Ashby offered by James Madison
It was a good week for the L.C. Bird linebacker, Rayshard Ashby. Fresh off a Conference 12 Defensive Player of the Year award, he also picked up his third college offer – this one from James Madison University. In the regular season, Ashby totaled 87 tackles, 16 for losses while wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks with 10.5 sacks. This past weekend against Hermitage he tallied 11 tackles to follow up a 14 tackle, four sack performance against Matoaca in the first round of the 5A South playoffs.
L.C. Bird alum embarks on college journey
L.C. Bird and Central Region fans alike may remember a talented cornerback who was a member of the 2012 and 2013 state championship runs, Jquan Clay. He will be attending Santa Rosa Junior College in California. After doing some research on schools, Clay came across a player named Jason Vernett, currently on the San Diego Chargers. He too, was a player with no offers after high school. Clay contacted coach Leonard Wagner at SRJC and now he’ll be on the college gridiron next season.
Former Monarch off to fast start
Sycoya Dorsey, a 2014 graduate of Meadowbrook made some major noise to start her post-junior college basketball career. For St. Augustine, Dorsey poured in 28 points in a loss against Glensville State on November 15. Dorsey earned 2nd Team All-Conference 12 honors with Meadowbrook and played last year at Louisburg College before heading to North Carolina. Her play earned her a spot on the CIAA-Mountain East All-Tournament team. Dorsey averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and three steals per game over that weekend.
Cruz drops 41 points
L.C. Bird graduate (2012) Kelsey Cruz went to Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and has put together a solid career thus far. Now a senior, Cruz dominated in FDU’s season opener against Manhattan, scoring a career-high 41 points on November 14. Shooting the lights out at 15-24 from the floor, Cruz reeled in Northeast Conference Player of the Week honors for the Knights. This weekend, Cruz’s squad participated in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame challenge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Barnes earns Second Team All-NEFC honors
Former L.C. Bird All-State offensive lineman Quadrick Barnes has had an outstanding first season at Lackawanna Community College as a freshman. A physically imposing figure at 6-1 and 308 pounds, Barnes has further developed as a lineman, earning All-Northeastern Conference honors for the 2015 season as Lackawanna finished their regular season 8-2. Thomas Dale alums Eric Finney and Khalid Morris will attend the school in the spring.