Boys’ Player of the Year: Robert Johnson
The Village News has selected L.C. Bird Skyhawks junior guard Robert Johnson as its boys’ basketball player of the year. Johnson led Bird in scoring for the second straight season with 18.5 points per game and led them to another solid run in the postseason, falling to Petersburg 71-67 in the regional semi-finals. This season Johnson also scored his 1,000th career point.
The talented junior has received scholarship offers from in-state schools such as Radford and James Madison, and out of state UNC Greensboro. The 6’3 190 pound two-guard has also drawn interest from UVA, Richmond, VCU, Virginia Tech and Alabama. Last year, Johnson was named the Village News Playoff MVP, and was considered for player of the year as a sophomore. Johnson received all-first-team Dominion District honors, and all-academic honors, both this season and last season.
Girls’ Player of the Year: Ashley Pegram
The Village News has named Meadowbrook junior guard/forward Ashley Pegram as its girls’ basketball play of the year. Pegram who won Central District Player of the Year, and was named to the Central District first team had a standout season for the Monarchs.
Early on in the year, Meadowbrook struggled, hovering around .500 the first ten games. Thereafter, the Monarchs led by Pegram who averaged 17.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. On the defensive end, she averaged nearly three steals and blocks per contest. Meadowbrook won both the regular season championship and central district tournament championship, defeating Prince George. They finished with a 21-8 record overall and a 15-1 record in the district.
“She’s become more of a leader,” said Connor. “The team really fed off of her and she really gave them a spark all season.”
Despite their 59-44 loss in the regional finals to Monacan, Pegram and a host of returning players for the Lady Monarchs have next year’s prognosis looking good.
Coach of the Year: Chevette Waller
L.C. Bird girls’ head coach Chevette Waller has been named the Village News coach of the year. Waller led her Lady Skyhawks to a second place finish in the regular season in the Dominion and guided them to winning their second straight Dominion District tournament championship. Bird finished the season with a 24-3 record overall and went 14-2 in the Dominion District. A big part of the season’s success relied on youth this season, mainly in the form of Taja Cole, a freshman who was second on the team in scoring, and center Quenswayla Story, who was a force in the paint, leading the team in blocked shot in limited minutes. Seniors Porscha Walton and Lee’osha Hines provided leadership throughout the year. The future is indeed bright for the Skyhawks.
“We graduated five seniors this season,” said Waller. “But the other half of my team is younger,” she continued. “If they continue to play at a high level we will continue our winning tradition at Bird.”
Since Waller started her coaching career at Bird seven seasons ago, the Skyhawks have been a consistent model of success. Bird won back to back regional titles in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 under Waller’s tutelage, including a state semi-finals appearance in the 07-08 season. Waller has had winning seasons each year, and compiled a career record of 149-41 thus far. The Village News congratulates these individuals and all participants and teams in the 2011-2012 season.