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Marty O'Brien

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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

  • 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...

  • After big year in 3A, growing Warhill will bump up to 4A in 2017-18

    Two Bay Rivers District schools that experienced significant athletic success on the Group 3A level this past school year will move out of that Virginia High School League classification beginning with the 2017-18 school year. According to the VHSL Proposed Alignment plan for the 2017-18 and '18-19...

  • Warhill rolls over Jamestown to stay on track for playoffs

    Warhill rolls over Jamestown to stay on track for playoffs

    JAMES CITY — Warhill played for the first time this season minus star running back Collin Bright, who ran for 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns in a little more than seven games. Turns out the Lions didn't need him in their 51-7 win over Jamestown in their Bay Rivers District football game on Tuesday...

  • Warhill's upset bid falls just short in double OT

    Warhill's upset bid falls just short in double OT

    JAMES CITY —If scorelines are the primary indicator, Warhill entered Thursday’s 19-16, double-overtime defeat to Poquoson as the clear underdog on paper. The Lions, still searching for their first win, had last lost 36-26 to Smithfield Sept. 24 and Poquoson (5-1, 4-1 Bay Rivers District) rolled...

  • Warhill edged at Churchland to open football season

    Warhill edged at Churchland to open football season

    PORTSMOUTH — Warhill High’s football team is better, much better than the one that opened the 2014 season by losing to Churchland by 28 points. On Thursday, the Lions lost 24-20 at Churchland in their 2015 season opener, and they are improved enough that it will hurt to have lost a game they could’ve,...

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