C-VILLE's rendering of a tomcat dressed like Thomas Jefferson, one of the Tom Sox mascot options. Staff illustration

Cast your vote for Tom Sox mascot

The Charlottesville Tom Sox, a team in the Valley Baseball League, wants fans to cast their vote for the team’s new mascot. The mascot options, which were also suggested by fans, include the Declaration of Independence, a mockingbird, a prairie dog, a tomcat and a sock monkey. A Declaration of Independence mascot would be called […]

Dave Morris (who himself holds a 17-1 record, mainly from UFC-sanctioned events) opened the Charlottesville MMA Institute as a training ground for both amateur and pro fighters. A team of 20 in-house and visiting instructors hold black belts and champion wins in a variety of disciplines. Photo: 621 Studios

Mix masters: Charlottesville’s MMA Institute

It’s 5:30pm and the gym of Charlottesville’s MMA Institute is alive with the leathery crackle of boxing gloves and the muffled, scuffle-thud rhythm and squeak of bare feet on padded flooring. There is the litany of sharp nasal inhalations and grunts as well as the barked instructions of a squadron of coaches. Housed in the […]

In 2012, Kat Ditta was accused of biting an opponent during a highly anticipated soccer match and was, consequently, charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence. Photo by Martyn Kyle

All bark and no bite: Controversial girls soccer match resurfaces

In the summer of 2012, the co-captain of the Fluvanna County High School girls varsity soccer team was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence for biting an ex-teammate, who was playing for Western Albemarle High School in a heavily anticipated rivalry match. Three years later, New York Times best-selling author […]