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SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY

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Citizens clean up James River in annual event BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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y far, the James River is one of the Central Virginia region’s most valuable natural resources, and that’s why it’s so important that citizens contribute to the waterway’s health. For that reason, the James River Advisory Council will host its annual James River

Cleanup event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. The James River Advisory Council is an organization that includes representatives from eight jurisdictions and plans community projects to protect the James River. David Goode, public relations committee chairman for the James River Advisory Council, said that sections along the river from

Lynchburg to Charles City County will be cleaned that day. “It’s a forum bringing lots of localities and organizations together to discuss river-related activities and to create programs similar to the cleanup,” Goode said. Refuse often makes its way into the waterway via its tributaries. And, according to Goode, manpower is a necessary resource to

make sure that trash doesn’t stay there. “We like to think that we have an invaluable resource in our backyard, and it’s something a lot of localities don’t have,” Goode said. “We need to take care of it, and participating in the cleanup is a way that people can make a wonderful impact on something that we can share and enjoy.”

“We also try to get into some of the streams. We’re not just cleaning up the main river, but we’re also trying to pick up trash before it gets to the river.” As Goode said, the annual cleanup event always takes place on the second Saturday in June. “That day was selected years ago when CLEAN UP page 2

Windy Hill co-owner wins Business Woman of the Year BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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olf has been Janet Phillips’ passion since she was 8 years old. And, earlier this year, professionals in the sport honored her when she received the Business Woman of the Year Award from the Executive Women’s Golf Association in April. Today, Phillips is one of the co-owners of Windy Hill Sports Complex in Midlothian. In previous years, however, she played golf professionally for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America. Phillips began playing the sport with her family members in 1973, and she actively participated in the sport at Monacan High School in Chesterfield. Then, Phillips became a PGA pro in 1998 and a LGPA pro in 2000. “My brothers and father were playing and learning the game, and I didn’t want to be left at home, so I tagged along with them,” Phillips said. “I’ve loved it ever since.” “After I beat my brothers, they quit, and I kept playing. I just loved it.” Phillips said she first found that she had won the honor while reading a general e-mail that the EWGA sent to all of its members. Later, she learned that she had

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been nominated by the members of the Greater Richmond Chapter. “They sent an e-mail out,” Phillips said. “I figured that if I had won I would have gotten a phone call, but I was taken aback.” Phillips received the award during Golfapalooza, an annual event the EWGA held from April 18-21 at the J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. “It’s a national convention that kicks off the season for women’s golf, where they try to inspire and excite everyone for the upcoming year by telling what people have done,” Phillips said. PHILLIPS page 2

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NEVER FORGOTTEN James River High honors grads who died serving their country in Iraq

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Robious Middle School National Junior Honor Society members participated in the Relay for Life Chesterfield, which was held at James River High School. The group surpassed its goal of $2,000 and raised more than $5,000. This is the third year of participation for the NJHS.

Business computing class explains ‘the Cloud’ “We work very closely (with the counties), and we do two training f you’re a business owner who questions at their sites each month is still clueless about what the over lunch,” Leonard said. “We also Cloud is, you should particiconsult with their clients.” pate in the upcoming “What “During the class, business ownCloud Computing Really Means” ers will learn about how we got to seminar. this point from using the Internet Sponsored by the Greater to having this server in the Cloud. Richmond Chamber of ComThey’ll also learn about how effecmerce and the Chesterfield County tive it is, the cost savings, and going Department of Economic Develop- about accessing it and making sure ment, the class will be presented on that it’s right for their businesses.” Wednesday, June 13. According to Leonard, business The Cloud is an Internet-based leaders should understand how to storage medium, and the upcomuse the Cloud because it can help ing course will teach local business their companies to store informaowners to use it. tion more efficiently. Michael Leonard, the executive “I think it’s all about reduced director of the Greater Richmond cost, speed and accessibility,” LeonSmall Business Development Cen- ard said. ter, plans and presents educational Leonard also said that the programs to business people in each feedback he received from local of the various localities, including Chesterfield County. CLOUD page 4 BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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wo James River High School graduates who died while serving their country in Iraq will not soon be forgotten. On May 25, Lance Cpl. Jourdan L. Grez and Lance Cpl. Karl L. Linn of the United States Marine Corps were remembered at their alma mater during a Memorial Day ceremony. In addition to individual bricks laid in their honor along a recently constructed walkway from the JRHS flag pole, a monument also was erected as a reminder of their service. The marker says in part, “In Memory of James River High School Graduates Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice.” JRHS teacher Tony Yonta, who served in the Marine Corps for six years, said cadets from the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps dug out the space for the walkway and he laid the bricks. “I love this country and I love our military, especially the Corps and to do something like this for [Grez and Linn], especially fallen brothers in the Corps, and, it’s no question, you do it,” Yonta said. “Even though I’ve never met these guys, I love them.” Grez and Linn’s parents were on hand for the ceremony honoring their sons, which included a program in a packed JRHS auditorium that featured a number of speakers who shared their thoughts about the two fallen Marines. IN HONOR page 3 PHOTOS BY BEN ORCUTT

Top: Armand Grez looks on as his wife, Andrea Grez, finishes placing a brick during a May 25th Memorial Day ceremony at James River High School in honor of their son, Lance Cpl. Jourdan L. Grez, a 1999 JRHS graduate who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. Center: Senior Sam Welborn plays Taps in honor of Jourdan L. Grez and Karl R. Linn, who died in 2005 during combat action in Iraq. Below: A memorial stone and wreaths placed by bricks for fallen Marines Jourdan L. Grez and Karl R. Linn.

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asmine Orchid Taylor, 11, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Virginia Pageant to be held July 5- 7 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston. The National American Miss Pageants are held for girls ages 4 through 18 and have five different age divisions. Jasmine will be participating in the Miss Virginia PreTeen age division. Her activities include basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, softball and Tae Kwon Do. She also enjoys volunteering at church in the children’s ministry. She has volunteered in feeding the homeless in Monroe Park and other locations in Richmond. She is the 2008 recipient of the “Student of the Year” at Reams Road Elementary in second grade. In addition, she recently completed a six-month modeling and acting program with Barbizon USA. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash

PHILLIPS from page 1 When asked what it was like to accept the award, Phillips said she was humbled by the experience of receiving the prize in a room filled with her peers. “It was spectacular,” Phillips said. “They read a list of my credentials, and friends of mine flew in and surprised me.” “Also, it’s one of the times in 22 years when I’ve been in a room full of women because the PGA is 27,000 people, and only about 500 of those are women. With

CLEAN UP from page 1 the cleanup began, so it’s not competing with other stuff that’s going on,” Goode said. “But, one of the things we hope that people take away from it is that, on the second Saturday in June, that’s what they’ll be doing every year.” Local residents can donate time during the effort at both the Falling Creek Ironworks and Dutch Gap Boat Landing sites in Chester.

