The Goochland Gazette – 04/05/2023

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Goochland history: Sabot station served rail riders for over 75 years. PAGE 2

Volume 67, No. 14 • Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Upcoming Extension Office workshop will offer bevy of tips on blueberry cultivation. See Page 2

Boatwright to serve as Christmas Mother

CONTRIBUTED REPORT

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced that Stacy Boatwright will serve as Christmas Mother for the 2023 campaign. A longtime Goochland resident and volunteer, Boatwright and her family have a strong commitment to serving the community.

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Library board votes not to label books

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When it comes to the type of reading material available at her local library, King William resident Sharon Landrum wants to make one thing clear: she doesn’t support banning or removing

books from the shelves.

Instead, said Landrum, she would like to see a better system for helping parents know what books contain adult themes or material that might otherwise be considered inappropriate for young readers.

“I’m simply talking about labeling and placement restrictions,” said Landrum, choosing her words carefully so as not to be grouped with those who in recent months have begun pushing libraries across the country to pull books featuring LGBTQ themes,

sex-related content or challenging language permanently from library shelves.

For the past several months, a movement has been underway to get the Pamunkey Regional

“I am looking forward to dedicating myself to serving as this year’s Christmas Mother,” said Boatwright. “As a longtime volunteer for the organization, I have seen the joy that the Christmas Mother and all of her helpers bring to those in need in our county.”

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Boatwright and her husband John have raised two children in the county and have been actively involved in serving wherever they can be of help. She moved to Goochland from Hanover County as a child in 1982 and started volunteering for Company 5 Fire and Rescue at the age of 16. John Boatwright

PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOCHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS This overhead photo taken on March 27 offered the community a chance to see the progress that has been made on the new Goochland Elementary School, which is expected to open next year. According to school officials, the building pad is 90% complete. The new school is located just up the road from the current Goochland High School and Middle School complex. ROSLYN RYAN
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Upcoming class will focus on growing blueberries

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Blueberries make a great addition to the garden and landscape, and choosing the appropriate type and variety is an important step for success. An upcoming program on growing blueberries will explore topics such as type and variety selection, soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, weed and insect control and limiting

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damage from pesky mammals and birds. This class is scheduled for April, 18 at the Central High Cultural and Educational Complex, and will be held from 6 –8:30 p.m. The class is limited to 24 participants. Anyone who would like to attend this free class is asked to preregister by calling the Goochland Extension Office at (804) 556-5841 or emailing whitehd5@vt.edu.

SABOT STATION SERVED AS A RAIL STOP FOR OVER 75 YEARS

in august 1979, the Chesapeake and Ohio railway was making final preparations to close the sabot depot station in Goochland. The station hosted its first passenger train in 1881 and its last in 1957. This last reminder of the importance of passenger trains in the life of Goochland, the station at sabot, was demolished in 1993. a lonely relic at the time of its destruction, the station was once part of the busy village at sabot, which has now almost completely disappeared.

PROPERTY TRANSFERS

151.73 acres; Turning Point Assets-Goochland LLC to Humanitarian Ambassadors of America Commercial Development Corp., $750,000.

26.33 acres; Joseph P. McConnell to David Harry Gleberman, $1,700,000.

4.838 acres; Blue Ridge Custom Homes LLC to Francesco Perrone, $200,000.

105 Birch Circle, Manakin Sabot; Darlynn Patterson to Nicolas Worsham, $426,000.

602 Cornwallice Place,

Manakin Sabot; Bradford J. Matthew to William H. Bowen, $1,649,700.

1390 Grand Terrace, Manakin Sabot; Starwood Corp. to Steven H. Aggen, $350,000.

Lot 12, Crossroads West; Thomas A. Cooper, administrator to Artisview Properties LLC, $225,000.

Lot 47, Tuckahoe Creek; Tuckahoe Creek LLC to Ellington Custom Homes LLC, $211,150.

130 Lower Tuckahoe Road South, Richmond; Everett T. Diggs Jr. to Fox

Shrug LLC, $1,625,000.

