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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 24, 2017


Christian guides Mountaineers into NCAA tournament for second time in four years

By Andre Jones | March 7, 2017 9:12 pm

Mount St. Mary’s head basketball coach and New Kent native Jamion Christian led his Mountaineers to a 71-61 victory over the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash on Mar. 7, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament. The win marks the second time Christian has led the Mountaineers to the big dance, with his other appearance coming in 2014. Christian received accolades as the Northeast Conference’s coach of the year and guided the Mountaineers to its first regular season title in 21 years. Christian graduated from New Kent High School in 2000 and was named the Group 1A Player of the…
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Stranglehold on state titles

By Andre Jones | March 6, 2017 10:14 pm
New Kent High School wrestlers Trent Ragland (center) and Caden Darber (right) were honored for their first place accolades in the Group 3A State wrestling championships at New Kent School Board’s Mar. 6 regular monthly meeting. The school board also recognized New Kent sophomore Lexi Mills who emerged as the state diving champion and senior Griffin Kowal who won the state indoor pole vault title. Accompanying Ragland and Darber is New Kent superintendent of schools Dave Myers (left).Andre' Jones photo

Freedom Martial Arts sending nine to national competition

By Community Member | March 3, 2017 4:01 pm
Members of Freedom Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do team pose with medals after a successful meet in Fredericksburg on Feb. 18.

Freedom Martial Arts, located in New Kent, won the Tae Kwon Do Virginia AAU State Qualifier in Fredericksburg on Feb. 18. The team competed against other groups throughout the state, earning a total of nine medals and a trip to compete in the AAU National competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on July 4. Gold medal winners at state competition were Olivia Altizer, Sierra Altizer, Nate Nottingham, and Chayse Brinkley. Silver medal winners included Dakotah Brinkley, Andrew LeBlanc, and Caressa Altizer, while Steven Stone and Zach Wiseman’s performances earned them bronze medals. Freedom Martial Arts “Olympic Sports Team” is led by…
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Christian named NEC Coach of the Year

By Andre Jones | February 28, 2017 6:38 pm

New Kent native and Mount St. Mary’s head basketball coach Jamion Christian has been named the Northeast Conference’s Coach of the Year. Christian led the Mountaineers to a 12-4 conference record and a first place regular season finish in the Northeast Conference. His leadership landed players Elijah Long as a first-team conference selection, Junior Robinson as a second-team conference selection, and Miles Wilson on the all-rookie team. Christian is completing his fifth year at the school and has taken the Mountaineers to the conference tournament in each year of his tenure.

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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