Heartbreaker: Epic Season Ends at the Buzzer

In game that symbolized the heart and talent of the team, the Oaks boys basketball team roared back from 11 points down in the second half to lead in the final two minutes only to fall to a three-point bomb with 0.5 seconds left on the clock.

DSC_6000Millwood’s Charles Williams launched a shot from deep on the right side that rattled back and forth inside the rim and then dropped, stunning the raucous Treehouse crowd.

The score of the VISAA quarterfinal was 67-66, but the game had enough dramatic moments to last a season.

Marcus Anderson pushed Collegiate into the lead, 65-64 with a putback dunk after a ferocious battle under the boards with 40 seconds left. The Oaks then stopped Millwood, earning possession on a jump ball with 28.9 seconds on the clock and a one-point lead.

However, they could only convert one of four free throws in the final seconds.

Collegiate started ice cold from the field and quickly fell down by double digits, but determined defense opening the third quarter quickly transformed the game into a barn burner. Collegiate tied the scored at 53 with 5:30 left in the final quarter and it was a battle from then to the buzzer.

DSC_5998Mark Madison was a bulldog on the ball. Marcus Anderson did the blue collar work on the boards. Adam Grant drove to the bucket time and again. Kyonze Chavis came back to hit a couple of key shots, including the one that put the Oaks in front in the fourth quarter.

Bash Townes, who battled a bevy of big Millwood bodies in the paint, led the Oaks with 16 points.

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White-Out Game Tonight at Home

DSC_5921You gotta love students with a sense of humor.

It’s a white-out tonight in the Treehouse for the quarterfinal game of the VISAA Division II tournament.

How appropriate is that?

The Oaks, 24-5 and enjoying a stellar season, are the third seed and play sixth seed Millwood, which defeated Hampton Roads Academy, 85-48, on Tuesday. Millwood is 22-9 on the season.

Millwood’s top scorer is Jermaine Matthews Jr., a 6-8 junior who averages 14 points a game.
Millwood gave the Oaks one of their few defeats, 57-51, on December 4 during a tournament game.

DSC_5946On Monday, Norfolk Collegiate lost in the TCIS Championship game to a deep Cape Henry Collegiate squad after playing them tough for the first half, 76-50. The Oaks may have lost the game, but they had the far superior student fan support with the black-out section standing and screaming the entire game.

The Oaks are ranked fourth in Division II and 19th in the state overall by Maxpreps while Millwood is ranked fifth and 20th overall.

So rent a St. Bernard, find a buddy with a four-wheel-drive and a plow, or put on those galoshes and snow pants and walk to Watt-Baker Gymnasium by the 5 p.m. tipoff.

This will be a tight one.



Bullock Earns Second at State Tournament.

IMG_4982Junior Chad Bullock earned a second-place finish at 220 pounds as the upstart Oaks wrestlers finished 13th out of 29 teams at the VISAA state wrestling tournament over the weekend.

Junior Chris Beck, who completed the season with a 44-2 record, suffered a tough luck, 1-0. loss in the semifinals and finished third.

IMG_4941Eighth grader Jacob Roth nabbed a seventh at 113 pounds while freshman Miles Edmond was sixth at 120 pounds.
For more pictures, go to Oaks Wrestlers. Thanks to Louis Roth for the tournament shots.

Team scores — 1. Benedictine 258; 2. St. Christopher’s 253.5; 3. Liberty Christian Academy 246.5; 4. Peninsula Catholic 131.5; 5. Cape Henry Collegiate 128.5; 6. Saint Stephen’s/St. Agnes 125; 7. Paul VI Catholic 122.5; 8. Norfolk Academy 117; 9. Episcopal 109; 10. Fork Union Military Academy 99; 11. Collegiate 94; 12. Woodberry Forest 91; 13. IMG_4542Norfolk Collegiate 83.5; 14. Bishop Ireton 83; 15. Bishop O’Connell 78; 16. The Covenant 76.5; 17. Fishburne Military 62; 18. Grace Christian 68; 19. Potomac 68; 20. Hargrave Military 62; 21. St. John Paul The Great 52; 22. Roanoke Catholic 36.5; 23. Trinity Episcopal 28; 24. Randolph-Macon Academy 22; 25. Bishop Sullivan Catholic 11; 26. Massanutten Academy 11; 27. Blue Ridge 9; 28. Miller 7; 29. Virginia Episcopal 0.

