Sports Teams

Do Something club entertains faculty’s kids

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By: Corinne Minnick, News Editor
The Do Something Club will be hosting the annual faculty night on Friday, January 27th at 7:15 p.m. While teachers and faculty enjoy the boys varsity basketball game against Cosby, the members of the Do Something club will be entertaining their kids. They plan to have indoor games, crafts, and activities like relay races held in the open commons. The club encourages faculty to bring their children to the game and benefit from a well deserved break.

Boys Volleyball wins state championship

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By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Photo Editor

After advancing to the state finals in the division 6A VHSL Boys Volleyball State Championship, James River’s boys volleyball team was anxious to take home a win against their rival, Cosby. The championship game was held on Thursday, November 17th at the Siegel Center in VCU. James River won the first two sets, but then the Titans pulled back by winning the third. With the Rapids ahead in the fourth set, everybody was on their toes waiting for the final 25th point to be scored. A hard hit was passed to Cosby, and they could not return it which meant that the James River Boys Volleyball Team won their second state championship title in a row.

Big Game, Big Night cap Homecoming Week

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer
Homecoming is upon us again. Spirit Week is in progress and the students are getting ready with dressing up and buying Homecoming tickets. On Friday, Homecoming Night starts with the parade in Riverton at 5:39pm, featuring parade floats from various clubs such as Young Democrats, Drama Club, surfing club, and the Regiment marching band. The football game follows at 7:30 against Midlothian High School. The Homecoming Dance is Saturday from 7pm – 11pm. If you want to buy a ticket to the dance, see Mrs. Oakey during both lunches in the Commons.

Vote for William Noble!

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By: Eva Dorn, Online Editor 
JRHS football player William Noble is in the Richmond Times Dispatch Player of the Week poll.  Noble is credited with 14 carries, 160 yards, and two touchdowns in the 44-21 win against Chancellor. Show your support for Noble and JRHS football and go vote for him here.

Running to Nationals

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By: Harley Butler and Eva Dorn, Staff Writers

This season has been phenomenal for the James River track team. This year they have ranked second in the state, passing on their so called “Track Dynasty.” Sophomore Tarrell Branch and  freshman Jeremiah Hill are among the runners that qualified for this year’s meet.

“I’m the only freshman to qualify for indoor and outdoor nationals this year, so it’s really special,” Hill said.

Jeremiah Hill had many successful events this year. Hill is the 400 meter and four by eight relay conference champion for indoor track. Hill attributes some of his success this season to participating in summer track.

“Track has been my life. Coming here it was much harder for me, but it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle. My experience doing summer track with older runners helped to prepare me for this,” Hill said.

This season hasn’t been easy for any track runner, but it has been especially hard for Tarell Branch.

“Because of my quad and my hamstring,I couldn’t do as well as I did at regionals. I had to sit out and I couldn’t do triple jump for like four weeks,” Branch said.

However, Branch pushed through all of that and still came out on top.

“When I came back, I got stronger,” Branch said.

Hill and Branch hope to continue their success at Nationals this Summer. Nationals will be held  Friday, June 17th.

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The team celebrates their wins for an indoor meet and Christopher Newport University. Photo Courtesy of Cornell Core.

Rapids baseball finishes up solid season

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By: Landon Moore, Sports Editor 2016-2017

On Tuesday, May 31st James River’s loss to Cosby wrapped up an otherwise excellent season for the Rapids baseball team. This season they rattled off a 10 game win streak, along with an 8-3 victory over Clover Hill in the first round of playoff action.

With a very good season including lots of talent amongst the team, junior Tanner White reflects positively on this season.

“It was tough in the beginning, then everything started to click and we won 10 straight [games] which really got the ball rolling,” White said.

Now it is time for the team to prepare for the next season, which looks optimistic and promising.

“There is a lot of potential next year, it looks very good with  lots of young players,” White said.

For now, they need to keep working hard and practicing whenever possible.

“We need to get swings and reps to be in mid-season form by the beginning of next season,” White said.
Until next season the boys will train hard to improve and work off of this season’s momentum.

Kicking through a great season

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By: Julie Hutchison, Staff Writer

James River’s JV girl’s soccer team had another great season this spring. Out of 12 games they won 11. Their one loss was against their biggest competitor, Cosby High School.

Their game against Cosby’s team was on Tuesday, April 5th at Cosby High School. It was a close game, the score was tied 2-2 and Cosby scored in the last 10 minutes, making the final score 3-2.

Everyday after school, except some Fridays, the girls practiced on the field hockey field and their games took place on the football field. Practices began with a warm-up, then they practiced juggling and split into teams to scrimmage each other.

The team was coached by  P.E. teacher Kieley Thomas, and the three sophomore captains were Erin Siedlecki, Katie Schneider, and Hannah Ward

“Getting to know the girls on a personal basis was fun and we had a successful season which made it even more fun,” Coach Thomas said.

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The JV girl’s soccer team poses for a picture on the bleachers at one of their games. Photo by Hannah Kelle

The team consisted of 17  freshmen and sophomores, most of which play for other out of school clubs. Jessica Gregory is a freshman on the team. She also plays on a travel team for FC Richmond.

“I like playing school soccer because it helps me make new friends who enjoy the same thing I do and learn more tactics from a different point of view,” Gregory said.
As the season came to a close, most of the girls go back to playing for their travel or recreational teams to keep themselves in shape for another great season next spring.