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Generation Dream 2011 to honor Dr. King’s legacy The Richmond Youth Peace Project will present its sixth annual youth Educoncert, Generation Dream 2011, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Two performances are scheduled again this year. The first show will be held at the VCU Singleton Performing Arts Center, 922 Park Avenue, on Sunday, Jan. 30,at 4 p.m. A second performance will be held at the Richmond Public Library’s main branch, 101 E. Franklin Street, on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. A $5 donation is requested to help defray expenses of the Sunday afternoon show. Admission to the Friday evening show, which is part of February’s First Friday event, is free. Generation Dream 2011 features youth performers from throughout the Richmond metropolitan area, along with several adult professional artists. This uplifting 90-minute, multicultural variety show is built around the themes of peace, non-violence and social justice. The show is part of Living the Dream, Richmond’s annual commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Generation Dream will include percussion by Drums No Guns; dance from Ezibu Muntu and Ngoma Dance Comanies, Taaluma, and Appomattox Regional Governor’s School; classical Indian music and dance from Apsaras Arts Dance Group and Gandharva North America; vocal performances by Off the Cuff, Kristin Olson, Sarafina Woerdings and CONCERT P3
Local artist's works on exhibit Bon Air resident Chris Semtner is one of three artists with new solo exhibitions to open at artspace Gallery, located at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond on Jan. 28 from 7-10 p.m. and continue through Feb. 20. Semtner will be showing "Exquisite Deformities" in the Frable Gallery. Semtner, who is also the curator at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, is a Virginia artist with an international exhibition record. His paintings are included in public and private collections including the University of Maryland Department of Entomology and the City of Baltimore's Poe House and Museum. "These paintings encourage the viewer to see the human face in new ways by ripping faces from their original contexts and reassembling into dramatic compositions evoking basic human impulses ranging from desire to terror," he said. With influences as eclectic as Art Nouveau, 17th Century Dutch painting, and 1930s horror films, Semtner imbues his works with a sense of mystery and foreboding. He has also taught a class on Poe at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Midlothian. Also, Claire Feng will exhibit "Kids don't Know" in the Main Gallery. Richmond resident John MacLellan will be showing "Photographs, Remixed" in the Helena Davis Gallery. courtesy of artspace Gallery
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Midlothian Planning Commissioner Reuben Waller encouraged residents in attendence to remain involved in the Comprehensive Plan process.
Draft plan sparks concerns identifies the county’s resources that already exist. Gecker added that the initial draft is ready for ounty staff presented an overview of public review. He added that the community’s the countywide draft Comprehensive feedback about the proposed plan, either doing Plan to nearly 100 residents attending too little or not enough, is a normal reaction as the Midlothian District meeting on well as imperative to the process. “It’s like writing Thursday, Jan. 13. The 200-plus page document a novel by committee,” Gecker said. outlining the county’s vision and policies, such The county’s current Comprehensive Plan as land use, housing and economic development, was adopted by the Board of Supervisors over was developed over a 20-month process through two decades ago. Since then, the plan has grown a voluntary 33-member steering committee into five countywide and 22 area plans. Gecker working with consultants and county staff. The cautioned that the current area plans should draft was forwarded this week to the county’s not be dismissed. “I know a lot of people in this Planning Commission for review. room that have spent a lot of time working on Midlothian District Supervisor Dan Gecker these area plans,” he said. “What makes those noted that the proposed plan is more of a viplans unique, as far as I’m concerned, needs to sion-based document that would serve how be incorporated into whatever it is we end up the county would grow in the future as well as doing.”
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The county’s Comprehensive Plan Manager Barbara Fassett explained during the presentation that the draft document offers a new implementation process, identified as an “Action Matrix,” which is missing from the current plans. The current draft contains 147 actions divided among five categories related to ordinances, studies, internal operations, community outreach, and maintaining the general flexibility of the document. Each recommended action is linked with the plan’s goals, a timeframe, and identifies the departmental responsibilities. The audience voiced concerns about public facilities, transportation, and economic development. Staff emphasized that that proposed plan frames time tables as well as guidelines to promote the plan’s vision and policies, which are PLAN P2
Precision performance Eighty-five twirlers competed in the Snow Festival, a baton twirling competition, presented by The Royalettes Baton Corps, held at Cosby High School on SaturPhoto Gallery ONLINE day, Jan. 15. midlothianexchange.com Competitors from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida and Japan showed National Baton Twirling Association judges his or her routines, which were scored on skill and technique. Read the full story online at www.midlothianexchange. com.
