New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 23, 2018


Trojans’ tennis edge Bruton in Bay Rivers District opener

By Community Member | March 22, 2018 11:49 pm

New Kent’s boys’ tennis team edged Bruton 5-4 in a Thursday afternoon Bay Rivers contest. Singles: McCurdy (B) def. Walker (NK), Estis (NK) def. McLaughlin (B), Baker (NK) def. Shaffer (B), Gray (NK) def. Shafer (B), Fessman (NK) def. Doelling (B), Jenkins (B) def. Albertson (NK). Doubles: Estis/Baker (NK) def. McCurdy/Shafer (B), McLaushlin/Shaffer (B) def. Walker/Gray (NK), Doelling/Jenkins (B) def. Fessman/Bellamy (NK).

New Kent boys’ tennis split matches against Central District foes

By Community Member | March 20, 2018 5:24 pm

New Kent’s boys’ tennis team split a pair of decisions in recent matchups. The Trojans defeated Hopewell 8-1 on Mar. 16. The Trojans fell at Colonial Heights Monday afternoon 6-3. New Kent 8, Hopewell 1 Singles: Walker (NK) def. Reedy (H), Estis (NK) def. Cowden (H), Baker (NK) def. Williams (H), M. Jefferson (H) def. Benfield (NK), Gray (NK) def. J.Jefferson (H), Fessman (NK) def. Kelly (H). Doubles: Estis/Baker (NK) def. Reedy/Cowden (H), Benfield/Walker (NK) def. M. Jefferson/J. Jefferson (H), Fessman/Bellamy (NK) def. Williams/Vidal (H). Colonial Heights 6, New Kent 3 Singles: Qazi (CH) def. Walker (NK), Scofield (CH) def….
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Lady Trojan tennis opens season with victory

By Community Member | March 19, 2018 11:09 pm
New Kent's Melanie Epps uses a forehead shot to return the ball over the net.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans prevailed in their home opening match with a 6-3 victory over Colonial Heights Monday afternoon. Singles: Grace Kim (CH) def. Mackenzie Taylor (NK) 8-0, Lauren Anderson (CH) def. Marley McCartney (NK) 8-1, Lexie Butler (NK) def. Adrienne Dew (CH) 8-2, Melanie Epps (NK) def. Taylor Humpfries (CH) 8-6, Hannah Gentry (NK) def. Karlee Rowland (CH) 8-1, Abbey Coutu (NK) def. Camila Adams (CH) 8-0. Doubles: Kim/Anderson (CH) def. Taylor McCartney (NK) 8-6, Butler/Gentry (NK) def. Dew Smith (CH) 8-3, Epps/Sarah Buscarino (NK) def. Rowland/Humpfries (CH) 8-1.

New Kent remains undefeated, shuts out Maury 10-0

By Robb Johnson | March 19, 2018 10:47 pm
New Kent’s Amya Evans is hit in the back on a pick-off throw while diving back into third base.Robb Johnson photo

Growing up and graduating as classmates as part of New Kent High School’s Class of 2010, Lady Trojan head coach Maria Bates and Maury Lady Commodores head coach Nikki Jones friendship bloomed in the classroom and on the athletic field. Eight years later, their friendship would have to take a backseat for a couple hours as the two led programs onto the softball field Monday afternoon. Despite attempted distractions from Maury’s dugout, it was all bark and no bite as the host Lady Trojans cruised to a 10-0 victory in the five-inning contest. New Kent emerged quickly after coming to…
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Reunited on the field after eight years

By Community Member | March 19, 2018 10:44 pm
New Kent Lady Trojan softball head coach Maria Bates (left) and former teammate and now current Maury Lady Commodores softball head coach Nikki Jones (right) flank New Kent Middle School teacher Tamika Hathaway after Monday’s contest between the two squads. Jones and Bates, 2010 graduates of New Kent High School, met each other in Hathaway’s classroom where their friendship blossomed.

