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tafford County will hold the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Stafford Armed Services Memorial at 9 a.m. Friday, May 25. The ceremony will feature the Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office Honor Guard presenting the colors and playing taps, Chaplain Jack Marcom, remarks by Supervisors chairman Meg Bohmke and the placing of a memorial wreath. “I was given a POW bracelet in 1972 when I was stationed at the Minot, North Dakota, Air Force Base. I was told to wear it until he came home as a sign of support. The name on the bracelet was Captain Glenn Cook, who was shot down in Vietnam on October 21, 1969. He was declared dead, but his body was never recovered. His family has never given up hope that he will be found. I will never take this bracelet off until he comes home,” said Supervisor Gary Snellings, Hartwood District, an Armed Services Memorial Commission member and Air Force veteran. “That is the kind of sacrifice we are honoring.” Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer, Garrisonville District, an Armed Services Memorial Commission member and Marine Corps veteran noted that: “The mission of this memorial is to honor those who have served, are serving and their families, but Memorial Day is special in recognizing the ultimate sacrifice made by so few for so many. The best way to honor those brave men and women is by keeping

Finn Riley accepts the accolades of fellow competitors as the 8-year-old takes the top prize in the annual MRE (meals ready to eat) cooking contest at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on May 12. Massive traffic jams along Interstate 93 last Saturday kept several contestants from the venue, but four others matched skills against Finn, who had a bit of help from his mother and grandmother. ALEKS DOLZENKO | INSIDENOVA

Supervisors say OK to renaming road TRACY BELL


he Stafford County Board of Supervisors debated over a roadname change for a portion of Big Spring Lane on Tuesday, ultimately deciding to rename the segment Mineral Springs Lane. Big Spring Lane comes to a fork where one part is public and the northern part continues to a private, gravel road. The board voted 4-3 to name the

entire portion Mineral Springs Lane, with Supervisors Cindy Shelton, RAquia; Wendy Maurer, R-Rock Hill; and Mark Dudenhefer, R-Garrisonville, casting the dissenting votes. The vote followed a public hearing and a suggestion from Supervisor Jack Cavalier, R-Griffis-Widewater, that the road portion be named Mineral Springs Lane, which was previously discussed. At issue was a proposed amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance, related to the Index of Official

Road Names. The county Planning Commission recommended naming part of the road Kelvic Way after Kelvic Construction Company, which owns property there. According to a Planning Commission recommendation, the private segment needed to be renamed for public-safety reasons and to avoid confusion. Development along the private segment also made it necessary to change the index of road names, according to background documents. During an earlier part of the process, Kelvic Way was accepted as the proposed road name based on the county directing Kelvic Construction Company to name the road. That instruction occurred before the board realized that renaming the RENAMING








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Heroin overdose leads to multiple drug arrests A heroin overdose led to several arrests on the southern side of Stafford County at the end of April, according to sheriff ’s office spokesperson Amanda JOSEPH AMOS KYLE DICKINSON DYLAN DICKINSON STEPHANIE HALL NICHOLAS HORTON Vicinanzo. While the overDetectives also learned that Amos as dose victim has not been charged, five consented to a search of his room and detectives found drug paraphernalia and well as Kyle and Dylan Dickinson were others face drug charges. on probation. They all failed a subseDeputy B. Demirci responded to an detained him. In the living room, investigators saw quent drug test administered by their overdose call at a townhouse in Thomas Jefferson Place on April 26. Rescue per- Dickinson’s girlfriend, Megan Renee Jen- probation officer and were transported sonnel administered Narcan and took kins, 20, of Stafford, clutching a purse. to Rappahannock Regional Jail for proa person to Mary Washington Hospi- She allowed detectives to search the bation violations. Dylan Dickinson was also charged tal, where the subject admitted to using purse and they found drugs. The homeowner then gave detectives with possession of a controlled subheroin. When the Special Investigations Unit permission to search the entire resi- stance. Hall was also incarcerated at Rappaarrived at the residence at about 12:20 dence. Drug paraphernalia was discovp.m., detectives learned that the over- ered throughout the home, including in hannock Regional Jail and charged with dose subject and a second person had the bedroom of Joseph Andrew Amos, possession of marijuana and possession gone there to use heroin. Following the 31. When Amos returned to the house, of a controlled substance. Detectives returned to the original overdose, a juvenile who had been using he admitted the paraphernalia belonged residence and conducted a search after heroin cleaned up the evidence of drug to him. Detectives then searched a shed at the receiving permission from the homeuse and fled, Vicinanzo said. Detectives learned that the boy lived back of the property and found Stepha- owner, Nicholas Lee Horton, 48. Drugs in the same neighborhood and may have nie Lynn Hall, 40, and Dylan Scott Dick- and drug paraphernalia were found gone to his home. The homeowner where inson, 25, both of Stafford. Detectives throughout the home. Horton was incarthe boy lived gave detectives permission found marijuana and drug paraphernalia cerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail to search the house, and they found a on Hall and a small bag on Dylan Dick- on charges of possession of a controlled man hiding in the attic. The man, iden- inson believed to contain heroin. Both substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. tified as Kyle William Dickinson, 23, were taken into custody.

