How to Download Pictures

I’ve noticed readers of the blog like the pictures, really like the pictures.

On the Flickr Collegiate athletics page, there are now nearly 20,000 photos that have been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

So here’s a reminder how to download those pictures. Go to the NCS Athletics page.

Or go straight to the page of sets from various sports.

Click on the sport you want. A page of pictures will load. Scroll until you find one you want to see full screen. Click on it to open.

In the bottom right, you will see a downward-pointing arrow. Click on it and choose the size you want. Click again and, presto, the picture will download.


Soccer Teams Stays on a Roll

The girls soccere team, ranked third in the region, improved to 5-0 last week with a comeback win at home over Cape Henry Collegiate.

Collegiate trailed 1-0 at the half before Molly Beegle scored seconds into the second half to knot the score. The Oaks controlled play but were unable to net the go-ahead goal until Sarah Smith found the back of the net off a scramble in front following a corner kick. Smith’s second goal late in the game sealed the win.

The teams plays at the Steward School on Tuesday and at Norfolk Academy on Thursday.

For more pictures and video from the game, go to Oaks Soccer.


Girls Lax Split Games

The girls lacrosse team split their games last week, downing Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, 14-8, then bowing to Cape Henry Collegiate, 12-10.

In the Nansemond-Suffolk win, sophomore goalie Tracie Barraclough had 12 saves. Freshman Ellie Robertson notched four goals, one assist, and two draw controls. Senior Ashley Obermeyer chipped in with three goals, five draw controls, and two ground ball controls. Junior Anna Winn had three goals, one assist, three draw controls and one caused turnover. Freshman Finely Connors scored three goals. Senior Gabby Grinnan contributed two goals, one assist and one caused turnover.

The defense led by Freshman Katie Sullivan had one draw control, three ground ball controls and caused one turnover. Junior Melody Williford had a strong showing on defense, matching stick for stick with her attackers. Emma Wentworth helped on both ends of the field playing attack, midfield, and defense during the game.

Against Cape Henry, Collegiate was down by four at halftime but came roaring out to make three quick scores, then added another to tie the game at 8.

Senior attack Gabby Grinnan had three goals and one caused turnover. Freshman midfielder Ellie Robertson had two goals, and two draw controls along with one caused turnover. Freshman attacker Finley Connors had two goals. Senior midfielder Ashley Obermeyer had one goal, seven draw controls, two ground ball controls and four caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Anna Winn had three draw controls and three caused turnovers.

The defense was led by Freshman Katie Sullivan, who caused four turnovers, two leading to down the field goals for her. Junior Melody Williford had three caused turnovers and was key in recovering shots on goal.

The team, now 3-2, plays Steward School at home on Tuesday and travels to Norfolk Academy on Friday night.

Boys Lacrosse Downs Christian, Improves Record

The boys lacrosse team upped its record to 3-4 with a 14-7 shellacking of Norfolk Christian last week.

Sophomore Abe Musselmani scored seven goals — half the team’s total — to lead the Oaks. Senior Bryson Pettrey added four.

The team plays away this week at the Steward School and Norfolk Academy.

For more pictures and video, go to Boys Lacrosse.

Norfolk Collegiate 14, Norfolk Christian 7

G-N.Coll., Musselmani 7, Pettrey 4, Bunch, Lehew, Howlett; N.Ch., not provided.


Girls Soccer Off to Roaring Start

The Oaks’ girls soccer team, ranked fourth in the region, won their fourth contest without a loss, defeating Tabb High School, 4-0, last week as senior Sarah Smith scored twice.

Junior Molly Beegle and freshman Niya Rhodes also scored. Freshman Ava Georgo had two assists.

For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Soccer.

The team plays twice at home this week, Tuesday against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Friday against Cape Henry Collegiate.

Goal Sarah

Girls Lacrosse Earns Second Win

The girls’ lacrosse team dispatched Christchurch School, 18-6, in an away game last week.

The Oaks had a balanced attack. Senior Gabby Grinnan had five goals and one assist while fellow senior Ashley Obermeyer scored once and contributed one assist. Junior Anna Winn notched three goals and one assist, junior Frances Pierce had one goal, freshman Ellie Robertson had three goals and two assists, freshman Finley Connors had three goals, and freshman Abby McMonagle and Skylar Anne Foster each had one goal.

On defense, junior Ally Symmes and freshman Katie Sullivan each had three caused turnovers and juniors Emma Wentworth, Melody Williford and Megan Silverman all had key defensive plays which lead to turnovers. Ellie Robertson led the ground ball control with five.

The team plays away at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Wednesday and Cape Henry Collegiate on Thursday.


Girls Lacrosse Opens Season with Win, Loss

The Collegiate girls lacrosse squad bowed to visiting Sidwell Friends Saturday at home, the team’s first loss of the season after an opening 19-4 win over Christchurch School.

