Saturday, December 28, 2013

THE WRAP: No Charity: Warriors Lose Grip On Title at the Line....

A young Henrico Warriors team learns a difficult, but amazingly common lesson Saturday night.

Hit your free throws, experience victory.

Instead, Henrico shot 7-of-13 from the charity stripe in regulation, 1-2 during overtime, an overtime that wouldn't have been necessary with better shooting.

The Warriors will spend the next few days wondering what might have been. Instead, they finish as runners-up in the 2013 Henrico Holiday Hoops Tournament, falling 70-64 in overtime to 5A North favorite Potomac. The Panthers move to 10-0 and win the tournament after falling to the Warriors in the title game a year ago.

Five Panthers were in double figures, none more important though than Torrey Dixon, who hit three critical three-point shots after intermission, part of his 16 points off the bench. Dixon was the leading scorer, followed by Tariq Felder with 13, Xavier Laws with 12, and both Keijon Honore and Trey Porter with 10.

Porter fired up the Potomac faithful who made the trip down I-95 with two dunks in the first 40 seconds, and early on, the Panthers threatened to break the game wide open, up 11-4. But senior co-captain Ryan Pearson singlehandedly kept his team in the game. His NBA-length trey completed an 8-0 run by himself to retake the lead at 12-11 with a minute left. Potomac subsequently scored to lead 13-12 after one period.

Pearson scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half. The Panthers showed fatigue midway through the second, but Henrico couldn't take advantage. They led by as many as four, but saw the Panthers take it away, Potomac leading 29-27 at intermission. Pearson almost ended his first half performance with an 80-foot shot. It went off the backboard and rim before falling to the court.

The Warriors quickly took the lead starting the third, a 7-2 run included Monte Buckingham's first trey of the night. Potomac fought back, retook the edge, then Jordan English had his moment in the sun. A steal, double fake down low and lay-up tied the game at 41, then, after a Wallace basket, English got the ball in the final seconds, going coast-to-coast including a beautiful behind-the-back dribble racing down the far sideline, the lay-in beating the buzzer. 45-41 Henrico with eight minutes to go.

The "Laws" of the Panthers took over early 4th quarter. Xavier Laws nailed one three-pointer to cut a 48-44 lead to one with 5:22 left, then hit another with 2:55 left to tie the game at 50-50. What next ensued was almost three minutes of frantic basketball.

Both teams scored five in the next 90 seconds, but Pearson got open and nailed the trey for a 58-55 Warriors lead at 1:20 left. Dixon responded, ice water flowing through his veins. His three-pointer tied it at 58 with 37 seconds left.

Buckingham drove the lane and drew a foul with :29.2 to go, and he hit two free throws. The Panthers advanced to midcourt and called time to draw up the game-tying, or championship-winning, shot.

They opted to go to Tournament MVP Randall Haynes, who hit the lane and nailed a turnaround jumper with nine seconds left. Then, Potomac made its defensive stand of the night, as Henrico couldn't advance the ball to midcourt, much less get off a good shot for the victory. Buckingham's half-court prayer went off the front of the rim.

Potomac took control in overtime, going on a 9-0 after a Tony Daniels free throw with 2:42 left (he went 1-for-2). The Panthers hit a three-pointer, then the 6-foot-9 inch George Mason recruit, Porter, took over. He blocked a Buckingham shot, forcing the Warriors to foul. Potomac went 6-for-6 in the final 31 seconds at the line. It wasn't the only defensive play by Porter, as he changed shots and directions of Warrior drives to seal the victory in the extra stanza.

Henrico falls to 8-2, but, even in the loss, the young Warriors, who lost seven of their top nine scorers to graduation from the 2013 state Group AAA championship team, have positioned themselves as a force to be reckoned with again at the state level come spring.

In fact, if the Warriors and Panthers meet again, say, at the Siegel Center in early March, very few prognosticators, and no one in attendance tonight at Henrico High School, would be surprised at all.

Buckingham joined Glen Allen's Grayson Midulla on the All-Tournament Team. Midulla and the Jaguars won the 5th Place Game handily over rival Hermitage earlier in the evening 61-42. Midulla scored 18, Tre'shawn Blackston had 15 for Glen Allen (6-4). KeAndre Robinson led the Panthers (2-7) with 15 points.

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In a showdown of two of the top girls' teams in the Central Region, Highland Springs went to Chester and knocked off L.C. Bird on their home floor 74-67.

Tia Byrd knocked down five three-pointers, leading the Springers (7-1) with 17 points, sharing that honor with E'shay Winfield, who also had 17. Najai Pollard had 15 points, Bri Justice added 12.

Highland Springs returns to action at home Tuesday, January 7th against arch-rival Varina.

Meanwhile, the Glen Allen girls captured the 2013 Clover Hill Holiday Tournament title, routing Conference 20 rival Hanover 75-22.

In other boys action, in the 3rd Place Game of the Fort Lee Holiday Tournament, Varina defeated Prince George, 64-48. Desmond Dowling had 16 points, while Donovan Dowling added 12 for the Blue Devils, now 3-5.

Friday, December 27, 2013

THE WRAP: FRIDAY HOOPS RESULTS....

And the champs play on....

The Henrico Warriors, two-time defending champions in their Holiday Hoops Tournament, and the defending State Group AAA Champions, survive a huge scare from a talented Midlothian Trojans squad, winning 74-71 to make their tournament final Saturday night.

As expected, Coach Vance Harmon's crew will battle possibly the favorite to come out of the 5A North Region come March, the 9-0 Potomac Panthers. But they had their hands full all night with the Meadowbrook Monarchs, holding a small lead most of the game, never able to pull away, and finally escaping with a 66-64 win.

Brandon Cheeks led Meadowbrook with 23 points, while the Monarchs defensive scheme held Panthers 6' 9" center Trey Porter to just 9 points.

SPECIAL NOTE: HCS Media Network will provide LIVE EXCLUSIVE online radio coverage of the Henrico/Potomac championship game, as well as the Midlothian/Meadowbrook 3rd Place Game, at the Henrico Holiday Hoops Tournament, Saturday beginning at 5:15pm ET.  Just click the link to the top right to listen live on any mobile or computer device!

In consolation semis, both Hermitage and Glen Allen were victorious. The Panthers go to 2-6 handing the Raiders their sixth straight defeat 80-63. Robbie Osbourne continues to make a bid for the All-Tournament Team with 22 points to go with his 19 point, 18 rebound performance in their loss to Midlothian on Friday. Jarel Spellman scored 19 points and pulled down 15 boards as the Panthers outrebounded the Raiders by an astounding 52-19 margin.

The Panthers get a rival just down the road in Saturday 4pm 5th Place Game: The Glen Allen Jaguars. The Jaguars avenged an overtime loss three weeks ago to Hanover, defeating the Hawks 63-59. Grayson Midulla continued his strong play, scoring 23 points to lead the Jaguars into Saturday's showdown with a school not three miles from theirs.

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Meanwhile, the Glen Allen girls team disposed of J.R. Tucker 62-40 to advance to Saturday's final at the Clover Hill Holiday Tourney.  The Jaguars will face Hanover in the finals, the Hawks winners of Appomattox Regional Governor's School.

The Varina boys basketball team fell in the Fort Lee Holiday Tournament semifinals, 52-37 against Hopewell. The Blue Devils play Prince George in consolation action Saturday.

Mills Godwin's boys were victorious over Madison 51-38. The 6-3 Eagles play host Lake Braddock in the 5th Place Game of the Lake Braddock Tournament at 4pm.

Conversely, the Eagles girls' team fell to George Mason 55-48 in the Chantilly Pohanka Classic in Northern Virginia. Jessica Martin led the 4-5 Eagles with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Prince George, led by star Ariel Stephenson, won their Holiday Tournament with a 77-54 win over Henrico in girls action Friday night....

Thursday, December 26, 2013

County Teams 1-2 in Day 1 of Henrico Holiday Hoops...

The hosts move on, while the Panthers and Jaguars taste defeat in Day 1 of the 2013 Henrico Holiday Hoops Tournament at Henrico High School.

Despite an uneven second half performance, the Henrico Warriors put away the pesky Atlee Raiders 69-57 to advance to the semifinals. Now 7-1, the Warriors will face Midlothian in Friday's first championship semifinal. The Trojans defeated Hermitage in the second quarterfinal 67-53. The Panthers fell to 1-6 despite a monster performance by Robbie Osbourne, who had a double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds.

Glen Allen, in the third quarterfinal, went nip and tuck for 32 minutes with Meadowbrook before missing key free throws late to fall to the Monarchs 57-52. Grayson Midulla led the Jaguars (4-4) with 17 points, while Derrick Johnson added 12. The Jaguars get a familiar foe in Friday's consolation semifinal: the Hanover Hawks. Hanover fell to 5A state title contender Potomac 76-58.

Friday's lineup at Henrico:

2:30: Atlee vs. Hermitage
4:00: Glen Allen vs. Hanover
5:30: Henrico vs. Midlothian (Championship Semifinal I)
7:15: Potomac vs. Meadowbrook (Championship Semifinal II)


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

FEAST OF HOOPS! NINE GAMES LIVE ON HCS MEDIA NETWORK....

Here is the complete lineup of all nine basketball games that will be heard LIVE on HCS Media Network as we broadcast live from both the Henrico Holiday Hoops Classic and the L.C. Bird Holiday Hoops Classic!

THURSDAY DECEMBER 26TH: Henrico Holiday Hoops First Round (4 Games):

Pre-Game Show begins at 2:15pm ET AT THIS LINK

Game 1: Atlee vs. Henrico, 2:30pm

Game 2: Hermitage vs. Midlothian, 4pm
Game 3: Glen Allen vs. Meadowbrook, 5:30pm
Game 4: Hanover vs. Potomac, 7:15pm

FRIDAY DECEMBER 27TH: L.C. Bird Holiday Hoops Day 2 (Night Session--3 Games):

Pre-Game Show begins at 5:15pm ET AT THIS LINK

Game 1: John Handley vs. Manchester, 5pm

Game 2: (GIRLS) Highland Springs vs. Nansemond River, 6:30pm
Game 3: L.C. Bird vs. Stafford, 8pm

SATURDAY DECEMBER 28TH: Henrico Holiday Hoops Consolation & Championship Games:

Pre-Game Show begins at 5:30pm ET AT THIS LINK

Game 1: 3rd Place Game, 5:45pm

Game 2: 2013 Henrico Holiday Hoops Championship Game, 7:15pm

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Monday, December 23, 2013

TDIT: Henrico Boys Fall Hard to Benedictine....

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. That has to be the feeling for the Henrico Warriors as they depart the Siegel Center tonight, 81-52 victims of the precision of the Benedictine Cadets in the 2013 TDIT Boys Tournament Championship. It's the fourth straight year that the Warriors have made the TDIT Finals only to fall short.

The Warriors had shooting troubles from the opening tip, missing two early inside shots to set the tone. Benedictine turned on the motor in the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors 27-13 to seize a 42-23 halftime advantage. Reid Jacoby had 13 first half points for the Cadets, who played the second quarter without eventual Tournament MVP, and Indiana University commit, Robert Johnson, who was on the bench with two early fouls.

Johnson would get into the offensive act in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 21 points as Benedictine stretched the lead to 27 and never looked back.

Henrico lost for the first time since falling 74-72 to Armstrong all the way back on January 3rd, nearly a calendar year ago. Tony Daniels added 11 to Monte Buckingham's game-leading 18 points, the only Warriors in double figures.

This game, in the end, may benefit the Warriors more than most realize, helping them understand their weaknesses better as the calendar turns to 2014. After their 6-0 start, many had to be reminded this team lost 7 of its top 9 scorers from the Group AAA State Championship team to graduation.

The Warriors will host the Henrico Holiday Hoops Tournament beginning Thursday with the opening first round game against former Capital District rival Atlee.  Looming on the other side of the bracket is a favorite statewide in the 5A Classification, Potomac.

Henrico may have one more showdown with a top-flight team in 2013, and hope they will perform better in that test than they did tonight.  But first things first, quarterfinals Thursday, and with a win, semifinals Saturday against either Hermitage or Midlothian.

TDIT: Highland Springs Girls Fall in Heartbreaker....

Highland Springs, down by as many as 11 points to Cosby in the second half, fought back galliantly in the final quarter before committing a crucial foul with 1.1 seconds left, giving the Titans the chance to win their 3rd straight Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament.

Dorothy Adomako, on her way to Georgetown, calmly sank both shots, and the Springer faithful at the Siegel Center were heartbroken. Cosby defeated Highland Springs 50-49. It's the second year in a row the Springers have lost in the final to the Titans, falling 69-57 in the 2012 finals.

Bri Justice scored most of her 13 points in the fourth quarter despite being saddled with four fouls. Najai Pollard had 10 points, a force inside in the second half comeback along with Cam Gaitling, who scored four during the stretch against the tall trees of Cosby. The Titans have five players at over six feet tall. Both Pollard and Gaitling are exactly six feet, and are the tallest players on the Springers' roster.

Tournament MVP Tyra Whitehead had 17 points to lead the Titans.

Justice and Hermitage standout Destini Walker both were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Springers fall to 7-1 and will next take the court Tuesday January 7th when they host archrival Varina.

TDIT: Highland Springs Boys Fall in 3rd Place Game....

There wasn't a true second scoring option. They were beaten badly on their own glass. Thus, after a strong start, Highland Springs fell behind and simply couldn't find a way back.

Armstrong knocked off the Springers in the Boys 3rd Place Game at the 2013 Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament Monday evening, 56-48. Highland Springs finishes 1-2 in the tourney and move to 5-3 as they now get Winter Break.

A.J. Gaston led the Springers with 14 points, but only two after intermission. Mike'l Simms scored 8 points, 6 of them late in the third quarter to keep Highland Springs within single digits.

But they couldn't find an answer for Robert Valentine. The sharpshooting senior guard had 20 points to lead Armstrong, knocking down three of four free throws down the stretch to extend the Wildcat lead into double digits.

The Springers get back to action at archrival Varina Tuesday January 7th, and must face the Wildcats twice more in regular season play as teams play their old "District" schedules this season. The games will be January 17th at Armstrong, and Valentine's Night for Senior Night at Highland Springs....

Saturday, December 21, 2013

TDIT Tournament: Highland Springs Girls, Henrico Boys To Finals...

When it mattered most, Monte Buckingham rose to the occasion.

Cold all night from the floor and the free throw line, plus in foul trouble from almost the opening tap, Buckingham nailed a three-pointer from the top of the circle with :28 left to break a 61-61 tie, spurring Henrico to a 68-63 win over Armstrong in the T-DIT semifinals at Randolph-Macon College.

Buckingham, who also survived a scare in the fourth quarter, coming down awkwardly on his left knee, played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls, and overcame losing two opportunities for three-point plays in the final stanza to finish with 18 points.

Matthew Wallace had 14 points for Henrico (5-0), while Ryan Pearson had 11.

The Warriors advance to the tournament final Monday at 8:30 at the Siegel Center where they'll face Benedictine, who defeated Highland Springs 60-53. Inexplicably, with 1:18 to go, the Springers opted not to foul, and Benedictine ran out the final 78 seconds. Robert Johnson led the Cadets with 23 points.

In girls action, Highland Springs raced out to an early lead and easily defeated Hermitage 80-53 to advance to a girls final showdown with Cosby, who defeated Patrick Henry.

The Monday Tournament schedule:

9AM: 7th Place Girls: Collegiate vs. Meadowbrook
10:30AM: 7th Place Boys: St. Christophers vs. Matoaca
12Noon: 5th Place Girls: St. Catherine's vs. Glen Allen
1:30PM: 5th Place Boys: Trinty Episcopal vs. John Marshall

3:30PM: 3rd Place Girls: Patrick Henry vs. Hermitage
5PM: 3rd Place Boys: Armstrong vs. Highland Springs
6:30PM: Girls Championship: Cosby vs. Highland Springs
8PM: Boys Championship: Henrico vs. Benedictine

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 T-DIT: Great First Day For County Schools....

County teams go 4-1 in the first round of the 19th annual Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament.

Here's the Scoreboard, followed by the COMPLETE schedule for tomorrow's long day of semifinals and consolation round games that get underway at 9am at Randolph-Macon College's Crenshaw Gymnasium!

GIRLS FINALS:
Highland Springs 94, St. Catherine's 38
Hermitage 37, Collegiate 28
Patrick Henry 59, Meadowbrook 46
Cosby 58, Glen Allen 47

BOYS FINALS:
Henrico 76, Matoaca 70
Armstrong 63, Trinity Episcopal 59
Highland Springs 63, St. Christopher's 62 (OT)
Benedictine 67, John Marshall 60

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SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE:
9AM: Girls--Collegiate vs. St. Catherine's
10:30AM: Girls--Meadowbrook vs. Glen Allen
12NOON: Boys--John Marshall vs. St. Christopher's
1:30PM: Boys--Matoaca vs. Trinity Episcopal

3:30PM GIRLS SEMIFINAL #1: Hermitage vs. Highland Springs
5:00PM GIRLS SEMIFINAL #2: Patrick Henry vs. Cosby

6:30PM BOYS SEMIFINAL #1: Benedictine vs. Highland Springs
8:00PM BOYS SEMIFINAL #2: Henrico vs. Armstrong


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FOOTBALL: VHSCA Announces All-5A South Region Teams...

The Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) has announced its first-ever All-5A South Region Football Teams. The teams are listed below in their entirety (county honorees in BOLD):

FIRST TEAM:
CENTER: Marius Young, Hermitage
OL: Alec Eberle, Atlee
OL: Ben Blados, Hermitage
OL: Quadrick Barnes, L.C. Bird
OL: Army Maot'apuaka, Salem
TE: Austin Rice, Lee-Davis
QB: Terrance Ervin, L.C. Bird
RB: Nate Roscoe, Hermitage
RB: Earl Hughes, L.C. Bird
RB: Anthony Scott, Green Run
WR: Rasheed Worsham, L.C. Bird
WR: Jonathan Duhart, Manchester
WR: Ismial Murray, Green Run
UTILITY: Terelle Whitaker, Meadowbrook
DL: Alec Eberle, Atlee
DL: Sulaiman Kamara, Hermitage
DL: Maurice Thrower, Meadowbrook
DL: Shawn James, Green Run
DE: Mike Harris, L.C. Bird
DE: Trevon Hill, Salem
LB: Tye Burriss, Atlee
LB: K.C. Hinton, Highland Springs
LB: Trent Young, Douglas Freeman
LB: Darius Gillus, L.C. Bird
DB: Tramell Carey, Atlee
DB: Justin Henry, Hermitage
DB: Jonathan Duhart, Manchester
DB: Rasheed Worsham, L.C. Bird
K: Cyrus Rohani-Shukla, Henrico
P: Ryan Buzzard, Highland Springs
RETURNER: Earl Hughes, L.C. Bird
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Terrance Ervin, L.C. Bird
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Mike Harris, L.C. Bird
COACH OF YEAR: David Bedwell, L.C. Bird

SECOND TEAM:
CENTER: Josey Davis, L.C. Bird
OL: Chris Conti, Douglas Freeman
OL: Jaquan Watson, Hermitage
OL: Isaac Yoder, Manchester
OL: Cornelius Tyler, Meadowbrook
TE: Derek Wilder, Maury
QB: D.J. Johnson, Highland Springs
RB: Loumond Dandridge, Jr., Atlee
RB: Justin Miller, Meadowbrook
RB: Delveon Little, Maury
WR: Daniel Glymph, Atlee
WR: Felton Davis, Highland Springs
WR: Sinclair Farinholt, Douglas Freeman
UTILITY: James Scott, Gloucester
DL: Donald Kidd, Lee-Davis
DL: Buck Elliott, Douglas Freeman
DL: Andre Booker, Manchester
DL: Tyler Fain, Indian River
DE: Tanner Ramey, Atlee
DE: Ben Pulley, Manchester
LB: Rayshun Conner, Manchester
LB: Marquie Phillips, Meadowbrook
LB: Aaron Glover, Princess Anne
LB: Derek Wilder, Maury
DB: Deshawn Robinson, Henrico
DB: Assad Powell, Highland Springs
DB: Khylil James, Meadowbrook
DB: Tyrell Encalade, Norview
K: Tyler McKee, Salem
P: Kameron Smith, Prince George
RETURNER: Tye Burriss, Atlee
UTILITY: Dazz Newsome, Hampton

