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Athlete of the Week – July 3: Kayla Sell

Henrico H.S., girls volleyball
Kayla Sell, Henrico High School’s volleyball captain, has grown up around the sport. Her parents play on teams at the Richmond Volleyball Center, and Sell began playing there herself when she was 10. She played all four years at Henrico while playing on a club team as well.

“I just kind of grew up around the sport,” she said. Sell now also spends her evenings reffing adult league games at the RVC. “The volleyball community in Richmond is a great community. We’re inseparable,” she said.

Sell, who is 6-foot-4, was elected captain of her high school team in 10th grade. She said that one of the highlights of her high school career was watching her team grow in skill during the past four years. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – June 19: Sydney Whitaker

Rachel Haslip, head coach of the Deep Run girls' lacrosse team, handed each of her players a puzzle piece one day after practice. Each piece had the girl's name written on it. When the girls assembled the puzzle, they saw the word that Haslip had emphasized all season long: one.

One, as in one team one unit, one goal, was the theme of this year's team. The team reached the state tournament, where it fell in the semi- finals to the eventual state champions, Stonebridge.

The message of unity had been issued by Haslip, and the team bought in, largely due to the skill and leadership of junior captain Sydney Whitaker. Whitaker laughed when describing the puzzle demonstration. > Read more.

Steward School’s Enright drafted by NY Mets

Steward School senior pitcher Nic Enright was selected by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft last week. Enright, 18, was named the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year after going 6-1 with a 0.79 earned run average with 50 strikeouts and just nine walks in 44.1 innings this season. He helped the Spartans to a 15-8 overall record and a berth in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 2 state semifinals. Enright was a four-time VISAA Division 2 First Team All-State selection.

Enright was a Perfect Game USA Preseason Third Team All-American and led The Steward School to the state title as a junior, in addition to leading the EvoShield Canes to the 2014 World Wood Bat Association championship last summer. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – June 12: Claire Frank

Godwin H.S., varsity girls soccer
Soccer is the main topic of conversation at the Frank family dinner table each night. Claire Frank, a junior midfielder at Godwin, shares the field with her younger sister Paige, and her older brother played at Hampton-Sydney.

“All we really do is play soccer,” Claire Frank said.

Frank said that she has looked forward to playing with her sister for years because the two know how to push each other in practice and connect with each other on the field. In the regional game, Claire provided the assist to Paige’s goal. Despite the fact that Claire is the older and more heralded player, Paige is not afraid to call Claire out on the soccer field. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – June 5: LaChyna Roe

Henrico High School track standout LaChyna Roe watches the same movie before every race: Secretariat.

“I’ve probably watched it over 40 times,” she said. “I don’t think anyone on my team has seen it; I just watch it by myself.”

The movie, which tells the story of the Triple Crown-winning horse whose records still stand today, serves as inspiration for Roe. > Read more.

Athlete of the Week – May 29: Patrick Hulihan

Deep Run H.S., varsity baseball

Patrick Hulihan, an undefeated pitcher for Deep Run High School’s top-seeded baseball team, credited two unlikely factors as being key to the team’s success this year: A group chat and “The Whip.”

The group chat, which began after a win against Freeman early in the season, is a players-only text during which they can reflect on what went well and what went poorly after games. Although players do joke and brag occasionally, Hulihan said the tone of the group chat is serious. It is a place to talk baseball. Before games however, the mood lightens. Players gather in the outfield and dance. Hulihan said “The Whip,” a move popularized by Odell Beckham’s touchdown celebrations and countless youtubers, has become the dance of choice for Deep Run’s squad.

The unity demonstrated by high school boys dancing in an outfield has been the difference between this year’s team and last year’s. > Read more.

Steward School senior named Gatorade Virginia Baseball Player of the Year

Steward School senior pitcher Nic Enright was named the Gatorade Virginia Baseball Player of the Year Thursday by Gatorade, in conjunction with USA Today High School Sports. He is the first Steward player to win the award, which recognizes not only athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and character demonstrated on and off the field. Enright becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award.

Enright, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior right-hander, compiled a 6-1 record with a 0.79 ERA and 50 strikeouts with just nine walks in 44.1 innings-pitched this past season, leading the Spartans (15-8) to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 2 state semifinals. A four-time VISAA Division 2 First Team All-State selection, Enright batted .246 with five extra-base hits, 14 runs scored and 19 RBI. > Read more.

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.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > Read more.

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