Isaac and Angelique Taylor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics building.

By Ted Shockley

 

How many Eastern Shore siblings get to play the same sport at the same college at the same time?

That’s what Isaac and Angelique Taylor of Wachapreague are doing at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md.

After missing last season with an injury, the 6-foot, 8-inch Isaac Taylor is commanding attention during his redshirt junior season with the Hawk men’s basketball team, averaging nearly seven points and three rebounds a game.

His sister, 5-foot, 10-inch Angelique Taylor, is a sophomore who has battled injuries this year but has started one game and played in 10 for the Hawk women’s hoop squad, including an eight-point, nine-rebound performance earlier this season against Regent.

They get a chance to watch the other’s games, even sending texts to the other to critique performances.

“After the game, I’ll check my phone and I’ll see four or five messages stacked up from her,” said Isaac Taylor.

The younger two children of Walter and Tina Taylor of Wachapreague, they credit their parents for keeping an emphasis on schoolwork and athletics. They also have two older brothers, Josh and Chris Taylor.

“They told us, if you do something, don’t do it halfway,” said Angelique Taylor of her parents.

She graduated from Nandua High, while he attended Nandua until his senior season, when he transferred to Montrose Christian School in Maryland for its higher-profile basketball program.

Other Eastern Shore siblings who played the same sport at the same college were Nandua grads T.J. and Todd Washington at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. Northampton grads Taylor and Kennedy Webb play on the volleyball team together at Randolph College.