HONORABLE MENTION:
OL: Dalton Ennis, Kellum
OL: Jordan Flood, Maury
OL: Charles Garrett, Norview
TE: Jonathan Manuel, Matoaca
TE: Kyron Speller, Kempsville
QB: Austin Lynch, Green Run
RB: Darryl Wilson, Highland Springs
RB: Lakee Simon, Manchester
RB: Devin Watford, Norview
WR: Isaiah King, Hermitage
WR: Trevion Armstrong, Matoaca
WR: Jalen Blow, Norview
WR: Avontae Ferguson, Maury
WR: Kyree Burton, Salem
UTILITY: Austin Rice, Lee-Davis
DL: Brandon Tyson, Clover Hill
DL: Javonte Spriggs, Hampton
DE: Quintin Brown, Granby
LB: Abraham (A.B.) Rhodes, Mills Godwin
LB: Kyle Powroznick, Prince George
LB: Mark Wilk, Kellum
DB: Khalil Coleman, Matoaca
DB: Richard Hanson, Prince George
DB: Tyquan Wilkins, Hampton
DB: Brady Barefoot, Gloucester
DB: David Davis, Salem
K: Fernado Pascaul-Marques, Clover Hill
RETURNER: Devon Pullen, Gloucester
RETURNER: Kyree Burton, Salem

FOOTBALL: VHSL ALL-5A SOUTH REGION HONOREES ANNOUNCED...

Nine county athletes have been honored with positions in the first-ever VHSL All-5A South Region First Team for Football!  Congratulations to the following honorees:

CENTER: Marius Young, Hermitage
OL: Ben Blados, Hermitage
RB: Nate Roscoe, Hermitage
DL: Sulaiman Kamara, Hermitage
DR: Justin Henry, Hermitage
LB: K.C. Hinton, Highland Springs
LB: Trent Young, Douglas Freeman
K: Cyrus Rohani-Shukla, Henrico
P: Ryan Buzzard, Highland Springs

HONORS: Glen Allen Places Two on All-4A South Region Football Team!

Congratulations to Brandon Hereford and Tre'shawn Blackston, named to the 2013 All-4A South Region Football Team!

Brandon was named to the Second Team Defense as a utility player, while Tre'shawn was named an Honorable Mention.

Glen Allen won four games for the first time in its three-year varsity football history, earning its first-ever playoff berth.


Friday, December 13, 2013

FRIDAY BASKETBALL RESULTS

Big wins in rivalry games for Deep Run and J.R. Tucker, Henrico and Highland Springs roll while Glen Allen escapes Mechanicsville with the "W".

Deep Run defeated Mills Godwin 54-45, using an 18-9 third quarter run to seal the margin of victory and advance to 4-1. The Eagles, led by Jacob Kessler's 15 points, fell to 4-2.

Glen Allen won its second straight low-scoring war this week, surviving 46-44 at Lee-Davis. Confederate standout Ladarein Autry was in foul trouble all night, not scoring his first field goal until early in the 4th quarter. He had 7 points. Grayson Midulla led all scorers with 19 for Glen Allen, now 4-1 and off to Highland Springs for a 2:30pm matinee Saturday against the Springers.

The Springers rolled over Atlee in Mechanicsville 100-74 to move to 3-1. Defending state champion Henrico rolls on, 90-67 winners over Varina. The Warriors are 2-0.

J.R. Tucker gets a huge home win over Douglas Freeman 61-53 as Paul Flowers scored 11 for the 3-3 Tigers. Freeman, now an unusual 1-4, got 13 points from Sinclair Farinholt. Tucker built an early 19-10 lead after a quarter to hold the lead for most of the game. The Tigers host Patrick Henry Tuesday night.

Hermitage was idle tonight.

HCS GAME OF THE WEEK: LISTEN LIVE to Glen Allen at Lee-Davis!

CLICK HERE to listen live to HCS Media Network's exclusive coverage of the girls/boys hoops doubleheader between the Glen Allen Jaguars and Lee-Davis Confederates, LIVE from Mechanicsville, with airtime set for 5:45pm!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

PHOTO GALLERY: Opening Week in Boys Basketball!

HCS caught four of the county's teams in action in opening week tournaments.

CLICK HERE to see a gallery filled with action from J.R. Tucker, Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

FOOTBALL: Big River Rivalry Rosters Announced!

The first-ever Big River Rivalry All-Star High School Football Game, featuring the best players from the "Central Region" in a North vs. South format, is set for Saturday, December 21st at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.  Below are the rosters for each team.  Congratulations to each Henrico County player chosen for this honor!

NORTH:
Jaylen Allen--KR--Goochland
Marcus Archer--LB--Armstrong
Tre-shawn Blackston--WR--Glen Allen
Cedrick Bridges--S--John Marshall
Tye Burriss--LB--Atlee
Nick Clarke--C--Atlee
Kevon Cooley--WR--Armstrong
Leander Cutler--DE--Varina
Scott Denton--DT--Hanover
Donovan Dowling--WR--Varina
David Dyer--FB--Goochland
Noah Dziedzic--WR--Collegiate
Anas Elkattan--DE--Thomas Jefferson
Buck Elliott--DT--Douglas Freeman
James Evans--LB--Mills Godwin
Sinclair Farinholt--WR--Douglas Freeman
John Fiorelli--LB--St. Christopher's
Brennan Gary--LB--Hanover
Bryce Hamilton--QB--Benedictine
Josh Harris--S--Hanover
Jerome Hayes--S--J.R. Tucker
Deandre Henderson--T--Henrico
Justin Henry--CB--Hermitage
Brandon Hereford--G--Glen Allen
Ganon Hingst--RB--St. Christopher's
Malcolm Jackson--DE--King William
D.J. Johnson--QB--Highland Springs
Matthew Kennedy--DT--Glen Allen
Donald Kidd--DE--Lee-Davis
Keegan Lowry--G--Mills Godwin
Will Moore--G--Douglas Freeman
Assad Powell--CB--Highland Springs
Austin Rice--TE--Lee-Davis
Craig Rodwell--T--Varina
Cyrus Rohani-Shukla--K/P--Henrico
Nate Roscoe--RB--Hermitage
Dre Smith--RB--King William
Si Strong--OT--Patrick Henry
Cornell Urquhart--DT--Benedictine
Justin Waddy--G--Highland Springs
Kyriee Warren--RB--J.R. Tucker
Maurice Watkins--CB--Thomas Jefferson
JaQuan Watson--OL--Hermitage
Marius Young--C--Hermitage
Trent Young--LB--Douglas Freeman

SOUTH:
Preston Beale--CB--James River
Trevor Bembry--DT--Prince George
Mike Bland--DT--James River
James Byers--DE--Petersburg
Christian Chisolm--DE--Matoaca
Ardell Christian--G--Matoaca
Khalil Coleman--S--Matoaca
Rayshaun Conner--LB--Manchester
Justin Cooper--FB--Thomas Dale
Carl Courter--RB--Midlothian
Josey Davis--C--L.C. Bird
Tyler Dobrucky--WR--Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot
Spencer Dowdle--T--Powhatan
James Dugger--LB--Petersburg
Jonathan Duhart--WR--Manchester
Chris Dunford--C--Thomas Dale
Terrance Ervin--QB--L.C. Bird
Nick Fant--DL--Hopewell
Abraham Ferrell-Logan--RB--Trinity Episcopal
Tyler Fitzgerald--WR--Cosby
Shawn Gholson--OT--Dinwiddie
Rashad Goodwyn--CB--Dinwiddie
Ruan Hall--OT--Thomas Dale
Earl Hughes--RB--L.C. Bird
Jay Klein--K--Midlothian
Caeden Knight--KR--Trinity Episcopal
Kevin Loftus--S--Colonial Heights
Trevor Luke--P--Thomas Dale
Austin Noel--LB--Cosby
George Parker--KR--Monacan
Kyle Powroznick--LB--Prince George
Devin Purvis--DE--James River
J.P. Redmond--LB--Monacan
Wesley Reed--TE--Dinwiddie
Tristan Smith--T--James River
Tyler Smith--G--Hopewell
Markice Street--RB--Petersburg
Tabyus Taylor--QB--Hopewell
James Taylor--S--Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot
Lamier Thomas--DT--Colonial Heights
Maurice Thrower--DT--Meadowbrook
Cornelius Tyler--G--Meadowbrook
Terrelle Whitaker--WR--Meadowbrook
Sadarius Williams--RB--Dinwiddie
Rasheed Worsham--CB--L.C. Bird

Honorary Player: Tevin Strozier--Thomas Dale

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

THE WRAP: More Basketball Openers, Hermitage Girls to 2-0....

A healthy Destini Walker does wonders for the Hermitage Panthers.

Healed from her torn ACL suffered late last season in February, Walker and her Panthers held Mills Godwin under 30 points for a 44-27 home victory Wednesday night to advance to 2-0 on the season. The Eagles uncharacteristically fell to 0-2, having lost their 2013-14 opener to J.R. Tucker Monday night.

In the Conference 20 Girls Tip-Off Tourney, the Tigers held off Powhatan 47-38 to advance to Friday's semifinals against Midlothian. The victory was career win #250 for head coach Mollie Pawlowski.

In the Conference 20 Boys Tip-Off Tourney, both J.R. Tucker and Glen Allen advance with quarterfinal victories. Tucker defeated Powhatan 52-39 while the Jaguars defeated Dinwiddie 69-49. Tucker will play Hanover at Glen Allen Friday at 6pm, while the Jaguars will play following in the second semifinal.

