Larry Rubama, The Virginian-Pilot

Larry Rubama

The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk, VA, United States

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757Teamz picks: Kempsville gave Green Run its closest regular-season game. They meet again for the region title.

Kempsville has won eight consecutive games since that loss, and the Chiefs have allowed just 35 points in their past five games. Four other region championship games are all-Hampton Roads matchups. → Read More

Rubama: Bob Ferry was the first scout to attend the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Many more followed him there.

Former basketball standout and NBA scout Bob Ferry passed away last month. He was a regular spectator at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. James “Booty” Baker, one of the PIT organizers, talks about Ferry’s impact on the PIT. → Read More

Virginia Beach’s Bruce Smith scared NFL quarterbacks to death. He has the tombstones to prove it.

Gravestones painted with the name and number of the NFL legend's 'victims' crowd his Virginia Beach yard for Halloween. → Read More

Chesapeake’s Cam Thomas makes his NBA debut on Tuesday for the Brooklyn Nets. He’ll wear No. 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant.

“He meant everything to me,” Thomas said recently. “I try to imitate him. I try to do all the moves he did, and his mannerisms. I just tried to be exactly like him. He’s had a real big impact on my basketball life and career, and how I play basketball. For me to have him as my inspiration is really big.” → Read More

Rubama: Regent University is home to a growing athletic program that most know little about

Columnist Larry Rubama writes that track and field was the school’s first sport in the fall of 2016. Men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, co-ed cheerleading, and men’s and women’s cross country was added in 2017, followed by men’s and women’s basketball followed in 2018. → Read More

Former Virginia Beach football star shot to death in Chesapeake

Former Landstown star linebacker Deveon Simmons was shot and killed Saturday afternoon, Chesapeake police confirmed on Monday. → Read More

Football powerhouses Oscar Smith and Phoebus will clash in a regular-season game in November

Oscar Smith has appeared in seven of the past 11 state championship games in its division, winning a third state title last season in Class 6. Phoebus has seven state championships, including four straight from 2008-11, and made its last championship game appearance in 2018 in Class 3. → Read More

They were high school stars in Virginia Beach. Now they’re profiting from the NCAA’s new rules.

On July 1, the NCAA’s board of directors adopted an interim policy permitting incoming and current student-athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses or NIL. Two local athletes, Ohio State senior linebacker Teradja Mitchell and North Carolina sophomore Tony Grimes are taking advantage of the decision. → Read More

NFL star and Portsmouth restauranteur Roger Brown dies at 84

Brown played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. He made six Pro Bowls and was selected to the halls of fame of both the Lions and Rams along with the College Football Hall of Fame. But the Pro Football Hall of Fame has eluded him. → Read More

Suffolk Public Schools require COVID-19 vaccinations for all athletes beginning in November

Suffolk Public Schools have decided to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all athletes beginning in November. They become the first school division in Hampton Roads to require it. → Read More

Rubama: Hampton Roads schools need to take a simple stand – No COVID-19 vaccination, no sports

Columnist Larry Rubama writes that Fairfax County Public Schools' no vaccine, no play rules should be adopted Hampton Roads schools. → Read More

Landstown star DJ Hand commits to Boston College

Landstown senior guard DJ Hand commits to Boston College. → Read More

Five high school football season openers are postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

More than 20 local high school football games were scheduled for Friday night, but already five games have been postponed for COVID-related reasons. → Read More

Cross country preview: Ocean Lakes girls aim to defend their state title after ending 42-year drought for local teams

A look at the 2022 cross country season. → Read More

Sibling rivalry: 2 brothers, both former Oscar Smith standouts, met for first time as head coaches

Brothers Joe and Perry Jones were All-Tidewater players at Oscar Smith High. Now both are head football coaches - Joe at Lakeland High in Suffolk, Perry at Glen Allen High near Richmond. → Read More

‘Electrifying’ Landstown star highlights the Top 50 high school football recruits in the Class of 2022

North Carolina and Clemson have commitments from the top three players in Larry Rubama's annual ranking of the Top 50 high school football recruits in the senior class. → Read More

Chesapeake’s Cameron Thomas picks up two honors after an amazing start in NBA Summer League

Chesapeake's Cameron Thomas earned NBA Summer League MVP Co-Honors and was named to the first-team roster after he averaged a tournament-high 27 points per game. → Read More

Rubama: 757 athletes showed up in big way at Tokyo Olympics with unforgettable moments

Sprinter Michael Cherry, hurdler Grant Holloway and boxer Keyshawn Davis make the Tokyo Olympics a memorable one for Hampton Roads. → Read More

Chesapeake’s Michael Cherry gets gold on the 4x400

Chesapeake’s Michael Cherry wins gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Cherry ran leadoff on 4x400 relay and gave the United States the early lead and they never looked back. Cherry ran with Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin. → Read More

Chesapeake’s Grant Holloway wins silver in the 110 hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics

Chesapeake’s Grant Holloway wins silver in the 110 hurdles in the Tokyo Olympics. → Read More