838 Prestburg Lane, Manakin Sabot; Boone Homes Inc. to Charles Jefferson Hackett Jr., $1,033,238.

652 Seay Road, Manakin Sabot; GVA Home Builders LLC to Fred A. Gregory, $733,344.

1424 Stokes Station, Goochland; Lucy Turner Riley to Christopher A. Bonk, $319,000.

3677 Three Chopt Road, Gum Spring; Austin C. Mills to Adra M. Prats, $407,000.

Fire-Rescue, Emergency Services asking for feedback

CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Goochland County FireRescue and Emergency Services is developing a Master Plan to prepare for the future and has launched a community

survey to gather feedback from area citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders. Individuals can provide honest opinions through the brief anonymous online survey.

Residents are asked to take a few minutes to complete the survey at https:// www.surveymonkey. com/r/GoochlandCountyFireRescue by April 30, 2023.

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Library system—which serves Hanover, King William, Goochland and King and Queen counties—to find a way to ensure that children are not able to access books featuring adult content or themes that might otherwise be considered inappropriate.

Landrum said she first began attending meetings several months ago, after finding books in her library featuring content that she found “appalling.”

On March 22, after hearing from at least six area residents who spoke in favor of labeling explicit material, the Pamunkey Reginal Library Board of Trustees voted 8-2 in favor of a Collection Development

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meet the need every year.

Facebook at “Goochland County Animal Control.” The shelter’s hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the shelter is asked to make donations payable to Goochland Pet Lovers.

is currently District Chief for Company 2. Boatwright and both of her children are Goochland High School graduates, so being active in the Goochland Youth Athletic Association was a natural. She worked on the All Night Graduation event in support of her children, and also serves on the Lansing Foundation Advisory Board, a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of children and adults with special needs, addressing homelessness and supporting cancer research. She has been working in the accounting field for 25 years.

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has been adding joy to the Christmas season for those in need in Goochland since 1959. The organization is operated by dedicated volunteers and relies on the support and generosity of the community to

Families, churches, civic groups and businesses are encouraged to adopt a family. For more information on adoptions, inquire by e-mail at info@goochlandchristmasmother.org or call the Christmas Mother Hotline at (804) 556-3411.

The Christmas Mother’s Facebook page (facebook. com/goochlandchristmasmother) is also a great way to keep abreast of activities and to find helpful links such as online contributions and other tools.

Donations to this year’s

Christmas Mother fund can also be sent via check to Goochland Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 322, Goochland, VA 23063 or through

PayPal on the website.

submitted by anne Hardwick, Goochland Christmas Mother association.

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Policy that does not include labeling.

According to the new policy, which was not supported by Goochland board member Barb Young or Hanover member Ryan Martin, “Selection for the collection is not restricted by the possibility that children or adolescents may obtain or see materials their parents or guardians consider inappropriate. Responsibility for the reading material of children and adolescents rests with their parents or legal guardians. Library materials are not marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the content. No book or other item is sequestered except for the purpose of protecting it from injury or theft.”

Some have equated efforts to remove or label books to

censorship, pointing out that the First Amendment protects the content as free speech. They also caution that any attempt to restrict access to books or other library materials would be the first step down a dangerous road.

Peggy Lavinder, who spoke during the Feb. 22 board of trustees meeting, said she agrees that children should not have unrestricted access to material that is not age-appropriate. But she also insists that is parents’ responsibility to oversee what books their children read.

“For someone to ask the library, which is an institution created for free access to public information, to limit access to public information, is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole,” Lavinder said.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Join the rotary Club of Goochland in welcoming Mark deutsch, who will be speaking about the joint clean water project in Kenya with West richmond rotary & rotary Club of Kitale. The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at The residence inn short pump at the notch, 1800 Wilkes ridge Circle.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Beulah Baptist Church, located at 1633 Kents store Way in Kents store, invites the community to celebrate easter, beginning with a sunrise service at 7 a.m., sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and Worship service at 11 a.m. all are welcome. The sunrise service will be outside. For more information, call (434) 589-2245.

MONDAY, APRIL 10

Hatha yoga incorporates poses,

breathing, and deep relaxation. participants in this class, which is for students ages 18 and up and held from 6 to 7 p.m., should bring their own mat. The program ends on Monday, May 15 and the fee for the class is $60. For more information, contact parks and recreation at (804) 556-5854.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

Goochland Baptist Church will be hosting a Community Table event featuring Gardening in Goochland. Bob Whitehead, a horticulture associate from the Goochland Cooperative extension, will be sharing tips on vegetable gardening in central Virginia. dinner will be held at 6 p.m., with activities starting at 6:30 p.m. Goochland Baptist Church is located at 2454 Manakin rd. in Manakin-sabot. For more information, call (804) 749-3522.

