The Month of April for James River Softball

By Cameron Hildebrand

For the James River Varsity Softball team, the month of April has been a rollercoaster ride. Throughout this month the team has had games each week, except during spring break.

The first game took place in Springwood against the visiting Floyd County Buffaloes. Floyd scored a rally of five runs off of five hits in the second inning. In the big inning, the Buffaloes had two doubles and a triple extended due to a James River error in the middle of the second inning.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, however, James River gained three runs with an RBI by pitcher Ainsley Simmons. Lakota Lucado then followed with a two run single. To end the inning, as the tying run, Lacey Lucado hit a hard line drive to deep center field.

Throughout the last three inning James river got runners on, but were unable to get another run to score. The James River team lost the game 6-3.

Three of the runs scored throughout the game were earned, while the other three were not. Pitcher Ainsley Simmons struck out three hitter and walked none, while allowing seven hits.

James River had seven hits along with the visiting team. This includes two from junior Lakota Lucado, and two additional hits from senior Erin Peery.

That following weekend, the Knights were set to play one game on Friday and two games on Saturday in the annual Botetourt Bash that is hosted at the Botetourt Sports Complex. After some rain, the schedule eliminated the Friday night game and the team only played two games on Saturday.

The first game on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, ended with the final score of 1-0, giving the win the St. Margarets. Their only run in the first inning was unearned. The Scotties held the Knights to three hits and two walks and nevermore than one base runner in a single inning.

The second game was back-to-back at 11:00 AM against Amanda Clearcreek High School from Ohio. In the first inning the Knights jumped up with a 3-0 lead with contributions from Cameron Hildebrand with a triple, Lakota Lucado with a walk, and Lacey Lucado with a double. Evie Melvin and Erin Peery ended the inning with ground out RBIs.

Lacey had another double with an RBI, a walk, a hit by pitch, and run scored. Simmons pitched the entire second game as well while striking out five and only two walks. The Ohio team held onto the win 5-3.

Following on April 9, the James River team beats Giles County in five innings, 11-1. Cameron Hildebrand contributed three doubles and scored three runs to lead. Additionally, Madison Brogan had two singles and three RBIs and Lakota Lucado had an RBI double, two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base.

Pitcher Ainsley Simmons allowed one infield hit in the five inning game and stuck out eight batters while only walking one.

Following a week of spring break with only one practice on Thursday, due to weather conditions, the Knights headed to Buena Vista to face Parry McCluer for the second time on the 22nd. The game started off with a leadoff walk by Cameron Hildebrand and a double from Lacey Lucado to score Hildebrand with the Knights only run of the game. The only other hits of the Blues’ pitcher were Alyson McCullough’s bunt single in the third inning and Evie Melvin’s single to left in the seventh inning.  

Going off of a rough start from spring break with a Parry McCluer loss on Monday, the Knights went on a back-to-back roadtrip to Hillsville to face Carroll County. In the first inning Cameron Hildebrand and Lacey Lucado earned walks and stolen bases to set it up to score off of Payton Kreklow’s two RBI single.

Later in the game Alyson McCullough sacrificed bunted on two occasions to put runners in scoring positions and Hildebrand followed with a two RBI single and a two RBI double.

To finish off April, the Knights will play at home on the 29th against the Radford Bobcats and on the 30th at Glenvar High School. From there, the Knights have seven more regular-season games and four of them are home games including May 13th, which is senior night. The team will recognize six of their seniors, who of which five of them regularly start.

The Week of March 25th: Sports Edition

By Brooke Moran

In this last week of March, at James River High School, the sports teams have been playing their hearts out. This week has contained canceled games, county rivalry games, and even an argument on twitter. If you can name it, then it has probably happened.

Monday was one of the many rainy days Virginia has experienced since the start of the new year. Both JV and varsity boys soccer teams were on the schedule, but because of the rain and soaked field, the games were canceled.

Tuesday contained a packed schedule for James River and Lord Botetourt. These are the only two school within Botetourt County, so there is bound to be some tension. JV boys baseball, varsity softball, girls varsity soccer, and boys varsity soccer traveled to Lord Botetourt for their games. Unfortunately, these games were not in the Knights favor. At Lord Botetourt, the varsity softball team was shutout 5-0 by the Cavaliers. The girls soccer team also fell 8-2 to the Cavs. After the girls played, boys soccer was up and ready to play. The James River boys soccer team ended up losing 8-1. JV baseball was a close game between the two teams. This game ended up going into extra innings Unfortunately, the junior varsity team fell to the Cavaliers 5-4. At James River, the varsity baseball and JV softball played Lord Botetourt. The Knights varsity baseball team lost 12-3. On the softball field, the game went back and forth, but eventually it was the Lady Cavs who took the win 6-5.

Wednesday was an off day for James River. The sports teams were able to rest after their tough fight against Lord Botetourt and get ready for a new set of games on Thursday. Varsity baseball and JV soccer played at JR while JV baseball and JV softball played away at different schools. Varsity baseball was the first to get the ball rolling, beating the Alleghany Mountaineers 10-0. JV baseball was playing at Alleghany and they were playing just as hard. They defeated Alleghany 4-10. JV softball kicked off their fight with the Parry McCluer Fighting Blues a day before Varsity softball did, but that did not seem to matter. JV softball defeated the Fighting Blues 16-0. Boys soccer had a more intense game. They played Lord Botetourt a day later than everyone else, but that didn’t stop the competition. In the end, JV boys soccer lost 2-1 against the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers.

It’s finally Friday, and baseball and softball are back again for more games. These games were all against Parry McCluer, who are very close rivals against James River. JV baseball and Varsity softball played at home while varsity baseball played in Buena Vista. Parry McCluer was ready to put up a fight and it showed. The games at James River were going back and forth with who had the lead. JV baseball ended up defeating the Blues 5-3. Varsity softball was a tough match. The game was going back and forth all the way up until the seventh inning. In the end, the James River Lady Knights defeated the Lady Blues 14-10. Back on the Blues territory in Buena Vista, the Varsity baseball team was putting up a fight. The Knights ended up losing to Parry McCluer 3-0. The track teams traveled to Hidden Valley on Saturday for a meet.

This upcoming first week in April, James River sports are going to be having another full week to say the least. Softball has one game on Monday, and then proceed to play in the Botetourt Bash softball tournament Friday and Saturday. Both of the baseball teams play on Monday, and then just varsity baseball plays on Friday.  Outdoor track has two meets this week. One is Wednesday at Floyd Country while the other one is Saturday at William Fleming. The soccer teams only play one time this week and it is Thursday at Glenvar High School.

Meet the James River Girls Outdoor Track Team

By Erin Walker

Outdoor Track season is officially underway here at James River High School, and the athletes are hard at work, grinding on the track. While the team this year may be small, what they lack in size they make up for it  in talent and hardwork. Many of the athletes are returning from indoor track and ready to make this season their best yet.

Senior Katelyn Wiley is returning from indoor. Wiley runs the 300 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. She also triple, long and high jumps. Wiley has been running indoor and outdoor for four years, all of high school, and has had a very successful career. She has placed in states many times, indoor and outdoor, and has received many medals. Wiley also has the school record for the indoor 500 meter dash.

Senior Erin Walker is also returning from indoor. Walker runs the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4x100 meter relay. Walker also has been running all four years and has done almost everything. Her and Wiley were part of the state champion 4x200 meter relay team (along with Lauren Ogle and Emily Walker) in 2017. Walker has the school record in the indoor 300 meter dash.

Junior Abbagail Link is a breath of fresh air for the track team. She supports her teammates in every way, on and off the track. Link runs the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run. Link has competed in states many times, indoor and outdoor, and has been running her whole high school career.

Also on the team is junior Adaline Bisese. Bisese runs the 800 meter in outdoor. She has been running since her sophomore year and has continually improved. While she doesn’t run indoor, she is a staple on the track team and a great athlete.

Cheyanne Forson is also a junior and has been running since her sophomore year. Forson also runs the 800 meter and improves with every race.

Junior Niki Kirk runs the 110 meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash. Niki is an outgoing member of the team and practice it’s always quiet without her. Niki is returning from a successful indoor season and has continued to improve.

Victoria Trabulsie is another junior on the team and throws shot put and disk. This is Trabulsie’s first year throwing for River, but continues to improve with every practice.

Vanessa Lima is one of the two sophomores on the team, and runs the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 4x100 relay. Lima is only a sophomore, but is incredibly talented. Her freshman year Lima made it to states on the 4x100 meter relay which placed fourth in the state. Lima also triple and long jumps.

Janiah Merchant is a double threat and one of the two sophomores on the team. Merchant throws shot put and also runs. This is her first year running for the Knights, but has already proved to be talented.

Holly Hylton is one of the two freshman on the team and is also coming off from a great indoor season. Hylton ran the 55 meter preliminaries at indoor states and also ran in the 500 meter dash. In outdoor, Hylton runs the 300 meter hurdles. Hylton has a zest for running, something that isn’t always common on the track team. She always has a bright attitude and works as hard as she can.

Regan Hester is also a freshman on the track team. She proves that talent runs in the family and is a successful hurdler like her brother. Hester is also returning from indoor season, where she made it to regionals. In outdoor, Hester runs the 300 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay.

Every girl on the team is excited for the outdoor track season to start. All the girls are immensely talented and everyone is looking forward to seeing how much everyone improves throughout the season and all the medals everyone receives.  The track team would love it if people came out to support them, with their first meet being this weekend (March 30th) at Hidden Valley High School.

