Marty O'Brien

Writer

A Kentucky basketball lover by night, I've reported by day for more than 15 years for the Daily Press, where my current beats are Bay Rivers District high school athletics, Langley Speedway stock car racing and the occasional NASCAR race.

Recent Articles

  • Jamestown girls advance to state semifinals, boys eliminated

    Jamestown girls advance to state semifinals, boys eliminated

    The Jamestown girls tennis team defeated Eastern View 5-1 on the Eagles’ outdoor courts Friday to book a berth in the state Class 4 semifinals. The Cyclones’ McKinley Smith, the Region 4B singles champion, beat Lauren Montgomery 6-1, 6-0 on line 1, but the Eagles won every other singles match against...

  • Lafayette to drop a classification in next VHSL cycle

    Lafayette to drop a classification in next VHSL cycle

    Five Peninsula schools, including Lafayette, will drop a classification following a reading of the Virginia High School League’s Average Daily Membership enrollment figures released Friday. The VHSL will assign schools to state classifications for postseason regional and state tournament play from...

  • Walsingham beats Fuqua to win first-ever baseball state title

    Walsingham beats Fuqua to win first-ever baseball state title

    Walsingham Academy already had waited more than 70 years for a first baseball state championship, so what’s another 3 hours, 10 minutes and 10 innings? The wait finally ended when Jack Estep scored from second base on a steal and overthrow in the bottom of the 10th to give the Trojans a 6-5 win...

  • Rams edged in opener

    Rams edged in opener

    The streaks are over. Lafayette High lost 15-10 to Norcom at Wanner Stadium on Thursday, falling for the first time in 47 regular-season games – a streak that included four consecutive unbeaten regular seasons. Quinten Greene ended the Rams’ streak with a spectacular diving catch of Jacoby Smith’s...

  • Fall brings new changes to VHSL realignment

    Fall brings new changes to VHSL realignment

    Say goodbye to the Ironclad, PenSouth and all the other conferences that have cluttered the Virginia high school sports landscape over the last four years. The Virginia High School League is debuting another new look this fall, a twist on the organizational system it rolled out in 2013. Despite...

  • Offensive line fuels Warhill football improvement

    Offensive line fuels Warhill football improvement

    Thad Wheeler’s first observation upon becoming Warhill High’s football coach in 2014 was the players needed to get stronger. Entering his fourth season, Wheeler, a state-record-setting lifter in his days as a high school football player in Georgia, says that mission has been accomplished. “Strength...

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