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Notable achievements

Jami Frankenberry has a story scheduled to run in Thursday's Pilot on Cox kicker Drew Jarrett, who has established himself as one of the greatest kickers in South Hampton Roads high school football history. For that matter, he might be the greatest kicker this area has ever seen.

Jami mentions in the story that Cox, having clinched a Division 6 playoff berth, will be making its first-ever appearance in postseason play in football.

That's quite a substantial development considering that Cox has been around for nearly 50 years.

Cox making the Group AAA football playoffs leaves Hickory, Lakeland and Nansemond River -- and Grassfield -- as the only Group AAA schools in South Hampton Roads never to make the Group AAA football postseason. And that's likely going to change for Grassfield, in only its second year of existence. The Grizzlies are ever so close to clinching a Division 5 playoff spot. If the right combination of things happen Friday, Grassfield (6-2) could be in after this Friday's action even if the Grizzlies can't knock off Western Branch

But the football team at Grassfield isn't the only sports team at the school making quick history. The girls volleyball team, as reader Dave Sump points out, deserves more attention than it has been getting.

He's right. The Grassfield girls volleyball team has gone 18-1 in the regular season this fall, won the Southeastern District regular season and thus already has wrapped up a spot in the Eastern Region volleyball tournament.

A couple of weeks ago, Great Bridge fell in football to its spawn, Grassfield. The same also has happened in girls volleyball, with a district title on the line. There was no district title on the line in football.

What Grassfield has accomplished in girls volleyball, as well as football, in just two years of existence, is extremely impressive -- and extremely noteworthy.

 

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