James River Softball v. Nelson County

Photo by Tracey Mundy

Photo by Tracey Mundy

By Alyson McCullough

The James River softball program has been one of the most successful sports in James River High School’s history. With multiple state titles and many players being recognized regionally, there are very high expectations these girls have to uphold. This season, the team has a total of six seniors with only one planning to continue her softball career in college. Cameron Hildebrand has signed to play softball with Randolph-Macon College in the fall. For more information on Hildebrand, check out Cameron Hildebrand Commits to Randolph-Macon Softball on JR Knightly News!

On March 11th, 2019, the James River High School Knights Junior Varsity and Varsity teams went head to head against Nelson County High School Governors. The Junior Varsity team played at Nelson Country High and the Varsity team played at James River.

In the Varsity game, Nelson County came in with a bang and scored two runs pretty quickly, little did they know, the Knights had a few tricks up their sleeves as well. It was a tight game most of the time when the Knights got their chance to bat, they were not messing around. They were out for blood. All of the girls were screaming and cheering for their teammates and they were pumped to be kicking off the season with a good game. The Knights were prepared to do whatever it took to start the season off right. The head coach Steve Austin always tells the girls to “find a way” and that is a crucial part in the drive of this James River team.

Photo by Tracey Mundy

Photo by Tracey Mundy

Playing with nothing but pure grit and heart, the Knights came out on top, winning the game 9 to 4. Senior Erin Peery had three hits, scoring two runs, junior Lakota Lucado had two hits, scoring two runs and scored twice herself, and senior Cameron Hildebrand hit two doubles and a runner batted in (RBI), meaning she was called out, but a runner still scored. Sophomore Ainsley Simmons dominated the pitcher’s mound by only giving Nelson County five hits for the game.

Over a week later on March 19th, 2019, the James River Varsity Softball team traveled to Nelson County for another shot at beating the Governors. This time, the Knights were even more determined because they were already ecstatic about the first win and they were chomping at the bit to play again. The Knights came out much stronger and they seemed to play much harder. The girls were much more patient at the plate and more ambitious. Starting off the game with a lead of two runs and keeping the momentum going. Sophomore Lacey Lucado hit a home run during this game. In the second inning, the Knights scored four more runs, changing the score to 7 to 0. Nelson County was able to get a run back in the top of the third inning. James River continued to fight for runs and ended up winning at the end of the fifth inning by slaughter rule with a score of 13 to 3.

Photo by Tracey Mundy

Photo by Tracey Mundy

During the Junior Varsity game at James River on March 19th, 2019, eighth-grader Jenna Pugh hit an in the park home run and another eighth-grader, Lexi McCullough, hit an in the park home run and a walk-off triple to finish the game with a score of 15 to 5.

Cameron Hildebrand Commits to Randolph-Macon Softball

By Rachel Epperly, Bailey Marshall, Olivia Hoye, and Cameron Hildebrand

On Friday, March 8th, 2019 Cameron Hildebrand signed a commitment to play softball for Randolph-Macon College. Her family, coaches, and friends were all there to show their support.

Cameron has been playing softball since she was four years old. She played on a recreational softball team until she was nine, then she began playing travel. Playing for the Scrappers, Richmond Diamonds, Richmond Ruckus, and Maroon Crush, this is when Cameron first started loving the sport and diving into the fundamentals. Cameron has used softball as a way to relieve stress, “It takes my mind off things when I’m stressed,” she says.

Cameron began her high school softball career with the goal of playing on a college team in mind. Cameron played Varsity her freshman year where she has hit and played center field ever since. Being on Varsity for four years has allowed Cameron to play with a variety of different players and experience many different team dynamics which has made her a well-rounded athlete.

As a freshman, she was selected to First Team All-Pioneer District and First Team All-Conference 38. As a sophomore, she kept challenging herself to reach excellence. She was selected to the First Team All-Conference 38 and First Team All-Region C as well as being named to Second Team All-State in 2A softball. As a junior, Cameron reached many milestones during her career. She maintained an on-base percentage of .700 throughout the 2018 season. Cameron had a batting average of .475 with a slugging percentage of .705. She created 17 singles, 10 doubles, and 2 triples while driving in 18 runs. She led the team in walks and run scored respectively with 24 and 33. She was named First Team All-Three River District and First Team All-Region 2C for the second year in a row. She was selected to First Team All-State 2A and Second Team All-Timesland for the Roanoke Times Newspaper.

Cameron chose Randolph-Macon because of the beautiful campus along with the welcoming coaches and staff. The location was also a winning factor in her decision because of its convenient proximity to Richmond and less than two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia Beach. Macon’s close-knit community houses around 1,453 undergraduate students on the 116-acre campus. Their softball program is a part of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, playing teams in the surrounding area such as Lynchburg, Bridgewater, and Ferrum. As of now, Macon is nationally ranked at #24 with a record of 11-4.

At Cameron’s signing, her father and coaches shared some touching words about her high school softball career and how proud they are of her accomplishments. Tim Jennings, the athletic director at James River said that “even though Cameron is an outfielder, she’s really known for her batting. This is a very exciting day. Cameron has had a lot of success and is an all-around good kid.” Jennings also told her parents, that they have “raised a very special young lady.”

Cameron’s dad, Shawn Hildebrand, closed the signing by saying, “Thank you to everybody. We appreciate your support.”

Cameron is excited to continue her softball career and education for the next four years at Randolph-Macon. She will be majoring in Biology with a possible minor in Spanish. She has plans to become a physician assistant upon the completion of her undergraduate education. JR Knightly News is incredibly proud of Cameron’s success and we look forward to all that she will accomplish at Randolph Macon. We have been so honored to have her on our staff!

Upcoming Week at James River High School

By Sarah Lam

With March ending soon and April coming up on us, this means flowers have started to bloom, and spring sports have officially started at James River. Athletes are spending all their time after school putting in work on the practice field to prepare for games. Here is a summary of this week's upcoming events at James River High School for the week of March 25th.

Monday:

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Nelson county has been cancelled, but JV is still on. The game will start at 5:30. James River will be hosting Nelson county on the Knight’s soccer field. There’s a chance for some showers, so make sure to bring your umbrella!

Tuesday:

Tuesday is a busy day for sports here at River. Starting off with baseball, James RIver will be taking on county rival Lord Botetourt. Varsity will be at home, while JV will travel to Daleville to play ball. The Knights stand at 0-3 on the season while the Cavaliers stand at 2-5. The battle of Botetourt will kick off at 5:00 with chilly conditions at a high of 52 degrees. Speaking of Lord Botetourt and the Cavaliers, Varsity Girls Softball will travel to the Cavaliers field in hopes of picking up another win. Jv will be at home. Both teams are undefeated in their districts, so it’s going to be a very good game for sure. First pitch is at 5:00 for both JV and Varsity. Lasty, Boys and Girls Soccer will also travel to Lord Botetourt in hopes to take down the cavaliers. Girls will kickoff at 5:30 while boys will follow shortly after at approximately 7:00.

Wednesday:

No games will be held on Wednesday, but players will have practice in order to prepare for Thursday’s game.

Thursday:

Thursday is another busy day for the spring sports teams. JV and Varsity baseball will be taking on the Mountaineers of Alleghany High School. Varsity will host the Mountaineers on our home turf. JV will travel to Alleghany. Varsity is set to start at 5:00 along with JV. In softball, JV will be heading up the interstate to take on rival Parry McCluer. First pitch will be thrown at 5:00. Varsity has no game on Thursday. JV boys soccer will be facing rival Lord Botetourt once again. Game time is set for 5:00. The weather is calling for a perfect day with a high of 65 degrees and sunny conditions, so break out those tee shirts and shorts!

Friday:

Finally, the last day before the weekend! Softball will kicks things off by battling the Blues of Parry McCluer. Varsity will host the blues while JV will travel to Parry McCluer High School. Boys baseball will also be facing the Blues. JV will stay on home turf, while Varsity will travel north to Buena Vista. Both game times are set for 5:00. Friday will feel like Spring with highs at 69 degrees and cloudy conditions.

Saturday:

Usually Saturdays are for a day of relaxation, but not for our track team! Both boys and girls track teams will be traveling to Hidden Valley High School. James River track is famous from its multiple team and individual state champions. This team is hoping to keep the streak going. This event will last all day. Saturday will be 70 degrees with a chance of rain.

Please come out and support our students athletes! They have been working hard everyday to be the best they can be. They need us to cheer them on and support them! All home games will have the concession stand up and running, so come get some nachos!

Meet the JRHS Women's Soccer Team

By Tessa Jones and Erin Walker

The James River High School women’s soccer team has always been successful in past seasons with strong postseason finishes and numerous athletes making all district and all region teams. As the program continues to grow under head coach Bill Smith, the girls continue to bond with each other and fall more in love with the sport.

As the seasons have passed, the soccer team has had great turnouts at tryouts, allowing for a big team and a big family. The girls take care of each other on and off of the field and support each other no matter what. There are girls who have played for ten years and girls who have played only one, but during practice and games, they encourage and motivate each other to perform their best. The team has representatives from all classes at James River, including five freshmen, seven sophomores, one junior, and seven seniors.  

Representing the freshmen class is midfielder Sofia Kryder, defense Tatum Martin, midfielder Kayla Myers, striker Amelia Waddell, and striker Ella Wright.

