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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 30, 2017

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York second half spurt turns back Lady Trojans in home soccer opener

By Alan Chamberlain | March 29, 2017 11:48 pm
New Kent defender Haley Grisbaum (7) takes the ball away from York striker Madison Van Dyke during first half action.

For most of the first half, New Kent’s Lady Trojans and York’s visiting Falcons slugged it out in basically an even soccer contest. As halftime approached, a scoreless tie seemed certain, but with under two minutes left, the Falcons moved in front. After the break, three Falcon goals over a 15-minute span spurred the visitors toward a 5-1 final. Lady Trojan first year head coach Steve Grech labeled the first half tie-breaker as devastating for his team. “What happened is that goal with less than two minutes left in the first half brought the team down,” he said. “Then in…
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Jamestown submariner sinks New Kent in 7-0 shutout

By Alan Chamberlain | March 29, 2017 11:00 pm
New Kent shortstop Riggs Ellis looks to fire to first to complete a fifth inning double play after forcing out an Eagle runner at second.Alan Chamberlain photo

Unable to solve the submarine-style delivery of Jamestown pitcher Ryan Devine, New Kent’s host Trojans could not muster the offense needed to overcome the Eagles in Wednesday baseball action. Devine went on to toss a four-hit shutout on the way to a 7-0 final. “[Devine] has a very unorthodox delivery, and we struggled with it,” said Trojan coach Michael Kuper. “It’s just something we don’t see very often.” The Eagles roughed up Trojan starter Wyatt Delong in the second inning, capitalizing on two hits and a pair of errors to take a 4-0 lead. The visitors added another run in…
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New Kent bats erupt too late to overtake Jamestown

By Alan Chamberlain | March 29, 2017 10:36 pm
Covering the plate, New Kent's Alex Peace waits for the throw that arrived too late to erase Jamestown's Ariana Reynolds in the fourth inning.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans ruined Jamestown pitcher Madelyn Morton’s no-hitter bid in the sixth inning with three hits leading to a pair of runs in Wednesday’s softball encounter. By then, however, the visiting Eagles had built a 6-0 advantage. New Kent could not cash in the rest of the way, enabling the Eagles to post an 8-2 victory. “I feel like we’re not coming in focused,” New Kent coach Maria Bates said after her team fell to 1-6. “We’re in a little hitting slump, but at least we were able to fight back. “We’ll get there,” she added. “We’ve just…
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‘The Warriors Way’

By Community Member | March 29, 2017 12:09 am
The Charles City Warriors 10U basketball team emerged as champions after their 39-36 win over the Fort Lee Lakers during the Mar. 19 championship game. The team overcame adversity throughout the season and won a two-day tournament to take home the title. Team members are Va’Nyah Otey, Julian LaPastora, Terrell Crawley, Alana Justice, Cash Jones, Nyema Cotman, Ny’Hakiyah Cotman, Kaylen Cotman, Taylor Bey, Shane Jones, and Jamon Brown. The Warriors are coached by Racene Otey and assisted by VaShaun Otey Sr. and Timothy Justice.

New Kent prevails in soccer thriller, toppling Northampton 5-4 in overtime

By Alan Chamberlain | March 27, 2017 11:19 pm
New Kent's Josue Benitez (1) puts a tackling move on Northampton's Jesus Maldonado-Lopez during first half action Monday night.Alan Chamberlain photos

After building a three-goal lead in the first half, New Kent’s Trojans watched their early advantage gradually slip away in the face of a fierce comeback mounted by Northampton’s visiting Yellow Jackets. The visitors overtook their hosts by the end of regulation to force overtime. But the Trojans shrugged off the Yellow Jackets’ dominating second half performance to take control in the extra sessions. Sophomore Adam Caldwell’s two goals, one in the first extra period and the other coming with just over a minute to play in the second, proved to be the difference makers in New Kent’s thrilling 5-4…
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Equipment upgrade

By Community Member | March 27, 2017 9:21 pm
New Kent Head Football Coach Clark Harrell (center) is joined by Trojan players in their updated weightlifting facility. More than $7,000 in new powerlifting equipment have been used to improve the fieldhouse building to enhance the conditioning and strength program of the Trojans’ football team.

Errors play major role in downfall of Panthers in baseball home opener

By Andre Jones | March 27, 2017 8:40 pm
Mathews' Brandon Williams is able to get under the tag of Charles City's Brian Menefee after a wild pitch.Andre' Jones

“We couldn’t make the simple plays.” That statement by returning Charles City baseball coach Irving Bradby summed up the Panthers 16-0 loss to Mathews Monday afternoon. For the first two innings, the host Panthers held Mathews explosive offense in check. As they entered the top of the third trailing 4-0, two back-to-back errors opened the floodgates for the visiting Blue Devils. A miscue on a pop fly by second baseman Dwayne Ghee and a ground ball misplayed by third baseman Andre’ Mason allowed three runs to cross the plate. Pitcher Brian Menefee’s attempt to halt the rally fell short, as…
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Powerhouse Mathews disposes of Lady Panthers

By Andre Jones | March 27, 2017 8:13 pm
Charles City's Adrianna Steele hauls in a pop fly to end the first inning.Andre' Jones photo

When Charles City moved to the Tidewater District five years ago, they knew that some programs would excel in some sports while others needed time to adjust. Fast forward to Monday’s home softball contest against top-ranked Mathews and it was evident that the transition is still a work in progress. The Lady Panthers couldn’t match the experience of the visiting Lady Blue Devils, falling 22-0 in Monday’s district contest. Mathews jumped out early on the hosts, racking up 13 runs in the first inning. The visitors racked up four more runs in the second as they notched 18 hits in…
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New Kent girls sixth, boys seventh at Charles City Invitational

By Andre Jones | March 27, 2017 8:58 am
New Kent's Cosette Mellas (center) battles Warhill's Raquel Veloso das Neves (left) and Windsor's Zaniyah Elam (right) out the blocks in the opening heat of the girls' 200-meter dash.Andre' Jones photos

New Kent’s Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs claimed the 3200-meter run as well as assisting her team to a third place finish in the girls’ 4×800 meter relay as the Lady Trojans finished sixth overall at the Charles City Invitational last Saturday. Clardy-Josephs ran a time of 13:16.83 to win the 3200-meter run. Joining teammates Olivia Hobson, Jocelin Corrales, and Samantha Miller, the quartet ran 12:05.34 in the 4×800 meter relay to garner bronze recognition. Abby Spangler’s 15’5” leap in the long jump was enough to finish runner-up in the competition, while Raven Harris also claimed a top three spot with a distance…
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New Kent gains big early lead while pitching preserves 7-5 win over Grafton

By Alan Chamberlain | March 24, 2017 9:11 pm
Teammates wait at home plate to congratulate a smiling Mitchell Metheny whose three-run second inning blast over the center field fence opened a 7-1 New Kent lead.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent bats roughed up Grafton pitching for seven runs on an equal number of hits in the first two innings of Friday’s baseball clash. The hosts Trojans managed just two hits the rest of the way, but the pitching of Mitchell Metheny and Aaron Wiggins blunted a Clipper comeback, helping the hosts to secure a 7-5 upset. “This is really a big win for us,” an elated Trojan head coach Michael Kuper said. “[Grafton] was the last undefeated team in Bay Rivers so this puts us in a good position. “Coming out and jumping on top like that gave…
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