The Norfolk Collegiate athletics page on flickr, with nearly 7,000 photographs, recently passed 320,000 views.
So we thought we’d check which photos in the 64 albums of action shots were the most viewed. Nearly all those at the top are basketball pictures.
First is a shot of Bash Townes making a jumper with a hand in his face taken last February with 380 views.
Second is Paul Mahoney saving a ball from going out of bounds with 275 views.
Third is Jimmy Hurley taking a jump shot from the wing with 272 views, just one ahead of Chandler Gillikin’s jump shot.
Rounding out the top five is Bash wrestling for the ball.
What’s the top non-basketball shot? Cabell Thomas pitching last March.
Not far behind is a shot of the state championship girls soccer team taking a bow. It has 169 views.
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The boys basketball team, returning all five starters from last year’s historic 25-6 campaign, opens the season at home Tuesday against Richmond’s Steward School.
Tipoff is 7 p.m. in the Treehouse. Preceding the boys game will be the girls varsity game at 4 p.m. and the JV boys game at 5:30.
When students file into school on Monday, there will be a new acting athletic director.
Mary Peccie, who has guided the Oaks sports program since coming over from Norfolk Academy, is taking on new duties as the middle and upper school admissions associate to attract families with children in grades 6-12.
Kai Evans, who has been assistant director of athletics since shortly after Peccie’s hiring, will become acting director of athletics for the remainder of the school year.
Here are the awards for the Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and the OAK Award winner for the fall teams.
The OAK Award is presented to a student-athlete “who maximizes his or her abilities (Overachiever), exhibits the proper (Attitude) in practice and games, and is a real student of the sport (Knowledge).”
Varsity volleyball – Peyton Fancher (OAK), Bailey Jones (MVP), and Abby Wright (MIP)
JV volleyball – Madison Doyle (OAK) and Bren Coakley (MVP)
Middle School OAKS volleyball – Brooke Rogers (OAK)
Middle School BLUE volleyball – Logan Michelon (OAK)
Varsity field hockey – Frances Boyer (OAK), Demetra Protogyrou (MVP), and Logan White (MIP)
Middle School field hockey – Emma Wentworth (OAK)
Cross Country (boys) – Matthew Unrein (OAK), Chandler Branton (MVP), and Thomas Batzel (MIP)
Cross Country (girls) – Claudia King (OAK), Natalie Batzel (MVP), and Gina Leanzo (MIP)
Varsity girls tennis – Rachel Brodsky (OAK), Gabrielle Toomy (MVP), and Antonia Farny (MIP)
Junior Varsity tennis – Kayl ee Bejarano (OAK) and Ellie Robertson (MVP)
Varsity sailing – Nick Baker (OAK), Dreugh Phillips (MVP), and Ellie Maus (MIP)
Junior Varsity sailing – Hannah Garcia (OAK) and Alex Holt (MVP)
Varsity boys soccer – Chris Bianchi (OAK), Christian Keller (MVP), and Hunter Lee (MIP)
Junior Varsity boys soccer – Amir Horton (OAK) and Jacob Roth (MVP)
Middle School boys soccer – Abe Musselmani (OAK)
Varsity girls tennis –Maren Nordgreen
Varsity boys soccer – Mary Elizabeth Corliss and Virginia Sanford
After three months and untold thousands of miles, the hard work paid off on Friday as the Collegiate girls captured tenth place at the VISAA State Cross Country Division 2 Championships.
The boys squad just missed earning a spot in the top 25 at the final, ultimate meet of the fall season at Woodberry Forest.
Senior Natalie Batzel led the way for the girls, finishing off a brilliant career as she crossed the finish line in 21:38 to secure 13thplace overall in the 215-strong field.
Natalie – who finished 17th in the meet as a sophomore – was in 27th place at the one-mile mark, then mounted a sustained charge over the final 2.1 miles to take 13th and earn All-State honors for a second time.