RIGHT: Jackie Dorsch goes for a behind-the-back catch of the baton during her routine performance at the Snow Festival. The annual twirling competition is a sanctioned competition with age-based categories ranging from kindergarten to college level. University of Virginia Feature Twirler Audrey Johnston, a graduate of Cosby High School ('08), won the Snow Queen College Division. Complete results online.
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Pro-Gun rally takes aim at firearm rules BY ERICA TERRINI Capital News Service
Hundreds of pro-gun advocates rallied at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 17 to ease firearm regulations in Virginia. At the same time, they bemoaned the recent shooting rampage in Arizona. The rally was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which supports 23 pro-gun proposals pending before the General Assembly. Delegate Brenda Pogge, R-Yorktown, spoke at the rally. She is carrying a bill to grant civil immunity to employers who let workers store their firearms in their private vehicles while parked on company property. Speakers at the rally commented on the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents. A gunman killed six people, including a federal judge, and wounded 12 others, including Giffords. “What happened in Arizona was despicable,” said Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge. “Whether you agree with politicians with one party or another, when someone is standing there working hard to enjoy and reinforce the First RALLY P3
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A pink handle on her Glock was one of the weapons carried by one of the people at a Virginia Citizens Defense League rally at the State Capitol in Richmond on Monday, Jan. 17. Many different groups were lobbying legislators during the observed holiday.
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Meetings set for interrelated throughout the document. Another review of draft concern addressed is how Comprehensive Plan the draft Comprehensive Plan, if and when adopted, would provide specific All district meetings begin at 7 p.m. guidelines as is outlined in current area plans. Fassett Jan. 20: Bermuda District meeting at C. E. stated that the specific deCurtis Elementary School, 3600 West Huntails would be undertaken dred Road (23831) in a focus strategy that is outlined in the Action Jan. 24:Clover Hill District meeting w at MoMatrix (Action Code A-S nacan High School, 11501 Smoketree Drive 8), which is not adopted as (23236) part of the Comprehensive Plan. Two meetings will be held for the Matoaca “The focus strategy would be undertaken after District based on its geographical size. the draft plan would be Jan. 27: First Matoaca District meeting at Maadopted,” she said. “What toaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane would happen is, in 27 (23803) centers, we will handle Jan. 31: Second Matoaca District meeting at putting together focus Cosby High School,14300 Fox Club Parkway strategies; we will go (23112) out, we will get citizen input, we will work on An additional meeting will be held on Jan. 29: the details. It will not be from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Central Library, located cookie-cutter all over the at 9501 Lori Road (23832) county.” The focus strategy team would be comprised of a long-range planner, a zoning planner, a landscape to the Board of Supervisors. Midlothian architect, a traffic engineer, and a member from the economic District Planning Commissioner Reuben development department. “The kind of Waller added that the arduous process will not be a light task for the commissuggestions that come through will be sion. He said that reviewing the policies based on already adopted policies. We with recommended changes rather than will monitor it and come back in three tearing the document apart would be years for review,” she said. the prudent direction for the commisGecker cautioned that he did not agree with the county staff, and that the sion. Waller also noted that the timeline is essential in having the draft move area plans should be addressed before forward to the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. during this election year. “I believe we “I’m not sure that I would be in a posiwill make our best effort to send it up to tion to support even adopting broad guidelines before we have the appropri- the board,” Waller said. “We don’t want to transfer this … to another commisate language that protects those things that we worked so hard for over all these sion because it may not be fair and they may not know where we came from years,” he said. [with recommendations].” The Planning Commission will now To view the draft Comprehensive begin a six-month review of the draft before forwarding its recommendations Plan, visit www.chesterfield.gov/cp
Fourteen to participate in pageant
Students prepare for Miss Providence Pageant. From left back row: Morgan Talbert, Megan Overfield, Savannah Zetts, She'lah Coleman, Tyana Lambert, T'onna Kizzie, Stacy Bowles, Synclaire Garnett. Front row: Erica White, Kendall Cole, Cassandra Morris, Kiarra Wall, Ricssy Ventura
