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Kim Black -- Photographer -- Kim has been photographing since 2006 and joined the VirginiaPreps.com staff four years ago., focusing primarily on high school sports and events including the VHSL football state championships, though she recently began photographing college events as well. She has been published in USLacrosse, Wrestling USA and Teampenning USA and several Eastern Region schools use her shots for their football programs and websites. Kim has also covered the NCAA Div. II and III lacrosse championships as well as the MLL title games. She is available for limited senior and family portrait sessions as well as for special events. Her sports photos can be viewed and purchased at www.kimblackphotography.com. "Sports photography is my passion. I enjoy being a part of preserving memories for the athletes; their time in high school goes by so quickly. I hope that my photos of them will be viewed and appreciated for years to come. Kim can be reached at markkimbee@aol.com.


Zirkle Blakey -- Editor and Publisher -- In 1999, Zirkle created VirginiaPreps with the concept of a website devoted to high school football in Virginia. Soon thereafter, he broadened the site's coverage to include other sports, primarily basketball and baseball. Since that time VirginiaPreps.com has evolved into the #1 high school sports website in the Rivals.com network, and "THE internet resource for high schools sports in the state". If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the site please contact Zirkle at VaPreps@aol.com or on facebook.


Rob Blakey -- Senior Editor, Boys Basketball -- Robert has had a life long passion for boys basketball in the Commonwealth and regularly sees upwards of 80 high school basketball games each season. He concentrates his coverage on the Single A and Double A classifications, and during the season provides weekly team rankings, and adds his personal observations on the sites basketball messageboards.


Robert Edmonds -- Staff Writer -- Recently joining the Virginiapreps.com staff in 2013, Robert has covered high school athletics in Virginia since 2006. He primarily worked in the Northern Shenandoah Valley until the beginning of this year when he moved to Charlottesville, VA. Now a contributor to the Daily Progress, his focus has extended into Central Virginia. High school sports that he has followed and reported on cover nearly the entire scope of athletics with some exceptions. Follow him on twitter @bigrob2523 and you may email him directly at bigrob2523@gmail.com.

Will Garlick -- Senior Editor -- A graduate of the University of Maryland, Will retired from the Air Force in 2003 and joined the VirginiaPreps staff in 2006 where he serves as the ultimate all-purpose writer having covered football, basketball, baseball, and track. Primarily, Will has focused on Bay Rivers and Prep / Private football and Peninsula and Prep / Private basketball. Contact Will at virginiapreps@verizon.net or via facebook.


Tom Garrett -- Senior Editor, Central Region -- Tom is a former Central Region football player and assistant coach who has written for VirginiaPreps since 1998, featuring in-depth coverage of football and baseball in the Richmond area. During the fall, Tom can be heard weekly on "Hardly Workin'" with Greg Burton on ESPN 950 AM in Richmond. Contact Tom via his facebook page at Central Region Tom.


Matthew Hatfield -- Senior Editor, Eastern Region -- Matthew Hatfield has covered Eastern Region Basketball & Football since 2004 for VirginiaPreps. In addition to his writing responsibilities on site, Matthew serves as an on-air personality on ESPN Radio 94.1 FM as the host of the High School Sports Show presented by VirginiaPreps.com. Matthew also co-hosts the Cox 11 Sports Report television show that airs weekly in the fall and winter, plus pens occasional stories for the Suffolk News Herald. Contact Matthew at hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com.


Rod Johnson -- Senior Editor, Football -- Rod joined the VirginiaPreps staff in 2002 when he moved to the Tidewater area from Ohio that year. He began as a staff writer before rising to his current level as the site's statewide football editor where he has been responsible for coverage of recruiting, game recaps, rankings, and general interest stories from around the Commonwealth. Rod can currently be heard every Thursday at 3:25 p.m. as a weekly guest on the Tony Mercurio show on ESPN Radio 94.1 FM. Additionally, Rod co-hosts the VirginiaPreps.com Hour with Matthew Hatfield on Saturdays from 11:00 - noon on the same station. Contact him at vaprepsrod@cox.net or on facebook.


Marsel Mason -- Senior Editor, Group A Football-- Marsel started coaching basketball and football for recreation at age 16 and spent several years in radio sports broadcasting for NCAA basketball and football contests where he did play-by-play and analyst work. He has written for VirginiaPreps.com for over 7 years. Contact Marsel at snowandfootball@yahoo.com.


Patrick Mauney -- Senior Editor, Group AA Football --

Patrick began writing for VirginiaPreps in 2002 and has headed up VirginiaPreps AA Football coverage for much of that time. He also provides the site's unofficial VHSL ratings and can be found compiling scores on the scoreboard message board most Friday nights during football season. A lifelong Virginian who has spent time in Blacksburg, Northern Virginia and Charlottesville, Patrick can be reached at virginiaprepsaa@yahoo.com.


P.J. McCraney -- Senior Editor, Girls Basketball -- P.J. is an experienced coach with over ten years in the profession working with teams in various sports who has spent the last seven years with VirginiaPreps.com writing and promoting Girls Basketball in the state of Virginia.


Mark Robertson -- Senior Writer, Southwest Virginia -- Mark is a junior at Emory & Henry College where he majors in both Mass Communications and History while also playing on the school's baseball team. Since 2006, mark has covered the football, baseball, and basketball (both boys and girls) across Southwest Virginia. Contact Mark at nwregionfan@yahoo.com.

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