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Athlete of the Week – June 19: Sydney Whitaker

Deep Run, girls' lacrosse
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

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.
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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.

Athlete of the Week – May 15: Devin Barnes

Hermitage High School, varsity track and field

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.

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Community

‘Proof of Heaven’ coming to Glen Allen


Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.

Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.

Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.

Innsbrook Rotary celebrates 25 years


The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.

The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.

FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
Entertainment

Voltaggio to host three-course dinners at Family Meal July 21-22

Courtesy Family Meal
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will host a special three-course dinner event July 21-22 at his Willow Lawn Family Meal restaurant. The menu will consist of his favorite dishes and offer diners the chance to purchase a signed copy of his newly released book, HOME.

Voltaggio will attend and cook at each dinner, as well as share stories that inspired recipes for the book. > Read more.






 

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