Henrico County sports

RIR to host Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship


The season finale of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour will take place at Richmond International Raceway during the track’s fall NASCAR race week festivities. QubicaAMF, whose U.S. headquarters are in Richmond, will install four state-of-the-art lanes inside the Old Dominion Building for the event as part of its new sponsorship of the PWBA.

The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is set for Sept. 3-6 in the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The 16-player field will be composed of PWBA members who win a 2017 event and completed by point earners for the season.
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RIR bringing back red stripes to track walls


Richmond International Raceway is bringing back classic red stripes on the track's walls this year.

It will be the first time since February 1988 that the stripes appear on the walls. At that time, RIR was only a half-mile track with metal guardrails striped in red.
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Austin Dillon headlines Track Takeover at RIR

Track Takeover driven by AAA returns to Richmond International Raceway April 30, providing fans the opportunity to walk the track, enjoy interactive displays, and sign their name at the Start/Finish line just hours prior to the green flag. The fan-friendly event is open to all ticketholders of the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from 10 a.m. to noon April 30.

At Track Takeover driven by AAA, Austin Dillon will take part in on-track activities hosted by Michael Blair on the Frontstretch Stage at 11 a.m. Fans will be able to see one of the sport’s young guns share stories about his time in the sport and his career to date.
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Benedictine-Saint Christopher’s benefit baseball game scheduled for April 18 in Glen Allen


For the sixth consecutive year, the annual Benedictine-St. Christopher's varsity baseball game will take place at RF&P Park in Glen Allen as a way to raise money for the River City Buddy Ball program, which provides sporting opportunities for youngster in the metro region who have special needs.

This year's game will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., and the public is invited to help "pass the hat" to collect funds for the RCBB. There will be balloon pops, auction items and more, including a special guest appearance by Sophia Nadder, who will sing the national anthem.
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Athlete of the Week - April 10: Michael Zurasky

Deep Run High School, lacrosse

At 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Michael Zurasky knows that he must use his brain if he wants to succeed on the lacrosse field.

Zurasky has scored 13 goals and has 13 assists for Deep Run High School's varsity lacrosse team through the first three games of the season, and the senior attacker attributes this success to his ability to think.

“My lacrosse IQ is probably my number one assett,” Zurasky, 18, said. “As probably the shortest kid out there, I have to find ways to be crafty and stay one step ahead of the opponent.”
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Athlete of the Week – March 27: Walter Williams

Henrico High School, boys' basketball

Walter Williams cried tears of joy after Henrico won the 5A boys basketball state championship. The 6-foot-4 senior guard had come a long way since failing off of the team as a freshman.

“It was a very humbling experience that not everybody could say they have, to be state champs,” said Williams.

Williams scored 37 points against Bird in the region’s semi-finals, including the shot that sent the game into overtime at the buzzer. That shot incited wild celebration, and the crowd spilled onto the court. Henrico went on to win in double-overtime.
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Local bowlers win awards at tourney


A number of local children and teens were winners in a regional bowling tournament held last month at Bowl America Eastern on Williamsburg Road in Henrico County.

Among them (pictured above) were Alex, Tylilah, Diante and Marquis, who placed first overall in the team event. Diante and Marquis also placed first in the double event, and Diante won first all-around.
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Athlete of the Week – March 20: Annemarie Beran

Tucker High School, girls' basketball

Annemarie Beran was tired of Tucker basketball not being taken seriously.

“My freshman and sophomore year people just didn’t respect us,” Beran said. “They thought they could just come in and walk all over us.”
This year, however, after going 20-4 and finishing eighth in the Times-Dispatch rankings, opponents are viewing the Tucker Tigers in a different light.

Much of the team’s success can be attributed to Beran, who said that she and her teammates began preparing for the season last spring by returning to fundamentals.
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