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award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California, where she will receive an exciting complimentary Tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland. The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year, the pageant nationally awards $1 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes, which includes a New Ford Mustang convertible. The National American Miss Pageants provide activities and competitions that are kept age appropriate. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear makeup and there is no swimsuit competition. The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as

setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set

goals for her future. Families interested in learning more about the youth program may visit www.namiss.com.

me, being there in an allwomen’s organization, it was wonderful.” Although Phillips has attained several professional goals throughout her golf career, she said that her greatest accomplishment is the sport has helped her to reach out to less-privileged people in the local community. For instance, Phillips helped to bring the EWGA and the nationally-recognized Fairway Friends mentoring program to the area. To date, Phillips also has coached high school golf

teams and the University of Richmond women’s golf team, participated in golf events for Special Olympics, and worked with Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation. “I helped to start the Greater Richmond Chapter nine years ago, and I’ve been on the board ever since and been the education chairperson since,” Phillips said. “Fairway Friends is a national organization that takes a new golfer and pairs them with a more experienced golfer so the inexperienced

golfer learns the game and isn’t intimidated.” “But golf has been fabulous for me, and giving high school girls a platform to play and helping people with disabilities that didn’t have a chance to play otherwise has been wonderful. I get the most reward out of that, and to see the person who had never been introduced to the game before play is what I like that most.” The EWGA is about bringing women into Phillips’ favorite pastime. And it’s a perfect fit for Phillips since

she is so passionate about introducing more ladies to golf. “The EWGA is a social network for golf and we develop relationships,” Phillips said. “That’s what golf is -- a bridge of generations.” “Even if you haven’t played before, we could play together. With golf, there are things we can do to play a shorter distance or play farther back.” What advice does Phillips offer to prospective female golfers or women who want to pursue careers in the field?

She said a strong educational background is just as important as playing the game regularly. “I highly recommend going to a college program (with a major) such as professional golf management, that will help them to come out as a Class A professional,” Phillips said. “But stick with your dream.” “Golf doesn’t pay what the computer business pays, but you will come out of it with a passion. And know that you’ll impact someone’s life in a positive manner.”

In addition to recruiting people to collect refuse along the shoreline, Goode said his organization needs volunteers who can pilot their own vessels, such as paddle craft and powerboats, down the river. “Those sites are different in terms of cleaning up both, but Dutch Gap is unique because of the boaters,” Goode said. “If you own a boat, that’s a great sign-up site.”

“The clean-up at Falling Creek Ironworks is landbased with a lot of people rolling up their sleeves for a much-needed cleanup. But the boats are able to get into areas at Dutch Gap that average people on foot wouldn’t be able to.” But wayward waste products aren’t the only danger that volunteers might encounter that day. For that reason, Kim Conley, ex-

ecutive director of the James River Advisory Council, said the organizers will give safety seminars to ensure that participants are protected against natural dangers during the cleanup. “We provide a brief safety introduction about other dangers, such as snakes,” Conley said. “But, if they see something odd, like a waste product, we tell them how to dispose of it properly.”

Refuse grabbers also will be available for participants to use in small quantities, but Conley and Goode suggest that they bring their own supplies. “We ask that individuals bring gloves, a bottle of water since it will be hot, sunscreen, insect repellant and grabbers,” Conley said. “We also recommend closed-toed shoes,” Goode said. “Flip-flops aren’t the

best thing to wear because we don’t want people to get their feet cut on glass.” At the same time, Goode said that he wants residents to know that they can help to prevent pollution in the James River throughout the year. In other words, they don’t have to wait until the James River Cleanup if they want to keep the watercourse clean. “We want people to know that they can prevent it by controlling the amount of litter dropped in parking lots and in roadside ditches,” Goode said. “A lot of it was discarded in parking lots and on back roads, and the runoff from rain water carried it into tributaries that will eventually end up in the James River.” The James River Regional Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Dutch Gap Boat Landing at 441 Coxendale Road and at Falling Creek Ironworks at 6201 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided for volunteers at noon. To pre-register, visit http://www.jrac-va.org/ events/cleanup/default.asp.

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he Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) has announced that the nonprofit and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department jointly received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Honorable Mention Award for their work to preserve more than 100 acres for use as a future public park – Atkins Acres Community Park. The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize those leaders in the Commonwealth who have made an outstanding contribution towards protecting and conserving the Commonwealth’s environment, and whose actions have benefited the health and welfare of Virginia’s communities and the state as a whole. The awards are supported by Virginia’s Governor, the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the

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bout 12 Chesterfield Heights residents strutted their stuff on Friday, May 4, by putting on a “Fun Fashion Show.� They modeled homemade/ tweaked outfits. Outfits included a checkered ensemble covered in cancelled checks, a cotton dress covered with cotton balls, etc. Good-spirited resident fashionistas at Chesterfield Heights walked the red carpet and modeled their creative outfits before a standing room only crowd in the activity room. The event preceded a party celebrating the birthdays of residents born in the month of May. Moderator and resident Gail Russell told the audience that, in many instances, the outfits literally reflected their fashion name. Resident Effie Horning brought the entertaining idea to Chesterfield Heights and to entertainer Craig Anders who played music that evening.