Representing the sophomore class is midfielder Rachael Hix, midfielder Myla Lester, striker Morgan Marshall, keeper Haley Meadows, striker Riley Potter, midfielder Sophie Wagner, and midfielder Bridgette West.

The lone junior on the team is midfielder Stephanie Vasquez.

Representing the senior class is defense Catherine Amos, defense Morgan Bryan, midfielder Megan Hill, defense Meaghan Hix, defense Tessa Jones, midfielder Hannah Meador, and keeper Colleen Peery.

Because this is the seniors’ last season on the team, we interviewed each one to see what they have loved about soccer and what they’re looking forward to as they start the next chapter in their lives.  

Questions

  1. How long have you played soccer?

  2. What is your favorite soccer memory?  

  3. What is one random fact about you?

  4. What are your plans for next year?  

Catherine Amos

*Was unresponsive for her interview*

Morgan Bryan

  1. I have been playing soccer since kindergarten.

  2. My favorite memory is beating Radford.

  3. I’m a barista! I work at Land of a Thousand Hills.

  4. I am going to Virginia Tech next year.

Megan Hill

  1. I have been playing soccer my entire life, since I was five.

  2. My favorite soccer memory is beating Radford my junior year.

  3. I drive a Mustang, and I like coffee.

  4. I’m going to UVA next year.

Meaghan Hix

  1. I’ve been playing soccer for a really long time, since I was about five or six.

  2. I liked beating Radford, that was fun. Now we have to beat Lord Botetourt!

  3. I really like country music!

  4. I’ll be attending Virginia Western for two years then I will decide what I will do for the rest of my life.

Tessa Jones

  1. I’ve been playing soccer since I was six years old, so 12 years.

  2. My favorite soccer memory is when we beat Radford in the region quarterfinals in overtime. Radford is our biggest rival and toughest opponent, so beating them and eliminating them from postseason play was a GREAT feeling.

  3. A random fact about me is that I love kayaking.

  4. Next year I plan to attend college (I’m not sure where yet) and become a physical therapist!

Hannah Meador

  1. I played recreational soccer for about 5 years, but then I stopped, and now I’ve started back up this year.

  2. Everyone being so sweet this year!

  3. My favorite animal is a rhino.

  4. I want to be an RN.  

Colleen Peery

  1. I have been playing soccer since the fourth grade, so since I was about nine or ten years old.

  2. My favorite soccer memory is beating Andrew Lewis in middle school by one point because they were undefeated for a really long time and we snuck in one on them and beat them. It was great. It was the first time in CAMS history.

  3. My fun fact is that I play the guitar.

  4. I am currently undecided as to what I am doing next year, as of right now I am just going to work and if I find something I would like to do then I’ll do it.

The James River High School soccer team represents a wide variety of girls from all over the county. While they are all different, they have spent the last four years bonding as teammates and friends. This senior class will always be remembered as hardworking and talented. Although they are all parting ways next year, one thing’s for sure, they will always remember the times they’ve spent playing for the Knights. Good luck on the upcoming season girls and play hard, and come on out to the next game!

The History of Softball and Where We Are Today

By Evelyn Melvin

Softball is a game played by women, using the same equipment as baseball. In softball you play seven innings with nine people on the field at a time. According to Peter Francesconi, of sportsdestinations.com,  “the ASA registers over 245,000 softball teams, comprising more than 3.5 million players.” As one can tell, softball is one biggest sports. 3.5 million is a huge amount of girls coming out and playing the sport they love. With this many girls, one may ask, how did softball come about? Well, I am going to enlighten you on this subject today.

The according to Barbara Sorensen, of sportsrec.com, women’s softball originated in Chicago, 1895. Now it softball the game was created in 1887 by men, and played by men until the year of 1895. That is 124 years ago, that the game loved by many was started. According to athleticscholarships.net softball was not originally called softball. In fact it was called things like “kitten-ball,” “mush-ball,” and even “pumpkin-ball.” “In 1926, Walter Hakanson coined the term “softball” while representing the YMCA at a National Recreation Congress meeting, and by 1930, the term stuck as the sport’s official name,” according to athleticscholarships.net.

In 1934 the new set of rules was introduced by Lewis Rober Sr., including using a 10-12 inch ball and sometimes a 16 in ball. The players were also not allowed to use gloves.  Softball originally was meant for baseball players to have something to do in their off season, because softball was played indoors. But with many great baseball players using “softball” to help them stay fit, it gathered a rather large following. According to athleticscholarships.net, “in 1991, women’s fast pitch softball was added to the roster of the 1996 Summer Olympics—a landmark many people recognize as the ultimate success of a sport.” This was a huge accomplishment for women across the globe.

Today softball is one of the most popular sports in the country, and has secured its spot in the Summer Olympics. I have played softball since I was a little and it is one of the greatest sports to play. This sport teaches you leadership skills, how to maintain friendships, and work as a team. Softball is a team sport and cannot be played by one individual. Everyone on the field and or hitting is doing something to help their team in some way. Without all of those contributions, softball would not be what it is today.  If softball was never invented, girls today would have one less sport to make them feel empowered.

Softball has come a long way over the year. We now have travel teams that allow young girls to play softball year round. We also have college teams, and a USA team. So not only can girls play travel from 9 years old to 18, they can also play for college and the softball USA team. The sport of softball is evolving, and always changing.

As a high school athlete at James River High School, in Buchanan, I believe that softball has changed my life. I am a senior this year and I will not be playing any college or other sports after this year. Softball has helped me see that leadership is important to the others around you. I have learned so many things from my twelve years of playing this sport. Whether it is friendships or the ability to understand others, I have learned so much. I believe that if you are a young female athlete that wants to play a sport, that softball is the sport to choose. With playing softball, you learn things about the game every day. Things that you didn’t know about the game before. It is always a learning curve, and the players develop bonds with their coaches and teammates. Bonds are something that come with you throughout your life. They are something that will stick with you through life. All in all, softball is a sport that is staking its claim on the hearts of young girls around the world.

State Track Meet

By Tessa Jones and Erin Walker

The James River Knights traveled to the Cregger Center in Salem on Wednesday and Thursday to compete in the Class 1a/2a State track meet. Although only a portion of the team qualified for states, the Running Knights made a big splash and showed the other teams they were there. Competing in states at any level is a great achievement for everyone. The states team was comprised of Catherine Amos, Anthony Etzler, Rachael Hix, Daniel Holter, Holly Hylton, Abbagail Link, Morgan Marshall, Kayla Meyers, Cole Miller, Camden Powell, Erin Walker, Katelyn Wiley and Logan Williamson.

The girls 4x800 relay was made up of Katelyn Wiley, Kayla Meyers, Abbagail Link and Catherine Amos. The girls had been running consistent times throughout the season, and qualified for states early on. Wiley kicked the race off, running an amazing split and keeping the girls in the competition. She handed off to Meyers, a freshman who had never ran track before this season. Meyers, who handed off to Amos, cheered on her teammates from the sidelines. Amos handed off to Link, who gave the girls a fourth place finish. In the end, they ran a great time of 10.46.

Camden Powell, Daniel Holter, Cole Miller and Anthony Etzler all ran in the boys 4x800 on Wednesday. This team had also qualified for states early on in the season, running new season bests at almost every meet. When they took the track, they were met with riotous cheers from their teammates and parents, adding to their adrenaline. When asked about the facility and track, Holter said, “I enjoyed running at Roanoke, the track was nice and it was spongy.” The boys finished with a blazing time of 9.04, placing fifth overall.

The 55m preliminaries also took place on Wednesday. If you run a top time, you get to compete the next day for the state title. Erin Walker ran the girls 55 dash with a time of 7.6, a qualifying time. Holly Hylton ran in the 55m hurdles prelims. While she didn’t make it to Thursday, she did run a PR with a time of 10.30. As a freshman, going and competing in states is a great achievement and everyone is excited for Hylton’s next three years.

While the runners were competing, Logan Williamson was throwing the shot put. He finished second overall with a throw of 50-01. When Williamson was asked about the meet he said,” Throwing was really great. They have an awesome pit, it's really easy to throw in.”

Katelyn Wiley also high jumped and triple jumped. This was Wiley’s first season ever high jumping, so her jump of 4’8” and fifth place finish is remarkable. Wiley is an incredibly athlete, she showed the coaches and the crowd that she can do anything. She also tripled jumped a 35-11, finishing third overall.

On Thursday, the competition really heated up. The day started off with the girls 55m dash finals. Erin Walker was the only girl competing for River. She finished with a PR of 7.6 and finished fifth overall.

After the 55m, the girls 4x200 took the track. Wiley ran first leg, putting the Knights in a great position by breaking the stagger. She handed off to Morgan Marshall, a sophmore, who kept the Knights in the competition. Marshall gave the baton to Rachael Hix, also a sophomore, who handed off to the anchor leg, Walker. This was Marshall’s first time running indoor track and only Hix’s second year and already they are showing great promise of continuing River’s legacy of great sprinters. The girls 4x200 relay finished sixth overall with a time of 1.55.84.

The next event River ran was the girls 500m dash. Wiley and Hylton both ran amazing times. The race for first was close, Wiley placed second overall with a time of 1.20.77, a school record. Hylton placed twelfth overall with her time of 1.31.29, and was one of only two freshman competing in this race at states.

The last race of the day for River was Walker’s 300m dash. “When I took the track I was really nervous. I hate that race. I just wanted it to be over with,” Walker said. She was in the third heat of the 300, and was seated in fourth place. She finished with a PR of 43.68, blowing out the PR she had set at regions earlier. She placed second overall, missing first place by 0.13 seconds.

