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Big plays help Monarchs overpower Warriors

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.

Knights, Warriors dominate in district play

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.

The next level

Brett Diamond    
Matoaca High School
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.

Thomas Dale and the cost of knightlyhood

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.

Real football, real close

Virginia State University improved its record to 6-2 Saturday with an impressive 42-0 victory over visiting Lincoln University. The game was played under glorious weather conditions before an overflow homecoming crowd on the Ettrick campus’ Rogers Stadium natural grass playing field.

The old one-two: Yahkee stays grounded as his yardage soars

Yahkee Johnson and the L.C. Bird Skyhawks are flying high after their win against Clover Hill Friday. Bird was trailing 13-0 at the half and battled back to defeat their previously undefeated district foe by a score of 14-13.