On Friday, Jan. 21, the Providence Middle School auditorium will be dressed as a winter wonderland as 14 young ladies take the stage in the Miss Providence Pageant. The annual event, in its fourth year now, is sponsored by the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), with proceeds benefitting the Providence Middle School FCCLA chapter. Sixth-graders Megan Overfield, Morgan Talbert, Ricssy Ventura, and Kiarra Wall along with seventh-graders Stacy Bowles, Kendall Cole, Brittany Conti, Synclaire Garnett, and eighth-graders She’lah Coleman, T’onna Kizzie, Tyana Lambert, Savannah Zetts, and Erica White will compete for the title of Miss Providence Middle School 2011. For two months the ladies have been coached in communications, appropriate dress, and professional presence by Providence teachers Venida Adams and Sandra Judge-Harden as well as former Miss Providence 2009, Sarah Presgraves, and Miss Chesterfield County 2010, Renee McDowell. All contestants will compete in the business, formal, and interview categories. Eleven contestants will compete in the talent portion, and nine
will participate in the casual wear category. The top four finalists will move to the onstage interview, where Miss Providence 2011 will be chosen. Four guest judges will be joining the Providence Middle School community to determine the winner. Reigning Miss Providence 2010 Anessa Nesmith will take one last walk on the snowflake covered stage before passing on the cherished title. “The best part about the pageant is seeing the young girls transform from being shy, lacking self-esteem and being afraid to talk to becoming a new self-confident person. I get goose-bumps each year the night of the pageant as they walk on stage smiling and woo the judges and audience with all of the practiced routines they learned from the pageant process,” said Pageant Director and FCCLA adviser Venida Adams. The evening promises to be full of delight as these young ladies debut their poise, eloquence, and confidence. Tickets can be purchased from Providence Middle School during student lunches. The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 children ages 6-17. - courtesy of Alana Burton
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Public records are just that- public are the “employees” of its residents. Isn’t it important that the residents be informed? Virginia Senator Steve Martin (R-11th District) introIf you quickly answered “names should be redacted duced Senate Bill No. 812 that, if passed, would remove into nonsensical numbers”, then maybe a quick trip to the names from salary records requested through the Bell, Calif. may change your mind. Bell, a suburban town Freedom of Information Act. The proposed legislation with a population under 40,000, had three employees may appear to have the intent to protect the privacy of that were being paid over $1.5 million a year, according individuals employed in public-sector positions. Instead, to CNN. The L.A. Times story broke last summer and the the proposed legislation fails to recognize who truly is the trio ultimately resigned. Two of the three were indicted employer. with six other town officials. The employees’ identities as Public records are just that – public. well as their position were immediately known and left The function of public records is to keep a spotlight no room for speculation about who was receiving the on the inner workings of our government. It serves the ridiculous amount of pay in the small town. people – taxpayers or not – within our laws, ordinances, Transparency is necessary. and even regulations. Federal, local and state governWhat if such a scenario ever happened in a locality ments are not privately-funded corporations, which the that equaled the population size of Chesterfield? Not only latter are rightfully focused on profitability for its inves- does transparency add one more measure against fiscal tors and owners. abuse, it eliminates any confusion or speculation on who One of the big items, if not the biggest, found in any is receiving the salary. Sure Senator Martin’s bill provides government’s departmental budgets are the costs associ- listing the employee’s position and salary, but would ated to personnel – training, retirement, benefits, and the you be able to identify whether it was a teacher or an paycheck. These positions, if not vacant, are real people. administrator in the county’s 64 public schools if a FOIA They are not just a number on a human resources’ list. inquiry returned values such as “FTE#34 -- $56,000?” They are public servants that have “at-will” accepted Now expand a FOIA salary inquiry for a comparison employment with the public entity. And just like any to the rest of the Commonwealth with a value that just private-sector position, his or her manager or supervisor states “FTE II -- $278,000.” The confusion and speculashould know the individual’s salary. tion would grow like a fungus. Once upon a time, in January 2008, Chesterfield It would be interesting to know on whose behalf SenaCounty posted its organizational chart listing “Chestor Martin has proposed such legislation. It is detrimenterfield Citizens” at the top. Grant it, you can only be a tal to the at-large constituents he serves to limit access to citizen of a country, but the implied importance is that information that allows an honest assessment of where the elected boards, department staff, and public schools governmental priorities are directed.
