High school football returns in Virginia

The 2020 season was delayed on account of the pandemic, but that campaign finally kicked off on Monday night for a handful of teams throughout the commonwealth.

Lewis prepares for first game as Varina’s head coach

Eight local teams chase state titles this week

  Skyhawk hoops teams soar into state tournament

  Strong showing from Edmonds leads Hopewell to Region 3A title

  L.C. Bird sweeps boys and girls 5B Region titles

  Area teams punch tickets to region championship games

Continued Coverage

  After early playoff bounce, hungry Springers return to field

  High school hoops playoffs tip off

  Defending state champ Hopewell returns to football field

  After long wait, high school football teams open official practices

  Midlothian’s Olds commits to Virginia Tech

  Cosby High School rallies to support Special Olympics

  Hanover County moving forward with fall sports in February

Hanover County Public Schools will move forward with the high school fall sports season that will begin in February, which includes high school football, the school system announced on Thursday.

  Hanover’s Wells gets Super Bowl shot

Josh Wells, an offensive tackle now in his seventh NFL season, will take the field in the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday. He played high school football at Hanover and went on to star at James Madison.

  Fletcher set for new challenge at Richard Bland

Mills Godwin's John Fletcher was announced as the first head baseball coach at Richard Bland this week, as the Statesmen start up their program. He’s led Godwin baseball since 2012, part of a 19 year career in high school dugouts in the area.

  Richmond Public Schools cancel fall sports season

Richmond Public Schools have cancelled this school year’s fall sports seasons, according to several members of the athletic department staff. Fall sports practices can begin on February 4 in accordance with VHSL guidelines.

  L.C. Bird’s Manns hits 200 win milestone

  Dinwiddie’s Pope on national championship stage

VHSL gives update on high school sports

  VHSL basketball season tips off

  Benedictine Schools unveil new McMurtrie-Reynolds Pavilion

Petersburg opts to cancel winter sports

  Hopewell’s Henderson officially a Buckeye

The nation’s top running back in the Class of 2021 signed his national letter of intent to continue his career at Ohio State. He’ll enroll early, departing for Columbus on January 4.

  Five Highland Springs football players sign to Division I programs

Kelvin Gilliam, Damond Harmon, Jamareeh Jones, Jordan Jackson and Jabari Parker all signed their names on the dotted line on Wednesday morning.

VHSL to require mask during competition, practice for most sports

The Virginia High School League will require most sports to follow Virginia Department of Health recommendations advising student-athletes to wear masks at all times, including during practices and competitions, the league announced on Thursday night.

  Life Christian’s Carter to continue career at UVA

Bryce Carter verbally committed to Virginia this week, picking the Cavaliers out of about 20 Division I offers.

  Henrico student-athletes rally to bring winter sports back

Despite revised restrictions for sporting events across the Commonwealth, student-athletes in Henrico County will not have to worry about those guidelines since their winter season was canceled.

  Student reacts to Hanover Co. sport suspension amid COVID-19 spike

Hanover County announced on Friday that it would be sidelining its winter sports just two days before basketball practice was set to begin.

  ASSIST ready to lend hand to student-athletes during pandemic

ASSIST Student-Athletes is a Richmond-based company focused on helping high school student-athletes reach the college level. To date, the group has helped more than 2,100 hopeful collegiate participants make that dream a reality.

  Henrico Schools cancel winter sports citing steep rise in COVID-19 cases

Henrico County Public Schools has canceled sports for the winter, according to a notice released Monday afternoon.

  A new era kicks off at Mechanicsville High School

A new school name, a new team mascot, and, if you ask the players, a new standard are all in place, as Mechanicsville High School was unveiled earlier this fall.

John Marshall’s Wheeler picks Louisville

John Marshall's Roosevelt Wheeler committed to Louisville on Monday, picking the Cardinals over VCU, LSU, NC State and Hampton.

  Glen Allen’s Aiken officially commits to Michigan

Glen Allen pitcher Emerson Aiken signed her national letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career in Ann Arbor on Friday during a ceremony at her home.

How does the governor’s order impact sports? What you need to know

College and high school basketball are among those sports that will be impacted by the amended state guidelines announced on Friday.

Richmond Public Schools will not field winter sports this school year

Richmond Public Schools will not field any winter sports during the 2020-2021 school year, superintendent Jason Kamras announced on Monday evening.

  Burd back on Matoaca varsity bench as head coach

A car accident 15 years ago left Nick Burd paralyzed from the chest down, but his passion for basketball has only grown. Now he takes the reins of the varsity basketball program at his alma mater.