Man returns deputy’s stolen firearm

A man who stole a firearm from a Stafford County residence returned the firearm to detectives and turned himself in after learning law enforcement was looking for him, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. Deputy Shawn M. Eastman responded to a call about the theft of a firearm from a residence in the area of Pilot Knob Loop. The homeowner said that his girlfriend’s friend stayed at the residence over the weekend to watch his dogs while he was out-of-town. When he returned, a firearm was missing from the home. The friend told deputies that a man identified as Ronald Anthony Longfellow, 31, of Unionville, spent Saturday evening, May 5, with her at the residence. She said it was possible he had taken the firearm. Detectives met with Longfellow, who gave them the firearm without incident. He was taken into custody and admitted to stealing the firearm while intoxicated at the residence. He was in the Rappahannock Regional Jail in lieu of a bond. He is charged with grand larceny of a firearm.

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My snowflakes don’t melt Sure, the label came about because Various TV commentators, columnists some universities, colleges and and even a few politicians latched parents got a bit over protective. on to a new word a couple of Some took things a step too years ago and haven’t let go. far in creating safe spaces and The term is “snowflakes” limiting normal lively debate. and it is used to refer, well, But that’s a rarity. Mostly, it I’m not sure exactly, but just makes a good sound bite probably to anyone below 25. for the media’s talking heads. It’s never used in a nice way. DAVID KERR So, who are they? First of all, Rather, it’s a way of dismissing they’re young. My oldest this a whole generation that these semester was 25. He had served four political soothsayers consider coddled, years in the Army, made sergeant and weak and overly protected. It’s a had served in combat in Afghanistan. popular term on Fox News and other I wouldn’t recommend you call him a outlets. It fits into their narrative of “snowflake” to his face. I have also had the world. firefighters in the class--not a classic The term implies that our younger snowflake material--and one prison generation, millennials and those detention officer. But I accept that those that preceded them by a few years are may be the exceptions. coddled and overly protected lest they However, contrary to this view of promelt under the pressures of the real tected snowflakes, a number of the kids, world. Like snowflakes. It was all the including many of the full-time students, fault of their helicopter parents and a work. The jobs range from Uber drivers world that gave way too many “particito restaurant workers. Let’s see, a full pation awards.” Perhaps some of that’s class load, then maybe 20 or more hours true. But if direct evidence--namely my students-- is any gauge, I don’t buy it. It’s a week at work. Not exactly coddled are they? an annoying term and not even remotely As for being intimidated by other accurate. people’s opinions and needing special I teach Government and Politics at protection, I don’t think so. They seem Virginia Commonwealth University in to show up in my class ready for political Richmond. My classes usually average about 50 students, and during the semes- battle. Some students are shy, while others ter I get to know them pretty well. They can’t wait to get into the fray. They want come from all over the world--that’s the to debate and they want to argue their nature of VCU--but a lot of them are points. What’s more, they don’t seem from Virginia, with quite a few from to mind running up against someone Northern Virginia to include Fairfax, with another point of view. Again, not Arlington, Prince William and Stafford. snowflake behavior. They’re our kids. And you know what, This supposedly coddled class of stuthey’re not snowflakes. But if you insist dents faces one burden that many of those on using the term, let me assure you: taking verbal pot shots at them didn’t They don’t melt.

