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Congratulations to the Armstrong Wildcats for its 50 to 20 thrashing of John Marshall. JM started out strong but the Mighty Wildcats overpowered the inJustices.
Offensively the team amassed 447 yards rushing. Deshaun Waller led the way with 148 yards and 1 TD; Nigel Chavis had 131 yards and 4 TDs; Andre Mack had 115 yards and 1 TD and DeVonta Jackson had 47 yards and 1 TD.
Defensively, Kyle Jacobs had 9 tackles and 3 sacks and Nigel Chavis had 6 tackles and 2 sacks.
Nigel Chavis also had a blocked punt.
The MVPs of the game goes to the O Line. You can’t get almost 500 yards rushing without the big boys up front.
Next up is another home game at 7PM this Friday as the Wildcats (2-0) host the Colonial Heights Colonials (2-0). The Colonials lost all their games last year but have started off 2-0 in 2014 with wins over TJ and Park View.
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|9/19||7PM||Colonial Heights (HOME)|
|9/26||7PM||Glen Allen (AWAY)|
|10/10||7PM||Highland Springs (HOME)|
Running back Andre Mack had six carries for 100 yards and a touchdown against Thomas Jefferson. De’Shaun Waller had a pair of touchdowns for the Wildcats as well. Nigel Chavis and Kyle Jacobs also had a total of six sacks and 24 tackles to keep Thomas Jefferson to only six points.
Next up for Armstrong (1-0) is another home game this Friday (9/12 7PM) with John Marshall (0-1).
Student achievement improved statewide during 2013-2014 on challenging mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests first introduced three years ago, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Statewide, 74% of students passed the mathematics assessment for their grade level or course, compared with 71% during 2012-2013 and 68% the previous year. Students posted gains on eight of the nine individual grade-level and end-of-course mathematics SOL tests, with the biggest increases in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, Algebra I and Algebra II.
In Richmond, scores improved in 21 of the 34 tested areas, an improvement over last year when scores fell in 75% of the tested subjects.
Two of the five area elementary schools saw impressive improvement over last year. Scores rose in 10 of 11 categories at Chimborazo ES and 10 of 11 at George Mason, but fell in all 11 at Bellevue, 6 of 11 at Fairfield, and 6 of 11 at Woodville.
Scores at MLK MS improved or held steady in 10 of their 14 categories, and in 11 of 14 at Armstrong. Franklin Military, serving grades 6-12, saw scores rise or hold steady in only 10 of 22 reporting categories, though with generally better scores than either MLK or Armstrong. MLK MS, for example, improved from 11% to 12% passing for 7th grade math (compared to a 29% pass rate citywide). Only in Civics & Economics did more than 50% of the students pass the test.
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While the Armstrong Wildcats 2014 football season doesn’t kick off until September 5, there will be a pre-season benefit game on August 22 (7PM) against the Manassas Park High School Cougars to raise money to buy equipment for the team.
Armstrong has 3 games with teams ranked in the pre-season top 50 in the state: Varina (#19), Atlee (#21), Highland Springs (#39). The Wildcats begin the year ranked at #223 in Virginia (of 306).
Through the Wildcats have 5 home games this season, other city schools will play a majority of their games on the road. According to the VHSL master schedule, TJ, Marshall, and Huguenot will only have 3 home games, while George Wythe only has 2 home games – with each school playing a full 10 game schedule.
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2014 Armstrong Football Schedule9/57PMThomas Jefferson (HOME)9/127PMJohn Marshall (HOME)9/197PMColonial Heights (HOME)9/267PMGlen Allen (AWAY)10/37PMVarina (AWAY)10/107PMHighland Springs (HOME)10/177PMHanover (AWAY)10/247PMAtlee (AWAY)10/317PMLee-Davis (AWAY)11/77PMHenrico (HOME)
A piece by Chris Suarez on RVA Open Source tells a bit of the history of Kennedy High School and Armstrong High School, and has the details on a historical marker planned to commemorate Kennedy HS:
Established in 1968, JFK opened as a state-of-the-art school facility for the East End’s various neighborhoods including – but not limited to – several housing projects. Located at 2300 Cool Lane, Kennedy was built within a mile of Armstrong High School.
“In my heart, it’s still the landmark high school in the city of Richmond.” said former Kennedy faculty member, Pernell Taylor, “I’ve been to a lot of high schools throughout Virginia and it ranks with the best. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”
A former basketball, track and football coach and physical education teacher at JFK Kennedy for 30 years, Taylor says he was one of the original teachers offered a position at the new Kennedy school which included two gymnasiums, an auditorium with a balcony, a greenhouse and air conditioning (an unprecedented luxury at the time for most Richmond Public Schools).
“I think it’s critical we don’t lose this history,” said 7th District School Board Representative and Chairman Donald Coleman. “I know it’ll bring joy to a lot of people who believe they lost something. Kennedy is a significant part of Richmond history. It was part of a critical transition period for Richmond Public Schools and African-American people.”
Keep up with the inaugural new Armstrong Cycling Team though Richmond Cycling Corps Facebook page.
Roanoke Bound: Lavone and Antonio are heading up the varsity charge tomorrow in Roanoke…race 2 in the VA High School MTB Series. Intervals on Tuesday, 21 miles of mountain biking Wednesday, and a solid 13 miles with race prep yesterday (pic below). We leave today for our first away-race…we’re about 3 years ahead of competitive-schedule with these two young men…give it up Richmond!
Big Day yesterday for Armstrong Cycling Team at their first race! Our 3 men’s Varsity crew hung in there, and were competitive through the grueling 16 mile mountain bike race. Our women’s team competed in the JV race, with 3 girls making the top 5…Jasmine Walker took 3rd! Photos are coming soon. Next race…Roanoke!
1st Armstrong High Cycling Team meeting was today: 8 new students showed up…5 of which were women! We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but we’ve never been a group to shy from a challenge. Making history…again…Let’s Go!
The September 26-28 issue of the Richmond Free Press has a great profile of Armstrong football/basketball standout Kevon Cooley.
The piece also mentions that former Armstrong athlete Malcolm Cook is a scholarship redshirt freshman at UVA this year.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/30/cooley-is-armstrongs-1-2-punch_29196/
Over 150 volunteers from HandsOn, Altria, Communities In Schools and Patrick Henry School of Science & Arts have gathered at Armstrong High School today to complete a variety of construction, landscaping and remodeling projects on the school’s grounds.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/25/great-volunteer-turnout-at-armstrong-today_29121/
The Wildcats moved to 2-1 with a 48-20 drubbing of woeful Colonial Heights (0-3).
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/21/armstrong-drops-colonial-heights-48-20_29072/
Visiting Armstrong beat John Marshall Saturday afternoon 24-20 with a last second touchdown after Marshall scored a late touchdown of their own to temporarily grab the lead from the Wildcats.
Next up for the Wildcats (1-1) is another road game this Friday 09/20 7PM at Colonial Heights (0-2).
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/15/armstrong-beats-marshall-on-td-with-5-seconds-left_28969/
The Armstrong Wildcats fell to the TJ Vikings 18-14 in the Wildcats 2013 season opener. The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-1 on the new season, and snaps an 8-game winning streak vs TJ going back to 2004.
Next up for the Wildcats is an away game vs John Marshall High School on Saturday September 14 @ 1:00 PM.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/07/wildcats-fall-in-season-opener_28842/
Armstrong HS will be receiving $80,000 in state funds to shore up security at the school:
School leaders are offering a closer look at how millions of dollars will be put to use for security enhancements at Virginia schools. Armstrong High School is the only school in Richmond to receive state funds.
As of now, Armstrong has about eight cameras up and running but administrators say they’re out of date. Within six months, they hope to install up to 35 new cameras – which could go a long way in keeping students safe.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/05/armstrong-getting-80000-for-security_28823/
Armstrong HS baseball coach Lawrence Day Jr. has had quite a summer:
The Richmond Blue Sox are the winners of the Black World Series for players 12 and under in the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s Inner-City Classic.
Coached by Lawrence Day Jr., the Blue Box beat a Bahamas team 5-3 to claim the title at the 23rd annual MJBL summer baseball tournament in the Richmond area.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/08/12/congrats-to-lawrence-day-and-the-richmond-blue-sox_28531/
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