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  • At last, Gayle fits his family genes

    At last, Gayle fits his family genes
    Football was always in his DNA. The problem was, somebody apparently forgot to tell his DNA. When James Gayle moved to Hampton as an eighth-grader, he stood just a shade over 5-foot-6. Nice size for a jockey, but not for a kid whose father and uncle both...
  • Oscar Smith grounds out rout

    Oscar Smith spent this season running roughshod over the Southeastern District with a strong passing game and little help from the rushing attack. But with a soggy and downright muddy field Friday night, the Tigers used their legs to upend visiting Bethel...
  • Bethel defensive end picks HU

    This is one birthday present Daryell Walker isn't likely to forget. Walker, a Bethel High defensive end who turns 18 on Feb. 4, National Signing Day, verbally committed to Hampton University on Thursday. Walker said he was impressed with HU's coaching...
  • Coach makes a difference for many on Peninsula

    Coach makes a difference for many on Peninsula
    Larry Orie watched Mike Tomlin grow up. Saw him play youth sports. Attended his football games at Denbigh High and later at William and Mary. A close friend of Tomlin's parents since high school, Orie followed Tomlin's coaching career when he reached the...
  • There's no room at the Inn

    Everything was all set for a National Signing Day party at Phoebus High School. Until it became obvious that the Blue Phantom Inn, a student-operated restaurant, just wasn't big enough. For the first time in Bill Dee's 24 seasons on Ireland Street,...
  • Big day for Phoebus, other seniors

    Boosted by the most successful senior class in Phoebus football history, both on the field and on Signing Day, 20 players from Peninsula-area schools officially accepted college scholarships Wednesday. Seven are going to Football Bowl Subdivision...
  • Making a run to state

    Making a run to state
    NORWALK — While his classmates were walking up to the podium to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance," Greg Dotson was barreling down a running track to the sound of a starter's pistol. While his peers at Burbank High were celebrating the ending of...
  • Making his mark

    Making his mark
    BURBANK HIGH — Burbank High track and field standout Greg Dotson erased a long standing drought at the CIF Southern Section Finals two weeks ago. In the Division I boys' 800-meter final, Dotson ran to victory to give the Bulldogs the program's...
  • High school athletes of the decade | Jontel Evans

    High school athletes of the decade | Jontel Evans
    As his accomplishments on the football field mounted weekly, Bethel's Jontel Evans kept hearing one question: Are you sure you don't want to play football in college? He was sure, and confident in his answer. "People say I do a lot of amazing things on...
  • Bethel's Clark chooses Delaware

    Bethel coach Jeff Nelson knew right away. "I could tell in his voice when he called me," Nelson said of senior receiver Stephen Clark. "When he got on campus there, he felt comfortable. He felt like, 'This was the place for me.' " And last week,...
  • Bethel's Rijo Walker will play for Virginia

    As soon as Virginia offered a scholarship in late June to Bethel High's Rijo Walker, the Cavaliers shot to the top of his list of desired college destinations. It was the offer he'd been waiting for all along. He made it official Wednesday by...
  • Phoebus' Micah Blakely chooses Navy, though most of the area signees choose FCS programs. Old Dominion picks up four PD players

    The son of a retired Air Force man, Phoebus lineman Micah Blakely hadn't given much thought to the military. Maybe he'd sign with Liberty University, he figured, or another Football Championship Subdivision school. But the U.S. Naval Academy showed...