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.

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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.

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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.