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festivities! The fee for the class is $20. For more information, contact parks and recreation at (804) 556-5854.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Join the rotary Club of Goochland in welcoming Jim Bacon, editor and publisher of Bacon’s rebellion and executive director of the Jefferson Council at UVa. The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at The residence inn short pump at the notch, 1800 Wilkes ridge Circle.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

all are invited to attend an upcoming Community Music Jubilee hosted by elpis Christian Church, located at 2703 elpis Church road in Maidens. The event, which will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. will feature live music, community fellowship and light refreshments. seating will be available but attendees may bring lawn chairs if they wish. a receptacle will also be on site for GoochlandCares food pantry donations. This event will be held rain or shine.

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Tucker’s storytime will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 2 -5. Come enjoy a story at Central High, then stick around after and spend some time in the bouncy house! For more information, contact parks and recreation at (804) 556-5854. a beginner’s quilt /quilted pillow will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 18 and up. in this threesession class, participants will get an introduction to quilting while making a classic throw pillow. Week 1: Cutting and piecing techniques. Week 2: Machine quilting techniques. Week 3: Make block into pillow sham. Fabric needed: 1/8 yard background, 1/8 yard churn dash fabric, 1/8 year inner border, 1/2 yard outer border and backing. Other supplies to bring: neutral color thread for piecing (White, black, or gray) Coordinating thread for quilting (matching your fabric) 12” pillow form sewing Machine in good working order with the instruction manual.

Basic sewing supplies: scissors, seam ripper, pins, 6x24 ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter. recommended: 1/4 in presser foot for your machine. program ends on Wednesday, april 26. Fee for the class is $40. For more information, contact parks and recreation at 804-556-5854.

Mini Chefs: Hop into spring will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for ages 5-11. let’s hop together into the spring season and make some wonderful spring treats! register your child to come make, eat and enjoy all things around springtime

Goochland Baptist Church will be hosting a Community Table Mixer night, offering a chance for attendees to learn something new about their neighbors. dinner will be held at 6 p.m., with activities starting at 6:30 p.m. Goochland Baptist Church is located at 2454 Manakin rd. in Manakin-sabot. For more information, call (804) 749-3522.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Join the rotary Club of Goochland in welcoming the Goochland sheriff’s department’s investigation team. The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at The residence inn short pump at the notch, 1800 Wilkes ridge Circle. Come visit the beautiful countryside of eastern Goochland for an outdoor spring tent revival at Hebron presbyterian Church, Manakin sabot, from 5 to 8 p.m. This event will offer a wonderful opportunity to hear inspiring speakers and uplifting music, and to renew your spirit as the church celebrates our risen lord. invite your friends and neighbors! More information can be found at www.hebronpresbyterian.com. a food truck will be on site, and this event will be held rain or shine.

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BrOOKinG, June Croft, Brooking, June Croft, 89 of sandy Hook, Va., passed away March 26, 2023. she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Tom” Brooking. she was a loving mother of two children, daughter, Kathi B. Carter (Cecil) of Goochland, Va.; and son, Monti C. Brooking (Janet) of sandy Hook, Va. she is also survived by nieces, nephews and many special friends. June was from doe Hill, Virginia, moving to Goochland in her teen years where she finished high school. she was a devout Methodist and a lifetime member of Gum spring United Methodist Church since 1955. June retired from the sandy Hook post Office in 1995 after serving as a postal clerk and later as postmaster. The family would like to thank all of the members of the Hospice of Virginia for making our mother feel safe, loved and cared for during her final days. We would also like to thank her caregiver, a shley, for her care and support during this time. also thank you for the many cards received, Mama loved cards. The family will receive friends one hour before the graveside service at Gum spring Methodist Church. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday March 31, 2023 at Gum spring United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family invited everyone back to the church following the Graveside service for a reception. in lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the Gum spring Methodist Church, or Goochland Company 5 rescue. Online guestbook at lacyfh.com

