The 2012-13 season is becoming a big one for 1,000-point scorers in Bay Rivers District basketball. Grafton's Elijah Moore reached that milestone in December and Grafton's Olivia Wilson did so on Tuesday, while Lafayette's John Fitchett and York's Brandon Harvell followed suit in losses Wednesday night.
Harvell entered the Falcons' game at Jamestown on Wednesday needing 10 points to reach 1,000, the same amount Fitchett needed when Lafayette traveled to Smithfield. Fitchett scored 24, exceeding his average of just more than 20. Harvell, who went in with an average of nearly 15, netted 27 Wednesday to reach 1,017.
Wilson had a chance to score her 1,000th point at the free-throw line in the Clippers' 82-26 win at Bruton, but missed the second of two shots at the stripe. Teammate Emily Beyer grabbed the rebound and passed to Wilson, who hit a short jumper to reach the milestone.
“Emily will never let me forget that,” Wilson joked after scoring 29 points. “It's a great accomplishment, probably one of my biggest ever, because it proves to me all of the hard work paid off.”
Wilson, a junior, is the fifth Grafton girl to reach 1,000 points, but the first to do so before her senior year. Rose Mulherin, who surpassed 1,000 for the Clippers a year ago, drove from U.Va. to witness Wilson going over 1,000.
Harvell and Fitchett also spoke about what getting 1,000 points means to them.
“I feel it will be something great,” said Harvell, who will play baseball next year at Longwood University. “My dad (Christopher Newport University baseball coach John Harvell) and I were talking and he said he wished he had done it in high school.
“It's definitely up there as my first or second biggest highlight. Winning the district tournament and beating (unbeaten) New Kent in the tournament as a freshman might be bigger.”
Said Fitchett, “It's not everything, because basketball is a team sport, but it's been a goal of mine for a few years now. I look up to the guys like Art Crew, George Piggott and Brandon Moyler who did it before me, and I'm happy to get a spot in school history with them.
“It's definitely a big accomplishment that means something to me. I'm not sure a lot of people realize how big an accomplishment it is, but other players do realize it.”
Montgomery in Baseball Digest
With spring training just around the corner, former Bruton High baseball standout Mark Montgomery has been tabbed by Baseball Digest as the New York Yankees' “Pitcher to Watch” in the organizational report published in its January/February edition.
The article mentions that he “could be the quickest-moving arm in the system and be in the Yankees bullpen by 2013.” It described his pitching strengths as “Strikeout slider, on the big side but has power...Very confident with it...End of the bullpen type guy...Throws only from the stretch...A lot of body action with delivery.”
Montgomery, an 11th-round pick out of Longwood in 2011, was a combined 7-2 last year with high-Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He had a 1.54 earned-run average and 15 saves in 46 games. He struck out 99 and walked 22 in 64 1/3 innings, giving up 35 hits and striking out 13.8 batters per nine innings.
The Bay Rivers District had four of the top 10 overall teams in the prestigious Kecoughtan Invitational last week. Combining girls and boys scores, Lafayette, Tabb and Jamestown finished 4-5-6, with Grafton ninth.
Girls winners included York's MaryElizabeth Warhol in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 51.12 seconds) and 100 backstroke (56.92), Bruton's Allie Christy in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.70), and Jamestown's Hannah Clymer, Lauren Wood, Taylor Vitaletti and Margaret Williams in the 200 free relay (1:41.97). Lafayette's Carter Kale won the boys 500 free (4:41.78).