have to worry about in their day. Debt. Oh yes, back in the 1970s students graduated with debt, but it wasn’t that common and the amounts were manageable. Today, some of my students will leave owing as much as I did on my first house. Of course, the majority are very young. Last year, I had a 17-year-old in class along with a number of freshmen who weren’t much older. They’re like freshman in any university: not particularly wise to the ways of the world and a little immature. Still, most work hard, seem to expect no special treatment and are desperately worried about midterms, reading assignments, papers, presentations and how in the heck they’re going to get it all done in one semester. In other words, the typical college experience. But I have seen no evidence that they want to be treated differently. Next semester, I have two classes. As is usually the case, I am sure to get some lazy students, some confused students and maybe a few who shouldn’t be in college at all, but I doubt I will get any snowflakes. They may need advice and guidance, but no special protection. Perhaps that’s because the term snowflake was a madeup word in the first place. I like this upcoming generation. They’re lively, techy, have a social conscience, are creative and most of all are willing to work for what they get. Personally, I think some of the pundits are just a little scared of them. As for me, I am looking forward to the day when they get a chance to run things--but first they have to pass my class. David Kerr, a former member of the Stafford County School Board, is an instructor in political science at VCU and can be reached at


Opinions are passed as being factual through social media Having different opinions is It seems to me…except for the not new. Even with George election of George WashingWashington, who was a sure ton, U.S. elections have always winner, there was controbeen divisive. versy over whether he should The big difference today is be president or king. But at not that there is a difference in that time, aside from the limposition on issues, but it’s how these differences are dealt with by HARVEY GOLD ited newspapers, circulars and speeches, it was Congress and ofthe politicians, media and public. ficials from the states that led to the final There is no doubt that the complex outdecision. It was not TV, tweets, twitters, lets provided by social media have great e-mails, Facebook or the many blogs that impact on public opinion, but they also hail down relentlessly upon us daily. shape the way politicians react to issues. We have become accustomed to trust We are bombarded, day and night, by talking heads who report not only on the others to tell us who is right or wrong, news but add their strong opinions to in- and consequentially who we need to support on political, religious and fluence the listeners. These opinions are social issues. To continue this way is not passed as always being factual through healthy for a society. A healthy society social media at the speed of light. This encourages learning how to gather relireinforces information as facts without able information, checking facts, inquirregard to the accuracy. This creates facing into the issues, asking questions and toids, not facts.

keeping an open mind until the answers fall into place. In the U.S. today, we have been moving away from intelligent reasoning and toward listening to the loudest voices or voices that say what you want to hear, without regard to accuracy. So what is one to do with information flying in from all sides? The answer may be difficult to accept because it involves two difficult things: work and courage. The work requires checking facts, inquiring into positions on issues, talking to others, attending public meetings, going to meet and greets, and attending candidate forums and debates. “Holy election ballot,” you say. “Who has time for that,” is the usual thought. But think of the time you spend listening to music, sports, checking e-mail, wandering on the internet, attending sports events, going to the movies or watching them on TV, or just watching TV shows. That’s entertainment. It may make you feel good but it doesn’t protect you from those who GOLD are taking actions that affect PAGE 5 the real world.




The real world is in the hands of our elected officials, those paid people running our government and the financial, social and religious sectors. With the upcoming elections, you can protect your interests and try to have control over all those forces that affect you and your family. You need to get involved, and for some it begins with the primary June 12. To begin with, voters in Virginia will elect members to the U.S. Senate and the House, county supervisors and other county and city officials. The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration, for the June 12 primary is Monday, May 21. So if you haven’t registered, it is not too late. For those whose schedule won’t allow going to the polls, the deadline to request

