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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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.

Down to the wire

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.

Babe Ruth 13U World Series arrives in Glen Allen

Teams from nine states will join the host team from the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series this week at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park.

The teams arrived Aug. 14 and gathered for a banquet; an opening ceremony will be held at the stadium Aug. 15, and play will begin the following day.

In total, the event will bring about 350 youth baseball players, coaches and family members to Henrico County.

The GAYAA team will compete with teams from Northern Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Arizona and Montana. > 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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The Weinstein Jewish Community Center will host a free Community Purim Celebration from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come dressed in costume and enjoy free carnival games and prizes, moon bounces, clowns and face-painting, arts and crafts, and more. Food will be available for purchase. The schedule includes Megillah Readings at 11 a.m. (before the carnival) and 12:15 p.m., a costume parade and dance party with DJ Bob at 2 p.m. and a Purim Shpiel presented by Congregation Beth Ahabah at 3 p.m. Bring an individually wrapped food or snack item to donate to Safe Harbor Shelter. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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