Phoebus football had a good year. They didn’t get their fifth straight state championship win, but they had a 12-1 season that only ended when the Phantoms fell in the Division 5 Eastern Region Title Game. New head coach Jeremy Blunt led the team to an undefeated regular season, and now he’s leading the recruiting effort for the remainder of his seniors that haven’t committed for college yet.
There are some excellent athletes in the 2014 class, and the cream certainly rises to the top. Quin Blanding and Jalyn Holmes are obvious picks for players of the year. In fact, the two players could be interchangeable when it comes to winning offensive or defensive awards.
Ocean Lakes’ title run fell just a bit short this year, but there’s every reason to think they’ll be back in 2013. Sure, they’ll have to out duel some strong Division 6 teams, including Oscar Smith once again, but the Dolphins look loaded, and their underclassmen are getting plenty of recruiting attention.
Deep Creek big man Ben Lounsbury has had a productive high school career for a Hornet team that’s been on hard times as of late. The Hornets won only one game this year, but that doesn’t mean there’s not talent at the school. College coaches are making their way by the school and Ben has a line on some college options.
In an effort to recognize the vast talent in the region, each year we pull together our list of the best players from all over the area, regardless of their level of play.
Old Dominion Head Coach Bobby Wilder recapped the 2012 season for the media today, and unveiled a class of nine commitments that will enroll at the school for the 2013 spring semester. The class of nine was mostly JUCO athletes, but also included Oscar Smith defensive end Kanyia Anderson, who graduates from high school at mid-term of his senior year.
Winning a State Championship sure attracts a lot of attention. Before the dead period begins, college coaches are coming in to see the crop of talent that Hank Sawyer has cultivated at Lake Taylor. There’s a lot of talent at the school, but the beautiful thing for Coach Sawyer is that there’s more talent coming up in the sophomore and junior classes.
Here are the VISAA Division IV All-State Teams as voted on by the coaches of VISAA Division IV.
Here are the VISAA Division III All-State Teams as voted on by the coaches of VISAA Division III. Congratulations to 757 region representatives Keith Willie of Atlantic Shores, Jackson Goodman of Isle of Wight Academy, and George Wahee of Norfolk Christian for being named First Team All-State on both sides of the ball. Also, Rashard Brown of Portsmouth Christian was named First Team as a kick off return man and wide receiver.
Here are the VISAA Division II All-State Teams as voted on by the coaches of VISAA Division II.