an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. June 5. If you want to get an absentee ballot in-person you have until 5 p.m. June 9. And, if you are going to use the U.S. mail service, the USPS delivery standards changed early last year so that First Class delivery went from 1-3 days to 2-5 days and standard delivery is now 2-9 days. This year, all localities will have a primary in June. You can identify all of the state, local offices and, if applicable, ballot measures that are expected to be on the ballot by visiting the Elections Citizen Portal, https://www.elections., to view much of what you need to know. In Stafford, Supervisor Tom Coen, who

now represents the George Washington District, is the only supervisor up for election. He was appointed to temporarily fill this position when Robert Thomas Jr. resigned to run for the House seat vacated by long-time 28th District Del. Bill Howell. Gordon Silver from White Oak will run as a Republican. Coen, who formerly identified as a Republican, is running as an independent. You may remember when Thomas stepped down, Coen, along with Anthony DeTora; Robert C. Duke Jr.; Jerry “J.C.” Hall; Susan C. Henderson; Gordon Silver; and John C. Van Hoy, all were interested in filling his seat. The George Washington District has not always voted for a Republican. Both Harry Crist and before him, Pete Fields,

both Democrats, held office for some time. It will be interesting to see how this primary unfolds. On the state level, incumbents Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican Rep. Rob Wittman are seeking re-election. They both represent significantly different political views. No matter how secure these two candidates appear, whatever happens in these two races will have strong impact on the commonwealth and Stafford County. Before every election, I remember that Will Rogers said, “This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it…” Harvey Gold is a contributing writer at InsideNoVa. Reach him atStaffordNews@

Mary Washington Healthcare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the HeartCheck mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations, according to a news release. MWHC underwent an onsite review in February 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related

standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. “Mary Washington Healthcare has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend MWHC for becoming a leader in stroke care, provid-

ing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.” “We congratulate Mary Washington Healthcare for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, MWHC has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.” “We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission

and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association,” said Dr. Arun Chhabra, Medical Director for the MWHC Stroke Program. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.” Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

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Man headed to trial for fatally stabbing dog » BY TRACY BELL

A Stafford man charged with animal cruelty is facing a trial after fatally stabbing a dog earlier this month. Richard Stephen Rowe, who stabbed a Rhodesian ridgeback named Archer on May 1 in south Stafford, will answer to the class 1 misdemeanor charge and faces up to a year in jail and/or a fine. It happened along Sanford Ferry Court off Celebrate Virginia Parkway just after Archer jumped a fence onto a path Rowe was walking on with his own dog, according to a Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office animal control investigation. The path is near the back of the home where Archer lived with his family, Rachel and Nathan Brenke and their children, ages 8, 5, 4 and 3. Rowe, who repeatedly stabbed Archer, later told authorities that Archer jumped

the fence, charged him and his dog, and lunged at them, attempting to bite them. To avoid being bitten, Rowe said he defended himself and his dog. After an investigation by animal control, the case was handed off to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, which announced charges late last week. According to a commonwealth’s attorney office press release: “The law of defense may apply in this case. The fact that Mr. Rowe has been charged is not a determination that a claim of self-defense has merit, or not. The judge will make that determination based on the evidence presented at the trial.” The Brenkes were charged with a class 4 misdemeanor for allowing a destructive dog to run at large. At most, they could be charged a $250 fine if found guilty. According to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office investigation, Archer had

been aggressive and jumped the fence before, with the Brenkes aware of those incidents. The Brenkes vehemently deny that, however, and said that Archer was not an aggressive dog. “…Archer was beloved in the neighborhood and had no history of inappropriate aggression, biting or other violence,” the Brenkes said in press release through their attorney, Andrew Connors. They also noted that they never knew Rowe before the incident occurred. According to Rachel Brenke, her children were in the yard with Archer when the incident occurred and by no means would she have allowed them to play freely with a dog with aggression issues. According to Connor, Rachel Brenke told authorities that Archer jumped out of the yard despite the home’s fence, along