WaldrOp, Wanda Melton, was welcomed into her heavenly home Wednesday, March 29, 2023. she was preceded in death by her mother, Jane Melton. she is survived by her husband of over 40 years, ray; daughters, Crystal Waldrop and Heather stewart (Gabe); two beautiful grandsons, logan and luke stewart; father, stuart Melton; sister, nancy prokopis; brothers, James, Glenn (debbie) and Wayne (ellen); several brothers and sisters-in-law; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and many special friends. Wanda was a member of Goochland Baptist Church her entire life, where she served as the third and fourth grade sunday school teacher. she retired from the state Corporation Commission after 31 years of service. Wanda loved fishing and spent many days on a pond shore. she loved cooking, collecting mint coins and being “nanny” to her boys. Wanda touched everyone she came in contact with and will be missed greatly. The family received friends 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad st. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, april 4 at Goochland Baptist Church, 2454 Manakin road, Manakin sabot, Va. 23103. in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Goochland Baptist Church, american red Cross or to cancer research.

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Protecting kids: Libraries are not the enemy

Trust is not a given, and these days it seems a more precious commodity than ever. It’s hard to recall a time when there appeared to be less public trust in our political leaders, in our schools or in our justice system. What’s more, this trust gap is now increasingly exploited for political gain.

Unfortunately, the recent debate over what content should be allowed in public libraries highlights more than just a lack of trust in librarians

to know the difference between a classic novel and prurient junk. And it isn’t simply about a lack of tolerance toward the LGBTQ community (five of the most-often challenged books in 2021 dealt with sexuality and gender identity, according to the American Library Association). People have always been intolerant. What’s different now is how entitled some have become in asking public institutions to acquiesce to their personal demands.

Can we talk for a moment about inappropriate content? I hate to be the

one to point this out, but American young people have been fed a steady diet of explicit content for decades. Sure there was a time when Lucy and Ricky Ricardo sharing a single bed was considered too risqué for the viewing audience. And it’s hard for some of us to forget the time in 2003 when America lost its mind—and the FCC fined ABC $1.4 million—because an actor’s bare rear end made a cameo on national television. Mind you, this was five years after the President of the United States was impeached after be-

coming embroiled in a sex scandal, but even into the early years of this century it seemed there was still a line when it came to what children should and should not be exposed to.

At some point, however, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when, the tide turned. Something shifted. Suddenly sex was literally everywhere, or at least the suggestion of it, from television to advertising to popular music. Some of the most popular television shows of the past decade—including series such as “Game of Thrones” or “Bridger-

ton”—feature content that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago.

Churches have been rocked by sex scandals. Schools have become embroiled in debates focused on gender and sexuality.

Last week a former President of the United States was indicted, accused of paying hush money to cover up an affair with a porn star. And we’re worried about the library? At this point, it may be one of the last places on Earth where explicit content isn’t served up on a silver platter.

The problem is that

someone has managed to convince parents that children are not safe anywhere, and that the best way to spend their time is to seek out witches and stir up voters.

Parents have every right—and a moral responsibility—to protect their children and give them a framework to understand the world around them. And local libraries have always been, and should continue to be, a key part of that process.

Regardless of the debates raging elsewhere, let’s leave them out of the fray.

The day God came calling, life changed forever

Contributing columnist

Iwas a deist until I was 23 years old. I believed in God, I just didn’t know who He was. Nature proved to me He existed. I saw miracles every day growing up on a dairy farm, from the birth of cattle to trees growing from an acorn into a 5-foot-diameter oak.

I didn’t want to pick my God due to location of birth. Just because I happened to be born in Vir-

ginia didn’t mean He was a Christian. If I’d been born in India, they would have told me He was Vishnu. In Israel, they’d have told me the Old Testament is the answer.

Plus, Christianity was so fractured. Back then, the Protestants were fighting the Catholics in Ireland in a political war. The Baptists said the Catholics were wrong and vice versa. The Pentecostals said all of them were wrong. The Baptists said the Presbyte-

rians were wrong because they baptized by sprinkling instead of dunking. If there’s one Bible, one Christ, one God, then why were there so many different doctrines? It just didn’t make sense to me, so I figured God was probably Hindu or Jewish, since at least they were religions where people seemed to change their lifestyles, and live a religious type of life. When I was 23 years old, after burning the candle at both ends and pretty much

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ruining my life through drugs and wild living, I got to a point where I needed to change. I told God, “I want to give you a try, but I need to know who you are. If you show me, I’ll give you my life. Otherwise, I’ll die a deist and find out after death who you are, it’s up to you. I know Jesus is not the way and I don’t believe in the Bible. However, if Christ is your son, I’m sure he’s as cool as you are. So I’ll be a Christian if he’s the way.”

