IWA Sports Roundup: Football Team Wins VCC Titles – Smithfield Times
The Isle of Wight Academy varsity baseball and softball teams were due to open the state tournament on Tuesday, May 17, as the school’s varsity varsity football team wrapped up an undefeated season in the title conference.
The No. 6-ranked IWA baseball team was scheduled to face No. 3 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Tuesday in a renewal of banter with their longtime rivals. The teams have not met on the baseball field since March 13, 2020, just before this season was canceled by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Saints won that game 16-1.
The IWA softball team was scheduled to host Norfolk Collegiate School on Tuesday at the IWA.
The IWA football team won the Virginia Colonial Conference regular season and tournament titles. The ODU team won the conference championship over Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School, 2-1, to finish the year 14-0, 12-0 in conference.
The IWA Coed Golf Team finished with a 23-5 record for doubles matches.
Dustin Moon was 2-for-4 with a brace, scored a run and led in four as the IWA outscored Norfolk Christian School 11-3 on Monday, May 9, in a Senior Day non-conference tilt.
The Chargers received prolific production from the graduating class: Trevor Mason was 1 for 2, scored two runs and led another with a triple.
Christian Biernot was 2 for 3 with a brace, scored three times and produced a pair. Jake Lineberry was 2 for 4, scoring and driving in a race apiece. Starting pitcher Zach Rusinak picked up the win, pitching five innings and allowing just four hits and two earned runs. Rusinak walked four and struck out eight.
Seniors Mark Thompson, James Thompson, Dustin Moon, Jacob Chapman, Kody Kosiorek and Trent Holland were also honored ahead of Monday’s game.
The 19-1 Chargers are vying for their first victory at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Tournament since May 13, 2019, when they beat Fredericksburg Christian, 7-4.
IWA is 2-1 against common opponents this season with the Saints (14-6); The NSA were perfect 3-0 against these opponents: Hampton Roads Academy, Walsingham Academy and Norfolk Christian.
The winner of Tuesday’s VISAA Division II contest will play in the semifinals on Friday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights. The state champion will be decided there on Saturday, May 21, at 5 p.m.
The Isle of Wight softball team ended their regular season with a 15-4 crush of Southampton Academy on 9 May.
Beyond the IWA opener with Peninsula Catholic High School, the VISAA Division II Softball Tournament Semi-Finals will take place on Thursday, May 19 at Dinwiddie Sports Complex in Sutherland. The championship will be played on Friday May 20, with a rain date of Saturday May 21.