The Village News has selected L.C. Bird Skyhawks junior guard Robert Johnson as its boys’ basketball player of the year. Johnson led Bird in scoring for the second straight season with 18.5 points per game and led them to another solid run in the postseason, falling to Petersburg 71-67 in the regional semi-finals.
Since Thomas Dale won back to back soccer state championships in 2005 and 2006, the success hasn’t been matched, but the Knights have built a dynasty in the Central Region with their soccer prowess. The timeframe also includes three regional titles, and five state tournament appearances.
Sam Hartman, who was a 2011 graduate from Thomas Dale High School, attended Fork Union Military School from August 2011 to December 2011 where he was the starting center for the FUMA football team. He was recruited in January by the University of Rhode Island for football and started classes there in January.
Before the match-up even came about, the L.C. Bird Skyhawks boy’s basketball team had this date circled on their calendar- a potential match-up with Petersburg in the regional semi-finals. The way things shook out, the Skyhawks got their shot and in a nip and tuck affair they would fall just short, losing to the Crimson Wave 71-66.
Meadowbrook advanced to the regional semi-finals via victories over Huguenot and Hermitage, to face the Dominion District regular season champions in the Monacan Chiefs. The first trip this deep into the postseason for the Monarchs under third year head coach Danny Connor, the team had started slowly this season and played well throughout the second half.
Expectations for the L.C. Bird Skyhawks girls basketball team this season were high. Thus far, they have matched- and exceeded many expectations. On Friday, they were able to do what no other Bird girls basketball team has done before- and bring home back to back Dominion District tournament championships.