Domico Phillips leads the fall class of Village News Athletes of the Year. The Meadowbrook speedster is the all-time leading rusher in Meadowbrook history. This season, Phillips rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 20 touchdowns for the Monarchs. Phillips is anxiously awaiting the national signing day in February.
Matoaca’s Joel Reynolds was the dominate runner in boys’ cross country this season. He swept through the regular season and captured his second straight individual district title. Reynolds went on to compete in the Region Meet, finishing 17th. He is a top student at Matoaca and has VCU on the top of his list.
Bird freshman Nichelle Scott is recognized as the girls’ cross country Athlete of the Year. She was the class of the area runners, finishing just behind the Midlothian contingent and coming in ninth in the Dominion District race. She also competed very strongly in the regional race.
Griffin Clark certainly didn’t fall victim to a sophomore slump. The Dale golfer was named district player of the year and went on to finish seventh in the state golf tournament.
Hailey Flores controls both ends of the action as the center midfielder on Dale’s championship field hockey team. Flores was the district player of the year, scoring 10 goals and adding 12 assists. Flores is also a scholar, carrying a 4.6 GPA. She is considering UNC, JMU and UVA.
Matoaca’s Matt Harper is an imposing 6-foot-7-inch figure on the volleyball court. He led Matoaca to its best season ever, while garnering both district and regional Player of the Year honors. Harper hopes to continue his volleyball career at Pfeiffer, Kings College or Eastern Mennonite.
Dale’s Jake McCall shares honors with Harper. One of the few seniors on the Dale squad, McCall was credited with being the glue that held the team together. Their season culminated with a victory over Matoaca in the district finals. McCall is looking to possibly walk on at George Mason.
Bird’s Katie Hall is recognized as both Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Volleyball. Carrying a 4.4 GPA, Hall led the Bird team in kills, aces and blocks. She is also credited with being an incredible team leader for the young Skyhawk squad. An engineering student at Bird, Hall will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
In addition to Hall, Village News Scholar-Athletes are led by a pair of field hockey players. Bird’s Tracy Cole currently ranks No. 1 in her class with a 4.87 GPA. Cole appears headed to CNU, where she hopes to play at the club level. An all-around athlete, Cole is part of the Presidential Leadership program.
Kim Church, a Dale senior currently ranks No. 3 in her class with a 4.86 GPA. A real renaissance woman, she is involved in a multitude of activities at Dale. She has a strong interest in chemistry and will probably attend Virginia Tech.
Adam White has been a stabilizing force and leader for the young Dale offensive line. Carrying a 3.7 GPA, White is drawing the attention of a number of Division II and III programs. He has visited Hampden-Sydney, and is also considering JMU.
Jonathan Fox carries a 3.7 GPA as a member of Dale’s Cross country team. He also is considering CNU and a major in information systems.
Emily Bell is a Matoaca senior who paced the school’s cross country team this fall. She carries a 4.5 GPA and is considering UNC, NYU and Virginia Tech. She hopes to major in biology before pursuing a career in sports medicine.
Matoaca’s Tyler Hancock is the golf representative. The senior has been a mainstay for the Warriors on the all-academic team. He currently ranks in the top five of his class and is leaning toward CNU.
The all-time assist leader on the Matoaca volleyball team, Ethan Bickford, carries a 4.0 GPA. An NHS member, he was chosen to attend Boys State. Bickford has applied for early decision admission at Virginia Tech.
Winter sport athletes will be announced in early March.