The Virginia Crusaders, who have long dominated the Mason-Dixon Football League every fall, recently completed a successful venture into a spring league, as they defeated the Virginia Silverbacks 34-7 last Saturday to win the United Eastern Atlantic Football League.
The Crusaders, coached by Larry Stith, earned a playoff bid based on their 5-1 regular-season record, with the only loss coming in a 25-18 decision to the Virginia Beach Rhinos. However, a comeback 22-18 victory over the Rhinos in the final regular-season game vaulted the Crusaders into the playoffs.
In the first postseason game, they shut out the Northern Neck Rivermen 20-0 to set up a championship showdown against the Silverbacks. In the final game, Marcus Golden earned MVP honors with three touchdowns and four interceptions on defense to lead the Crusaders to their decisive win.
“In spite of all the adversity this season, we continued to stay focused,” Stith said.
Along with the football teams, the Crusaders are involved in a myriad of other projects, such as their Youth Development Center and Elite Performance Academy. They will be sponsoring other events later this month including:
**A youth summer camp: from June 17-Aug. 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for ages 4-14.
**Crusaders fall league tryouts: 11 a.m. June 22.
**Elite performance training: 4 p.m. June 24.
For more information on the football tryouts, call 757-713-7407 or visit the team website at www.vacrusaders.com.
To register for the youth summer camp, contact the Crusaders’ Youth Campus in Hampton at 757-825-2449 or 757-713-0752.
Track and field
Larry Stith has also been staying busy off the football field.
Stith, a former track standout with Warwick High and Norfolk State University, recently earned All-American Masters honors when his time of 7.74 for the 60 meters at last December’s Virginia Commonwealth Games was good enough to rank him eighth nationally in the 50-54 age group.
High school basketball
The Heritage Summer League began play Tuesday night and has two more sets of four games apiece scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Hurricanes’ gym in Newport News.
Here are the results and schedule:
Lakeland 44, Peninsula Catholic 39
Kecoughtan 62, Bethel 39
Grafton 50, Lafayette 45
Heritage 55, Smithfield 41
Kecoughtan vs. Smithfield, 6 p.m.
Grafton at Heritage, 7 p.m.
Norcom vs. Landstown, 8 p.m.
Bethel vs. Hampton, 9 p.m.
Grafton vs. Kecoughtan, 6 p.m.
Lakeland vs. Bethel, 7 p.m.
Landstown vs. Woodside, 8 p.m.
Hampton vs. Norcom, 9 p.m.
The league includes 13 teams. It will play three or four nights a week from 6-10, with the playoffs beginning July 18. Admission is $3.
Hampton Adult Basketball League
Langley Boyz and No Sympathy share the top spot in the standings through the games concluding at the end of May. Both teams share a 10-1 record, and We All Can Go stands alone in third with a 9-2 mark.
In their last games of the month, the Boyz won 79-74 over Elite (6-5), while No Sympathy won 88-77 against The Show (7-3).
Two weeks remain in the regular season.
Peninsula Sports Club
The Peninsula Sports Club will host its Most Outstanding Player night at 6 p.m. June 18. The event will take place at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.
Admission is $20, and the club is only taking advance reservations until Friday. For more information, contact event host Ray Smith at 757-810-8338.