Jamestown, Lafayette in VHSL Top 10 for Academics, Athletics

June 29th, 2010 by Jeff Patterson

Everyone from the theatre cast to the tennis team helped Jamestown and Lafayette score a rare brains-and-brawn feat.

When the final standings for the VHSL Wachovia Cup for Athletics were released last week, Jamestown and Lafayette joined Blacksburg as the only Group AA schools to finish in the top 10 for academics and athletics for the 2009-10 school year.

Despite being one of 14 districts in Group AA, the Bay Rivers District placed five teams in the top-20 for athletics – Jamestown (fourth), Grafton (sixth), Lafayette (ninth), Poquoson and Tabb tied for 19th.

“That’s pretty good,” Lafayette athletic director Dan Barner said. “The BRD, year in and year out, is one of the toughest districts.”

Jamestown also finished fourth in the academic standings with Lafayette trailing by one spot.

The Eagles captured seven state athletic championships – four of which came from Colin Mearns, who will run track for the University of Virginia next year. The Rams’ lone state title came from swimmer Ben Colley in the 100-yard backstroke.

The only real drama between the two schools came in, well, drama. In the Group AA theatre ensemble competition, Jamestown edged Lafayette for the championship.

Schools earn 50 points for first place in a state championship event. Five points are deducted for each place down to eighth. Points are awarded the same way for the five academic team championships: scholastic bowl, creative writing, debate, forensics and theatre. Activity points can also be won for newspaper, yearbook and magazine.

Wachovia Cup – Athletics (64 schools earned points)
How Bay Rivers District teams fared: 4, Jamestown, 320 points; 6, Grafton, 197.5; 9, Lafayette, 182.5; t-19, Poquoson, 110; t-19, Tabb, 110; 26, New Kent, 92.5; t-42, Bruton, 45; t-50, York, 37.5.

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