With its quick strikes and slow, agonizing submission holds, mixed martial arts is not a sport for the faint of heart. But, the stamina it demands from its fans pales in comparison to the extreme dedication required of its fighters, two of whom call Chester home.
Matoaca, Elizabeth Davis and Salem Church have all advanced to quarterfinal play in the 2010 CCPS Middle School Basketball Tournament by virtue of first round victories last Thursday. They join the Falling Creek Panthers, who earned a first-round bye with their 11-1 regular season record.
“The only thing better than running club meeting once a week would be if we met twice a week,” exclaimed seventh grader Emily Johnson. Johnson is one of a gym-full of Chester Middle School students who meet each Wednesday during the winter months.
In a big-time game with a big-time atmosphere, Petersburg High School brought its No. 1 state ranking into the Dale gym and barely escaped with a 70-66 victory over the Knights.
In front of a spirited crowd, Thomas Dale improved its record to a perfect 11-0 with a 51-43 road victory versus district rival Meadowbrook.