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       Poquoson's fast start highlights Bay Rivers District golf

Contrary to popular belief, Poquoson did enjoy one shining moment in high school golf before winning the Conference 25 title a year ago.

It came in 1989, when Craig Merrell chipped 25 yards from the rough for an eagle to complete a surprise run to the Group AA state individual title.

A year later, the Islanders were in the Bay Rivers District and, in the 27 seasons leading up to the 2017 season opener at Royal New Kent, had not won a single district match.

They won the first two 10-team matches this season and, with nary a senior in the lineup, appear poised for a lengthy run at the top.

“It’s awesome to know that Poquoson is on top and that hasn’t been for a very long time,” junior Josh Brown said. “It’s very exciting.”

Islanders coach Todd Bowden said, “They all have such good attitudes that it makes it fun to come to matches. I just coach them to have fun, relax and manage the course correctly.

“With high school golf, you have a couple of practices and then you start the matches, so they have to put in the work before the season. They all have great work ethics.”

“We all try to support each other, and that goes a long way because you feel like you need to do good to help your team out,” Brown said.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - August 22, 2017


166 Scholarships Help Coast Guard Children Pursue the Goal of Higher Education

Stonington, Conn. — The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that in 2017 it has awarded a record 166 new scholarships. Combined with ten multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation is currently supporting 179 students with a half-million dollars in support this year. In the 27 years of this program, the Coast Guard Foundation has paid out more than $4.7 million to more than 780 college-aged young adults to help the families of Coast Guard members achieve their goals of higher education.

James Wolff, son of MBM1 Jordan Wolff, was awarded a Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship. From Poquoson, Virginia, Wolff will attend Virginia Tech in the Fall.

The Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships benefit the children of enlisted men and women who are serving or have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, whether active duty, reserve, retired or deceased.

“The brave men and women of the Coast Guard are the epitome of dedication and commitment,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “Their children have again and again demonstrated that they too hold themselves to that same high standard. We are proud to give back to these young individuals by investing in their future. We believe that it is an investment that will benefit these families and ultimately our country.”

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org or call (860) 535-0786.

   Coast Guard Foundation      Tuesday - August 22, 2017

     A’s Chad Pinder learned versatility back home

This A’s road trip will be a significant one for Chad Pinder, who next week will be making his first-ever appearance at Camden Yards as a big-league player.

Pinder grew up an Orioles fan in Poquoson, Va. His father, Chris, played in Baltimore’s system and Pinder got his first taste of the majors when they’d visit the Orioles’ clubhouse and dugout to see Chris Pinder’s former minor-league trainer.

And it was while watching an Orioles game on TV that Pinder decided on his future.

“I remember getting pizza with my dad after a high school game, watching the Orioles play, that’s the first time I said aloud, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to play baseball,’” Oakland’s rookie utilityman said. “So the Orioles and Camden Yards have a special place for me. It’s going to be very cool going back there.”

There’s another side to him, too: Throughout college, including when he returned to finish his degree in communications, Chad worked with Special Olympics athletes, even asking his coach, Pete Hughes, if he could leave practice early one day a week and take a different player with him each time to go to Special Olympics bowling. Chad remains in contact with several of the Special Olympians he befriended, exchanging texts weekly.

And for all of his baseball accomplishments, which include a 460-foot homer into the upper reaches of Mount Davis this year, his father takes the most pride in his kind nature.

“Chad’s always had a soft heart,” Chris said. “If he saw seven or eight kids playing and one is off to the side by himself, he’d go sit with that one. That’s just very heartwarming for a parent.”
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   SFGATE      Friday - August 18, 2017

     Will Poquoson's leaky middle school fall to consolidation

Walking the halls of Poquoson Middle School was a trip down memory lane for many of the people who toured the building after a joint meeting between the School Board and City Council Tuesday night.

Despite the light feel around the tour, its subject was a pending decision that Mayor Gene Hunt said would shape the city’s education for a generation. “It might be the most important work that we as School Board members have ever accomplished on our term,” added School Board Chair Steven Kast.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council and the board reopened discussions of school consolidation, going over the enrollment decline the schools have faced for years, the shrinking of state funding and some infrastructure challenges in the school buildings.

Since 2006, Poquoson school enrollment has dropped by 522 students. The enrollment in fall 2016 was 2,080, leaving the school 649 students short of its functional capacity. Superintendent Jennifer Parish noted that the enrollment and capacity gap is distributed across the city’s four schools.

She also went over declining state funding and the city having to meet the schools’ funding gaps, increasing its contribution year to year. Kast said the state does not provide money for capital projects, leaving the burden of construction on the city.

Steve Pappas, the schools’ executive operations director, led the tour of the middle school, highlighting signs of age and patchwork repairs.

Kast said the School Board hopes to make a consolidation recommendation to the City Council in November. Hunt said he hopes the council can make a final decision in December.
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   Daily Press      Thursday - August 17, 2017

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