  On the Sidelines- November 6 (Atlee- Siege Performance)

Alec Eberle and Nick Clarke were teammates at Atlee, holding down the Raiders' offensive line. Now they’re teaming up again as partners in the business world.

  On the Sidelines- October 30 (Michael Robinson)

The year was 1997 when Michael Robinson stepped onto the varsity field at Varina for the first time. He just wanted to get a chance to play varsity football, but made an impact from the jump.

High school sports clear to start in December; VHSL releases guidelines

High school sports will start in December as scheduled, but some sports will notice some changes.

  Army the college landing spot for Deep Run’s Kite

Bo Kite says the chance to play FBS football and face a good number of Power Five opponents played a big factor in his decision.

Hopewell’s Walker expected to make UVA debut Saturday

It’s been a long time coming for Hopewell graduate Ronnie Walker, who’s eagerly been awaiting his Virginia debut. He's expected to team up with Wayne Taulapapa and Shane Simpson in the Cavalier backfield.

  On the Sidelines- October 25 (Manchester’s 2018 season)

Entering the 2018 season, Manchester head coach Tom Hall and his staff had an idea that that particular campaign could be pretty special. 38 seniors graced the roster, along with 52 players who saw significant playing time the year before.

  Self-automated cameras will offer Goochland spectators a chance to watch from home

If things go to plan, VHSL sports will get going in about six weeks. When they do, will spectators be permitted? If so, will some family members have to choose between attending a game and feeling safe? One area school is taking steps to make sure that’s not a decision that fans need to make.

  On the Sidelines- October 16 (Pete Mutascio)

Cosby took the field for its first football season in the fall of 2006. Pete Mutascio was the Titans' head coach then and has been ever since.

  On the Sidelines- October 9 (Life Christian Academy)

Life Christian Academy will play a conference schedule in the spring, but the Eagles are also hitting the field in the fall with a five game national schedule.

  Area fall sports teams warming up to adjustments

A season? Sure, but it’s a campaign unlike any other, especially when it comes to competition.

  On the Sidelines- October 2

Sam Rogers spent four years as Hanover's starting quarterback. Now he returns as the Hawks' head coach, hoping to help them soar once again.

  Henderson receives jersey for January All-American Bowl

Hopewell running back TreVeyon Henderson accepted his All-American Bowl jersey on Wednesday night during a virtual unveiling and will play in the January 9 contest.

  Henderson left positive legacy on Deep Run football

Deep Run football players and coaches, as well as the high school community, have spent the last five months trying to heal after Henderson's death in April.

  On the Sidelines- September 18

2014 marked a memorable year for Monacan football featuring many bright spots, along with a few disappointments. Overall, it will go down as the season that flipped the script for the Chiefs' program.

VHSL adopts condensed 2020-2021 schedule

The VHSL executive committee unanimously approved it’s “Championship-Plus One” schedule on Thursday.

  The Clinic aims to get players college looks

It’s an uncomfortable situation for some high school football players: no fall season, while still hoping to earn a college scholarship. Three local coaches are spearheading a hopeful solution.

  ‘Let them play!’: Parents, student-athletes push for immediate return of fall sports

In July, the Virginia High School League (VHSL) announced all fall sports and activities would be delayed until mid-February.

  On the Sidelines- September 11

This week's On the Sidelines zeroes in on the Battle of Chester, one of the best rivalries in our area between L.C. Bird and Thomas Dale.

  On the Sidelines- September 4

While high school football is absent from Central Virginia this fall, we’re still paying tribute to it during On the Sidelines on Fridays on NBC12. This Friday, we re-visit an area high school dynasty.

  Richmond Volleyball Club gives players a chance to hit the court

The pandemic caused sports to grind to a halt back in March, but Richmond Volleyball Club is now back up and running, giving student-athletes a chance to hit the court.

  Trinity grad Coleman makes voice heard at Duke

Even though he’s one of the youngest on the Blue Devils’ roster, he found himself front and center on Thursday afternoon, taking the microphone on campus and sharing his thoughts on racism and injustice.

  On the Sidelines- August 28

While fields are quiet this fall across Virginia, that doesn’t mean we can’t talk some high school football. Throughout the fall, NBC12 will bring you special editions of On the Sidelines on Friday nights, where we’ll look back at some memorable games, seasons, players and performances.

