With a great performance in district play, the Chesterfield Community High School boy’s basketball team has locked up a spot in the regional tournament. The team, which employs a balanced attack led by seniors Brandon Townsend and Jaki Clanton in the words of head coach Toby Campbell is the most balanced team the program has had in years, in and out of the classroom.
With their third victory of the season over the Petersburg Crimson Wave last Friday, the Matoaca Warriors won their first regular season Central District Championship in school history. The Warriors won the one game playoff in convincing fashion by a score of 66-47, playing a great defensive game and shooting well from outside the arc.
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).