Down in Hopewell, Highland Springs picked up their first victory with a 64-52 win against the host Blue Devils in the Bill Littlepage Tip-Off Tournament to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Deep Run picked up an easy victory over former Colonial District foe Maggie Walker Governors School at home by an 89-36 count. The Wildcats (1-0) next host Patrick Henry Friday at 7:30pm.

2013 Central Zone All-Region Boys Volleyball Team!

1ST TEAM:

Lawrence Jones (Midlothian--also Region Player of the Year)
Colton Stone (Deep Run)
Garrett Fitzsimmons (Glen Allen)
Andrew Holt (James River)
Sean Luhmann (Clover Hill)
Will Ragland (Thomas Dale)
Brandon Harper (Matoaca)
Nick Drooker (Cosby)
Jarrett Bulano (Cosby--Libero)

2ND TEAM:

Micah Buller (Douglas Freeman)
Craig Nelms (Deep Run)
Tucker Evans (Monacan)
Neal Martin (Midlothian)
Noah Murdock (Colonial Heights)
Josh Carrington (James River)
Adam Jackson (Cosby)
Lucas Pienkowski (Patrick Henry)
Kevin Harbula (Midlothian--Libero)

Region Coach of the Year: Frank Jenkins (Cosby)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from HCS!

From our family to yours, our best wishes for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the day with family and friends and be safe!

HCS will be back this weekend with updates on Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball as the Road to RVA continues, plus we'll start previewing winter high school sports that get underway on Tuesday night!


Friday, November 22, 2013

SEASON OVER: ALL 3 COUNTY TEAMS LOSE.....

It's a jarring end to 2013 football for Henrico County.

In Class 6A, #5 Forest Park upset #1 Varina 27-18 in the South Region Central Zone Semifinals.  The Blue Devils finish the season at 9-3.

In Class 5A, Douglas Freeman was held to 4 total yards of offense in the second half as Atlee avenged an earlier loss to the Rebels with a 24-10 in the South Region Central Zone Semifinals.  The Rebels finish the season at 10-2.

Also in 5A, Hermitage fell short in their upset big of top-seeded LC Bird, losing in Chester 28-14. The Panthers finished their season at 9-3.

Monday, November 18, 2013

RADIO: Douglas Freeman/Atlee rematch to be broadcast LIVE Friday night!

It will be Douglas Freeman (10-1), the only team to defeat Atlee (10-1) this season, traveling to Hanover for a Class 5A South Central Semifinal showdown this Friday night!

If you cannot make it to Atlee High School, HCS Media Network, in conjunction with WHAN Radio, will provide LIVE coverage of the Rebels at Raiders!

In #RVA, listen to 102.9 FM, WHAN beginning at 6:30pm.  Simultaneously, the game will be broadcast LIVE via HenricoCountySports.net!  Just come to our web site Friday and click on the LISTEN LIVE link that will be posted at the top of the page!

Good luck, Rebels!!!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

PLAYOFF FOOTBALL: Freeman, Hermitage Survive; Springers' season ends in heartbreak, Varina hangs on....

Almost 1,000 yards of total offense, 75 points, but the anticipated Hermitage/Highland Springs showdown ended being settled by a HUGE defensive play.

Highland Springs QB DJ Johnson was sacked on a play with 18 seconds left from the Hermitage 6-yard line, looking to tie the game, and the clock ran out as the #5 Panthers knocked off the homestanding #4 Springers, 41-34 in a first round Class 5A South Central Zone classic.

Highland Springs ends their season at 8-3, while Hermitage wins their 8th straight, improves to 9-2, and gets #1 LC Bird next Friday night. LC Bird's last loss, in the 2011 playoffs, was to Hermitage. Last year, LC Bird came to Chester Fritz and knocked off the favored Panthers. Hermitage goes to Chester for yet another Panthers/Skyhawks postseason affair.

Another classic 5A South game went TRIPLE overtime, as Douglas Freeman overcame a 10-point second half deficit to outlast Manchester 48-47 to move to 10-1 and set up a rematch with the Atlee Raiders in the other Class 5A South Central Zone semifinal. Freeman is the only team to beat Atlee this year, a 24-14 home win September 20th. The Rebels must now travel to Raider Nation next Friday for the rematch.

The Hermitage/LC Bird winner meets the Douglas Freeman/Atlee winner Saturday November 30th for the Class 5A South Central Zone berth in the Regional Championship game December 7th at Old Dominion University...

LC Bird scored 29 points in the first 8 1/2 minutes to roll over Mills Godwin 49-0, ending the Eagles' season at 7-4.

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Varina survived a Woodbridge comeback, knocking off the #8 seed in Class 6A South Central Zone 26-21. DaShawn Hand, the #1 recruit in America according to Rivals.com, who committed to Alabama on television yesterday, scored a touchdown late, but the Blue Devils were able to run out the clock to move to 9-2.  They'll face Forest Park next week, who, as the #5 seed, traveled over 200 miles to knock off #4 seeded Patrick Henry-Roanoke.

Glen Allen's first-ever playoff game takes place Saturday, 2pm at Todd Stadium in Newport News against Denbigh in Class 4A South 1st Round action....


PLAYOFFS BEGIN! GAME BY GAME PREVIEW.....

The playoffs begin TONIGHT!  Here's a preview of each game involving county schools including one county-vs-county showdown in 5A South!

6A SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTERS: #8 Woodbridge (6-4) at #1 Varina (8-2), 7pm
--Woodbridge Vikings losses were to Battlefield (#12 6A North), Patriot (#6 6A North), CD Hylton (#2 seed) and Forest Park (#5 seed). Given up 40 or more points twice, three of four losses by 23 points or more.  Vikings’ 4th consecutive six-win regular season. Varina coming off 10 point loss to rival Highland Springs, 45-35, strength of schedule, eight wins helped Blue Devils earn top seed in Central Zone...

5A SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTERS: 

#8 Mills Godwin (7-3) at #1 L.C. Bird (10-0), 7pm

--Eagles lost to Monacan, Hermitage, Douglas Freeman, all playoff teams.  Bird has 24-game winning streak, last lost to Hermitage in 2011 Division 6 Central Region Finals, 10-0. Gave up 14 points twice in regular season; outscored opponents 504-48. Closest game: 21-14 win at Lake Taylor October 4th. Earl Hughes is area’s leading rusher with 1,799 yards, making all forget about Paul Robertson from 2012, save his playoff run.  Recorded five shutouts.

#6 Manchester (8-2) at #3 Douglas Freeman (9-1)
--Lancers’ two losses to Meadowbrook and last week to LC Bird 34-14, had 7-game winning streak in between.  Defense allowed 19 points or less in all 8 wins, 20 or more in two losses. Freeman’s lone loss was 26-10 at Hermitage.  Kyle Farkas has receivers, Gerstenmeier and company rushing, only team to beat Atlee, but only have two wins over playoff teams (Raiders, Godwin). Averaged 15.4 per game given up on defense, 41 of them in OT win Week 2 over James River, so 113 over nine games.

#5 Hermitage (8-2) at #4 Highland Springs (8-2)
--Powerhouse first round matchup. Nate Roscoe averages 170 yards rushing per game, set single game school record in Freeman win. Began 1-2 (CF and Varina), 7-0 since, allowing 58 points in that span, 21 of those to Tucker last week in 47-21 win. Arguably should be 9-1 and hosting this game.  Highland Springs rebounded from Atlee loss to knock off rival Varina 45-35 Friday night. Missed playoffs last two seasons, knocked out in first round in 2010, 2009, 2007, last playoff win was 2006 (18-7 over LC Bird in Regional Semis).  Last home playoff game was 2007, a 21-20 loss to…Hermitage. Panthers also eliminated them in 2009, LC Bird in 2010.

TOMORROW: 4A SOUTH REGION FIRST ROUND:

#12 Glen Allen (4-6) at #5 Denbigh (7-3)—2pm SATURDAY, Todd Stadium
--First EVER playoff game for the Jaguars, most wins in regular season in three-year history of the school.  The Henrico win 11/1 kept them in the postseason. Denbigh had five-game win streak snapped in final regular season game, 44-41 vs. Woodside, #7 seed in 6A South. QB Terrence Dingle threw for 1,995 yards in regular season. The Woodside loss cost the Patriots two spots in the 4A South standings. Winner gets Heritage/Powhatan winner.

NOTE: Follow us on Twitter, @henricosports, for score updates all evening, AND tweet us your scores AND pictures from YOUR game!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SIGNING DAY: Glen Allen High School

Four special student-athletes who have, in their individual ways, through effort, performance and in one case, overcoming major injury, made their mark as cornerstones of the Glen Allen High School athletic program, were rewarded for their years of work at a ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Sheppard Auditorium.

In basketball, Alicia Hudalla signed her letter of intent to play near home for Michael Shaffer and the University of Richmond Spiders in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

In softball, Glenn Walters signed her letter of intent to play in the Big South Conference for their reigning conference softball champions, the Lancers of Longwood University.  Kiersten Richardson was more low key in her decision-making, announcing to the world today she'll be playing collegiate softball at Virginia Wesleyan College!  And Zoe Millard found the perfect mix of softball, coaching, mountains and education and will be playing collegiately for UVA-Wise.

Each spoke with HCS Media Network in exclusive video interviews now available on our YouTube Channel!  For your convenience, links are available below!

Watch the Kiersten Richardson Video HERE

Watch the Zoe Millard Video HERE

Watch the Glenn Walters Video HERE

Watch the Alicia Hudalla Video HERE

Congratulations, Jaguars!!!







Friday, November 8, 2013

THE WRAP: Highland Springs, Hermitage Big Winners, Varina Still Top Seed....

In a sprint that resembled a track meet that later turned into an almost 3 1/2 hour marathon, Highland Springs held off their arch-rivals to finish the regular season with a huge win and likely grab a home game to open the 2013 playoffs next week.

