When asked to describe Geof LeSueur, a big smile spread across Sylvan Martin’s face. Her reply was a simple, “Awesome!” As I spoke to other past and present students this week at the Chester Recreation Pool, the sentiment was much the same.
Boxing is a sport that you don’t see a great deal of anymore. Most of the premium matches are on premium television channels or must be purchased on a pay-per-view basis. Yet, some of the most famous sports broadcasting calls come from boxing. Many fans will remember Howard Cosell belting out the phrase: “Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier,” and many remember the explosion boxing had in the 1990s behind “Iron Mike” Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
The 9-10 year olds representing the Matoaca Athletic Association have enjoyed an undefeated regular season, and they took another step toward the championship trophy with a 6-2 victory over Jacobs Road on a recent steamy Saturday afternoon at Harry Daniel Park.
Ken Oxendine was and is an ox. Starring on the gridiron at Thomas Dale, he went on to greatness at Virginia Tech and then enjoyed a career in the NFL. Always humble in his success, he has remained close to his Chester roots. Oxendine, along with his brother, works tirelessly with area youth in an attempt to develop their full potential as student athletes.
Six years ago Coach Corey McConville arrived to take the reins of the fledgling soccer program at Matoaca Middle School. The team’s history was not a good one, with winless seasons being the norm. McConville’s first Warrior team included 7th graders Dylan Prendergast, Mason Page, and Nathan Calhoun, three players that would give Matoaca a foretaste of things to come.
Matoaca’s baseball team and Dale’s girls’ soccer team both advanced to their respective state tournaments by virtue of reaching the finals in region play last week. Both teams will travel to meet Eastern Region champions in quarterfinal action.