John Hall’s fifteen local athletes chosen as the best in sports and academics

I’m pleased to announce fifteen high school student-athletes as “Athletes of the Year” and “Scholar-Athletes of the Year” for the five winter sports.

Anthony Harris and Robert Johnson, a Village News “Athlete of the Year,” led the Skyhawks to the AAA state championship game. The pair played with passion and quickness in leading one of the most successful teams in school history. Harris will head to UVA to play football for Mike London’s Cavaliers, while Johnson has two more years with the Skyhawks.  

“We played hard all year. We strove for excellence on the court and in the classroom,” commented Johnson.  “I thank God for a great year and any personal accomplishments I was able to achieve.”

Tori Cunningham is recognized for her accomplishments in track and field, but was equally important to the basketball team at Meadowbrook.  Describing herself as confident and determined, Cunningham is one of the top sprinters in the region. She is also a very adept point guard.  Cunningham carries a 3.5 GPA and her top college choice is Virginia Tech.

An outstanding jumper at Bird, Jeremy Jones is recognized as athlete of the year in boy’s indoor track.  He is the Dominion long and triple jump champion. His leap of 46’ 3.75” is a district record.  

A pair of Thomas Dale wrestlers is also recognized. Alex Turley is a three-time state qualifier, finishing fourth this season. With a career record of 104-19, Turley also has a 4.0 GPA. Brandon Diamond also finished fourth in the state.  He has a career record of 160-29 and has been a wrestling captain for three years. With a 4.3 GPA, Diamond is headed to VMI on a baseball scholarship.

Courtney Dent is a three year cheerleader at Dale. Her coach, Monica Tomasic says, “Courtney is always on time and prepared.  She is always the first to help the younger girls.”

In recognizing other scholar-athletes, there is also Arielle Preston. Along with cheering, Preston is also a part of Dale’s very strong track team. Preston carries a 4.13 GPA.  

Ayanna Tweedy is my choice in indoor track. While participating in track and field, she also carries a 3.88 GPA.  She was second in the region with a throw of 35’ 8” in the shot.  Tweedy has signed with Bowie State.  

Porscha Walton and Ashley Yelverton share the spotlight for girl’s basketball.  Yelverton carries a 4.0 GPA while playing four sports for Matoaca.  She will attend JMU in the fall.  

Matoaca’s Will Brown is our choice for boy’s basketball. He also is a top performer is baseball and golf.  Brown’s 4.2 GPA takes him to Georgetown in the fall. A district and regional champion, Matoaca’s Austin Akins is our scholar wrestler. Akins has a 4.3 GPA and will attend Columbia University in the fall.

Ka’lia Johson leads the winter class of Village News “Athlete of the Year.”  The Thomas Dale senior established herself as one of the premier basketball players in the history of the Central Region.  Johnson, a four year starter for the Knights, Johnson will attend Duke University on a full basketball scholarship, is carrying a 3.7 GPA.

Another pick in boy’s basketball is power forward for Meadowbrook Marvin King-Davis, who has 12 rebounds and three blocks per game. He is headed to the University of Delaware in the fall.


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