The Peninsula High School League's bowlers are Hampton Roads District champs again.
They pulled off a repeat by beating their rivals from the Tidewater District with a pinfall total of 39,338 on Dec. 18 at Sparetimes in Hampton. Tidewater finished with 38,456 pins.
Each district team was composed of 10 three-person teams.
Peninsula bowlers also dominated the list of individual award winners.
In the scratch division, Brandon Franklin of Hampton High bowled the highest boys series with a 698 and Alec Manriquez of Tabb had the highest average for six games, a 221. For the girls, Victoria White of Tabb rolled the highest scratch series, 585, and Margaret Kowalski of York bowled the high scratch game (192).
In the handicap division, Jason Stoudt of Bethel and Nolan Judkins of Menchville took home titles.
Stoudt, carrying a 176 average, put together games of 232, 179 and 223 to go with 117 pins handicap for the boys high-handicap series (751).
Judkins took top honors for the boys high-handicap game with a 313, which included a 275 scratch game.
Tabb's Alex Feller, Ross Beardsley and Chris Kephart placed second in the team competition behind Norview.
Longtime Peninsula High School League coordinator Mary Pancoast attributed the district's winning performance to two factors: A lot of the handicap club athletes bowled their average or better and all of the league's scratch players were guaranteed a spot at the district event.
"Taking your most-experienced athletes to the tournament can only lead to good things. And under pressure, they always seem to rise to the occasion," she said.
This year's third edition of the Hampton Sports Festival and Expo Feb. 17-19 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center is expected to be bigger and better.
Since its inception, the event has grown from competition in 10 sports in 2010, to 15 in 2011, and to 19 thus far this year.
The number of athletes competing also has grown, from 703 in 2010 to 1,196 last year. This year those numbers are likely to be exceeded.
"With the addition of Futsal, Strong Man and Strong Woman (contests), and a full slate of arm wrestling, we're expecting our numbers to go up," said Craig Lenniger, the sports events logistics coordinator for the Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Competition also will be held in boxing, kick boxing, mixed martial arts, taekwondo, gymnastics, chess, bodybuilding, chess, cornhole, crossfit, Jiu-Jitsu, K-1, Muay Thai, No Gi grappling, and powerlifting.
Entries are still being taken for the festival, which last year attracted competitors from as far away as Canada, Mexico, and California. Those interested in participating should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 728-5314.
A free sports expo also will be held during the festival in front of the convention center exhibit halls.
Virginia Crusaders coach Larry Stith received a jolting telephone call on Wednesday.
It came from Terry Sullivan, the person in charge of running Saturday's USA Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Stith was told that the Syracuse Shock (11-1), the team his Crusaders were scheduled to play in a game billed as the D1 national championship game, had backed out. And instead, the Crusaders would be playing the Georgia Knights of the United South Football League.
"It was kind of a shocking blow," Stith said Sunday night. "We'd been preparing for the Syracuse team for over a month and a half and had lots of film on them. As for the Georgia team, we don't have any film on them."
Stith said the team had been pumped up to play against the highly-regarded Shock, ranked No. 8 in the country In one minor-league poll while the Crusaders were ranked No. 10.
The Georgia team is unranked.
Despite the disappointing news, Stith said the Crusaders were still going to the bowl game.
"We've never backed out of a game in the seven years we've had a team," he said. "Our guys still want to go. They're football players who love to play football and they don't care who we're playing."
Led by all-around champs Kiera Brown and Taylor LeMoal, World Class Gymnastics brought home the top-two team titles from the Virginia International Gymnastics Schools New Year Opener Saturday and Sunday in Midlothian.
Brown headed the Level 10s with firsts on vault (9.55 points) and bars (9.6), a second on floor (9.2) and third on beam (9.25) to finish with an AA total of 37.6 in the 15-and-over age division.
LeMoal led the Level 9s victory with an impressive performance in the 15-and-over age group, placing first on vault (9.2), bars (8.95), beam (9.3) and the AA (36.675). She added a second on floor.
Other Level 10 winners included Beka Conrad on beam (9.65) and floor (9.475) for the 15-plus age group and NaTori Robinson on bars (8.75) for ages 11-14.
On Level 9, other winners were Jessica Myers on floor (9.575) for ages 15-and-up, Katie Tudor on floor (9.55) for the 13-14s, and Lily Olson on floor (9.3) for the 12-and-under class.
On Level 7, Andrea Sellers (9.275 on floor), Liah Holmes (9.425, floor) and Zoi Robinson (9.5, floor) all produced wins in their age groups. Another winner was Melinda Anselmo on beam (9.7).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun