Tackling the Past and Rushing the Future

Football has never been a point of pride for Glen Allen, until now. Coach Camp and the hardworking players have changed the outlook on what is Glen Allen football.

When Coach Camp first came to Glen Allen from Dayton, Florida three years ago, there were not instant results. Camp previously coached teams in Florida to state titles, but the GA team continued to struggle. But, time is needed to build a winning culture in football, as in any sport. Our Jaguars took on years of hard work, dedication, and also failure to come to this success.

There have been several exciting games for the team this year, including dominating wins such as 34-14 win against Glen Allen’s rival Deep Run and the 35-6 win at Marshall. Senior Donovan Reddick, the …

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All-Star Basketball Season Starts with a Tie

The All-Star basketball season started on Thursday, February 8th with a game again the J.R. Tucker Tigers. The stands were filled with Jags ready to support both teams in the fierce battle.

Senior Jag Kayla Buchanan said that she was “excited to see the school spirit rooting for the All-Stars on the court!”

Before the game began, there was a special performance of the National Anthem, sung by a student. The crowd, which was previously filled with noise and energy, quieted down to listen to her moving performance, cheering and clapping at the conclusion.

The game began with the Tigers taking the first shot, banking it and earning two points. Our Jags tried to follow with a 3-pointer, but missed, allowing the Tigers to score them…

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Powderpuff Comes to Glen Allen with a Surprise Ending

On Wednesday, October 18th, Glen Allen hosted its annual Powderpuff flag football event. Girls from each class got together to form teams and represent their class with Battle of the Classes points on the line! They were coached by volunteers from their class. And, everyone was cheered on by the cheerleaders!

The first game, Seniors vs. Freshmen, ended the closest it has ever been in Glen Allen history. The Freshmen girls held their own against the Seniors, scoring 19 points to the Seniors’ 25 points.

Afterwards, the Juniors vs. Sophomore game ended even closer, with the Juniors persevering by only one point! The friendly competition showcased the comparative team work of the two classes. The game ending 21 to 20 led the Juniors t…

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Glen Allen Kickball Tournament, Let's Kick It

If Glen Allen takes one thing seriously, it’s kickball. It is that time of the year again where the National Honor Society is preparing to hold its annual kickball tournament. This year there are many teams composed of each grade and even a team of only teachers.

The tournament takes place on Saturday, April 27, bright and early at 9:30 a.m. The National Honor Society has been working hard to prepare the players and their team for the upcoming day. Not only did they have to make sure all team names were appropriate for the tournament they also used tie dye on every team’s shirts.

The reigning champs of the 2016 Tournament, Parental Advisory, have entered into the tournament once again and are claiming the title will once again…

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Jags Have a Victorious Start to Baseball Season

 

 

The Glen Allen varsity baseball team has been hard at work with extensive and intense practice in preparation for the upcoming season. Even though the season just officially started (their first game on March 20th against Tucker), they collected victories from all six of their recent games.

Glen Allen has defeated Tucker (6-5), Freeman (2-0), Lee Davis (8-6), Gloucester (13-5), Maggie Walker (2-1), and Henrico (10-1). This has earned them a 3rd-place RVA ranking, falling only behind Benedictine in second and Godwin in first (as of April 6th).

The Jaguars have pulled together a strong team this year, a fact obvious in many of the games on the field. On March 21st, junior Kenny Jackson in his varsity debut ma…

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Tackling the Past and Rushing the Future

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Football has never been a point of pride for Glen Allen, until now. Coach Camp and the hardworking players have changed the outlook on what is Glen Allen football.

When Coach Camp first came to Glen Allen from Dayton, Florida three years ago, there were not instant results. Camp previously coached teams in Florida to state titles, but the GA team continued to struggle. But, time is needed to build a winning culture in football, as in any sport. Our Jaguars took on years of hard work, dedication, and also failure to come to this success.

There have been several exciting games for the team this year, including dominating wins such as 34-14 win against Glen Allen’s rival Deep Run and the 35-6 win at Marshall. Senior Donovan Reddick, the starting Quarterback, says their best game was against Lee-Davis this season, “It was one of our first wins this season; it was where we learned how to battle back and win when we are down at first.” Donovan is very humble about his success, but he was named 804 Varsity player of the week twice this season.

Coach Camp leads a line drill in preparation for the upcoming game Friday. Even though there are many different parts of a football team, the Glen Allen football team is close and connected like a family.

A new surprise this year for the team has been Chris Butler, a star member of the basketball team who now plays wide receiver. Transitioning between sports comes with its difficulties, Chris said. “It wasn’t easy, I’ve been playing basketball for three years, but everyone on the team made it easier for me by supporting and guiding me,” he said. Chris Butler was named All-Region 1st team Wide Receiver.

Now, the football team is 8-2. This is not only the best record in school history, but the first winning record as well. Their only two losses have been against a very strong Monacan team, who is a two seed in the 4A playoff bracket, and a one-point loss to Freeman. All of their wins have not been so close. The closest any team got besides those two losses was in a 14-point victory by Glen Allen against Godwin.

Going into the first playoff game in school history, the Glen Allen team is confident but grounded. Junior Devan Flowers says, “We are working together really well as a team. A lot of these guys have been playing together since freshman year. We went through all the losses like losing 40-0. With all the hard work we’ve put together the past 3 years it is really coming together at a good time.” Devin Flowers was named All-Region 2nd team Line Backer. Glen Allen will play at Atlee on November 9th, and the theme is WHITE-OUT. Come support our Jags!

On a muddy and torn up football field, a receiver falls but is being helped back up by his teammate. The football fields needs constant attention that is provided by Coach J and the maintenance staff.

All-Star Basketball Season Starts with a Tie

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The All-Star basketball season started on Thursday, February 8th with a game again the J.R. Tucker Tigers. The stands were filled with Jags ready to support both teams in the fierce battle.

Senior Jag Kayla Buchanan said that she was “excited to see the school spirit rooting for the All-Stars on the court!”

Before the game began, there was a special performance of the National Anthem, sung by a student. The crowd, which was previously filled with noise and energy, quieted down to listen to her moving performance, cheering and clapping at the conclusion.

The game began with the Tigers taking the first shot, banking it and earning two points. Our Jags tried to follow with a 3-pointer, but missed, allowing the Tigers to score themselves another two points.

The Jags soon claimed the ball and scored their first shot of the game. As the clock reads 3:50 and half of the first quarter is over, Home read four points and the Tigers held six.

“Swish!” exclaimed Mr. Clement, the referee and announcer for the game, as the Jags scored, tying up the game.

As the first quarter came to an end, Home read ten and the Tigers were in the lead with twelve points. As the game transitioned into the second quarter, the GAHS Pep Band played to rally spirit within the players and the crowd.

Fellow senior Olivia Baugham was excited to hear the pep band, and she also was “interested in seeing the cheer team.”

In the second quarter, player #5 from the Tigers quickly makes the first shot, but the Jags do not lose spirit. Jag #20 makes a standing shot, causing a roar from the crowd. The quarter ends with an attempt at a 3-pointer from the Tigers, but the buzzer rings in, evening the score at 26 to 26.

At halftime, the Cupid Shuffle plays and everyone in the stands is encouraged to come onto the court and dance. The gym floor was filled with Jaguars and Tigers, dancing together and celebrating.

The third quarter begins with an epic 3-pointer by Jag #22, but the Tigers responded quickly. Our Jags had a quick team meeting to regroup, while the cheer team performed flips and stunts to hype up the crowd.

Going into the fourth quarter, Jag #3 played a determined game, scoring consecutively.

“Back and forth, back and forth,” Mr. Clement said, reflecting on the tied-up score.

At 1:30 in the fourth quarter, the Jags broke the 50-point line, followed quickly by the Tigers.

The exciting first All-Star game of the season ended in a tie of 59 to 59, concluding a close game between the Jaguars and the Tigers.

Powderpuff Comes to Glen Allen with a Surprise Ending

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On Wednesday, October 18th, Glen Allen hosted its annual Powderpuff flag football event. Girls from each class got together to form teams and represent their class with Battle of the Classes points on the line! They were coached by volunteers from their class. And, everyone was cheered on by the cheerleaders!

The first game, Seniors vs. Freshmen, ended the closest it has ever been in Glen Allen history. The Freshmen girls held their own against the Seniors, scoring 19 points to the Seniors’ 25 points.

Afterwards, the Juniors vs. Sophomore game ended even closer, with the Juniors persevering by only one point! The friendly competition showcased the comparative team work of the two classes. The game ending 21 to 20 led the Juniors to victory and into the final game against the Seniors.

The final game, Juniors vs. Seniors, ended unexpectedly with the Juniors crushing the Seniors, 20 to 0!

Throughout all three games, the four teams were kept motivated by the cheerleaders, led by Brian Glessner. The boys dress up as cheerleaders in their best pinkout gear to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. They kept spirits up with the cheers everyone knows and loves!

This is a competition, but at the end of the day, we’re one big family and this even brought out and united so many Jaguars.

