Mallory Knabel, 12
Led by all state pitcher, Jordan Webster, our James River Varsity Softball team expects to turn heads in the upcoming spring sports season. With the graduation of last year’s seniors, current senior captains Jordan Webster, Mallory Knabel, Briahna Thornton, and Madison Pierpoint are working towards taking the team far into the states tournament like the previous four years.
The lady rapids kicked off their season on Thursday with an intense and competitive game against Monacan High School. The amount of students who came out to watch was insurmountable and showed James River’s Rapid Pride. The girls played extremely well but lost a tough game to the Chiefs.
Highlights include freshman Tinsley Porter’s walk off homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning over the center field fence to score three runs, and a double play turned to senior Briahna Thornton in the fifth. Returning from injury, junior Ashlyn Moore and seniors Madison Pierpont and Mallory Knabel performed well in the outfield. Pitcher Jordan Webster pitched an incredible seven innings to sophomore Chloe Rose, and freshmen Noelle Stewart and Catherine Bodsford had great hits to the outfield.
The James River Varsity Softball team will continue to practice for their next game against Manchester as the girls are eager to win states after placing second at regionals and playing into the state quarter finals last year. Come out and support River’s spring sport team at their next home game Friday, March 22 at five o’clock against Atlee High School.
By. Luke Reeder
After another long NFL season, one of America’s greatest traditions, the Super Bowl, has passed, only this one left most football fans with a sour taste in their mouths. The New England Patriots, for what feels like the fifty third time in fifty three championship games, came away with a win in Atlanta, holding the dynamic offense of the L.A. Rams with 3 total points. Yikes. Considering 10 of New England’s 13 total points came in the fourth quarter hammers home the fact that this was a defense-oriented game, the complete opposite of what most people predicted. And if you aren’t a fan of the Patriots or Rams, that means it wasn’t an easy watch. At least there was the halftime show. Oh wait. Nothing against Spongebob though. I mean, even the players’ post-game reactions were boring, There wasn’t a lot of jumping up and down and yelling, just kind of a, “Been here, done that” look by Belichick and crew. Overall, was it the most exciting Super Bowl? No. Was it the most boring Super Bowl? Yes. And while I’d like to congratulate all the Patriots fans, at this point it’s almost expected for them to win it all. As we go into the offseason, let’s celebrate the beginning of the NFL’s 100th season and the hopefulness it brings for every fanbase, but let me leave you with one scary thought: there’s still a large probability that next year’s Super Bowl game could be a rematch.
Lauren Schubert, 10
James River’s “Rapid Fire” basketball team started its official season with a home game on January 10. Many of the players were ecstatic about the coming season and eager to be on the court. Rapid Fire players and their fans can't wait for the season. The anticipation building up to the first home game was almost palpable. Most James River students at least try to make it to home games during lunch. In fact, James River has the greatest student turnout for the special needs basketball league in all of Chesterfield County Public Schools! Talk about showing some Rapid Pride!
Another way James River students like to support our athletes is by making signs. Posters were placed all over the school prior to the game letting everyone know when and where they need to be to watch every play unfold. Almost every poster was handmade, and some signs were even brought to games depicting messages like “GO RAPID FIRE, YOU GOT THIS,” and the famous “WE ARE JR.” Students wanted to ensure our Rapid Fire rookies and returning players felt supported.
The game itself is an absolute madhouse. Between the students, the faculty, and the contestants, the excitement almost bursts through the doors. Students are free to come and go as they please throughout their lunch period, and many teachers allow students to miss their classes on home game days to participate. It is always fun cheering on our team, so make sure to come out and support them at the next game!
Irelyn Rogan, 10
This year, the world of girls lacrosse started a bit early at JRHS! Conditioning started after Thanksgiving Break in November, and will be running until tryouts begin in late February or early March. Although conditioning is not mandatory, it really helps athletes get into good shape before the season starts.
At conditioning we do things such as: mile runs, bleachers, stick work, 3-on-3s, foot work, and more. If you would like to learn more about girls lacrosse and the season to come, please check out the JRHS athletics page. That’s where you can find information about games, physical forms, and you can e-mail our coach, Cherie Miller, for more information.
Swathi Shekharan, 11
The girls volleyball has done exceptionally this season, with many successes and wins. Here’s a Q-an-A with Amelia Walker, a junior on the volleyball team. She talked about the sport in general, why she loves it, and what has contributed to the success of the team.
Swathi Shekharan: What is the team’s record so far this season?
Amelia Walker: 15-4.
Swathi Shekharan: When did the season start?
Amelia Walker: Practice started at the end of August.
Swathi Shekharan: What has your favorite game been so far?
Amelia Walker: I would have to say our senior night. We beat Cosby High School and totally swept them!
Swathi Shekharan: What is your favorite part of the volleyball team?
Amelia Walker: I love how close we are as a team. Our coach, Micah, is awesome and super funny. It’s fun to be a part of a team and represent the school.
Swathi Shekharan: What is practice like?
Amelia Walker: We lift weights about once a week, do training, and have regular volleyball practice 6 times a week.
Swathi Shekharan: What is different about the team this year?
Amelia Walker: We don’t have any new people: it’s the exact same team except for the seniors who graduated. Because there are no new people, we already have our system down very effectively. Everyone knows their roles and we are all very in sync.
Swathi Shekharan: What position do you play and what is it like?
Amelia Walker: I am setter, which is sometimes referred to as the ”quarterback of the team”. I decide what plays to run, makes strategies, and try to throw off the other teams’ blockers. My main goal is to play to my teammates’ strength and set them up for success. I read through the net and decipher what the other team is doing and what their next move will be.
Lilly Overby, 9
Last Wednesday, our James River Rapids Field Hockey team brought the Midlothian Trojans to “The Swamp” for an exciting game. Last time the field hockey team played Midlothian this season was at Midlothian High. JV lost that away game 3-0 and varsity won that game in overtime 2-1. Both teams knew they had to work harder than any game before if they wanted to win.
First came the JV game that was very intense for their coach, Lauren, and for them. Both Midlothian and James River had a strong defense and kept the game to a tie of 0-0. It was a very nerve racking game with many shots on goal for both teams. Thanks to James River JV goalie, Grace Erwin, those shots on their goal did not go in. After the game, Coach Lauren said, “ We could have done a better job with our offence and moving the ball down the field as a team but we played strong gritty defense so I was happy with that.”
Next up came the Varsity game. During the game there were lots of strong transitions and passes. The ball control for both Midlothian and James River was impeccable which made it harder for both teams to score. The one goal scored that game was by Sara Hudson for James River. That goal made the final score 1-0 and gave another win to James River Varsity field hockey.
Anna Grace Dorsey, 11
Where do I begin about Friday night football games...best night of the WEEK, am I right? Tons of school spirit, a great way to see friends you don’t get to see at school, and most importantly, a fun way to support James River’s varsity football team! However, I am not your average student in the student section: I am part of James River’s dance team, Rapid Motion! This is probably why I have so much excitement when it comes to football games. We are right in front of the action and we get to dance all night long!
With that being said, we do get third quarter off to be a student for 15 minutes of the game, and boy is it a mess up in the student section. It is very chaotic, claustrophobic, and sweaty! However, I am done being negative because the positives heavily outweigh the very minimal qualms I have about football games. From fun themes to spending time with the student body, Friday nights are arguably the best night of the week. It is nights like Friday when you love being in high school. I love being on the sidelines but also love being in the stands. If football season could last all year, it would make the school year that much better. I cannot imagine missing out on any of the football games.