The Next Level - 9

The Next Level is a bi-monthly feature that follows Chester area athletes at the college level. If you are a parent, coach, athletic director or simply a fan you can help the Village News identify Bird, Community, Dale, Matoaca or Meadowbrook graduates who are contributing at the college level. Specific information can be sent to sports @

Lady Knights fall to Princess Anne in state quarterfinals

On a 25-0 roll entering the region finals, the Lady Knights seemed destined for a date in the state championship final four. However, a subpar first half against Cosby and a meeting with Eastern Region juggernaut Princess Anne brought the magical season to an end.

Brilliant Dale effort falls short

In a year of champions at Thomas Dale, with every sport sending teams or individuals to regional or state competition, one would have expected nothing less than a superb effort from coach Eddie Goss’ Knights.

No eighth grade at CMS next year

Chester Middle School’s rising eighth graders will not share the Chester Middle building with Thomas Dale High School’s freshman class next year.

Area students on Dean’s List at VT

A host of local students have been named to the Dean’s List at Virginia Tech for the fall 2009 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.4 grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, during the semester.

Indoor track season culminates with AAA State Championships

Some of the state’s most gifted athletes converged on Hampton’s Boo Williams Sports Complex this weekend to contest the 2010 AAA State Indoor Track Championships. A quartet of Thomas Dale stars paced area athletes in the two-day competition.