That was the last block in the dam that needed to come down.

The next morning was Easter Sunday 1975, and I knew Jesus Christ had taken my place on that cross. He was in my heart. I knew scriptures I’d never heard before. It was like I was floating 9 feet above the earth. I honestly thought I was the first person who’d been born again in the last 100 years. I heard the song “Amazing Grace” and thought,

“Man, it happened to someone else, I can’t believe it! One hundred years ago somebody else got saved!” I thought that was it, just that song writer and me. To me, if you find out who God is, and He enters your heart and He starts living with you and telling you things and training you, you would tell people. You would tell friends if you saw Britney Spears, right? But not when you meet God Almighty? Who’s more important?!

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Goochland’s Conner Popielarz lifts his way to the international stage

After years of grinding and putting in work, Goochland weightlifter Conner Popielarz has reached the international stage.

The VCU student has had quite the journey in his weightlifting career, which started with weight training in high school football and transitioned over into a passion for competitive lifting that allowed him a chance to compete at one of the top lifting programs in the country at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Now, he has a chance to represent his country at the Junior Pan-Am Championships held in Manizales, Columbia.

A collegiate gold medalist and a national champion with the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, Conner has already grown into a decorated lifter in his young career, but reaching new heights is something that’s always on his mind. It only makes sense that international competition was the next thing to mark off his checklist of accomplishments.

Getting on the international stage has been the goal on Conner’s mind for some time now, but the process in qualifying is a difficult one. Qualifiers need to be ranked in the top10 among all junior competitors as well as in the top-2 of their respective weight class, all of which has to be done at a nationally-sanctioned meet. Just earning a spot in a national meet requires high-level performance at local meets.

Conner says he was already top-2 in his class, with the goal of making the overall top-10 being the focus at his national meets this year. He had two meets to make that mark, the first at the North American Open Finals in Atlanta, Georgia in December and at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio in March. He ultimately finished with the same results

in both, which proved good enough to place him in ninth in the overall junior rankings, solidifying his spot in the Junior Pan-Am Championships.

Just getting to the international stage was a goal in and of itself for Conner, but he says he’s moving the goalpost from not just making it to the international stage, but reaching the podium when he’s there.

“I’ve been told a lot of people competing in their first international meet don’t perform at their best, but I just want to go and be competitive and hopefully get on the podium,” he said.

A lot of those cases of poor international debuts generally have to do with the nerves of a new stage in a new environment, but Conner says he can use that nervous energy to his advantage.

“I usually can turn that nervousness in my favor. I’ve heard some people say they use it as a superpower, and I feel the same way,” he said. “I can use the nervousness and adrenaline to compete pretty well, so hopefully I can replicate that.”

An example can be found back at the North American Open Finals just weeks ago, where Conner was in dangerous territory of bombing out, a term used to describe when a lifter fails on all three snatch or clean and jerk lifts and can’t post a total score. With one last chance to earn a result to his total, that nervous energy and dedication to deliver came out in the competitive lifter, who hit his third lift and earned a score that was good enough to qualify.

“You can be calm in those situations because you know if you miss a lift you can come back and make it,” he said.

It’s not just nervous energy in big moments that drives Conner though. His entire lifestyle from his workout routines down to his diet are centered around improving at this

sport. He’s in constant communication with his coach, Sean Rigsby, who was an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne while Conner competed there and is a member of the High Performance Team at USA Weightlifting as a national team support coach, where he oversees the international performance and preparation of elite junior athletes. He also runs the Heavy Metal Barbell Club in Charlotte, which Conner is a part of.

It’s mainly online communication between athlete and coach, with Rigsby sending Conner a program every Sunday to focus on, while Conner records his workouts, sends them back to Rigsby and gets feedback through that.

Rigsby and Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Travis Mash were influential figures in helping Conner take the next step in his training as a lifter, helping him realize just what it takes to be among the best in the sport.

“They definitely knew how to produce Team USA athletes,” he said of his time at Lenoir-Rhyne. “In a way that was where I first started to fully train weightlifting. That’s when it kind of got real.”