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IN HONOR from page 1 A member of the JRHS Class of 1999, Grez was 24 when he was killed in Iraq on May 11, 2005. Armand Grez, his father, and Andrea Grez, his mother, were grateful for their son being honored. “Well, it keeps the memory alive,� said Armand Grez. “There’s only two Marines, Karl Linn and Jourdan, since the school opened that are being honored and have lost their lives. It’s very emotional. It’s very nice of them to do such a thing.� Mrs. Grez said Jourdan had a son who will be 9 this summer. “I know that I think of [Jourdan] every day and it makes my heart warm to know that other people are thinking of him as well,� Mrs. Grez said. Richard Linn said his son was 20 when he was killed on Jan. 26, 2005. Karl Linn was a 2002 graduate of JRHS, his father said. “Well, I really do appreciate it,� Richard Linn said of his son being honored. “I’ve got bonds with this school. Both my sons went here.� Malisa Linn, Karl Linn’s mother, spoke in a similar vein. “I very appreciate that our . . . son is not forgotten,� she said. “So this means a lot to us.� James Forester, 29, of Roanoke served with Karl Linn in the Marines and was with Linn when he was killed during an ambush of their vehicle. “I think it’s important for us to teach young people about the meaning of Memorial Day,� Forester said. “I’m actually a teacher and I actually show a video that CNN did about our platoon to my classes every year just to pass on the importance of what Memorial Day is.� Ben Hackworth, 31, of Christiansburg served with Grez in Iraq. Grez was killed after the vehicle he was in hit an explosive device, according to a program handout. Hackwork said during the program honoring the fallen Marines that he first met Grez in 1993 when the two of them were in middle school. Hackworth, who attended the ceremony with his wife Erika, brought along the couple’s 15-month-old son Alasdair Jourdan Hackworth, who is named in honor of Jourdan Grez. Hackworth said he was moved by the ceremony honoring his fallen comrade. “The fact that a school

would do this 13 years after he graduated or even now when the wars are winding down and everyone’s kind of forgetting what it was like,� Hackworth said. Instructors who taught Grez and Linn remembered them as well. Former JRHS teacher Joel Dexter said of Grez that “when the situation called for it, he stepped up . . .� Kris Negaard, who taught Linn, said that Linn was so moved by the tragedy of 9/11 that Linn painted a mural in Negaard’s classroom that is there today. “He did not want our students to forget . . .,� Negaard said. Retired Navy Petty Officer Fred Davis, a Naval Science instructor at James River, said the 115-member NJROTC wanted to honor Grez and Linn. “I’m not sure how the idea came about, but, once we found out that we had some soldiers that died in the Corps over in [Iraq], then we figured we had to do something for them,� Davis said. Part of the Cadet Creed, Davis said, is to support those who defend freedom “and we wanted to show the kids that we definitely can come together and we definitely can support those guys who went over and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.� Christopher Smith, the outgoing commander of the NJROTC at JRHS, said he wasn’t aware that Grez and Linn had died in the service of their country until two of his teachers told him. Smith said he and his fellow cadets decided to honor Grez and Linn with a memorial. “And one thing after another, it turned into this wonderful ceremony that we’re having today,� Smith said. A senior, Smith said he will turn 18 this summer during Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. Wes Pruitt, commandant of the James M. Slay Detachment of the Marine Corps League No. 329 in Richmond, attended the ceremony honoring Grez and Linn with fellow members of the local detachment. “Well, the Marine Corps is the greatest fraternity in the world,� Pruitt said. “Our bonds are formed at Parris Island or at Officer Training and they remain throughout our lifetime. Once a Marine, always a Marine.�

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Raising or razing area’s Old Huguenot Bridge BY JIM RIDOLPHI Special Correspondent

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o the relief of many, and the dismay of some, the old Huguenot Bridge is in its last days as construction crews reach the halfway point on the new structure. All of us have our own set of Huguenot Bridge memories, or nightmares, as some would call them. How can you forget the legendary backups and the swaying motion you felt while sitting atop the landmark? Since 1949, the bridge has linked Richmond’s Southside with the city and no one would argue the bridge has served the public well. The new structure will feature two spans with two lanes of traffic in each direction, complete with sidewalks and bike paths. The first span is scheduled to open this summer and many commuters would say it’s not a minute too soon. Old Huguenot Bridge will be demolished so the second span construction can begin with a finish date for the entire project of next summer. It is the culmination of endless meetings and public hearings, countless design changes and numerous delays. For residents, it’s hopefully the end of the nightmare mess that the area has become with the construction. In recent months, there’s been a groundswell of support for leaving the old bridge and converting into a park. No doubt, the view from the old bridge is sometimes breathtaking and access to the James at its most idyllic point is limited. But, the idea of a park on the old bridge is not viable. Long-standing design plans could not go forward with the old bridge in place. Secondly, the Virginia Department of Trans-

portation which owns the bridge is much more interested in razing the structure than raising it to accommodate a park. Costs of the undoable project could become astronomical, and delays to the current construction would be unsustainable. And, residents in the area might have an opinion on the park project, which could bring its own unique set of problems to the area. It’s a lofty goal, and the vision of Richmond’s own High Line with its sweeping vistas of the river and its wildlife is appealing, but not realistic. While I have an earnest respect for the past and its landmarks and usually favor restoration over demolition, I approach the Huguenot project differently. Progress and safety demand we move forward with the new Huguenot Bridge. That means the old one has to go. Officials are planning to give the old girl an appropriate sendoff with a bridge day celebration planned later this summer. Those interested in a last stroll on the old overpass or one last view through the famed railing will have at least one last chance to enjoy the bridge. For sentimentalists, it’s hard to say goodbye, even to a bridge that has served its community well. I empathize with those beliefs, but the memory of Huguenot Bridge will live on. For many others, the real day of celebration will come when the new spans are completed, and traffic moves easily through a notorious bottleneck. And, after all, it’s the river that unites them all.

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12200 block of Chattanooga Plaza Unknown suspect/s broke right window with a rock and stole items.

8300 block of Foxberry Drive No signs of forced entry. Items stolen by unknown suspect/s.

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1800 block of Wrens Nest Road Unknown suspect/s stole bicycle from outside residence.

May 19 14700 block of Village Square Place 7400 block of Newbys Crossing Victim reportedly robbed by known Drive suspect/s. Unknown suspect/s forced entry through driver’s side window. Item reported stolen. May 19 5300 block of Hunt Master Drive Unknown suspect/s removed unseMay 20 cured item from outside residence. 2000 block of Esquire Road Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked 2200 block of Swamp Fox Road vehicles. Items stolen. Unknown suspect/s gained entry to locked shed. Items stolen. 11000 block of Guilford Road Unknown suspect/s forced entry into one vehicle by prying lock and May 21 entered one unlocked vehicle. Items 4600 block of Commonwealth stolen. Centre Parkway Known suspect observed urinating on floor of store. May 24 2700 block of McRae Road Unknown suspect/s pushed in winMay 22 dow fan. Items stolen. 11300 block of Forestwind Drive Unknown suspect/s entered vehicle. 8700 block of Midlothian Turnpike Items stolen. Unknown suspect/s broke rear window of two vehicles and entered May 24 open window of a third vehicle. Items 13700 block of Genito Road stolen. Unknown suspect/s entered vehicle. Items stolen.