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Amendment, nobody has the right to ruin lives like that despicable person.” Lingamfelter then led a moment of silence for the victims in Arizona, where a 22-year-old Tucson man has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Phillip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the Tucson shootings were regrettable. He said the incident might have been avoided if a gun-carrying citizen had been on the scene. “The truth of the matter is the American citizen is more often than not the first responder in America,” Van Cleave said. “Standing in this crowd, we probably have 200 firearms present … This is one of the safest places in Richmond right now.” Van Cleave and his organization support several bills that would make it easier to own and carry guns. For instance, Senate Bill 1250, sponsored by Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Winchester, would prohibit any state agency from enacting gun control without legisla-
tive permission. The General Assembly also is considering several bills that would regulate guns more closely. For instance, HB 1669, sponsored by Delegate Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, would require criminal background checks before people can buy firearms at gun shows. (Such checks already are required for gun purchases made at stores.) Additionally, HB 1600, proposed by Delegate Mamye BaCote, D-Newport News, would allow libraries to ban guns. Delegate Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, is the chief patron for HB 1813, which would ban firearms from the Capitol and the General Assembly Building. Guns would have to be stored at the door; legislators would be exempt from the law. Later Monday, advocates for gun control – led by the Virginia Center for Public Safety – also gathered at the Capitol. They held a vigil for the victims of gun violence and commemorated the legacy of the assassinated civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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ers of the Richmond Peace Houda El Joundi; instrumen- Education Center, Virginia Commonwealth University tal music by pianist Daniel Liebovic; a rap performance sponsorship by the Department of Educational Leaderby Minista-V; a dramatic ship and Project All and the monologue from Haseena VCU Department of African Abdur-Rahman; the Albert Hill Middle School step team; American Studies. Special thanks to Metro Sound and and original spoken word Music for providing musical poetry by Slam Dominion instruments for the perforand members of the Richmance. To make a financial mond Youth Peace Project contribution to this program, (RYPP). visit www.rpec.org and folGeneration Dream is a production of the Richmond low the “donate” link. The Richmond Peace Education Youth Peace Project, a program of the Richmond Peace Center is located at 400 W. Education Center and Drums 32nd St., Richmond (23225). No Guns. This year’s show is Paul Fleisher on behalf of the funded by the individual and Richmond Peace Education Center faith community support-
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General Assembly faces new challenges in 2011 With the Virginia General Assembly international investors, reductions in starting this past week, it seems apfederal spending in Northern Virginia propriate that I commence my reports and Tidewater, and the impact of the to you on the actions of your federal health care state legislature. Being the program, to name so-called “short session” this a few. year, the legislative pace will That very caube rapid. Adjournment will tious optimism was be here before we know it. repeated by SecreOriginally, sessions in these tary of Finance Ric odd-numbered years were Brown in his Deintended simply to “tweak” cember presentation the two-year budget. Over the to the Assembly. He ... the econyears it has evolved into a fullcalls it “a weak ecoomy seems blown session with considernomic expansion.” ation of legislation on a host I agree. There are to have of topics. And the “tweaks” still 138,000 fewer bottomed to the budget have become Virginians with a out, the even more important. In this job today than at the recovery extremely volatile economy, peak of employment the careful apportionment of in 2008. will be slow scarce resources requires the Many of Goverand fragile. greatest diligence. nor McDonnell’s In late November our Senproposed changes ate Committee on Finance in the budget make received an analysis by the sense. He is striving respected Virginia econoto make the most of mist, Dr. Chris Chmura. She limited resources, reported to us that while the economy and I will be helping him in many seems to have bottomed out, the reinstances. However, I have never seen covery will be slow and fragile. Events a budget proposed by any governor of beyond our control could impede either political party that could not be economic growth – the behavior of improved upon.
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Last year I was one of six senators who voted against the final version of the budget because of the excessive reliance on underfunding the Virginia Retirement System. I will cast just as critical an eye on each item in the budget this year. Of course there will many be other issues facing us – the proposed privatization of ABC operations, how to fund transportation, dealing with illegal immigration, expanding opportunities for college for our young people – you name it. Recently I mailed thousands of constituent questionnaires. If you are a resident of the 10th District and did not receive one, please go to www. senatorjohnwatkins.com and fill one out online. The challenges facing us never seem to diminish; but neither do the opportunities for progress and improvement. With your guidance and suggestions, 2011 will be no different. Together we can meet the challenges and seize the opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you in the weeks ahead. John C. Watkins Senate of Virginia 10th District
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Clutch free throws lead Monacan to district win BY JIM MCCONNELL email@example.com
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Manchester's Morgan Harris shoots over the outstretched arm of Clover Hill center Summer Curtis.
