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... Read more
In the animal kingdom, dolphins are ranked among the best swimmers. Ocean Lakes, who’s mascot is the Dolphins, just couldn’t handle the Rapids. James River drowned Ocean Lakes 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-16) on Friday, winning the 6A State Championship Friday, their third state championship in the past six years.... Read more
Colonial Heights coach Mark Lee isn’t always right, but he’s never wrong. Good thing. Under Lee’s guidance and that catchphrase in practice, Colonial Heights boys volleyball team captured the school’s first state championship in any sport since 1986, a span of 29 years. The Colonials defeated Midlothian, 3-1 (25-20,... Read more
In outer space, explosions give birth to stars. L.C. Bird’s reemergence into the volleyball scene started in 2013 with the first-ever Conference 12 championship. Lache Harper was just a role player. This year, using her Skyhawk-like wingspan at 6-1, she exploded on the scene as a senior, leading the... Read more
Can you dig it? Taylor McNeely can L.C. Bird team leader and spark plug Taylor McNeely reached a career milestone during their loss to Mills Godwin in the 5A South Region tournament- she tallied her 1,000th career dig and set a school record. A player not built on size... Read more
6A South #3 Thomas Dale 26, #6 Woodbridge 0 Going into the playoffs with three straight losses isn’t how coach Kevin Tucker drew up the last third of the season. But a 26-0 shutout victory for Thomas Dale over Woodbridge in the first round of the 6A South playoffs... Read more
Matoaca 44, Thomas Dale 35 In a wild game, Matoaca defeated rival Thomas Dale 44-35 on their senior night and capped the program’s best season since 2006, finishing 7-3. A go-ahead field goal by Justin Dyke gave Dale the lead at 37-35 and running back Jamison Harrison, returning from... Read more
Everything came together in the playoffs this year for a young Matoaca girls’ volleyball team. The team is gelling more than ever, and they are going further than anyone expected them to. A thrilling five-set victory over Prince George resulted in a berth in the 5A South region tournament.... Read more
1. L.C. Bird (10-0) The Skyhawks ran the table this year, finishing the regular season undefeated for the sixth time in seven years. The defense was, in a word, dominating. L.C. Bird’s defensive team allowed just 19 points all season. Just seven of those points were scored against the... Read more
JAMES RIVER GIRLS Joe Sullivan is always nervous, at least when it comes to volleyball.  One may think that a coach with such a technical approach and sound understanding of the game wouldn’t be.  “I’m nervous the whole time, I’m always anxious to get here and get things started,”... Read more