2017-09-06 / Announcements


JAMES HASKINS JAMES HASKINS River City Sportsplex to host Shooting Stars through 2022

River City Sportsplex will be home to the Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament through 2022, thanks to a recently signed contract extension with the event’s organizer. The six-year agreement will make the Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament the largest multi-year contract signed in the facility’s history.

Shooting Star is a competitive youth field hockey tournament showcase, featuring club teams, travel teams and individual player “house” teams in age groups U12 through U19. Teams come from across the country to play in this three-day event for top-level competition and visibility in front of 170-plus NCAA collegiate coaches. The Shooting Star tournament has been held at River City Sportsplex the last two years.

The Shooting Star tournament is put on by College Connection, a growing group of local, regional and national tournament organizers who have recently signed future tournament contracts with River City Sportsplex. The Shooting Star tournament holds the title as the largest field hockey tournament in Chesterfield County with 174 teams competing in the tournament in 2016. For the 2017 event, Shooting Star is expected to have a full tournament slate of 186 teams. The Shooting Star Tournament returns to River City Sportsplex Nov. 24-26.


Richmond Animal League (RAL) wrapped up the seventh annual Calendar Contest on Saturday, Aug. 26, with a Countdown Party. Over 200 community members came out to celebrate the 117 Calendar Contest contestants who entered and raised funds for the last two months. Over $43,000 was raised for the animals at RAL, and each of the 13 top fundraisers will get a one-month spread in the 2018 RAL calendar.

In April, conservator Sharon Norquest worked to restore the county’s old courthouse bell, which dates to 1749. 
JAMES HASKINS In April, conservator Sharon Norquest worked to restore the county’s old courthouse bell, which dates to 1749. JAMES HASKINS Education

Three Chesterfield County Public Schools educators recently were named state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The Presidential Award is the highest honor a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Two finalists in the outstanding science teacher competition teach at James River High: Tara Brunyansky and Tim Couillard. Elisa Tedona, who taught at Salem Church Middle last year and is serving as dean of students at James River High this year, is a finalist for the mathematics recognition. National winners will be announced later this school year.

Virginia State University has been awarded $26,675 through the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) program. VSU’s Small Farm Resource Center is one of five collaborative efforts recognized by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that focus on the specific needs of their regions by facilitating significant involvement from the private sector, economic development agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, nonprofits, local leaders and governmental officials.


The community is asked to join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in preserving Chesterfield County history. In celebration of the Centennial of the 1917 Courthouse, the old courthouse bell, which dates from 1749 (three years older than the Liberty Bell), was restored and will be displayed at the county museum in October, and a replacement bell will be installed in the courthouse bell tower. At every Chesterfield County Library branch there is a donation jar to collect pennies (or nickels, dimes or quarters) to help preserve this unique part of the county’s heritage. For more about Pennies for the Bell and other plans for the Centennial of the 1917 Courthouse, visit

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