Goalie Tracie Barraclough had nine saves. Freshman Ellie Robertson scored twice and had two assists. Fellow freshman Finley Connors scored four points, one off of a turn over by defensive Freshman Katie Sullivan who made a run and pass to Finley. Senior Ashley Obermeyer also had one goal.

The team plays Thursday at Christchurch.

For more pictures, go to Oaks lacrosse. Thanks to Scott Robertson for the photos.

Baseball Team Off to Strong Start

Senior Grady Fitzwater had three RBIs, including a seeing-eye single in the sixth inning that put the Oaks on top in a 6-5 win Saturday over Trinity Christian.

Collegiate took an early lead, then Trinity came back to draw even, 3-3, before the Oaks once again relied on late-inning heroics.

Fitzwater started on the mound and fellow senior Jackson Burke finished to earn the win.

The veteran Collegiate squad is 4-1 on the season. On Friday, the team came from behind to defeat Annapolis, 5-4, as Mark Hines singled to drive in Flora with the walk-off winning run. Blake Cummings earned the win on the mound. Burke drove in two runs.

Earlier, the team defeated Northeastern High School, 14-3. Hunter Flora and Dylan Cheek combined for six RBIs. Flora homered to punctuate the Oaks’ attack.

For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Baseball.

Norfolk Collegiate 6, Trinity Christian 5

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W-Burke (1-1).




Two Oaks Earn National Slots at State Tourney

Jaden Bullock lost in the finals. Jacob Roth finished fourth and Tim Spooner took eighth as the Oaks finished 18th out of 27 teams in the VISAA state wrestling tournament.

All five members of the depleted team exceeded their seedings.

Bullock and Roth earned trips to the National Prep Wrestling Championship Tournament at Lehigh University, a collegiate wrestling powerhouse, in Bethlehem PA.

At 160 pounds, second-seeded sophomore Jaden Bullock had a bye but followed up with a fall over Woodberry’s Cochran in 47 seconds. Jaden then pinned CHC’s Chay by pin in 2:24 in the quarter finals. Bullock then crushed third-seeded John Flood of St. Chris in the semifinals in 47 seconds. Jaden’s quest for a state title will have to wait until next year. He dropped a close and exciting finals match to Benedictine’s Ageros, 3-1. Bullock, who is currently ranked seventh by the National Preps’ will seek a place on the All-American podium next week.

At 132 pounds, Jacob Roth also had a first-round bye and then hit the mat in the second round with a pin in 1:50 over Fishburn’s Bowles. In the quarter finals Jacob lit up rival Landon Kissell of Peninsula Catholic with a blistering 15-0 tech-fall in 2:35. Roth then took on Virginia’s top-ranked and two-time state champ Connor Alexander of St. Chris in the semifinals, falling by a 9-0 score. In the consolation semifinal, Jacob pinned Campbell of Collegiate in 4:00 to qualify for the nationals. His day ended with a solid effort in a tough loss in overtime 4-2 to Cole of Paul VI.

At 106 pounds, freshman Max Edwards returned to the lineup for the state tournament. He opened with a bye and then dropped a tech-fall to his TCIS rival and state third placer Dustin Smith of Pen. Catholic. Max then picked up his first state victory with a wild 15-10 win over Bishop Sullivan’s Melendez. However, his first state tournament ended with a tight loss to Hargrave’s Medlin 6-2. Max had an excellent first-year campaign with a winning record.

At 220 pounds, eighth-grader Topher Francis enjoyed an excellent first state tournament experience. He dropped his first match by pin to sixth-seeded senior O’Connell from PJPTG. He moved into the consolations and advanced a round after another wrestler withdrew. Topher lost his next match by pin to Webb of Ireton, but he finished in the top twelve of the state and learned valuable experience.

Oaks Win Thriller Over Cape Henry

Norfolk Collegiate squandered a 19-point first half lead, then rallied for a dramatic 67-64 win over Cape Henry Collegiate Monday night in The Treehouse.

Super Soph Jordan Battle slashed through the Dolphins’ wake for a triple double, pouring in 32 points, adding 11 assists and pulling down 10 rebounds. A. J. Davis with 12 and Jakeim Robertson with 11 also scored in double figures for Collegiate, now 14-12 and 6-2 in the TCIS.

Battle hit both ends of a one-and-one with about a minute left to put the Oaks in the lead. Cape Henry had the ball for the final minute, but was unable to score as Jaeden Jefferson partially blocked a shot with five seconds remaining and Battle grabbed the rebound, securing the win.

For more videos and pictures, go to Oaks Boys Hoops.

The boys play Norfolk Academy at 7 p.m. tonight, following the 5:30 start of the girls’ game.

Norfolk Collegiate 67, Cape Henry 64

CAPE HENRY: Moore 12, Cutler 7, T. Pope 9, J. Pope 6, Banister 10, Rucker 20.

NORFOLK COLLEGIATE: Davis 12, Jefferson 7, Robertson 11, Chatman 2, Lewis 3, Battle 32.

Last Seconds, Win Over Cape Henry


Final Free Throws Jordan Battle, Cape Henry Win