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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 18, 2018

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New Kent tennis sweeps Southampton in first round of region playoffs

By Robb Johnson | May 15, 2018 11:27 pm
New Kent's Tate Estis uses a forehand shot to return a volley.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Trojans boys’ tennis team orchestrated a clean sweep Monday afternoon in the first round of the Class 3A Region A tournament against the visiting Southampton Indians. New Kent 5, Southampton 0 (singles only results) Tate Estis (NK) def. Luke Warren (S) 6-1, 6-0; Riley Baker (NK) def. Alan Diggs (S) 6-0, 6-0; Jackson Walker (NK) def. Kalom Maples (S) 6-0, 6-0; Leighton Fessman (NK) def. Tyriq Dickerson (S) 6-0, 6-1; Adam Gray (NK) def. Brandon Williams (S) 6-2, 6-2.

Middle school baseball champions

By Community Member | May 15, 2018 11:04 pm
New Kent Middle School’s Lions baseball team won the Bay Rivers District Championship during recent competition. The team defeated Hornsby Middle School 6-5 in the title game to bring home the trophy.

New Kent relies on walk-off to capture Senior Day victory

By Robb Johnson | May 15, 2018 12:04 pm
New Kent's Brylea Ricks (right) prepares to slide into home plate in what amounted to the winning run.Robb Johnson photo

Monday afternoon’s Senior Day contest for the Lady Trojans pitted them against a York Lady Falcons team that hasn’t seen many victories this year. But the visitors pushed New Kent back into a corner for the first six-and-a-half-innings. That was until the bottom of the seventh inning. A two-run hit by Amya Evans in the bottom of the seventh provided a walk-off victory for the Lady Trojans, escaping the feisty Lady Falcons 4-3 in Monday’s game. For the first six innings, the Lady Trojans offense failed to register any runs. Timely throws led to miscues, putting the hosts in a…
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In battle of Lady Trojans, New Kent shuts out Essex

By Robb Johnson | May 12, 2018 11:54 pm
New Kent's Payton Melvin puts power behind a kick to launch the ball down the field.Robb Johnson photo

The battle of the Lady Trojans in soccer action quickly turned into a one-sided affair for the hosts. New Kent’s offense shouldered the load by scoring six goals, snapping a three-game skid and defeating visiting Essex 6-0. New Kent held advantages over the one-win visitors on the pitch. New Kent’s Emma Grant scored two goals within the first 17 minutes of the comments. Teammate Taylor Clements also added two scores in the opening half and added a third goal in the second half, completing the hat trick. The hosts controlled the ball on their side of the field for a…
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From Trojan to Virginia Tech

By Robb Johnson | May 11, 2018 12:09 pm
New Kent wrestler Trent Ragland (seated at center) signed a letter of intent to continue in the sport at Virginia Tech. Ragland is a two-time winner at the Group 3A State Championship meet in the 220-pound division with titles earned this year and last year. Flanking him are parents Kelly and Mike Ragland, while at back are coaches (l to r) Mike Faus, John Goodbody, Mark Strickland, and Zack Shope.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent boys stay strong, win Bay Rivers District home meet

By Robb Johnson | May 11, 2018 8:27 am
New Kent's Michael Gatling (left) battles  Lafayette's Noah Cane (right) in the fast heat of the boys' 110-meter hurdles. Gatling finished second in the event.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Michael Gatling emerged as a double event winner in the boys’ long and triple jump while teammate Will Tolley won the pole vault competition as the Trojans emerged as the winner of the May 9 Bay Rivers District 10-team home meet. New Kent scored 125 points to finish in first place. Grafton (114) and Tabb (106.5) finished in second and third, respectively. Gatling leaped 20’7” in the long jump, beating out teammate C.J. Reeders (20’0½”) to win the event. He followed that performance up with a leap of 41’0½” to capture the triple jump crown. Tolley had no…
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After slow start, Lady Trojans score 16 straight runs to crush Lafayette

By Robb Johnson | May 8, 2018 11:57 pm
New Kent's Kerstin Snyder (left) touches home plate before Lafayette catcher  Eme Kinney could snag the throw.Robb Johnson photo

When a team let’s its guard down, it usually leads to mistakes. This concept could be applied to New Kent’s Lady Trojans May 8 match-up against a 3-12 Lafayette Lady Rams team. But what looked like an upset bid for the visitors quickly turned into dominance by the Lady Trojans, thanks to 16 manufactured runs for a 16-3 win. With players absent due to sickness, New Kent coach Maria Bates adjusted her starting lineup. It was evident the changes affected her team as Lafayette yielded three first inning runs and held the lead until the bottom of the second. That’s…
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New Kent topples Lafayette in Senior Day baseball action

By Robb Johnson | May 8, 2018 11:37 pm
New Kent first baseman John Mehalko (8) fields a throw for the first out before tossing it home to complete a double play.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Trojans and Lafayette’s Rams each had their ups and down during a May 8 matchup. The question each team posed to themselves is which team would take advantage of the other’s miscues? The homestanding Trojans answered the question. With resolve and grit, New Kent toppled the visiting Rams 6-5 in the baseball duel. With the game flow not developing, New Kent held a two-run lead heading into the top of the seventh. The Trojans looked to wrap things up until a misplay by right fielder Austin Connolly allowed Lafayette base-runner Riley Leigh to cross home plate and cut…
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Lady Falcons ruin Senior Night for New Kent

By Robb Johnson | May 8, 2018 12:29 am
New Kent's Kiersten Fuller (10) pressures York's Morgan Bates (5) near the sideline.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans entered Senior Night understanding they could salvage their season by winning the final three games to finish at 8-8. However, a matchup against a struggling York Lady Falcons team who have lost seven out of eight games didn’t go in favor for the hosts. Powered by a host of freshmen, the visiting Falcons shut out New Kent 7-0 on Monday night, ending the home campaign for the Lady Trojans. Similar to the previous four home games, New Kent struggled to score as opponents have combined for 20 goals. York continued that narrative, stifling the Lady Trojans…
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Grafton flourishes at plate, wins 14-4 over New Kent

By Robb Johnson | May 5, 2018 1:29 am
New Kent's Jacob Stout makes a throw across his body to first base, eventually forcing an out.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Trojans looked to ride a wave of emotion after upsetting Jamestown earlier in the week. However, the visiting Grafton Clippers dashed all hopes for a repeat performance by the Trojans. Despite a two-run home run by New Kent’s Riggs Ellis, Grafton outgunned the Trojans 14-4 in Friday afternoon’s contest. The Clippers’ bats and baserunning took full advantage of a lackluster performance on the mound by the hosts. Seven runs crossed the plate in the first three innings before Ellis’ blast in the bottom of the third provided a little bit of hope for the Trojans despite trailing by…
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