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     Poquoson edges Grafton 3-2 on bases-loaded hit to end game
Poquoson High catcher Michael Nestor's plan was to make a trip to Home Depot following Friday's game to get his father, Duane, some new tools for his birthday. Nestor said he still intended to do so after the Islanders' 3-2 win against visiting Grafton, but it's unlikely any tool made Duane smile as much as his son's game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Nestor blooped Grafton ace Evan Sperling's 2-1 fastball into short right field with the bases loaded to score Chase Pinder from third base with the game-ending run. Pinder's double to left-center with one out was the other key hit in the winning rally.

"I tried to turn on the pitch, but Evan's a good pitcher and luckily I hit it off the handle and over the second baseman," Nestor said. "I think my dad will be pretty happy.

"Hopefully that's a good birthday present."

Richie Cannella gave the Islanders a nice gift as well, pitching a two-hitter. He mixed his pitches well in surrendering just two unearned runs.

Poquoson coach Ken Bennett said, "We've had some good wins, but we've talked about starting to climb the ladder a level. Beating a team of Grafton's quality is the climb we talked about."
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   Daily Press      Friday - April 18, 2014

     Poquoson joins race against heart disease
Sentara Careplex is bringing the American Heart Association's HeartChase to Poquoson.

The fundraiser and scavenger hunt-like relay is scheduled for April 26th from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Teams of two to five people will compete in a race through the community facing 10 checkpoint challenges. They will start from the field between Wells Fargo and Wythe Creek Road using the HeartChase Mobile Game application to navigate the city.

Each challenge is a five-minute game that will get hearts racing and earn points. The team with the most points will be crowned the champion.

"This is a wonderfully innovative event," said Shannon Ferguson, director of cardiac services for Sentara Careplex. "It should be a lot of fun both to participate in and to watch. What could be better than a community-wide competition to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges in a race to the finish line? What makes it better is it is all in service of a good cause, as the money raised supports the life-saving work of the American Heart Association."

A goal has been set at $20,000. As of Friday, the event had raised $6,230.

To form a team, volunteer, or donate, visit heartchasepoquoson.org
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   Daily Press      Thursday - April 17, 2014

     Poquoson grad Maggie Tyler makes smooth move to starting pitcher at Virginia Tech
Before the season started, Maggie Tyler knew life as she had known it on Virginia Tech's softball team was about to change, which is exactly what she wanted.

She was going to get the chance to do what she came to college to do — be a starter on Tech's pitching staff. Yet, it was going to require her jumping directly into the fire against one of the nation's toughest non-conference slates.

If her 13-5 record, 3.01 earned-run average, 124 strikeouts and 29 walks in 144 innings are any indication, Tyler has adjusted just fine. Now, she and her teammates are a month away from showing just how well an early season schedule that at one point was rated the nation's fifth-toughest prepared them for the postseason.

"It was definitely different coming in knowing I was going to be a starter, but I feel like I've settled into the role," said Tyler, a sophomore who graduated from Poquoson High. "We played a really tough schedule to begin the year. We struggled some — lost to some bad teams, beat some really good teams — but I think as a team we've all kind of settled down."

After spending most of her freshman season coming out of the bullpen, Tyler is earning a reputation as one of the more confounding starting pitchers to face in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - April 15, 2014

     Poquoson city manager proposes 8-cent tax increase
Poquoson residents should prepare for another real estate tax increase in fiscal year 2015. But just how much is still up for debate.

City Manager Randy Wheeler delivered his proposed $26.7 million spending plan for the upcoming year which includes an 8-cent tax increase, from 97 cents to $1.05 per $100 valuation.

One cent, or $150,000, would pay part of a $450,000 deficit facing the Poquoson City Public Schools — the remaining $300,000 would come out of the city's coffers. The rest of the 7-cent increase would go to pay for the $900,000 in debt service payments coming due during the next two years.

Councilman Herbert Green proposed upping the rate to a 10-cent increase and giving the schools the extra 2 cents rather than taking the $300,000 from the city's reserves.

"We're doing the same thing to the schools that the state does," Green said. "We've fixed it for them for a year, and then throw them back in the fire."

Councilman Raymond Vernall agreed.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - April 15, 2014

     Tyler named ACC Pitcher of the Week
Syracuse’s Sydney O’Hara has been named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Virginia Tech’s Maggie Tyler earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.

Tyler, a sophomore from Poquoson, Va., was a key cog in Virginia Tech’s 5-0 week, all five of which were conference wins. She opened the week with a four-hit shutout of Pitt, where she struck out seven and followed that up with another shutout on Saturday in the second game of the Virginia doubleheader. In that game, she struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just four hits. In the Sunday game, she picked up the win in five innings, striking out five. For the week, she went 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA, two shutouts, 22 strikeouts against no walks with three runs allowed (two earned) and just 14 hits given up.
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   Daily Press      Monday - April 14, 2014

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Available in early June!
The Poquoson Museum and Poquoson Historical Society have worked closely with Acadia Publshing, the leading local history publisher in the United States, and are now happy to announce that their book, "Images of America: Poquoson", is now available for purchase.

With some 200 photos depicting early 20th century Poquoson, it is a treasure that many are sure to want. The book will be available at the Poquoson Museum gift shop for $22.00. Orders for the book can also be made through members of the Poquoson Museum and Poquoson Historical Society be calling either 869-4025 or 868-6899.

Did we mention this would make a great gift for your Poquoson move-away relative or friend?


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