How deep was the pitching in the Peninsula District last spring? So deep that Menchville's Deshorn Lake, who was taken in the 12th round of the MLB Draft, didn't even make first-team All-PD.
Lake is at East Carolina now. Four other pitchers in the Class of 2011 also have moved on to bigger and better things — Warwick's Brandon Vick to Longwood, Denbigh's Aaron Myers to Longwood, Woodside's Brett Mays to Marshall and Kecoughtan's Jake Cave to the New York Yankees' farm system.
Here is this year's best among the PD arms:
Steve Hux, Hampton. The junior is 7-1 with a 1.73 ERA as the Crabbers' No. 1 starter. His best two wins came against Kecoughtan and Gloucester.
Garrett Chrismon, Menchville. Austin's younger brother has emerged as a senior with a 5-1 record and 1.31 ERA. He also beat the Warriors and Dukes.
Nate Matheson, Kecoughtan. He was roughed up in his last start vs. Woodside, but the sophomore left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA.
Kyle Westfall, Woodside. The big guy lost his second of six decisions Tuesday, but he has wins over Hampton (twice) and Menchville.
Following her senior basketball season at Hampton, Lisa Saunders was unsure what her next stop would be. She'd have never guessed Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Lincoln University, a Division II program, offered her a partial scholarship sight-unseen. And after checking the place out, she accepted.
"It was really, really late in the game when I started talking to them," she said. "Maybe late April — just last month, actually. My coach (Eric Scott) sent them film, and they offered me off film.
"I took an official visit, and I actually didn't play well in front of her. But she wants me there on her team."
Charlie Harrison, a football and baseball player at Heritage High, won a National Leadership Grant from NCSA Athletic Recruiting.
Harrison will receive services worth $1,000 with NCSA, which was founded in 2000 with the goal of helping high school athletes get into college. He will receive a free log-in to create his own profile to showcase his athletic and academic highlights.
NCSA Athletic Recruiting awards grants based on "leadership in their community, academic achievement, (and) athletics." Floyd Jones Jr., of Hampton received one last week.
Denbigh will hold a meet-and-greet with alum Antoine Bethea Friday at 6 p.m. to kick off his football camp.
Bethea, a 2002 Denbigh graduate who is going into his seventh year with the Indianapolis Colts. He has been a starter with the Colts since his rookie season and made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and '09.
Bethea's football camp, which will be held at Denbigh, is free to the first 200 kids ages 8 through 15.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun