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Covid-19 Bounces Rams Out of March Madness

Last the Rams were sent home due to the whole tournament being shut down because of Covid-19. This year, so far, its just the Rams being sent home due to Covid-19

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Official Statement from VCU:

VCU REMOVED FROM NCAA TOURNAMENT AS COMMITTEE DECLARES GAME NO CONTEST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The VCU Men’s Basketball team will not participate in the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee has declared Saturday’s scheduled first round game in Indianapolis between the Rams and Oregon a no contest.

“With the utmost disappointment, our men’s basketball program will head home from the NCAA Tournament,” said Ed McLaughlin, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We are heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches, campus community and fans. Our team earned the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament. The members of our program did an excellent job following COVID-19 protocols all year, including since we arrived in Indianapolis, so ending our season in this manner hurts even more.”

“We’ve been tested every day for the past three weeks, but within the past 48 hours we’ve received multiple positive tests. We are devastated for our players and coaches. It has been a dream for all of us to play in the NCAA Tournament. We appreciate the care of our doctors and administration this year, and all our efforts and attention will be put into our players at this time,” said VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades.

The Rams earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament following a 19-7 campaign in which they reached the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Game for the sixth time since 2012-13. VCU was appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in school history and the 12th since 2004.

VCU follows Atlantic 10 Conference, University and Virginia Department of Health guidelines to prioritize the safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as the VCU community.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photos: All the Saints Theater Company Oregon Hill Halloween Parade

The theme of this year’s All the Saints Halloween Parade was “World on Fire Halloween Parade: A Funeral March for Billionaires and Beyond!”

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2nd Street Festival Announces 2021 Headliner Plunky & Oneness

For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness.

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The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 2-3. Marking its 33rd year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This FREE event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.

Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. In 2019, thousands visited historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community. The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and homecoming over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.

This year the festival features headliner Plunky & Oneness on Saturday, October 2. Many other great artists will be showcased over the two-day event.

Saturday’s Headliner, Plunky & Oneness

J. Plunky Branch
For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness. As a native Richmonder, he was mentored by local R&B musicians and music educators, including jazz violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr.

Along with his band, Plunky & Oneness, he has appeared in concert with some of the biggest names in Black music, including Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown, and more. His song “Every Way But Loose” was a top-ten soul music chart hit in London in the 1980’s and his hit single, “Drop,” was released in 2007. He also wrote “2nd Street Jaunt,” a song that Venture Richmond used in TV commercials promoting the 2019 festival.

In addition to being a veteran saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch has served as an administrator, lecturer and teacher. Plunky is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowships and in 2017 was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. Throughout his career Plunky has entertained and taught thousands, and in the process, has developed a broad and loyal following.

More information on the 2nd Street Festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer as we continue to follow CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial.

For up-to-date information about the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/

The 2nd Street Festival is presented by Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., and the City of Richmond

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored by Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar
Group, Community Foundation, Radio One Richmond, NBC12 and CW Richmond

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Preview: Rested Kickers Hope to Kick their Way Back into the Race

David Beckham’s B team Ft. Lauderdale is in town and the Kicker plan to bend it right around the Florida goalkeeper.

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Opponent: Ft. Lauderdale CF  (5-7-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 3 – North Texas 2

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Momentum – Two weeks ago the Kickers came back twice to get the win. If they can keep that attitude and more importantly goal-scoring they’ve got a great chance to get the win.
  2. Keeping Pace or Sinking – The Kickers sit in the bottom half of the table. Due to having a bye week, they had to watch their position sink. A win on Saturday will allow them to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Kickers have 15 points, Ft. Lauderdale 17 so the math is obvious. For reference league leaders Omaha and Greenville sit at 22 points. It’s crucial that the Kickers don’t let that gap widen.
  3. Young Blood – Earlier this week the Kickers announced the signing of Richmond United midfielder Damian Gallegos to a USL Academy contract. Gallegos (18), a native of Mechanicsville, Va., has played for Richmond United for the last six years. Previously, he was a Richmond Kickers Youth player as a member of the U12 Elite team, and as a member of the travel teams starting at U9. “The Richmond Kickers pro team is about the community and we want to represent that community well,” Sawatzky said. “Damian is from the local youth soccer community and he embodies character in his approach. I think the speed of play and speed of thought in the pro training will help him as he grows, but he is a natural in our culture because he is humble, works hard, and he appreciates the opportunity to play with us before he heads off to college.”

Prediction

I want to believe. This team has the talent it all comes down to execution. It’s going to be a hot-steamy night and I think the bye week will give the Kickers just enough of an advantage to pull off a win.

Kickers 1 – Baby Beckhams 0

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The Richmond Kickers (4-4-3) return to City Stadium for their second match of the season against MLS-affiliate Fort Lauderdale CF (5-7-2), on July 17. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Richmond’s previous match was at City Stadium as they hosted North Texas SC. The visitors struck first but were answered quickly with a spectacular goal by Emiliano Terzaghi. Juan Pablo Monticelli sent a cross in from the left wing and Terzaghi swiftly flicked it into the far post with a heel behind his back. Terzaghi’s goal was voted the USL League One’s Fan’s Choice Goal of the Week, but the drama wasn’t over and North Texas answered just before the first half came to a close.

Richmond came out in the second half and earned a penalty which Terzaghi converted adding to his six-goal tally for the season so far. Then, Terzaghi would assist Jonathan Bolanos for a brilliant lofted shot that would beat several NTX defenders and the goalie as well to hit the corner of the post and bounce over the goal line. Richmond Kickers finished the match with 13 shots. Bolanos and Terzaghi combined for seven shots and five shots on target. Zaca Moran was all over the field and had a passing accuracy of 89.5%. Jalen Crisler had eight clearances and five interceptions and Akira Fitzgerald made six saves to see out the 3-2 win over North Texas for the first time in Richmond Kickers’ history.

Fort Lauderdale’s last match was a 2-1 loss against FC Tucson. Fort Lauderdale finished the match with nine shots and a goal from Edison Azcona. Frank Nodarse had a passing accuracy of 88.4% and Aimé Mabika had a passing accuracy of 82.6%. Fort Lauderdale is currently sitting at fourth place in the league table with just two more points than the Kickers.
The last matchup between Fort Lauderdale and Richmond was an early-season match at Fort Lauderdale which resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Kickers. The Kickers were unlucky to drop points in the match after experiencing several near misses that likely would have changed the result drastically. However, this time Fort Lauderdale will have to face Richmond at City Stadium where the Kickers have earned three of their four wins this season.
Following the match with Fort Lauderdale, Richmond’s next match will be at North Carolina FC on July 21. The last time the two teams matched up was under a month ago at the end of June when Terzaghi opened up the game with an early goal. However, North Carolina would come back with two goals of their own and put an end to Richmond’s undefeated June streak. For their third matchup of the season, Richmond will have a chance to level the season series with NCFC. Kickoff for the match in Cary, N.C. is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
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Emiliano Terzaghi (#32) played arguably his best game of the season so far against North Texas. Scoring a pair of goals, and making the assist for the game-winning goal, Terzaghi also made four key passes and 14 good passes and crosses.
Jonathan Bolanos (#17) came off the bench against North Texas and immediately made an impact, with his pace up the left wing. Bolanos had three shots on target and scored the game-winning goal.
 
Victor Falck (#23) was a silent maestro in the midfield against North Texas. It was because of his incredible shot outside of the box that the ball rebounded for the cross that led to Terzaghi’s goal. Falck had a passing accuracy of 70.8% into the opposition’s box and had two shots on target as well as winning 85.7% of his duels.
Fort Lauderdale CF
Shaan Hundal (#10) is Fort Lauderdale’s leading goal scorer with five goals and he averages a goal every 190 minutes. In his last match against FC Tucson, Hundal had a passing accuracy of 90% and made 16 good passes and crosses.
George Acosta (#30) has a passing accuracy of 83.5% in the season so far and leads the FTL squad with six assists and even has a goal to his name. In his last match against Toronto FC, Acosta made 20 passes into the opposition’s half and an 80% passing accuracy.
Ethan Hardin (#5) is a massive presence in the FTL defensive backline. He has the most clearances in the team with 39 and has an 89.1% passing accuracy over the length of the season so far.

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