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.
Ka’lia Johnson’s high school career came to end last Saturday as the Lady Knights fell by the slim margin of five points, 70-65. The defeat came at the hands of Forest Hill High School (Woodbridge, VA) in the quarterfinals of the VHSL girl’s state tournament.
Bradley Johnston, a graduate of Thomas Dale in 2009 was voted Lindenwood University player of the week and NAIA National player of the week for volleyball (NCAA Division I-II). He is also on the fall semester dean’s list at Lindenwood. Bradley was 2009 state player of the year and state champion with Thomas Dale in 2008.