Henrico County sports
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
Highland Springs High School claimed the Division 5A state football championship Dec. 12 with a 27-7 win against Stone Bridge in Charlottesville to complete a 14-1 season. The Springers’ last won the state football title in 1961. > Read more.
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen Athlete of the Week
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.
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen
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.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/28/2015
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.
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.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/15/2015
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.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
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