Overall, indoor track was a huge success. Everyone who went to states made the All State Team, an amazing achievement for everyone who participated. They ended the season on a high note and are excited to see what outdoor holds!

Regional Track Meet

By Tessa Jones and Erin Walker

Post season is here! Last Friday James River’s track team headed to Roanoke College in Salem to compete against the other 2a Region C teams. The competition was tough, but the Running Knights earned several firsts and competed very well overall. The meet gave the runners a glimpse of the competition they will be facing at states next week.  

The meet started with the 4x800 relay, and our boys and girls teams competed well and both placed in the top three. The boys team, consisting of Daniel Holter, Camden Powell, Anthony Etzler and Cole Miller ran an amazing time of 8:54.24, earning them 3rd place. The girls team, made up of Katelyn Wiley, Kayla Meyers, Catherine Amos and Abbagail Link ran a season’s best time of 10:36.40, winning them 2nd place. The girl’s 4x800 relay team has consistently placed in the top three all year and continued their streak at regions.

Next up was the 55 meter hurdles and while the distance is short, the race is anything but. Evan Akers, a sophmore, ran a 10.39 and placed 8th overall for James River. Charlie Stein, also a sophomore, ran a season’s best of 11.29, placing 9th.  Holly Hylton and Nikki Kirk also ran hurdles, both placing in the top five. Hylton placed 3rd and ran a season’s best of 10.52. Kirk also ran a season’s best, placing 4th and running a time of 10.76.

After the hurdles was the 55 meter dash. Many of River’s athletes ran their season’s best, and everyone competing placed top five for both the boys and girls teams. Isaac Worsley almost broke 7 seconds, running a time of 7.01. Gabe Sebastino ran a time of 7.44. Erin Walker won the 55 for the girls, running a season’s best of 7.71. Rachael Hix ran a 8.49. Hix is the top placed sophomore in the region for 55 meter dash.

After the 55 meter dash, the 4x200 teams took the track. The girls 4x200 team, consisting of Erin Walker, Rachael Hix, Morgan Marshall, and Katelyn Wiley. The girls earned their best time this season at regions, running a 1:54.34, placing 2nd overall. The boys team ran a time of 1:45.18, earning them 4th overall.

Next up was the 500 meter dash. The 500 is a hard race for anyone, but the Running Knights pulled out many season bests and top places. Owen Krisnitski ran a time of 1:19.52, placing 5th. Daniel Holter came in at 1:19.68, placing 7th. Charlie Stein ran a 1:29.45, and all of the boys ran a season’s best. Holly Hylton, a freshman, was the only girl from River running the 500. However, she made sure to make some noise, running a seasons best time of 1:30.24 and winning 2nd place.

After the 500 comes the 1000 meter run. The 1000 is 5 laps around the track at Roanoke, a hard race to run (and a lot of laps to remember!) The Running Knights make it work though, with all the boys placing in the top five. James Voight came in at 3:16.35, earning him 11th place. Jacob Hill, a sophomore, ran a time of 3:25.44, winning him 12th place. Catherine Amos and Tessa Jones competed for the girls. Amos ran a time of 3:38.77 and Jones ran an incredible time of 3:46.26, a seasons best.

Next up was the 300 meter dash. Only three of River’s runners ran the 300, with Gabe Sebastino running a time of 43.75 for the boys and placing 18th. Morgan Marshall ran a time of 47.22, placing 8th overall. Erin Walker ran a seasons best time of 44.67, winning the 300 meter dash for the Knights.

The 1600 meter run was next, and is eight laps around the track. It’s a difficult race and not many people can do it, but don’t tell that to Abbagail Link and Kayla Myers. Both girls ran a seasons best time, with Link running a 6:04.81 and Meyers running a 6:10.19. Camden Powell also ran for the Knights, running a blazing speed of 5:27.36, a time which earned him 9th place.

The last running event of the day is the 4x400 relay. When many people have already left, the James River girls are warming up for their run. They ran a seasons best time of 4:52.40, winning them 4th place.

While all the running events were commencing, the field events were fully underway. In high jump, Katelyn Wiley jumped an incredible 4’8”, winning her 2nd place and qualifying for states. This season is the first that Wiley has high jumped, and it is evident that she is an all around athlete who can adapt to any event. Owen Krisnitski also high jumped a 5’4”, placing 5th overall. This is also Krisnitski’s first season high jumping, and his talent is undeniable.

In the long jump, Isaac Worsley jumped a 17’10.7”, a great jump that earned him 7th. Morgan Marshall also jumped for the Knights, placing 3rd with a jump of 14’4”.

In the triple jump, Isaac Worsley jumped 38’6.5”, a seasons best which earned him 3rd place. The girls really pulled it out in the triple jump, with Katelyn Wiley jumping a 35”, winning her 1st place. Rachael Hix jumped a seasons best of 30’11.2”, winning her 6th place and Morgan Marshall jumped a 24’7.25”, earning the 9th place title.

In the boys shot put, Logan Williamson, a senior, threw a length of 47’9” which earned him 4th place. Nathan Farris also threw for River, throwing a 31’8”, placing 18th place.

Kyler Murray: NFL or MLB?

By Brooke Moran

Kyler Murray is an all around athlete who plays baseball and football for the University of Oklahoma. He is a redshirt junior and has won over ten awards in his football career. Murray is one of the best quarterbacks in college football at the moment, and his Heisman Trophy can vouch for that. With all of these awards, he is obviously a die hard football player right? Wrong. Kyler Murray, along with playing football, is an outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team.

In the 2018 First Year Player Draft for Major League Baseball, he was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s. That is correct, Kyler Murray is committed to play MLB baseball for the Oakland A’s. People were worried about him playing baseball because he is talented, but he was also a starting quarterback. He stated that once football season was over, he would commit to playing baseball fully and no longer worry about football. This sadly did not last very long. On February 11th, 2019, Kyler Murray made a statement saying he was going to enter the NFL draft.

This is not the first time athletes have gone through these kinds of issues. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders went through the same things. They both agreed and told Murray that he shouldn’t underestimate the injuries that would come with playing in the NFL. People also worry about Murray because he is 5’10. He is a lot shorter and smaller than all the other beasts that play in the NFL. Some say that he should stick to baseball because of his height while others believe that his football talents should continue into the pro football league.

Murray started out playing football at Texas A&M as a true freshman in 2015. He had to compete with Kyle Allen for a starting quarterback position. Once the competition opened back up, he won the starting position and played eight games. Murray, being the baseball player he is, wanted to play at Texas A&M, but the college had other plans. They wanted him to commit to playing one sport while Murray wanted to play both. This is most likely one of the reasons why he ultimately ended up transferring to Oklahoma.

Still, with all of this going on, this isn't the first time the Murray family has been through something like this. His dad Kevin was a quarterback for Texas A&M from 1983-1986. His dad briefly played some minor league baseball as well. Kyler’s uncle Calvin is a University of Texas alumni who bounced around playing in the MLB. Calvin Murray played for the San Francisco Giants, the Texas Rangers, and the Chicago Cubs. Baseball and football both seem to run in the Murray family.

By the looks of Kyler Murray’s stats, football seems to come easy to him. He was rated as a five-star recruit from ESPN, Rivals, Scouts, and 24/7 Sports. Murray was also ranked as a top dual threat QB in the country. He was also the first person ever to play in the Under Armour All American Games for both football and baseball. Right now, Murray leads the nation in pass efficiency rating, yard/pass attempts, and yard/pass completions. In 2016, due to NCAA transfer rules, he had to sit out his entire season at Oklahoma. In 2017, Kyler backed up Heisman winner Baker Mayfield when Mayfield played for Oklahoma. In the 2018 season, Murray played in every single football game for Oklahoma. In this same year, Murray proceeded to win the Heisman Trophy. The University of Oklahoma is the fourth school that has back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners and the first school to have back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners that are quarterbacks. The school is also tied with Notre Dame for having the most Heisman Trophy winners. Murray is the first player ever to replace a Heisman winner and then proceed to win the Heisman himself.

In my personal opinion, I believe Murray should stick to baseball. I completely agree that he is very talented at football and being a quarterback, but there are a couple of issues. Murray is 5’10 and weighs 195 pounds; this is very small for an NFL quarterback. Most NFL quarterbacks are in the upwards of six feet tall, so he already has a disadvantage. Another issue is the fact that he backed out of playing baseball. If he cannot make up his mind about what he wants to do, then who is to say that NFL teams won't take that into consideration when figuring out if they want to recruit him or not in the draft.

2019 JRHS Regions Swim Meet

By Summer Williamson and Adaline Bisese

Back Row: Coach Kevin Franceschini, Caleb Meador 11, Dillon Minnix 10, Ian DeHaven 12, Landyn White 12  Front Row: Ellie Holter 10, Sydney WIlson 10, Coach Diane Nguyen

Back Row: Coach Kevin Franceschini, Caleb Meador 11, Dillon Minnix 10, Ian DeHaven 12, Landyn White 12

Front Row: Ellie Holter 10, Sydney WIlson 10, Coach Diane Nguyen

Last Thursday, February 7th, the James River High School swim team competed in Regions competition against 10 schools at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center in Christiansburg, Virginia. The girls and boys each placed 5th out of 12 or so teams, and the entire team placed 5th overall. Several members of the team made it to states in six events. The swimmers that will be participating at States this year are Sydney Wilson (Sophomore), Megan Cox (Junior), Ellie Holter (Sophomore), Caleb Meador (Junior), Dillon Minnix (Sophomore), Ian DeHaven (Senior), and Landyn White (Senior).