A 21-point run in the first quarter helped the Springers establish a lead never relinquished as Highland Springs knocked off Varina 45-35. Both teams finish 8-2.  For Highland Springs, the bonus rider points should place them as the #4 seed behind LC Bird, Atlee and Douglas Freeman in Class 5A South Central Zone, key because it means a showdown with #5 seed Hermitage will take place in Eastern, and not Western, Henrico.

The Panthers finished 8-2 with a 47-21 win over J.R. Tucker in the Cat Bowl. The loss eliminated Tucker from Class 4A South playoff contention, where they began the night as the #16 and final seed. Caroline's victory over Spotsylvania vaults them over the Tigers, who finish 4-6.

Deep Run ends the season on a three-game winning streak, sending John Marshall to a winless 2013 with a 38-12 victory. Henrico, on the other hand, started 3-0, but ends 3-7, shut out at home 16-0 by an Armstrong team that qualifies for the Class 3A East playoffs at 3-7, their first playoff berth in 22 years.

Speaking of firsts----CONGRATULATIONS to the Glen Allen Jaguars!  Despite their 21-6 loss on Senior Night to Hanover, the Jags, at 4-6, clinch their first-ever playoff berth in Class 4A South!  Official pairings will be determined over the weekend, and the road trip will be likely to a top five seed, but to make the postseason in just their 3rd year of existence is a huge accomplishment for head coach Francel Smith and his staff.

Douglas Freeman held off a second half Patrick Henry charge on Senior Night in Ashland, then pulled away late for a 41-26 win to give the Rebels their best record in the 21st century at 9-1.  They'll start the Class 5A South Central postseason as the #3 seed, likely hosting #6 Manchester next Friday.

Mills Godwin plays at Thomas Jefferson Saturday at 1pm, and take the field knowing they must win to make the playoffs in Class 5A South Central as the #8 and final seed, in spite of Lee-Davis' 34-17 loss to Atlee Friday night. A Thomas Jefferson win would leave the Eagles two VHSL rider points behind the Confederates.  If Godwin wins? The Eagles opening round opponent?  None other than 10-0, and defending State Champions, the L.C. Bird Skyhawks, winners of their last 24 in a row.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

ALERT: Deep Run Rolls To Conference Title....

Congratulations to the Deep Run Wildcats, who continue their boys volleyball dominance with a 3-set sweep of Douglas Freeman to win the first-ever Conference 11 Tournament Championship Thursday evening at Atlee High School.

As expected, Colton Stone was named Conference 11 Player of the Year after the victory.

In a quirk of schedule, the two teams will meet again in the quarterfinal round of the "Central Zone" Regional Tournament Tuesday at Deep Run, needing two victories to advance to the State Boys Volleyball Tournament the following weekend at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

THE WRAP: POST-SEASON ACTION!

CROSS COUNTRY: Congratulations to the Mills Godwin Girls Cross Country team for capturing first place in the Class 5A South Regional Championships on Wednesday. Three Eagles placed in the top five, including winner Katharine Benfer (18:17.95) and runner-up Sarah Goodrich (18:32.53). Hannah Bullen finished fifth at 18:55.26.

The team won handily with 61 points, 43 points ahead of runner-up Atlee. Deep Run placed 3rd overall with 110 points. Both the Eagles and Wildcats advance to the Class 5A State Championships November 15th and 16th.

On the boys' side, Matthew Novak of Deep Run fell two seconds short of winning the individual 5A South Region crown, crossing the line at 15:31.68, just behind winner Nathaniel Hall of Atlee.  Wildcat teammate Grayson Reid was 6th (15:56.18), while Alexander Varon was 8th (16:17.15). Peyton Artz of Douglas Freeman was 9th overall, advancing to states, at 16:18.89.

Deep Run captured the boys team title with 73 points, 14 ahead of runner-up Hickory. Freeman was 10 points out of the 6th and final slot for the State Finals.

In 4A South, the Glen Allen Jaguar boys team finished second at their Region tournament Wednesday to qualify for the 4A State Championship. The Jags scored 68 points, second only to Midlothian at 35. Top Jaguar performers included Stanley Davis (5th: 16:33.20), Alex Byrd (7th: 16:41.50) and Thomas Davis (17th: 17:26.40).  J.R. Tucker's Joshua Munro qualified individually for the State 4A Tournament finishing 21st in a time of 17:35.90.

In the girls race, Katie Sperry of Glen Allen finished second (19:01.40), helping the Jaguars finish sixth and grab the final team berth in next week's 4A State Championships!  Teammate Rebecca Fagan finished 14th in a time of 20:57.60.

VOLLEYBALL: Deep Run will play tonight for the Conference 11 (Central 3) title against familiar foe Douglas Freeman.  The Wildcats swept Mills Godwin in the conference semis Wednesday night, and the Rebels did likewise to Lee-Davis.  First serve is at 6pm at Atlee High School.

Glen Allen's boys and girls teams both meet Midlothian for the Conference 20 (Boys: Central 5) titles tonight at Monacan High, with the girls match beginning at 6pm.  Boys will play immediately following....

Friday, November 1, 2013

LISTEN LIVE: HIGHLAND SPRINGS AT ATLEE

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE as 7-1 Highland Springs faces 7-1 Atlee TONIGHT, starting at 6:30pm!!!

FOOTBALL FRIDAY! Week 9.....

Huge games tonight as the drive for the playoffs hits overdrive!

Highland Springs (7-1) must travel to Atlee (7-1) in a battle of teams currently in a dead heat, tied for 3rd place in the Central Zone of Class 5A South.  The winner will get an inside track on overtaking second-seeded Douglas Freeman for not just one, but two possible home games to start the postseason.

The Rebels (7-1) may fall due to inferiority of their final opponents. Tonight is Senior Night at Freeman as they face 3-5 Thomas Jefferson. Even with a win, they may not receive enough VHSL rider points for the victory to keep the Springers/Raiders winner from leapfrogging them. The Rebels are just 1/4 of a point ahead going into Week 9 (29.38 vs. 29.13).

The loser will be in danger of not only landing in the #4 spot, but could even slip in Week 10 to #5, which would, at this moment, mean a road game TO Hermitage (6-2) November 15th, and not the Panthers coming to them. The Panthers, after unbeaten LC Bird and Dinwiddie, are arguably the hottest team in the Central Region and have Homecoming tonight vs. winless John Marshall.  The disadvantage for Hermitage will be a win over the 3A opponent will yield few bonus points.

Glen Allen is in desperate need of a victory to keep their Class 4A South hopes alive as they travel to Henrico. Both teams are 3-5. Glen Allen is still in the Top 16, but risk falling out without at least one more win. Henrico, in 5A, is essentially out of their playoff race with too many teams between them and the top 8 to overcome in just two games.

Two teams also needing a win, in this case to solidify precarious playoff positioning, face off in the West End, as 5-3 Mills Godwin, now behind Lee-Davis for the 8th and final spot in Class 5A South Central Zone, goes to 4-4 J.R. Tucker, who are in the 16th and final playoff spot in Class 4A South with two weeks to go.

Varina, at 7-1, tries to cement their top seed in Class 6A South when they visit 4-4 Hanover, who are falling in the Class 4A South race and needs a win this week, or next at Glen Allen, to ensure an 11th game.

NOTE: Follow us tonight on Twitter, @henricosports, for real-time score updates!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Amazing End to Deep Run's Regular Season....

On their way to a 21-1 regular season mark, the Deep Run Wildcats compiled some amazing statistics.

None more than this: the Wildcats have won 43 consecutive sets of volleyball.  43.

They haven't lost a set since losing set #3 to Douglas Freeman in a four-set victory on September 5th. That's 55 days ago.

Deep Run finished the regular campaign disposing of Patrick Henry Tuesday night in Ashland, breaking open a close early first set with an 11-0 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 19-10 lead en route to a 25-13 win. Christian Taylor served 11 times in a row.

Taylor did it again at the outset of the second set, stunning the Patriots by taking a quick 8-0 lead. Later, it was 12-1. The Wildcats played substitutes most of the remainder of set two, and Patrick Henry mounted a slight comeback, but fell 25-16.

Patrick Henry made set three much more interesting, a nip and tuck affair finally taken by Deep Run by a 25-22 count to finish the match, and the regular season.

Taylor also contributed 33 assists to go with his deft serving, while Colton Stone anchored the left corner for 13 kills, junior Craig Nelms the right corner for 12.

Deep Run now awaits the start of the first-ever Conference 11 Tournament, which tips off Monday at Atlee High School, looking the part Tuesday night of the favorite to win the Central Zone Region title on the way to an appearance in the state final four the week of November 18th downtown at the Siegel Center.

LISTEN LIVE to Deep Run at Patrick Henry Boys Volleyball!!

HCS Media Network's LIVE coverage of the Deep Run at Patrick Henry boys volleyball game will begin at 6:40pm ET tonight.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE!

Monday, October 28, 2013

SPECIAL SERIES: Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball: The Road To Richmond

When the Dayton Flyers, preseason favorites to capture the 2013-14 Atlantic 10 women's basketball championship, take the court at home against the University of Indianapolis this Friday, "The Road to Richmond" will begin.

For the first time, the Atlantic 10 will hold its women's basketball conference tournament at a neutral site, and that site is the Richmond Coliseum.  The A-10, the City of Richmond, and SMG, owners of the Richmond Coliseum, signed a three-year agreement to host the tourney in RVA, beginning with the 2014 edition March 5 through 9.

Semifinals on Saturday March 8th will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network, the championship game airs Sunday March 9th on ESPNU.

At Atlantic 10 Media Day at the Coliseum last Tuesday, HenricoCountySports represented HCS Media Network at the event, sitting down for conversations with nine of the 11 coaches in attendance (two could not attend).

Over the next two weeks, as teams finish preparations for the regular season, we will share some of the conversations with you here at HenricoCountySports.net to begin our season-long series, "The Road To Richmond."

