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

  • Lafayette lineman Klock ready to represent Peninsula in all-star showcase

    Lafayette lineman Klock ready to represent Peninsula in all-star showcase

    When Lafayette football coach Andy Linn calls offensive tackle Dexter Klock's 2016 highlights video one of the most impressive he's ever seen, it's like hearing Dr. Frankenstein laud his creation. In Klock, Linn constructed a blocking monster, though Trey Neville and other former teammates deserve...

  • Lafayettes clinches state semifinal trip to Dinwiddie

    Lafayettes clinches state semifinal trip to Dinwiddie

    When it was a defensive slugfest in the first half, Lafayette was a little better than Eastern View. When it turned into a big-play shootout in the second half, Lafayette was better then, too, and its defense again played a role. The combination gave the Rams a 48-21 win over the Cyclones in a...

  • Rams pull away from Eastern View to reach 4A semifinals

    Rams pull away from Eastern View to reach 4A semifinals

    When it was a defensive slugfest in the first half, Lafayette was a little better than Eastern View. When it turned into a big-play shootout in the second half, Lafayette was better then, too, and its defense again played a role. The combination gave the Rams a 48-21 win over the Cyclones in the...

  • All about team for Lafayette star receiver Grimsley

    All about team for Lafayette star receiver Grimsley

    To understand why Andy Linn loves coaching Lafayette's Hezekiah Grimsley so much, look no further than the Rams' 27-21 win over Grafton last Friday in the second round of the Group 4A East Region playoffs. Grimsley, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior, had only two receptions for 18 yards — minuscule...

  • Kraegenbrink, Johnson form dynamic backfield duo for Lafayette

    Kraegenbrink, Johnson form dynamic backfield duo for Lafayette

    Lafayette is considered the most blue-collar of Bay Rivers District football programs, but its go-to tailbacks, Caleb Kraegenbrink and Kyle Johnson, entered the season with white-collar reputations. Kraegenbrink was known primarily as a slasher and Johnson for his speed. Those attributes still apply,...

  • Clifton goes down, Warhill falls in region final

    Clifton goes down, Warhill falls in region final

    For most of the first set, Warhill High hitter Cori Clifton turned the 3A East Region volleyball tournament championship game into her personal playground. Clifton, a 6-foot-1 Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate and Georgia Tech signee, had four kills in addition to the Lions scoring six...

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