The weekend of April 10 and 11, Chase Fisher and Coach Gary Dickens made the long trip to Radford for the Virginia 1A golf championship played on the Pete Die River Course. Sunday was a day of practice and Monday the players took to course for play. George Wythe High from Wytheville took the team title but the big news for Indians fans was the seventh place tie by junior Chase Fisher. Fisher shot an 82 to be named to the All State team for 2021.
“He played very, very well,” said Coach Dickens who described the course as “a tough course with small and fast greens.” Dickens was also excited that Fisher is only a junior and will get another shot at the course next year.
Last week, Coach Trinity Bea and sophomore Camden Sisk headed west for Thursday’s Virginia 1A cross country championships. Sisk ran her best race this season with a time of 24:04. She was forty-second of the 62 young ladies participating over the race course at Green Hill Park in Salem. Bea said the course was flat and very open with the runners in view for most of the race. Lancaster’s Hailey Smith was fourth overall with George Wythe High winning the girls title. Camden Sisk said of her experience, “It was eye opening, I didn’t know there were that many fast girls in Virginia.” She added, “I am looking forward to next year.”
Thursday, both the guys baseball and girls softball return to Northumberland for 5 p.m. games against Colonial Beach to open their Northern Neck District season. Both teams will also be home on Tuesday, May 4 to host W&L, again at 5 p.m. The outdoor track season opens here on Thursday of this week with a 4 p.m. quad meet with Charles City County, Mathews and Rappahannock (Warsaw). Coach Tiffany Bea is high on the prospects this year after a successful cross country season. She stated she expected to have several double event winners for the first meet and continuing on into the regional championships on June 10 at Charles City. Both Charles City and Mathews have had strong programs over the past years. With the exception of a meet on May 14 at West Point and the Region 1A East meet in June, all meets will be held at Northumberland High School.
Guys soccer will be the last of the spring sports to get into game action this spring with a trip to W&L on Wednesday, May 5. Coach Caleb Smith sees this as a rebuilding year for the Indians, with only two seniors and two others with any varsity experience returning. Smith says this is a year of unknowns as far as the opposition within the Northern Neck District but feels W&L will be tough along with Rappahannock and Lancaster coming on strong. The Essex team was hit by Covid and it appears they will not compete this season. The 2021 Indian varsity has the following with expected positions play in parenthesis behind their names. Seniors are Zach Moore (MidF) and Bay Wiggins (MF), they will serve as team captains this year. Juniors are Jay Bea (Goalie), Cesar Cabral (D), Lane Eubank (D), Malik Hickman (D), Kottrell Jones (MF), Teagan Mullins (D), Tom Neale (D), Caleb Tarmon (Striker) and Bradley Viers(D). Sophomores are Diego Diaz (MF), Michael Menjivar (MF) and Brady Mullins (MF). Martin Smith (MF) is the lone freshman.