Three Suffolk teams set for playoffs

Published 10:11 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Three Suffolk teams solidified playoff berths in the final polls of the regular season.

In the Virginia High School League ratings, Nansemond River High School came in the highest among the Suffolk public school teams. They finished with the fourth seed in the Class 5 Region A playoffs at 7-3. For the first-round playoff game, they will host Kecoughtan High School this Friday. Nansemond River has been one of the hottest teams in Suffolk, as they are in the midst of a four-game win streak.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy finished with the No. 2 seed in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. It was likely that NSA had a chance to finish with either the first or second seed. They finished the regular season tied for the best record in Suffolk with Nansemond River at 7-3. NSA will host at 7 p.m. this Friday. It is the first time the Saints have made the playoffs under Coach Mike Biehl’s direction.

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King’s Fork High School finished with the No. 6 seed in the Class 4 Region A ratings. They were as high as fourth at one point. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with an even record at 5-5. For their first-round playoff game, they have the luxury of facing a familiar opponent in Deep Creek High School on Friday. The Bulldogs have made the playoffs in two of Coach Scottie Littles’ three seasons.

Lakeland High School finished a tough season with a record of 2-8. The record doesn’t reflect how the season went for the Cavs. Lakeland lost five games by a combined 11 points. Lakeland was unable to get the wins against the larger schools that they were accustomed to getting the past two seasons that helped their playoff berth. Regardless, it was a strong season for a scrappy Lakeland team.

In each of the last two years, Suffolk has had at least three teams make the playoffs. NSA had been the only exception the past couple of years, but now they are back.