New Kent comes out on top at “Shoot the Gun and Run” Invitational

By Andre Jones | March 17, 2018 4:48 pm
New Kent's Kyle Coles launches into the air on his way to claiming the long jump title.Andre' Jones photos

New Kent’s Kyle Coles, Michael Gatling, and the boys’ 4×400 meter relay team emerged as event winners to lead the host Trojans to a team title at the 6th annual “Shoot the Gun and Run” Invitational at New Kent High School on Mar. 17. The Trojans scored 126.16 points to claim the team championship, outdistancing Bay Rivers foe Lafayette who finished as runner-up with 84 and J.R. Tucker’s 60, placing them in third. Charles City scored two points, good enough for 18th at the meet. Coles leaped 19’8” to win the long jump event, while Gatling emerged with a career…
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Brandon’s seven RBIs propels New Kent to crushing victory over Bruton

By Robb Johnson | March 16, 2018 11:16 pm
New Kent's Lamont Brandon executes a bunt to get a first inning rally going.Robb Johnson photo

Sometimes the best way to bounce back from a tough loss is with a statement performance. Apparently New Kent’s Lamont Brandon got that message loud and clear. Brandon accounted for seven RBIs as the Trojans trounced Bruton 22-2 in the Bay Rivers opening contest for both squads Friday afternoon. Brandon’s bunt in the first advanced teammate Jacob Rivera around the bases. Bruton errors coupled with a couple of Brandon steals provided a 2-0 lead for New Kent. Later in the inning, Ty Boyette added two more RBIs, driving in Nick Sorenson and Riggs Ellis. Chris Wade stole home to up…
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New Kent dominates on mound, plate in romp of Bruton

By Robb Johnson | March 16, 2018 10:43 pm
New Kent pitcher Gracie Ellis uncorks a pitch to the plate.Robb Johnson photo

Powered by a dominating pitching effort and strong performance at the plate, New Kent’s Lady Trojans cruised to an 11-0 beatdown of the visiting Bruton Lady Panthers in Friday afternoon’s Bay Rivers contest. Lady Trojan Gracie Ellis’s performance on the mound and at the plate keyed the hosts’ play. Taylor Goode drove in a run followed by teammate Haley Cleaver bringing her home to provide an early 2-0 New Kent lead. Ellis limited Bruton from getting on base, while New Kent tacked on nine runs in the remainder of the contest to force a slaughter rule victory. After the contest,…
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New Kent Trojan tennis opens with win over Lakeland

By Community Member | March 16, 2018 12:43 am

New Kent’s boys’ tennis team claimed a victory over Lakeland 7-2 in their Mar. 14 home opener. Singles: Quincy Baker (L) def. Tate Estis, Jason Walker (NK) def. Josh Ellis (L), Jay Benfield (NK) def. Reese Wilkinson (L), Adam Gray (NK) def. Hunter Monk (L), Riley Baker (NK) def. Austin Bradshaw (L), Leighton Fessman (NK) def. Brian Verranga (L). Doubles: Bailey/Ellis (L) def. Walker/Benfield (NK), Baker/Albertson (NK) def. Bradshaw/Monk (L), Estis/Fessman (NK) def. Wilkinson/Verranga (L).

Ball control strategy effective, Lady Trojans win home opener against Colonial Heights

By Robb Johnson | March 16, 2018 12:36 am
New Kent's Jennifer Critz prepares to launch a free kick into the field of play.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans entered their Mar. 14 home opening looking to topple a Colonial Heights team that swept them last season. Employing a strategy to hold the ball and keep it on their side of the field proved to be a winning formula for the home team. Second half goals by New Kent’s Grace Lysek and Haley Brady provided breathing room as the hosts prevailed 3-1 in the home opener for the Lady Trojans. Lady Trojan Taylor Clements provided the lone score in the first half, providing a 1-0 cushion for the hosts heading into halftime. As action picked…
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