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Beach is perfect with 10-0 District record
For the last two consecutive years, the Drifters have rocked the high school basketball nation. Most recently, the “Black & Gold” made it official by winning their second regular season Tidewater-A District championship, as they ran the table with 10 consecutive wins. The Drifters will enter this week’s post season play needing two wins in the Tidewater tournament to clinch the number one seed in the Region-A tournament.
The Drifters attained these goals by winning their last Tidewater District game at home over King & Queen in a blowout. After clinching the title, the Beach prepared for the second season [post season play] by defeating Essex by 15 on their home court, and subsequently crushing double-A power Chancellor by 20 in their backyard.
In light of his team’s recent success, Drifter varsity boys’ head coach Steve Swope said, “We need to remain focused and concentrate on just the next task at hand, and not look too far ahead.”
CB 94 – K&Q 43
Before the Tigers could take a deep breath, the Drifters had ran up a 26-7 lead in the first quarter. The Beach shot 67% from the field as a team, handed out 18 team assists and produced an amazing 39 turnovers on defense.
Senior guard TT Carey led the way with 27 points on 11 of 14 shooting [79%] from the floor, 12 rebounds, four assists, 16 defensive deflections, two blocked shots and three steals. Carey is also the Fredericksburg area’s leading scorer.
Junior point guard Dylan Farinet added 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting [83%] from the floor, nine rebounds, six assists, 10 deflections and five steals.
Other Drifter stats include: Thomas Peery – 13 points, 4 three-pointers, 2 assists, 2 steals; Kevin Swope – 10 points, 2 three-pointers, four assists, three rebounds; Jeryl Dickerson – 9 points [4 of 5 shots from the field, 80%], 8 rebounds, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – 6 points [3-4 from the field, 75%], 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points, 2 rebounds.
CB 69 – Essex 54
The Trojans prepared the Drifters with a tough non-District, physical game that would prepare them for the upcoming post season. Not only did the Drifters slow down the Trojan’s top shooter, John Dille, but also the held the Division I prospect to 14 points, which was eight points below his average. In addition, thanks to their 1-3-1 defense, the Drifters didn’t allow him a field goal in the second half.
In the initial stages, the 20-14 first quarter start helped the “Black & Gold” control the tempo of game.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 21:43
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Within the first three minutes of Saturday’s rematch between Colonial Beach and Lancaster, TT Carey and Dylan Farinet added their names to the roster of Drifter basketball legends.
Carey became the second player in Drifter history to amass 2,000 points in his varsity career. He joins Lamon White [2,226 points] as the only two to reach this hallowed status. Reflecting on his recent scoring milestone, Carey, “This is something that I’ve been striving for all of my varsity career.”
Farinet knocked down a three-pointer to enter the 1,000-point club. Farinet has achieved his piece of notoriety in Drifter folklore in just two and a half years of varsity play.
After witnessing the growth of both stars from elementary school recreation basketball to their glory days as varsity players, Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope said, “These two young men are fine athletes, students and high character people. They are the face of our program and they exemplify greatness—needless to say, I am very proud of them."
The scale of Carey and Farinet’s skills will soon be measured in the number of college recruiters knocking at their door.
On January 23, Drifter head coach Steve Swope celebrated his 30 years in coaching by defeating King & Queen.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 21:19
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Drifters reach 7-0 in Tidewater District
The hottest ticket in town just got hotter! The Drifters boys’ varsity basketball picked up their sixth Tidewater victory without a loss, while upending the infamous fifth ranked, undefeated Lancaster Red Devils last week. Also, the Drifters cranked up their potent offensive machine and dropped Mathews to the tune of 85-points before pilling up 71 points against a tough Red Devil defense.
CB 85 – Mathews 50
The Drifters knew they would be in for a tough game on the long road trip to Mathews, and their start proved it. The Blue Devils jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and several Drifters turnover could have easily led to more.
Once the Drifters stopped the Mathews surge, they proceeded to rally to a 25-9 lead. Matthews roared back to cut the lead to 28-24 just before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Drifters regrouped and put the game away with a 27-7 run. Dylan Farinet turned in one his top performances as the talented point forward made 12 out of 19 shots [63% from the field], six out of 10 free throws to total a game high 30 points. In addition, he snatched 17 rebounds, dished six assists, deflected six passes, picked up six steals and blocked two shots.