Coaches Kevin Franceschini and Diane Nguyen

Coaches Kevin Franceschini and Diane Nguyen

The coach of James River High School’s swim team, Kevin Franceschini, has expressed his pride for the swimmers that will be competing in Richmond for States on February 14th, 2019. Coach Diane Nguyen mirrored Franceschini’s fondness as she congratulated the swimmers progressing to States. In regards to the entire team, the coaches are delighted with the success of the whole season and the improvements made by the members.

During a pep rally at James RIver High School a few days earlier, Coach Franceschini made an open call to anyone with an interest in joining the team. “No experience is needed [to join the team], just come out and try it,” he continued by congratulating his 2018-2019 swimmers whose season ended with Thursday’s meet at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

James River High School senior, Katie Keith, gave her input on her last season of swimming with the JRHS team. She said, “It was great being with my team and swimming my last meet of my five year career.”

The team has been practicing alongside Lord Botetourt High School at Hollins University on weeknights. LBHS coaches, Ashley Safrit and Lindsey Jones, “feel strongly about [their] individuals being top sixteen” among other contestants at the state meet. “This past swim season was an excellent, excellent swim season. [Their] girls were almost undefeated and [their] boys only lost two meets. This has been one of [their] strongest [years] yet,” according to coach Ashley Safrit. The team will also be competing in their states meet within the next few days. Swimmers Katelyn Arney (12), Cooper Dehr (10), Aiden Jones (9), Miranda Kirtely (10), James Lively (9), Terry Lively (12), Leah Meacham (9), Roderick Plenge (12), Sophie Rakes (10), Tristan Robinson (12), Ryan Spangler (12), and Madelynn Sprouse (10) have advanced to state. In agreeance with James River’s swim coach, both Lord Botetourt coaches are pushing for new swimmers to join their team. This year the LBHS team has “ten seniors, so [they] are going to lose a lot and are going to have to recover a lot,” as well.

Listed below is a table showing JRHS’s results from the Regions meet. Highlighted rows identify the swimmers and the events of which they qualified for states.

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JRHS Wrestling Takes Home Third in the District Tournament

By Evelyn Melvin

On Friday, February 4th, James River High School competed in the Three Rivers District wrestling tournament. There were six teams involved: Alleghany, Carroll County, James River, Floyd County, Radford, and Glenvar. These teams competed for the top individually and the top team. James River was placed at third with 159.0 points out of six teams. The first and second place winners being Carroll County with 200.0 points and Alleghany with 202.0 points. This is how the tournament unfolded individually.

Chase Cuddy placed first in the 106 pound weight class. During this match, which wasn’t very long, Chase pinned Seth Robinson of Carroll County is under two minutes. Chase is only a freshman and is already standing out in the 106 weight class. Chases overall record for the season is 39-8.  

Another place winner, was Chase Powell. Chase Powell placed third in the 113 pound weight class. Chase beat Isaac Brown of Carroll County by pin in four minutes and eleven seconds. Chase is only a sophomore and has many years of wrestling left in him. Chases season record is 28-15.

Wesley Ferguson placed third in the 120 pound weight class. Wesley battled his way to place in two minutes and eighteen seconds. The end of the battle resulted in Wesley pinning Jagger Brame of Radford. Wesley’s season record is 34-17. Wesley is only a freshman, but he shows a promising future as a wrestler.

At 126 pounds, Ian Hester placed first in the Three Rivers District Tournament. Ian wrestled his way to the top and won it all. In the end, he wrestled Jaden Poe of Carroll Country and won by major decision. Major decision means you beat an opponent by eight points or more. Ian won, 22 to 8, in the final match of the weight class. Ian’s record as a senior this year is 42-4.

Mason Stewart gained a third place spot this past tournament. Mason wrestled Seth Dunbar of Radford for this spot. In only two minutes and seven seconds he pinned Dunbar to claim third. Mason is only a sophomore this year. His season record is 32-13 and he is not stopping there.

At 152 pounds, Austin Miller claims third. In one minute and thirty one seconds, Austin pinned Logan Griffith of Floyd County. Austin’s overall record for the season is 13-17. Austin is a sophomore this year, and has been wrestling for two years thus far at James River. Two more years here, and he will continue to climb.

Addison McCaleb placed second overall in the 160 pound weight class. He was not pinned in the final match, thus he lost by points. Addison lost only by three points leaving the ending score being 8-5. Addison is a sophomore this year and has an up-and-coming future ahead of him. His overall season record is 29-14.

In the 170 pound weight class Caleb Shipwash steals second place. Caleb, wrestling Dustin Dalton of Carroll County, lost only by a mere one point. This left the ending score being 9-8. Caleb is a junior this year at James River and has been wrestling here for three years. His season record is 26-13.

In the weight class of 182 Declan Fulton placed third. For third place Declan did not wrestle off, in fact, he has a bye. A bye is when a wrestler is not required to wrestle anyone else in the weight class because of many reasons. Some reasons can be because there is no one else in the weight class. Others can be because of a forfeit. Declan is only a sophomore this year and has many years ahead of him. Declan's season record is 18-21, which he stated, was “better than last years.”

Coming in at 195 pounds, Corey Carson wrangles in third place. In this match Corey wrestled Matthew Thomas of Carroll County. Corey pinned Thomas in one minute and forty-eight seconds. Despite Corey’s worsening knees, he never lets his injuries stop him. He is a senior this year and determined to rise. Corey’s season record is 20-20.

Last but not least, at 285 pounds Levi Walker takes home first place. In this close match Levi wrestled Justin Hall of Alleghany. After six minutes of wrestling, these two hadn’t had enough. With the score being 1-1 they went into overtime. First they received one minute, then after nothing happened, they received two thirty second rounds. In the first thirty seconds Levi gained 3 points, and in the second thirty Hall gained one more point. This did not help in this case. At the end of the match the score was 4-2. Levi is a junior this year and his season record is 38-1.

If you would like to see our James River wrestlers compete again, join us at James River High School on the 9th of February. James River will be competing in regions at 9:30 a.m.  Their opponents will be, Appomattox County, Chatham, Dan River, Floyd County, Fort Chiswell, Glenvar, Martinsville, Radford. Come and support our wrestlers.

Heritage Invitational 2/02/2019

By Erin Walker and Tessa Jones

Last Saturday, February 2nd, the James River Knights traveled to Lynchburg to compete in the 2019 Heritage Invitational. This was the Knights’ last regular season meet, and many season bests were run! There was fierce competition, allowing the Knights to run against teams that were not normally seen during the regular season and to drop time on their own events.

The first event, the 55m dash, was run with four entries: Erin Walker, Ella Wright, Brenna Alls, and Rachael Hix. Walker placed sixth with a time of 7.77 seconds, Wright ran a season’s best time of 8.42 seconds and placed 31st, Alls ran a season’s best of 8.50 seconds and placed 33rd, and Hix also ran a season’s best of 8.51 seconds and placed 34th.

The Knights entered four runners into the 55m hurdles: Reagan Hester, Nikki Kirk, Holly Hylton, and Catherine Amos. Hester ran a season’s best time of 10.32 seconds and placed 8th, Kirk placed 12th with a time of 10.87 seconds, Hylton ran a season’s best time of 11.05 seconds and place 14th, and Amos also ran a season’s best of 11.58 seconds, earning her 19th place.

The 4x800m relay took off with Katelyn Wiley leading the Knights in the first leg of the race. Wiley handed off to Kayla Myers, who handed off to Catherine Amos, and gave the baton the final runner, Abbagail Link. The ladies placed 2nd place with a time of 11:15.02.

Kayla Myers was the lone entry for River in the 1600m. She ran 6:25.20, earning her 8th place overall.

Katelyn Wiley and Holly Hylton ran the 500m for River. Wiley placed third running 1:27.20, running a season’s best and qualifying for states. Hylton ran 1:42.51, earning 13th place.  

There were two entries for the Knights in the 1000m run. Catherine Amos took 8th place with a time of 3:54.51, and Tessa Jones placed 11th running 4:00.83.

In the 300m run, Erin Walker, Morgan Marshall, and Ella Wright competed for River. Walker earned 9th place with a time of 46.33 seconds, Marshall placed 16th running 47.96 seconds, and Wright placed 39th with a time of 53.94 seconds.  

Katelyn Wiley was the only high jumper for the Knights, jumping for the first time in her track career. Wiley high jumped 4-08.00 feet, placing 9th and qualifying her for the state meet.

Long jumping for River was Holly Hylton, Rachael Hix, and Morgan Marshall. Hylton jumped 14-00.50 feet and placed 22nd, Hix jumped 12-01.75 and placed 38th, and Marshall jumped 12-01.50, placing 39th.

Katelyn Wiley, Morgan Marshall, and Rachael Hix triple jumped for the Knights. Wiley placed second with a jump of 35-11.50 feet, also qualifying her for states. Marshall placed 19th with a jump of 28-02.00 feet, and Hix placed 20th, jumping 27-11.00 feet.

The 55m dash was run by four of the Knights: Ian Hester, Isaac Worseley, Gabe Sebastino, and Kahlique White. Hester placed 24th with a run of 7.16 seconds, Worseley ran 7.25 seconds and placed 27th, Sebastino ran 7.61 seconds placing 44th, and White ran 7.62 seconds, earning him 46th place.

