Henrico County sports

RIR to admit children 12 and younger free next year


Richmond International Raceway will admit children 12 and younger free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races beginning next year. The track already had been admitting children free to XFINITY series races and now is participating in an industry-wide effort to admit them free at Truck Series races as well.

The announcement, made Monday, was a part of a week-long youth initiative called Kids Drive NASCAR, highlighting the importance kids play in expanding the sport's reach. > Read more.

Henrico teams win district, state championships


Three Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star baseball teams and two all star softball teams recently won state championships.

Two Tuckahoe Little League all-star teams also won district titles and advanced to their state tournaments, which were ongoing at press time.

The Glen Allen 10-year-old Cal Ripken League team (pictured above) went 5-0 in the state tournament, following a 3-0 run to the district title, and advanced to the Southeast Regional in Nashville, Tenn., which began this week. The team includes Will Kuimjian, Ben Rossi, James Hall, Justin Helberg, Ryan Bland, Ryan Lloyd, Cameron Slough, Parker Maughan, Will Hemp, Eli Ranson, Lee Sowers, Nate Boeckle and Chad Martin and is managed by Rebecca Slough and coached by Melvin Slough and Jeff Hemp. > Read more.

Varina HS to host Basketball Skill Development Academy June 20-23


In cooperation with the Henrico County Recreation and Parks, Varina High School will host the annual Basketball Skill Development Academy camp for boys and girls ages 7-17, June 20-23. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost for the four-day session is $60 per child.

The camp features basketball instruction in all phases of the game. Participants will learn the skills that will build the foundation for success in basketball and life. Campers are organized by age group and will participate in daily college style skill development workouts, contest and games. The camp closes Thursday with an awards ceremony. The first 50 campers to register will receive a free gift. > Read more.
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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.

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.

2 RVC players practice with pro volleyball team

Graham Gresham (left) and Jack Wilson

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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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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