Here are the awards for the Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and the OAK Award winner for the spring 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 track (girls) – Alexis Shelton (OAK), Shahra Madison (MVP), and Alejandra Radiguet-Correa (MIP)
Varsity track (boys’) – Steve Turack (OAK), Marcus Anderson (MVP), and Henry Lou (MIP)
JV track (girls’) – Joi Harper (OAK) and Aja Shelton (MVP)
JV track (boys’) – Henry Lou (OAK) and K’yonze Chavis (MVP)
MS track (girls’) – Ella Bashara (OAK)
Varsity baseball – Cabell Thomas (OAK), Mark Howlett (MVP), and Reid Wilkinson (MIP)
JV baseball – Jackson Burke (OAK) and Hunter Flora (MVP)
MS baseball – Michael Gilday (OAK)
Varsity soccer – Georgia Drinkwater (OAK), Natalie Kanter (MVP), and Madison Parker (MIP)
JV soccer – Catherine Moore (OAK) and Georgia White (MVP)
MS soccer – Logan Michelon (OAK)
Varsity golf –Sammi Rappaport (OAK), Baodan Collins (MVP), and Alex Holt (MIP)
JV golf – Tyler Hamlin (OAK) and Nick Selig (MVP)
Varsity boys’ lacrosse – Trey Ritter (OAK), Joey Swartz (MVP), and Chris Beck (MIP)
MS boys’ lacrosse – Chris Bunch (OAK)
Varsity crew (girls’) – Hannah Garcia (OAK), Frances Boyer (MVP), and Lauryn Brooks (MIP)
Varsity crew (boys’) – Michael Ortiz (OAK), Gates Breeden (MVP), and Nathan Stell (MIP)
Varsity boys’ tennis – Narain Rijhwani (OAK), Alex Loope (MVP), and Chase Pearson (MIP)
JV/MS boys’ tennis – Austin Sisino (OAK) and Jordan Laster (MVP)
Varsity softball — Morgan Kimberly (OAK), Emma Stell (MVP), and Julia Bianchi (MIP)
JV/MS softball – Allison Casper (OAK) and Catherine Perrine (MVP)
Varsity girls’ lacrosse –-Annie Bashara (OAK), Virginia Marshall (MVP), and Savannah Hoover (MIP)
JV/MS girls’ lacrosse – Grace Georgo (OAK) and Gabby Grinnin (MVP)
JV/MS girls’ softball—Meredith Perrine
JV/MS tennis –Miller Solomon
Varsity softball – Clay Tinkham
Varsity girls’ lacrosse — Zoe Papadopoulos
Senior Georgia Drinkwalter was named Division II Player of the Year and Natalie Kanter and Madison Parker, fellow seniors from the girls soccer state championship squad, were named to the All-State team.
Joining Kanter and Drinkwalter on the All-TCIS team were freshman Cameron Brown and juniors Virginia Sanford and Jessie Cavolt.
Courtney Ballou, Norfolk Christian
Georgia Drinkwater, Norfolk Collegiate
Natalie Kanter, Norfolk Collegiate
Erin Murphy,Atlantic Shores
Taylor Pisk,Eastern Mennonite
Danielle Pratt,Atlantic Shores
Lissa Smith,North Cross
Avery Sturm,North Cross
Leah Wenger,Eastern Mennonite
Division II Second Team
Haley Ballou,Norfolk Christian
Stori Carpenter,Hampton Christian
Julie Cline, Eastern Mennonite
Paxton Helmer,North Cross
Mary Kate Kelleher,Steward
Hannah Kirk-Nass,Tandem Friends
Lexi Mallory,Miller School
Sylvia Mast,Eastern Mennonite
Isabelle Oliver,Trinity at MV
Madison Parker, Norfolk Collegiate
Katie Sayers,North Cross
Catie Slater,Hampton Roads
Madison Strickland,Denbigh Baptist
Gracie Thompson,Virginia Episcopal
Division II Player of the Year
Georgia Drinkwater, Norfolk Collegiate
First team: Alani Johnson; Courtney Ballou (Norfolk Christian); Haley Ballou (Norfolk Christian); Alex Connell (Norfolk Academy); Georgia Drinkwater (Norfolk Collegiate); Natalie Kanter (Norfolk Collegiate); Darcy King (Nansemond-Suffolk); Emily Martin (Norfolk Academy); Christine McBeath (Walsingham); Julie Mooney (Bishop Sullivan); Kayla Morrison (Cape Henry); Ana Rabogliatti (Cape Henry); Catie Slater (Hampton Roads); Briana Thornton (Norfolk Academy); Bex Velloney (Greenbrier Christian).
Second team: Cameron Brown (Norfolk Collegiate); Setta Brown (Hampton Roads); Carly Casella (Bishop Sullivan); Jessie Cavolt (Norfolk Collegiate); Reilly Pieri (Walsingham); Brianna Quaranta (Bishop Sullivan); Virginia Sanford (Norfolk Collegiate); Sarah Sherwood (Cape Henry); Angie Williams (Cape Henry).
Player of the Year: Alani Johnson (Cape Henry).
Coach of the Year: Tina Lowry (Cape Henry).
Sportsmanship Award: Greenbrier Christian
Bon Secours will once again be helping Norfolk Collegiate with its annual free athletic physicals this Tuesday, May 27, starting at 5 p.m. in the Middle School gymnasium.
All athletes must have a current physical on file prior to August 11 to participate next school year. In addition to the physical, Bon Secours will conduct at no additional cost Functional Movement Screening, which consists of seven different tests that will evaluate areas of pain or ability to move efficiently in each athlete. The findings will be used to implement corrective exercises to ensure optimal movement patterns and performance for individuals and teams. This added benefit is rare among physicals normally offered to athletes, and we are fortunate to receive this additional benefit from Bon Secours.
Please print and fill out the necessary information on the form found at the link below:
Have your child bring this completed form with him or her to the gym. If you choose to use your own doctor or a different service for the physical, you will still need to use this form.
Norfolk Collegiate sophomore Johannes Tismer took second place in the men’s single competition at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships in Occoquan, which qualified him to compete in the Scholastic Rowing Association regatta on Mercer Lake in New Jersey this weekend.
Tismer becomes the first Norfolk Collegiate rower to earn a slot in the national competition.
At the state meet, he finished six seconds behind the winner and three seconds in front the the third-place rower.
Male Singles Final
1st Gloucester (C. Holland) 06:52.50
2nd Norfolk Collegiate (J. Tismer) 06:58.15
3rd W. Albermarle A (O. Coleman)07:01.61
Alejandra Radiguet-Correa had at least a hand in three top-ten finishes to lead the Collegiate effort Thursday at the 20-team, Norfolk Academy JV Track and Field Championships.
Alejandra finished third in the long jump, at 13-2, wound up eighth in the 200 meters (29.51) and ran the anchor leg on the 4×100-meter relay team, joining teammates Elizabeth Hugh, Joi Harper and Ashley Stack to finish seventh overall.
Joi Harper set a career-best 4-2 to finish fourth in the high jump.
Leigh Ann Ordonez also secured a spot in the top five, grabbing third in the shot put.
Ashley Stack just missed matching a personal record as she finished ninth in the 300 hurdles for the Oaks, who wrapped up their season with another strong effort.
Norfolk Academy JV Track and Field Championships
3) Alejandra Radiguet-Correa 13-2
15) Ella Bashara 10-3
18) Elizabeth Hughes 8-11
20) Ashley Stack 7-9
4) Joi Harper 4-2
3) Leigh Ann Ordonez 21-9
11) Leigh Ann Ordonez 41-9
11) Alejandra Radiguet-Correa 14.22
25) Joi Harper 14.87
41) Elizabeth Hughes 17.07
8) Alejandra Radiguet-Correa 29.51
28) Ella Bashara 33.86
32) Elizabeth Hughes 36.16
34) Ashley Stack 36.82
11) Maddie Foster 1:12.63
21) Ella Bashara 1:23.31
9) Ashley Stack 1:12.70
7) Ella Bashara, Maddie Foster, Joi Harper, Ashley Stack, Alejandra Radiguet-Correa 1:02.73
18) Frankie White 2:42.67
16) Frankie White 5:57.69
It’s what the Norfolk Collegiate girls varsity soccer team yells every time it breaks the huddle.
Not “Oaks.” Not “Team.” Not “Hustle!”
Since Kai Evans became coach in 2012, that’s been the team’s theme.
