Many of the players that helped the Monarchs to a banner season in 2012-2013 in which they finished 24-4 and 14-0 in the Central District before falling in the region tournament to L.C. Bird are gone.
Four scholar-athletes signed their letters of intent to play at the next level in 2014-2015. From Thomas Dale, swimmer Meredith Vay and baseball player Collin Fleischer signed. From Matoaca, volleyball standout Jaelyn Jackson and softball ace Jessica McCabe also signed on the dotted line.
The Skyhawks lit up the Eagles defense for 49 first half points before playing reserves as L.C. Bird cruised to a first round playoff victory, advancing to play Hermitage this Friday at 7 p.m.
Two members of the Thomas Dale cross country team qualified for the state meet last Friday at The Plains, outside of Warrenton, Va.
L.C. Bird girls volleyball head coach Sarah Iruegas’ stump quote for the 2013 volleyball season is “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” After gutting out two five set thrillers over Manchester, the lady Skyhawks beat the Lancers in three sets to capture the first conference 12 volleyball championship in history.
The Skyhawks finished their second consecutive season 10-0 and earned the top seed in the 5A South playoffs, meaning they will have home field advantage throughout region playoffs. L.C. Bird has won 24 straight games and 58 of their last 59 regular season games.