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Athlete of the Week – May 22: John Woolley

Douglas Freeman H.S., varsity boys’ lacrosse

John Woolley, attacker for Freeman High School’s lacrosse team, knows that he only has a few games left in his high school career. The 18-year old senior hopes that one of those games is the state championship.

Woolley said all season long his coaches have preached “peaking late,” viewing every game, win or loss, as a stepping stone toward the state tournament.

On May 12, the Rebels faced Atlee in a matchup of the two best public school lacrosse teams in the area and what was a likely preview to a playoff matchup coming next week. Freeman staged a comeback after being down four goals in the third quarter and won the game 14-11. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – May 15: Devin Barnes


Like many of the athletes profiled in this space each week, Hermitage’s Devin Barnes, 18, initially resisted the sport in which he has found the most success. Barnes’ father, who ran track at St. John’s University, always wanted his son to run, but Devin wanted to play football instead.

It wasn’t until Barnes was cut from the football team that he began to run track. He discovered he loved competing against himself, forcing his body to overcome opponents in his mind rather than on the gridiron.

“Pushing yourself is mentally tough, but it’s fun,” he said. “It’s what people do it for.” > Read more.

2 RVC players practice with pro volleyball team

Graham Gresham (left) and Jack Wilson

Two USA Junior Volleyball Club program participants from the Richmond Volleyball Club are practicing with a professional volleyball team.

Chesterfield natives Jack Wilson and Graham Gresham, both graduates of Cosby High School, will play on a practice team with the ODR Virginia VIBE of the Premiere Volleyball League. Wilson (also named in the “Fab 50” as a USA Volleyball Junior player for Volleyball Magazine in 2012) and Gresham are currently playing collegiately at George Mason University. The Virginia VIBE will be competing in the fourth-annual PVL Championships in Detroit during Memorial Day weekend. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – May 8: Strib Walker

The Collegiate Cougars, at 20-0, have had many vital moments in the quest for an undefeated season. One of the closest calls came against Paul VI on April 23. The teams were tied, playing in sudden-death double overtime. Senior captain Strib Walker, 18, scored the game-winning goal.

Although this may have been the biggest goal of the season, Walker downplayed the drama of it all. “I was just the lucky guy who got to finish the game with the goal,” he said. “Our defense- they were the ones killing it.”

Although he plays midfield, Walker said he gets most excited during games when he sees the Collegiate defense gelling. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – May 1: Cierra Turner

Cierra Turner began playing tennis in sixth grade, when her mother told her she had to pick up a school sport. The only two options were basketball and tennis. She doesn’t like basketball, so tennis became her main sport by default.

This year, the 16 year-old Highland Springs High School sophomore has gone 6-3, and said she has learned a great deal about herself on the tennis court. She said that she has become aware of how her speed can help her win matches. “Most people can’t run back and forth and side to side as much as I can,” she said.

She also has found herself getting mentally tougher. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – April 24: Brooke Carter


Brooke Carter had not won a soccer game in more than two years. But on April 17, when Varina played Highland Springs, everything she had worked for as team captain came together. The Blue Devils left the field victorious by a score of 5-0 that day, and Carter contributed one goal and three assists. After the game, the team celebrated at Romaʼs restaurant.

A two-year losing streak and annual coaching changes (three coaches in three years) could damper the competitive fire of most athletes. But Carter took each loss over the two years as if it were the first.

“I get furious when we lose. The coach usually talks me down on the bus ride back home from losses,” she said. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

While Richmond hosts the annual Greek Festival and Broad Appétit, Henrico proves you don’t need to leave the county to loosen the waistband. In Henrico, the ‘Empty Bowls’ benefit offers ice cream for a good cause. On Saturday, more than 50 beers will be on tap at the Flavor Beer, Wine & Food Festival in Innsbrook. And there’s bound to be some delicious summer fare at the Varina Community Day at Dorey Park. Click here for more! > Read more.

James River cleanup scheduled June 9

The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river.

Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. Much of the trash collected is the result of litter that is carried by rain runoff along roadside ditches to streams, and eventually to the James River. > Read more.

‘Rocketts Red Glare’ celebrates Memorial Day with fireworks

Rocketts Landing will make the Richmond skyline sparkle this Memorial Day with Rocketts Red Glare on Sunday, May 27. The free event will feature fireworks, live music and family-friendly activities to celebrate the long holiday weekend.

Rocketts Red Glare will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by local musician Colin Healy on the volleyball court adjacent to The Boathouse. Virginia party band Kings of Swing will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and play throughout the fireworks show, which begins around 9 p.m. During the event, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ famous Pinta and Nina ships will be docked at Rocketts Landing with guided tours available. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If you’re not looking for any tricks or treats this weekend, Henrico has several fun concerts to see at the Henrico Theatre, Shady Grove Coffeehouse and the University of Richmond. CAT Theatre will also open its 2013-14 season tonight with the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Classic love, with a teen-lit slant

Romeo & Juliet introduces “pop Shakespeare” to a younger generation
The intentions of Romeo and Juliet are noble ones. It means to condense Shakespeare down into a simple, easily identifiable package, to create a re-telling that’s more in line with teen romance than classic literature.

Douglas Booth, as Romeo, squints into the camera as though he’s just stepped out of a cologne ad. Hailee Steinfeld, as Juliet, scribbles away in her diary to the tune of twinkling piano ballads. By no means is it an intelligent or novel Shakespeare adaptation, but it’s not meant to be. It’s a stepping-stone for those who need an extra boost into the words of the Bard. > Read more.

A faithful West End friend

Since October 1990, The Tavern has been as faithful to its clientele as “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name. On a lazy Saturday afternoon recently, repeat customers cozied up to the bar to watch football on one of three flat-screen TVs. Without fail, the staff knew their names and orders without asking.

Native Richmonders know The Tavern, although it is hidden in a little shopping center at the corner of Patterson and Three Chopt. From the minute you walk in, you’re greeted with a warm smile in the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The wooden booths, hardwood floors and large bar give it a true tavern feel. > Read more.

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