L.C. Bird: The Skyhawks have soared this postseason. The boys’ team took home the Conference 12 title on Feb. 1, and then proceeded to finish second at the 5A south regional last weekend. The girls finished second at the conference meet, then finished 15th at regionals. Javon LaPierre was the conference field athlete of the meet, finishing first in the long jump and third in the triple jump. He then finished first and third at regionals. Josiah Hill was the conference track athlete of the meet, finishing first in the 300-meter dash and 500-meter dash. Aaron Lewis finished third and second at conference behind Hill, and then finished second and fourth overall at regionals. Senior Kenny Sullivan finished first in both the mile and 2-mile at conference. L’nya Carpenter was the girls’ field athlete of the meet at conference, finishing first in both the long and triple jump.
Matoaca: The Warriors boys’ team finished fourth at the Conference 12 Championship meet, while the girls finished third. Senior transfer Alexis Newberry shattered a long standing school record for the 500-meter dash at conference, running a 1 minute, 18.83 seconds, and finished first. Her sister, Taylor, finished third in the 55-meter dash. Jordyn Flood took home the conference title for both the 1,000-meter and 1,600. For the boys, the team of Russell Cohen, Trevon Stewart, Cameron Goode, and Melvin Dickson broke the school record in the 800-meter relay, and finished third at conference. Deonte Talley also finished fifth at regionals in the long jump.
Meadowbrook: The Monarchs presented some pretty impressive individual performances at both the Conference 12 championship and the 5A South regional. NaDear Raymond finished ninth in the 55-meter dash at conference, but shaved near half a second at regionals and finished third. Josiah Lane finished first in the triple jump, and fourth in the 500 at conference. On the girls side, Jahliya Grant shined, finishing fourth in the 300, and sixth in the long jump.
Thomas Dale: Though they do not compete at the regional level until this week, the Knights had some stellar performances at the 6A Conference 3 championship. The top ranked jumper in the country, Junior Titiana Marsh did it all. She took home the title in the 55 hurdles, the long jump, the triple jump, and the high jump. A pair of boys you may know primarily for their skills on the gridiron impressed as well. Chris Tyree is one of the best sprinting freshmen in the country, and he finished second in the 55-meter dash. A.J. Lazaro, now committed to West Virginia Wesleyan, finished first in the 55 hurdles. Treshawn Jones finished first in the triple jump and second in the high jump.
L.C. Bird: The Skyhawks boast a lot of youth on their team, and deep into the postseason, experience is always helpful. Despite a small lack of experience, the Skyhawks managed to send 11 wrestlers to the 5A South regional. To do this, 11 wrestlers had to finish fourth or higher in their weight class. Three finished second, Kurtis Anderson at 120, John Johnson at 138, and Julian Dixon at 195. Alex Anderson, Max Barnett, Jose Rivera, David Shelton, and Daniel Strunk all finished third in their respective weight classes.
Matoaca: When asked about this year’s squad, Coach Hal Miles said the Warriors were more balanced this year, filling every weight class.
That balance has earned them a sixth straight Conference 12 title, and they followed it up by finishing second at the 5A South regional. An incredible 11 wrestlers made it to the finals in their weight class at conference, and eight won. Sam Braswell, Brandon Woody, Markus Taborn, Noah Roulo, Jacen Fowlkes, Matthew Lockhart, Issac Mosby, and Carlos Esquivel all took home first in their respective weight classes. Braswell at 113, Woody at 120, and Roulo at 132 were 5A South Region Champions. The Warriors will go for their fourth straight state title at Oscar Smith High School this week.
Meadowbrook: Only having six wrestlers on the team, the Monarchs may be smaller in quantity than others, but they aren’t short on quality. Meadowbrook sent five wrestlers to the 5A South regional after the Conference 12 meet. At conference, Javonte Tuppince and Terrell Woodson both made it to the finals and finished second in their weight classes. Tuppince, at 220 pounds, finished fourth and qualified for states at the 5A South regional. Maurizio Coronilla at 132 and Woodson at 160 both finished eighth.
Thomas Dale: The Knights finished third overall at the 6A Conference 3 tournament. The team was able to send seven out of nine wrestlers to the 6A South Regional tournament. Caleb Oberly at 113 and Blake Correa at 138 both made it to the finals at conference and had strong showings at the regional tournament. Correa finished fifth at regionals, and qualified for states. Oberly finished eighth at regionals.