Just making it this far isn’t good enough for the Goochland standout, who’ll be continuing his training as he looks ahead to competing in the snatch and clean and jerk events at the Junior Pan-Am. While his training regimen remains relatively constant, he’ll be looking to improve on the little details that can be the difference in making it on the podium or not.

“It’s a lifestyle. Almost everything I do is focused around how I can get better at this sport, and it’s hard to balance sometimes,” he said. “That’s definitely what you have to do at this high level because everyone trains hard, but it’s the little things outside the gym that make the difference.”

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Goochland’s Conner popielarz qualified for the Junior pan-am Championships in Manizales, Columbia by placing in the top-10 of all junior lifters and in the top-2 of his weight class.

Cadets fall to Saints at home

The rivalry between VISAA opponents Benedictine and St. Christopher’s has long been one of the most entertaining to watch across the two school’s multiple athletic programs, and in a Cadets-hosted lacrosse matchup on Friday, March 31, that intense rivalry atmosphere stayed intact as the teams battled for bragging rights early in their respective seasons.

While the Cadets (3-4) have had numerous instances of quality play in their start to the season, their matchup against the Saints (2-4) was a tough pill to swallow. The Saints got an early start to the scoring with a 4-0 run in the opening quarter, and though the Cadets got some temporary relief with a goal to make it 7-1, the damage became 5-1 entering the second quarter and ended with a 23-8 final score.

The Saints lead grew to 11-2 at the end of the half,

with Benedictine’s Dawson Walter earning the team’s second goal of the half.

There were highlight moments in the third quarter from the Cadets, who gave an admirable effort despite the deficit with four goals in that period. Walter added his second of the day to make it a 15-4 game with a nice shot into the net that earned a warm response from the home team crowd, and a rocket finish from Wyatt Fortune drew even bigger applause soon after that made it 16-6 with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter.

Fortune added another in the fourth quarter with an underhand laser to make it 19-7 along with a goal from Jackson Bevan, but the Saints scored the next four goals to put a stamp on their biggest win of the season to date.

Benedictine has a chance to redeem itself when it hosts the Norfolk Collegiate School on Thursday, April 13. Norfolk Collegiate currently holds a 6-0 record.

Bulldogs impress in meet at Monticello

In their second meet of the outdoor track and field season, the Goochland Bulldogs traveled to Monticello for a meet against four other schools, and after some solid results in the season-opener at Fluvanna, they once again put up some winning results.

The Bulldogs placed within the top-3 in 16 events and won four of those 16 that gave them confidence heading into the rest of their season. The boys and girls 4x100 relay

teams were victorious in their respective events, which took place early in the meet. The girls relay was the eighth event of the day, and the group of Katie Futrell, Leilani Burgess, Jade Taylor and Amore Jackson flew through the race and just got past Louisa County’s team with a winning time of 52.44 seconds.

The boys relay team featuring Lucas Weaver, Cameron Boddie, Wyatt Davis and Jack Alston stepped up for their race in the very next event, matching the win of

their teammates with a 45.70-second time that gave them over a second of space between their time and second place Monticello.

After helping her relay team take first place, Taylor added a first place finish all on her own in the 100-meter hurdles, which she finished in 16.78 seconds to beat Louisa’s Hannah Ryan (17.10).

Much like in the relays, Taylor was matched by an excellent showing from Jarin Evans in the 110-meter hurdles, where he took home a win with a time of 19.19 seconds for

Goochland’s fourth first place finish of the day. Evans also finished third in the 300 hurdles (47.35). There were a few instances of a pair of Bulldogs taking top-3 finishes in individual events, including the high jump performances of Charlie Alston and Jameson Pryor, who finished in second and third with the same 5-foot-8-inch result, and second and third place runs from Davis (54.48) and Weaver (56.08) in the 400-meter dash. Other third place results include Burgess’ run in the 100-meter dash

(13.66), the girls 4x800 relay team taking third (12:26.67), Jack Alston in the 200-meter dash (23.79), Kadin Nitsch’s run in the 800 run (2:12.16) and third place finishes from the boys 4x400 (3:44.76) and the 4x800 (9:47.84) teams.

The Bulldogs will take to the track for their third meet of the season on April 8 when they compete in the Run 804 Track High School Invitational at Varina High School.

robby Fletcher can be reached at rfletcher@powhatantoday.com.

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