While Natalie literally set the pace, the Oaks couldn’t have cracked the top ten in the team race without a talented quartet working every bit as hard.
Claudia King (23:10) finished in 50th place, Maddie Foster (23:39) took 61st, Cameron Brown (23:55) was 70th and Sarah Smallets (24:40) wound up 93rd to round out the team scoring for Collegiate.
Chandler Branton (20:45) topped the boys effort, the ninth-grader finishing in 106th place overall. Thomas Batzel followed close behind (21:01) in 122nd, while Harrison Fuller, Frankie White, Parker Gross and Matt Unrein all turned in solid performances for the Oaks, who finished 26th in the team race.
The boys will have their top eight runners returning next season, while the girls can count on eight of their top nine athletes back for more.
The varsity girls tennis team’s season ended with a 7-2 loss in the VISAA state tournament to third-seeded Covenant School in Charlottesville on Tuesday.
The Oaks, seeded sixth, were without their injured number one singles player, who broke her foot just before the tournament.
“In the week prior to the tournament we had to shuffle all of our doubles and all of the singles had to move up a spot,” Coach Debbie Meadows said. “In spite of this, the girls had very positive attitudes and fought hard in their matches.”
Antonia Farny won her match easily at number two singles, 10-3, and Carson McMonagle won in a nail biter at number six singles, 10-8.
Many of the matches were close. The scores were:
#1 singles Rachel Brodsky lost 10-7
#2 singles Antonia Farny 10-3
#3 singles Brooke Walthall lost 10-3
#4 singles Kiersten Potter lost 10-8
#5 singles Natalie Jett lost 11-10
#6 singles Carson McMonagle won 10-8
#1 doubles Brodsky/Farny lost 10-8
#2 doubles Walthall/Jett lost 10-4
#3 doubles Potter/McMonagle lost 10-3
The Oaks finish their season with an overall record of 5-8.
For pictures from the season, go to Oaks Tennis.
Seniors Chris Bianchi and Christian Keller were named to the All-TCIS soccer team for 2014.
Bianchi earned a first team slot while Keller was named to the second team.
Taylor Shuford, Hampton Roads, sr.; Chris Bianchi, N0rfolk Collegiate, sr.; Alex Bolton, Walsingham, sr.; JT Fune, Bishop Sullivan, sr.; Josh Gabri, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.; Colin Jackson, Norfolk Christian, sr.; Dillon Jacob, Norfolk Academy, jr.; Luke Leidy, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Chris Niculae, Norfolk Christian, sr.; Alex Parr, Peninsula Catholic, sr.; Billy Roberts, Hampton Roads, sr.; Jeremy Satterwhite, Hampton Roads, sr.; Bradley Skeen, Cape Henry, sr.; Conner Somers, Cape Henry, jr.; Robert Tata, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Kaleb Underwood, Cape Henry, sr.
Brian Higgins, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Tanner Jackson, Nansemond-Suffolk, so.; Christian Keller, Norfolk Collegiate, sr.; Carter O’Brien, Cape Henry, sr.; David Payne, Bishop Sullivan, jr.; Patrick Phillips, Hampton Roads, jr.
Player of the Year: Taylor Shuford, Hampton Roads
Coach of the Year: Kelly Alford, Hampton Roads
Three Oaks were named to the All-TCIS field hockey team.
Seniors Jessie Cavolt and Demetra Protogyrou earned first-team honors while sophomore Frances Boyer earned a spot on the second team. Norfolk Collegiate was named winner of the sportsmanship award.
Courtney Byler, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Brooke Castleberry, Cape Henry, sr.; Jessie Cavolt, Norfolk Collegiate, sr.; Madison Claffy, Bishop Sullivan, sr.; Riley Fulmer, Norfolk Academy, fr.; Greer Gill, Norfolk Academy, fr.; Halle Gill, Norfolk Academy, fr.; Nealy Henderson, Bishop Sullivan, sr.; Sarah Higinbotham, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.; Madison Land, Cape Henry, sr.; Molly Menoni, Walsingham, sr
.; Demetra Protogyrou, Norfolk Collegiate, sr.; Ana Rabogliatti, Cape Henry, sr.; Erin Scherrer, Cape Henry, sr.; Stephanie, Seaman, Walsingham, so.
