Henrico County sports
Henrico H.S., girls volleyball
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/15/2015
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.
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.
Collegiate, varsity boys' lacrosse
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen
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.
Highland Springs High School, varsity girls' tennis
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.
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The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Henrico Police are both presenting community events tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway brings together community service providers, embassies/consulates from Latin American countries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community. The Division of Police’s Community Day will feature demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office, as well as family activities, food, entertainment and more. Other events this weekend include wine, chess and theatre! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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