Prep roundup: Lafayette players named to all-state first team

Jimmy LaRoue

Three Lafayette football players have been named to the Virginia High School League’s Class 4 all-state first team, and another was named all-state second team.

Jack Erwin, Armonii Burden and Seth Osborne received first team honors, and Trey Canady earned a nod as second team all-state.

Two players from Louisa County, the school that beat Lafayette in the Class 4 semifinals, received Player of the Year honors — Malik Bell as Offensive Player of the Year and Tony Thurston as Defensive Player of the Year.

Thurston has been offered at the College of William and Mary.

Girls basketball

Poquoson 50, Bruton 34 — Hope Jennings scored 18 points and Sondra Fan added 10 points and 10 rebounds in Poquoson’s home win over the Panthers on Monday. Julecia Ferguson led Bruton with 19 points as they lost their sixth straight after winning the opening game of the season.

Jamestown 47, Lafayette 26 — Kenizjha Jackson scored 20 points and Corynthian Williams scored 14 as the Eagles (6-2, 5-2 Bay Rivers) beat the Rams (4-3, 4-3 Bay Rivers). Jamestown won its sixth straight after opening the season with a pair of losses.

Warhill 50, York 18 — Tyra Fannin's 21 points, nine steals and four assists, along with Taylor Nicholson's 11 points, paced the Lions to a victory over the Falcons on Monday. Warhill (5-2, 5-2 Bay Rivers) led 37-12 at halftime.

Veritas Christian 38, Walsingham Academy 28 — The Trojans (3-4) lost their second straight game Friday.

Boys basketball

Miller School 70, Williamsburg Christian Academy 52 — Despite 26 points from Da’Shawn Cook and 17 points from Cle’von Greene, WCA (7-1) lost its first game of the season Saturday against Miller School (6-1).

Cook also had five rebounds and four steals, and Greene added three steals. Ra’Shawn Cook had five points, four steals, three rebounds and two blocked shots.

Walsingham Academy 66, Veritas Christian 35 — The Trojans (7-1) won their fifth straight game Friday led by three players who scored in double figures.

Guard Marcus Banks had 25 points and was 5-for-7 on three-pointers. He also had four steals. Sam Jones posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. Jones also tallied nine rebounds and eight steals.

After missing a game due to injury, Jaylin Stewart came off the bench to score 12 points. Braden Exton, also returning to action from injury, had five points and nine rebounds. Eighth-grader Jackson Hughes scored his first varsity points on a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans host Bethel at 7 p.m. Friday.

Bethel 57, Jamestown 43 — The Eagles (4-5, 3-2 Bay Rivers) lost in a non-conference matchup Saturday.

Lafayette 73, New Kent 47 — The Rams (7-0, 6-0 Bay Rivers) added to their winning streak following their rout of the Trojans on Friday.

Lafayette’s smallest margin of victory this season has been 14 points, while it has scored fewer than 65 points just once. In the Rams last five games, they have held opponents to fewer than 50 points.


The Peninsula beat the Southside 20-7 in the 757 All-Star Classic at Powhatan Field in Norfolk. It was one of the senior all-star games Saturday that included representatives from the Peninsula.

The Peninsula’s MVPs were Woodside’s Jie Cleveland on offense and Poquoson linebacker Robert Henesey on defense. For the Southside, those honors went to Wilson’s Amonte Copeland on offense and Bayside’s Tray Dozier on defense.

Among the area players taking part were Lafayette’s Tyree Sutton (DLB/TE), Armonii Burden (DE), Seth Osborne (OT), Ish Roy (K/P), Jordan Ballowe (S/RB) and Cesar Ward (QB).

Indoor track and field

Bruton’s Isaiah Gist had the top overall finish among participants from Williamsburg area schools at the CNU High School Winter Frolic, finishing first in the boys 500 meters in 1:07.26.

In the boys 55 hurdles, Lafayette’s Noah Cane (7.95) and Adam Leschinger (8.05) took sixth and ninth place finishes, respectively. Braden Underwood finished eighth in the pole vault (12-0).

In the boys triple jump, Jamestown’s Brian Hoag came in seventh (42-2.5).

For Jamestown, Mariella Smith finished third in the girls pole vault (9-6) and Thorin Jean came in fourth in the girls 3,200 (11:18.65). Bruton’s Karena Glass took sixth in the 55 hurdles (8.70) and Kirsten Long of Jamestown had an eighth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:28.92).

Heritage star Qhiyal Towns won the boys 55 meters with the top high school time in the nation this season at 6.34 seconds.

The meet took place Friday and Saturday at the Freeman Center’s Vince Brown Track.


Warhill placed third in the Lee-Davis Holiday Classic in Mechanicsville. The host team won the tournament with 264 points, followed by James River with 147.5 and Warhill with 142. ...

At the Doug Dohey Duals Saturday at Nansemond River High School, Lafayette’s wrestlers finished second.


Friday, Lafayette’s boys and girls swept dual meets against Smithfield and Grafton. The girls beat Smithfield 69-25 and Grafton 74-20.

Lafayette’s boys beat Smithfield 68-26 and Grafton 65-29. ...

Walsingham Academy’s girls took second in a Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools meet at Norfolk Academy Friday. The Trojans boys finished third at the same meet.

The girls tallied 343 points to take second behind host Norfolk Academy’s 618 points. The Trojan boys finished one point out of second place with 332 points. Norfolk Academy took first with 613 points and Norfolk Christian School was second with 333 points.

Top finishers for Walsingham Academy girls included Maggie Menoni (1st — 100-yard freestyle, 57.72) and Emma Lobash (3rd — 200 freestyle, 2:07.91)

Boys top finishers included Gregory Peterson (2nd — 200 freestyle, 2:03.95, 3rd — 100 backstroke, 1:03.26), Austin Smith (1st — 100 backstroke, 54.22, 2nd — 50 freestyle, 21.90) and Jason Covaney (2nd — 500 freestyle, 5:39.71; 3rd — 200 individual medley).

The boys 200 freestyle relay team finished second (1:36.17), as did its 400 freestyle relay team (3:35.93).

Walsingham Academy will next travel to Richmond Jan. 6 for a meet hosted by St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s Schools, and its final regular season meet will be Jan. 12 when it hosts its senior recognition meet at the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.

Field hockey

Two Warhill seniors were among those named to the Daily Press All-Stars for field hockey.

Braelyn Lassiter | Warhill | senior. The Class 4 first team all-state midfielder knocked in nine goals and added 15 assists for the Lions during their run to the state quarterfinals.

Delanie Snyder | Warhill | senior. Snyder was one of four returning starters for the Lions, along with Lassiter, senior forward Megan Cretney and sophomore forward Chloe Thompson. Her experience on the defensive end helped push the Lions to the Class 4 state tournament. Snyder was named to the Class 4 first team all-state.

Girls volleyball

Jamestown’s Emma Schriner, who has committed to play college volleyball at Tennessee, had four kills in the Under Armour All-American match Friday, as her East team beat the West in five sets, 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 15-12.

The match was played in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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

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