Stafford Hospital receives ‘A’ for patient safety For the third consecutive rating period, Stafford Hospital received an “A” from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the health care system. Stafford is one of 750 hospitals to receive an “A” for a commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that

can harm patients, according to a news release. Mary Washington Hospital received a “B” grade for safety. “The Leapfrog safety grade is becoming the gold standard measure for patient safety, and we are proud to see Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals recognized for their commitment to provid-

ing excellent, safe and high-quality care for our community,” said Dr. Rebecca Bigoney, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Mary Washington Healthcare. “It is Mary Washington Healthcare’s highest priority to provide a safe environment for our patients, associates and visitors.”

with a second invisible fence and a shock collar, which activated, so they were not negligent and had not “allowed” Archer to roam. Since Archer’s death, Rachel Brenke, a business attorney with the Stafford-based Connors & Brenke law firm, started a nonprofit in an effort to improve legislation that would help beef up protection for animals. The group hopes to work toward legal initiatives that will deter animal abuse through harsher punishment for those who hurt animals. It wants to provide community support for people who have lost pets at the hands of others and raise awareness about the treatment of animals and lack of proper legal prosecution of abusers. The Brenkes have a trial set for Stafford General District Court on June 5, while Rowe’s trial was not yet set at press time. “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

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Hematology Oncology Associates expands to North Stafford location a dedicated nurse practitioner Hematology Oncology Associand staff to provide care for paates of Fredericksburg, a healthtients. care organization recognized for HOAF offers a full spectrum of providing cancer care in state-ofcomprehensive services to treat all the-art facilities, is expanding its forms of adult cancers, including: practice to a second location in • Hematology Stafford County. • Medical Oncology The 7,048-square-foot office at • Infusion 125 Woodstream Boulevard in • Chemotherapy North Stafford hosted a ribbon • Iron Replacement cutting May 14 and will be known • Holistic Care as Hematology Oncology Associ- Holding the scissors during a ribbon cutting ceremony for He• In-house Physician Dispensary ates of Fredericksburg at Stafford. matology Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg at Stafford are • Surveillance Clinic “Many of the patients who owners, Dr. Christopher Vaughn, left, Dr. Charles Maurer and Dr. Sudeep Menachery. They are joined by a group of HOAF associates. “By elevating the quality of care currently come to our offices in SUBMITTED in North Stafford with our second Fredericksburg live in the rapidlygrowing North Stafford area,” said Dr. the I-95 corridor, stay closer to home for location, we’re keeping patients and their families in the community,” said Dr. MauCharles L. Maurer, president of HOAF. their appointments and treatments.” “We saw a need to help patients in StafSix physicians from the Fredericks- rer. “Our passion is our patients and we are ford County, as well as those in Prince burg office will rotate to the Stafford of- deeply committed to supporting them evWilliam County and other localities along fice on a weekly basis. Also, there will be ery step of way on the journey to recovery.”

Head Start school news The Children’s Museum Book Bank Buggy will visit Head Start on Monday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. May 22 will be the last day for the classes of Jill Lind, Latrice Myles, Jennifer Stone and Charlissa Bridges.

A nutrition class for parents will be held Friday, May 25, at 10 a.m. Students will dismiss early that same day at 11:30 a.m. Students of The Week were Elijah Norman, Grace Manzanares, Gabrian Har-

ris, Austin Howard, Jayden Chambliss, Leanna Montgomery, Cassidy Deane, Jordan Poindexter, Wendy Richards, Daniel Sosa Flores, Nami Mehra, Emily Rodriguez, Liam Green, Joshua Rivera Smith, Monte’ Garner Jr. and Franklin Garcia Galeas. -- Alice Thompson THEME: FIRST LADIES ACROSS 1. Domicile 6. Anatomical pouch 9. Be quiet! 13. Rn, a health hazard 14. “I” mania 15. Tax of one tenth 16. “____ Last Night,” movie 17. Dream time 18. Euphoric way to walk 19. *She raised a future President 21. *First First Lady 23. 20-20, e.g. 24. Marked by sound judgement 25. Say “no” 28. Strip of wood 30. War over Helen 35. Cheese from Netherlands 37. Ringo Starr’s instrument 39. *She planted a vegetable garden in South Lawn 40. Kind of bag 41. Bigfoot’s cousins 43. Computer desktop picture 44. Type of fishing net 46. ____-a-sketch 47. After-bath powder 48. Cowardly color


