Bird opens season with close win over Meadowbrook
ABOVE: Grunt work: L.C. Bird’s Javonte Tuppince and Meadowbrook’s Jordan Lomeli battle it out in the trenches during last week’s game. In a game with a multitude of local ties, it came down to something familiar for L.C. Bird: the run game. Tre Mason did a little more than... Read more
Speed is the key for Thomas Dale Knights
Thomas Dale turned in another great season last year, finishing 9-3 on the wings of changing their offense over to the Wing-T. The resulting offensive statistics were the most points they’ve scored in 15 years and the most yards rushed as a team. Although quarterback John Pierce was the... Read more
Taylor ushers in a new era at L.C. Bird
Perhaps the biggest statement that a 7-4 L.C. Bird football team made last year was if that’s the worst season you’ve had in more than 15 years, things have been going pretty well. Under interim coach Tony Nicely the team played well last year, but it wasn’t the version... Read more
New coach, youth to lead the way at Meadowbrook
Meadowbrook High posted another worthy performance in 2017. Despite a 4-6 regular season record, they qualified for the postseason for the fifth time in the past six seasons. While they ultimately fell to Hermitage 35-6, the Monarchs scored an impressive late season victory over Hopewell that propelled them into... Read more
Familiar face to lead Warriors gridiron squad
ABOVE: Manny Hickman Matoaca struggled at times in 2017, playing to a 4-6 record and missing the postseason in a competitive region. Coach Derrick “D.L.” Johnson departed and will now lead one of the area’s top programs at Hermitage. Taking over the post is a familiar and capable hand... Read more
Thomas Dale’s D’Abreu chooses JMU
One of the spring and summer’s hottest recruits gave his verbal commitment this past week, as Thomas Dale High standout linebacker Rick D’Abreu announced that he will play his college football at James Madison University. A rising senior, D’Abreu announced his commitment with this statement on his Twitter account:... Read more
With the recent commitments from standouts at L.C. Bird and Thomas Dale high schools, it was a Meadowbrook High athlete’s turn to ascend to the next level. Brandan Delaney, a big-bodied linebacker/defensive end and offensive lineman, recently pledged to play his college football at Virginia Union University. “I picked... Read more
Dancey, Addison pick up offers
A popular saying in sports is “next man up,” and the L.C. Bird High Skyhawks have just that, another big man to help fill the hole left by Hakeem Beamon’s possible transfer. That man is 6-2, 285-pound offensive lineman DeMarkus Dancey. The rising senior picked up his second offer... Read more
Skyhawks’ speedster  commits to Va. Tech
Jaden Payoute, a rising senior at L.C. Bird High School and a track star, wide receiver and defensive back, recently gave a verbal pledge to head to Blacksburg. “I chose Virginia Tech because I felt the connection with the coaches and the players,” he said. “It was a very... Read more
Hickman headed to Cincinnati
Another local athlete made his verbal commitment to play at the next level. Immanuel Hickman will play his college football at the University of Cincinnati. “Cincinnati is the school I chose because I felt the most at home there. Cincinnati has that southern-city feel,” Hickman told Ultimate Recruit. “Honestly,... Read more