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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 26, 2017


Athletes compete in Central VA track meet in New Kent

By Community Member | May 23, 2017 9:46 pm
Athletes pose with medals at the conclusion of the Central Virginia track meet qualifier held in New Kent.

New Kent Parks and Recreation hosted a local Central Virginia Track & Field meet on May 7. Participants aging from 9-14 took part in the event with the top two athletes in each division/event advancing to the Central Virginia Track & Field Event on June 3 at Caroline High School. Results (advancements only) 9-10 Division Girls: 50 Meter Dash- 1. Ryan Griffith 7.0, 2. Mia Jones 8.8. 400 Meter Dash- 1. Griffith 1:24. 100 Meter Dash- 1. Griffith 17.7, 2. Jones 22.9. 200 Meter Dash- 1. Jones 44.5. Long Jump- 1. Griffith 6’8½.” Softball Toss- 1. Jones 31’0”. Boys: 50…
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New Kent eases past Warhill 5-3 to close out regular season campaign

By Alan Chamberlain | May 20, 2017 12:35 am
Trojan shortstop Hunter Pitts looks to fire to first after forcing out Warhill's Sam Rochard at second base in the fifth inning.Alan Chamberlain photo

A three-run first inning surge vaulted New Kent’s host Trojans in front of Warhill’s Lion to stay. The hosts then withstood the visitors’ mild final frame rally to post a 5-3 baseball victory. Friday’s outcome provided a confidence-building win as the Trojans head into next week’s Conference 25 tournament. The Trojans host a Monday 5 p.m. opening round game against an opponent yet to be determined. The Trojans utilized four pitchers with reliever Bryan Brooks recording the win. The Lions managed a dozen hits, but the hosts’ defense bailed out the pitching staff. “We split [pitching duties] up to conserve…
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Lady Trojans throw scare into unbeaten Warhill before Lions survive in extra innings

By Alan Chamberlain | May 20, 2017 12:05 am
New Kent second baseman Sydney Ervin winds up to fire to first after forcing out Warhill's Emma Harris at second in the ninth inning.Alan Chamberlain photo

Far from intimidated by Warhill’s unbeaten Lions’ presence on their softball diamond, New Kent’s Lady Trojans took the defending state champs to the limit, forcing Friday’s contest into extra innings. But in the Warhill half of the 10th, a throwing error plated the eventual deciding run, enabling the Lions to escape unblemished with a 3-2 final. Despite the loss, Lady Trojan coach Maria Bates indicated the close encounter bodes well for her team’s chances in the Conference 25 tournament that opens Monday with New Kent, now 4-17, traveling to Southampton. “I’m pretty proud of the girls,” she said. “Only one…
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Tabb tops New Kent 4-0 to close out soccer regular season

By Alan Chamberlain | May 19, 2017 12:00 am
New Kent's Jazmine Berry (9) keeps the ball from bouncing out of bounds while blocking off Tabb's Schuyler Jurewicz. Below, Lady Trojan Payton Melvin (18) leaps to control the ball in front of Tabb's Abby Jurewicz. In the bottom photo, Lady Trojan Maggie Jarvis moves the ball upfield ahead of Abby Jurewicz.Alan Chamberlain photos

A 4-0 loss to Tabb in their regular season home finale could pay some benefits for New Kent’s Lady Trojans as they enter post-season soccer play. At least that’s the way Lady Trojan coach Steve Grech views the situation. “The girls played well,” Grech said after Thursday night’s contest. “Tabb has a great team and has beaten a lot of other teams 8-0 and 9-0. I’m happy with 4-0, but I wish it went the other way with this being Senior Night. “This was good training for us for the first playoff game,” he said, pointing to next Monday’s contest…
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Panthers win three events, finish fourth in Conference 42 championships

By Andre Jones | May 18, 2017 9:01 pm
Charles City's Laina Brown (left) battles Central Lunenburg's Kendra Alexander in the opening heat of the girls' 100 meter hurdles.Andre' Jones photo

Charles City’s Royal Washington and Mason Jefferson emerged as individual winners while the boys’ 4×100 meter relay team also claimed top billing as the Panthers finished fourth in the Conference 42 Track & Field Championships on May 18. Washington heaved the shot put 40’8”, claiming first in the field event. Jefferson cruised to a season best time of 11.55 in the 100-meter dash, finishing as one of four Panthers to qualify in the regional event. The 4×100 relay team of Cameron Vaden, Kyle Jones, Robert Dobson, and Troy Crawley orchestrated a time of 44.55 to outdistance the competition. Charles City…
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New Kent track teams dominate on way to clinching Conference 25 track crowns

By Alan Chamberlain | May 17, 2017 11:46 pm
New Kent's track teams celebrate with their championship trophies following Wednesday's sweep of the 3A Conference 25 meet. Below, Kyle Coles (center) edges ahead of Park View's Taquan Street (right) to win the 110-meter hurdles while Michael Gatling (left) took third. At the 100-meter finish, New Kent's Evan Branch (left) holds off Colonial Heights' Tziah James (right) who placed second and Southampton's Sheppard Mason (center) who was third. Lady Trojans Jacque Clardy-Josephs (2) and Jocelyn Corales (4) head into the second lap of the 800 meters where they took second and third, respectively. At bottom, Jon Swartout leaves the field behind on the third lap to easily win the 3200 meters.Alan Chamberlain photos

Buoyed by strong performances in the field events, New Kent teams raced away from the competition to capture the boys’ and girls’ titles in Wednesday’s 3A Conference 25 championships on their home facilities. The Lady Trojans amassed 148 points to easily outdistance runner-up Warhill’s 96. Poquoson took third with 69 followed by Southampton (68), Park View (65), and Colonial Heights (7). On the boys’ side, New Kent more than doubled the point total of their nearest competitor with 193 points. Park View finished second with 89 followed by Warhill (74), Poquoson (73), Southampton (58), and Colonial Heights (34). Raven Harris…
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West Point scores a dozen in dropping Charles City on Senior Night

By Andre Jones | May 17, 2017 7:35 pm
Charles City's Kylee Brinkley (2) diverts the path of a West Point attacker.Andre' Jones photo

West Point’s Pointers scored within the first two minutes of the contest en route to a dozen goals in dismantling host Charles City 12-0 during the May 17 Senior Night clash. Eight different Pointers found the back of the net, including two who accumulated hat tricks as the guests never looked back. Meanwhile, the Panthers only managed one shot on goal in the match. “West Point’s a real good team,” said head coach Tom Holoman. “They used their speed and quickness and was able to push the ball down the field.” But for now, Holoman will look to push along…
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Williams named CIAA Sports Information Director of the Year

By Community Member | May 17, 2017 9:39 am

Jolisa Williams, a former standout basketball player for Charles City High School, was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Sports Information Director of the Year. Williams received the John Holley Award during a May 16 reception. She is employed by Shaw University in North Carolina and was acknowledged for her communication skills, promotion of athletic programs, use of social media platforms, relaunching a new athletics webpage, and navigating game day procedures and duties. Williams graduated from Charles City High School in 2008 where she was a four-time Tri-Rivers District team member in basketball. She was named district and Region…
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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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