Menchville High School Basketball
Menchville high school is in the midst of a historic season for the Monarchs. The boys have won their first state championship since 1961, while the girls are competing for their second straight title. But this week in Class 5 Region B Tournament they must contend with some formidable opponents including Woodside – a perennial contender for the state title.
Jordan Watlington has had an exceptional year, earning All-Peninsula District first-team honors and helping his team go undefeated for the first time in school history. Additionally, he is a great father to his two young sons and shares an enduring bond with one of his players – Keylee Harrison.
He is an accomplished hitter and adept shot-blocker. Lamont Strothers predicts that with his talent, he will make a statement at the tournaments.
What’s more, he has extensive varsity experience. He’s played on state championship teams and is a member of the Newport News Boys Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Monarchs are currently at the top of 757Teamz’s area rankings and looking to make a run at their third consecutive state title in March. On Sunday, March 24th they take on Bethel in their final regular-season game at 2 p.m. with an opportunity to qualify for the state tournament if they win; otherwise they’ll head off to Scope for regional tournament competition.
They must play better than they did last year, when they reached the state semifinals. Though their chances have been hindered by the loss of key players, the Monarchs remain confident as playoff time nears.
Danielle Dawson is an impressive sophomore. After playing one game for Petersburg on January 18, she transferred to Menchville the following week, despite not having completed her first semester at the school.
A Peninsula District committee ultimately determined that the move met VHSL guidelines, but not without controversy for the Knights and prompting Phoebus’ request for reconsideration.
According to an article in the Newport News newspaper, Dawson had moved without her parents’ knowledge or consent. Furthermore, a check for rent she presented to her former school on January 19 was not in its file at the school.
This is a devastating situation for families and school communities alike. It serves as an ominous reminder that no one is immune from violence and criminal behavior, especially young people in our neighborhoods.
On Tuesday night, Menchville High School experienced a tragic loss of life that affected both the community and those close to the victim. A shooting occurred outside after their varsity basketball game against Woodside.
Police have yet to identify the victim, though it’s believed he may have been a student. There is no indication as to what motivated this attack, however.