Carroll takes over Director of Student Activities role at Prince George

Bruce Carroll led the Prince George football team to an historic campaign in 2019. Now he’ll oversee the entire Royals’ athletic department.

  Panthers United gives field hockey players a chance to stay sharp

COVID-19 has postponed most fall sports until the spring in Virginia, but some local organizations, such as Panthers United Field Hockey Club, are helping athletes get onto the field.

Benedictine postpones fall football

Benedictine will postpone its fall football season and will look to play in the spring, Cadets head coach Greg Lilly told NBC12 on Monday.

  St. Christopher’s Greene navigates recruiting process through pandemic

The recruiting experience is exciting for high school athletes, though it does present its challenges. Throw in a pandemic into the mix and the challenges can be amplified, but one of the area’s most sought-after recruits in the Class of 2022 is making it a point to enjoy every moment.

  Big Ten postponement doesn’t sour recruits on programs

At least three area high school seniors hold football scholarship offers from Big Ten programs. Two more from the Class of 2022 have also been offered by schools from that conference.

Team Loaded organizing Weekend of Action for community

The Team Loaded Foundation is hoping to give back to 5,000 families this weekend and hopes many in need will take advantage of the event.

With season cancelled, Chili Peppers showcase high school up and coming stars

The tournaments offer players a chance to get back onto the field and showcase their skills to college scouts, both in person and online.

Prince George’s Harding honored as Gatorade Virginia Track Athlete of the Year

Javonte' Harding has been named Gatorade Virginia Track and Field Athlete of the Year on the boys side. He’s the second student-athlete from Prince George to win the honor (John Warren, 2014). The Royals’ senior is now a finalist for the Gatorade national award.

  Dinwiddie football working out with safety measures in place

The Generals are beginning their third week of conditioning and weight training, and are moving forward with caution.

Virginia high schools planning for the unknown this fall

High school athletic departments in Virginia are hoping and planning to start on time in the fall, but at WAHS, they're trying to be ready for any scenario.

VHSL holds off on releasing fall athletic schedule

The VHSL said in a statement that no decisions have been made on sports in the fall.

Eagles draft former Highland Springs athlete, Wallace

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Wallace in the fourth round with the 127th overall pick. He became the second Highland Springs graduate to be picked during the 2020 draft, after Mekhi Becton went 11th overall to the Jets.

  High school seniors see academic, athletic careers come to an end

Seniors at Manchester walked out of the building on March 12, not realizing that it would be their final day of high school. They would get no senior prom, no commencement, no formal chance to say goodbye to classmates and teachers.

  High School Basketball Tournament Central

A number of local teams are marching towards hopeful state championships. Here's a look at area squads still in the hunt.

Thomas Dale’s turnaround season finds Knights in state quarterfinals

Last season, Thomas Dale boys basketball stumbled to a 5-19 record. By March, the Knights had been done playing for a bit, but March of 2020 finds them as one of just 13 area teams left standing in the hunt for a state championship.

  14-year-old world pole sport champion aims to change perception of sport

Cassidy, from King William County, is a world champion pole sport competitor, aside from being a straight-A student. She’s won two world gold medals, since she began training in the sport at nine years old.

Henderson takes No. 1 ranking among 2021 running backs

Henderson has taken the number one spot in ESPN’s running back recruiting rankings for the Class of 2021, which include the best players nationwide. The Blue Devils’ star is also ranked 13th overall among recruits in the class throughout the country.

  Trinity’s Dabney climbing the fencing ranks

Basketball, track and field and lacrosse are all sports that Trinity’s Justin Dabney has taken part in. The junior, however, isn’t afraid to try new things, which is how he stumbled upon his newfound passion.

  James River vs Monacan Womens, Men’s Basketball Highlights

James River vs. Monacan Women’s and Men’s highlights.

Varina born and raised, Blue Devils promote Lewis to head football coach

Marcus Lewis was named the head coach of Varina during a ceremony on Thursday morning at the high school. Lewis is a 2001 graduate of the program, earned all-metro honors as a player and has spent the last 12 years as a Blue Devils assistant coach.

  King William head football coach removed from position

Dylan DeHart has been removed as King William’s head football coach, he confirmed to NBC12 on Wednesday morning.

  Dinwiddie’s Wray goes from first female Dinwiddie football player to semi-pro

Five years ago, Cheyenne Wray decided to give football a try, and now she’s taking her game to the semi-pro level. Wray signed her contract with the River City Sting of the United States Women’s Football League on Tuesday morning.