The final weeks of 2010 hint that the economic downturn may be starting to subside. Although it was another stressful year, we have enjoyed many highlights in the world of local, regional and national sports. I hope you will again enjoy my reminiscences of the events of the last 12 months.
- Legendary coach Vic Williams won a state title last year and then won the ultimate battle this fall in joining the company of saints.
- L.C. Bird High School did it again with yet another undefeated season in the Dominion District. Coach Bedwell and his staff continue with a formula that seems to spit out victory after victory. A heartbreaking defeat at the hands of fellow Central Region powerhouse Hermitage derailed the Skyhawks’ trip to the title game this season.
- Matoaca elevated its game in 2010, challenging Thomas Dale for supremacy in the Central District. Warrior wrestling, baseball, soccer, cross country and golf teams all took out the Knights either in regular season or postseason play.
- Ka’lia Johnson formalized her commitment by signing with Duke.
- Blake Roulo became the first AAA state wrestling champion in Matoaca history. Now a senior, Blake seems well on his way to a repeat performance.
- Baseball returned to Richmond and the Flying Squirrels certainly didn’t disappoint. Leading the Eastern League in attendance and promotions, The Diamond is again the place to be during the summer months.
- Bird graduate Eric McBride was named to consensus All-American honors is FCS football. McBride will certainly have an opportunity to earn a check on Sundays next year.
- Maggie Walker senior (and Chester resident) Anna Spiers was named a finalist in the Lexus Richmond Pursuit of Excellence Award.
- Bob Gulley and Geof LeSueur coached their last track meet at Chester. Somehow that just doesn’t seem quite right.
- Joel Reynolds won his second straight Central District Cross Country individual championship.
- Thomas Dale’s field hockey team continued its domination, but just couldn’t seem to get over the hump against Maggie Walker. The two central region powers treated us to a pair of wonderful contests.
- The Monument Avenue 10K enjoyed another terrific year. The goal for 2011 is now 40,000 participants.
- Dale’s boys and girls basketball teams each reached the state tournament in 2010. Hats off to coaches Goss and Coffey.
- Old Dominion took out defending national champion UVA in soccer. Matoaca’s Mason Page is a freshman on the Monarch Squad. Dale graduate Will Bates continued his top play for the Cavaliers.
- Denny Hamlin let the cup slip away, as Jimmy Johnson won for the fifth straight time. Hamlin led the way most of the season. I’m sure he will learn from the experience.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I know that many of you are making your own additions to my list. Again, I leave you with the cry of Cubs fans everywhere in proclaiming, “Wait ‘til next year!”