Kellen Holtzman

Writer

Kellen Holtzman writes about community, high school and College of William and Mary sports for the Virginia Gazette.

Recent Articles

  • Graduates made Walsingham feel like 'home'

    Graduates made Walsingham feel like 'home'

    For lifelong Walsingham Academy students Peyton Marshall and Shelby Julien, their classmate Cavan Sullivan’s valedictorian address on Saturday must have rung exceptionally true. In Walsingham’s 70th commencement exercise, Sullivan summoned a line from Creed Bratton in the finale of the hit TV show...

  • Resilient Jamestown girls claim region soccer crown over King's Fork

    Resilient Jamestown girls claim region soccer crown over King's Fork

    — Region finals can be tricky under the current Virginia High School League postseason structure. The Jamestown girls soccer team clinched a state semifinal berth on Wednesday in a hard-fought win over Monacan, but had to play again on Thursday in the 4A East championship against King's Fork. A...

  • Jamestown runs out of time vs. Midlo, but matures in defeat

    — Finally, poise accompanied the young Jamestown boys soccer team's considerable talent. The Eagles' season ended Thursday on penalty kicks by Midlothian in the Group 4A East Region semifinals, after the teams played to a 3-3 draw, through four periods of extra time. But Jamestown coach Bobby O'Brien...

  • Jamestown boys' 4x1 relay among top storylines for state track meets

    Jamestown boys' 4x1 relay among top storylines for state track meets

    Unlike the past couple of seasons, no local boys or girls outdoor track and field teams enter their state meets likely to walk away as overall champion, though the Lafayette and Jamestown boys teams could be in the mix for top-five or better finishes. The Lafayette girls won a 3A championship two...

  • Tripp's five goals catapult Eagles into region semifinals

    Tripp's five goals catapult Eagles into region semifinals

    Some of the Jamestown boys soccer players tend to have a hard time replaying the goals they scored immediately following matches. Consider that Kevin Tripp scored a hat trick in a span of eight minutes and five of the Eagles' seven goals in a 7-0 shutout Monday over Deep Creek and it is easy to...

  • Improved pitching depth aiding Jamestown baseball, one win from state semis

    Improved pitching depth aiding Jamestown baseball, one win from state semis

    Early in the season, Jamestown baseball coach John Cole probably would not have been able to predict how the Eagles' pitching in a Group 4A East Region quarterfinal, like Monday's bout with King's Fork, would be managed. Everyone knew entering the spring that St. Joseph's University-bound Ryan...

  • Defense, effort pivotal in postseason run for Jamestown boys soccer

    Defense, effort pivotal in postseason run for Jamestown boys soccer

    The culprit has often been intangible when the Jamestown boys soccer team has failed to earn wins this season. Coach Bobby O'Brien and his players have pointed to a lack of intensity in those defeats or draws. The Eagles followed their last loss, a 1-0 defeat to York to end the regular season,...

  • Jamestown girls extend unbeaten streak en route to conference title

    Jamestown girls extend unbeaten streak en route to conference title

    No Bay Rivers District or Conference 18 opponent has been able to knock the Jamestown girls soccer team off for each of the past two seasons. Losing its starting goalkeeper Thursday to a red card in the 22nd minute all but ensured Smithfield would continue that trend in the Conference 18 championship...

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