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.
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.
Varina High School, varsity girls' soccer
Brooke Carter had not won a soccer game in more than two years. But on April 17, when Varina played Highland Springs, everything she had worked for as team captain came together. The Blue Devils left the field victorious by a score of 5-0 that day, and Carter contributed one goal and three assists. After the game, the team celebrated at Romaʼs restaurant.
A two-year losing streak and annual coaching changes (three coaches in three years) could damper the competitive fire of most athletes. But Carter took each loss over the two years as if it were the first.
“I get furious when we lose. The coach usually talks me down on the bus ride back home from losses,” she said. > Read more.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/13/2015
For the sixth consecutive year, the annual Benedictine-St. Christopher's varsity baseball game will take place at RF&P Park in Glen Allen as a way to raise money for the River City Buddy Ball program, which provides sporting opportunities for youngster in the metro region who have special needs.
This year's game will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., and the public is invited to help "pass the hat" to collect funds for the RCBB. There will be balloon pops, auction items and more, including a special guest appearance by Sophia Nadder, who will sing the national anthem. > Read more.
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Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.
The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.
FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
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