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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 21, 2018


Providence Forge siblings qualify for high jump event in national track meets

By Community Member | July 10, 2018 12:21 pm

Siblings Jayden and Lauren Curry, both of Providence Forge, qualified for the USA Track and Field (USATF) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. The siblings participate in the high jump competition in their respective age group. At the USATF regionals in Hampton, Jayden cleared a height of 4’5” to finished third in the boys’ 11-12 age group, while sister Lauren cleared 3’11” in the girls’ 9-10 age division to finish fourth. In the state competition, Lauren won the high jump event and Jayden finished third. The duo will participate in the USATF national meet…
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Scoring at South Carolina tournament

By Community Member | July 9, 2018 6:24 pm
Charles City’s AAU Gladiators participated in the 2018 NTBA boys’ basketball championships from July 8-11 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Pictured are (l to r) Head Coach Vonda Williams, Deshaun Bailey, Teryn Harris, Justin Bradby, Tayvion Harris, Justis Crawley, DeVontae Johnson, Marichal Charity Jr., De’Rome Chretien Jr., and Leo Charity.

Kelly conquering cornhole circuit across the country

By Andre Jones | July 6, 2018 2:16 pm
From tossing a basketball in hoops to tossing beanbags, Trae Kelly has taken a pastime and transformed it into a career.Andre Jones photo (left), Photo courtesy of Trae Kelly (right).

On the Fourth of July, most people are spending time with family and friends, enjoying cookouts and watching firework shows at night time. For Charles City native Thomas ‘Trae’ Kelly, he was spending Independence day appearing on ESPN2 from Coney Island in New York and competing in a televised cornhole tournament. Cornhole is a game where players take turns tossing small beanbags in an attempt to put them in a hole. Kelly is taking that recreational pastime and transforming it into a career. As a student at Charles City High School, Kelly excelled academics as well as being a three-sport…
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First pitch

By Community Member | June 29, 2018 9:10 pm
New Kent resident Boogie Davis throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of the Virginia Tech vs. Duke game on Apr. 28 as part of Virginia Tech’s celebration of 125 years of baseball. Davis was a member of the Hokies team from 1948 to 1950 and was the oldest alumnae in attendance. Davis normally pitched to his brother, the late Preston Davis, who was a catcher on the squad.Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech

New Kent’s Reeders wins triple jump at Group 3A state track meet

By Community Member | June 8, 2018 12:29 am

New Kent’s C.J. Reeders leaped 45’3” in the boys’ triple jump en route to winning the event at the Group 3A State Championships from June 1-3 at Harrisonburg High School. Reeders’ win earned 10 points for the Trojans track team, helping the team finish ninth at the Group 3A State Championships with a total of 24.5 points. New Kent’s 4×100 relay team of Reeders, Joe Allen, Julius Jacobs, and Evan Branch ran a season-best of 44.08 to earn a third-place finish. Mozay Kalo finished seventh in the 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 52.67. Teammate Michael Galting’s 40.76 in the…
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Brown finishes 11th in girls’ 100-meter hurdles at 1A state meet

By Community Member | June 8, 2018 12:12 am

Charles City Lady Panther Laina Brown earned an 11th place finish in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles at the Group 1A State Track & Field Championships on June 2 at East Rockingham High School. Brown ran a time of 18.80, the second best of her career at the event. She was the first Lady Panther to compete in the state championships for Charles City since 2012.

Virginia’s high school volleyball ‘Coach of the Year’

By Andre Jones | June 4, 2018 10:00 pm
New Kent head volleyball coach Cynthia Burnett (right) was named as the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Virginia Volleyball Coach of the Year for 2016-17. In her 30 years at the helm of New Kent’s volleyball program, Burnett has racked up 468 wins, ranking her second all-time in the state among both retired and active coaches. In addition to bringing home a state championship in 2000 and a state runner-up trophy in 2001, she has accumulated two regional titles, five district titles, and made nine state appearances while racking up a 67 percent winning rate. Presenting Burnett her plaque is New Kent superintendent of schools Dave Myers.Andre' Jones photo

Hellebrandt, Evans to play volleyball at Richard Bland

By Community Member | June 4, 2018 1:50 pm

Two future graduates of New Kent High School will continue their volleyball careers at Richard Bland College. Trojan teammates Jada Evans and Sierra Hellebrandt will unite for the upcoming season at the college located in Prince George. Hellebrandt was an honorable district team member for the Bay Rivers Distict while Evans was a second-team all-state selection and first team region selection, setting a new school record with 1,075 career digs.

Trojans’ track team finish runner-up in 3A regional championship

By Robb Johnson | May 26, 2018 11:06 am
New Kent's Julius Jacobs (left) outstrides Booker T. Washington's Azariah Bright in the second heat of the boys' 200-meter dash.Robb Johnson photo

After winning a majority of meets this year, New Kent’s boys’ track and field team were upset by Bay Rivers District foe Tabb at the Class 3A Region A meet Thursday inside their home stadium. New Kent scored 130 points, settling for the runner-up position to the Tigers 141 points. Lakeland rounded out the top three with 111.75 points. New Kent’s Patrick Johnson, C.J. Reeders, Will Tolley, and boys’ 4×100 meter relay teams all brought home first place finishes. Johnson won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:43.38, while Tolley’s clearance of 14’0” won him the pole vault competition….
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Lady Trojans cruise to first round regional win

By Robb Johnson | May 26, 2018 10:41 am
New Kent hurler Gracie Ellis commands the mound as she struck out eight in Friday's contest.Robb Johnson photo

The path to a championship sometimes come with bumps in the road. For New Kent’s Lady Trojans, it wasn’t the Lakeland Lady Cavaliers. Behind eight strikeouts by Lady Trojan hurler Gracie Ellis, New Kent cruised to a 9-0 win over the visiting Lady Cavaliers. Confidence emerged early in the game thanks to patience at the plate. Smart softball plays along with putting runners on base allowed for runs to cross home plate for the hosts. Meanwhile, Lakeland only connected off Ellis twice in the contest, making the defense’s job easy for most of the game. After the contest, Lady Trojan…
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