IMG_4556Finals —106: Phillips (LCA) d. McDonough (PVI) 4-2; 113: Prata (STC) d. Harvich (CHC) 11-4; 120: Leffew (LCA) d. Biller (BEN) 8-2; 126: Harvich (CHC) p. Zimmerman (PC); 132: Wyland (BEN) p. Rushing (PC) 1:31; 138: May (FM) d. Ryan (POTO) 10-5; 145: Engh (WBF) md. Hood 15-5; 152: Dupont (BEN) d. Davis (STC) 9-3; 160: Huemme (COV) d. Sakalas (ROAN) 4-3; 170: Bruce (LCA) d. Fergusson (STC) 1-0; 182: Law (CHC) d. Lawson (EPIS) 7-0; 195: Lanier (sTC) d. Gallahan (SSSA) 6-4; 220: Cavazos (FUMA) d. Bullock (NORC) 10-6; 285: Badley (STC) d. Frazier (PVI) 6-5.

Consolation — 106: Skillman (GRAC) by injury default; 113: Kissell (PEN) p. Redfearn (BEN) 4:13; 120: Sebetzki (FUMA) d. Maryk (WBF) 5-0; 126: Yamamoto (EPIS) d. Avgeros (BEN); 132: Cuttino (COLL) p. Ogle (LCA) :23; 138: Roper (COLL) d. Hale (STC) 7-4; 145: Cantrell (LCA) d. Walsh (BEN) 7-2; 152: Aveson (COLL) by injury default; 160: Susinski (BOC) d. Thoma (BEN) 4-2; 170: Beck (NORC) d. Charles (CHC) 3-0; 182: Ames (STC) d. Young (BEN) 3-1; 195: Lovisone (BI) d. Mertz (LCA) 3-0; 220: Wolk (LCA) p. McKnelly (NORA) p. 4:30; 285: Russell (LCA) d. Williams (BEN) 6-2.

Boys Romp; TCIS Championship Monday

They were hot, oh, they were hot.

The boys basketball team was on fire from the outside in the first quarter and then imposed their will on Walsingham Academy for the rest of Sunday’s contest, winning by 23 to earn a slot in Monday’s TCIS Championship game.

Norfolk Collegiate, ranked third among Division II private schools, also will host a quarterfinal state tournament game Wednesday at home.

DSC_5814On Monday, the Oaks play Cape Henry Collegiate, one of the top-ranked teams in the country, at Hampton Roads Academy at 7 p.m. Cape Henry defeated Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, 79-53, to get into the title tilt.

It’s blackout night. Pretend you’re a New Yorker and wear all black.

Against Walsingham, the Oaks played tough defense and never let the visitors get within a dozen points after the first quarter. They led by 13 at the half.

For more pictures, go to Oaks Hoops.

Norfolk Collegiate 75, Walsingham 52

WALSINGHAM: Smith 3, Washington 26, West 3, Brown 2, Seaman 18.

NORFOLK COLLEGIATE: Madison 7, Glover 2, Grant 9, McNair 4, Anderson 11, Chavis 15, Townes 27.



Blue Is the Law on Sunday

DSC_5722Blue Laws will be in effect Sunday at the Treehouse.

Sunday’s semifinal TCIS tourney game is a blue-out and we don’t just mean Sinatra songs. Wear your royal blue.

Game time is 2:30 p.m.

The Oaks boys put away a tough Hampton Roads Academy team late in the game Saturday afternoon.

The girls lost 53-30 at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and their season has ended.




TCIS Tourney Deciphered

DSC_5579It’s time to get out of the house. That means you, too, parents.

In short, a late lunch special Saturday in The Treehouse against Hampton Roads Academy.

The boys game at home starts at 1 p.m. The girls game away at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy starts at 4 p.m.

The boys varsity basketball team will play Hampton Roads Academy at Norfolk Collegiate at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If they win that game, they will host the winner of Greenbrier Christian vs Walsingham Academy game at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. If they advance to the final game, it will be held on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Hampton Roads Academy.

The girls varsity basketball team will play Nansemond-Suffolk Academy at NSA on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. If they advance, they will travel to the winner of the Cape Henry vs. Bishop Sullivan game for a 2:30 p.m. tip-ff on Sunday, Feb. 22. If they advance to the final, they will play at Hampton Roads Academy on Monday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.




The Winter Sports Scene

adamdunkoYou got time to kill waiting for the thaw. We have a waste of time for you.

Here’s a slideshow of pictures from the winter sports season to get you ready for the postseason.

Just click, sit back, and enjoy. Oaks Winter Sports.




