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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 24, 2024


Westmoreland uses experience, size to bounce Lady Panthers from playoffs

By Robb Johnson | February 22, 2024 7:35 pm

After taking down the third-seeded Chincoteague Lady Ponies, Charles City’s Lady Panthers headed into the Feb. 21 1A Region A Semifinal contest against the Westmoreland Lady Eagles with a berth in the Group 1A State playoffs on the line. And while the effort by the visiting Lady Panthers was present, it was the experience from the hosting Lady Eagles that proved to be a difference maker. Westmoreland used its size and experience advantage to defeat Charles City 61-42, ending the run for the Lady Panthers in the playoffs. Westmoreland’s game plan was to take Charles City’s leading scorer Jaela Smith…
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Charles City’s Brown, Smith earn Tidewater District First Team honors in girls’ hoops

By Community Member | February 21, 2024 9:45 am

Three Charles City Lady Panthers’ basketball players have garnered all-district honors. Senior Nyla Brown and sophomore Jaela Smith were named to the Tidewater District’s First Team. Sophomore Teonna Bey received a nod as a member of the Tidewater District’s Second Team. On the boys’ side, two Charles City senior players received all-district accolades. Guard Jonlei Coles and forward Taylor Bey were recognized as members of the Tidewater District’s Second Team.

Northampton does it again; Charles City eliminated from regional playoffs

By Andre Jones | February 21, 2024 1:03 am

There are times when destiny intervenes with fate. Unfortunately for Charles City’s Panthers, their fate has been intertwined with Northampton’s Yellow Jackets for the last two years in the Group 1A Region A playoffs. And just like last year, the result was the same. Northampton blitzed Charles City out the gate before coasting to an 82-48 victory over the visiting Panthers, ending the season for the guests. Similar to their earlier regular season contest, Northampton’s guard trio of Ronyell Coston, Quay Washington, and Jaylen Anderson orchestrated the offense and caused Charles City problems with their harassing defense. Coston scored the…
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Charles City rallies in fourth quarter, saddles Chincoteague with loss in regional playoffs

By Andre Jones | February 20, 2024 1:01 am

Some people would say that Charles City fielding a girls’ varsity basketball team for the first time in five years was a win. Some say that Charles City winning 10 games was a victory for the program. Others comment that getting to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 was a reason to celebrate. But for the Charles City Lady Panthers, their goals were a lot higher, and they started Monday night. Rallying from a seven-point deficit, the sixth-seeded Charles City Lady Panthers rallied to defeat the hosting third-seeded Chincoteague Lady Ponies in the quarterfinals of the Group 1A…
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New Kent boys’ swim team finish in top 20 at state competition

By Andre Jones | February 18, 2024 11:27 pm

New Kent High School’s boys’ team scored 37 points en route to finishing in 18th place at the Group 3A State Swim and Dive meet held this past weekend at Swim RVA in Richmond. Finnegan Leggett finished seventh in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.42 and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 22.20. Leggett was also the anchor leg on the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay with Dylan Konings, Austin Carnley, and Logan Stroop, who finished 10th with a time of 1:36.74. On the girls’ side, New Kent’s Lady Trojans scored four points, good enough…
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New Kent girls, boys place eighth at Group 3A Region A indoor track championships

By Andre Jones | February 18, 2024 12:40 am

New Kent High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams finished eighth at the Group 3A Region A championship meet held Feb. 15-16 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. Madison Johnson ran away from the competition in the girls’ 1600-meter run, clocking a time of 5:35.94 to win the event. Other scorers for the Lady Trojans were Gabrielle Butler (fourth- triple Jump 32’1”, third- 300-meter dash 42.82), Chelsey Thompson (sixth- 55-meter hurdles 9.76), and the 4×400 relay team of Butler, Johnson, Thompson, and Andrea Dallaire (third- 4:28.54). New Kent’s girls’ team accumulated 30 points at the meet….
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New Kent High School wrestling finishes as Group 3A State runners-up for second consecutive year

By Andre Jones | February 17, 2024 11:45 pm

For the second consecutive year, New Kent High School’s Wrestling team finished as the Group 3A State runner-up following two-day competition on Feb. 16-17. New Kent scored 153 points to finish second at the state competition. Staunton River repeated as team state champions, accumulating 230 points in the runaway win. The Trojans were able to produce one state champion this year. Tristan Carter won a sudden victory over Wilson Memorial’s Cooper Brandt to capture the 113-pound division. Four Trojans were able to bring home bronze medals from the 3A state competition. Third place finishers were Alex Cuic (106-pound division), Kyle…
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Lakeland upsets New Kent, brings Trojans’ season to an abrupt end

By Robb Johnson | February 17, 2024 3:03 pm

After defeating the Lakeland Cavaliers by 45 on Dec. 12, 2023, New Kent’s Trojans looked to repeat the feat in the opening round of the Group 3A Region A playoffs. But as an old adage in sports is often told from generation to generation, teams get better; and Lakeland was one of them. The four-win Lakeland team edged New Kent 59-55 in the opening round, sealing an upset and bringing the Trojans’ season to an abrupt end. After Trojan forward Kyle Diggs drained the opening basket, Lakeland orchestrated a 9-2 run to forge ahead of the hosts. New Kent withstood…
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Lafayette races out of gate, throttles New Kent on Senior Night

By Robb Johnson | February 15, 2024 5:23 pm

The final stretch of the regular season for New Kent’s Lady Trojans have consisted of injuries and a rough Bay Rivers District schedule. The Feb. 13 contest against the visiting Lafayette Lady Rams didn’t provide them any breaks, even on Senior Night. An early Lafayette run proved to be more than enough for the visiting Lady Rams as they trounced New Kent 78-36 in the regular season finale. The Lady Trojans only lead of the game when Talayah Wilson was able to sink a basket at the beginning of the game. Lafayette got scores from Makayla Keys, Dynasti Pierce, and…
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Charles City Lady Panthers place 8th at Group 1A/2A Region A championships

By Andre Jones | February 15, 2024 4:14 pm

Charles City’s Derequa Johnson finished third in the girls’ triple jump as the Lady Panthers placed eighth in the Group 1A/2A Region A Indoor Track and Field championships held Feb. 14 at Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. Johnson leaped a distance of 32’8” to earn a right to the Group 1A/2A state championships that will be held on Feb. 28-29 at Liberty University. Johnson ran the anchor leg of the girls’ 4×200 relay team consisting of Jaida Braxton, Taniyah Williams, and Jaela Smith, who ran a state qualifying time of 1:55.95. Johnson also finished fourth in the girls’ 55-meter dash…
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