Apparently, there's something in the water fountains on Woodland Road.
Just past the midpoint of the Peninsula District season, Kecoughtan is leading the standings in boys and girls basketball. Not only that, both Warrior teams are undefeated in district games. At the very least, that's rare. It might be unprecedented.
But neither can celebrate yet. Each has a championship-caliber opponent getting bigger in the rearview mirror — Hampton on the boys side, Woodside on the girls. And they will meet again (at least once) to decide who gets the automatic spot in the Eastern Region tournament.
Recapping the first half (technically, the first half plus one) of the Peninsula District season.
Rodney Bullock | Kecoughtan. With his long build and athleticism, Bullock has always been a tough matchup. But he's been better than ever as a senior by averaging 21.5 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots a game.
MIDSEASON POWER POLL
1. Kecoughtan (12-2, 10-0). While not as experienced at the point as in years past, the Warriors seem to have better chemistry. That plus Bullock and G-F Greg Alexander (16.9 ppg) has equaled wins.
2. Hampton (11-3, 9-1). What the Crabbers lack in size they're making up for with the PD's best backcourt: Anthony Barber (18.6 ppg) and Jordan Baker (12.6 ppg).
3. Woodside (8-5, 6-4). Before losing to Menchville on Saturday, the Wolverines had won five of six behind senior Trevor Lyons (18.0 ppg) and freshman Chris Orlina (16.2 ppg).
4. Phoebus (7-5, 7-3). The Phantoms are coming off a stretch of six games in nine days. It doesn't get any easier vs. Kecoughtan Tuesday night.
5. Bethel (7-7, 5-5). So far, the district's most up-and-down team. The Bruins have neither won nor lost more than two in a row. G Rakeen Brown (20.3 ppg), though, is steady.
6. Heritage (6-7, 4-6). The Canes went 3-0 last week behind F Romello Anderson's 51 points. They have the talent to make a second-half push.
7. Menchville (6-7, 4-6). The Monarchs had a tough three-game stretch last week and went 2-1, upsetting Bethel and Woodside. Never dismiss a Dennis Koutoufas-coached team.
8. Warwick (5-8, 3-7). The Raiders already have won three more district games than they did last year. But Warwick is giving up 76 points a game.
10. Gloucester (0-13, 0-10). The Dukes are not only winless, they're being outscored by 28 points a game.
Adrienne Motley | Woodside. Big surprise, right? The state's Co-Player of the Year last season is averaging 26.9 points a game despite facing every junk defense known to humankind. Possibly the best guard in PD history.
MIDSEASON POWER POLL
1. Kecoughtan (13-1, 10-0). With essentially the same personnel for the third year in a row, the Warriors have the poised look of a champion. It will come down to their Jan. 26 game against …
2. Woodside (12-1, 8-1). The Wolverines have the same problems they did last year with no height or depth. Yet with Motley and Aianna Kelly (11.9 ppg), they keep on winning.
3. Hampton (9-4, 8-2). A huge question is how quickly PG Khadijah Berger (19.9 ppg) will bounce back from a sprained knee. She's expected to miss this week's games vs. Bethel and Woodside.
4. Bethel (8-5, 6-4). Like the boys' team, the Bruins have been up and down. How up and down? It's been loss, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, win since Dec. 18.
5. Phoebus (7-4, 6-4). The Phantoms are the district's most improved team from last season and have a chance for a top-four seed in the PD tournament.
6. Warwick (6-7, 5-5). After losing four of their first six district games, the Raiders have won three of their last four. Adria Strothers (11.9 ppg) is the PD's top scoring freshman.
7. Heritage (3-11, 3-7). The Canes took a huge blow in the opener when G Shaquilla Holmes broke her ankle. They hope to get her back before February.
8. Gloucester (6-8, 2-8). The Dukes have winnable games against Heritage and Menchville coming up this week.
9. Menchville (1-11, 1-8). It's been a tough year for the Monarchs, who only three years ago were the co-district champions. Their only win came against last-place Denbigh.