Varsity athletes to play at next level

Andrew Carroll, Randolph Macon College
Carroll missed half of his senior season with a leg injury, but was still impressive enough to catch the eye of Randolph-Macon College where he signed to play next fall. For the Warriors, The safety registered 13 tackles (nine solo) and an interception in limited action. He’ll join Meadowbrook linebacker Kane Smith as a signee for 2014.

Ardel Christian, Trinity International University
After initially verbally committing to the University of Pikesville in Kentucky, the big lineman committed and signed to Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois to play at the next level. An All-Conference 12 honoree, Christian played both offensive and defensive line for Matoaca, accumulating 39 tackles (22 solo), 11 tackles for a loss and two sacks. Christian was selected as an All-Star and participated in the first annual Big River Rivalry at Randolph-Macon College.

Taylor Clark, Richard Bland College
Matoaca’s second baseman in 2014, Clark was a big part of the Warrior’s offensive and defensive success on the diamond en route to a Conference 12 Championship. The senior hit .359 with 19 RBI, scoring 19 runs. More impressively, she committed just one error in the field. She’ll join L.C. Bird infielder Kim Ellis on the diamond next spring at Richard Bland, a program in its second season of play.

Krysten Davis, Virginia State University
After her time at Matoaca, Davis spent two years at Richard Bland College and joined the softball team in its first year of existence in 2014. Davis was the Statesmen’s starting third baseman and led the team with 23 runs batted in. With that successful season, she transferred and committed to play softball at Virginia State. Davis hit .375 during her senior season at Matoaca and was an All-Central District and All-Central Region honoree.

Rebecca Elder, Virginia State University
Elder manned first base for the Conference 12 champion Warriors, bringing quiet leadership and a big bat to the line-up. She committed to play at Virginia State where she’ll join L.C. Bird’s Tatyana Jordan as a part of their 2014-2015 signing class. The senior finished the season with a .312 batting average with 12 runs scored and 12 RBI. Elder also socked a home run in the Conference 12 tournament semi-final against Clover Hill.
 
Matthew Padgett, Bridgewater College
Golfers, have you ever gotten a hole-in-one? How about two holes-in-one on back-to-back holes? If you haven’t, Matthew Padgett is ahead of your game. The Bridgewater commit accomplished that feat back in 2012 and since has led the Matoaca golf program along the way as the Warriors were runner-ups in the 5A State golf championship last fall. Padgett will join baseball first baseman Jake Bailey as a 2014 Matoaca commit to Bridgewater, joining Berkeley Driskill and other college athletes already on campus.
 
Ashley Pegram, Virginia Commonwealth University
Pegram took a popular road for many college prospects- going to a junior college and then looking to make a recruiting splash. After being under-recruited out of high school and a dynamite season at Chesapeake College in Maryland, she committed to play at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall. During her freshman season at Chesapeake College, she averaged about 23 points, six rebounds and six assists per game for the Skipjacks, who were nationally ranked most of their season.
 
Marquie Phillips, Bluefield College
Nineteen year old linebacker Marquie Phillips knew he wouldn’t be able to play football four years at Meadowbrook, so he graduated in three years. With just three years of varsity football experience, he attracted Bluefield College, and signed to play there. Phillips, nicknamed “Animal” earned 5A All-State All-Purpose honors on defense, with an outstanding season for Meadowbrook registering 62 tackles (5 for loss) and blocking four field goals. He’ll join Dale alums Benjamin Barrett and Anthony Rivers on the Bluefield roster.

Nichelle Scott, Virginia Commonwealth University
Nichelle Scott was the definition of student-athlete for L.C. Bird this season, with a 4.0+ GPA in the classroom and a 5A State title in the 800m run during indoor season. The senior was simply outstanding in the books and on the track. After many offers and much deliberation, she committed to Virginia Commonwealth University. Scott joins Thomas Dale alum Sarah Fulgham, a rising senior on the Ram’s track and field roster.

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