The Spring Season in Pictures

DSC_1040There are pictures, lots of pictures, on the Norfolk Collegiate Athletics flickr page, more than 10,000 of them with nearly 560,000 views.

So here’s a look back at some of our favorites from the spring season.

To view the individual pictures and videos, go to Oaks Spring Sports. To see a slideshow, go to Oaks in Spring.






Spring Sports Awards

DSC_9929Here 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 girls’ soccer — Natalie Batzel (OAK), Sarah Smith (MVP), Hayley Tate (MIP)

JV girls’ soccer — Meg Lockhart (OAK), Maddie Foster (MVP)

Middle School girls’ soccer–Veronica Gross (OAK)

Varsity girls’ crew –– Gabby Leporati (OAK), Frances Boyer (MVP), Blair Hurley (MIP)

Varsity boys’ crew — Nathan Stell (OAK), Ari Goldman (MVP), Kadin Benjamin (MIP)

DSC_1509Varsity boys’ tennis — Nick Baker (OAK), Alex Loope (MVP), Daniel Duan (MIP)

JV/MS boys’ tennis — David Britt (OAK), Justin Silverman (MVP)

Varsity girls’ lacrosse — Alexandra Cook (OAK), Peyton Fancher (MVP), Lizzie Howlett (MIP)

JV/MS girls’ lacrosse –Finley Connors (OAK), Ashley Obermeyer (MVP)

DSC_6475Varsity boys’ lacrosse — Hunter Lee (OAK), Joey Swartz (MVP), Noah Siebert (MIP)

Middle School boys’ lacrosse — Tyler Huckaby (OAK)

Varsity baseball — Edward Sutelan (OAK), Paul Mahoney (MVP), Dylan Cheek (MIP)

JV baseball — Josh Hutson (OAK), Alex Potter (MVP)

Middle School baseball — Harrison Williams (OAK)

DSC_8810Varsity golf – Baodan Collins (OAK), Jacob Oliver (MVP), Parker Banks (MIP)

JV golf – Amir Horton (OAK), Trip Walden (MVP)

Varsity softball – Morgan Kimberly (OAK), Allison Casper (MVP), and Sophie Zhou (MIP)

JV softball – Hailey Hux (OAK), Stella Escano (MVP)

Managers — Miller Solomon (JV/MS boys’ tennis), Jordan Dobrinsky (Varsity girls’ lacrosse), Liesel Abraham (Varsity boys’ lacrosse), Helena Banks (Varsity boys’ lacrosse)


All-TCIS Selections for the Spring

DSC_9964Annie Bashara and Peyton Fancher made the first team All-TCIS for girls’ lacrosse, and Mary Elizabeth Corliss made the second team.

Joey Swartz made the first team All-TCIS for boys’ lacrosse.

Paul Mahoney made the second team All-TCIS for baseball.

Cameron Brown, Jessie Cavolt, and Sarah L. Smith made the first team All-TCIS for girls’ soccer, while Natalie Batzel made the second team.

Allison Casper made the second team All-TCIS for sofDSC_7609tball.

Alex Loope made the first team All-TCIS tennis team for DSC_9240singles and teamed with Nick Baker to make the first team All-TCIS in doubles. Nick Baker made the second team for singles.


Madison Captures Shot and Discus at State

We’re catching up very belatedly on some spring season news. Here is the first of several posts.


Shahra Madison captured a pair of titles at Saturday’s VISAA Division 2 Track & Field State Championships in Richmond, winning both the shot put and discus. It’s two more state championships for Collegiate, which won the Girls team title in last year’s competition.

Shahra threw 86-05 to take the discus by over 14 feet and then came back four hours later to claim the shot put, her winning toss of 28-11.5, a full two feet better than second place.

On the boys side, sophomore Frankie White finished 13th in the state 1,600 meters, trimming nearly five seconds off his previous best to clock in at 5:14.66.

Oaks Fall in Epic Semifinal

DSC_1557They battled for 100 minutes, but the Oaks girls soccer team came up short Friday in Richmond against St. Catherine’s, the top-ranked squad in Virginia, 3-2, in overtime.

Ferocious striker Sarah Smith scored twice for Collegiate and Jessie Cavolt was big in goal. But St. Catherine’s scored on a penalty kick in the first ten-minute overtime period, then held off a furious charge by the Oaks in the final minutes.

Details, pictures, and video to follow, but here is video of the final two minutes as the Oaks got one corner kick after another and were on the doorstep each time.

In the waning seconds, Sarah Smith’s corner shot headed for the top shelf was punched away. Seconds later, Sofia Jonson’s solid volley was batted aside by the St. Catherine’s keeper who recovered to grab the ball as she collided with Ann Burns Morrison charging for a header. (For best viewing, watch the video full screen).

Unlabeled video is up on the flickr site, Oaks Soccer.

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Girls Trounce Trinity; Play Semifinal Friday

DSC_1195The girls soccer team controlled the game throughout and benefited from three spectacular goals to down Trinity Christian of Fairfax, 3-1, Wednesday in the last game on the grass fields on campus.

Freshman Sarah Smith scored the first and third goals for the Oaks, tumbling over the keeper. She sent a beautiful cross to Sofia Jonson, who took her time and buried a shot for the second goal. Jonson was a monster on the ball all game long, giving the Trinity defense fits.

Smith’s first goal gave the Oaks a 1-0 lead at the half although they were controlling the game. Jonson’s goal put them up 2-0 before Trinity scored.