In the 55m hurdles, Evan Akers placed 16th overall running 10.31 seconds.

In the 4x800m relay, Daniel Holter started off for the Knights. He handed off to Anthony Etzler, who passed the baton to Camden Powell, who then handed off to Jacob Hill to finish for River. The boys placed fourth with a time of 9:47.30.

For the 4x200m relay, Gabe Sebastino started off with the baton for the Knights. He handed off to Kahlique White, who handed off to Isaac Worseley, who had the final handoff to Ian Hester. They boys ran 1:47.52 placing fourth overall.

Anthony Etzler and Camden Powell ran the 1600m race. Etzler placed sixth overall running 5:18.63, and Powell placed ninth with a time of 5:25.63.

For the 500m run, Daniel Holter, Evan Akers, and Owen Krisnitski ran for River. Holter ran 1:22.39, running a season’s best and placing 14th, Akers placed 16th with a time of 1:24.02, and Krisnitski placed 17th running 1:24.08.

Jacob Hill was the only male entry in the 1000m run. He placed 21st with a time of 3:37.44.

In the 300m run, Ian Hester and Kahlique White represented the Knights. Hester placed 13th running 42.17 seconds, and White ran 43.88 seconds placing 26th.

Long jumping for River was Isaac Worsley and Kahlique White. Worsley placed 14th with a season’s best jump of 18-03.25 feet, and White placed 24th with a jump of 17-06.25 feet.  

Isaac Worseley and Kahlique White also triple jumped for the Knights. Worsley triple jumped another season’s best of 38-10.25 feet placing sixth, and White triple jumped 36-07.00 feet placing tenth.

The Heritage Invitational was the last regular season meet for the Knights. River will compete in the Regional next Friday, February 15th, at Roanoke College before the State Meet the week after.

Who's Making the Most Money in Sports Today?

By Brooke Moran

If you play in the NFL, then you are making bank. It’s as simple as that. Professional football has the highest paying salary out of any sport, and it makes sense too. Football players get cleat and shoe contracts, Gatorade and Powerade sponsorships, clothes endorsements like Nike and Under Armour, and just about anything else you can think of. Some might think, “What about baseball, or basketball, or MMA wrestling? Those have to be just as popular,” and they are. Let’s break down how much money your favorite sport is making. These sports are also listed highest to lowest revenue according to Marketwatch.

#1 National Football League (NFL)

The National Football League (known as the NFL) has the highest revenue out of all sports. All together, the NFL tops out at about 13 billion dollars in revenue. They are the highest money making professional sport in the world. Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, has the highest paying salary of any NFL player. The prior player who held the salary record was set by Matt Ryan, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers revenue tops out at $33.5 million, and before he is done, the Packers would have paid him over $80 million dollars throughout a twelve month period.

#2 Major League Baseball (MLB)

Major League Baseball (MLB) is ranked number two on this list. In 2017, Major League Baseball broke a record, the revenue exceeding 10 billion dollars. In 2018, Mike Trout, a center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels, is the current highest paid athlete. His 2018 paycheck tops in around 36 billion dollars. One of the reasons why is he paid this much is because Trout signed a six year contract with the Angles in March of 2014. Clayton Kershaw is the second place contender of who is paid the most in the MLB. The pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he made around 34 billion dollars in 2018.

#3 The Premier League Football Association (FA)

The Premier League Football Association, also known as FA, falls third on this list. The revenue they brought in for 2018 reached around 6.5 billion dollars. The FA is a football (soccer) association out of England and Wales. Alexis Sanchez, a forward who plays for Manchester United, is the highest paid athlete. He is paid 21.5 million dollars annually and signed a five-year contract worth 81.9 million pounds (106.9 american dollars). The team Manchester United contains three players that are some of the highest paid athletes in the association.

#4 National Basketball Association (NBA)

Coming in fourth on this list is the National Basketball Association, or NBA. The NBA's revenue tops out at around 6 billion dollars. Stephen Curry is probably one of the most renowned NBA players. He is a two-time MVP who plays for the Golden State Warriors in a point guard position. Curry is also the highest paid NBA player in 2018, his salary topped out at 34 million dollars. Curry also signed on a 5-year 200 million dollar contract and is signed until 2022. He surpassed LeBron James’s salary of $33 million dollars in 2018. Curry and James go back and forth over who is the highest paid NBA player in the game. James doesn't sit that far behind Curry because they are going neck and neck over who is the “richest” player in the NBA. People fear James will surpass Curry on this status because James is in cooperation with Nike and Kia, which has nothing to do with basketball, but it is still money towards their revenue.

#5 National Hockey League (NHL)

Finally, we have the National Hockey League (NHL). While the NHL does not make an insane amount of money, it is still so much fun to watch. For the 2017-18 season, the National Hockey League hit a record of 25 million dollars in revenue, which was higher than what it was in the previous seasons. Connor McDavid, a captain for the Edmonton Oilers, is the highest paid NHL player. His revenue tops out at 19 million dollars for his 2018 season. Another thing about McDavid is he is the youngest Oilers captain at the young age of 19. No one has ever been a captain at that young of an age on the Oilers NHL team.

The list can of course go on and on about who makes the most money and why because everything is always changing. People can be dropped, sign new contracts, get hurt; there's so many different things that can happen. This being said, most athletes do center who they are going to play with around money and how much they get paid. The more money you offer, the better chance of getting that said athlete.

Upcoming- James River Softball Season

By Cameron Hildebrand

The James River softball team is starting up their season. Since tryouts are not for another three weeks, they have been hard at work at open-gyms almost twice a week.

The rest of the open gym schedule consists of:

  • Tuesday, February 5th

  • Thursday, February 7th

  • Tuesday, February 12th

  • Thursday, February 14th

Tryouts begin on:

  • February 19th and last until the 21st, from 4-6 p.m.

Anyone with a physical and concussion meeting is welcome! The Knights are looking forward to a successful season. Their stats from last year were pretty impressive. The team had several members make the All-State, All-Region, and All-District teams. The teams with James River’s softball team members are underlined.

The All-State of 2018 is below. This team is selected by a group of coaches within the state of Virginia.

First Team:

P- Sabrina Foltz- Page Co.- Junior

P- Logyn Estes- Madison Co.- Junior

P- Mac Osborne- Richlands- Sophomore

C- Autumn Bailey- East Rockingham- Junior

1B- McKenna Falwell- Nottoway- Junior

2B- Hannah Johnson- Madison Co.- Soph.

3B- Chelsea Trenary- Clarke Co.- Senior

SS- Abigail Barber- Maggie Walker- Senior

DP/Flex- Jenna Wade- Union- Senior

OF- Kaitlyn Rather- Amelia Co.- Senior

OF- Brooklynn Fridley- Page Co.- Junior

OF- Cameron Hildebrand- James River- Jun.

OF- Madison Varney- Lebanon- Junior

UTL- Sydney Bailey- John Battle- Senior

Player of the Year- Mac Osborne- Richlands

Coach of the Year- Alan Knight- Page Co.

Second Team:

P- Jenna Evans- King William

P- Kaleigh Hackett- Appomattox Co.

P- Morgan Hamm- Lebanon

C- McKenzie Reams- Goochland

1B- Emily Gormus- Buckingham Co.

2B- Leah Caldwell- Appomattox Co.

3B- Tatum Dye- Lebanon

SS- Denisha Megginson- Appomattox Co.

DP/Flex- Lydia Taylor- Glenvar

OF- Ryann Vermillion- Nottoway

OF- Mary Beth Strickler- Buffalo Gap

OF- Cortney Rawes- Appomattox Co.

OF- Raelyn McGarry- Nelson Co.

UTL- Lacey Lucado- James River

This is the Three Rivers All-District of 2018. This team is voted on within the coaches of James River’s district.

First Team:

Emily Cook- Carroll County- Senior

Abby Cox- Floyd County- Senior

Bailey Cox- Radford- Senior

Laken Crockett- Carroll County- Junior

Charli Dietz- Radford- Sophomore

Morgan Harris- Floyd County- Freshman

Cameron Hildebrand- James River- Junior

Lacey Lucado- James River- Freshman

Lakota Lucado- James River- Sophomore

Maddie Martinez- Glenvar- Freshman

Lydia Taylor- Glenvar- Freshman

Katherine Ward- Glenvar- Junior

Amy Whitlow- Floyd County- Sophomore

Olivia Yates- Floyd County- Freshman

Player of the Year- Olivia Yates- Floyd County

Coach of the Year- Scott Thompson- Floyd County

Second Team:

Olivia Adams- Glenvar- Sophomore

Kerri Beyer- Alleghany- Sophomore

Sara Faust- James River- Senior

Allison Graham- Alleghany- Junior

Alana Hodge- Radford- Senior

Scarlet Janey- Giles- Sophomore

Bailee Leitch- Alleghany- Junior

Alex Meredith- Carroll County- Senior

Makayla McGuire- Giles- Junior

Savannah Perkins- Giles- Senior

Courtney Raines- Glenvar- Freshman

Kailey Reed- Radford- Freshman

Maisie Rodgers- Radford- Freshman

Kaitlin Simmons- James River- Senior

Honorable Mention:

Trinity Adams- Radford

Gracie Conner- Alleghany

Tiohna Eades- Radford

Deborah Eads- Giles

Chloe Easter- Carroll County

Josey Lackey- James River

Katie McKenzie- Carroll County

Evie Melvin- James River

Erin Peery- James River

McKenzie Pulliam- Glenvar

Lexie Rader- Radford

Tiara Reed- Floyd County

MaKenna Shearer- Glenvar

Taylor Spangler- Carroll County

Hannah Westbrook- Giles

Makena Williams- Giles

The All-Region 2C 2018 is below. It is voted on by a group of coaches within the 2C region.

