Until this season, Thomas Dale’s Boys’ Volleyball team had never lost a district match. That streak ended with an early season loss to a much more experienced Matoaca team.
Elizabeth Davis Middle School proved too tough for the field last Wednesday in the Southern Division Meet held at Carver Middle School. The girls’ team dominated competition, with Jeana Boersma, Dominique Grubbs, Mikayla Grubbs, Alison Jeter, Sarah Rieber, Natalie Smith and Megan Tucker all finishing in the top 15.
When Meadowbrook and Matoaca took the field Friday night, both teams were playing for a shot to remain alive for the state playoffs. It was a game that was circled on the calendar for both opponents, and it didn’t disappoint, as the Monarchs defeated the Warriors 42-28 in a barn burner.
Coach Nolan Shigley’s Warriors were as hot as the temperatures last Wednesday in capturing the school’s first Central District Meet Championship at Battlefield Park. With four Matoaca runners finishing in the top seven, the Warriors were able to edge perennial champion Thomas Dale by 34-43. As expected, Joel Reynolds continued his domination of the Central District by repeating as individual champion.
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California University (PA) Football
Diamond led the Vulcans with 10 tackles, including three for losses, in a thrilling 18-15 OT victory over rival Indiana University (PA). The 10-tackle performance ties a career high for Brett matching his output of just a week before. Diamond has led 12th-ranked California to an 8-1 record so far this season. The 230-pound linebacker is a Division II preseason All-America candidate.
The realm of sports is no stranger to the convention of commending people for their outstanding accomplishments. Year after year, winning teams, coaches and players are acknowledged in a wide range of athletic settings; yet, without the lucrative success typical of colleges and professional franchises, high school sports often lack sufficient funding to do so.