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Athlete of the Week – April 17: Sukrija Dudic

Hermitage High School, soccer
Sukrija Dudic, forward for the Hermitage varsity boys' soccer team, is determined to rebrand the Panthers' image. While Deep Run and Freeman have historically been more successful at soccer, Dudic has spent four years working to change the perception of Hermitage.

“I always tell my teammates, ‘We’re not the Hermitage that sucks,’” he said. “Other teams can’t stomp all over us. We’re here to fight and to win.”

Last year the seventh-seeded Panthers upset Lee Davis in the first round of the playoffs, and Dudic said that was a pivotal moment for the squad.

“I think Lee Davis viewed us as an easy win,” he said. “That game was a turning point. They realized that we don’t joke around. We just ended their season.” > Read more.

Jeremy’s Game helps local fight against hunger

For the second Saturday in a row, SkateNation in Short Pump was alive with the sounds of hockey as Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) hosted the first annual Jeremy’s Game on June 25.

The game was dedicated to the life and memory of Jeremy Bannon, who died this past March at the age of 29 when he was struck by a vehicle in Chesterfield County. Bannon, who was described by his friends as a talented chef, worked at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and as a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including RHFC and the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. > Read more.

RIR to add SAFER barriers along backstretch

Richmond International Raceway officials announced today that they would install SAFER barriers along the entire length of the inside backstretch wall in time for the September races at the track. The barriers will cover more than 900 feet in total. > Read more.

Glen Allen boy earns repeat trip to MLB Pitch, Hit and Run event

A Henrico County boy will be back in the national spotlight for the second year in a row next month at the Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Ten-year-old Nick Biddison of Glen Allen is once again a national finalist in the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. For the second year in a row, Biddison is one of three boys who will compete for the national title in the 9-10 year-old age division. > Read more.

Charity game unites local hockey players, cancer survivors

Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer's players and members live by the creed: “We skate for those we love, for those we lost and for those who remind us daily why we fight," according to the organization's founder and president Lee Stryker.

That message was on full display when the RHFC held its seventh annual Hockey for Hope charity hockey game June 18. > Read more.

RIR, Squirrels team up for prize package giveaway

Richmond International Raceway and the Richmond Flying Squirrels are teaming up for the “Double Play With Richmond International Raceway” contest. One fan will win a prize package that includes:

• a pace car ride around the track and to The Diamond on Monday, June 27, for Tribute to Racing Night; > Read more.

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Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

Registration opens for Superhero 5k race

Registration is now open for the fifth annual CASA Superhero 5k race, kids run and family fun event, scheduled for April 26 at St. Joseph's Villa.

Participants are invited to dress as superheroes as they run or walk to raise money for Henrico and Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Last year's event raised enough money to provide funds for advocates for an additional 45 abused and neglected children in Henrico and Chesterfield counties. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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