In some ways, Gloucester wrestling coach Ricky Pierce is impressed by his team’s start. But as the coaching perfectionist, he’s not.
“Some of our returners have got to pick it up,” Pierce said. “I’m far from being happy, but it’s a start. We’ve got to roll with it.”
The Dukes have been rolling. They’ve won all 11 of their dual matches, five coming against Peninsula District opponents. Scores in PD matches include 80-0 (vs.
), 58-18 (Phoebus), 49-24 (Warwick) and 57-21 (Heritage).
Matt Favazzo (113 pounds), Anthony Monahan (120) and Devon Pullen (170) are all 11-0 in dual matches. Favazzo and Robert Leso (160) made it to the finals of the Colon Baker Classic last weekend in Chesapeake, where the Dukes finished sixth as a team.
Friday night, Gloucester will host a tri-match against Kecoughtan and Menchville.
“That’ll be a big day for us,” Pierce said.
With two freshmen in the starting lineup, Woodside boys basketball coach Erick Mays knew his team would need time to mature. He didn’t expect it to happen by the New Year, but he’s glad it did.
The Wolverines played three solid games in the King’s Fork Christmas tournament, where they beat Lakeland and Churchland by a combined 39 points before losing to the host Bulldogs by four in the final. Freshmen Chris Orlina and Devonte Carter came of age.
Orlina, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 66 points in the three games, including a career-best 32 in the opener. Carter, a 5-11 point guard, added 37.
Woodside goes into Friday night’s game at Phoebus having won four of its last six. Aside from seniors Trevor Lyons, who had 77 points in the three games, and Jazz Johnson, the Wolverines are relying heavily on youth.
Lyons, who has signed with Air Force, is the team’s top scorer at 18.3 points per game. Nos. 2 and 3 are Orlina (15.4 ppg) and Carter (10.0).
“I had hoped we’d get together by Christmas, and if we did, we’d be ahead of schedule,” Mays said. “It’s been a pleasant surprise. We’re going to be able to play with a lot of people.”
The top boys: Kecoughtan’s Rodney Bullock (21.4 ppg), Bethel’s Rakeen Brown (21.4 ppg),
’ Khaaliq Fletcher (19.2 ppg), Phoebus’ Josh Davis (19.0 ppg), Phoebus’ James Daniel III (19.0 ppg), Hampton’s Anthony Barber (19.0 ppg).