TT Carey followed up with 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting [52%], four of five free throws, five rebounds, four assists, 11 deflections, one blocked shot and a number of steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin “K-Dog” Swope: 8 points [including 2 three-pointers], five rebounds, 6 assists, 5 deflected, 2 steals. Jeryl Dickerson: 9 points [4-6], 4 assists, 1 blocked shot, 5 deflections, 4 rebounds. Joe Slater: three-pointer. Alex Gorfida: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, offensive charge on defense. Paul Roberson: six rebounds, solid defense.
CB 71 – Lancaster 59
The setting was right, the crowd was primed and the Drifters came ready to play. Determined to give the Red Devils their first loss, the Drifters accomplished their mission with poise and teamwork.
After trailing 7-0 to open the game, the Beach went on a breath taking run to go up on the Red Devils by 14. Fueled by the high flying dunks of TT Carey and the speed of Dylan Farinet’s court moves, the Drifters gave the fans their money’s worth.
Although the Red Devils cut into the Drifter deficit by closing in by one point in the final quarter, they failed to take lead, as the Drifters closed the game out with a 12-point lead.
The Drifters shot 48% from the floor, 100% from the free throw line, out-rebounded the Red Devils 43-34, blocked five shots, drew four
- Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2009 03:29
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In spite of being the fifth smallest high school in the state of Virginia, Colonial Beach head varsity boys’ basketball coach Steve Swope, continues to beat the odds by the simple act of winning. Most recently, Swope celebrated his 500th career basketball win by crushing King & Queen 91-60.
“Whether its teaching elementary physical education, coaching the James Madison University summer basketball camp, coordinating the youth basketball program or coaching varsity basketball and varsity baseball, Steve has been the right man in the right place, and at the right time,” said former Colonial Beach High School athletic director, Wayne Kennedy as he reflected on the legendary legacy of coach Swope.
Swopes’ commitment to the sports community of Colonial can never be overstated, because the formula for defeating schools often times twice or three times the size of Colonial Beach can found in the off season sports camps that he continues to develop. “Our success is attributed to building good programs and being surrounded by lots of quality kids,” said coach Swope while reflecting on the hundreds of players that have earned the right to wear the colors associated with the “Black & Gold.”
The option of retirement and leaving on a high note while his programs are flourishing is not his primary focus. Instead, Swope’s goal is to finally bring a state championship to his beloved community. “I am at a time in my career that I am taking it one day at a time,” Swope said. “Once you reach the milestone of coaching 30 years, you have that luxury—however you never say never to anything, what you’re going to do or what you’re not going to do.”
The Drifters are presently atop the Tidewater-A conference with a 11-3 overall record and a 5-0 District record. If they win their five remaining District games, the will be the number one seed in the upcoming Regional championships.
Two of their losses were attributed to double-A schools [Chancellor, King George], while Lancaster, the number four-ranked single-A school in the state, narrowly defeated them 62-21 in the first game of the season. The Beach will have a chance at Red Devil redemption, this Wednesday, when Lancasters travel to the Drifterdome. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
“Our goal from this day forward is make it to the state championship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and do something historic in this town that has never been done,” Swope said. “We have a great team in place, with two players [TT Carey and Dylan Farinet] playing at the highest level you can compete at for single-A basketball.”
There is no room for excuses in Swopes’ programs, and maybe that is why, regardless of size, any team never takes the Drifters lightly. “Anything that Steve does, he will be totally committed,” Kennedy said. “Whether it’s the first or the fifteenth player, he believes in preparation so that they will have an opportunity to play.”
Along with the numerous standout basketball players that ran on the hallowed floors of the Drifterdome during Swope’s coaching tenure, are his sons, Joey, Tyler and Kevin. Like their father, each of them possessed a talent for shooting the long-rang score.
Throughout the years, Swopes’ dedication has rubbed off on his coaching staff and fellow Drifter head coaches, which consists Jonathan Parker, Randy Jones, Keith Dickerson, Joe Jones, Earl Payton and Paul Miles.
