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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 16, 2019


After early sacrifices, New Kent man lives Olympics dream decades later

By Robb Johnson | July 11, 2019 5:15 pm
Fred Matthies lived his Olympic dream by competing in the Senior Olympics last June in Albuquerque.

It’s never too late to live a dream if one truly pursues it. For a New Kent resident, after sacrificing time to serve his county, he is living his desires through the Senior Olympics. Fred Matthies put his Olympic desires on hold, only to see them emerge in his latter years. And that patience has resulted in several medals and a trip to the Senior National Olympics in June. Matthies journey began in Redwood Estates, California, with dreams of participating in the world competition after having a successful career in the long jump event. However, he decided to join the…
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Jones looks to revive athletics at Charles City High School

By Robb Johnson | July 10, 2019 12:54 am
Charles City High School athletic director Andre' Jones looks to revive programs and increase student participation.Robb Johnson photo

When most people see Charles City native Andre’ Jones, he’s covering a board meeting, a community event, or a person is reading his articles in the New Kent-Charles City Chronicle. But like a lot of people in today’s society, Jones holds a multitude of side jobs. But when a call came from Charles City High School to become the athletic director in Summer 2018, there was one thing on his mind. “I had to do it,” he said. “My heart couldn’t see me abandoning my high school alum and this group of kids.” Jones began the process of reviving the…
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Curry siblings qualify for AAU National Track and Field championships

By Community Member | July 1, 2019 11:58 am

New Kent sibling Jayden and Lauren Curry both qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina, by placing in the regional championships this past weekend at Hampton University. Jayden cleared a height of 5’0” to win the boys’ 13U age group, while sister won the girls’ 11U age division in the same event with a clearance of 4’0”. Jayden also placed fourth in the 1500-meter run (5:25), and Lauren placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:54).

Mueller, Mecongeli named to Class 3A all-state first teams

By Community Member | June 25, 2019 11:16 am

New Kent Lady Trojan softball outfielder McKenna Mueller and New Kent boys’ soccer midfielder Matteo Mecongeli were named to their respective Class 3A State first teams. Mueller was the only freshman to be named to the Class 3A state softball first team. Teammates Gracie Ellis (pitcher) and Taylor Yates (second base) were recognized to the Class 3A state second team. Mecongeli’s nomination was the top honor received by a Trojan soccer player at the state level. Teammates Spencer Gilland (forward) and Adam Caldwell (defender) were recognized as selections to Class 3A’s second team.

Free general admission to Colonial Downs during race season

By Community Member | June 16, 2019 8:45 am

Colonial Downs have announced that general admission will be free for the upcoming horse racing season. Patrons will be able to attend the venue at no cost during the 15-day race season that spans from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7. Clubhouse viewing starts at $5, with access to higher level suite seating at an additional cost. For more information, visit

League tournament champions

By Community Member | June 6, 2019 6:04 pm
Charles City’s 8U softball team won the league tournament at RF&P Park in Glen Allen in a two-day tournament from June 1-2. The team won three games within a two-day span. Pictured are (front, l to r) Raygan Otey, Eryn Brown, Rose Grubbs, Caitlyn Sheridan, (center, l to r) Serenity Woodley, Vyktorya Otey, Riley Waldron, Lailah Miles, Lanasia Crewe, and Coach Gus Waldron (back). Not pictured are Aalaya King, McKinzey Meredith, Natalie Lewis, and Coach Ka’Sheena Allen.

UGP tournament champions

By Community Member | June 6, 2019 12:28 am
New Kent’s Giants sixth grade travel basketball team won the UGP Summer Heat basketball tournament held June 1-2 in Richmond. Pictured are Tyler Warren, Jordan Carr, Will Ross, Kyle Diggs, Ryan Bacelar, Brooks Parker, J.J. Carnohan, Ty Staub, Kameron Burnett, Ethan Smith, Coach Garrett Ross, and Coach Christy Williams.

Heartbreak as Lady Trojans season ends in extra innings loss to Skyline

By Robb Johnson | June 6, 2019 12:08 am
New Kent's Bri Glenn slides into third base safely to position herself in scoring position.Robb Johnson photo

Sometimes the toughest lessons are learned through defeat. For the New Kent Lady Trojans, it came earlier than expected during the June 4 state quarterfinal contest against the visiting Lady Hawks of Skyline High School. The visitors pushed two runs across the plate during the top frame of extra innings as Skyline escaped with a 4-2 victory over the homestanding Lady Trojans, ending their season. Skyline was able to come out to do something that most teams have failed to force New Kent to do throughout the year, which was commit mental mistakes. In the bottom of the first inning…
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Curry siblings medal at local track meet

By Community Member | June 4, 2019 3:44 pm

Two New Kent siblings excelled at the Virginia Beach Flames Invitational Track and Field meet held June 1 at New Kent High School. Jayden Curry emerged as a double-event winner at the competition, winning the high jump with a clearance of 4’8” and the 1500-meter run in a time of 5:15 in 13-14 boys’ age group. His sister, Lauren Curry, ran a time of 6:07 in the 1500-meter run to finish third in the 11-12 year old girls’ division at the meet.

Vaden places in jumps at Group 1A state track and field meet

By Community Member | June 3, 2019 3:53 pm
Charles City's Skye Bradby (left) takes off in the girls' 4x400 meter relay after receiving the baton from teammate Luisa Machado Saldanha (right).Photo courtesy of

Charles City’s Cameron Vaden placed on both the boys’ long and triple jump during Group 1A State Track and Field competition held on June 1 at East Rockingham High School. Vaden leaped a career best 20’1¾” in the long jump at the meet, finishing in seventh place. He followed that performance up by placing sixth in the boys’ triple jump with a mark of 39’5¾.” Vaden accounted for all five points for the boys’ team, as they finished in 31st. For the Lady Panthers, Skye Bradby ran a time of 53.32, good enough to finish sixth in the girls’ 300-meter…
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