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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 16, 2019


Lady Panthers improve, but King William takes the win

By Andre Jones | September 26, 2019 9:25 pm
Charles City's Nijah Johnson (right) elevates to return the ball over a King William defender.Andre' Jones photo

While wins and losses may be the focus for some schools, Charles City’s Lady Panthers volleyball focus centered on taking steps to becoming more competitive in its revival year. A Sept. 26 encounter with a King William Lady Cavaliers team provided evidence that the hosts were beginning to gel midway through the season. Despite falling in straight sets to King William 25-8, 25-9, 25-11, the hosts had a few positive moments and noticeable differences. Movement by the Lady Panthers and utilizing passes instead of one hit volleys over the net proved to pay dividends as the hosts led at one…
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Warhill’s ground game runs over New Kent’s defense

By Robb Johnson | September 21, 2019 1:33 pm
New Kent’s Logan Frederick tries to break the grasp of Warhill’s Logan Mooney after a completed pass.Robb Johnson photo

Unable to stop the ground and pound attack of the visiting Warhill Lions, New Kent’s Trojans found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard Friday night. Powered by more than 300 rushing yards, Warhill dominated New Kent 36-6 in the Bay Rivers District clash at the Ed Allen Jr. Athletic Complex. New Kent’s defense stuffed Warhill’s ground game in the first quarter, preventing the visitors from putting points on the scoreboard. However, the hosts would continuously hinder themselves, including a block in the back that stalled an early second quarter drive. A short punt provided much needed field position…
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Grafton’s experience, power too much for youthful Lady Trojans

By Robb Johnson | September 20, 2019 2:46 pm
New Kent's Julia Hathaway(2) is challenged by Grafton defenders on a spike attempt.Robb Johnson photo

With two starters injured and an undefeated Grafton team rolling into New Kent on Sept. 19, the Lady Trojans hoped their bond in the early part of the season provided enough firepower to pull off an upset. But a much more experienced Lady Clippers’ team proved to have more than enough power, sweeping New Kent 25-8, 25-12, and 25-22 in straight sets for the easy match victory. Grafton used strong play at the net and kills to execute against the Lady Trojans in the first set. The dominance and strength in the play proved overwhelming in the second set as…
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New Kent girls, boys third in home cross-country contest

By Robb Johnson | September 20, 2019 2:11 pm
New Kent’s Patrick Johnson (right) outsprints Grafton’s Keith Butler (left) to earn a top five spot in the race.Robb Johnson photos

New Kent’s girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams earned third place finishes as part of their Sept. 18 three-team Bay Rivers District home meet. On the girls’ side, Kori Massey led the Lady Trojans as she finished in 10th place with a time of 23:05. The next six finishers were all New Kent runners. Crossing the line behind Massey was Rosie Gilbride (23:15), Natasha Lange (23:22), Tabitha Gill (23:22), Katelyn Gray (23:25), Magnolia Lang (23:58), and Charlotte Verdu (24:02). The Lady Trojans scored 55 points, finishing behind eventual winner Grafton (15), and Warhill (48). On the boys’ side, Patrick Johnson clocked…
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Warhill brings New Kent’s undefeated season to end with 5-0 shutout

By Robb Johnson | September 19, 2019 7:34 pm
New Kent's Katie Fly (left) tries to get off a shot but has the ball swiped away by Warhill's Cara Moff.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent entered the Sept. 18 contest unblemished, looking to keep that streak alive as they hosted the visiting Warhill Lady Lions. Unfortunately for the hosting Lady Trojans, experience sided with the visitors in the Bay Rivers contest that brought New Kent’s winning streak to an end. Warhill cruised by New Kent 5-0 to earn the victory to up their head-to-head matchup win streak to ten games. Despite playing superb defense in the first half, the Lady Trojans found it equally difficult to score against Warhill. The Lady Lions’ pressure prevented the hosts from crossing midfield. Warhill’s Susannah Armstrong took…
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Charles City Black Sox reunion

By Robb Johnson | September 17, 2019 4:38 pm
The Charles City Black Sox, a baseball team that represented the county in the Negro League until 1988, had a celebration ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Harrison Park. The team allowed African American players to participate in the game and was composed of many notable names. Among the players include Willie Mays, who participated while he was stationed at Fort Eustis. The alumni celebrated the occasion with a four-inning Gold and Black exhibition game.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent posts shutout against Bruton to start season 2-0

By Robb Johnson | September 14, 2019 10:06 pm
Bruton's Mikal Whack (2) coughs up the football after being drilled by New Kent's Hayden Smith (3) and Logan Powell (33). Bruton recovered the fumble.Robb Johnson photo

A message continues to be sent by New Kent’s football team: A one-time trip to the playoffs isn’t enough. The Trojans continued to roll early on in the 2019 season, shutting out Bruton 42-0 in the Sept. 13 Bay Rivers District. New Kent wasted little time behind a punishing running game. Logan Powell scored on a five-yard dash less than two minutes into contest to put the hosts up 7-0. On the next series, quarterback Wade Grubbs connected with Adam Cable on a screen pass, resulting in a 21-yard reception and escort into the end zone for the next score….
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New Kent capitalizes on Lafayette mistakes, wins home opener

By Robb Johnson | September 13, 2019 7:51 am
New Kent’s Lindsey Johnson (left) revs up to deliver a spike over a Lafayette defender.Robb Johnson photo

In a battle of two young teams, it was evident that errors and mistakes would factor into the outcome. For New Kent’s Lady Trojans, it turned out to be on the winning side. Capitalizing off mistakes by the visiting Lafayette Lady Rams, New Kent defeated their Bay Rivers District Rival 25-15, 18-25, 26-24, and 25-19 in the Sept. 12 clash. The first set started horrendously for the hosts, as they were not able to return many of Lafayette’s shots due to mistimed errors. The Lady Rams raced out 8-1 before New Kent’s turnaround began. The result was a 23-3 run…
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Slow start plagues Lady Panthers, fall to King & Queen in straight sets

By Andre Jones | September 13, 2019 7:07 am
Charles City's Aysia Wallace balances herself to return the ball in the opening set.Robb Johnson photo

As the season continues to press forward for the Charles City Lady Panthers’ volleyball team, opportunities to return to the win column continue to become available for the team. Unfortunately, those chances sometimes are tough to capitalize on. Such was the case during a Sept. 12 matchup against the visiting King & Queen Lady Tigers. Slow starts in the first and third sets factored in the downfall for the Lady Panthers as King & Queen swept the hosts 25-5, 25-13, 25-15 in the Tidewater District affair. In the opening stanza, Charles City trailed by two (6-4) early on before the…
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Colonial Downs revival brings in record numbers during thoroughbred season

By Community Member | September 10, 2019 12:35 pm

Colonial Downs Group, a division of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, has announced record crowd numbers, purses, and wagers during the 15-day thoroughbred racing season. More than 36,000 people attended racing events at the track in New Kent County, with an additional 6,000 attending a band concert. Wagers on races totaled $17.5 million (an increase of 18 percent from 2013), with purses totaling $7.4 million (an increase of 55 percent from 2013). Daily purses averaged $492,000. Approximately 144 thoroughbred races ran with 1,229 horses participating with a total of 87 jockeys riding aboard. In conjunction with Rosie’s Historic Horse Racing operations, Colonial…
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