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23113 May 16 11700 block of Trophy Club Drive Responding to fire alarm activation, water damage discovered throughout the apartment. Forced entry of front door. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

May 20 13300 block of Midlothian Turnpike Unoccupied building discovered on fire at location.

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May 17 13800 block of Village Mill Drive Unknown suspect/s broke out rear window to gain entry. Items stolen. Windows in other offices broken. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

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May 25 13800 block of Village Mill Drive Fire discovered at location.

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Representatives from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and SAFE (Supporting Alcohol Free Environment) came to Providence Middle School on Friday, May 25, to talk to students about destructive decisions related to a novel that sixth grade students read in their English classes. Stephanie Copeland, Miss Wheelchair Virginia, also participated in the event as a speaker. A second speaker was a woman who spent three years in jail for killing her best friend in a drinking and driving car accident. Providence Middle compiled the assembly to educate its students and raise awareness about the consequences of destructive behavior. Hundreds who attended the assembly agreed that it was an eye-opener program.

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business persons helped to inspire the seminar. “We talked with clients who wanted to learn more about the impact of Cloud computing and what is it,” Leonard said. “We had an expert who said that it’s cheaper to do a lot of your computer retention and record filing in the Cloud, which is a virtual server that can be readily accessed.” “It’s stored for free for you, and it really makes doing business faster and cheaper for our clients. Also, it’s a great backup and resource.” Leonard said there was a time when his own data was nearly threatened by a computer virus. In that case, having access to the Cloud came in handy. “A week ago, someone sent me an e-mail that I clicked on, and it was a virus, or rather, it was malware,” Leonard said. “I shut my computer down quick enough, but I had to replace the hard drive to get the malware off my server.” “Fortunately, my files were in the Cloud, and I didn’t have to look for any files or critical data. And the Cloud can be accessed from anywhere, so I could be in California and bring up those files.” Still, Leonard warned that sensitive information should only be stored on physical servers. “For real confidential information, you have to watch placing that information into the Cloud, and you might want to back it up somewhere,” Leonard said. Ben Meredith, the president of B&B Consulting Services, will be the featured guest speaker at the semi-

May 18 6500 block of Sexton Drive Known suspect kicked in front door, assaulted victim and at this time nothing has been reported stolen. 16900 block of Hull Street Road Unknown suspect/s attempted to gain entry through two locations. Nothing reported stolen at this time. 13900 block of Hull Street Road Both license plates stolen from vehicle.

May 19 6100 block of Blemont Road Property reported stolen from unlocked vehicle.

nar. Leonard said that Meredith was chosen to teach the class because of his strong information technology background. “Ben has been involved in Internet services since day one, and, before that, he had experience with very large companies that had the mammoth servers in the past that stored information, like mainframes,” Leonard said. “He’s had a wide breadth of information, and he understands how social media is integrated into computer systems.” So, don’t worry if you’re not a computer fanatic because Leonard said that the class can be helpful to anyone. He also said that business owners should learn more about technology in order to help their companies grow. “When you’re in business, it’s a continuous learning process, and I think it’s important to be aware of new technology that’s out there because more applications will be done virtually in the future,” Leonard said. “It’s also important to be aware of how it works and how it can help your business.” The “What Cloud Computing Means” seminar will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at the Chesterfield Department of Economic Development at 9401 Courthouse Road, Suite B in Chesterfield. Admission is $20, and snacks will be provided. Advance registration is required before noon on Tuesday, June 12. To register, visit www.grcc. com/calendar. For more information, contact Jackie Carter at 783-9314.

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James River Writers announces prize winners Emyl Jenkins Award recognizes those who inspire a love of writing and writing education CONTRIBUTED REPORT

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ames River Writers announces the 2012 winners of the Emyl Jenkins Award: poetry advocate Ed Lull and the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum. The award, which honors the memory of the Jenkins, who passed away in 2010, recognizes organizations and individuals who continue her legacy of inspiring a love of writing and writing education in Virginia. A driving force in the state’s poetry world, Lull served four terms as president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, as well as six

terms as the organization’s executive director. His involvement has been notable for outreach and inclusion of those with a passion for poetry. In 2001, he established a state poetry festival and worked diligently to ensure its success over the past decade. Among other activities, he also moderates bi-monthly poetry workshops and he initiated the Poetry in the Schools Program, which helps young people across the state write and appreciate poetry. In her nomination of Lull,

Dr. Phyllis Hall Haislip said, “Where poets and poetry are concerned, I’m not sure Ed knows the word ‘no.’ He is sometimes affectionately called ‘Mr. Poetry’ because he is always willing to help poets and foster poetry in Virginia.� The award’s judges – current and former JRW board members – saw a clear reflection of Jenkins in Lull’s longstanding, enthusiastic and selfless efforts. Similarly, the organizational winner of the award, the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum, has a long history of helping those putting pen to

paper in the state. For more than 20 years, VSF has sought to bring writers together to share their love and knowledge of screenwriting by offering support and constructive feedback to members’ scripts in progress. Beyond regular critique sessions, the VSF has sponsored periodic workshops and hosted speakers from the film industry. It also raised funds to purchase a screenplay library, a local writers’ resource that was donated to the University of Richmond. “It provides a congenial

environment in which newer writers can learn, while at the same time giving seasoned writers an opportunity to fine-tune their work,� said Mary Nelson of the Virginia Film Office, who was one of the VSF’s nominators. Both winners embody the supportive spirit of Jenkins, an author of numerous nonfiction works and two detective novels. While she served the state’s writing community on the JRW board and the Library of Virginia Foundation board, it was often her one-on-one encouragement and mentorship that most

defined her. “While Emyl was certainly one of a kind, it’s great to be able to recognize and celebrate others who also inspire a love of writing and writing education in Virginia,� said Lee Gimpel, the award committee chair. The winners will receive their awards today (Thursday, June 7) at JRW’s spring fundraiser, June on the James. The awards are sponsored by Wells Fargo. Tickets to the event may be purchased through the James River Writers website at http://bit.ly/JRW12.

