King’s Fork, NSA teams earn top state honors
Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, January 4, 2022
By Jimmy LaRoue and Titus Mohler
The varsity football teams from King’s Fork High School and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy earned a variety of state accolades, including top individual honors, along with NSA’s varsity volleyball team this past fall.
Five players from the standout King’s Fork football team that finished 11-2 and reached the state semifinals were named to the Virginia High School League’s Class 4 all-state team, with Kyree Moyston named Defensive Player of the Year.
Senior Bravion Campbell was named first-team all-state at both tight end and linebacker, junior Kaletri Boyd was tabbed as a first-team all-state selection as a kick returner and second-team all-state as a receiver, and Moyston, a senior who recently signed a national letter of intent to play at Virginia Tech, was named first-team all-state at defensive end in addition to his player of the year honor.
Freshman Javon Ford was named second-team all-state at running back. He was one of just two freshmen named to either first or second-team all-state.
Junior Antoine Gray received second-team all-state honors at defensive back.
The Bulldogs’ only losses of the season came against state champions, falling to Class 6 state champion Oscar Smith High School during the regular season and to Class 4 champion Varina High School 35-28 in the state semifinals.
Varina’s Marcus Lewis was named Coach of the Year and all-purpose player Anthony Fisher was named Offensive Player of the Year.
Of the Bulldogs’ 11 wins, two were by shutout, and in seven of them, they allowed fewer than 10 points.
Nansemond-Suffolk was well-represented on the 2021 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II all-state teams for football, led by senior running back George Pettaway, who was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
The Saints, who made a state semifinal appearance and finished 7-4 this past season, drew eight all-state selections, with six coming on the first team. Making the first team on offense on the line was senior Nathan Dowd and at running back was Pettaway, who has committed to play for the University of North Carolina.
Selected to the first team on defense were senior lineman David Russell, senior linebacker Josh Morris, senior defensive back Christian Townsend and sophomore kick returner Preston Groves.
Making the second team on offense were senior wide receiver Jaden Freeman and senior lineman Brendan Livesay.
In volleyball, NSA drew four state honors, including Coach of the Year for Robyn Ross.
On the VISAA Division II all-state first team for the Lady Saints were Marlin Price and Alyssa Waddy. Kyra Bradford was named to the second team.
In field hockey, Nansemond River High School and NSA each drew three all-state selections.
Lady Warriors senior forward Halle Fago made the VHSL Class 5 all-state first team. Named to the second team were junior midfielder Madie Baker and freshman Anyia Woods, the latter receiving an at-large selection.
Page Henry, of the Lady Saints, made the VISAA Division II all-state first team, and Meredith Edwards and Sara Rhodes made the second team.
In girls tennis, NSA was represented on the VISAA Division II all-state first team by Kayla Kosiorek and on the second team by Anne-Perry Harrell.
In boys soccer, the VISAA Division II all-state second team included NSA’s Chris Clarke and Bola Orenuga.
VHSL Class 5 all-state honors for football and boys volleyball, which could include Nansemond River honorees, have not yet been announced. VHSL Class 3, 4 and 5 all-state accolades for competition cheer, which could include Lakeland High School, King’s Fork and Nansemond River honorees, respectively, have also yet to be announced, along with Class 3 boys volleyball all-state selections.