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SPORTS FAMILIES: Soccer a staple for the Groben family

For the Grobens, soccer is a “family thing.” Thomas Dale boys soccer has been one of the most successful programs in the Central Region over the past 15 years, and for six years, the Knights featured a member of the Groben family in the goal.

SPORTS FAMILIES: The Johnsons’ speed, agility garner attention from college scouts

When Robert Johnson Sr. and Tamara Johnson learned they were having a son, it was a celebration. Now the couple has three sons, all of which attended or currently attend L.C. Bird High School. Johnson is living a dream as, beginning in fall 2015, there’s a very good chance he’ll have three sons playing Division-I sports.

SPORTS FAMILIES: Nguyen, lose or draw

It wasn’t until Sunlee and Helen Nguyen’s oldest daughter started playing on the Meadowbrook tennis team as a freshman that tennis exploded with popularity in the Nguyen household. Now, it’s a way of life.

Jacob Johnson sets new statewide swimming record in backstroke

It would be a fair assessment to say that Thomas Dale freshman Jacob Johnson can swim like a fish.

Track teams led by all around athletes

The indoor track season saw solid team efforts from the Thomas Dale girls and boys, as well the Matoaca boys. Individual standouts were plentiful as well. Here’s a preview of who to watch for during the upcoming outdoor season.

Skyhawks look to compete on the diamond in Conference 12, Monarchs season looks hopeful

Bird softball has a new coach, Deanna Owens, and a new outlook for the 2014 season. “Having a new coach really brought us together,” said catcher Carrie Cochran. “The chemistry is unreal.”