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     Poquoson's Nate Ward recovering from head injury, moving on from football
As Nate Ward describes the denial, frustration and, finally, acceptance that the head trauma he suffered in a Poquoson High School football game in September ended his playing career, he sounds like someone lamenting the loss of a loved one.

And in a large sense he is. Without football, Ward is missing a piece of his identity and one of the things he's loved the most - and longest.

He recovered a fumble on his first football play as a 6 year old with the Poquoson Mighty Mites, wearing a white T-shirt with his name and number stenciled on it with a Sharpie because the team jersey hadn't arrived.

His final football play was a 14-yard touchdown run in Poquoson's 56-0 win over Jamestown on Sept. 17, minutes after his head slammed into the turf on a tackle at the end of a long run.

Ward experienced no cognitive impairment and says academics are coming to him more easily every day. The only cloud has been dealing with that lost sense of identity football gave him.

"I didn't think about it much at first, and when they played York (on Sept. 24) I was still in denial," Ward said. "It wasn't until the Warhill game (Oct. 8) that I felt I couldn't help the team anymore.

"I hadn't read the (Sept. 19 Daily Press) newspaper article (which noted that he would likely never play again) until a few weeks later. That made it really sink in.

Ward is learning that while he'll always love football, it's not all that he is.

"I've learned that football isn't everything," Ward said. "There's a whole other part of me.
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - November 25, 2015

     Poquoson rolls to 28-0 win vs. Lakeland in 3A East playoffs
Poquoson High earned a date in the third round of the Group 3A East playoffs, gaining 287 rushing yards Friday night to ground Lakeland 28-0 at Poquoson Middle School.

Cole Jackson led Poquoson's running attack with 83 yards and a touchdown, while Dylan Freeman added 77. Trey Hicks completed 5 of 9 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Poquoson (10-2) will face Saturday's York-Phoebus winner for a berth in the state semifinals.
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   Daily Press      Saturday - November 21, 2015

     Hidden Valley neutralizes Poquoson star, ousts Islanders in straight sets in 3A volleyball semi
The Poquoson Islanders wanted their girls volleyball season to end in Richmond, not Roanoke County. Unfortunately for them, the homestanding Hidden Valley Titans had other ideas.

The Titans took the Group 3A state semifinal 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-17) over Poquoson on Tuesday night.

Islanders coach Tim Hatok said the match came down to handling the serve.

"Our serve-receive was not good enough to run our offense. We ended up one-dimensional," he said. "They're going to get their kills. They have some really nice hitters we haven't seen before, but if we can't get out of serve-receive, we can't score."
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - November 18, 2015

     Oakland A's prospect Chad Pinder at the 2015 Arizona Fall League

   watch.scout.com      Tuesday - November 17, 2015

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