DSC_1115Senior keeper Jessie Cavolt wasn’t tested often, but she handled the chances that came her way. Hannah Beale, Demetra Protogyrou, and Ashby Larkin ran down everything in the midfield and speedy center backs, Natalie Batzel and Ann Burns Morrison, frustrated the Trinity attack.

Smith, Cameron Brown, and Sarah Smallets ran the sidelines as the Oaks had one opportunity after another, maintaining the bulk of the possession.

The team, the defending Division II state champions, has won ten straight, outscoring opponents 44-9. For more pictures and video from the state tournament games, go to Oaks Girls Soccer.

DSC_1213They are against a formidable foe in top-seeded and undefeated St. Catherine’s of Richmond, ranked number one in the state among all public and private schools.

The game is at 4 p.m. at Ukrop Park in Richmond. For more pictures and video from the game, go to Oaks Girls Soccer.

Sofia Goal
Second Half, Defense, AB, Jessie, Natalie


Tennis Team Sweeps; Heads to State Semifinals


The Oaks tennis team shut out sixth-seeded Wakefield on Wednesday to advance to the Division II state semifinals on Friday.

Norfolk Collegiate, seeded third, will play North Cross, seeded second, at noon on Friday in Richmond.

Alex Loope led the Oaks, winning 10-0 while Nick Baker, Narain Rijhwani, Daniel Duan, Alex Duvall and Trafton Addison all won 10-2.

VISAA Division II quarterfinals

Norfolk Collegiate 6, Wakefield 0

Loope d. Driskill, 10-0; Baker d. Himefarb, 10-2; Rijhwani d. Wolfson, 10-2; Duan d. Ohstrom, 10-2; Duvall d. Mulvey, 10-2; Addison d. Recarte, 10-2.


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Tennis, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer Teams Open Tourney Play

DSC_0792The tennis and girls lacrosse teams open play in the VISAA Tournament today. The tennis team, seeded third in the state, plays at Old Dominion University against Wakefield School at 4:30 p.m. while girls lacrosse, seeded sixth, plays at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, the golf team plans in the TCIS Tournament beginning at 10 a.m.

DSC_0078On Wednesday, the last game on the grass fields at Norfolk Collegiate will take place when the TCIS and defending state champion girls soccer team, seeded fourth in Division I, plays Trinity Christian from Fairfax at 5 p.m.

For pictures from all the Collegiate athletic seasons, go to Oaks Athletics.

Tennis Team Third in TCIS Tourney

DSC_8236The boys tennis team finished third over the weekend behind Cape Henry and Norfolk Academy in the TCIS Tournament.

The team, ranked third in the state, will go on to the state tournament. Details to follow.

TCIS championships

Team standings: 1. Norfolk Academy 68, 2. Cape Henry 66, 3. Norfolk Collegiate 54, 4. Norfolk Christian 40, 5. Hampton Roads Academy 37, 6. Walsingham Academy 27, 7. Peninsula Catholic 19, 8. Bishop Sullivan 13.

Division II State Rankings

1. Highland School
2. North Cross
3. Norfolk Collegiate
4. Eastern Mennonite High School
5. Steward School
6. Wakefield
7. Tandem Friends
8. Seton School

The Resilient Family: TCIS Champions

DSC_0976Ashby Larkin begins one of her patented drives towards goal and is taken down. The ball falls to Sarah Smith who tries to center it and is rebuffed. It ricochets to near midfield where Ann Burns Morrison swoops forward and gathers it.

She dribbles down the wing, is challenged and gets by the first defender, then is challenged, jostled, and probably fouled as she makes her way to near the corner flag. There, she creates enough space to cross the ball.

It deflects off Sofia Jonson’s foot and continues to Sarah Smallets who hits a one-time volley that deflects off the Cape Henry keeper’s hands and falls gently into the net. (Click to the blog site online to see the video).


With 15 minutes remaining in the TCIS championship against Cape Henry the family, the resilient family that has persevered through injuries and the departure of a coach, has come back from a 2-1 deficit. They would not relinquish that lead.

The title game proved a tough battle, a physical game that saw Smith, who was bulldozed while going in on goal, and keeper Jessie Cavolt, who hurt her wrist in a scrum in front of the goal, go off briefly with injuries, but return. Two Cape Henry players were shown yellow cards.

The late-game heroics were made possible when Larkin, who tirelessly ran the midfield for 80 minutes, charged in and put a rebound past the Cape Henry keeper with 25 minutes remaining.

The Oaks had taken a 1-0 lead in the first half on Hannah Beale’s left-footed shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

But Cape Henry scored on a free kick then two minutes later went ahead on a beautiful shot into the upper left corner of the goal.

Once again, Jessie Cavolt was a wall in goal, somehow keeping out one ball during a battle in front of her off a corner kick.

The speedy senior Natalie Batzel was named defensive player of the tournament, part of a back line that stopped advances again and again.

DSC_0943Throughout the raucous Collegiate crowd — it was a whiteout — kept their team in the game.

After the Oaks defeated Norfolk Academy on Wednesday, it was unclear which team they would play for the title. One player said she hoped it was Cape Henry. Why? “Payback.”

The Oaks lost to Cape Henry in the 2014 title tilt. On Friday, they settled the score.

The title was the first TCIS girls soccer crown in the school’s history following last year’s state title, also the first in the school’s history.

The Oaks have now won nine consecutive games, outscoring opponents 41-8.

The girls will play a home state tournament game on Tuesday. The final poll has not been released, but they certainly will be seeded in the top four.

For extensive video and pictures from the game, go to Oaks TCIS Champions.

Bow, Celebratory Hugs



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