Saturday, Dec. 12, proved to be a historic day for the Knights of Thomas Dale and all of the parents, family and friends who sat on cold bleachers, often in the rain, and cheered on the team. The team’s regular season victories and the playoffs all culminated in this Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, as Thomas Dale met Lake Braddock to battle for the Central District State Championship.
The School Board, with member Dianne Pettitt missing, voted unanimously at its Dec. 8 meeting to name the gymnasium for Thomas J. Davies, who began teaching English and coaching basketball at the school in 1959. According to information from Chesterfield County Public Schools, Davies led the Knights to the Group A fall championship during the 1961-62 season.
At the December meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Sports Backers Event Manager Megan Silva presented an overview of a draft sports tourism plan for Chesterfield County. The recommendations were developed after 56 interviews with various groups, she said, and Sports Backers met with the Board of Supervisors to develop future goals for a sports tourism program. Also, the Henricus Dauber Dash mud run was held as part of the study.
Who says girls can’t play football? Meadowbrook senior Genesis Avilia won a Dell computer for herself and Meadowbrook when she kicked a field goal promptly after being crowned the school’s homecoming queen, with Corey Foxworthy by her side as king.
Thomas Dale’s central region powerhouse volleyball team entered their match last week versus Matoaca on somewhat of a down note. The Knights had lost two of their last three to James River and Cosby and were nearly upended by district rival Colonial Heights.
The Thomas Dale field hockey team defeated the Matoaca Warriors 3-0 last week in spite of a somewhat sluggish Monday afternoon effort. In the post-game huddle, Coach Beth Jaeckle urged her troops “to keep playing . . . . we have to beat our man, not just defend.”