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


New Kent’s Kowal repeats as 3A state indoor pole vault champ

By Community Member | February 25, 2017 9:56 pm

New Kent senior Griffin Kowal successfully defended his state pole vault title by winning the event and breaking the meet record during the 2017 3A state indoor track championships held Friday and Saturday at Roanoke College. Kowal cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to better the old state indoor record, set in 2015, by a half-inch. The winning vault was his first of the day, having passed at lower heights. He attempted to extend his record, but missed on three attempts at 15-3. He now heads to outdoor track where he also holds the state 3A title from a year ago….
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Championship coaching

By Andre Jones | February 25, 2017 6:16 pm
Mount St. Mary’s University head coach and New Kent native Jamion Christian led his team to a 77-62 win, clinching the Northeast Conference regular season championship Saturday afternoon. Picked to finish fifth in the conference, Christian orchestrated a 14-4 campaign to lead the Mountaineers to its first regular season championship since 1996 and guarantees a postseason trip for the school. Christian, in his fifth year at the helm, has led Mount St. Mary’s to the conference playoffs in each year of his tenure and will have homecourt advantage in this year’s edition in an attempt to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.Andre' Jones photo

Charles City’s Hickman named Tidewater District’s most outstanding player

By Community Member | February 23, 2017 7:36 am

Charles City Lady Panther Santaesha Hickman was named as the Tidewater District’s player-of-the-year in girls basketball for this past season. The sophomore guard averaged 25.7 points per game this year on her way to accumulating a new school single season record of 540 points. Hickman was also named as a first team member of both the Tidewater District and Conference 42, respectively. On the boys’ side, two Panther seniors garnered second team Tidewater District honors. The backcourt duo of Ray Crump and Kyle Jones were recognized during the district meeting. Crump also earned second team Conference 42 honors while Jones…
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New Kent girls place 7th in 3A state swimming, diving

By Community Member | February 19, 2017 3:59 pm

Led by Lexi Mills’ diving win and Julianna Jones’ runner-up finishes in two events, New Kent’s Lady Trojans placed seventh overall with 155 points in the state 3A swimming and diving championships that concluded Saturday in Richmond. Mills won the one-meter diving title while Jones took second in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events with respective times of 52.0 and 1:52.84. Zorey Sargent finished third in the 200 individual medley (2:10.59) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.17). Meghan Coleson placed 11th in the 100 butterfly (1:01.89) and 12th in the 100 backstroke (1:02.77). Morgan Bowman captured 15th in…
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Darber defends title, Ragland also prevails at 3A state wrestling

By Community Member | February 18, 2017 11:41 pm

New Kent’s Caden Darber successfully defended his 132-pound title while teammate Trent Ragland prevailed at 220 pounds in the 3A state wrestling championships held Friday and Saturday in Salem. New Kent placed ninth overall with 70 points, 24 apiece coming by way of Darber and Ragland. Christiansburg dominated the competition to win with 204. Darber (37-6) won by 6-4 decision over Christianburg’s Marshall Keller in the 132-pound title match. Earlier, he won by fall (1:24) over Warren County’s Bobby Hunger in the semifinals after pinning Brentsville District’s Colin Brady in 1:24 in the quarterfinals.      Ragland (40-6) won a close…
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New Kent dominates in pole vault at 3A East Region indoor track meet

By Community Member | February 18, 2017 10:16 pm

New Kent’s Griffin Kowal cleared a meet record 15 feet, 3 inches in pole vault as the Trojans placed four in the event on the way to a fifth place finish in the 3A East Region indoor track championships held Feb. 15 in Hampton. Darius Jones cleared 12 feet to take second followed by Will Tolley in fourth (10-6) while Jack Daniels tied for fifth (9-6). Overall, the Trojans totaled 46.5 points for fifth place. Lakeland won the meet with 92.5 followed by Tabb with 81.5. In the girls’ portion, New Kent’s Lady Trojans came in 12th with 8.5 points…
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New Kent’s Mills wins state 3A diving championship

By Community Member | February 16, 2017 10:35 pm

New Kent sophomore Alexa “Lexi” Mills won the state diving title during the Virginia 3A swimming and diving championships held Thursday night in Richmond. Mills is New Kent’s first athlete to compete in diving. She adds the 3A state title to her recent championships on the Conference 25 and 3A East Region levels.

New Kent blows 20-0 lead, falls 54-51 to Colonial Heights in Conference 25 semis

By Alan Chamberlain | February 16, 2017 10:12 pm
New Kent's Jordan Hernandez throws down a first quarter dunk during the Trojans' 20-0 opening spurt. The lead did not last as third-seeded Colonial Heights fought back to oust the second seed.Alan Chamberlain photo

Seven minutes into their Conference 25 basketball semifinal with Colonial Heights, New Kent’s host Trojans owned a 20-0 lead. Unfortunately, it would take just over 20 minutes for the Trojans to net their next 20 points. In between, the Colonials gradually erased New Kent’s seemingly comfortable margin, bypassing the Trojans late in the third quarter. Trailing for all of the final quarter, the Trojans’ last ditch bid to force overtime came up short, enabling the Colonials to escape with a 54-51 Thursday win along with trip to the conference final as well as next week’s region tourney. New Kent’s season…
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New Kent third in regional wrestling; eight Trojans headed to state tournament

By Alan Chamberlain | February 11, 2017 11:26 pm
New Kent's Caden Darber works over the back to gain control of Warhill's Trey Drummond in the 132-pound final at Saturday's 3A East Region tournament.Alan Chamberlain photos

A third-place finish was not what New Kent’s Trojans, champions of Conference 25, had in mind entering the two-day 3A East Regional wrestling tournament, especially since the event took place on their mats. After all, in past seasons when New Kent served as host, the Trojans always claimed the team title. But after Friday’s first day matches, Warren County sat comfortably in front with New Kent locked in a tie for second with arch-rival Poquoson. And when the finals wrapped up late Saturday afternoon, the Islanders edged ahead of the Trojans, relegating the hosts to third. Warren County had no…
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Lafayette free throws hold off New Kent in regular season finale

By Alan Chamberlain | February 8, 2017 10:01 pm
Shaking off effects of a knee injury that has sidelined her all season, New Kent senior  Tessa Gray returns to the court during Wednesday's Senior Night to score the first basket in the regular season finale with Lafayette.Alan Chamberlain photo

What Lafayette’s Rams lacked in shooting accuracy from the floor, they offset with nearly perfect precision from the free throw line. They used that touch over three quarters to separate themselves from New Kent’s host Lady Trojans before pulling away for a 46-21 basketball triumph. Frequent turnovers (25 combined) plus missed shots from the floor (46 combined) contributed to a low-scoring first half Wednesday night. Both teams sank five field goals, but Ram free throw shooting (8-for-9 compared to New Kent’s 0-for-2) put the visitors up 19-10 at the break. Through three quarters, Lafayette converted only 17 percent (8-for-47) of…
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