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School Briefs - Deep Run High School

Max Dash

Come Nov. 16, when the Deep Run High School boys’ basketball team opens its 2012-2013 season against Thomas Dale High School, 270 days will have passed since head coach Curt Kassab and his Wildcats have taken the floor. And coming off a stingy loss to Highland Springs in the Wildcats' first playoff appearance under Kassab, this year’s squad will be hungrier than ever.

Deep Run will be looking to build off last year’s 16-9 season – the school’s first winning season since Kassab took over as head coach two seasons ago. Last season also marked the first District and Regional tournament appearances in the Kassab era. “Our goal every year is to compete for a district title and a birth in the Regional Tournament,” Kassab said.

Repeating last year’s success will be no easy task, however, as Deep Run heads into the 2012-2013 season losing 10 players to graduation; most notably first-team All-District guard Parker Hull and second-team All-District center Lucas Dyer. This leaves a mere four returning varsity players for Kassab and company, and only one, junior guard Tim Branin, with extensive varsity game experience.

These key departures mean new faces will have to step up and lead this year’s team, a challenge that senior guard Nick Butz welcomes. “I’m looking forward to being a leader of the team,” Butz said, “I expect our team to be tough and have a great year.”

While most are ready to write them off, Kassab sees this team with loads of untapped potential. “We have some talented young players and it’s important that we develop these young kids,” Kassab said. “I think that is critical in building a good basketball program.”

With three-fourths of last year’s team gone, Deep Run will have to rely heavily on its renowned student section, the “Wildcat Wackos.”

The Deep Run basketball program has tons of momentum after last year’s playoff run; however, with the large amount of turnover, repeating last year’s success will be an immense challenge for coach Kassab and the Wildcats.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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