It is our intention, and hope, to help not just basketball fans in Metro Richmond learn more about the 13 teams in the A-10, but fans in general. In turn, we hope it will encourage more fans to come and experience the event come March 5th through 9th, making the partnership between the Atlantic 10 and #RVA more than just a three-year experiment.

COMING WEDNESDAY:  A talk with the head coach of the preseason favorites, Jim Jabir of Dayton!

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Godwin out for now, Glen Allen, Tucker hanging on....

Here's the latest information on the playoffs!

Class 6A South (Central Zone--Top 8 Advance)
1) Varina

Class 5A South (Central Zone--Top 8 Advance)
1) LC Bird
2) Douglas Freeman
3T) Highland Springs and Atlee (play each other Fri. 6:30, hear it live on this web site!)
5) Hermitage (up from #6 last week)
6) Manchester
7) Meadowbrook
8) Lee-Davis (up one, knocking Mills Godwin to #9. Lee-Davis beat Hanover while Godwin lost to Hermitage. Lee-Davis point lead over Godwin is .375 of one point)

Class 4A South (Top 16 Advance)
10) Powhatan
11) Monacan
12) Hanover
13) Glen Allen
16) J.R. Tucker

FIELD HOCKEY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE FOR TODAY!

CONFERENCE 11 (Semifinals at Henrico High School)
Lee-Davis vs. Highland Springs, 6pm
Atlee vs. Henrico, 7:30pm

CONFERENCE 14 (Semifinals at Douglas Freeman High School)
Deep Run vs. Hermitage, 5:30pm
Mills Godwin vs. Douglas Freeman, 6:45pm

(NOTE: "Conference 14" consists of teams in original Conference 11 moved to the 5A North Region to balance out teams for Regional Play).

CONFERENCE 20 (Quarterfinals at River City SportsPlex)
Hanover vs. J.R. Tucker, 7pm
Glen Allen vs. Monacan, 5:30pm

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Glen Allen Standout Announces College Choice....

For the second time in a week, a standout from the Jaguars softball program has announced her collegiate destination!

Congratulations to Glenn Walters, whose hard work with Glen Allen and the Richmond Storm travel ball team has prepared her to step up to the next level!  Walters announced late Saturday night that she has verbally committed to play collegiately for Longwood University!

A signing event is tentatively scheduled for November 14th, and you can bet HCS will be there to this momentous occasion, not just for Walters and her family, but for this young Glen Allen program that continues to churn out great talent.

Congratulations, Glenn!!!


Friday, October 25, 2013

FOOTBALL FRIDAY: WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

The race for the playoffs enters the homestretch with a full slate of games featuring teams either trying to solidify playoff berths or keep their hopes alive.

HERMITAGE (5-2, #6 in Class 5A South Central Zone) at MILLS GODWIN (4-3, #8 in Class 5A South Central Zone): The Panthers come off their impressive 26-10 win over Douglas Freeman, handing the Rebels their first loss. The Eagles must contend with Nate Roscoe, who set a single-game rushing record for Hermitage last week. Hermitage needs to win out and get help to earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs November 15th, while Mills Godwin needs to win just to hold onto the final berth in Central Zone, as the Top 8 make the postseason. Lee-Davis, Prince George, and Matoaca all loom just behind them.

DOUGLAS FREEMAN (6-1, #4 in Class 5A South Central Zone) at J.R. TUCKER (4-3, #15 in Class 4A South Playoffs): An amazing four-game win streak puts the Tigers into the playoff hunt, but not by much. They need at least another win to clinch a spot in the Top 16. After putting up 64 points last week on winless Deep Run (but only winning by five points), Tucker will have tons of confidence in their scoring ability. But Douglas Freeman will be looking to re-earn some respect lost in the eyes of some thanks to that 26-10 loss at Hermitage.  Farkas, Gerstenmeier, Farinholt and company must salivate at the thought of facing a defense that gave up 59 points last week, and life will be tougher on Tucker QB Malik VanBrussell against the Rebel defense.

GLEN ALLEN (3-4, #13 in Class 4A South Playoffs) at VARINA (6-1, #2 in Class 6A South Region Central Zone): The Jaguars, still a young team in only its third season of existence, have hit the hurricane portion of their schedule, coming off losses to Highland Springs, Lee-Davis and Atlee. Their offense can't seem to find double-digit production. They must against a Varina squad back on track with a win last week and a high playoff seed to protect in 6A South.  Whether it's Corey Finney or Tim Minor under center, the Blue Devils are favored to win.  If they do, the Jaguars will probably need to win their last two game (at Henrico, vs. Hanover) for the school's first-ever postseason bid.

HENRICO (#10 in Class 5A South Central Zone) at HIGHLAND SPRINGS (#2 in Class 5A South Central Zone): Homecoming tonight for the Springers against a team free-falling.  Coach Gerald Glasco's team started 3-0, have lost four straight, and Glasco now must embody the definition of "homecoming" by facing his former team and boss, Loren Johnson. Glasco left Highland Springs earlier this year to take the Henrico HC job, taking some Springer assistants with him.  But he couldn't take DJ Johnson and his talented group of skilled players like Felton Davis, KC Hinton, Alex Wilson and others.  They'll likely make the difference tonight.

Deep Run is off tonight, but will go to 3-4 Thomas Jefferson to battle the Vikings Saturday afternoon in a 1pm kickoff.  The Wildcats continue to search for their first win of 2013 at 0-7.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @HENRICOSPORTS for real-time game updates all evening long!!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

LISTEN LIVE: Glen Allen at Lee-Davis Girls Volleyball

The Glen Allen Jaguars travel to Mechanicsville Thursday to battle the Lee-Davis Confederates!  Don't miss LIVE HCS Media Network coverage beginning at 6:55pm ET!

CLICK HERE to listen live to the Jaguars and Confederates on HCS Media Network!

LISTEN LIVE: Atlee at Glen Allen Field Hockey

CLICK HERE to listen LIVE to tonight's field hockey regular season finale for the Glen Allen Jaguars as they take on the Atlee Raiders, live from the Glen Allen campus!

We'll take to the air at 5:55pm, Rob Witham (@henricosports) on the call!

Friday, October 18, 2013

THE WRAP: Hermitage Still The King of West End; Tucker, Deep Run Combine for 123 Points....

For sheer action, drama, and offensive production, it'll be hard to ever top week seven of the 2013 high school football season!

We start at Chester Fritz Stadium, where Hermitage won their 13th straight over Douglas Freeman, 26-10, handing the Rebels their first loss of 2013. Running back Nate Roscoe ran for a school record 340 yards for the Panthers, who move to 5-2 and travel to Mills Godwin next week.  Douglas Freeman goes to 6-1 and now must hit the road again next week against red-hot J.R. Tucker.

The Tigers went to Deep Run and scored more points tonight than the program did in the entire 2007 season, holding off the winless Wildcats 64-59. The 123 combined points places the game in the top 10 highest scoring games in VHSL history! Also making history was Tucker QB Mailk VanBrussell, who ran for...EIGHT touchdowns in the victory. That ties a VHSL record.

Deep Run is now 0-7, while Tucker, who started 0-3 and struggling on offense, have scored 111 points in their last two games. That may have never happened before in school history. At 4-3, they're in the Class 4A South playoff picture and will give Freeman all it can handle.

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Big wins for both Eastern Henrico schools tonight, as Highland Springs won its 6th straight on the road, 41-14 at Lee-Davis. Quarterback DJ Johnson had a great night on any other week, but overshadowed by performances by the likes of VanBrussell and Roscoe, throwing for 4 touchdowns, 3 of them 55 yards or longer.

Varina bounced back for their first loss by easily handling fading Henrico, also on the road, 54-10. Corey Finney stepped in for the injured Tim Minor at quarterback, threw three touchdowns passes for the Blue Devils, who are now 6-1. The Warriors lose their fourth straight and are 3-4 and fading fast in the Class 5A South playoff race.

Also fading: Glen Allen. They were trampled, 70-0 at Homecoming by visiting Atlee, who had two touchdowns via Pick Six plays, a punt return for a TD, and four TDs for running back Loumond Dandridge. The Jaguars fall to 3-4 and likely need to win 2 of their last 3 for a Class 4A South playoff berth. They go to Varina next week and to Henrico November 1st before finishing at home versus Hanover November 8th.

Mills Godwin kept in the Class 5A South playoff race (currently 8th in an 8-team playoff field) with a 28-12 win at home over winless John Marshall.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK: LISTEN LIVE to Highland Springs at Lee-Davis!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE to the 5-1 Springers battle the 3-3 Confederates beginning Friday night at 6:30pm!

LISTEN LIVE to Glen Allen vs. Hanover Boys Volleyball TONIGHT!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE as the Glen Allen Jaguars face the Hanover Hawks in a big late season Conference 20 boys volleyball showdown TONIGHT!  Approximate airtime will be 6:50pm ET!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

WEEK 6 FINALS:

UPSET: Varina loses to Atlee at home in an overtime thriller, 31-28 on a 27-yard field goal by Ryan Molin on a field reduced to a mudpit at Varina High School.  Blue Devils now 5-1 and without starting quarterback Tim Minor, injured in the third quarter and taken to a local hospital for treatment after the game (he was on the sidelines late in the game on crutches).

HCS can report hopefully he will not miss much time and that the injury, at first thought, was not season-ending.  Stay with us for updates.

Meanwhile, Douglas Freeman goes to 6-0 for the first time in a generation, 13-9 slugfest over archrival Mills Godwin, whose four-game win streak ends. Freeman now travels next Friday to Chester Fritz Stadium for the battle with Hermitage, now 4-2 after a 69-14 whitewashing over winless Deep Run.

Kudos to J.R. Tucker for winning their third straight, a 47-7 thrashing over winless Patrick Henry at Homecoming at Fred Wells Stadium; the Tigers are back in the 4A playoff discussion.

Highland Springs made it 5 in a row, 48-12 over Armstrong; the 5-1 Springers travel to red-hot Lee-Davis next Friday in a game that can be heard LIVE HERE on HenricoCountySports.net!  The Confederates walloped Glen Allen 38-6.

