7505 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA
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757-247-4963
Martin O'Brien
Reporter
My Role

I cover Bay Rivers District high school sports - primarily football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball - during the school year. I also cover our local stock car race track, Langley Speedway, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events when they visit Richmond.
My Biography

I have been a full-time sports reporter for 20 years, first as sports editor at the small daily in Suffolk, the Suffolk News-Herald, then as sports editor for three Media General weeklies: the York Town Crier, Poquoson Post and Denbigh Gazette. I have been a full-time member of the Daily Press sports staff for 11 years, since May 1999, covering high school sports, Hampton University and William and Mary sports, NASCAR Sprint Cup and local auto racing.
My Interests

Spending as many vacation hours as possible with family in Nags Head. ...reading, particularly politics and history, and, of course, watching sports. ...University of Kentucky basketball and the New York Yankees. ...also attend the movies alot, documentaries, foreign films, comedies and suspense thrillers being my favorites.
My Recent Articles

Inside the BRD blog is moving to a new location 4/26/2012
The Inside the Bay Rivers District blog is moving to a new location. Click here to go to the new blog location

New Smithfield football coach is excited about opportunity 4/25/2012
Clark Harrell, the new head football coach at Smithfield High, met on Monday with the Packers’ players and parents for the first time. Harrell had become plenty familiar with the program prior to that by viewing game video from the 2011 season, when the Packers finished 1-9. His first impression from video was that the Packers have got to get better on the offensive and defensive lines. He also concluded that the Packers must drastically cut the number of penalties they’re whistled for. That s...

Small tweak to VHSL plan has huge consequences for Bay Rivers 4/23/2012
The Virginia High School League has released its latest tweak to the plan for six classifications (compared to the current three) for state playoffs. The small changes mean that one team each will be added two the "conferences" that include most Bay Rivers District schools, but those two additions will make postseason play more competitive for district schools. Hopewell has been added to Conference 25 in the East Region of the 3A state classification. That conference, which represents the first...

Warhill offensive lineman Parker Osterloh commits to Virginia Tech 4/21/2012
Warhill High offensive lineman Parker Osterloh said Saturday that he has made a verbal commitment to play foootball for Virginia Tech. Osterloh is the first Warhill player ever to commit to a FBS (Division I-A) school. Osterloh, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound junior, committed this weekend while in Blacksburg for the Hokies' spring football game. "I've always felt that Virginia Tech was a great fit for me, athletically and academically," said Osterloh, who is leaning toward a biology major and has bee...

Poquoson offensive lineman Nate Rhea signs with Alderson-Broaddus 4/21/2012
Nate Rhea, a four-year starter on the offensive line at Poquoson High, has become the latest Bay Rivers District player to join the startup football program at Division II Alderson-Broaddus College of West Virginia. Rhea, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound senior, said that he signed a scholarship this past week that will pay for the "majority" of his expenses to attend the school. Rhea, who helped Poquoson win the 2010 Group AA Division 3 state football title, was named honorable mention all-state in 2011 ...