MATOACA – Serious injuries are a part of sports, a pivotal part of any player’s career who suffers one. Countless athletes with loads of talent have had their careers cut short by them, but countless others have come back- in some cases stronger to prevail. It would appear that Matoaca High senior Devorian Dandridge is on his way to doing the latter, qualifying for states in the long jump with a leap of 22 ft. 6.25 in. at the Christopher Newport Winter Frolic in December after severely breaking his leg two years ago.
Flashing a smile at the bench, Quenswayla Story hustled back up the court in a 78-50 L.C. Bird win over Midlothian, December 12. Last year, that type of scoring effort would have been a surprise.
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.
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.
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.