Prep roundup: Walsingham Academy boys hoops open season with tourney win

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

Walsingham Academy’s boys basketball team opened its season by winning its own tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Trojans won its annual Walsingham Thanksgiving Invitational with an 88-70 win over Veritas and a 62-46 win over Hampton Christian.

Sam Jones had a double-double in the opening win over Veritas, scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jones added five assists and four steals. Jaylin Stewart added 28 points and six assists, and Marcus Banks scored 17 points in his Walsingham debut. Tredell Blow added six points and seven rebounds for the Trojans.

Walsingham Academy led Veritas Academy 20-14 after the first quarter, but Jones sparked a 22-2 run to allow the Trojans to open up a 46-25 halftime lead. Walsingham went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off Veritas.

In Saturday’s championship game against Hampton Christian, the Trojans again started slow, but used a second quarter run to pull away. The win avenged a loss to Hampton Christian in last season’s tournament. Stewart led the Trojans with 20 points.

Jones was named tournament MVP, while Blow and Stewart were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Trojans (2-0) play this weekend in a two-day showcase event in Pennsylvania at Mercersburg Academy, taking on the host school Saturday and then West Nottingham Academy Sunday. The Trojans return home at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 against Portsmouth Christian.

Jamestown boys lose preseason game

Jamestown’s boys basketball team lost 93-51 Monday at home in a preseason tuneup.

The Eagles open their regular season schedule Wednesday at Poquoson. After two more away games Friday at Smithfield and Saturday at Kecoughtan, Jamestown has its home opener Dec. 6 against Grafton.

Football

Hopewell 34, York 6: York High followed its usual postgame ritual Saturday — albeit in a bittersweet fashion — as Falcons players gathered in front of the bleachers at Bailey Field to salute their home crowd.

York’s season ended in a 34-6 loss to Hopewell in a VHSL Class 3 state quarterfinal.

Falcons coach Doug Pereira tried to put the game in perspective for his team, which had transformed itself after finishing with a 1-9 record a season ago.

“Nobody ever expected you guys to be where you are heading into this season,” he said. “It’s a sad moment right now, but this season has been a happy one. Take the happiness with you.”

No. 3 seed York (9-4) scored the first touchdown of the game, but No. 4 seed Hopewell (9-4) responded with 34 unanswered points to win the Region 3A final.

The Blue Devils move onto their third straight state semifinal appearance. They will face Region 3B champion James Monroe Saturday.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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