Athletes commit to colleges

Warriors send four to the next level

Spiers, who was the Central District and Village News baseball player of the year as a junior committed to Randolph-Macon recently to play at the next level. According to the Matoaca coaching staff, the senior is the definition of a Warrior and has shown it on the field this season, hitting .474 with five doubles, three triples, a home run and 14 RBI.

All of those extra base hits have translated to an .842 slugging percentage. Spiers is tied for the team lead or leads the team in all of the mentioned categories.

Senior Sarah Temple, a two-year captain for Matoaca on the volleyball court has committed to play at Bridgewater next year. Temple had an impressive senior season getting 98 kills while serving accurately at an 85 percent rate with 35 aces. For her play, she was selected as Second Team All-Conference 12. Sarah joins Jaelyn Jackson who committed to Maryland as the second Warrior to ascend to the next level.

Scoring over 1300 points during her basketball career at Matoaca, Jaelyn Tweedy committed to Mount Olive College in North Carolina. Matoaca alum Tamara Nesmith also attended Mount Olive and now plays professionally overseas. The shooting guard has been Matoaca’s leading scorer the past two seasons, averaging 23 and 27 points per game in her junior and senior seasons. Tweedy earned first team All-Conference 12 honors in 2014. The backcourt was a big part of Matoaca’s successes this season as Tweedy teamed up with 4-9 Ayanna Owens who will also graduate.

Maya Bailey, Matoaca’s shortstop has signed on to play with the Virginia State Trojans, joining Dale alum Logan Tollison as an infielder on the roster. Bailey is a team captain and has four varsity letters in addition to playing junior varsity as an eighth grader. As of press time, Bailey is hitting .390 with 10 runs scored and during her career has hit at a .340 clip, stealing 21 bases. The Warriors are currently 8-4 and will look to make a run in the Conference 12 Tournament.

Five Bird athletes commit

Both Julia Stech and Courtney Wiseman were integral pieces to L.C. Bird’s Conference 12 Championship in girls volleyball this season. Not surprisingly, both will play at the next level and recently committed.

Stech will play college volleyball at Randolph-Macon college. The First Team All-Conference 12 honoree totaled 361 digs, 214 kills, 97 aces, 24 assists and five blocks in three years on varsity. The Yellow Jacket played volleyball for 2 Rivers Volleyball based in Chesterfield.

Wiseman, the Village News girls volleyball player of the year, will play at Barton College (NC) next season. Wiseman was the Skyhawk’s main attacker last year and set a single season record for kills in a season with 293. Over the past three years, the Skyhawk accumulated 555 digs, 567 kills, 175 aces, 157 blocks and 31 assists.

Despite field hockey not being a traditionally strong sport for the Skyhawks, Rebekah Martin shined through the past four years. With a few D3 colleges interested in her, she took her time playing for Panthers United Field Hockey and recently committed to Virginia Wesleyan.  Martin played midfield and defense and had two assists on the season.

Martin was also integral in recruiting girls to come out for the field hockey team.

Two members of  L.C. Bird’s backcourt, Monica Alexander and Shaniya McLaughlin, made their college decisions and will attend Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina.

Alexander graced the court for the Skyhawks varsity squad since her sophomore season starting in a reserve role, but working her way into the starting lineup as a junior and senior. In her career, she scored over 700 points and dished out 167 assists, showing off a great long-range shot. The senior averaged eight points and two steals per contest in 2013.

McLaughlin served as the team’s back-up point guard behind Taja Cole and showed great poise and leadership skills. Despite her size, (5-1) she was a formidable on-ball defender. In limited minutes, McLaughlin averaged a bucket, steal and assist per game.

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