Henrico County sports

Highland Springs girls fall in state title game


The Highland Springs High School girls' basketball team fell to Princess Anne High School in the Group 5A state championship game, 77-60 Mar. 10 at VCU's Siegel Center. The Springers' dominant season ended at 26-2, while Princess Anne – which has now won four straight state titles – improved to 27-2. > Read more.

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.
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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. > Read more.

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.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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One Voice Chorus Richmond will present “Let My People Go” at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. Contemporary composer Robert Ray is a champion of music that celebrates the African American heritage. His Gospel Mass, in addition to the music of Moses Hogan, Rollo Dilworth, and Rosephanye Powell, is what shapes the African American experience concert, "Let My People Go." Tickets are $15. For details, visit http://www.onevoicechorus.com. Full text

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