Mid-winter musings

We look forward with great anticipation to Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Packer-Steeler matchup should result in one of the most watched sporting events in history. Whether you are passionate about one of the teams, enjoy a good party or simply watch for the commercials, this is a dream game for the network. My eyes are especially focused on James Farrior, the Matoaca grad, as he goes for his third championship ring. My biggest beef is that football should have been over at least three weeks ago and now they’re talking about adding two more games to the schedule. Maybe in future years the Super Bowl and spring training will coincide.

Coach Mike Moore’s Matoaca wrestling team is drawing a lot of attention these days. The Warriors go into the final days of the regular season riding high after a great showing at the Big Blue Invitational in Christiansburg. Matoaca finished second to the powerhouse host team with Blake Roulo and Austin Akins taking individual titles. Corbin Ramos also made it to the finals.

Meadowbrook’s Justin Harper is flying high with the Spiders. Justin is drawing the attention of NBA scouts as he is scoring from everywhere and dominating the backboards. Last week, Harper led Richmond to a win at Dayton for the first time ever. Look for Justin’s name to be called in June.

Dale’s Braxton Byerson was named the CIAA Player of the Week last week, scoring 62 points in a pair of games. Braxton continues to move up on Virginia Union’s all-time scoring list.

Thomas Dale’s projected starting five was decimated as its two best returnees opted for area private schools. After a slow start, coach Eddie Goss has his Knights moving back toward the .500 mark. This may be his best coaching job ever.

Ka’lia Johnson is continuing her winning ways for the Lady Knights. Ka’lia does it all on the basketball court, including making the players around her better. I look for Ka’lia to be named a Parade All-American as she takes her game to Duke in the fall. Coach Coffey has his Dale squad ranked No. 1 this week in the Metro poll.

At the other end of Route 10, Coach Thomas’ unit at Bird remains undefeated in the Dominion District. Tyrek Branch and the Johnson brothers led the lightning fast, trapping Skyhawks to a No. 4 Metro ranking this week. Chevette Waller also has her girl’s team in contention for a district title.

Today is National Signing Day for college football. Several youngsters are looking to sign with area colleges, although nothing is official until the offers are tendered and signed. The Division-I kids get a lot of attention, but area schools will again send quality football players and quality individuals to top Division-II and -III programs. Our programs boast many great kids who just happen to lack the freakish physical attributes of most D-I athletes.

Over the next month, teams will compete for district, regional and state championships in basketball, wrestling and indoor track. Your support would be welcomed by these talented youngsters.

At the middle school level, Carver, Matoaca and Falling Creek boast basketball teams that resemble high school squads. They are battling for their Chesterfield County championship this week.

Three hundred participants make up this year’s Chester Y 10K training team. Runners and walkers of all ability levels can be seen battling the elements as they prepare for one of the nation’s great road races on April 2. Thanks to all the volunteer coaches and staff that make this event a reality.

Pitchers and catchers report next week and all is right in the world.

Fore!

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