First Team:

P- Olivia Yates- Floyd County- Fresh.

P- Kaleigh Hackett- Appomattox- Soph.

P- Haley Drew- Appomattox- Senior

C- Maddie Driscoll- Appomattox- Junior

1B- Emily Gormus- Buckingham- Senior

2B- Leah Caldwell- Appomattox- Soph.

3B- Shaniya Johnson- Appomattox- Soph.

SS- Denisha Meggison- Appomattox- Senior

OF- Courtney Rawes- Appomattox- Junior

OF- Cameron Hildebrand- James River- Jun.

OF- Raelyn McGarry- Nelson County- Senior

OF- Bailee Cox- Radford- Senior

UTL- Lacey Lucado- James River- Freshman

DO/Flex- Lydia Taylor- Glenvar- Freshman

Player of the Year- Raelyn McGarry- Nelson County

Coach of the Year-Janet Rawes- Appomattox

Second Team:

P- Kaitlin Simmons- James River- Senior

P- Katie Thomas- Gretna- Junior

P- Leah Caldwell- Appomattox- Sophomore

C- Riley Nuckles- Dan River

1B- Evie Melvin- James River- Junior

2B- Amy Whitlow- Floyd County- Soph.

3B- Scarlett Janet- Giles- Sophomore

SS- Charli Dietz- Radford- Sophomore

OF- Abby Mann- Appomattox- Freshman

OF- Lakota Lucado- James River- Soph.

OF- Abby Cox- Floyd County- Senior

OF- Sara Faust- James River- Senior

UTL- McKenzie Harmon- Fort Chiswell

DO/Flex- MacKayla McGuire- Giles

The Knights ended their 2017-18 season with a record of 14-9 while winning nine of their last thirteen games. They also had the privilege to make it to the state tournament. The Knights have six seniors this season and are looking forward to being successful. These seniors include: Cameron Hildebrand #4, Josey Lackey #12, Anna Schroeder #16, Erin Peery #20, Alyson McCullough #25, and Evie Melvin #31.

The team is also looking for official sponsors this upcoming season and would love to announce your business at home games! Check out the form on the website.

JRHS Swim Team Starts New Tradition: Swim an Hour for Charity

By Ian DeHaven and Adaline Bisese

Swimmers capping up and strapping on goggles for the swim. Photo by Adaline Bisese.

Swimmers capping up and strapping on goggles for the swim. Photo by Adaline Bisese.

The James River Swim Team recently got together at Hollins University on January 22nd to raise money to be donated to a to-be-decided breast cancer research foundation.

This was not a typical fundraiser though. Instead of selling things, knocking on doors, or even the usual fundraiser of a chicken barbecue, the entire James River Swim Team did laps for an hour straight in a “marathon swim,” raising money from donors for each lap completed, 10% of which will go on to be the team’s donation to a breast cancer research foundation.

The marathon swim began with a motivational talk from Head Coach Kevin Franceschini, or “Coach Fran” as team members have dubbed him. To get the swimmers ready to push themselves for the team’s charitable goal, he invited everyone to imagine that they were stranded in the ocean, two miles from the nearest beach. With only a whistle blow later, the swimmers were off.

Swimmers hearing some final thoughts from the coaches before beginning the hour-long swim. Photo by Adaline Bisese

Swimmers hearing some final thoughts from the coaches before beginning the hour-long swim. Photo by Adaline Bisese

Some swimmers did freestyle stroke until they could go no longer and had to switch strokes. Others swapped equipment such as flippers or kickboards into their routine to keep the hour from being too repetitive. Every swimmer in the pool had their own style for completing this challenging new tradition.

When asked why he substituted this for the barbecue, Coach Fran said this about the swim:  “Bring cancer awareness, fundraiser for cancer awareness to go towards a cancer foundation. Plus, students should be doing projects in highschool -- colleges look for that on applications. If you’re going to apply to college, a lot of times, colleges want to know other things you have done, other works.”

Assistant Coach Diane Nguyen echoed a similar sentiment about the purpose of the swim, and was touched  “seeing all of the swimmers united and doing something that benefits something so powerful to [her] and many members of the team; all with smiles on their faces.”

Veteran and rookie swimmers alike also weighed in positively on the decision to change up the yearly routine and do a marathon swim. Katie Keith, 12, was more than eager to raise money to fight cancer following her father’s recent successful battle versus the disease. She also felt like it was closer to what the team does in competition than selling barbecue.

Landyn White, 12, said: “It may not be as special to me as others, but this marathon swim was a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause while challenging ourselves and having fun as a team.” Summer Williamson, 11, agreed by saying, “The marathon swim was fun. I found it really enjoyable because there was no pressure to swim fast, so I just powered through the hour.” These two alone would go on to swim 5350 yards, or 107 laps -- earning money towards cancer research with every stroke in the pool. And that’s just two swimmers out of sixteen!

This marathon swim also comes in the wake of the team’s inaugural meet at the Botetourt YMCA. After seven years of swimming at Hollins, it looks like the swim team is ready to move on into the outstanding new YMCA facility located in Daleville. To “break it in,” James River swimmers participated in the first meet ever held at that location.

On moving to the YMCA, Coach Fran said, “Who wouldn’t be excited? The brand new facility with all new touchpads, all new electronics. It should be our training pool next year for LB and us.” Katie Keith was similarly excited about this new opportunity for the James River Swim Team, even though she is graduating. What with the more-centralized location of the Daleville YMCA, transportation for not only veteran swimmers but also possible newcomers will be much more convenient, allowing the swim team to grow in the years to come.

The swim team will move forward with the funds raised from this marathon swim and the excitement of their recent meet at the YMCA to their “Swim for the Cure” meet on January 25th, where they will be wearing coordinated neon pink caps. Following that, the team goes to the Regional Championship in early February, and States on February 14th.

Though the season may seem close to wrapping up, the James River Swim Team isn’t losing any momentum whatsoever with all of its recent advancements and exciting news. With the way things have gone for the team this year, the JR Knightly News predicts this certainly is not the last we will hear about them before the season reaches its end, and for good reason.

The Problems with Football

By Adaline Bisese

Football is played by millions of young men and boys every day in the United States. It can be played both recreationally and professionally at any skill level and has been embedded in our culture for decades, but has its bad side.

The sport, football, originated as a set of rule changes to rugby, making the football known to most Americans actually a cross between rugby and soccer. Because of rugby’s even more violent, unsafe nature, rules were put in place that coincide with some of the rules of soccer. After a series of petitions for officialized rule changes, the sport known as American Football was created in the 1880s. Athletic clubs began recognizing the sport. This inspired many of the clubs to form their own teams. By the end of the 1880s, competition in the football world grew. Due to this new found competitiveness, teams began scouting the best player to join their teams. This lead to the first paid athlete in the football world. John Brallier was the first player to be paid for his participation in a football game, receiving ten dollars for one game. The popularity of the sport grew in the years that followed.

Today, millions of people both play and watch the sport. ESPN suggests that the median age for professional players of the sport is 26 years of age. This doesn’t become an issue until the players start younger. When searching ‘what age to start playing football’ the first result from Linkedin, recommends that children start between the ages of three to five. Kids between the ages of three to five are unlikely to know how to read or write. They are still growing, meaning if a bone is broken during this period of their lives then it might affect a growth plate that could cause future pain. In addition to the likelihood of physical injury, the children playing are not old enough to make a decision based on their own preference.

Football players are at high risk of concussion. Concussions happen when a player's brain bounces against their skull. In severe enough concussions, brain cells can be destroyed. Symptoms present with concussions are usually headaches, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness, and sometimes seizures. For players affected by concussions, loss of valuable class time due to the injury has the potential to negatively alter their academic performance. In some cases, continued poor academic performance can result in being cut from the football team.

Although football players are required to wear certain approved equipment, it is not as protective as it seems. The football helmet can prevent some types of head injury, but not necessarily concussions. Football helmets have to be fitted to each player to reduce the risk of severe head injury. In reality, many players on high school levels do not have the funding or time to fit each player individually. This can lead to a higher chance of brain injury.

CTE is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head trauma. CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, affects the brain and is similar to dementia. It has symptoms such as paranoia, memory loss, irritability, and confusion. Signs of this illness can show at any time in a person’s life but tend to become present in their thirties, forties, and fifties. Because of the tendency to be hit by others, the majority of people suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are football players. This means that the earlier in life a person begins playing football and the longer they play the sport for, the more likely they are to develop the condition. CTE can only be truly diagnosed by looking at a suspected sufferer’s brain after death.

Along with the risk of head injury, football players also run the risk of other sports-related injuries. Football is the cause of 215,000 emergency room visits according to a Sanford Children’s Health study. The uniforms worn by players do have padding in them, but there is room for improvement. There is not much protection for players’ necks, arms, or legs. These places are also more prone to injury than others.

The sport, football, is very popular in the United States due to its origin. Its popularity means millions both play and watch the sport yearly. Although it is well known, its side effects are not. Lack of funding, risk of concussions, and variety of age groups participating in the sport drastically increase the likelihood of long term and short term injury. For those who play long term, the possibility is ever more present. Football might be popular, but it is not the safest sport out there.