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private ingress-egress easement of Big Spring Lane must follow a public hearing process because multiple owners access the same area. County staff then contacted all area property owners to ask for input. Residents of the area and a Kelvic representative spoke during a public hearing Tuesday. Some of the speakers pushed that Civil War and local history be preserved. What is now Big Spring Lane was constructed around 1814 and associated with Accokeek Farm. Property that may have served as a Union hospital and unmarked graves are also nearby, according to a background report. Margareta Williamson, who lives on the

private road, was upset by the possibility of interrupting the historical significance of the road to name it for a company. She supported Mineral Springs Lane on the entire portion, if the road had to be renamed. She also told the board she worried about a public-safety issue if fire, police or emergency-service personnel are needed and confused by the road names. Williamson said she’s lived in her home since 1963, when her family purchased a 150-year-old house on 62 acres at the end of a one-mile long wagon road with no name. The planning commission’s recommendation supported Kelvic Way from the intersection with the public segment of Big Spring Lane, to the edge of the paved area on the private segment of Big Spring Lane, and Mineral Springs Lane from the inter-

section of the paved and gravel section of road until it terminated. Jeff Harvey, Stafford’s director of planning and zoning, said that this type of renaming is not common for the board but it happens on occasion. Shelton wanted to go with the Planning Commission’s recommendation and said it was a good compromise, not to mention that the board directed Kelvic to choose a road name. “We don’t name roads after companies,” said Cavalier, who agreed with Williamson that the whole portion should be renamed Mineral Springs Way. Supervisor Thomas Coen, R-George Washington, supported Cavalier’s motion but said of the road portion: “I’m leery of us being back here again should it get paved.”

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Colonial Forge boys soccer finishes regular season strong Âť BY HUGH RIST


Getting off to a slow start was anything but expected for the Colonial Forge boys’ soccer team, which returned nine seniors, including two all-Conference 4 players. But for a variety of reasons that’s exactly what the Eagles experienced in winning just three of their first eight games before winning five of their final six regular-season games. Colonial Forge (8-31 in the Commonwealth District, 9-5-1) entered this week’s district tournament as the third seed. Wintry weather that forced several practices to be held in the gym as well as a club soccer tournament that caused many of the team’s core group to play six or seven games in the span of three days, according to head coach Adam Spinelli, were just two of the factors that led to the team’s rough beginning. At the outset of the season, the team had high expectations--winning the Conference 4 title, advancing to states--and now they are starting to play better soccer. But early on, the Eagles had difficulty finding their footing. “The confidence for this team has always been there, but I think it was difficult for them to find a rhythm and routine early on,� Spinelli said. “We were playing several freshman or underclassmen due to injuries, and we just didn’t start the way

Jadon Redding (also the kickwe wanted to and thought we er for the football team) and were going to.� Mello and Shelton, has had a Spinelli said the turning steadying effect on the team point occurred when the Eaand allowed it to shake off its gles beat North Stafford 2-1 rough start. in overtime April 17. Ironi“They all have different cally, the team lost its next leadership qualities,� Spinelli game to Riverbend, 1-0, but said. “Some are lead-by-exthen went on its extended ample types, while others get winning streak. more vocal, more emotional. “That was a frustrating But they’ve really helped begame because we felt we were cause when things get difgetting outworked,� Spinelli ficult, some of them tell the said. “So we [the coaches] put team to stay focused or not it on [the players]. We told to get too down. That’s been them, ‘If you buy in and do important. They’ve been real what it takes, we can meet the positive with each other.� expectations we set for ourA unified team focus has selves.’ After that game, we also been instrumental in the started doing that a lot more.� team’s turnaround. Spinelli The slow start was comsaid the players have not fopounded by giving up nine cused on individual roles as goals in the team’s first four much as on playing a strong games, but during its recent game regardless of where surge Colonial Forge yielded they are on the field. just six goals in six games “I told the players it doesn’t while scoring 17. Spinelli said matter if you are [used to the offensive explosion coinbeing] in the front third or cided with a more concerted [used to playing] defense, effort on offense in practice. Senior Jadon Redding helps anchor Colonial Forge’s defense. PHOTO BY WWW.JENNIFERMUHLENBRUCK.COM everyone attacks and every“The last three weeks I don’t think we’ve concentrated at all on of the field, making the attack game all body defends. If we attack as a group and defend as a group, we will get the results defense. Colonial Forge is blessed with that it can be and [it has paid off].� Being led by many of its returning se- we want and this team has started to resome great defenders,� Spinelli said. “We have been very focused on the final third niors, including all-conference players ally buy in to that,� Spinelli said.

