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After a second successful year, the Glen Allen Silent Night basketball game has been solidified as a tradition that will continue for years to come. During the Silent Night game the crowd is completely silent until the team scores its tenth basket – then the crowd erupts.

“It’s the No. 1 [tradition] without a doubt,” said junior Ethan Steele, ranking it above Mr. Glen Allen, Senior Boys Dance, neon night and school plays among other things.

This year juniors Steele, Connor Jennings and Jason Woodson added new chants and dances to last year’s tradition of costumes, beach balls and “I believe” chants. The three tweeted a video called “Glen Allen High School’s Guide to Silent Night” to followers of the Jaguar Student twitter account to teach the new chants and a half time dance called Interlude.

“The Silent Night Game was one of the top moments of the year. It was pivotal for Glen Allen’s growth and development,” Connor said.

Jennings continued his popular ‘’I believe that we will win” chant that often makes an appearance at pep rallies and home sporting events.

Another pivotal Silent Night event that also began last year was when senior Max Stockton dressed as Moses and pretended to ‘part the sea’ while the student section split in half and allowed him to walk through the middle of the bleachers.

In this years game against Lee-Davis, Ethan said the crowd was anxiously anticipating the tenth point to drop.

“When it hit, the crowd went crazy,” Ethan said.

The costumes have become just as important as the silence before the tenth point. “Some people went as Bane, a referee, Santa Claus, penguins, a Viking; it was crazy,” Steele said.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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