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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 26, 2017

New Kent gains big early lead while pitching preserves 7-5 win over Grafton

Teammates wait at home plate to congratulate a smiling Mitchell Metheny whose three-run second inning blast over the center field fence opened a 7-1 New Kent lead.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent bats roughed up Grafton pitching for seven runs on an equal number of hits in the first two innings of Friday’s baseball clash. The hosts Trojans managed just two hits the rest of the way, but the pitching of Mitchell Metheny and Aaron Wiggins blunted a Clipper comeback, helping the hosts to secure a 7-5 upset. “This is really a big win for us,” an elated Trojan head coach Michael Kuper said. “[Grafton] was the last undefeated team in Bay Rivers so this puts us in a good position. “Coming out and jumping on top like that gave…
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    Haley Cleaver avoids the tag by Grafton catcher Lauren Washburn and reaches for the plate to score New Kent's second run in the fourth inning.Alan Chamberlain photo

    After trailing the entire contest, New Kent’s Lady Trojans stood one run down to Grafton’s Clippers heading into the seventh and final frame of Friday’s softball contest. But by the time the hosts got their last shot at the visitors, Grafton had padded its lead with three more runs. The Clippers made the margin stand up for a 6-2 victory. “We came out flat,” said Lady Trojan coach Maria Bates. “I don’t know if it was the four-game week or the game yesterday.” The day before, the Lady Trojans sustained a 16-strikeout shutout at the hands of defending state champ…
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  • Missed shots thwart New Kent bid to overcome Colonial Heights

    New Kent's Christian Lysek controls a pass in front of Colonial Heights' Yanni Dones.Alan Chamberlain photo

    Several near miss shots cost New Kent’s Trojans in their bid to keep pace with Colonial Heights’ visiting Colonials during the first half of Thursday night’s soccer clash. Down 2-0 at intermission, the Trojans cut the deficit in half after play resumed but could not draw closer as the Colonials held on for a 3-1 win. “We could have played a little cleaner,” Trojan coach Keith Grant said. “After a slow first half we picked it up in the second half, but we were already behind.” Just over six minutes into the contest, Matt Mehfoud drilled a shot from the…
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  • New Kent doubles win averts shutout

    New Kent's Tate Estis (above) and Micheal Sorensen (below) return shots during the number one and two singles matches with Grafton.Alan Chamberlain photos

    New Kent’s Cole Beach and Aaron White combined for a doubles victory to prevent a Grafton sweep in Thursday tennis action. Grafton prevailed 8-1. Singles: Choi (G) d. Estis 6-0, 6-0; Petit (G) d. Sorensen 6-0. 6-0; Geng (G) d. Gilbert 6-2, 6-0; Bombay (G) d. Walker 8-0; Qin (G) d. Beach 6-1, 6-2; Salomon (G) d. White 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Choi/Petit d. Estis/Sorensen 8-2; Geng/Bombay d. Gilbert/Walker 8-0; Beach/White d. Nelson/Qin 9-7.

  • Charles City leaders approve size increase of proposed library

    Charles City supervisors approved a request to increase the size of the proposed library from 7,500 square feet to 8,200 square feet. District 2 supervisor and board chairman Bill Coada presented a letter from library campaign member Jimmy Tyler during a special called Mar. 22 meeting. The letter requested that supervisors allow the increase of the structure as funds raised by the library campaign committee would be used to pay for the expansion. The cost of the space increase is pegged at $400,000, with the letter indicating that the library committee would pay that amount through donations and pledges. Supervisors…
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