Monarchs induct six to Athletic Wall of Fame

Meadowbrook High School has produced the most  big league athletes out of any other Chesterfield high school. Current PGA star John Rollins was preceded by World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Lanny Watkins, while brother Bobby Watkins continues his long career as a competitive member of the Nationwide Tour. Dion Foxx was on the roster of the Miami Dolphins. Johnny Grubb had a long MLB career that included stops in San Diego, Texas and Detroit. Grubb wears World Series rings both as a player with Detroit and a coach with Atlanta. Cla Meredith recently signed a free agent contract with the Washington Nationals as he continues a career that has included playing time in Boston, San Diego and Baltimore. In addition, former basketball coach Mike Sutton went on to coach at some of the top college programs, including Kentucky.

A room full of former stars and Monarch supporters were on hand to welcome the newest class to the MBK Wall of Fame. The theme expressed throughout the evening was that Meadowbrook has a storied past, a sound present and a bright future as the school continues to prepare students for life after graduation.

The 2011 inductees included two of the finest female performers ever produced in the area.

Britney Anderson accomplished a feat that certainly has never been equaled. Playing for the Monarchs in 2001-02, Anderson was named the state’s AAA player of the year that spring. Over the summer, her family relocated to Blacksburg where she was named Virginia’s AA player of the year for her performance that fall. Because AA basketball was then played in the fall, Anderson held the two state player of the year honors concurrently. Anderson was a mainstay at Virginia Tech from 2003-07. She was named to the Strength and Conditioning All-American team in 2007.

“I moved to Meadowbrook as a freshman, and I’ll forever feel grateful for the warm welcome I received from students, teachers, coaches and teammates at Meadowbrook,” said Anderson.
Joining Anderson is one of the premier all-time track athletes in Chesterfield County. Margo Watkins-Hancock held track and field records in the 100 meter, 200 meter, long jump and both sprint relays. She was also the Outstanding Scholar Athlete at Meadowbrook and went on to achieve MVP honors for the track team at Shaw University. Continuing her academic career at Johns Hopkins, she is now a board certified physiotherapist. In her acceptance speech, she credited coach Dave Cathers “for pushing me far beyond my comfort zone as both an athlete and a person.”

Chandler Evans is now the head basketball coach at William Raines High School in Florida, but it was his prowess on the floor that led the Monarchs to the 1994 state basketball championship. Evans was named both all-state and a USA all-American after the 1994 season. At the ceremony, Raines was surrounded by his family support system, just as he was during his playing career. Evans said he was “so blessed to be able to play the game I fell in love with as an 8-year-old.”

Kim Schone was a three sport star at Meadowbrook in the 1990’s. She competed in volleyball and track, but it was on the soccer field that Schone earned all-state honors. She went on to earn a Marine Corps Student-Athlete Scholarship and played varsity soccer at Virginia Wesleyan. “All my friends were going to Manchester, but I’m so thankful for my experience at Meadowbrook. GO MBK!” she exclaimed.

Lavelle Hawkes starred for the Monarchs in football, wrestling and track. Going on to Youngstown State, he played for Jim Tressle and won a National Championship in 1997. Hawkes never missed a day of grade school, and was crowned Homecoming King and named Mr. Meadowbrook his senior year.

Stamie Lyttle was posthumously recognized for his tireless support of Monarch athletics. His fundraising efforts resulted in the building of first-class facilities at Meadowbrook. A successful business man, Lyttle lived by the bottom line of getting things done. “My dad got a kick out of helping young people and seeing them have fun,” Lyttle’s son said while accepting his father’s award. “I think half the boys at Meadowbrook worked for his company at one time or another.”

The MBK Athletic Wall of Fame is located in the hallway just outside the gym. Comments and support can be directed to Student Activities Director Joey Richeson at joey_richeson@ccpsnet.net.

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