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Jacob Menders left a Division II baseball program to play for Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC), a two-year program in Alabama. But the Stafford resident and Mountain View High School graduate will move up a level in the fall when he attends Virginia Military Institute, a Division I program in Lexington. Last year as a freshman, Menders pitched for Shippensburg, a strong Division II program in Pennsylvania. But he decided to transfer, and by going to a community college he could play right away. He would not have to sit out a year, something he would have had to do if he transferred to a Division I program. “It was just too much for me; I didn’t want to pay all that money [to attend Shippensburg],” he said. “I knew it would be cheaper [at a community college].” He had a boyhood friend who had moved to Georgia, and Menders learned about CVCC. Menders joined the program last fall and in November he was one of several CVCC players to commit to attend Division I baseball and higher level programs. That includes pitcher Casey Cobb and outfielder/pitcher Brandon Hill with Alabama; pitcher Cole Ganopulos with South Carolina; pitcher Charles Crosby with Samford; pitcher Kendall Marshall with

Middle Georgia State; and pitcher Hunter Phillips with South Alabama. The team was ranked No. 2 in the nation recently at the junior college level. A former CVCC pitcher is Tim Hudson, who transferred to Auburn and then pitched in the major leagues for Oakland, Atlanta and San Francisco from 1999 to 2015. “We play a lot of good teams,” Menders said. “We are playing Division I level teams.” Menders was 11-1 with an ERA of 3.41 in his first 13 starts this year for CVCC, and he struck out 59 batters in 60 2/3 innings. In his only season at Shippensburg, he was 3-2 with a 6.71 ERA in 52.1 innings. “I have always been an athlete,” said Menders, also a position player in high school. “When I came down here, I focused on pitching. Talking with the coaches, I developed more as a pitcher. In the fall I did not give up a run [in scrimmages and intrasquad games].” Menders throws a four-seam and twoseason fastball, change, curve and slider. His fastball is now up in the low 90s after he threw in the mid-80s in high school. Last summer he pitched in the Valley Baseball League with Covington, but he does not plan to play baseball this summer. He will head to VMI in August and plans to major in psychology. Menders has two years of eligibility left for baseball at VMI, but he will need to be there three years for classes. His father was in the Coast Guard for about 26 years.

RITCHIE, GW BEAT VCU The George Washington University baseball team ends regular-season play May 17-19 with a three-game series at St. Louis in Atlantic 10 Conference play. The Colonials head coach is Gregg Ritchie, a graduate of North Stafford High, and former standout at GW and in the minor leagues. He is the former hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. GW beat VCU 11-2 at home in Arlington on May 13 to salvage the last of a three-game set against the Rams. Mark Osis of GW had three hits and drove in five runs in the win over VCU. That gave the Colonials a record of 2822 overall and a mark of 12-9 in the Atlantic 10. GW will host the Atlantic 10 conference tournament in Arlington May 23-26 at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.

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Stafford resident Nathan Neff (Mountain Views) is a sophomore infielder on the baseball team at Concord in West Virginia. He hit .288 in 47 starts this season for Concord.

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COMMONWEALTH DISTRICT Team District Stafford 9-3 Mountain View 9-3 North Stafford 7-5 Riverbend 7-5 Colonial Forge 6-6 Massaponax 4-8 Brooke Point 0-12


COMMONWEALTH DISTRICT Team District Riverbend 11-1 Brooke Point 10-2 North Stafford 7-5 Colonial Forge 7-5 Massaponax 4-8 Mountain View 2-10 Stafford 2-10


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