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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 23, 2019


Christian takes head basketball coaching position at George Washington University

By Andre Jones | March 21, 2019 6:01 pm
Quinton native Jamion Christian (right) looks to bring his style of Mayhem to George Washington University.

Quinton native Jamion Christian has left Siena College after one year to become the head basketball coach at George Washington University. After spending a year and leading Siena College in New York to a 17-16 record and to second place in the MAAC, Christian will be moving closer to home after accepting the job at George Washington. Prior to his one-year tenure at Siena, Christian spent six years at his college alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s University, turning around that program and leading them to two NCAA Tournament appearances. “I am honored to be able to return home to take…
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New Kent boys’ tennis falls at Tabb

By Community Member | March 20, 2019 12:05 am

New Kent’s boys’ tennis team suffered a loss at Tabb High School in Bay Rivers District competition. Tabb 7, New Kent 2 Singles: Jerry Sun (T) def. Riley Baker (NK) 5-7, 6-3 (10-4); Nick Guys (T) def. Leighton Fessman (NK) 6-1, 6-1; Dylan Lucas (T) def. Jackson Walker (NK) 6-2, 6-0; Daniel Zhou (T) def. Nathan Albertson (NK) 6-2, 6-0; Zac Beckner (T) def. Jay Benfield (NK) 6-0, 6-0; Adam Gray (NK) def. Eric Song (T) 6-6 (7-4), 6-4. Doubles: Sun/Guys (T) def. Baker/Baylor Wayman (NK) 8-4; Lucas/Beckner (T) def. Walker/Benfield (NK) 8-1; Fessman/Gray (NK) def. Song/Zhou (T) 8-6.

Lady Trojans suffer first setback in tennis this season

By Community Member | March 19, 2019 11:55 pm
New Kent's Abby Coutu serves her way to victory in Tuesday afternoon's competition.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent girls’ tennis team fell to Bay Rivers District opponent Tabb’s Lady Tigers in Tuesday afternoon’s matchup. The Lady Trojans now hold a record of 3-1. Tabb 6, New Kent 3 Singles: E. Beckner (T) def. Gentry (NK) 6-0, 6-1; Dunlap (T) def. Epps (NK) 6-0, 6-0; Wang (T) def. Butler (NK) 6-0, 6-2; M. Beckner (T) def. Fowlkes (NK) 7-6, 6-3; Coutu (NK) def. Hesltine (T) 6-1, 6-4; Persaud (T) def. Wallace (NK) 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: E. Beckner/Dunlap (T) def. Gentry/Butler (NK) 8-3; Fowlkes/Coutu (NK) def. Wang/M. Beckner (T) 8-3; Epps/Buscarino (NK) def. Heseltine/Persaud (T) 8-6.

Clements, Lady Trojans scorch nets on cold night to win home soccer debut

By Robb Johnson | March 19, 2019 11:31 pm
New Kent's Taylor Clements had cold hands, but that didn't stop her feet from completing a hat trick against Varina.Robb Johnson photo

Harsh conditions and cool temperatures couldn’t deter New Kent’s Lady Trojans fiery scoring outburst as part of their home debut Monday night. Powered by a hat trick by Lady Trojan Taylor Clements, the hosts lit up the scoreboard, scoring eight goals and pitching a shutout against the visiting Lady Blue Devils of Varina in the soccer home opener. Barely two minutes into the contest, New Kent’s Mea Picone quickly found the back of the goal. Three minutes later, teammate Grace Lysek slashed through the Varina defense to put another point on the scoreboard. Clements two goals at the end of…
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Hall of Fame horse

By Community Member | March 17, 2019 3:06 pm
Count Shiloh (right), a horse owned by New Kent resident Mary Howell (riding on horse at left) became the newest member of the American Endurance Ride Conference’s Hall of Fame. The 27-year old half-Arabian, half quarter-horse received the honor on March 10. Count Shiloh has completed more than 5,500 miles in distance competition with 11 career wins.

