Letter: A successful year for Mathews High sports
Mathews High School had a tremendous year with their academic and athletic competitions. Mathews is in the Tidewater District, but we compete with teams from the Northern Neck, Bay Rivers and Peninsula districts in a variety of sports to create competition from single A, AA, and AAA athletic programs.
For the second year in a row, which has never happened in the school’s history, Mathews was again the recipient of the Traveling Trophy, an award presented by the Tidewater District to the district team with the most district wins throughout the annual year of competitions. Mathews also ranked #8 out of 60 single A high school teams for the VHSL Wachovia Cup for Athletics Winners, which is recorded by the Virginia High School League.
Many teams—cross country, tennis, track and field, softball and volleyball, as well as forensics—were district and regional champions and also competed in the Virginia High School League state tournaments. The wrestling team won the district and many wrestlers competed in state competition in Roanoke. The varsity boys’ basketball and football teams also earned more district wins in the fall and winter. The crew team finalized their season in Canada, finishing among the best teams competing.
Many of our coaches received the honor of Coach of the Year for district and regional status as voted on by their fellow coaches in the district and region and many of our student-athletes will continue competing at numerous institutions such as Longwood University and Randolph-Macon College. Many of our student-athletes play two and three sports throughout the calendar year and many were recipients of the Tidewater All-Academic Team, carrying a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher.
Many thanks to all who worked on July 3 in the concession stand for the Fourth of July celebration. We had a tremendous crowd and, without great workers, we could not have been successful. Many from out-of-state commented—"best fireworks we have ever seen." The drinks were cold and food was great.
Without the support of our school board, Dr. Holleran, Mr. Malechek and Mr. Foster, it would be impossible to be successful. Our coaches and student-athletes dedicate days, hours and months to their sports, often traveling long distances to compete, and many coaches volunteer their time without compensation. I thank everyone for making our competitive programs successful.
Paul S. White
MHS Athletic Director