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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 29, 2017

Sports

Middle school district champions

By Community Member | May 16, 2017 11:08 pm
New Kent Middle School’s Lady Lions softball team claimed the 2017 Bay Rivers Title on May 15. The team defeated Grafton 9-1 in the district championship game, bringing home the trophy for the fourth time in school history. The team finished with a 9-1 record and was led by Coach Butch Winston.

Lafayette tops New Kent 7-1 on Senior Night

By Alan Chamberlain | May 15, 2017 11:36 pm
New Kent's Chris Rosser (4) and Jhan Smith (3) work to keep the ball away from Lafayette's Nathan Lowery. Below, Trojan keeper Billy John leaps to bat the ball away for one of his 14 saves on the night.Alan Chamberlain photos

New Kent’s Trojans survived Lafayette’s early salvo of 10 shots and six corner kicks. But 15 minutes into Monday’s soccer contest, the visiting Rams took the lead for good on the way to a 7-1 triumph, spoiling New Kent’s Senior Night and regular season home finale. By halftime, the Rams owned a 5-0 lead. New Kent’s Alan Walker averted a shutout near the second half’s midpoint on a high shot over Ram keeper Joe Egbo. Josue Benitez assisted on the score. Lafayette held a 33-18 edge in shots. Trojan keeper Billy John managed 14 saves to Egbo’s four. The outcome…
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New Kent walks past Smithfield for fifth inning comeback and 6-5 triumph

By Alan Chamberlain | May 10, 2017 9:34 am
New Kent first baseman Mitchell Metheny (above) puts the tag on Smithfield's Josh Farmer, but just a split second too late to record an out. Below, Trojan catcher Chris Wade tags out the Packers' Rob Dennis in a collision at the plate. Contact bloodied Wade's face, but Dennis was ejected.Alan Chamberlain photos

Riding a no-hitter and a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, Smithfield’s Packers appeared well on their way to an easy baseball triumph over New Kent’s host Trojans. Trojan coach Michael Kuper best summed up what transpired from there: “Sometimes when things aren’t going well with the bats, you have to take what you can get.” And what the hosts got were five consecutive walks with one away in the fifth to trigger an uprising that led to New Kent’s 6-5 comeback victory in Tuesday’s encounter. Smithfield jumped on top 1-0 in the first before adding two…
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Lady Trojans come up short in upset bid over Smithfield

By Alan Chamberlain | May 10, 2017 8:25 am
New Kent catcher Haley Cleaver gloves a pop-up in foul ground for a fifth inning out.Alan Chamberlain photo

Last month, New Kent’s Lady Trojans absorbed a 12-0, five-inning defeat at the hands of Smithfield’s Packers. Tuesday’s rematch at New Kent featured a much-improved Lady Trojan team with the ability to turn the contest into a see-saw affair. But the Packers broke a 4-4 deadlock with a solo run in the fifth inning. The visitors then held off their hosts over the final two frames to escape with a 6-4 win. “[Smithfield] started hitting us really well,” Lady Trojan coach Maria Bates said, pointing to the Packers overcoming her team’s early lead. “This team beat us 12-0 last time,…
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New Kent frustrates Jamestown for most of first half before falling 7-1

By Alan Chamberlain | May 10, 2017 12:02 am
New Kent keeper Logan Deters (above) slides to smother the ball, preventing a shot by Jamestown's Lexico Gonzalez. Below, New Kent's Harrison Hunt (16) out-leaps Jamestown's John Henry for a header.Alan Chamberlain photos

A solid performance enabled New Kent’s Trojans to hang with Jamestown’s powerful Eagles for most of the first half during Tuesday night’s soccer clash. But the Eagles eventually lived up to their reputation of being the area’s premier team, cashing in on seven of its 35 shots on the night to walk away with a 7-1 win. “I think [Jamestown] thought they’d come in here, beat us up, and go home early,” said Trojan coach Keith Grant. “But we didn’t panic. We made passes and we made some runs. I’m happy with it.” For the Trojans, the contest marked their…
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Charles City standout returns to offer free athletic training services

By Andre Jones | May 9, 2017 8:55 pm
Terrell Brooks (left) gives dribbling instructions to academy participants Ryan Christian (foreground) and Darrick Tyler.Andre' Jones photo

As a standout athlete during the late 1990s, Charles City native Terrell Brooks admitted that he didn’t know his true potential coming out of high school. But nearly two decades later and a wealth of knowledge, Brooks is looking to pass his life lessons to up-and-coming student athletes by offering sporting services that not many kids in his hometown have access to. The Brooks Basketball Academy started out as a one-week camp experience in 2015 through Charles City Parks and Recreation. With the initial feedback reaping positive results, Brooks began concocting a plan to make it a place for athletes…
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Virginia Gems win national championship

By Community Member | May 9, 2017 7:57 pm
The Virginia Gems, based out of New Kent Gymnastics Center, completed their fifth season with the Senior team winning first place and the Youth team finishing third at the U.S National Championships. All of the Gem teams finished in the top ten at the meet, with the three Level 1 teams winning first place in “The One” competition. In total, the team accumulated five national titles, four Grand Champion titles, four paid bids, and recognition for high scores this season.

Early scores help lift Poquoson over New Kent

By Alan Chamberlain | May 8, 2017 9:58 pm
New Kent's Adam Caldwell (19) and Poquoson's Kyle Freeman (above) chase down the ball for an eventual header while (below) the Trojans' Kyle Claytor completes a header over teammate Alan Walker and Poquoson's Antonio Papa.Alan Chamberlain photos

Two goals during the first 10 minutes of play proved to be more than enough to propel Poquoson’s Islanders toward a soccer victory over New Kent. The host Trojans had opportunities to get back in Monday night’s contest, but to no avail. Poquoson went on to add another pair of goals in the second half on the way to a 4-0 win, dropping the hosts to 3-10. “We had some good stuff going at times, and we almost capitalized on a couple of shots,” said Trojan coach Keith Grant. His team settled down after the initial onslaught, but an open…
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Charles City boys fourth, girls fifth in Tidewater District meet

By Andre Jones | May 4, 2017 10:20 pm
Charles City's Alonzo Harper (left) makes a baton exchange with teammate Steven Crewe during the 4x800 meter relay.Andre' Jones photo

Charles City’s boys’ track and field team accumulated 59 points, good enough for a fourth-place finish during the May 4 Tidewater District home meet. Panther senior Troy Crawley emerged as the lone event winner for the host school, claiming the boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 11.63. Middlesex boys’ won the meet with 170.5 points, with Mathews (110.5), and West Point (101) also finishing ahead of the Panthers. King William’s 29 points and King & Queen’s 20 points rounded up the scoring. On the girls’ side, the two-girl team of Laina Brown and Aysia Wallace scored five points, good…
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Colonial Heights takes down New Kent 4-1 in rain-soaked contest

By Alan Chamberlain | May 4, 2017 9:51 pm
With  steady rain falling, New Kent's Jennifer Critz (12) takes the ball away from Colonial Heights' Nicole Mills.Alan Chamberlain photo

After spotting Colonial Heights a two-goal lead in the first half, New Kent’s Lady Trojans got back in Thursday night’s soccer match thanks to an early second half penalty kick. But the hosts got no closer. The Colonials added two more goals to claim a 4-1 triumph. A steady rain fell for most of the first half, but the soggy field appeared to have little impact on overall play. The first opportunity to open the scoring came New Kent’s way on a perfect centering pass from Sara Ward to Jazmine Berry. Berry found an open spot in front of the…
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