It’s a statement that everyone has a part, everyone has each other’s backs, everyone shares in the ups and downs. And the strength of a family is in its loyalty to each other.
So when Evans turned to injured senior Natalie Kanter with minutes left in the state championship game, it was another extension of the family philosophy.
The game was won. The Oaks led 4-0 and were frustrating Eastern Mennonite with their passing artistry, playing keep away.
Evans wanted to get Kanter, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the TCIS Championship game, onto the field for the final whistle along with fellow seniors Georgia Drinkwalter, Emily Cole, and Madison Parker, who was also injured but had played part of the first half.
The four of them have competed together going back 13 years and more than 300 soccer games.
“Do you have your jersey?” he asked Kanter, who was wearing team shorts and a warmup shirt.
But eighth grader Lizzie Howlett, also injured, did have her number 5.
Evans gave Kanter strict instructions to not to go near the ball or an opponent.
So with about two minutes left in the contest, Kanter and Parker trotted gingerly onto the field to join Drinkwalter and Cole as the clocked ticked to the title.
When the three tweets of the final whistle echoed across the pitch, the team raced to embrace Kanter and the other seniors, the family circle, a joyous family circle, complete one more time.
Sure, they were the top seed. Yes, they defeated Norfolk Academy for the first time in school history.
But that was before those ugly ten minutes during the TCIS championship loss to Cape Henry Collegiate. Before Madison Parker and Natalie Kanter, five-year stalwarts on the Collegiate varsity, each went down with knee injuries. Before the Oaks’ state tournament prospects changed dramatically from favorite to question mark.
They faced a test of character, of the strength of their family, and, of course, of skill and stamina.
Rather than fade, the team thrived, earning 3-0 and 2-0 wins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
Character, Coach Kai Evans would say later, drove their success.
In Friday’s semifinal, Parker gutted out a couple of minutes at the start of the game before succumbing to the injury.
In Saturday’s final, the Oaks met Eastern Mennonite, a mature and physical team, just the kind of opponent Kanter and Parker could help neutralize with their size and strength.
Parker, the hero in the Norfolk Academy game, started and played a chunk of the first half despite the pain. Kanter, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Sanford, with a kneecap injury, were out. So the other senior starter was Georgia Drinkwalter, named VISAA Division II player of the year after the game.
But the versatility of the young Oaks proved pivotal. Junior Demetra Protogyrou occasionally moved up to striker. Freshman forward Sarah Smallets played some wide defender. Sophomore Ann Burns Morrison stepped into the midfield from her wide defender slot. Freshman Hannah Beale moved into a starting midfield role. Senior Emily Cole manned the defense. Sophomore Madison White slipped in comfortably at midfield and striker. Sophomore Timeri Jordan played tough on defense. Freshman Cameron Brown occasionally moved from striker to midfield. Junior Natalie Batzel picked up her game. Eighth grader Sarah Smith made slashing runs on offense. Eighth grader Ashby Larkin, promoted from the JV team for the state tournament because of injuries, played valuable minutes in the midfield.
During the first few minutes of the final, Eastern Mennonite had the advantage. All-TCIS keeper Jessie Cavolt, who had a flawless season in goal, made a key save on a free kick four minutes into the game to prevent a big momentum shift.
The momentum shift, it turned out, came for the Oaks in a flash when Brown took a pass, turned, and scored, stunning the Menonnite crowd, silencing their blaring vuvuzelas.
Minutes later, persistence paid off again after the Flames cleared a corner kick only to find the ball back in the box and Brown scoring again through traffic (video and picture).
Later in the half, Smallets scored when the Mennonite keeper, thinking her shot was going wide, turned and let the ball through only to watch it go into the corner of the goal. The Oaks were up 3-0 at the half.
From then on, the Oaks were never threatened. They had several opportunities in the second half. Brown converted on one to complete her hat trick.
They controlled the game, possessing the ball for what seemed like 80 percent of the half, making six, eight, ten passes, moving the ball side to side and back and forth. The play was hypnotic in its beauty.
How dominant were the Oaks? They did not surrender a corner kick the entire game. Mennonite managed just four shots on goal. The few times the Flames crossed the midfield line in the second half, a quick and tenacious defense and Cavolt’s sure hands in goal smothered their strikes.