Henrico lost its third straight, shut out for the second week in a row, this time 15-0 at the hands of Hanover.

Friday, October 11, 2013

LISTEN LIVE TO VARINA/ATLEE HERE!!!

CLICK HERE to listen LIVE to tonight's Atlee/Varina showdown, airtime approximately 6:45pm!

GAMEDAY: Week 6 Headlined By Two Showdowns....and the Weather....

If rain doesn't intensify come this afternoon, we hope to enjoy a full Week 6 schedule tonight!

GAME OF THE WEEK: Atlee (4-1) at Varina (5-0): Blue Devil tailback Herb Anderson is out for at least tonight's game due to a concussion suffered last Friday in the Armstrong victory.  Others will step up, as undoubtedly coach Stu Brown's bench is filled with athletes.  Will Atlee's suddenly jarring defense, who handed Hanover their first shutout loss since 2006 last week, be able to contain them?  If so, will Tim Minor pass the Blue Devils to their 6th straight win?

LISTEN LIVE to Atlee/Varina TONIGHT, 7pm HERE at the "Listen Live" link at the top of this page at HenricoCountySports.net!!  An encore presentation of the game can be heard Saturday, 1pm, on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM.

Mills Godwin (4-1) at Douglas Freeman (5-0): These teams haven't cared for each other for decades, so throw in Douglas Freeman's best start in 36 years and a four-game winning streak for the Eagles and you've got the makings of a classic confrontation.  Godwin's offense finds the end zone in a variety of ways, but Freeman's defense hasn't been letting many people make it there.  As for the Rebels, it's Kyle Farkas finding several receiving options with a potent running game mixed in.  There hasn't been this much on the line in this rivalry in at least nine years.

Glen Allen (3-2) at Lee-Davis (2-3): Another shot at a "signature" win for Francel Smith's Jaguars as they look to get a road win over a team coming off back-to-back playoff appearances. But the Confederates will come in hungry, knowing they are currently on the outside looking in the Class 5A South playoff race now that it has been split into two eight-team races geographically for the 16 slots, rather than the Region taking the top 16 teams in VHSL Rider Points (like they should). Lee-Davis shut out Henrico on the road last week. Another defensive performance of that caliber could spell a long night for the Jags.

Armstrong (2-3) at Highland Springs (4-1): The Wildcats made life very interesting for Varina for a half last Friday before the Blue Devils pulled away easily. They won't do the same thing to Highland Springs, who are now hitting on all cylinders; winners of four straight including back-to-back road games (Hanover and Glen Allen).  Look for a big night from QB DJ Johnson.

Henrico (3-2) at Hanover (2-3): In the suddenly new Class 5A South playoff picture, Henrico is one of four teams (including Lee-Davis mentioned above) that have a better VHSL Rating Point total than the #8 team in the "Conference 9/10 Zone" of Class 5A South but would still MISS the playoffs.  Thus, EVERY game is now a must win for teams like the Warriors and the aforementioned Confederates. Losers of two straight, including a 21-0 home loss to Lee-Davis last week, Malik White and company must find the ignition switch to their offense.  Hanover's stout defense certainly won't help, and Henrico comes into Hanover's homecoming to face a team on a three-game losing streak; something not experienced at Hanover in over 7 years. But games between these two produce interesting ebbs and flows, so this one is worth keeping an eye on tonight.

Hermitage (3-2) at Deep Run (0-5): This used to be the marquee matchup in the old Colonial District in the mid to late 2000s. No more. The Wildcats have hit rock bottom and now must face a hungry Panthers squad trying to improve their playoff seeding as well as getting ready for their home showdown next week against Douglas Freeman.  I'm afraid it won't be close.

Patrick Henry (0-5) at JR Tucker (2-3): The bad news? PH has dominated this series, winning 9 of the last 10. The good news? Tucker is coming off back-to-back wins after an 0-3 start and, with a win tonight at Homecoming and, say, a Henrico win over Hanover, Tucker could be in the playoff chase in Class 4A South with just four weeks to go!  Look for Tucker's offensive scheme to give the Patriots some fits. If there were ever a time Tucker could defeat their nemeses from Ashland, it's now.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: (@henricosports) for real-time scoring updates all night long and for 24/7 coverage of all things Henrico sports and life!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

UPDATED 2013 VHSL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF FORMATS...

CLICK HERE to read about the changes in 6A and 5A South which could cost a Richmond team a playoff berth next month, and our commentary about it.

Courtesy of our sister site, HanoverCountySports.net.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

FRIDAY FOOTBALL FINALS---WEEK 4

Highland Springs 32, Hanover 26 (Springers now 3-1)
Glen Allen 23, Armstrong 14 (Jaguars 3-1 for the first time in history!)
Varina 33, Lee-Davis 7 (Varina unbeaten at 4-0)
Atlee 38, Henrico 14 (Warriors fall to 3-1)
Douglas Freeman 27, Deep Run 6 (Rebels now 4-0, Wildcats are 0-4)
Mills Godwin 28, Patrick Henry 20 (3rd straight road win for Eagles, now 3-1)
Hermitage 40, Thomas Jefferson 0 (Panthers even record at 2-2)

TODAY:
J.R. Tucker at John Marshall, 1pm......

Friday, September 27, 2013

LISTEN LIVE TO HIGHLAND SPRINGS/HANOVER FOOTBALL!!

Coverage of tonight's game LIVE from Hanover High School can be heard by CLICKING HERE!

Coverage courtesy of WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM/1430 AM.....

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT: Mills Godwin at Patrick Henry Boys Volleyball

CLICK HERE to listen to HCS Media Network's LIVE coverage of boys volleyball, airtime NOW OFFICIALLY 6:40pm!  #EaglesVsPatriots

Friday, September 20, 2013

THE WRAP: Week 3 Football Highlights

1) Varina finally beats Hermitage: Instead of finding a team mad at a robbed loss last week having their home opener, Varina met a Hermitage team that could not stay with the Blue Devils' athleticism. Herb Anderson found the end zone twice, with the first TD and the final insurance TD as Varina won its first game against the Panthers since 2008, 28-12, to go to 3-0 on the season.

2) Glen Allen tried valiantly for a "signature win" at home against Mills Godwin, but fell short as they couldn't cash it in on two occasions in Eagles territory, and Godwin survived their trip to Staples Mill Road, 26-20. Both teams are now 2-1 and Mills Godwin goes to Ashland to face Patrick Henry next Friday while Glen Allen will travel to Armstrong, suddenly another tough test for the Jags as Armstrong easily handled Colonial Heights tonight.

3) Douglas Freeman gets a "signature win" and starts 3-0 for the first time in the 21st Century. It was the Rebel defense that shined the most at William Long Stadium, holding Atlee to just 14 points. They came in having scored 111 points in their first two games. Freeman goes to winless Deep Run next week.  Could that be a trap game?  Will the Rebels overlook the Wildcats?

COMING UP:

1) The J.R. Tucker Marching Band Free For All 9 takes places ALL day long Saturday at Fred Wells Stadium as bands from all over the Richmond area will perform. Admission is FREE!!!

2) Glen Allen Day!  We know the Jaguars Music Department will be well represented at the Parade and Day festivities at Crump Park tomorrow!

3) Highland Springs Head Coach Loren Johnson is scheduled to join Rob Witham LIVE at 7:30pm Monday on "Central Region LIVE!" on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM.  The Highland Springs/Hanover game next Friday will be heard on WHAN and online here at HenricoCountySports.net!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

THE FLASH: ATLANTIC 10 BRINGS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNEY TO RICHMOND


                   (A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones)

Before a packed audience at T-Miller's Sports Bar in the Richmond Marriott downtown, the Atlantic 10 announced that their Women's Basketball Tournament would be moving to the Richmond Coliseum effective March, 2014.

The initial agreement between the City, the Conference, and SMG, the owner of the Coliseum is for three years.

"This all literally came together in about a week and a half," said Bernadette McGlade, who has been Atlantic 10 Commissioner for the past six years, noting the conference's satisfaction in what they saw in the Coliseum and their current improvement project.

The Coliseum has played host to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men's Basketball Tournament yearly since 1990, but that agreement ended in March, as the CAA, having lost its two member teams based in its headquarters of Richmond, VCU and the University of Richmond, to the Atlantic 10, decided to move its tourney to Baltimore.

Any concerns that the CAA may have had about the Coliseum and its future apparently did not sway McGuire and her staff in their decision-making.

"There were multiple bids for this event. We think this (the Richmond Coliseum) is a venue that will get better and better just like we get better and better," McGlade said.

The tournament will feature all 13 teams in the conference and will take place March 5th through 9th. The championship game will be on Sunday March 9th, 11am, televised nationally on ESPNU. Saturday's semifinal round games will take place at a time to be determined, but will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

The Richmond appearance will mark just the third time in the 32-year history of the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament that it has taken place at a neutral site.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WIDE LEFT.....

The video showing the now infamous extra point attempt by Colonial Forge to force at second overtime Friday night that counted gives you rather conclusive evidence that the kick hit the left upright and veered off to the left.

So much so that Hermitage has filed an appeal to the game's conclusion. Colonial Forge went on to win in double OT, 34-28. Had the PAT attempt been ruled no good on the field, the Panthers would have won 28-27 in one OT.

Watch for yourself HERE, courtesy of CBS6!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

NASCAR: Chase Field Set At RIR; Edwards Wins Race....

Carl Edwards backflipped his way into the #1 seed in the Race for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Edwards stormed to the front of the pack late in the race, benefiting from a final caution that halted a red-hot Ryan Newman, desperate to win to make the Chase field, getting the edge for good with three laps left on the final restart.  The #99 Ford begins the Chase three points ahead of five-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who had another rough night, and Kyle Busch.

Johnson waxed poetic about the week and his performance. His not being able to practice before the race was due to an important reason: the birth of his daughter. Johnson took his wife and baby home from the hospital Saturday morning and flew to Richmond for the race Saturday afternoon.

