Friday night was a special time for six former Thomas Dale athletes as they were inducted as the 5th Class of Thomas Dale’s Ring of Champions.
Last Friday, the Thomas Dale Knights were able to score the season sweep over Meadowbrook in an up and down affair, 89-78. The game saw the Knights lead by as many as 15, but that lead shrunk to two with just 3:54 remaining. Dale was able to stop the bleeding and score the victory.
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.