Recognized as one of our nation’s greatest high school football rivalries, the Battle of Chester is also a multigenerational social event of the season. It is an event that carries little in the way of animosity, but instead an extra heaping of good-natured ribbing. On the Bird sideline this year was freshman Tiffany Stevens, a flutist in the Marching Skyhawk band, who was experiencing her first Bird-Dale game. Stevens commented, “There has been tremendous enthusiasm all week.
Thirty years ago, Aubrey Lindsey, the freshly-appointed principal of the brand-new L.C. Bird High School, was summoned to the legendary Wilson Crump’s office. When Lindsey arrived, Crump handed him an envelope that contained a $30,000 check. A stunned Lindsey listened as Crump directed him to establish a first-class athletic program. Crump continued, “They need to look good when they take the field.” Then he added, “Get the best coaching staff you can to lead them.” With this huge assist from Crump, Lindsey did his part in giving birth to what was to become a Bird athletic dynasty.
They dived, rolled, and crawled through the 20-foot mud pit ending the seven-obstacle novelty five-mile run tagged as “a dirty dash through the past” held at Henricus Historical Park. Over 500 runners registered for Saturday’s event, the Henricus Dauber Dash, sponsored by Sports Backers and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation to benefit the Henricus Foundation.
Meadowbrook football has long been a powerhouse under the leadership of head coach Bill Bowles. Bowles was able to lead his team to district and regional title games, and then to the state championship game, which they won in 2004. But Bowles’ tenure at Meadowbrook came to an end last year upon his retirement. Some might think the Monarchs’ success would have halted with the transition; however, they were fortunate to welcome back former assistant coach to Bowles, Troy Taylor.
A dynasty in sports is defined as one team dominating a sport season after season. Some argue that a dynasty must win consecutive championships. Most dynasties are only realized in retrospect. They are subjective and often argued upon. However, Thomas Dale’s varsity volleyball can be argued as being a dynasty and one of the top volleyball schools in the Central Region.