Deborah Cordner Carson: Overcoming All of Life’s Obstacles

By: Mary Robertson Just a glance at Deborah Cordner Carson and there is no doubt that she is an athlete.  Athleticism runs deep in Cordner Carson’s blood.  Her father came to America from Trinidad and Tobago on a track and field scholarship and in 1942-1944 her grandfather was the heavy weight lifting champion of the British Empire.  Cordner Carson did gymnastics from the age of … Continue reading Deborah Cordner Carson: Overcoming All of Life’s Obstacles

“Will I Be The Only Black Girl?”

     By: Tony Patrick When Virginia Elite coach Kerri Cobb called Tara Johnson to invite her to join the Elite’s first-year 18-and-under travel softball program, Johnson’s first question was an important one. “Will I be the only black girl?” Johnson asked. She was surprised when the answer was no. Johnson is not the first and most likely will not be the last black girl to ask … Continue reading “Will I Be The Only Black Girl?”

The Fight to Become A Fighter: The Struggle of Becoming A Professional Fighter

By: Dom Niranont   The cage door opens. The crowd is cheering in anticipation for a raging war between two men in the octagon. The ring smells like an old locker room with dried blood stains on the mat. Then Ryan Parker enters the ring. He locks eyes with his opponent as the adrenaline pumps through his veins making his heart beat increasingly faster. Parker … Continue reading The Fight to Become A Fighter: The Struggle of Becoming A Professional Fighter

A Kid from a Small Town with a Big Dream

By Tyler Quigley   About 1 million kids play high school football. Of those million only 6.5% will go on to the collegiate level. Of those collegiate athletes only 1.6% make it to the NFL. Christopher Newport’s Junior Wide Receiver Taylor Loudan is trying to be apart of that 1.6%. But he is doing it from a level not typically televised on the national stage, Division … Continue reading A Kid from a Small Town with a Big Dream

Harry Nodwell and the Home Across the Pond

By Ryan J Balfour 4,417 miles away from his family, Harry Nodwell still manages to find his own home away from home in the sport he loves, soccer. Nodwell has played soccer all his life and couldn’t repay the amount of joy that it has given him. ‘The beautiful game’ has been part of his life ever since he could remember. Harry, age 6, in … Continue reading Harry Nodwell and the Home Across the Pond

A Lesson in Sportsmanship from Joyce and Galarraga

 By: Kate Boyd On June 2nd 2010, Armando Galarraga was about to be the 21st pitcher in Major League Baseball to pitch a perfect game. His goal fell short in the bottom of the ninth inning when Jason Donald ran to 1st base. It was clear to the crowd and both teams that Donald was out, however first base umpire Joyce called Donald safe. The … Continue reading A Lesson in Sportsmanship from Joyce and Galarraga

Examining the Homerun Derby Myth

By: J. Scott Smith Somewhat in the same vein as the Madden curse, during the past decade MLB players have avoided the Home Run Derby contest because competing in it causes an imminent second half collapse. Well…at least that’s how the story goes. The game’s best player Mike Trout skipped the Derby this season at the behest of his manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels’ manager … Continue reading Examining the Homerun Derby Myth