Boys Basketball v. Glenvar

By Alyson McCullough and Brooke Moran

Week of January 22nd

For any athletic team, there are those couple of teams that are always tough to beat, but the games are very good and well played. Well, for the James River Knights, the Glenvar Highlanders are one of those teams in every sport the school plays. These two teams are very strong contenders in the Three Rivers District. When watching these two teams play, it is sure to be a very competitive game. Spectators are never sure who is going to win, but they are aware that it will be a close, eventful game. Then, when the Knights play the Highlanders again later in the season, the team who lost is ready to fight back and is ready to get their revenge and take the win.

On January 2nd, 2019, the James River High School boys basketball teams traveled to Glenvar High School. The junior varsity starters for the first match between James River and Glenvar were Ryan Steger, Isaiah Moran, Cole Miller, Heath Andrews, and Jacob Alderson. After a close, hard-fought game, the junior varsity boys came out on top in the last few minutes of the game and won with a final score of 42-35. Eighth-grader Ryan Steger, who is one of two eighth graders, lead his team with twenty-one points scored for the night.

The starters for James River varsity boys for their game against the Highlanders were River Clonch, Walker Andrews, Patrick Clevenger, Devin Cheatwood, and Owen Marshall. Sophomore Walker Andrews led the Knights in points scored with sixteen for the night, four of his six shots were three-pointers. The game was close and James River continuously held the lead, but the Highlanders were determined to win and continued to fight until the very last second, literally. James River lost the game at the buzzer because of a layup made by the Glenvar Highlanders. The final score of the game was 39-41, a true heartbreaker for the Knights.

On January 22, 2019, the Glenvar boys traveled to James River High School for the second round of games. For the junior varsity team, the starters were Heath Andrews, Isaiah Moran, Cole Miller, Jacob Alderson, and Jake Braun. Isaiah Moran, a sophomore captain, led the team in scores with eleven points within the last two minutes of the junior varsity game. Sophomore Jacob Alderson received five fouls and ultimately fouled out of the game. The boys took this game into overtime after being tied 25-25. The Knights pulled out a win in overtime 25-29.

James River High School’s varsity boys were out for blood because of the tragic loss of the last game against Glenvar, so they came out ready to fight, especially on their home court. The game started with Will Miller, River Clonch, Walker Andrews, Devin Cheatwood, and Patrick Clevenger on the floor. For the entirety of the game, it was a close score and both teams continued to switch off with who held the lead. Walker Andrews clung tight to his reputation of scoring the most points for the team, scoring twenty points during this game, four of the eight shots being three-pointers. River Clonch held the second place position with five points scored, one three-pointer and one two-pointer. After the hard-fought game, James River fell short with a final score of 41-30, resulting in a victory for the Glenvar Highlanders.

On January 24th, 2019, the James River Knight's played Giles High School. The starters for the junior varsity game were Isaiah Moran, Heath Andrews, Jake Braun, Jacob Alderson, and Cole Miller. Eighth-grader Ryan Steger led the team scoring eighteen points. The junior varsity team pulled out a win over Giles 58-34. For the varsity team, this game was senior night. James River has seven seniors on their team this year. The starters were Patrick Clevenger, Devin Cheatwood, River Clonch, Walker Andrews, and Will Miller. The Knights and Spartans stayed head-to-head the entire game, but the Knights pulled out a win 63-51. The team has won both games, home and away, against the Spartans.

The Knights will host Radford High School on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019. The junior varsity games will start at 5:30 pm and the varsity boys games will start at 7:00 pm. Then, on Friday, February 1st, 2019, both boys teams will hit the road and travel to Floyd County High School to play at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Admissions are five dollars at James River and concessions are available. Please come support your James River Knights at their upcoming games. See you there!

Roanoke College Maroons High School Invitational

By Erin Walker and Tessa Jones

Last Wednesday, January 9th, the Knights traveled to Roanoke College to compete in the Roanoke College Maroons High School Invitational against seventeen other teams. Some of River’s biggest rivalries, including Glenvar High School, Lord Botetourt, and Auburn, were at the meet, ensuring a strong performance from all of the athletes as they faced the same competition that they would race against in the region and state meet.

The meet kicked off with the 4x800 meter relay. The Knights placed third with a strong start from Katelyn Wiley as the first leg of the race. She handed off to Kayla Myers, who then handed off to Tessa Jones, who passed off the baton to the anchor, Abbagail Link. They finished with a time of 10:57.48, a season’s best time.  

Next ran the 55 meter hurdles. Entered in this race was Catherine Amos, Reagan Hester, and Holly Hylton. Amos ran 11.93 seconds, a season’s best, and took seventeenth place. Hester ran 10.74 seconds, earning her eighth place. Hylton ran 11.67 seconds, taking sixteenth place and running a season’s best time.

The 55 meter dash took to the track after the hurdles, with Rachael Hix and Ella Wright running for River. Hix ran 8.62 seconds and placed eleventh with a season’s best time. Wright ran 8.69 seconds, placing twelfth with a season’s best time.

The 4x200 meter relay was next up with Rachael Hix, Ella Wright, Morgan Marshall, and Erin Walker running for the Knights. The relay placed second with a time of 2:01.18.

The 1600 meter run was next with Kayla Myers and Abbagail Link as the only entries for the Knights. Myers ran 6:19.57, placing tenth with a season’s best time. Link ran 6:12.08, earning her ninth place.

The 500 meter run was after the mile with Bridgette West and Holly Hylton of River displaying strong performances. West ran a season’s best time of 1:33.44, placing ninth. Hylton also ran a season’s best time of 1:34.72, placing eleventh.  

Next, the 1000 meter run was on the track with Katelyn Wiley and Catherine Amos running for River. Wiley ran a season’s best time of 3:29, running a state qualifying time and a second place finish. Amos also ran a season’s best time of 3:37.09, placing fourth.

Following the 1000, the 300 meter run took to the track. Erin Walker, Rachael Hix, and Morgan Marshall competed in this event for the Knights. Walker ran 45.43 seconds, running a season’s best time and placing fifth. Hix ran a season’s best time of 50.18 seconds, placing 16th, and Marshall also ran a season’s best time of 46.81 seconds, earning her eighth place.

Finally, the last event of the day, the 4x400 meter relay, was cleared for takeoff. Running for the Knights was Brenna Alls, Tatum Martin, Bridgette West, and Katelyn Wiley. The ladies ran 4:38.96, placing fourth.

Throughout the meet, jumping events took place on the inside of the track. Rachael Hix and Morgan Marshall both triple and long jumped for River. Hix long jumped 12-10 feet, a season’s best jump, and placed tenth, while Marshall also long jumped a season’s best jump with 13-7, placing eighth. Hix triple jumped a season’s best jump with a length of 28-0.25, placing ninth. Marshall triple jumped 30-9.75, also a season’s best, and placed sixth.

The boys team also had a great meet last Wednesday, with Evan Akers kicking it off for the boys in the 55m hurdles. He ran a season’s best time of 10.37. Akers continues to improve with every run!

Next up for the Knights was the 55 meter dash with Ian Hester, Gabe Sebastino and Kahlique White all competing for James River. White ran a time of 7.64 and placed twenty-sixth, while Hester ran a season’s best with a time of 7.02 and placed fifth. Sebastino also ran a season's best with a time of 7.46 and placed nineteenth overall.

After the 55 meter dash was the 4x200 relay, comprised of Hester, Akers, White and Sabastino. The boys proved that this was a winning combination and ran a time of 1:43.9, winning their heat and taking fourth place overall.

In the boy’s 1600m run, Anthony Etzler and Camden Powell both competed for the Running Knights. Etzler ran a 5:16.69, winning him tenth place overall. Powell was right behind him, running a time of 5:20.25 and winning twelfth place overall.

Next up was the 500 meter dash, a close race for the James River boys. Owen Krisnitski and Akers both competed, staying with each other the whole way and both running season’s bests. Akers ran a time of 1:20.04 while Krisnitski ran a time of 1:20.36, placing them in eleventh and thirteenth place.

After the 500 meter was the boy’s 1000 meter run: five laps around the track. River had three people compete in the 1000: Daniel Holter, James Voight and Jacob Hill. Holter ran a time of 3:06.59 and placed eleventh overall. Voight, a freshman, ran a time of 3:21.95 and placed twenty-third overall. Hill also competed for River and ran a time of 3:34.69 and placed thirty-first.

Following the 500 meter was the 300 meter dash and in it for River was Hester, Sebastino and Kahlique, all running season’s bests. Hester finished ninth overall with a time of 39.85. Sebastino finished with a time of 41.95 and White finished with a time of 43.26.

To finish off the running events, Holter, Hill, Voight and Krisnitski ran the boys 4x400 relay. The boys ran a time of 4:20.43 and finished eleventh overall, a solid place and time.

The James River throwers had a successful Wednesday at Roanoke College also. Logan Williamson won first place with a throw of 49-04.25. Deacon Paivanas threw 41-11.5 and placed fifth overall. Jeremiah Albert won seventh place and threw 39-10.00.

River’s jumpers also gave amazing performances last Wednesday at the Maroon HIgh School Invitational. In high jump, Krisnitski jumped a season’s best of 5 feet, winning him seventh place. In long jump, Hester jumped a length of 17-04.75, while Isaac Worseley and White jumped 16-02.5 and 14-10.00. Lastly in triple jump, Worsley jumped a season’s best of 36-00.75 and Hester jumped a 34-00.25, earning them fourth and ninth place.