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Local wrestlers ready to take down competition

After a recent victory against Colonial Heights, first year head coach Jeff Sargent was proud of his team’s performance and sees improvement in the program since he wrestled as a Monarch, graduating in 2007.

The Next Level: Simmons, Gunther, Johnson

A four-year letterman at Meadowbrook, Simmons averaged 10 points and five rebounds per contest as a Monarch. The big-bodied guard (6-0, 210) has enjoyed his first three seasons at Lynchburg as a valuable bench player and earned 11 starts last season and two starts this season through eight games.

BACK-TO-BACK; Skyhawks win second straight state championship

The Lloyd C. Bird High School football program has one of richest traditions in the state of Virginia. That tradition was further cemented by a big time run by Earl Hughes in the 4th quarter as the Skyhawks repeated as state champions, defeating Briar Woods 35-28 last Saturday.

The Next Level: King-Davis, Barnett, White

After a dominant senior season for the Monarchs in which he averaged 22.8 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game and three blocks per contest, King-Davis became a Blue Hen.

Bird’s defense shuts down Salem, Skyhawks to state final

An old adage states that defense wins championships. While it hasn’t yet resulted in a championship in 2013 for L.C. Bird Skyhawks, it allowed them to advance to the state final to take on Briar Woods this Saturday at 12:07 p.m. at UVA’s Scott Stadium to win one.

Hoops phenom: Rasir Bolton’s hard work draws early college interest

Genetics can play an important role in athletic ability. It’s been suggested that genetics can limit abilities, but they can also put someone at a predisposition to be a great athlete. That would appear to be the case for Rasir Bolton, an eighth-grader at Life Christian Academy (LCA) in Chester.