Athlete of the Week – Wesley Drew

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A former Cox High School graduate is going for the gold this summer.

We’re talking about Wesley Drew.

Her field hockey skills are taking her to the Pan American Games.

“It’s pretty awesome. I am really excited. I never thought I could put it on my resume, but I’ll take it!” Drew says.

That was Wesley Drew’s reaction when she learned she made the U.S. National Indoor Field Hockey Team. The team will compete in the Pan American Games held in Chile this August. The former William & Mary player and current assistant coach is one of 34 women who made the team from a pool of 800.

How did she find out?

“I was actually working with a bunch of recruits on a Friday and I came back to the office. I didn’t really think anything of it. On the door it said, ‘Way to go Wes!’ And I wondered what that was all about. It turns out I had a print-out of the roster on my desk I was like ‘woo-hoo’ you know? And I was like, OK I am pretty excited!”

Drew credits her father for getting her involved with the sport of field hockey.

“My dad said, you are going to Cox to be a part of the legacy. I said, ‘no I am not wearing a kilt’. I played soccer and once I got to Cox, I fell in love with the sport.”

The major difference between indoor and outdoor field hockey is the speed of the game. The playing field is cut in half.

Drew graduated in 2010 and is the third all-time assists leader in school history.

Last summer, she spent time volunteering at an orangutan sanctuary. She spent a month in Borneo helping to save orangutans victimized by the loss of habitat. The hard work and effort paid off. The result – the Tribe field hockey team sponsored the care of two young male orangutans.

“Very excited. It’s good to be a player again,” Drew says.

**Note**

Wesley is my Godsister – so proud!

~Holly

Pitbull shot twice by officer after attacking child

By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

Newport News police officials say an officer fired two shots at a pitbull after it attacked a child near a school bus stop.

It happened around 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning. Newport News police and animal services responded to the 600 block of 29th Street after hearing reports that a pitbull attacked a 13-year-old.

According to a police officer, the pitbull ran up behind a 13-year-old boy who was waiting for his school bus. The dog knocked the child to the ground. The dog then climbed on top of the child, who was able to kick the dog and run away.

The dog began chasing the student, who was running to get on to the bus. The bus driver was able to close the door right as the pitbull attempted to follow the boy into the bus. Police say the dog ran away as the bus driver shut the door.

The responding police officer then found the dog as animal services crews were on their way to the scene. The pitbull charged at the officer, who then fired two shots, striking the animal.

Animal service teams immediately responded as the dog was shot, and transported it to a veterinarian where it was euthanized due to severe injuries.

Police say the 13-year-old was treated at the scene by medics for minor scrapes endured during the fall.

The owner of the dog was located, and told police that the dog had not received its rabies vaccinations.

Newport News police continue to investigate. NewsChannel 3 will post updates as they are released.

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Media & Communication Week at RU

On Friday, April 6, 2012, I traveled to Radford University to be a guest alumni panelist for Media & Communication Week.

Here are some photos from the event – it was fun traveling back in time!