Thomas Dale, while celebrating their rivalry with L.C. Bird, inducted six new members into their Ring of Champions. This was the fourth induction of outstanding Thomas Dale athletes into the ring.
A benefit game was held at the L.C. Bird High School Sports Complex Sunday, Oct. 23, for The Miracle League of Richmond, where the King of Diamonds – an entertaining four-man softball exhibition team – competed against a group of local celebrities.
Skyhawks are used to must win situations. In fact, after a week three loss to Dominion District foe Manchester, Bird needed to win out to make the playoffs. They did just that, winning their seventh straight game and bowling over Clover Hill, dispatching the Cavaliers 56-7.
Meeting twice in the same season for the first time in school history, the Thomas Dale Knights and the L.C. Bird Skyhawks would clash with both pride and playoff chances on the line. For Thomas Dale, they essentially wrapped up the Central district with their win over Meadowbrook last week, 21-14.
Whenever the Thomas Dale Knights and the Meadowbrook Monarchs have gotten together in the past few years, the game has had a lot of meaning. Last season, Meadowbrook had to beat Thomas Dale to stay alive for a wildcard in the playoffs, and did so 20-16. In 2009, the teams met and were both undefeated in the district.
Only the fans in the Virginia State University (VSU) bleachers seemed to feel the nasty weather at last Saturday’s game in Ettrick. Their players, however, emerged from the locker room hot-blooded and ready to do some real damage on Virginia Union University.