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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 25, 2017


Lack of execution plagues Charles City as Drifters roll

By Andre Jones | September 22, 2017 11:02 pm
Charles City’s Jayron Jones (52) gets enough grip to wrap up and pull down Colonial Beach running back Kindrick Smith.Andre' Jones photo

Charles City’s Panthers returned home for the first time in a month looking to duplicate their previous feat in Leon C. Miles Memorial Stadium and come out with a win. Unfortunately for the hosts, the visiting Drifters from Colonial Beach hit early… and often. Two touchdowns within the first three minutes of the game launched Colonial Beach to 36 first half points, eventually leading to a 48-0 shutout of the home-standing Panthers. After receiving the opening kickoff, the guests wasted little time finding the end zone. Operating out of the single wing formation, running back Corvion Davis would take a…
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York no match for New Kent

By Robb Johnson | September 21, 2017 11:24 pm
New Kent’s Jada Evans engages in a battle at the net against two York blockers.Robb Johnson photo

Sometimes a strong start leads to a strong finish. That is what happened as New Kent’s dominance overwhelmed the visiting York Lady Falcons 25-13, 25-11, 25-19 in the Sept. 21 Bay Rivers’ volleyball match. The hosts started quickly, dominating the serving game with four aces in the first set to claim in. In set two, a mixture of aggressive kills and timely digs would lead to another victory. In the third set, York managed to stay competitive, trailing New Kent by a mere point (10-9) before Lady Trojan head coach called a timeout. After advising her squad not to lose…
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Defense stands firm as Lady Trojans beat Jamestown 1-0

By Andre Jones | September 21, 2017 10:04 pm
New Kent’s Hannah Gilland (left) winds up to blast the ball past a Jamestown defender.Andre' Jones photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans field hockey team faced a Jamestown team that took on two personas in the Sept. 21 Bay Rivers contest. But a strong defensive output by the hosts and a lone goal by Maddy Heath proved to be the difference maker against the Eagles. New Kent defended their home field with a 1-0 victory in what was described as a physical contest by Lady Trojan head coach Matt Duckworth. “We pressed and we had to keep pressure on them,” he said. “We played through contact and this was a physical game. I thought we responded well.” Early…
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New Kent scores eight TDs on ground, romps Bruton 61-6

By Robb Johnson | September 16, 2017 2:55 am
New Kent’s Evan Branch (1) breaks up a pass intended for Bruton wide receiver Milyon Mitchell.Robb Johnson photo

As New Kent hosted the visiting Bruton Panthers on Friday night at the Ed Allen Jr. Complex, it was as simple as saying that the guests were in the wrong place at the wrong time. New Kent accumulated 466 rushing yards and scored nine total touchdowns, steamrolling Bruton 61-6 in the Bay Rivers opener for the Trojans. After benefitting from an early Bruton kick catch interference penalty, the hosts rode the legs of running back Evan Branch. Branch’s three consecutive carries, including the last for 36 yards, put the hosts up 7-0 less than two minutes into the contest. Bruton…
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New Kent’s perserverance results in Bay Rivers’ victory

By Robb Johnson | September 15, 2017 1:03 pm
New Kent’s Lexie Butler (right) delivers a devastating kill against a Lafayette blocker.Robb Johnson photo

They say that while confidence can breed success, too much confidence can make you complacent. Apparently after the visiting Lafayette Lady Rams won the opening set during the Sept. 14 contest at New Kent, those words eventually doomed the guests. New Kent’s Lady Trojans perseverance resulted in a 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-8 victory during the Bay Rivers District contest. The hosts opted for a younger lineup to kickoff the match, hoping it would build team morale after two consecutive losses. However, the shift in strategy backfired, resulting in the ploy to be abandoned. Unfortunately, the change wasn’t salvaged in time…
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Inexperience evident as Lady Panthers drop home opener

By Andre Jones | September 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Charles City’s Jaelah Wyatt positions herself underneath the ball to provide a pass for a teammate.Andre' Jones photo

With the departure of ten players from last year’s team due to graduation and transfers, Charles City’s Lady Panthers volleyball head coach Racene Otey knows the rebuilding process will take some time. A first look at her team in a home environment provided some insight on the team’s future outlook. Charles City fell 13-25, 15-25, 14-25 in straight sets to King & Queen during the Sept. 14 Tidewater District matchup. After exchanging scores early on in the contest, the Lady Tigers rallied behind four consecutive aces from Alexis Lotty to take a 10-4 lead. Charles City maintained pace in part…
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Shift in strategy propels New Kent to 3-1 field hockey win

By Robb Johnson | September 13, 2017 10:18 pm
New Kent’s Emily Montecalvo (7) maneuvers around a Bruton defender to dribble the ball down the field.Robb Johnson photo

“I was impressed with our energy and speed, especially with the way we started and were moving out there tonight.” Those words came from an elated Lady Trojans head coach Matt Duckworth as New Kent defeated the visiting Bruton Lady Panthers 3-1 in the Sept. 13 field hockey contest. Both teams failed to convert penalty corners early in the contest. But while the Lady Panthers’ offense was stifled by the fast play defense of the hosts, New Kent’s pressure kept the visitors on the defensive side of the field for most of the first half. Despite five scoring attempts, it…
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Grafton’s aggressiveness overwhelms Lady Trojans in straight sets

By Robb Johnson | September 13, 2017 12:25 am
Alaina Torres tries to make the save before the ball hits out of bounds.Robb Johnson photo

After a loss at Bay Rivers’ powerhouse on Sept. 11, New Kent looked to bounce back against visiting Grafton Lady Clippers, another powerhouse in the district. However, the visitors’ tenacious offense combined with sloppy play by the Lady Trojans equaled a second straight defeat. Grafton rolled in 16-25, 23-25, and 21-25 in straight sets during the Sept. 12 volleyball clash. New Kent struggled in the opening set, seemingly overmatched by Grafton’s athleticism. Errors resulted in the Lady Clippers taking an 17-7 lead early. The hosts managed a mild 5-1 rally, but the momentum was literally killed as Lady Clipper Olivia…
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New Kent overcomes sluggish start, tops Poquoson in five sets

By Robb Johnson | September 6, 2017 2:54 pm
New Kent’s Lindsey Johnson spikes the ball for a kill against Poquoson.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans overcame early defensive woes and errors to put away the visiting Poquoson Lady Islanders 16-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22, 15-4 in the Sept. 5 evening volleyball affair. The match started rough for the Lady Trojans, who spotted the visitors a seven-point lead. Paired with a couple of errors and lapses in defense, the Lady Trojans were beat by Poquoson’s strategy to tap the ball over the net in the opening frame. A back-and-forth affair in the second frame saw New Kent seize control. Lady Trojan Bryanna Seay’s tap into a dead spot on the floor served as…
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Second at showcase

By Community Member | September 4, 2017 10:56 am
New Kent High School compiled a 4-1 record at Virginia Volleyball Showcase and finished as runner-up in the White Division during the two day tournament that began on Sept. 2. The Lady Trojans earned wins of South Lakes, Cosby, James River (Midlothian) and King George High School. New Kent was edged out by Mountain View in the championship game. Lady Trojan Jada Evans was named to the all-tournament team. This was New Kent’s seventh appearance in the showcase since its inception in 1998.
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