Monacan's boys basketball team opened the door for a Cosby comeback by missing four consecutive free throws in the last two minutes of Wednesday night's Dominion District game. Anthony Brown slammed it shut. With the visiting Chiefs clinging to a one-point lead with 19 seconds left, Brown made five of six free throws as Monacan posted a 59-54 victory. "He's a three-year varsity player and he has a lot of experience," said Monacan coach Ralph Brown. "We look to him in those situations because we have confidence he can make the free throws." It didn't look like Monacan would need any lastminute heroics when Shawn Graves hit one of two free throws on back-to-back possessions, giving the Chiefs a 54-47 lead. At that point, Cosby had missed its last eight field-goal attempts and gone scoreless
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Monacan's Maleek Myers splits two Cosby defenders to score two of his 18 points.
for more than two minutes since Nick Gorski's two free throws with 3:44 left. But after Monacan missed the front end of a one-andone, Gorski hit a free throw and missed the second, then
grabbed the rebound and scored. The Chiefs missed two more from the line, then Titans point guard Nick Coppola raced up the court and threw in a circus shot
while drawing a blocking foul from Ian Riester. Coppola's free throw sliced Monacan's lead to 54-53 with 19 seconds remaining. CHIEFS P5
Cavaliers' size no match for Lancers' speed BY JIM MCCONNELL firstname.lastname@example.org
The contrast couldn’t have been more striking: Clover Hill’s 6-2 center, Summer Curtis, standing in the paint with one arm raised, hoping to receive a pass while being surrounded by Manchester players whose heads barely reached her shoulders. More often than not, though, that pass never came Curtis’ way. Knowing they had little chance of stopping Curtis once she caught the ball near the basket, Manchester’s ultra-quick guards made life miserable for Clover Hill’s perimeter players. The Lancers pressured every dribble, harassed every pass and capitalized on 21 Cavalier turnovers in a 57-41 Dominion District victory Friday night. “We have to rely on our speed,” Manchester coach Jerry Gibbs said after his team improved to 4-5 overall and 4-4 in district play. “We try to put pressure on the perimeter and make it difficult for them to make the entry pass.” Curtis still finished with a game-high 18 points and seven blocked shots for Clover Hill (3-7, 1-6), but as Gibbs noted, “her points came mostly from her effort on the boards, not through their offense.” Jessica Clanton led a balanced Manchester attack with 16 points. Sydnie Glenn added 14 and guards Morgan Harris and Chanel Wilkins chipped in 11 apiece. Surprisingly, for a team that doesn’t start anyone taller than 5-8, three Lancers (Harris, Glenn and Clanton) finished with double-doubles after pulling down 10 rebounds apiece. But it was Manchester’s aggressive full-court press and swarming half-court man-to-man defense that made the biggest difference in overcoming an early 7-0 Clover Hill lead. “If we can make the defense move once or twice and get the ball inside, we will score,” Clover Hill coach Jim Wahrman said. “The pressure they put on the ball and the trapping
got us out of sync, which made it tough to get the ball inside.” The Cavaliers led 17-12 after a stick-back by Curtis early in the second quarter, but the Lancers responded by making five of their next eight field-goal attempts (including three of their season-high seven threepointers) while forcing four Clover Hill turnovers. Wilkins and Clanton capped the 14-0 run with back-to-back three-pointers, the latter of which gave Manchester a 26-17 lead. “We don’t normally shoot threes. We don’t even shoot 12-footers,” Gibbs said with a laugh. “Everything we try to do is patience, spread the floor and make them come out, then drive and try to finish with layups.” Clanton said the Lancers’ approach to halfcourt offense had to be a little different because Curtis consistently sagged off her defensive assignment to protect the basket. “They left us open,” she added, “and we made the shots.” Manchester broke the game open early in the second half, building its first double-digit lead on consecutive three-pointers by Clanton and Glenn. When Clanton drove for an acrobatic layup, scooping the ball just over Curtis’ outstretched hand, the Lancers led 40-25 and Wahrman called the first of two third-quarter timeouts to interrupt the home team’s momentum. It didn’t work. Manchester’s consistent doubleteams forced Clover Hill’s top perimeter threat (Lindsey Tucker) to give up the ball, and the Cavaliers had nearly as many turnovers (five) as points (seven) in the period as Manchester rolled into the final quarter with an 18-point lead. “They’re proving you can overcome a lack of size by pressing, trapping and controlling offensive tempo,” Wahrman said. “They do a really good job with that.” If Manchester has struggled anywhere this seaLANCERS P5
Cosby junior Luke Lowery (right) continues to play other sports after accepting a baseball scholarship from East Carolina.
