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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.

Henrico boys’ basketball team plays for state title Friday

The Henrico High School boys’ basketball team will face John Marshall in the state championship game Friday night at VCU's Siegel Center, with tip-off expected at 9 p.m. The Warriors, champions of the Central District and Central Region, already have defeated John Marshall twice this year, winning in an in-season tournament and also in the Central Region championship game last week.

It will be the first time in Virginia High School League history that two Central Region teams have met for the state championship. > Read more.

Toyota to sponsor 2 RIR races in 2013

Toyota and Richmond International Raceway announced yesterday multi-year race entitlements, beginning with the April 26-27, 2013 doubleheader weekend at America’s Premier Short Track. The weekend will feature the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. > Read more.

Deep Run graduate named Big Ten Golfer of the Week

University of Michigan freshman golfer Chris O'Neill, a Deep Run High School graduate, was named the Big Ten conference Golfer of the Week Oct. 17, following his career-best performance at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational Oct. 15-16. It is the first conference accolade of his career.

O'Neill, who tied for 14th individually at the MacKenzie Invitational, recorded his second top-20 and lowered his career-best 54-hole tournament total by eight shots with his three-under 210. He bettered the 218 he posted earlier this season at the Windon Memorial Classic, held Sept. 23-24. > Read more.

Martin’s Tour of Richmond rolls through Henrico

The first annual Martin’s Tour of Richmond cycling event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. This Gran Fondo will feature a full 102-mile loop around Richmond as well as a 59-mile option and a 29-mile option.

Gran Fondos, or “big ride” in Italian, are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists. The full 102-mile course starts at Richmond International Raceway at 7 a.m. The 59-mile course starts at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Goochland Campus at 10 a.m. and the 29-mile course starts at Patrick Henry High School in Hanover at 12:30 p.m. All riders finish at the Richmond Raceway Complex where a post-ride celebration will feature live entertainment, beer and barbecue. > Read more.

Local Olympian visits Volleyball Club

Olympic gold medalist Reid Priddy visited the Richmond Volleyball Club Sept. 10 for a meet-and-greet session with admiring members, who waited in long lines to have their autographs and pictures taken with the star player on the men’s national volleyball team. Priddy and the men’s team won gold in China in 2008 but failed to medal in this year’s London Olympics. > Read more.

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Community

CCC seeks donations for food pantry

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is in desperate need of food donations for its community food pantry that serves the region’s low-income families, according to officials with the Henrico-based nonprofit.

After moving into its new location this past summer, the agency has dedicated a larger space for the pantry but the shelves are practically empty.

“As we head into the holidays and the weather turns colder, the need for food becomes even more critical, but unfortunately our cupboards are nearly bare,” said Jay Brown, the agency’s director for the division of housing services. “Donations of food will allow us help provide.” > Read more.

Hands-on duties

More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the region gathered last month as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond to complete more than 60 projects.

The event is a program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence.

In Henrico, a group of Target employees (pictured) undertook a project at Fairfield Middle School to help re-plant the school's community garden and paint the outdoor shelter. > Read more.

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks has some great activities planned this weekend. The Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will host “Generation Z – Let it Snow;” an Introduction to Fencing workshop; and “Art Sparks in the Park.” On Sunday, the Henrico Hiking Club – designed to offer a beginner hiking experience for participants with little to no previous experience at different local parks – will meet at Crump Park. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is also busy this weekend – hosting Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys tonight and the 6th annual Bluegrass Marathon Jam tomorrow. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Embraceable for all ages

Appeal of ‘Paddington’ spans the generations

Quick: disregard every moment of Paddington you’ve seen in any trailers or commercial spots. All gone? Good.

The marketing for Paddington has been monstrously off-message, portraying the classic children’s book bear as an earwax-licking, bathtub surfing, ursine Bart Simpson. The kind of Paddington bear who soils the good name of classic English kid’s literature; the bane of parents everywhere, dragged to a movie that offers nothing but groans of disgust and bear-fart humor.

Paddington is nothing like that. It’s wonderful and wonderfully inventive, peppered with dry British wit, intellectual depth and the kind of cuteness most animated films can only dream of. Really makes you wonder why they put so much bear-earwax in the commercials, doesn’t it? > Read more.

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