Anna Altobello, Cape Henry, sr.; Carly Casella, Bishop Sullivan, sr.; Alden Steadfast, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Sophia Kingsbury, Hampton Roads, so.; Charlotte de Vries, Cape Henry, eighth grade; Mauri Ware, Hampton Roads, fr.; Carley Kovach, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Abby Cryts, Walsingham, sr.; Paige Christiansen, Nansemond-Suffolk, so.; Madi Glynn, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.; Frances Boyer, Norfolk Collegiate, so.; Jessie Lerner, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.
Player of the Year: Courtney Byler, Norfolk Academy
Coach of the Year: Mary Werkheiser, Norfolk Academy
Sportsmanship Award: Norfolk Collegiate
Junior hitter Bailey Jones was named to the second-team All-TCIS volleyball squad.
Jones was a consistent force for the Oaks during the season.
First team—Gabby Goodall, Cape Henry; sr.; Tyler Bannister, Norfolk Academy, sr.; Kellyn DeChirico, Hampton Roads, sr.; Lizzy Fowler, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.; Brooks Gillerlain, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.; Jenna Hamra, Walsingham, sr.; Kelsey Lee, Cape Henry, sr.; Emma Schellpeper, Walsingham, sr.; Kristina Smith, Cape Henry, sr.; Gina Tuzzolo, Peninsula Catholic, jr.
Second team—Abigail Finn, Cape Henry, jr.; Juli Gordon, Bishop Sullivan, sr.; Caylin Harris, Nansemond-Suffolk, sr.; Veronica Hine, Bishop Sullivan, so.; Bailey Jones, Norfolk Collegiate, jr.; Kassidy Kool, Norfolk Christian, sr.; Natalie Marshall, Norfolk Christian, so.; Brianna Underwood, Hampton Roads, sr.; Samantha Verhaagen, Norfolk Christian, jr.; Leanna Yevak, Hampton Roads, sr.
Player of the Year—Gabby Goodall, Cape Henry
Coach of the Year—Marck Weiss, Cape Henry
Sportsmanship Award—Hampton Roads
The Collegiate girls and boys cross country teams are peaking at just the right time, setting a number of personal records in Thursday’s TCIS Championships in Newport News, the final meet before this week’s VISAA State Championships.
Eight of the top-ten finishers for the two varsity squads set new personal marks running the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course.
Natalie Batzel earned All-Conference honors for a third-straight year, posting a season-best 20:56 as she finished 14th overall in a deep field.
Claudia King (21:42) finished 22nd , Cameron Brown (22:16) was 28th, Sarah Smallets (22:55) took 39th and Maddie Foster (23:07) wound up 42nd, all four runners setting personal records along the way as the girls finished sixth in the team race.
Chandler Branton, Thomas Batzel and Harrison Fuller went sub-20 in the boys varsity race, all three runners setting PRs in the process.
Chandler ran a 19:03 to finish 29th, while Thomas (19:47) took 39th and Harrison (19:50) was 41st. Matt Unrein (23:18) posted his best time ever in finishing 63rd, while teammate Parker Gross ended up one spot back in 64th place.
In the final tallies, the girls finished sixth and the boys seventh.
In JV competition, sixth-grader Gina Leanzo set a personal best of 23:58 as she finished 13th overall in the girls race, while Chas LeHew wound up 27th in the boys race, posting a season-best 21:58.
The Oaks conclude the 2014 season on Friday at the VISAA State Championships in Woodberry Forest.
For pictures from the season, go to Oaks Cross Country.