"The five-time (champion) thing is awfully cool, but two-time (father), I'm much more proud of being two-time than anything," Johnson said with a smile. His 40th place finish on the track bodes no positives for a reversal of fortunes as the final ten races begin next weekend in Chicago.

Into the Chase are Edwards, Johnson, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Joey Logano, who outpointed Jeff Gordon 751-750 for the final spot. Gordon's inability to win a race killed his shot at a Wild Card slot, those going to Kasey Kahne (two wins), who finished 14th in the race, and Martin Truex, Jr., with one win and a tiebreaker over Ryan Newman. Newman was flying to the front in the final laps, but a Bowyer spinout on Lap 394 caused the Chase field to really be set in the pits, where Newman's team fell about 1.5 seconds too long. Newman led when the caution flag hit; he left pit road in 5th.

Being that Truex and Bowyer are teammates, the inevitable question was asked in the Media Center after the race.

"It doesn't matter. If that was the case (planned spinout), I'll find out one way or the other. At the same time, we still had the opportunity to make our own destiny and win it on pit road, and we didn't," Newman pointed out, very disappointed and frustrated.

More than a few thought the final start by Edwards may have been a little too good, but no penalties came, and the Frosted Flakes Ford headed to Gatorade Victory Lane.

The race itself, and the setting of the Chase field, went to the final milliseconds here at the Action Track.  If tonight's race doesn't sell tickets for 2014 for Richmond International Raceway, we're not sure what will.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week 1: Listen to "Central Region LIVE!" on Podcast

ICYMI, the debut edition of "Central Region LIVE!" is available as a podcast!  Listen as host Rob Witham talks with the new head coaches at Hanover and Patrick Henry and to NBC12 Sports Director Marc Davis!

Here's the link to listen!

http://www.mediafire.com/play/l8f1lilvs5onpiu/CRL090213.mp3


CENTRAL REGION LIVE! DEBUTS TONIGHT!

Don't miss the premiere of "Central Region LIVE!" tonight at 7pm on WHAN, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM! Host Rob Witham will review Labor Day Weekend action, preview the official "Week 1" of the 2013 regular season, talk with Marc Davis of NBC12 and have exclusive interviews with new Hanover head coach Derek Stoudt and new Patrick Henry head coach Jonathan Clark ahead of their showdown on Friday night to be heard on WHAN!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Spiders Roll in Season Opener over VMI, Mother Nature....

Even a storm that never made Robins Stadium could stop the Richmond Spiders.

Extending their winning streak to five games going back to 2012, a year that ended miserably when they were not awarded a playoff spot, Richmond thumped VMI 34-0 in the 2013 season opener for both teams. It's the first season-opening shutout for the Spiders since a 13-0 win over Duke in 2006, and, incredibly, the 33rd season-opening shutout in school history.

"It was an unusual and unique night," said UR head coach Danny Rocco. "We played some pretty dominating football, but we just didn't have the rhythm we need offensively."

That sounds like a contradiction when looking at statistics. The Spiders had 539 total yards of offense, 226 on the ground. But Rocco was mindful of how, after an opening drive touchdown, his offense blew multiple opportunities to take a big lead in the first quarter. Passes from quarterback Michael Strauss (23-of-36, 265 yards, 3 touchdowns) missed their mark twice when receivers broke open in the corner of the end zone. Other similar events occurred.

"Man, this truly is a game of inches," senior co-captain wide receiver Ben Edwards said. "An arm stretched out more here or a pass not short-armed there. You never know. We should have had a much bigger lead early on."

The Spiders were able to make up for it in the last three minutes of the first half. Strauss found Edwards for a short pass on the far sideline. Edwards made a VMI defender miss badly, and he was off to the races for a 59-yard touchdown. Then, VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock's pass with 1:26 left was tipped into the air and grabbed by linebacker Walt Sparks, giving Strauss and company the ball at the Keydet 32.

The Spiders took full advantage, scoring on a TD strike from Strauss to Stephan Barnette from 12 yards with :36 left before halftime. It was 21-0 at locker room time.

That time was extended when, just before the second half kickoff, both teams were sent back in and fans asked to depart for cover as a lightning delay began. The same storm that delayed the UVA/BYU game by two hours, nine minutes, would delay this game for over an hour, even though the storm itself moved well south of Robins Stadium.

When asked by HCS about how his staff handled the delay, Rocco spoke at length about the importance of communication and conditioning in such a situation.

"First, I make sure I communicate with the players. They want to know what's happening. They deserve to know. I would walk into and out of the players area, keeping them posted. We had hydration, food for the players. I thought we came out well afterwards. But VMI is a well-regimented program. I knew they would come out of it (the delay) very well."

The Keydets had their opportunities, but penalties and turnovers, the achilles heels of any team, stopped their offense at any and every turn. The short-circuiting of their own fate is encapsuled in one statistic: Richmond was 4-of-5 in red zone opportunities. VMI never had one.

"It was just a plain whuppin," said VMI head coach Sparky Woods.

VMI's home opener is next Saturday against Glenville State. Meanwhile, the Spiders step up. Significantly. They go to Raleigh in six days to battle NC State.

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Henrico County players were featured on the Robins Stadium turf.

Hermitage grad, UR freshman wide receiver Brian Brown, had three receptions for 18 yards in his Spiders debut, while, across the way, Mills Godwin grad, freshman Dane Forlines, returned two kickoffs for 18 and 21 yards respectively, while catching two passes for 20 yards.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

VIRGINIA VOLLEYBALL SHOWCASE BEGINS TODAY!

Two days of top-flight volleyball action for 32 boys and girls teams at Richmond Volleyball Club!  Consult our Twitter feed (@henricosports) for a complete list of 1st day matchups for ALL participating Henrico County teams!

WEEK "0" FOOTBALL FINALS:

Glen Allen 35, Caroline 13
Hermitage 27, Meadowbrook 12
Varina 42, Mountain View 7
Douglas Freeman 35, Midlothian 0
James River 21, Deep Run 10

FRIDAY GAMES:

Highland Springs at Colonial Forge
J.R. Tucker at Henrico (listen LIVE at 6:45pm HERE at HenricoCountySports.net!)

LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT AT THIS LINK-----

Click the link below to listen LIVE to tonight's season opener between Caroline and Glen Allen!!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/blue67ccm

BROADCAST BEGINS AT 6:45PM!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FOOTBALL: OPENING NIGHT!!!

Here's the Henrico County schedule for Opening Night, Thursday August 29th:

Caroline at Glen Allen, 7pm (hear this game LIVE on HCS Media Network beginning at 6:45pm here at HenricoCountySports.net!!)

Hermitage at Meadowbrook, 7pm
James River at Deep Run, 7pm
Midlothian at Douglas Freeman, 7pm
Mountain View at Varina, 7pm

Monday, August 26, 2013

MONDAY NEWS: Field Hockey, Volleyball Underway...

Mixed results for county teams as the 2013 season for sports other than golf got underway Monday, but we'll start with golf....

Glen Allen easily defeated Hermitage one-on-one, 174-237 at Hunting Hawk in Rockville Monday afternoon. Holden Davis led the way for the Jags with a 39 over the nine holes.

VOLLEYBALL: A great start to 2013 for a team on the rise, as Glen Allen swept Monacan in three sets Monday evening. Returning starter Lauren Wells paced the Jaguars to wins of 25-11, 25-19, and 25-16.

FIELD HOCKEY: Two tough 2-1 home losses greeted two county teams today in season openers. Mills Godwin took an early 1-0 lead on Atlee but seemed to run out of gas in the second half, as Atlee scored with just under 15 minutes left to tie and with just 3:10 to go to pull out a 2-1 victory. The Eagles fall to 0-1, as do the Henrico Warriors, who welcomed Patrick Henry to Azalea Avenue for their season opener and fell as well by a 2-1 count.

On the winning side, Glen Allen began 2013 across the river in Smoketree against new Conference 20 rival Monacan and came away with a 3-2 victory. The JV squad was also victorious.

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With wins today in golf, girls volleyball and field hockey, Glen Allen fall sports is off to a roaring start, and the football team hopes to win their season opener for the second straight year Thursday when they host Caroline.

If you can't make the game, LISTEN TO IT LIVE!!  HCS Media Network debuts its LIVE, season-long coverage of ALL high school sports with the Caroline at Glen Allen football game Thursday at 6:45pm.

Listen LIVE at the link that will be provided at the top of the page HERE at HenricoCountySports.net!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 Football Schedules Officially Out; Two Games to Air LIVE ONLINE August 29 and 30!!

The VHSL officially released the 2013 Master Football Schedule for Virginia this afternoon, and we have posted the schedules of all nine Henrico County schools on both our Twitter feed (@henricosports) and on our Facebook page.

NOTE: There are several games scheduled for the Thursday and Friday BEFORE Labor Day, so we are taking advantage of this opportunity to bring you LIVE coverage of two games HERE on HenricoCountySports.net to officially debut our new HCS Media Network, which will feature live, online coverage of ALL sports with teams from Henrico and Hanover Counties with our sister site, HanoverCountySports.org.

Our pre-Labor Day schedule is:

Thursday August 29th: Caroline at Glen Allen
Friday August 30th: J.R. Tucker at Henrico

Both games will air live beginning at 6:45pm here on our web site, with Rob Witham on the call.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

COMING SOON: THE NEW HOME FOR SPORTS IN HENRICO COUNTY!

Later this summer, HCS Media, LLC, the people who have brought you HanoverCountySports, will kick off  this web site as a companion to our NOW LIVE Twitter and Facebook locations.

Join the hundreds who, in less than 60 days, have already joined up to follow us on Twitter at @henricosports!

On Facebook, find us at facebook.com/henricosports !

We cover all nine Henrico County high schools, the University of Richmond, Virginia Union, VCU, several private schools and all community sports.  If it's happening in Henrico County, we'll talk about it, cover it, and want to know about it!

Send tips on events you're involved with to us via email at HCSMediaLLC@gmail.com.

Bookmark this page and come back for updates on our rollout in time for the 2013 football, field hockey, volleyball, golf, and cross country seasons!!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!