New Kent’s girls, boys settle for second at seventh annual Shoot the Gun and Run Invitational

By Robb Johnson | March 17, 2019 9:37 am
New Kent’s Rachel Bollhorst (left) and Yaz’mine Brown (right) sandwich Charles City’s Aysia Wallace (center) in the second heat of the girls’ 100-meter dash.Robb Johnson photo

Despite garnering wins in six events, New Kent’s Lady Trojans had to settle for second place at the seventh annual Shoot the Gun and Run Track Invitational on Saturday. The hosting Lady Trojans scored 146.5 points at the meet, finishing a mere 1.5 points behind Bay Rivers foe Tabb who won the meet with 148 points. Another district rival, York, finished third with 107 points. Neighboring Charles City High School garnered 10 points for a tenth-place finish. New Kent’s Melissa Spangler emerged as a double event winner at the meet, winning the girls’ long and triple jumps with leaps of…
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Ellis strikes out 14 as Lady Trojans cruises to victory

By Robb Johnson | March 15, 2019 3:15 pm
New Kent's Brylea Ricks (left) slides into second base successfully before Colonial Height's Haleigh Reid can reel in the throw.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans’ softball team has been primarily known for their offence. But in order to in games for a championship run, they will need to play tough defense. With communication on the defensive side of the ball and powered by the pitching of Gracie Ellis, New Kent defeated the Colonial Heights Lady Colonials 6-0 in the Mar. 14 contest. Ellis triumphed on the mound, striking out 14 batters while the offense provided her enough cushion early on with three runs. New Kent maximized on base opportunities, adding three late runs and relying heavily on their defense to help…
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New Kent scores 11 straight runs to rout Colonial Heights in home opener

By Robb Johnson | March 15, 2019 2:49 pm
Colonial Heights Haden Crowder (16) looks to the umpire for a call as New Kent’s Riggs Ellis (5) applies a tag. Crowder was called out on the play.Robb Johnson photo

The old saying goes, “It’s not the way you start, but how you finish.” New Kent’s baseball team apparently adhered to the old adage. After surrendering the first two runs to the visiting Colonial Height Colonials, the hosting Trojans reeled off 11 straight en route to an 11-2 victory in the Mar. 14 home opener. Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third, New Kent’s Benji Boatwright smacked a two-run double, bringing in teammates Trevor West and Chris Wade. Boatwright crossed home plate on a Colonials’ error to bestow the hosts a 3-2 lead. Meanwhile, Trojan hurler Nate Kagey…
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New Kent boys’ tennis earns first win of season

By Community Member | March 14, 2019 11:22 pm

New Kent’s boys’ tennis team earned their first win of the season with a 8-1 victory over Rappahannock on Mar. 14. New Kent 8, Rappahannock 1 Singles: Riley Baker (NK) def. Cole Hall (R) 8-1; Leighton Fessman (NK) def. Oscar Cabral (R) 8-2; Josh White (R) def. Jackson Walker (NK) 8-2; Nathan Albertson (NK) def. J.B. Vaughan (R) 8-4; Jay Benfield (NK) def. Lucas Leming (R) 8-1; Adam Gray (NK) def. Trayvon Carter (R) 8-0. Doubles: Baker/Baylor Wayman (NK) def. Hall/White (R) 8-2; Gray/Jack Richards (NK) def. Cabral/Carter (R) 8-8 (7-2); Albertson/Grant Kowal (NK) def. Vaughan/Leming (R) 8-6.

Gilland’s hat trick catapults New Kent to opening soccer victory

By Robb Johnson | March 14, 2019 10:58 pm
New Kent's Matteo Mecangeli controls the fall as he dribbles down the field.Robb Johnson photo

A new era of varsity soccer in New Kent started with a bang under first-year head coach Derek Yates on Mar. 13. A physical and hard-hitting game against the visiting Colonial Heights Colonials resulted in the Trojans emerging victorious with a 5-1 triumph to kick off 2019. New Kent’s Spencer Gilland starred in the first half, converting two goals including one from 25 yards out inside the left post, beating out Colonial goalie Trai Pryor. Tough defense by the Trojans frustrated the visitors, resulting in Gilland being the recipient from a steal to score with six minutes remaining in the…
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