Lowery thrives on variety One sport not nearly enough for Cosby junior BY JIM MCCONNELL email@example.com
Nobody at Cosby High School would’ve uttered a word of protest had Luke Lowery opted to stick his baseball scholarship from East Carolina University in his back pocket and sit on it until graduation. After all, it’s not every day that a local high school baseball player gets his ticket punched to play for a Division I program, much less a perennial Top-25 squad like ECU. Why do anything to risk injury and jeopardize such a golden opportunity? Why? Because the Lowerys aren’t the type of people who tiptoe through life hoping to avoid a mishap lurking around the next corner. That’s not how Luke was raised, and it’s not how he lives his life. “I get really bored if I don’t have something to do after school,” Lowery said recently, as he explained the reasons behind his decision to play both football and basketball (and of course, baseball) during his junior year at Cosby. “I know the injury risk is higher, but I don’t think too much about that … I love football and basketball, and it would be really hard to not be able to play anymore.” Lowery, who was an all-Dominion District and all-Central Region selection at catcher during his sophomore season, comes from a multi-sport family. His father, Cosby baseball coach Tim Lowery, played and coached football before focusing exclusively on baseball a few years ago. His older brother, Jake, competed in football,
track-and-field and baseball at Cosby before accepting a baseball scholarship to James Madison University. So Luke didn’t need to use a hard sell to convince his parents -- both of whom teach at Cosby -- of the wisdom behind remaining a three-sport athlete even after the college coaches came calling. “I never wanted to be one of those dads where 10 or 15 years down the road, your kids feel like you held them back,” Tim Lowery said. “Luke’s a baseball player playing football and a baseball player playing basketball, but he still enjoys it. I think there’s a time and place for kids to be kids.” Those opportunities seem to be fewer and fewer these days -- especially for children who display elite-level skill and athleticism at an early age. The number of local travel teams in basketball, baseball, softball and soccer has exploded in response to demand from parents, and the result has been an increased emphasis on specialization. Whereas even 10 or 15 years ago, many elite-level male high school athletes played football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring, the lure of scholarships and enormous pro contracts have made the multi-sport athlete an endangered species. “It’s a shame there aren’t more kids like Luke,” Cosby football coach Pete Mutascio said. “He really is a unique kid. He’s a great athlete, but he’s also very team-oriented. He wants his teams to succeed as much as anybody I’ve ever seen.” After a highly successful summer of travel baseball prompted N.C. State’s
coaching staff to offer Lowery a scholarship to the Atlantic Coast Conference school, he could’ve opted to walk away from football for good. But Cosby had opened its preseason football camp a week earlier, and Lowery’s loyalty to his teammates and coaches made that possibility a nonstarter. By the time he verbally committed to East Carolina in October, Lowery had become a significant contributor at tight end and one of the best long snappers Mutascio has ever coached. “It would’ve hurt us if he hadn’t played. At the same time, you know where his bread is buttered,” Mutascio said. “Your worst fear is that he gets hurt playing for you.” Tim Lowery acknowledged he’d be less than truthful if he said that thought hadn’t crossed his mind a few times during football season. “You just kind of have to hope for the best,” he added. The risk of injury isn’t as high on the basketball court, where Luke is a reserve forward and spends most of his time doing the dirty work of rebounding and playing defense. That wasn’t the case during football season. As expected, he took some hard shots -- including one after catching a pass near the sideline that forced him to limp off the field -- but he missed only one play before returning to action. “He’s mentally tough and he’s got a lot of guts,” Mutascio said. That’s no surprise. He is a catcher. “Obviously I don’t want to get hurt, but you can’t be passive,” Luke added. “I just go out and play as hard as I can.”
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CHIEFS from P4 After a Cosby timeout, the Chiefs finally got the ball in Brown's hands and the smooth 6-2 senior responded. He made three of four free throws, tracked down the rebound after Coppola missed a potential game-tying 3-point attempt and hit two more free throws to ice the victory with just one second left on the clock. "I've never seen him rattled. He's a very poised basketball player," Ralph Brown said. Maleek Myers paced Monacan (7-3, 4-2 Dominion) with 18 points. Anthony Brown added 13 and center Daniel Eacho chipped in 10. Evan Orzolek scored a team-high 18 points for Cosby (7-2, 5-1). Coppola
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