Winter sports preview, looking good for Falcon athletes

THE LADY FALCON cheerleaders putting on a spirited show at halftime during the boy’s basketball game. The ladies shared court time with the Coquettes to get the crowds pumped up for the second half.

As the air grows colder, athletes across the city move inside from grass fields to indoor pools and courts. Donning their green and gold, the returning teams for the winter season include: sideline cheer, the Coquettes Dance team, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Boys and Girls Basketball, Swim and Dive, and Boys and Girls Indoor Track.

After successful seasons all around last year, Falcon teams plan to be well represented this winter season.


The Sideline Cheer squad will be present at every home varsity basketball  for both boys and girls junior varsity (JV) and varsity games to pump up the crowd and represent the ‘Nest’.

“I am looking forward to cheering on the basketball team with the friends I met on the squad this year and I can’t wait for this season,” junior Jenna-Paige Smith said.


The Coquettes perform at every home varsity basketball game, during winter SCA sponsored pep rallies, and attend community events such as the Christmas parade at the Oceanfront.  The dance team also competes against other schools throughout the winter months.

“In the upcoming season, I am most excited to choreograph new dances for basketball.

I hope to push the girls to try new things and be more innovative with our dances.  Coquettes has been my number one for my high school career and right now I wish I could stretch out these last few months,” senior Maddie Thomas said.


The Varsity Gymnastics team competed in five double meets last year, ending with a winning record of 6-4.  The team also takes time to perform during the Winter Pep Rally to show off their talent and flexibility for the student body.

“[The Falcons] are looking forward to a breakout season with a host of new faces and returners who are hungry to capitalize on last season’s lessons,” Coach Spriggins said.


The Falcon Wresting team is back this season with a new head coach and five seniors returning to the team as they compete against other schools and inn various tournaments during intense matches under the ‘spotlight’. After only a handful of wrestlers went to the state tournament last year, the boys hope to increase their representation in the high stakes event and rebuild their winning legacy.

“I am excited to be a senior on the team and to be able to work with my younger, less experienced teammates and help them grow as wrestlers during the upcoming season,” senior Skyler Correll said.


Boy’s Varsity Basketball made school history last year as they became eligible to host a post-season game for the first time. The team also traveled to the state semifinals, signifying the most successful season for the team in the school’s history.

“[Having a successful season last year] has affected our team in a positive way.   This year we are looking to build off of last year’s season.  Most of our players have been playing together for a long time, and it  should help us have another memorable season. Our team is very confident, we know what we have to do to win games,” senior South Trimble said.


Girl’s Varsity Basketball is hoping to build on their newly developed positivism from last season, winning more games than they had in years with a record of seven wins out of 16 games.

“My hopes as a senior for the upcoming season are to watch this team progress and mesh as one because we haven’t played all together before.  I am excited to work and play as a family,” senior Mikaela Hardy said.


Swim and Dive was also successful last season. The boys boasted an undefeated season and become region champs, while the girls, with returning seniors and captains Abby Frey and Gianna Cardone to lead the team this year.

“I think we will have many new challenges this season because [the boys team] lost over 10 senior swimmers last year.  However, I believe we will be able to overcome it and still perform very well. Being captain this year gives me the opportunity to show the underclassmen how the swim team is one giant family. This aspect of the team helps everyone fit in both on the team and in the halls of Cox,” senior Zach Scheuer said.


Boys and Girls Indoor Track has a short season with just four meets, but they packed a punch last year by sending three athletes per event to the regional tournament to compete at the close of regular season.

“I am excited for all of our new runners that joined us this season. I can’t wait to be able to grow as a team and be able to push each other everyday at practice.  I am looking forward to helping out my youngest teammates, last indoor track season, here we come!” senior Cayla Katz said.

Kassidy Smith
THE FALCON BOYS basketball team sets up in their defensive positions against the Cavaliers of Princess Anne high school. The boys now have a record of two wins and one loss.
Kassidy Smith
THE LADY FALCON cheerleaders putting on a spirited show at halftime during the boy’s basketball game. The ladies shared court time with the Coquettes to get the crowds pumped up for the second half.
Lindsey Hunt
THE FALCON SWIM team members compete against other schools in the backstroke race. The other high schools competed in the nearby lanes bringing competition.
Bailey Deaver
THE GIRLS INDOOR track team members take off on the start line in an indoor arena. The team had four meets this year and hopes to send some of it’s members to post season meets.
THE COX COQUETTES pose for a team picture to document the upcoming season’s members. The Coquettes danced in football games and the pep rallys and are looking forward to upcoming performances.
Audra Chaffinch
DIVE TEAM MEMBER completes a complicated maneuver during a meet. The dive team competed against high schools throughout Virginia Beach.
FALCON GYMNASTICS TEAM strikes a pose for their team picture. The lady gymnasts worked hard for their upcoming meets.
WRESTLING PREPARES TO compete at the Virginia Duals wrestling tournament last year. Several team members placed in the state-wide competition.
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