2016 Season Preview: Norfolk Academy Bulldogs





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By John Nolan
Assistant Director of Scouting/Content Management 

As we enter February, the high school season is quickly approaching. As the month progresses and February turns into March, we will take a look at high school programs throughout our coverage area as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Covenant School

Team: Norfolk Academy
Nickname: Bulldogs
Class: VISAA Division I
Conference: TCIS
Head Coach: Tim LaVigne
Twitter: @AthleticsNA
2015 Record: 16-7
2015 Post Season: TCIS Runners-up
Returning Starters/Position: 3
Returning Pitchers: 3

 

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Matt Cooper: (C, 2017, Clemson) Cooper brings rare speed for catcher as well as a big arm. He is currently ranked 5th in the PBR VA/DC Class of 2017 Rankings.
Michael Parsons: (LHP, 2016, Dartmouth) Parsons is currently ranked 53rd in the PBR VA/DC Class of 2016 Rankings.
Landon Porter: (IF/OF, 2019)

 

SEASON OUTLOOK
Norfolk Academy will open 2016 with new coach Tim LaVigne at the helm. The 2015 Bulldogs had a strong season that saw them finish as the TCIS runners-up to Greenbrier Christian and narrowly miss qualifying for the VISAA tournament. Norfolk Academy will be strong up the middle with the very talented Cooper to captain the defense and Parsons on the mound. LaVigne’s strong pitching background suggests that the Bulldogs will have a good pitching staff built around Parsons and play solid defense as they look to return to the VISAA postseason this spring.