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BRD notebook: Warhill can clinch football playoff berth with win Friday

Warhill can clinch its first Region I Division 4 football playoff berth if it beats Tabb on Friday at Wanner Stadium. The D4 playoff outlook is even rosier for Grafton and surprisingly more sunny for Jamestown than you might expect.

Warhill (4-3) already has established a single-season school record for victories and, by beating Tabb, can match the total number of wins it had in the program's first four seasons. Should the Lions win beyond Friday, it can reap additional benefits.

A win on Monday at Wanner against Park View — a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Irene — probably will land the Lions a first-round playoff home game. By defeating Jamestown in the regular-season finale, the Lions might finish second in the region, earn a first-round bye and play at home in the semifinals.

Under that scenario, the Lions would finish with about a 24.0 Virginia High School power rating — about what Fredericksburg-area school Courtland (5-3) is projected to have. Results of other games would then decide second place.

The first-place team in the D4 regional should be Grafton (6-2) if it beats Jamestown (3-5) on Friday. That would assure that the Clippers likely would finish with at least a 24.2 rating, regardless of how it fares a week later against York.

But Jamestown would not be eliminated as a regional hopeful with a loss. Should the Eagles beat Warhill in the final regular season game, they should tally at least a 19.6 rating. That would likely put then ahead of the loser of the King George-Eastern View game (Nov. 4) for the sixth and final D4 regional playoff game.

York volleyball improving

More York High girls are dedicating themselves to volleyball year-round. As a result the Falcons have posted their best record in many years.

York is 11-6 going into its final regular season game on Thursday at Grafton. The Falcons already have a win this season over Grafton, a team Falcons coach Kelly Dreyfuss believes they had not beaten since the 1990s.

"Many of our kids here at York High School play USA Volleyball-affiliated club ball," Dreyfuss said. "It's that offseason training that the girls get during the months from January to June that really is the key, because they are specializing and getting better."

Dreyfuss said that eight of the 10 York players have played year-round volleyball, compared to just two when she became coach five years ago. Among the standouts for this year's York squad are hitters Sydney Sumner and Kala Prosper, libero Jenna Kinney, blockers Ashley Lytle and Aubrey Brockmiller, setter Ashley Mandrick and defender Kimmy Ashe.

Tabb grad to play ACC hoops

Jon Dillard, a starter at point guard for Tabb High's 2008 Bay Rivers District boys basketball championship team, has earned a spot on the University of Maryland men's basketball roster. Dillard, a 5-foot-11 senior, averaged 8.1 points as a senior at Tabb.

He is the third player from the district to make an ACC roster in the past 20 years. Former Tabb standout Terry Kirby played at Virginia, while former Tabb and Grafton player Aaron Morris played at Florida State.

Tickets available

Tickets for the Nov. 5 Legends of Tabb Dinner honoring former coaches Freddie Mitchell, Charlie Hovis and Willard Hunt still are available. For information call 757-867-5306 or email to swiker@ycsd.york.va.us.

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