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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

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

High Heel Dash for breast cancer in Innsbrook Saturday

Women – and men – are invited to kick up their high-heeled stilettos, pumps and platforms and race to find a cure during Richmond’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash on Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at The Shoppes at Innsbrook.

Hosted by the Central Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the High Heel Dash participants will sprint 50 yards in their heels of choice. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest and “best dressed” racers. Race participation is open to the public for a $10 entry fee. Registration is available online at http://www.komencentralva.org or on the day of the race beginning at 3 p.m. Teams and creative costumes are encouraged. There is no admission for spectators. > Read more.

All Henrico Reads book discussions start Thursday

Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” has been selected as the 2012 author for All Henrico Reads. Book discussions will be held at several libraries beginning March 8 at Tuckahoe Library. The discussions lead up to the AHR main event on April 5 when Stein will discuss the book and sign copies. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Monsters U’ proves itself as family gem


Anyone who has seen "Animal House," "Revenge of the Nerds," or any of the countless retreads and spoofs they spawned will surely find something familiar in "Monsters University." Pixar's latest comes from the very same mold, but has been cast in brighter, cuter colors. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, the green-and-blue leads of 2001's "Monsters, Inc." (Billy Crystal and John Goodman, respectively) are freshmen at the titular university and face the typical trials and tribulations one would find in any college comedy. Arrogant fraternity jocks, a tough-as-nails dean and a campus-wide scare-off must all be overcome if Mike and Sully are to become the best of friends and blossom into the heroes we know from the original film. > Read more.

Strange brews

Henrico’s first craft brewery opens
Go wash out your already overflowing beer mug, because Henrico's first craft brewery just started pouring last month.

Strangeways Brewing opened its 8,400-square-foot brewery on Dabney Road May 29. The brewery introduced its two flagship beers at about 26 local restaurants Memorial Day Weekend in the form of three bar crawls. > Read more.

A community ‘Kaffeehaus’ in Henrico’s Far West End

Born and raised in good old Europe, I am quite familiar with the traditional Austro-Hungarian tradition of the Kaffeehaus, an institution that represents a lifestyle of relaxing and thinking in a familiar environment with coffee, pastry, news, good service, marble tables, subdued sounds like the click-clack of the coffee machine, mugs and plates, conversations among patrons and with staff and a bit of low volume Johann Strauss music.

And so it was a thrill to find a modern version of a Kaffeehaus right here in Henrico County: The Daily Grind, near Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

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