Henrico County sports
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
Highland Springs High School claimed the Division 5A state football championship Dec. 12 with a 27-7 win against Stone Bridge in Charlottesville to complete a 14-1 season. The Springers’ last won the state football title in 1961. > Read more.
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.
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.
Deep Run High School, lacrosse
At 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Michael Zurasky knows that he must use his brain if he wants to succeed on the lacrosse field.
Zurasky has scored 13 goals and has 13 assists for Deep Run High School's varsity lacrosse team through the first three games of the season, and the senior attacker attributes this success to his ability to think.
“My lacrosse IQ is probably my number one assett,” Zurasky, 18, said. “As probably the shortest kid out there, I have to find ways to be crafty and stay one step ahead of the opponent.” > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Susan Greenbaum at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. She will present “An Evening of Love Songs.” Other fun events this weekend include Henrico Rec & Parks’ 30th annual One Act Showcase; “The Lego Movie” playing at the Henrico Theatre (tickets are only $!); and Robin and Linda Williams who will be performing at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. And homeowners will really appreciate the free Home Improvement Seminar taking place at Harvie ES. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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