Junior Brianna Hayes is the quiet, soft-spoken girl often putting in extra time at practice on her form and technique for the high jump. With her hair pulled back, wearing a hooded sweatshirt the Village News watched as she cleared bar after bar in practice on a cold afternoon at Matoaca High school last Friday.
Bird’s Kenny Williams was selected as the Village News Boys’ Basketball Player of the year. Williams led a young, balanced Skyhawks team to a 24-4 record.
After making her mark in the Central Region, former Thomas Dale standout Alyssa Frye accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the College of Charleston (CofC). Nearly three seasons later, Frye has broken the CofC record for three-pointers made in a single season and in a single game.
Five teams in the Village News coverage area qualified for the Central Region tournament this year, including the L.C. Bird boys and girls, the Matoaca boys and girls, and the Meadowbrook girls.
An integral part of the Lady Knight’s program while at Thomas Dale, Hobbs has gone onto play for the Christopher Newport Captains. As a junior, the guard has seen action in every game coming off the bench, playing a pivotal reserve role.