Swopes’ coaching three-decade career spans three Districts, [Tri-State, Delaney Athletic Conference and Tidewater-A] and a litany of District championships. He is a living tradition of competitive excellence, which continues to touch the competitive-lives of the surrounding counties, and the Fredericksburg metropolitan area.
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The Beach lose heartbreaker at King George
King George and Colonial Beach restored an age old rivalry last week when they defeated Colonial Beach 70-69. The Drifters defeated King George on their home court earlier in the season
The Drifters fortunes went in different directions last week. After running a textbook clinic on host and Tidewater District power King William last week, the Beach narrowly lost to archrival King George in a classic thriller by one point at the buzzer. Before the holiday break, Colonial Beach defeated King George on their home floor. Last season, the results were the same when the Foxes and Drifters split victories on the opponent’s home court.
“Our team is coming together nicely—we played our best fundamental game of the year against King William, and then played our guts out in a 32-minute war over at King George,” said Drifter head coach Steve Swope. “We have a couple of kids [TT Carey and Dylan Farinet] playing as well as any kids at the single-A level in the entire state. Our role players are feeding off them and the total scheme is coming together.”
Drifter 67 – King William 48
The Drifters and Cavaliers both came into game undefeated, with first place at stake for the victor. The Beach used a fast start to take the Cavaliers out of their game early, making them focus on playing catch-up ball for the remainder of the night.
Five Drifters scored in the opening period to help set the tone and push the Drifter lead to `18-6. The same intensity on both ends of the court allowed the Beach to blitz their Tidewater rivals again in the second quarter—taking a commanding 38-13 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Drifters withstood a Cavalier 25-11 run, to cut the Drifter deficit to 12 points late in the fourth quarter. Towards the end, free throws and solid time management spelled victory for the Drifters.
TT Carey led the Drifters with 21-points [9-18], seven rebounds, six assists, 13 deflections, one blocked shot, one defensive charge taken, and 10 steals.
Dylan Farinet combined 19 points on seven of 15 shooting [46%], nice rebounds, 11 assists, seven deflections, and five steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin Swope – 3 three-pointers totaling nine points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, and 11 deflections; Jamel Dickerson – seven points [3-5], three rebounds; Thomas Peery – five points including a 3-pointser; Paul Roberson – seven rebounds, solid defense; Thomas Hayward – seven rebounds, solid defense; Alex Gorfida – two points; Jeremy Robinson – two points.
Foxes 70 – Drifters 69
The stage was set for the big grudge re-match game between the Drifters and the Foxes with the gym chocked full.
The Foxes used physical pressure defense to slow the Drifters fast break down to take a 35 – 28 lead into halftime. The Foxes four 3-pointers and crashed the offensive glass to keep the Beach within arm’s length.
The second half was a different story as the Drifters finally applied their game plan of driving the ball to the basket. Carey and Farinet constantly broke down the Foxes defenders as the talented duo scored 39 of their team’s second half points for a courageous comeback.
The Drifters went on a 19-1 run throughout the third quarter, taking a 50-43 lead into the money quarter. The Foxes rallied back to answer the bell with a 8-0 run, keeping the game and fans on edge the rest of the way.
The game came down to the last possession, after Carey scored a stick-back, giving the Drifters a 69-67 lead with 14 seconds to play. After missing a shot, the Foxes were rescued with a foul, sending Antwane Lewis to the foul line. Lewis made one out of two shots, but the Foxes got the ball back on a turnover with 3.4 seconds left. Lewis subsequently drove through the Drifters defense with a off-balance score at the buzzer.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 33 points [12-21, 57%], 11 rebounds, 15 deflections, three blocked shots, defensive charge taken, five steals. Carey is one of the most sought after players in Virginia. Currently he is being recruited by Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan College, Towson University, Radford University, and the University of Mary Washington.
Farinet also had a big night, making seven of 12 shots from the field, 10 of 14 from the foul line, scoring 24 points. He also hauled in seven rebounds, two assists, eight passes and two steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin Swope – eight points, two 3-pointers; Paul Roberson – eight rebounds, solid defense; Thomas Hayward – four points.
The Drifters are now 4-0 in the Tidewater District and 10-3 overall as they head towards exam week. The Beach will resume action on the Friday, January 23 when they travel to King & Queen for another crucial District contest. Follow the Drifters as they head into the second half of the season!