Heirloom Seed Exchange Chesterfield Historical Society of Va. to participate Seminars offered in June in Blue Star Museums CONTRIBUTED REPORT

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he Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, in partnership with Chesterfield County, announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums across America, to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/

bluestarmuseums. The Chesterfield Historical Society and Chesterfield County’s Department of Parks & Recreation officially launched the program on May 29. “We are excited about inviting our military families to discover our unique Chesterfield history and new rotating exhibits,� said museum docent Pat Roble. Tours of the exhibit in the 1892 Old Jail will begin at the County Museum, located at 6813 Mimms Loop in Chesterfield, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The suggested donation is normally $2 for the museum plus $1 for the Old

Jail exhibit. For more information, call 768-7311. Magnolia Grange, an 1822 restored plantation house, also will participate in the Blue Star Museum program and is open the same hours. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia serves as the center for Chesterfield history. Established in 1981 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information on CHSV, or to volunteer, visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com or call 796-7121.

Centura College launches dental program in North Chesterfield CONTRIBUTED REPORT

On Monday, June 11, the Centura College campus in North Chesterfield will launch its new Dental Assistant program. This addition to the school’s line-up of educational career programs is a result of public demand. “Today, there is an overwhelming need for skilled dental health workers, and the community has been clamoring for a convenient program that will train them for those positions,� executive director Zoe Thompson said. “It has always been a tradition at Centura College to provide instructional programs that help students to pursue rewarding professions in a short amount of time; the Dental Assistant program is no different.� In only eight months, or 33 weeks, the Dental Assistant curriculum will prepare students to perform restorative procedures on patients while being supervised by dentists.

After they finish the program, graduates will become qualified for positions in the dental health field. Courses will prepare them for entry-level positions as clinical managers, dental

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9. It is free to members of the Heirloom Seed Exchange and $20/person for nonmembers. “Herbs-Preserving and Using in Cooking� helps participants to add flavor to home cooked meals with herbs. Guidance will be given to the types of herbs that compliment various types of dishes and recipes will be shared. Cost is $25/person and this seminar is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at 1 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Both seminars will take place at historic Castlewood at 10201 Iron Bridge

Rd. in Chesterfield. Prepaid reservations are required; adults only. Register by calling coordinator Patty Watts at 768-0616. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that serves as the center for Chesterfield County history. Its mission is to collect, preserve, promote and interpret the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information or to volunteer, visit www. chesterfieldhistory.com.

Free writer workshop set for June 9 CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Free Agile Writer Workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Martin’s at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. The topic will be “The First 30 Pages.�

What should be in the first 30 pages of your novel? Agile Writer founder Greg Smith will lead you by the hand and lay out all that you must do to get your reader involved and informed at the very beginning. For more information, go to http://writersclub.us.

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New Life United Methodist Preschool students gather to recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s annual “Stars and Stripes Day”.

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Community members come together to celebrate Jacobs Road Elementary School’s 25th anniversary and groundbreaking on a new patio.

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ew Life United Methodist Preschool at 900 Old Hundred Road in Midlothian recently celebrated its annual “Stars and Stripes Day.” After months of learning and practicing the Pledge of Allegiance, the 3- and 4-year old students at the preschool had a very special “Stars and Stripes” celebration. Gathering around the American flag, this group of 30 children recited the Pledge of Allegiance together. “The children are always

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he flag high on the pole rippled and waved in the breeze while in front of the speaker’s podium the school’s safety patrol unit offered the pledge of allegiance. The weather was near perfect and a jubilant crowd watched as the event began. Two special events were taking place at Jacobs Road Elementary School. 2012 marks the school’s 25th year and a special patio groundbreaking was taking place. Chesterfield County Public Schools superintendent Marcus Newsome told the gathering, “What an outstanding celebration.” He said there had been a lot of changes in 25 years. “In 1987, gas was $.87 a gallon and Ronald Reagan was president. No Facebook, no MySpace. In 25 years, there have been a lot of changes and we have seen the world become a better place.” Newsome praised the school for its accomplishments over the years. David S. Wyman, who represents the Dale District on the Chesterfield County School Board, extended a welcome from the school district. “Families from the ’50s and ’60s wanted to see a

school built, but it was awhile before it happened. Today we celebrate this school.” Wyman said he grateful for the efforts of the school staff and the students. “We’re connecting our children with the future. School is their home away from home.” There was one visitor with a very special connection to the school. Supervisor Jim Holland told the crowd, “Twenty-five years ago I drove through the neighborhood looking for a place to live. I saw the school and said, ’I want to live here.’ I had a 2-month-old and a 4year-old. Jacobs became my children’s school.” Holland has served as PTA treasurer at Jacobs

so anxious to show me how hard they have worked to learn the Pledge,” said Tracy Cooper, preschool director. “We hold this event annually to share in the excitement of their accomplishment”. A ministry of New Life United Methodist Church, New Life Preschool is a morning preschool for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year olds. Registration for the fall semester is open. For more information about New Life United Methodist Preschool, contact Tracy Cooper, director, at 794-4522 or visit www. newlifeumc.org.

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Road Elementary. Following the remarks by Newsome, Wyman and Holland, the groundbreaking took place. Also participating were past and present principals. Next was the unveiling

he ROC Church at 5501 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond will participate in the Great Day of CPR from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15. The original Great Day of CPR was held during the annual American Heart Association’s National CPR Awareness Week. During the first three years, more than 750 citizens were trained in Hands-Only CPR. This year, numerous area organizations have partnered to create the Central Virginia CPR Council in order to broaden the reach and the impact of the event. The 2012 Great Days of CPR will be held this month with a goal of educating between 3,000 to 5,000 people in Hands Only CPR. The first 1,000 people who are trained and commit to sharing what they have learned will receive an AHA CPR Anytime Kit, donated by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

of a portrait revealing the design of the patio. Closing remarks were extended by Myla Burgess, principal. Afterwards, students and parents headed to a picnic on the school grounds to celebrate the day’

Auxiliary police unit, motorist assistant team seek recruits CONTRIBUTED REPORT

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he Chesterfield County Police Department is seeking volunteers to serve as Auxiliary Police Officers and Motorist Assistants. Auxiliary officers are fully trained, sworn police officers who are asked to volunteer 250 hours each year. Members of this volunteer police force contribute significantly to the agency’s ability to deliver an array of services to the community. These volunteers support the department in a variety of ways, including answering calls for service, being avail-

able for emergency deployment in adverse weather and supplementing police resources at extended crime scene investigations. Members of the Motorist Assistant Team tour the county, offering assistance to stranded motorists and assisting road officers with traffic direction at crash sites and special events. Because of the importance of these operational volunteer groups to our community, the police department would like to enlist additional qualified volunteers. Auxiliary police officer applicants should be be-

tween the ages of 21 and 65. Motorist assistant applicants should be at least 21 years of age. Applicants should have attained a high school diploma or GED, have a good driving record and possess a valid Virginia Driver’s License. All applicants will undergo an extensive background investigation. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information on the Auxiliary Police Unit or Motorist Assistant Team, call Carole Maxwell at 318-8695 or e-mail her at maxwellc@ chesterfield.gov.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Free Agile Writers workshop, “The First 30 Pages,” will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. at Martin’s at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. What should be in the first 30 pages of your novel? Agile Writer founder Greg Smith will lead you by the hand and lay out all that you must do to get your reader involved and informed at the very beginning. For more information, visit http://writersclub.us.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 Breath Matters will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at

CJW Chippenham Hospital in Kraus Auditorium at 7101 Jahnke Road in Richmond. Breath Matters is a Central Virginia support group for those who suffer from chronic lung diseases. Paul Fogelberg, patient advocate and former director for Pulmonary Fibrosis Advocates Foundation and past board member of the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, will discuss “Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Legislation — Your Part, Your Disease.” This disease is rapidly increasing. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Lincare Inc., respiratory specialists. Call 378-0628 for

more information or go online at www.breathmatters.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Free Agile Writers seminar, “Write Your First Draft Novel in Six Months,” will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. at Martin’s at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. Agile Writers combines the lessons of myth, storytelling, psychology and a little project management to create a sixmonth program to finish your first draft. The seminar will be presented by Agile Writer founder Greg Smith. For more information, visit http://writersclub.us.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 The 7th Intercultural Musical Festival will begin at 4 p.m. at Lord Jesus Korean Church at 10201 Robious Rd. in Richmond. The purpose festival is to build bridges and areas of understanding between various ethnic Christian communities and to facilitate communication among racial/ ethnic people and between racial/ethnic people and others in the Greater Richmond area.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Volunteer training, provided by Bon Secours Hospice, will

be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Francis Medical Center in the Assisi Room at 13710 St. Francis Blvd. in Midlothian. For more information, and to register, contact Barbara Palmer, volunteer coordinator, at 627-5323 or barbara_palmer@bshsi.org.

WEEKLY TUESDAYS Overeaters Anonymous Group #51606 meets at 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Central Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Rd. in Richmond (Mission House in the rear of the church). For more information, call Peg at 379-9558.

WEEKLY WEDNESDAYS Play bridge Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church at 11551 Luck’s Lane. Players of all levels are welcome. No advance sign-up is required. Call Carol at 594-0995 for more information.

WEEKLY THURSDAYS The Al-Anon meeting Awaken to Hope meets at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 2480 Batterson Rd. in Powhatan.


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Midlo trumps Atlee in GRLL final BY CHARLIE LEFFLER Media General News Service

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From the left: Cosby’s Megan Moye; Cosby’s Wes Suape; Cosbys Kelly Kampfmueller; Pitcher Chelsea Whitcomb.

Cosby’s show Titans capture regional titles in track, boys and girls soccer, baseball and softball

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he Cosby High School Titans, in just their sixth year of existence, are a bit young to be considered a sports dynasty. But the Titans bring to mind another “d” word — dominant. And their dominance is not just in one sport. Our story so far this spring: Cosby’s baseball, softball, girls track and girls soccer teams won Central Region championships. The boys soccer team made it five. The Cosby girls’ tennis team was regional runner-up.

Whitcomb leads Titans to first regional softball title

The girls track team finished second in the state track meet Saturday at Sports Backers Stadium. “We believe athletics and academics go hand-in-hand,” said Cosby’s principal Dr. Brenda Mayo. “And we have the mindset that the success of a group is the success of all the members contributing. We don’t play for one person’s success. We play for the team’s success.” —Paul Woody

Cosby girls win Central Region soccer title on penalty kicks

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Once Cosby softball coach Ray Jeter convinced Chelsea Whitcomb that she could — and should — pitch, the Titans’ fortunes on the field took off. Whitcomb, a tall, lanky sophomore with a gun for a right arm, plays third base or shortstop for her travel team. She began this high school season at shortstop as one of the team’s talented young players. “It was best for the team if she pitched,” Jeter said. “We played better behind her.” Cosby hasn’t lost since Whitcomb accepted the role. The Titans (20-5) won their 13th game in a row Saturday, 3-2 over Patrick Henry in the Central Region tournament final at Prince George. Twelve of the winning streak victories belong to Whitcomb, who began playing softball when she was 8 years old. She hadn’t pitched in a year. “I took some lessons, and everything clicked when I started pitching consistently,” said Whitcomb, who relies on curves, a drop curve and screwballs and rarely throws a fastball. Both teams were in their first region final. The Patriots scored their runs in the bottom of the first. Paige Mitchell walked to lead off. Allison Tingler singled, and both runners moved up a base on Sam Moore’s sacrifice bunt. An error on Katie Woody’s grounder allowed one run to score. Madison Gilman smacked a line drive that center

The sound system at Deep Run was blaring Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” prior to the penalty kicks that would decide Saturday’s Central Region girls soccer final. Cosby goalkeeper Blayne Fink, who has given Virginia Tech a commitment, noticed that the Hokies’ entrance music at Lane Stadium was playing. “I was standing over there, bobbing my head,” she said. “I was in the zone.” However, more reminiscent of another famous use of the same song by New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Fink took the role GIRLS SOCCER P9

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Cosby’s Megan Moye leaves some big shoes to fill. The North Carolina State-bound senior ended her high school career with two more state titles as she helped lead the Titans to a second place finish in the VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Sports Backers Stadium. The Titans, with 57 points, finished second in the girls’ team standings to Western Branch, which scored 64 points. Rounding

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Cosbys Madi Conyers (right) makes her Overtime PK that would put the Titans ahead in the Regional Championship game.

Byrd powers Titans to Central Region title ment. Since then Cosby has made an incredible turn Cosby unloaded its around, defeating James offense and got a superb River twice. outing from starting pitcher “Baseball’s a funny game Daniel Byrd to beat James like that,” Cosby coach Tim River 11-1 and take the Lowery said. “It can go any Central Region champiway.” onship at Hanover High Cosby sent Byrd, its No. School. Both teams advance 4 pitcher, to the mound. to the state tournament. What ensued was one of his Cosby (21-4) will host the best games ever, the senior Northern Region runnersaid. He went 5 1/3 innings, up, either West Springfield allowing one unearned run or Lake Braddock, on on two hits. He struck out Tuesday. James River (18-7) four and walked three. will travel to the Northern After he allowed his secchampion. ond hit, Lowery pulled him On May 17, James River from the game. As Byrd won by the same score and walked toward the dugout, walked away from Cosby’s his teammates came out to baseball field with the congratulate him, and the Dominion District tourna- fans in the stands rose to

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Cosby pitcher Daniel Byrd helped his team defeat James River for the Central Region crown last week.

their feet in applause. When Mac Caples scored the Rapids’ only run a moment later, he broke a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings by the Titans’ pitching staff. Cosby allowed five runs in the three-game region tournament and proved it has pitching depth, something vital to winning a state championship. While Ryan Bickford and Hunter Williams have proven to be solid No. 1 and 2 pitchers for the Titans, what was next wasn’t so certain. “I don’t think many people thought we had this BASEBALL P9

Atlee and Midlothian’s girls’ lacrosse teams have a history of playing close games. It therefore came as no surprise that Thursday’s GRLL Championship came down to the final seconds. Midlothian’s Ashley Swan scored a goal with 27 seconds remaining and the Trojans (10-4) held on to win their second straight GRLL title 15-14 over the Atlee Raiders (13-2) in a back-and-forth affair at Courthouse Park. With the game knotted at 14-14 with 55 seconds left, Trojans’ head coach Russ Swan called his final timeout to set up a play. Whatever he drew up, worked out just fine. After a few swift passes, Swan’s daughter Ashley got the ball, took a couple steps toward the goal, and launched the ball into the back of the net. Atlee couldn’t get across midfield in the final seconds and the Midlothian bench streamed onto the field to celebrate the win. “Luckily, we ran out of time when we had the ball,” Russ Swan said. “I think that was the key to this one. It was a tough battle.” Midlothian won last year’s championship over Atlee by a single goal as well, 11-10. Atlee returned the favor this year in the regular season by taking a 15-13 decision. “It’s the same as last year. It’s just hard beating them in the regular season and then coming here and losing by one goal two years in a row,” Atlee’s leading scorer Brianna Mackay said as she fought back tears. “We had an awesome season, and we have so much to be proud of.” The recent close results along with a fun family rivalry have added to the intensity of the games whenever the two teams meet. Atlee’s co-head coaches Tom Mackay and Tommy Oliver both have daughters who are senior captains on the Raiders’ squad. Brianna Mackay led her team in the championship game by scoring seven goals. Oliver added two goals. “It has been fun playing against the daughters,” Russ Swan said. “We have a little rivalry going on. I heard there were some tweets going on earlier between the teams. All in fun though.” Mackay and Ashley Swan, who are both friends, will attend the University of Virginia in the fall and both plan to play club lacrosse in college. Midlothian started off hot with Swan scoring the first goal just 32 seconds into the game. Abby Williams’ goal exactly two minutes later gave the Trojans an early 2-0 lead. Atlee bounced back to score the next two before Swan tacked on another and a Kelly Reagan goal with 15:14 left in the first half gave Midlothian a 4-2 lead. The Trojans looked in control at the 8:40 mark of the first half when Casey Reagan scored to give Midlothian the 7-3 advantage. Atlee used a spirited effort to close out LACROSSE P9


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to fight for everything you want.” of closer and stopped penMembers of both teams alty-kick attempts from Tori Fubarra, Heidi Waldenmaier found themselves on their backs after hard contact batand Megan Fitzsimmons tling for possession, includto secure a 3-2 win and the ing Conyers, who was down Central Region title for the for several minutes in the Titans, No. 1-ranked in the first half after hurting her Times-Dispatch Top 10. ankle on a collision. “(Deep Run) beat us a “Adrenaline took me year ago,” Fink said. “I’ve through (the rest of the been waiting a long year to get redemption. I just got in game),” she said. “It’s all good. I was going in hard, she the zone and went with my was going in hard. It wasn’t gut.” Madi Conyers started the dirty.” Despite the physical play, scoring for the Titans in the both Fink and Wildcats’ 14th minute and was answered by Deep Run’s Haley goalie Kelsey Kilgore were kept busy with pressure from Sinclair in the 31st minute. Cosby’s Tessa Broadwater both offenses, each recording 14 saves. got the second goal of the In the penalty-kicks sesgame in the 45th minute, and No. 2-ranked Deep Run sion, Kilgore stopped a shot from Gina D’Orazio, but Ananswered two minutes later nette Nowicki, Conyers and with a goal from Elizabeth Broadwater scored. Ball was Ball. the only Wildcat to beat Fink The entire game was a in the penalty-kick session. battle as both teams clawed “I went with my gut,” Fink for every inch of turf that said of the penalty kicks. “I was to be had. “That’s what it’s like at the just knew which way they top level,” Cosby coach Roger were going to go.” Lattimer said. “You’ve got

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Cosby students flood onto the field after the Titans’ 1-0 win over Thomas Dale in the regional championship.

Titans celebrate win over Thomas Dale for Central Region soccer crown

Soccer from P7 sure. I like people depending fielder Meagan Jones snagged on me,” Jones said. Ellen Sweat, a lefty, found on the run and threw a strike to home, but Tingler eluded a sliver of a hole between the tag and scored, although third and shortstop for a single, and Whitcomb singled to left to drive home a run. Savannah Ols followed with a hard grounder to first base that Woody fielded, but the ball fell out of her glove as she looked to third to see what the runner was doing. Two runs scored to make it 3-2. “We haven’t had a defensive letdown like that all season,” PH coach Matt Crowder said. “When the Cosby pressure is on, it happens. outfielder Both teams had a down inMeagan Jones ning. Ours was a little bigger.” The Patriots, who missed the Cosby faithful disagreed. a good scoring opportunity Region pitcher of the year in the fourth, got two runEmma Mitchell allowed only ners on base in the sixth and a single by Jones through five didn’t score and left Paige Mitchell (one-out double) innings then faced Jones to stranded in the seventh. start the sixth. “We’ve come back a few Jones, the team’s table times this season,” Jeter said. setter, delivered a single to “We felt it was our time.” center. “I like playing with pres-

Alex Cohan delivered the decisive blow, a strike from 15 yards out from Their pregame warmups and ritu- the left of the goal in the 71st minute. als had finally ended. “The ball was cleared from our deIntroductions were cordial, as fense,” said Cohan, a junior forward. usual. “I saw the keeper coming out to kick Then, befitting two focused, the ball out, I’m chasing him, and talented, adrenaline-charged sides somehow he just slipped. competing for the Central Region “I had time to think and react boys soccer championship, Cosby and at the same time. I had a couple of Thomas Dale went at each other Sat- seconds to see that I had an open urday with the fire, verve and spirit net. I got a chance to look at where that have propelled them to perennial I wanted to place it — right in the excellence. middle of the goal — and reacted Eighty minutes later on a clear, quick enough to score.” cool night under a full moon on the Groben’s slip as he moved quickly pitch at Deep Run, the Titans reigned to his right came in what was othsupreme. erwise a strong performance by the The final was 1-0, and the feel of senior goalkeeper. the trophy in their hands was a sensa“We all had a good game,” he said, tion to savor. “but one mistake … that’s all it takes “This is fantastic,” Cosby coach in soccer. Keepers can’t make misMike Anderson said. “These boys takes. It’s not going to happen again.” have worked so hard this year overBoth teams had opportunities coming a lot of different things, and during a scoreless first half, but each they keep coming at you. It’s nice to missed its mark or was repelled by get the payoff.” Groben or Colby Dechiara, his Cosby BY WELDON BRADSHAW

“I like playing with pressure. I like people depending on me.”

Moye from P7 out the top five were South County with 44 points, Lake Braddock with 43 and Grassfield with 33. Clover Hill was 16th in team standings with 13.5 points. Moye won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 47.37 seconds, a performance that broke her own state meet record she set last year. She fought off Mountain View’s Kimberley Ficenec and Battlefield’s Ellison Grove in the final 50 meters to win the last race of her high school career,

the 800-meter run, in 2:09.65. She also anchored Cosby’s 3,200-meter relay team. The team, which also included Jayden Metzger, Alaina Redd and Elena Wirz, finished third in 9:26.35 on Friday. “It feels amazing. Words can’t describe it,” Moye said of how she wrapped up her career at Cosby. “Especially for senior year, I wanted to come out and just lay it on down for the last time on this track. That was the goal, and I feel like I accomplished that.” Cosby coach Bryan Still

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said she is irreplaceable. “You don’t replace a girl like Megan,” Still said. “She’s once in a life time. I’m sure that throughout my coaching career I won’t see another one like her. She’s the definition of being tough, being mentally strong, and giving it everything she has every time she steps on the track.” Still hoped to win the state outdoor track title, just as the Titans had won the indoor track title earlier in the year, but was pleased nonetheless. “I was very proud of our girls. Everybody ran well,” Still said. “I think we did everything we could. We just

came up a little short.” Moye said the Titans’ success this year was the culmination of years of effort. “Throughout these four years, we tried to keep it consistent and, you know, each year try to get a [personal record],” Moye said. “In the beginning, like in freshman year, we didn’t really know what we were doing. I didn’t even make it to states freshman year in anything. Sophomore year, we kind of got the hang of it. I was able to go in the mile. And then our four-by-eight team started to get better and it all just fell into place.”

counterpart. Much of that time, Dale was the aggressor, but in the final eight minutes, the Titans cranked up the heat and exerted pressure on the Knights’ defenders. “I thought we were smart at the beginning to try to stop them,” Anderson said, “because they came out of the gate so fast. “We just tried to stay with them and hope for a break. We were lucky. We got it and took it.” Once the Titans scored, the Knights felt an obvious sense of urgency and intensified their effort. “I’m very pleased with the way our lads played,” Dale coach Mark Fowler said. “We kept the ball. We played to the middle. “Hey, nothing but good things to say about Cosby. They could have scored a couple. They’re a quality outfit. “We win and lose as a team. What happened tonight is football.”

Other Titans’ scoring performances include: De’Nisha Smith, who finished sixth in the long jump with 18-3; Alexandria Moseley, who finished fifth in the triple jump with a 37-11 1/2 effort; Logan Edwards with a third in discus (126-8); the 400 relay team (Smith, Moseley, Gina D’Orazio and Molly Novak) which finished fifth in 48.29; Moseley, with a third-place finish in the 400 in a time of 56.51; and the 1,600 relay team of Smith, D’Orazio, Novak and Moseley, which finished second in 3:52.22. Clover Hill’s Janae Jones won the triple jump with

a 39-3 performance. Julia Logan finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-4. Team-wise, Midlothian finished in a four-way tie for 30th place with six points. Skylar Evans finished fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:12.60. Kara Dickerson was seventh in the 3,200 with a time of 11:02.26. “We didn’t have that many athletes in the fight,” said Midlothian coach Stan Morgan. “But just making it to states is a great accomplishment for the kids. I thought it was a great meet overall. Great competition.”

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Lacrosse from P7 the first half on a 4-1 run and a Katharine Leitch goal with 34 seconds until half cut the Midlothian lead to 8-7 at the break. The Raiders came out charging in the second half and picked up where they left off by scoring five of the next six goals to take a 12-9 lead with 10:31 left in the game. Four of the five goals by the Raiders during that stretch came from Mackay’s hot stick. Midlothian had an answer though and three straight goals squared the game at 12-12 with 7:40 remaining. Atlee head coach Tom Mackay had seen enough and called his final timeout to try and straighten things out. The quick stoppage of play didn’t slow down the Trojans, who continued their run on two goals by Emily Henneberry to push the Midlothian lead to 14-12 with 2:24 left. “We just kept telling the girls to keep your heads up and keep going with the game because it’s going to go back-andforth, and it did all the way until the end,� Swan said. Tom Mackay yelled out from the side-

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