just south of Oak Hall, have given kids and adults alike an outlet to go beyond backyard practicing. For some of these kids, the journey has...
By Michael Garbacz Team Dustin Aigner 5, Team Pat Luckenbach 11 This year’s All-Star game featured a showdown between captains Dustin Aigner and the Pat Trick for a 16-minute-per-period tilt, with all the brightest stars on display. Team Dustin had its work cut out for it, as Team Pat came fully...
By Matthew Yoder Five years ago, the girls soccer team at Arcadia emerged out of necessity. For years the school fielded a coed unit, and playing time was hard to come by for girls. Chelsea Sharp remembers those years keenly. Her own playing days were cut short after middle school...
By Brennan Waldorf The 2020 Broadwater softball season kicked off this week March 10, as the Vikings hosted Holly Grove Christian Academy in Exmore. The Vikings fought from behind the entire game after allowing two runs through the first three innings. The fourth inning was the turning point in the...
By Brennan Waldorf The Nandua Swimming team traveled to Richmond Feb. 19 to compete in the combined Division I & II State Swimming and Diving tournament. The Warriors have only 18 total swimmers with six on the boys squad and 12 on the girls. The team is small but talented...
By Matthew Yoder Youth is the word when it comes to the 2020 edition of Arcadia softball. The Firebirds’ roster is predominantly made up of freshmen, with three juniors and one lone senior adding needed experience. For fourth-year coach Keith Justis, that inexperience can be looked at as a strength,...
By Brennan Waldorf The 2019-20 Northampton Parks and Recreation basketball league came to a conclusion last weekend, Feb. 29. The league started in November and concluded last weekend with games being played at the old Northampton middle school. The league has regular season followed by a postseason tournament; its cost...