The 37th edition of the Battle of Chester took place Friday at J.Wilson Crump Stadium, and both teams knew what was on the line: Bragging rights and pride. For L.C. Bird High School, a victory would even the series at 18 wins and one draw apiece. And even the series is exactly what the Skyhawks did, defeating Thomas Dale by a count of 29-3 behind the legs of junior Yakkie Johnson and a strong defensive performance.
When the Thomas Dale Knights and Lloyd C. Bird Skyhawks take the field Friday night, they will know what’s on the line. It won’t be the district standings; this game doesn’t matter in those. It’s all about bragging rights and pride.
With the Fort Lee expansion, Chester YMCA Sports Director Brian Walters reports an upward trend in registration for this fall’s recreational soccer league.
Deanna Smith is a 2008 Thomas Dale graduate who captained the school’s state qualifying Field Hockey team. Kris Burd has elevated himself to the “go to guy” in UVA’s passing attack this season. The fourth-year pro continues to impress, having his best game as a pro last week. Snelling ran for 129 yards on 24 carries and had 57 receiving yards as the Falcons dismantled the Arizona Cardinals 41-7.
A bone-jarring tackle at the hands of Eric McBride separated the ball from an Elon receiver, resulting in a turnover that led to a Kevin Grayson touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Spiders 27-21 victory last Saturday.
Soccer is probably the most played sport in the world. With thousands of youth leagues, adult leagues, professional levels, Major League Soccer and the World Cup and International Leagues, the sport spans the globe. It’s among the most popular spectator sports in the world.