Henrico County sports

RIR to admit children 12 and younger free next year


Richmond International Raceway will admit children 12 and younger free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races beginning next year. The track already had been admitting children free to XFINITY series races and now is participating in an industry-wide effort to admit them free at Truck Series races as well.

The announcement, made Monday, was a part of a week-long youth initiative called Kids Drive NASCAR, highlighting the importance kids play in expanding the sport's reach. > Read more.

Henrico teams win district, state championships


Three Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star baseball teams and two all star softball teams recently won state championships.

Two Tuckahoe Little League all-star teams also won district titles and advanced to their state tournaments, which were ongoing at press time.

The Glen Allen 10-year-old Cal Ripken League team (pictured above) went 5-0 in the state tournament, following a 3-0 run to the district title, and advanced to the Southeast Regional in Nashville, Tenn., which began this week. The team includes Will Kuimjian, Ben Rossi, James Hall, Justin Helberg, Ryan Bland, Ryan Lloyd, Cameron Slough, Parker Maughan, Will Hemp, Eli Ranson, Lee Sowers, Nate Boeckle and Chad Martin and is managed by Rebecca Slough and coached by Melvin Slough and Jeff Hemp. > Read more.

Varina HS to host Basketball Skill Development Academy June 20-23


In cooperation with the Henrico County Recreation and Parks, Varina High School will host the annual Basketball Skill Development Academy camp for boys and girls ages 7-17, June 20-23. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost for the four-day session is $60 per child.

The camp features basketball instruction in all phases of the game. Participants will learn the skills that will build the foundation for success in basketball and life. Campers are organized by age group and will participate in daily college style skill development workouts, contest and games. The camp closes Thursday with an awards ceremony. The first 50 campers to register will receive a free gift. > Read more.
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Athlete of the Week - March 13: Justice Williams

Godwin High School, wrestling
On Feb. 22, Godwin High School senior Justice Williams won the 2015 5A state wrestling championship for the 220-pound weight class. Williams pinned his opponent using a half-Nelson with 20 seconds left in the third period.

The victory came moments after Williams’ teammate was carried off the mat with a concussion, and Williams dedicated his victory to his teammate. > Read more.

Monument City Classic volleyball tournament returns to town this weekend

More than 3,000 girls volleyball players from the Mid-Atlantic region will compete in the three-day Union First Market Bank Monument City Classic tournament, hosted by Henrico's Richmond Volleyball Club at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Jan. 17-19.

The event's 11th year also is expected to bring some 6,000 spectators to the region. Teams will travel to Richmond from Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina, bringing 10-12 players, 2-3 coaches and 10-15 spectators/parents apiece with them. > Read more.

Richmond Strikers form girls lacrosse program

NOV. 25, 12:47 P.M. – The Richmond Strikers Soccer Club and the Richmond Rapids Lacrosse Club today announced the formation of Richmond Strikers Lacrosse, a girls lacrosse program that will provide travel teams and training opportunities for girls in grades 3-6.

"Richmond Strikers Lacrosse will elevate girls lacrosse in Central Virginia and will continue our focus on positive player and whole person development" commented Beatrice 'Bea' Cope, Former Director of Rapids Lacrosse and the new Director of Richmond Strikers Lacrosse. "The Rapids were drawn to the Richmond Strikers because of their 40 years of experience in youth sports programming, professional organizational support, top class facility management, and nationally recognized tournaments."

Richmond Strikers Lacrosse will be directed by Bea Cope, founder of the Richmond Rapids. Two Rapids coaches, Heather Strausburg and Libby Rosebro, will join the Richmond Strikers Lacrosse coaching staff. Cope, Strausburg and Rosebro have been involved with youth lacrosse in the region for a number of years. > Read more.

Virginia fisherman wins James River event in Henrico

Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Va., weighed a three-day total of 15 bass totaling 33 pounds to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River Oct. 4. For his victory, Daves took home a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado, as well as entry into the 2015 BFL All-American presented by Chevy.

The regional tournament featured the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Northeast, Piedmont, Shenandoah and South Carolina divisions.

“I would start up the James River, because the tide was lower up there in the morning, and then run down to Chickahominy Creek around lunchtime,” said Daves, who earned the third BFL win of his career. > Read more.

Hermitage to host Monday night football events

Hermitage High School will host weekly Monday gatherings in the school's auditorium from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide the public with an inside glimpse of the Hermitage football program.

Football staff members will discuss offensive and defensive game-planning from the previous week's game, highlight top plays and outstanding players from the game and show video highlights from the game.

The events are open to the public. > Read more.

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Community

project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Bon Air Baptist Church-The Village Campus, located at 7250 Patterson Ave., will present “The Gift of Christmas” at 4 p.m. The presentation is accompanied by full orchestra and choir, along with musicians from Bon Air’s multi-site ministries. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.bonairbaptist.org. Full text

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