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Hermitage opens football season with a thrilling win
High school football kicked off last week around the region, and no game was bigger than Hermitage's thrilling 25-21 win against Meadowbrook, which came when quarterback Rashad Robinson scampered into the end zone (above) with just four seconds remaining. > Read more.

Dorey to host rugby tournament June 9

The Richmond Lions Rugby Football Club will host its annual Monk Vaughan Sevens Tournament Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dorey Park in Varina.

The tournament is named for Vaughan and holds special meaning for the club.

“He was actually a player of our back in the 1970s who was hit by a drunk driver and killed,” Lions President Ben Morgan said. “It’s always been a non-drinking tournament in honor of that.”

The tournament will serve as a Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU) qualifier, the third straight year it has held that distinction, according to Morgan. Teams must accumulate a certain amount of points in qualifiers throughout the summer season to qualify for the playoffs. The Mid-Atlantic is the Lions' designated region. > Read more.

Richmond Strikers to host TeamFirst camp for girls

The Richmond Strikers have been selected, out of a nationwide search, by the TeamFirst Soccer Academy to host a prestigious soccer camp June 19-21 for girls ages 8-19. Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Hoch, who combined have five Olympic gold medals, five World Cup Championships and 12 NCAA Titles, will be conducting the camp.

The camp will take place at Striker Park in Glen Allen and is open to all players regardless of club affiliation. > Read more.

Local student interns at National Baseball Hall of Fame

Fifteen college students arrived in Cooperstown May 29 to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as members of the 2012 class of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. The Class of 2012 includes Lindsey Hale, a junior at the University of Virginia and a Glen Allen native, who is interning in the Hall of Fame’s education department in public programs.

Now in its 12th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development program offers college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work alongside museum and library staff members to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches the student’s major. > Read more.

Tickets for RIR’s Sept. 7-8 NASCAR weekend on sale now

One of the most anticipated weekends on the NASCAR schedule is coming to Richmond International Raceway September 7-8, and tickets for the two-day event go on sale today. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to RIR for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes practice and Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Friday’s advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. > Read more.

Deep Run’s Wharton named state soccer player of the year

Being named Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year, maintaining a 4.79 weighted GPA and signing a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at University of Virginia probably gives a high school student fair reason not to be humble, right? Wrong – at least for Todd Wharton, 18, of Deep Run High School.

“It meant a lot [to win the Gatorade award] because I know there’s a lot of good players in the state of Virginia,” Wharton said, “but I’m not interested in individual awards this year. It’s all about the team for me. I know it sounds cliche, but it is.”

Frank Ford, who serves as Wharton’s head coach at Deep Run HS, said his star player had worked hard his whole life and was incredibly humble. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Registration opens for Superhero 5k race

Registration is now open for the fifth annual CASA Superhero 5k race, kids run and family fun event, scheduled for April 26 at St. Joseph's Villa.

Participants are invited to dress as superheroes as they run or walk to raise money for Henrico and Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Last year's event raised enough money to provide funds for advocates for an additional 45 abused and neglected children in Henrico and Chesterfield counties. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden nominated for North American honor

Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.

The 20 public gardens nominated are:

• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” 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.

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