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


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!  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.

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, 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....


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...


#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.


#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.

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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.


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


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


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!