During last week’s Chesterfield County School Board meeting, the board approved a resolution naming the Thomas Dale baseball field, the Matthew Gwaltney field. Matthew, 24, was a victim of the Virginia Tech mass shooting in 2007 and was a talented baseball and basketball player.
By any standards set for a high school or college athlete, Chester native Will Bates has accomplished just about everything one would hope for. Bates won a state championship as a freshman at Thomas Dale, and then won a National Championship as a freshman at the University of Virginia (UVA).
One of Thomas Dale High School’s top golfers and son of a PGA golf pro, signed a letter of intent to attend John A. Logan College in southern Illinois. Last Tuesday Griffin Clark, surrounded by his teammates, Coach Dave Duncan and his parents, Cindy and Kenny Clark, PGA Pro, made it official with his signature to attend the two-year junior college on a full scholarship plus a stipend for living expenses.
In a town dominated by football and baseball, four kids from Chester dare to be different. Ashley Wilson, 12, Salem Middle; Peyton Burke, 10, Wells Elementary; Cory Rogers, 9, Ecoff Elementary; and Karie Wilson, 8, Bellwood Elementary, all recently finished their first year racing motocross.
L.C. Bird has long been known for its football prowess.After the past two seasons for the boys’ basketball program, the Skyhawks have become a force to be reckoned with again on the hardwood. At 10-2 and 6-1 in the Dominion District, Bird is likely headed towards the postseason for a third straight year.
Thomas Dale and Meadowbrook has become a bigger and bigger rivalry as time has passed, especially in football, and evidence can be seen of the rivalry in basketball too. A large crowd on hand for the game was the first clue, and secondly, the spirited Monarch fans as the boys basketball team attempted to defend their home court.