COACH OF THE YEAR
Chuck Thomas, L.C. Bird
L.C. Bird coach Chuck Thomas was named the Village News’ Basketball Coach of the Year for 2010-2011. The award is given to the coach who does the most outstanding job during both the regular season and postseason.
2010 Thomas Dale graduate Billy Cullen has gotten his college baseball career at VCU off to a flying start. Primarily a pitcher for the Knights, Cullen has stepped into the role of starting left fielder for the Rams. Through the season’s first 10 games, Cullen has a .289 batting average and .391 on base percentage.
In Chester, almost anyone on the street could tell you about the deep-rooted Thomas Dale - L. C. Bird High School football rivalry; the packed stadiums with everyone young and old attending; the players and coaches becoming household names; a tradition.
Meadowbrook High’s Medford basketball team became champions last Thursday at James River High, beating Matoaca’s “A” team in the final game of the Medford League season– a high school basketball league providing competition for athletes with disabilities.
On their magical playoff run, the L.C. Bird Skyhawks held off furious runs and made runs of their own, coming from behind in dramatic fashion to beat top teams in the state, T.C. Williams and Osbourn. They faced one last challenge in the Greyhounds of Norcom (Portsmouth, VA) who were ranked third and fifth nationally in two polls.
Call them the cardiac kids. Advancing to states after holding off two furious comebacks by in-region foes John Marshall and Highland Springs, L.C. Bird was able to win in a different way—by coming back from a 15 point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to advance to the state semi-finals for the third time in school history, defeating the Osbourn Eagles 73-72 in the VHSL state tournament Friday night.