Being ranked No. 1 carries a lot of pressure in sports. You’ve got a constant target on your back; you’re exposed to more pressure and, most of the time, more scrutiny. More eyes watch you because, well, you’re the best.
Last week, UVa-Wise coach Dan Carter visited Matoaca, where he garnered commitments from two of the area’s more solid cross country runners. Matt Parker and Emily Brock, both of whom served as team captains for coach Nolan Shigley’s warriors, will continue their careers as Cavaliers.
Thomas Dale Activities Director Lee Batten recently announced the hiring of Kevin Tucker as the school’s next football coach. The appointment comes less than three weeks after long-time Dale coach Vic Williams announced his retirement.
Matoaca resident Gabe Hicks passed away last Friday at the age of 69. Hicks gained notoriety as a football coach at both Midlothian and Matoaca high schools.
L.C. Bird High served as the host of the UPA State Championships this weekend, giving a number of Bird alumni a chance to return for a reunion of sorts. There are currently 29 Bird graduates playing on their colleges’ Ultimate Frisbee teams; many of those alumni present to support the next generation of players competing for a state title.
Thomas Dale continued its winning ways by sweeping both the boys’ and girls’ district track titles in last week’s meet at Prince George. Quintin Fulghum was named the meet’s top performer in sweeping the long and triple jumps, as well as the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes.