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Destination Recreation Expo at JCC Recreation Center 2/22

Tomorrow’s the day! The annual Destination Recreation Expo is Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the James City County Recreation Center. It’s your family’s one-stop-shop to all Parks and Recreation has to offer! Get your sneak preview of the 2014 spring/summer activity brochure, explore information booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities – see you there

 

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Petanque anyone ?

Petanque/bocce courts are now available at Mid County Park in James City County. JCC Parks and Recreation provided court space and construction materials and the Mid County Park Petanque Group members built the courts and will maintain them.

Petanque can be played by two teams of one to four players. Metal balls, known as boules, are thrown with the goal of placing them closest to the target.

The courts are open during park hours and players should bring their own boules and equipment. If you prefer to play with the Group, games are held every Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For those wanting to try out the game, there will be instruction and extra boules available.

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Find out more about outdoor activities on Williamsburg Outside.com

Redskins head to Richmond VA for training camp

Want to see the Redksins in action at training camp ? Don’t be surprised if you hear a lot of people talking about going to Richmond in the next few weeks.

Starting this week , July 25th, 2013 the Washington Redskins will hold training camp in Richmond, VA for the first time this summer, at a new facility that’s expected to draw 100,000 fans — 60 percent of whom will be tourists .A chance to watch Robert Griffin III, Brian Orakpo and the rest of the defending NFC East champions practice (free of charge) is a great reason to make the drive down Interstate 64

 

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Redskins 2013 Training Camp Schedule

 

2013 BON SECOURS WASHINGTON REDSKINS TRAINING CENTER FAN SCHEDULE

The practices listed below are open to the public free of charge. Practice dates are subject to change without notice (especially in the event of inclement weather). Gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp for up-to-the-minute information.

 

***DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE–PRACTICE SESSIONS CAN BE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTICE***

 

Thursday, July 25 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Friday, July 26 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Saturday, July 27 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Sunday, July 28 No practice, players’ day off  
Monday, July 29 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, July 30 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, July 31 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Thursday, Aug. 1 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Friday, Aug. 2 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 3

Fan Appreciation Day–Noon  
Sunday, Aug. 4 No practice, players’ day off  
Monday, Aug. 5 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, Aug. 6 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, Aug. 7 No practice, team travel  
Thursday, Aug. 8 No practice, game day  
Friday, Aug. 9 No practice, player travel  
Saturday, Aug. 10 1 p.m. Practice  
Sunday, Aug. 11 No practice, players’ day off  
Monday, Aug. 12 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, Aug. 13   12:40 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, Aug. 14   12:40 p.m. Practice
Thursday, Aug. 15   12:40 p.m. Practice
Friday, Aug. 16 9:45 a.m. Practice  

 

  • Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during practice, overlooking the practice fields. No bleachers are available on-site. Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center visitors can walk around designated areas outside the practice fields to watch their favorite players.
  • For security purposes, all visitors and bags entering the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center grounds are subject to search by team security.
  • The City of Richmond will offer a variety of parking options for Redskins fans during training camp. With the exception of City Stadium, which will cost $7 and includes a shuttle, all parking facilities will be $5. A list of available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond can be found at www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.

  • Camp Breaks on Friday, Aug. 16. All practices from this date on will be closed to the public.

New High School Lacrosse Team in Williamsburg

Many thanks to Coach Charlie Turner for his efforts in bringing a boys high school lacrosse team to Williamsburg VA

imageSpring signals the return of baseball, track, tennis and soccer for many greater Williamsburg athletes. But for a continually growing segment of the population, lacrosse is becoming the sport of choice for the warmer weather.

Walsingham is perhaps the only Williamsburg school that has been able to meet the demands of establishing a lacrosse program. With a boys varsity team in place, the Trojans introduced a middle school girls team this spring.

And the Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse League has also been a great option for youth interested in the sport.

But there has still been little opportunity for high school boys. Realizing this, a few prospective players and coaches banded together with the common interest of forming a new team in Williamsburg. After several years of planning and with the support of the Hampton Roads Lacrosse League, a chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, the Williamsburg JV High School team makes its debut this spring.

The squad, better known as the Royals, is made up of ninth, 10th and 11th grade boys from Warhill, Jamestown and Lafayette high schools. And the team includes both players with experience in the sport and some that are brand new. The team will compete with high school teams that include Grafton, Menchville, Poquoson ,Tabb , York, Cox , Currituck ,First Colonial, Grassfield ,Great Bridge, Hickory , Kellam, Maury, Princess Anne from the York County, Newport News, Poquoson, Va Beach, Chesapeake and Outer Banks areas

Charlie Turner the Royals head coach  is thrilled for this lacrosse expansion in greater Williamsburg.

Read more here

Read more about other youth lacrosse opportunities in Williamsburg VA here

Destination Recreation Expo at James City County Rec Center 2013

imageIt’s Expo time! – Come to the FREE Destination Recreation Expo Feb. 23 ,2013, 9 a.m.-noon at the James City County Recreation Center.

Be one of the first to register for the upcoming summer camps, discover your parks and learn about classes and programs.

Interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and raffles are just a few great features of this event. We’ll keep your children engaged while you gather information about summer camp opportunities, sports, aquatics, special events, parks and facilities, REC Connect and inclusion programs.

Dogwood Classic to be held April 2013 @ Colonial Downs

imageSteeplechase horses will compete at Colonial Downs in New Kent and tailgaters will party on the country’s second largest dirt oval as Central Virginia’s new spring racing event will kick off with an early April date.

The first ever “Dogwood Classic” will be held the afternoon of Saturday April 6th, 2013. Colonial Downs will produce the new event and oversee all operational aspects. A number of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) races are expected to take place on the Secretariat turf course and tailgating will be available on the track’s 1 ¼ mile dirt track.

The name “Dogwood Classic” was obtained thru a contest and promoted by Cox Radio stations in Richmond. Of all potential names submitted, five were chosen by a panel and posted for on line voting. Dogwood Classic received 33% of the votes while Commonwealth Spring Classic was second with 20%. The next three in order were Colonial Downs Spring Fling, Kentland Races and Brick House Races.

“We want to kick off the inaugural Dogwood Classic with an immediate vibrancy,” said Colonial Downs President Ian Stewart. “We’re excited to offer this event at the beginning of the spring festival season when nice weather has arrived and everyone is ready to shake off winter and enjoy terrific racing in a great party atmosphere.”

More event details and tailgating information will be available in the coming days at dogwoodclassic.com and via facebook.

A  “launch party” is being planned for November 15th. For more information, call 804-966-7223.

Inside the BRD: Hornsby Middle Football Team beats Grafton 13-12 in OT thriller for Bay Rivers title

Our son has been blessed to be part of youth football in the Williamsburg VA area for the past eight years. First as a Williamsburg Hornet and this past year at Hornsby Middle School.

The teams success is mostly due to the amazing coaching staff most of whom have  have been with the team for the entire eight year span. 

Although the local high schools get all the press coverage I wanted to share this recap from the end of the season championship game played last Saturday.

Hornsby Middle School’s game-tying touchdown and game-winning point after in the Bay Rivers District football championship game were nearly disasters. Instead they will be remembered by Hawks players as the great ending to a 13-12 overtime victory over Grafton Middle School on Saturday at Bailey Field in Yorktown.

With the Hawks trailing 12-6 in OT, Hunter Brittain collided with teammate Jack Erwin vying for quarterback Caden Darber’s pass near the back of the end zone. Brittain gathered in the ball before it hit the ground and before going out of the back of the end zone to tie the game at 12-12.

Hornsby Middle School’s game-tying touchdown and game-winning point after in the Bay Rivers District football championship game were nearly disasters. Instead they will be remembered by Hawks players as the great ending to a 13-12 overtime victory over Grafton Middle School on Saturday at Bailey Field in Yorktown.

Then Carter Weissenfluh, all 5-feet and 78 pounds of him, came on to kick the extra point, admitting “I was nervous.” But Weissenfluh kept his focus despite a “wiggly” hold and kicked the ball through the uprights to give the Hawks (8-0) the title.

“He’s clutch,” Hawks coach Scott Vinson said of Weissenfluh. “He missed one early in the game, but he’s made 13 this season.

“A lot of middle school teams don’t have kickers.”

Weissenfluh said, “The reason I was nervous, is because I knew it was such a big kick, but I knew I was going to make it.”

The ending was disappointing for the Clippers, who often outplayed the Hawks in building a 187-90 total offense advantage through regulation. The Clippers (6-2) lost the regular season meeting between the teams by three touchdowns, but controlled the action after a shaky beginning.

Darber, who’s zoned to play for Jamestown High, got the Hawks off to a spectacular start by running 54 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Two plays later he passed to a wide-open Erwin for a 23-yard touchdown and the Hawks led 6-0.

The Clippers, led by the rushing combination of Xavier Longoria and Jordan Ballowe, as well as the passing of Evan Cole, moved consistently every time they had the ball. Ballowe, a seventh-grader, made a terrific 25-yard run inside the Hawks 10, only to be stopped when Darber recovered his fumble.

“Caden Darber is the kind of kid you can build a around,” Vinson said of his QB and hard-hitting linebacker, who made tackle after tackle for the Hawks defense. “He’s a beast.

“And (linebacker) Trey Drummond, who’s all of 85 pounds, made a lot of tackles. He’s one of 15 players we have who are under 100 pounds.”

The Clippers had better luck on a drive early in the second half. Longoria had a 15-yard run and Cole (6 of 8 passing, 67 yards) threw for 14 yards to Ray Gonzalez (62 yards receiving).

That set up Longoria’s 1-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 6-6 late in the third quarter. But Marcos Piggott stopped Ballowe short on the two-point conversion run and the game would remain tied into overtime.

Longoria put Grafton on top 12-6 with a 1-yard TD run in overtime, following the block of big Chase Wilson into the end zone. Zach Pennycuff, one of the Hawks’ biggest players at 5-9, 148 pounds, came up big in stopping Longoria short of the goal line on the two-point conversion try.

“He came crashing down and penetrated through the line,” Pennycuff said. “I hit him, stopped him and we won.”

They did indeed, avoiding two near disasters when they got the ball in overtime. They celebrated, all 50 of them, by mobbing Weissenfluh after his clutch kick.

“We kept 50 kids and 10 coaches, none of them paid, which is probably the largest roster any middle school team has ever had,” Vinson said. “Many have played four or five years of little league, so we wanted them to have a place to play.

“They all got along, and among the 50 kids there were 200 A’s on their report cards at five classes apiece. These kids did what they were supposed to on the field and off.”