The Warriors Want the Monkey Gone

In early August, the heat was blistering and the sweat was rolling, yet Nansemond River was still practicing harder than ever. The Warriors were a bubble team for the VHSL playoffs last year and quite frankly, they want in and want to earn a chance to win a state title. Coach Tracey Parker even said, “It is time we get the playoff monkey off our backs.” A 5-5 season last year has the Warriors prepared to slingshot into a playoff appearance in 2013. Nansemond River is a Division 4 school, but for the time being, they’ll continue their Southeastern District schedule of the past. Playing teams like Oscar Smith, Western Branch, and Grassfield should show the true merit of this Warriors team.

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Super Set To Sit Out

Lakeland High School graduate Zach Super had a tumultous high school career, and he’s had a tumultuous recruitment. The strongman quarterback from Suffolk started his career at King’s Fork, but transferred out after his freshman year. Issues arose and he had to sit out his sophomore season. His junior year was short lived due to injury, but his senior season was prosperous at the helm of Lakeland’s offense. Now his college plans have taken a new turn.

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2013 Matoaca Football: Warrior Pride

The Matoaca Warriors started the preseason with a bang this year. Approximately 1,200 parents, fans, students, and curious spectators watched the Warriors’ First Annual Red-White Scrimmage. Brainchild of Coaches Pat Manuel and Fred Stoots, the Matoaca Warriors’ Red White Scrimmage is a team scrimmage, focusing on the base offensive and defensive calls established in the first week of practice. The event also allowed the coaching staff to meet the parents and fans to discuss football. Parents and fans had unprecedented access to the field, coaches, and players during the scrimmage. The event was also a fundraiser for money used to buy football equipment, enhance the weight room, and purchase new player uniforms.

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Tabb Tigers Take On New Challenge

It wasn’t that long ago that the Tabb Tigers were members of the Peninsula District. Now with the end of district play, and the introduction of conferences to the VHSL structure, Tabb has the opportunity to open up scheduling. Tabb is still a Division 4 program, but their new conference mates are Smithfield, Powhatan, Jamestown and Grafton. Conference 19 is one of the smaller conferences, so in a couple of years the Tigers will have six out of conference games to schedule.

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