Boys Roll Over Navigators

DSC_5657The Oaks seized control early and coasted to a win last Friday over Hampton Roads Academy, their opponent tomorrow in the first round of the TCIS Tournament.

Senior Marcus Anderson had a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mark Madison popped for 17. Kyonze Chavis had 15. Adam Grant scored 14.

#3 Norfolk Collegiate 73, Hampton Roads 56

HAMPTON ROADS: Humphry 5, Wingfield 2, Hart 24, Picott 22, Phillips 1, Roberts 2.

NORFOLK COLLEGIATE (21-4, 8-1): Madison 17, Grant 14, McNair 4, Anderson 11, McCaffrey 2, Chavis 15, Hirschfield 2, Townes 8.



Girls Win, Secure Tourney Slot

DSC_5477On Senior Night, senior Jessie Cavolt had her best game of the season, bombing away from outside for 17 points as the Oaks downed Hampton Roads Academy, 50-37, Friday night.

The girls, with two conference wins, will play an away game Tuesday in the opening round of the TCIS Tournament.

Cavolt and fellow senior Peyton Fancher were honored before the game.

The Oaks led throughout, playing one of their strongest games of the season, buoyed by the recent return of junior post player Shahra Madison. Madison popped for 14, but it was Cavolt’s sharp-shooting from behind the three-point line that kept the Oaks in front.

DSC_5545For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Girls Hoops.

Norfolk Collegiate 50, Hampton Roads 37

HAMPTON ROADS: Bresee 2, Kingsbury 5, , Arcand 10, DeChirico 14, Ross 6.

NORFOLK COLLEGIATE: Larkin 9, Cavolt 17, McGurn 2, Beale 8, Madison 14.



Wrestlers Fourth at TCIS Tourney

IMG_3589In an epic performance, the boys wrestling squad — all six of them — posted first or second place finishes at the TCIS Tournament to put the undermanned Norfolk Collegiate squad in fourth place.

Junior Chris Beck, undefeated on the campaign, won the title at 170 pounds and was named Outstanding Wrestler. He was joined on the top step of the podium by junior Chad Bullock, who took the 285-pound title.

IMG_3472The other four Oaks wrestled for titles, but came up just short in a gritty performance.

Eighth grader Jacob Roth was second at 113 pounds, freshman Miles Edmond second at 120 pounds, junior Elijah Nestor second at 145 pounds, and senior Jacob Conn second at 160 pounds.

For more pictures, go to Oaks Wrestlers.
Team scores

IMG_29301. Peninsula Catholic 232, 2. Norfolk Academy 209, 3. Cape Henry 184.5, 4. Norfolk Collegiate 124. 5. Bishop Sullivan 27, 6. Greenbrier Christian 4.



IMG_3736106: 1. Justin Zahan (NA), 2. James Baron (PC), 3. Michael White (CH); 113: 1. Galilee Kissell (PC), 2. Jacob Roth (NC), 3. Colin Sharp (CH); 120: 1. Luke Harvich (CH), 2. Miles Edmond (NC), 3. Ethan Runzo (NA); 126: 1. Logan Harvich (CH), 2. Joe Benedetto (NA), 3. Charlie Zimmerman (PC); 132: 1. Nick Zimmerman (PC), 2. Petey Decker (NA), 3. Taylor Cockroft (CH); 138: 1. Matt Rushing (PC), 2. Warrern Moss (NA), 3. Jordan Scott (CH); 145: 1. Sean Kiddy (PC), 2. Elijah Nestor (NC), 3. Chris Kazakis (NA); 152: 1. Ross Kazakis (NA), 2. Alex Shahmourdain (PC), 3. Rolando Banaag (BS); 160: 1. Wilson Ford (NA), 2. Jacob Conn (NC), 3. Alex Posey (PC); 170: 1. Chris Beck (NC), 2. Prince Charles (CH), 3. Zach Zimmerman (PC); 182: 1. Mike Kamsulk (PC), 2. Sam Retter (CH), 3. Perry Smith (NA); 195: 1. Hunter Christianson (CH), 2. Andrew Simko (PC), 3. Max Debbas (NA); 220: 1. Jackson Law (CH), 2. Matt McKnelly (NA); 285: 1. Chad Bullock (NC), 2. Lyons Lascara (NA), 3. Bryan Scannell (PC).

IMG_3814Outstanding wrestler: Chris Beck, Norfolk Collegiate.

Wrestler of the year: Logan Harvich, Cape Henry.

Coach of the year: Ron Kavanaugh, Peninsula Catholic.

Sportsmanship award: Norfolk Academy.




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