They are no longer the bridesmaids.
The L.C. Bird Skyhawks began the season atop our RVA Sports Network Top 10 Poll, tore through the regular season, only falling once, then went on a historic tournament run which included a mind-numbing buzzer-beater by Mario Haskett to stun Varina in the Conference 12 final, a double overtime classic against Albemarle in Hampton in the 5A State Tournament, before defeating Bethel for the second time to finally capture that long sought after state crown.
Haskett, Pinky Wiley, Cam Henry, and Jaylen Dillard helped lead a team that showcased sharp shooting ability, defensive prowess, speed, and power in transition to befuddle just about everybody, including eventual VISAA Division I champion Trinity Episcopal.
Head Coach Troy Manns will reload, and the Skyhawks will again be a factor in the area, and the state, come November and beyond in the new Class 5, Region B. But the 2016-17 Skyhawks will always be remembered as the team, after heartbreaking losses in past seasons to Henrico, then a championship game loss in 2016, finally vanquished their foes, and took home the trophy.
The press conference from the 5A State Championship is available on our YouTube Channel by CLICKING HERE!
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