Soon, Cavolt was picking up and punting a weak shot as the final whistle blew. Time for the wild rumpus to begin.
Cavolt, aided by fast and tenacious defenders, ended the historic 14-win season with a stunning 13 shutouts.
“A high level of character is what allowed our team to be successful this season. Character means defeating your arch rival for the first time ever on the road, down 1-0 at the half, in the TCIS semifinal after years of just falling short,” Coach Kai Evans said.
“Character means having family, friends, alumni and peers from your school travel to support your team no matter where or when you are playing. Character means asking players to play a number of different positions, not only through the course of a whole season, but a game, a tournament, a state title run while never hearing complaints in return. Character is having leaders lead with humility and followers follow with trust.”
“Our season’s success,” he added, “was predicated on a unified and unflappable amount of character within our soccer family and the greater NCS family.”
Here are the season statistics:
Overall Record: 14-4-3
Conference Record: 7-2
Program Firsts: Defeating NA away in TCIS Semifinal, Winning VISAA State Championship
Goals Against: 12
Goals For: 51
Maxpreps Virginia Postseason Rank: 5 (including Division 1 and ALL public schools in the Commonwealth)
Virginian-Pilot Postseason Rank: 5 (including Divison 1 and ALL public schools in the area)
For pictures from the championship game, go to Oaks Win State Title.
For pictures from the semifinal win over Atlantic Shores, go to Oaks Semifinal Win.
For video from the game, go to Oaks Win.
Seniors Mark Howlett and Cabell Thomas were named to the 2014 All-TCIS baseball team.
Player of the Year: Jack Markey (Norfolk Academy).
Coach of the Year: Chris Dotolo (Norfolk Academy).
Sportsmanship Award: Walsingham.
First team: Jack Markey; Greg Beale (Nansemond-Suffolk); Thomas Chisam (Walsingham); Jake Grady (Nansemond-Suffolk); Noah Harvey (Norfolk Christian); Wyatt Lam (Cape Henry); Zach Milligan (Norfolk Christian); Jacob Nadeau (Peninsula Catholic); Isaiah Nelson (Norfolk Academy); Michael Parsons (Norfolk Academy); Jack Sessoms (Norfolk Academy); Garrett Wente (Greenbrier Christian); Adam Williams (Greenbrier Christian).
Second team: Frank Arnold (Bishop Sullivan); Davis Bailey (Norfolk Christian); Bryce Becker (Cape Henry); Toby Buchanan (Nansemond-Suffolk); Michael Cole (Greenbrier Christian); Matt Cooper (Norfolk Academy); Collan Cryts (Walsingham); Mark Howlett (Norfolk Collegiate); Ross Kazakis (Norfolk Academy); Eric Massengill (Hampton Roads); Bruce Reid (Hampton Roads); Roger Romero (Hampton Roads); Cabell Thomas (Norfolk Collegiate); Matt Trotman (Norfolk Christian).TCIS All-Conference
The girls lacrosse team finished a banner campaign losing the state title game to Foxcroft, 18-13, Saturday in Richmond.
But the Oaks won 12 games while losing only six on a season that saw them establish Collegiate as a state girls lacrosse power.
For pictures from the season, go to Oaks Girls Lacrosse.
Senior Alexis Shelton set a new meet record in the pole vault, jumping 11 feet, six inches and sophomore Shahra Madison finished fourth in the shotput and the discus to propel the Norfolk Collegiate girls track squad into a tie for the Division II state title with Peninsula Catholic Saturday in Richmond.
The points earned by those two not only put Collegiate in a tie with Peninsula Catholic, but placed the school ninth overall among all private schools.
At Sports Backers Stadium, Richmond
1. St. Catherine’s 139; 2. Norfolk Academy 130; 3. Liberty Christian 106; 4. Collegiate School 55; 5. Episcopal 47; 6. Trinity Episcopal 34; 7. Potomac School 30; 8. St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes 21; T-9. Pope John Paul the Great 20; T-9. Peninsula Catholic 20; T-9. Norfolk Collegiate 20; 12. Veritas 14; 13. St. Gertrude 9; 14. Atlantic Shores 4; T-15. Bishop Sullivan 3; T-15. Trinity School at Meadow 3; 15. Hampton Roads 15; T-18. Norfolk Christian 2; T-18. Flint Hill 2.