Counting down to the favorite shots of the 2014-15 seasons. Drumroll, please…Out of the more than 10,000 photos and videos on the flickr page, the most viewed in the last year are:
5. Energetic Ashby Larkin driving in a November basketball game is number five.
4. Cross country runners Frankie White and Thomas Batzel earn the number four slot with a shot provided by a parent.
3. Ari Goldman of the boys soccer team slips in at number three.
2. Edging just past Ari is a shot of JV basketball player Chandler Gillikin.
1. The most-viewed shot of the past year is well-deserved, the video of Sarah Smallets scoring the winning goal off a cross by Ann Burns Morrison that secured the first TCIS conference championship in the history of girls soccer at Collegiate. In addition to the 330 views on flickr, the video has also been viewed 125 times on Youtube.
The Norfolk Collegiate athletics flickr page is hotter than the sands at 77th Street on an August afternoon.
The page has 560,000 views and it gets more popular every day.
So here is our countdown of the most popular pictures and videos from the 2014-15 school year. Not the most popular all-time, but the most viewed in the past year.
Today, we’ll count down from 10 to six and tomorrow we’ll post the Top Five. Click on any picture to go to the full screen on flickr.
10. Tenth on the list is a shot of fans on a whiteout night.
There 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.
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 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)
Varsity 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)
Varsity 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)
Varsity 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)
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Senior 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.
They 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.
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.
The 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.
On 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.