Photos by Emily Bickford.

 

Glen Allen Kickball Tournament – Let’s Kick It

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If Glen Allen takes one thing seriously, it’s kickball. It is that time of the year again where the National Honor Society is preparing to hold its annual kickball tournament. This year there are many teams composed of each grade and even a team of only teachers.

The tournament takes place on Saturday, April 27, bright and early at 9:30 a.m. The National Honor Society has been working hard to prepare the players and their team for the upcoming day. Not only did they have to make sure all team names were appropriate for the tournament they also used tie dye on every team’s shirts.

The NHS kickball trophy is handed down to the winner each year. The One Kick Wonders cherish their moment of victory with the trophy. Photo by Emily Hewett

The reigning champs of the 2016 Tournament, Parental Advisory, have entered into the tournament once again and are claiming the title will once again be theirs with senior Cole Tutwiler saying, ” To me, kickball is a bull named Trish and I plan on riding it to victory.” The all-teacher team has also been on the rise with 16 members, as opposed to all of the student teams who were limited at 12.

Team pictures were seen all over the kickball tournament. The Hootie Hoo’s band together to push to the end of the tournament. Photo by Nancy Martin.

To find out how the Glen Allen 2017’s kickball tournament goes, follow up on our website on Monday, May 1st.

The 2017 Kickball tournament ended in with a new victory. The One Kick Wonders were this year’s champs. The team beat out a lot of competitors with the tournament hosting a total of 25 teams. Senior Elizabeth Donovan of the One Kick Wonders commented: “I did not expect to get to the final round, but it felt great to win it all.”

The day started at 10 a.m., and lasted until about 4 p.m., with teams playing on the back soccer field, lacrosse field, the baseball field, and even the softball fields.

The day was an overall success with National Honor Society students volunteering as umpires and helping to hand out water so the players could refuel as teams were eliminated in order to get to the final rounds.

The final match ended up being two teams composed of mostly seniors, The One Kick Wonders and the Hootie Hoo’s. Each team put up a good fight, but the One Kick Wonders came out victorious, bringing an end to a fun kickball-filled day.

Jags Have a Victorious Start to Baseball Season

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After taking a break from the field in the dugout, members of the Glen Allen baseball team storm the field. With renewed energy, they are eager to prevent Gloucester from scoring. Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

The Glen Allen varsity baseball team has been hard at work with extensive and intense practice in preparation for the upcoming season. Even though the season just officially started (their first game on March 20th against Tucker), they collected victories from all six of their recent games.

Glen Allen has defeated Tucker (6-5), Freeman (2-0), Lee Davis (8-6), Gloucester (13-5), Maggie Walker (2-1), and Henrico (10-1). This has earned them a 3rd-place RVA ranking, falling only behind Benedictine in second and Godwin in first (as of April 6th).

The Jaguars have pulled together a strong team this year, a fact obvious in many of the games on the field. On March 21st, junior Kenny Jackson in his varsity debut managed to earn Glen Allen a no-hitter victory against Freeman. Senior Zach Gregory also managed to throw a complete game and only give up one hit at the game against Henrico on March 30th.

Junior Connor Hicks takes to home plate, eager for the chance to earn points for his team. Freeman players in the field are completely focused and prepared to react. Picture taken by Morgan Deckert.

Junior Sydney Gore said, “I really hope they do well this year. From what I’ve seen from the two home games I’ve attended, it seems like there are so many good players, so I’m sure they will!”

Being the 2015 4A Virginia State Champions, there are high expectations for the players and the season.

Junior Nick Fowler said, “All of the players have been working really hard this season, and it’s really paid off. I think they definitely have the potential to be Virginia State Champions again this year.”

To view the Glen Allen baseball schedule, go to http://www.colonialdistrictva.org/public/genie/365/school/714/.

Richmond Runs, Annual 10k Fun

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Running. Running is not something most people look forward to, but add a scenic route, a variety of games, and a block party to the mix and then it no longer is seen as just running. The Monument Avenue 10k combines the fun activities of a party with running to create an exciting way to get fit.

The most important part of running the 10K is prepping to run. The Glen Allen boys track team has been training year round. Photo by Coach Ennis

The Monument Avenue 10k takes place in downtown Richmond, April 1st, early in the morning and extending throughout the day. The course starts on one of the largest streets that runs throughout Richmond, Broad Street, and ends on Franklin Street. The course allows for people to run and get to experience all the attractions featured down town.

The running is all worth it once you cross the finish line. After finishing the 10k grand celebration begins. For those who run there is free post-running food, such as bananas, granola bars and Ukrops rolls, and beverages along with an award ceremony. Along with post-running perks, there is live music, a wide selection of food vendors, along with fun booths and charity stations to check out.

Many Glen Allen students are involved in cross country and track and look forward to a more laid back running experience that the 10k offers. Many other students and student athletes also look forward to a chance to get fit while also getting to explore their home city.

Many students also form small groups with their friends, and have the option sign up with Glen Allen High School and run in support of the school. Junior Stephen Fonner says ”I run year round and feel well trained and ready to run.”

Glen Allen High School and the community is ready for annual fun and fitness at the Monument Avenue 10k.

March Madness Divides—And Unites—Students

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The beginning of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament marks the beginning of filling out brackets and competing with friends for the most—or least—accurate Final Four picks. It also brings shocking upsets as you root on your favorite college team, or maybe just Middle Tennessee, because they have “cool colors” or a “cute mascot.” Regardless of whether you follow college basketball, or don’t know the difference between a free throw and a layup, the thrill of competition and the inevitable letdown resulting from a busted bracket compel many Glen Allen students to watch the games, marvel at the parity, and root for the underdog.

During lunch on Thursday, Glen Allen students watch the first round of March Madness. Competition and pride lead all sorts of people to fill out a bracket and try to predict matchups. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

Money, pride, and, most importantly, bragging rights are on the line as students bet on their “picking” abilities. Although you can find loads of experts, claiming that advanced analytics can help you succeed, in the end, a person without a trace of knowledge can win any bracket pool, angering their competitive counterparts. Freshman Mohan Shankar said, “It’s kind of exciting that no one’s really filled out a perfect bracket, and it’s interesting to see how close you can actually get.”

However, many students have formulated their own bracket-filling methods.  Mohan said with a smile, “I just copy off of ESPN.”

Senior Kyle Hoffmann explained his strategy, saying, “First, I tried to identify the contenders, and I just went backwards from there. I put Arizona as my national champion because I had watched the Pac-12 title game [which Arizona won], and they’re amazing; they’re such a good team. Then I picked my Final Four, and the other part was picking all the upsets, like (#13) Bucknell over (#4) West Virginia and (#11) Kansas State over (#6) Cincinnati.”

Upsets have defined March Madness from the beginning and are what make choosing winners so difficult. If an obscure team from an unknown conference goes on a magical run and wins its conference tournament, it is automatically entered into the NCAA Tournament, which is why teams like Florida Gulf Coast and Northern Kentucky are playing against perennial powerhouses. Team after team has risen to the occasion, with there being, on average, seven double-digit seed upsets per year. You cannot quantify enthusiasm, grit, and determination, all of which make a potential “Cinderella” team. Mohan said the tournament is special because “it’s about making it big and following your dreams,” rather than money or fame.

At the Silent Night Game, many avid GAHS fans rooted on the Jaguars. Students’ interest in basketball was again piqued as Selection Sunday approached. The fast-paced, arbitrary nature of the tournament is appealing to many. Photo Credit: Cassie Coughlan

“It is always unpredictable, said Kyle. “You never know who’s going to win. It’s not like the NBA Finals, where it’s just two teams every year. It’s always a toss-up, and it’s a lot of fun because you get to watch these teams that have never been here before against the big guys who are in the tournament every year… People just go from zero to hero so fast.”

Watching the NCAA Tournament, with its storylines, quirks, and surprises, brings together families and friends. Senior Kaelie Jager reflected, saying, “I personally enjoy it because it’s a family bonding time. My dad and I get really competitive with it. So, when he fills out a bracket and I fill out a bracket, we’ll spend time staying up late watching the games and talking about it constantly… Just enjoying those moments together [with family].”

“Anyone can do it. So you don’t really have to be into basketball and really know what is going on, and sometimes that’s the more fun part is just going in blind,” said Kaelie. Everyone can experience the uncertainty of hoping that maybe this is your year to win. All you need is a bracket, and a computer or pencil. Start picking!

Links:

Printable bracket: Although the games have started, you can still make your own picks.

Schedule: The Round of 64 games are on Thursday and Friday with the winners playing over the weekend.

Springing Towards Spring Sports

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Ashleigh Russo

 

As the weather starts to warm up, so are the athletes for spring sports. Spring sports consists of track, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, tennis, and softball, and all athletes have been preparing for the season with rigorously pre-season workouts to welcome the new 2017 season.

The hallways of Glen Allen are one of the best places to condition. Softball does sprints in the long halls to prep their endurance for the season. photo by Kamryn Steinruck

The hallways of Glen Allen are one of the best places to condition. Softball does sprints in the long halls to enhance their endurance for the season. photo by Kamryn Steinruck

Both boy and girl teams a like have been able to work on their conditioning skills after school about two to three days a week. Senior Cammie Brummitt said she  “anticipates conditioning because it means the season is closer.” Most every team started their conditioning while it was still only the fall season. Considering Glen Allen’s sports teams are still fairly new compared to other schools’ teams, almost every athlete is working hard to boost their team’s reputation.

The girls lacrosse team trained their endurance and strength at GOAL Performance. The girls wait in the lobby before entering the training area to do circuit training. Photo by. Beth Williams

The girls lacrosse team trained their endurance and strength at GOAL Performance. The girls wait in the lobby before entering the training area to do circuit training. Photo by Beth Williams

The pre-season workouts for all teams have been mostly conditioning, getting athletes in-shape after taking a majority of fall off. Boys’ and girls’ soccer conditions at the school, along with baseball, softball, and Tennis. The girls’ lacrosse team committed to going to Goal Performance Training Gym for extra preparation, along with their training at school. Freshman Julia Broughton says, “I feel prepared for the season to start.”

Jags Get Pepped at the 2017 Winter Sports Pep Rally

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Lauren Baugham

Click here to see some pictures from the Winter 2017 Pep Rally, including pictures of the Mr. Glen Allen contestants, sports lineups, and games!

Night Night, Freeman- Shhhh Deep Run?

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Sara Beth Stansberry

The Jags basketball season shot off on January 3 and it was the first home game for the boys’ varsity basketball team was here at Glen Allen High School. Students filled the student section dressed in pajamas and comfortably cheered on their fellow Jags. The Night Night game was played against Freeman High School. Glen Allen’s and Freeman’s basketball teams both maintain a good reputation, but the Jaguars never disappoint.

Glen Allen students filling the stands dressed in their favorite pajama sets and footies. Seniors standing in the front of the student section leading the chants and cheering on the Jaguar basketball players. Photo Credit: Sara Beth Stansberry

Glen Allen students filling the stands dressed in their favorite pajama sets and footies. Seniors standing in the front of the student section leading the chants and cheering on the Jaguar basketball players.
Photo Credit: Sara Beth Stansberry.

Senior Brianna Lane said, “I love going to all of the basketball games to cheer on the team, it seems so surreal to me that this is my last year being able to participate in the student section themes.”

The score of the game fluctuated through all four quarters, up until 27.5 seconds left in the game. Glen Allen was slightly taking the lead until Freeman tied up the game, leaving everyone on their toes.

Sophomore Coley Edwards said, “I was really nervous for the boys because they deserved the win, but at that point in time the game could’ve gone any direction.”

Both teams were playing really tight defense, making it almost impossible for any opponent to make a shot. With only a few seconds left in the game, the Jags gained possession of the ball. Nigel Cooper, #22, got his hands on the ball and took a shot. “Three pointer, Glen Allen Jaguars just won the game,” screamed the announcer. The final score was 56 – 53, Glen Allen Jaguars taking the victory.

Senior Nigel Cooper prepares for a pass from his teammate in the last seconds of the game. Right after the pass, Nigel shoots a three pointer and the winning basket. Photo Credit: Nancy Martin

Senior Nigel Cooper prepares for a pass from his teammate in the last seconds of the game. Right after the pass, Nigel shoots a three pointer and the winning basket.
Photo Credit: Nancy Martin.

Save the date – January 27th. This is the night of the most anticipated game of the season, Silent Night. Students come out in any costume of their choice, remaining completely silent until the varsity boy Jags score their 10th point, and the student section becomes an uproar. That Friday night at 7:00 p.m., the stands will be packed. Our main rival this season is the Deep Run Wildcats, who we previously beat on January 6th. Every Jag needs to come out for Silent Night and experience what it feels like to be a part of The Jungle.

Staff

Adviser: Melissa McLamb
Co-Editors: Elaina Coviello & Maggie Nuckols
Section Editors: Lauren Baugham & Morgan Deckert
Photography & Graphic Design: Bailey Steele
Social Networks: Jamison Crenshaw & Claire Bernard
HoGA: Emily Bickford & Oscar Gamez
Interactives/Monthly Flyer: Ashleigh Russo & Kelly Riggan
Writers: Kaylee Bagley, Cassie Coughlan, Paxton O'Brien, Sara Beth Stansberry, Brian Fadool, & Joshua Holtzman