PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The gymnasium still says "Lawson" on the front, but there's no longer a Lawson coaching the Petersburg basketball team. Bill Lawson III stepped down as head coach before the season to become the school's athletics director. But the Crimson Wave have not missed a beat.
The Wave won the Fort Lee Tournament for the sixth straight year last week, and Tuesday night they dismantled Meadowbrook 102-71 to move their record to 11-0.
Rick Hite took over the program this offseason, after joining the school last year as an assistant football coach. Hite was a longtime assistant at Collegiate, and was a 1,000 point scorer at his high school in Philadelphia. He inherits a team that has made it to the Group AAA State tournament four straight years, and is two years removed from a berth in the state title game.
But the Crimson Wave seem primed for another run. Guard Frank Mason may be the best player in the Central Region, he scored 46 points in a game earlier this season, and is verbally committed to play at Towson.
There may no longer be a Lawson at the helm, but Petersburg is once again a favorite in the Central District, and a force to contend with in the Central Region.