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BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team wanted another crack at beating Florida State. Today, the Hokies will get their wish. Virginia Tech faces FSU at 5 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., in the Women’s College Cup — soccer’s version of the Final Four. Florida State (22-1-3) has beaten Tech (19-4-3) seven straight times, including twice this year.
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ASHBURN — Posturing for the offseason has begun at Redskins Park, as receiver Santana Moss said he’d recommend coach Mike Shanahan for another season, Shanahan alluded to changing schemes this year, and Robert Griffin III’s offseason trainer had some choice words for Kirk Cousins. The Redskins still have four games to go, and Griffin said that’s where his focus will remain when asked about the future of Shanahan and his assistants. “I think these guys have a great future,” the quarterback said. “I love having them here, and that’s all I can say.
BOYS VACA SOUTHWEST Parkway Christian 68, SWVA Home School 42 The Eagles placed three players in double figures in a win over the Conquerors on Thursday. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Lawrence Huff had 17 points and T.J. Keaton added 14 points for Parkway Christian. Hunter Irving tossed in 13 points and Nathan Vaughon netted 12 for SWVA Home School. SWVA HOME SCHOOL (4-1) George 3,Irving 13,Bishop 8, Vaughon 12,
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State got manhandled and outhustled by North Carolina. And, the Spartans' school-record, three-week run as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college basketball poll ended with a thud. The Tar Heels had five scorers in double figures and more players going after loose balls and rebounds in a 79-65 win over Michigan State on its home court Wednesday night. "We looked like a
Tim Maypray was the only VMI player to be named to the Big South's All-Decade football squad announced Thursday by the conference. Maypray was named All-Big South at four different positions - kick returner, punt returner, quarterback and receiver - during his career from 2006-09. Among the former Liberty University stars on the team were RB Rashad Jennings (Jefferson Forest/Liberty Christian), TE Chris Luck (Liberty High School) and OL Eddie
CHARLOTTESVILLE — George Gelnovatch and Steve Swanson had always been friendly, but back in 2005 they took their relationship to another level. Gelnovatch, the Virginia men’s soccer coach, and Swanson, the UVa women’s coach, teamed up to coach their 8-year-old sons in a local league. “It was a lot of fun,” said Gelnovatch Gelnovatch chuckled when asked how those teams he coached with Swanson fared. “We always won,” he said,
MAX MEADOWS — Fort Chiswell High School is nestled into the gentle slopes of the mountains that dominate the region. It’s fitting because when the 12-1 Pioneers are on the football field, it always looks as if they are running downhill. The locals have names for the phenomenon. They use them freely. They call him Thunder. He’s not sure why or where it came from, but Dallas Ward is 190
Athletes with varying attributes are contenders for the starting quarterback position on Salem High School’s football team. The thin-skinned and sensitive need not apply. Austin Coulling stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 187 pounds. He has connected on 105 of 149 passes this season, breaking the school record with a 70.5 completion percentage. He overcame a late-season knee injury and has led Salem to three playoff victories and
LAS VEGAS — NASCAR announced sweeping changes to the Hall of Fame election process Thursday, including tweaks that make Bill Elliott and Mark Martin immediately eligible for enshrinement. Among the six changes: Drivers are now eligible if they have competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR or turned 55 in the calendar year before nominating day. Previously, drivers were not eligible until they had been retired for three years,
The last time Virginia’s women’s soccer team walked off the pitch at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., it had just lost 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals to in-state rival Virginia Tech, its only defeat of the year. “We were very disappointed about what happened in the ACCs,” UVa freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer, a Cary native, said this week. “But I also think because of the loss, that’s
FLOYD - Caleb Tanner scored 59 points - and hit all 33 of his free-throw attempts - to lead Floyd County to a 103-90 boys basketball victory over Christiansburg in overtime on Wednesday. The 33 free throws breaks the state record for most free throws made in a game, according to the VHSL record book. Giles' Marcus Haynie previously held the record with 24 makes in a game played on
Virginia Tech senior Victoria Hamsher has been named to the All-ACC first team, while Virginia's Jasmine Burton was chosen as freshman of the year. UVa's Lauren Fuller made the second team. Burton was joined on the third team by Tech's Kathryn Caine and UVa's Tori Janowski. Burton was joined on the all-freshman team by UVa's Haley Kole and Tech's Lindsey Owens.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds, but Indiana fended off the Hokies 71-65 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ugoka scored 26 of her 32 in the second half. Virginia Tech (6-2) trailed by as much as 19 in the second half, but 13 straight points by Ugoka closed the gap. The Hokies pulled to 63-60 on a 3-point play by Ugoka
The company that is assisting in the search for a successor to Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver is headed by a name that is familiar on the ACC and Virginia sports scene. Virginia Tech has turned to Todd Turner, president and founder of Collegiate Sports Associates, which has aided in AD searches at Clemson, Florida State and the University of Richmond. Weaver announced Nov. 12 that he was stepping
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Joe Harris walked through the postgame handshake line with his hands on his hips, slowly making his way toward the Wisconsin players. The Badgers had been waiting for him all night, hadn’t they? To contest his shots. To cut off his drives through the lane. To pester him, vex him, get him out of his game. It worked this time. And for Virginia to have the kind of
RADFORD -- The Radford men's basketball team must love seeing the Central Penn Knights show up at the Dedmon Center doorsteps. Hey, everybody loves throwing down a Christmas-time cupcake, don't they? For the third straight year, Central Penn rolled into town and provided to be a tasty holiday treat for the hosts Wednesday night. This time, the Highlanders devoured the undersized and overmatched visitors to the tune of a 111-72
BLACKSBURG — Even his bank knows him as “Chugger.” Charles “Chugger” Adair is the coach of the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team, which will play in the NCAA semifinals Friday for the first time in its history. His mother gave him the nickname “Chugger” when he was a toddler. It has stayed with him, first as a player and now as a coach. “If I was in the real world,
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has vivid memories of the first time one of his teams won a basketball game when it shot under 30 percent from the field. He never thought it would happen a second time. "This sets a record," Ryan said Wednesday night after a 48-38 victory at Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Eighth-ranked Wisconsin (9-0) shot 28.8 percent from the field, including 25.9 percent in
DANVILLE — Christian Kirchman scored 26 points as Patrick Henry beat George Washington 73-49 on Tuesday in the boys basketball season opener for both teams. Kendrick Tucker poured in 15 points, Trey Terry added 12 and Tyler Pollard dropped in 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for PH. PATRICK HENRY (1-0) Kirchman 26, Tucker 15, Terry 12, Esworthy 9, Pollard 10, Ogden 1. GEORGE WASHINGTON (0-1) Rogers 18, Hairston
A tight game can be won or lost in the closing moments. A game with a 25-point final margin is decided much earlier. William Byrd (1-0) dominated Cave Spring in the second quarter, outscoring the host Knights 25-8 en route to a 71-46 victory in the season opener for both squads. The second half was played nearly even, but Byrd’s lead was insurmountable at that point. William Byrd coach Kevin
Salem’s girls basketball team dressed out seven players Tuesday night because the Spartans demoted four sophomores in order to field a JV program. One young Spartan who probably will never see the JV level is Hannah Coulling. The freshman guard made her highly anticipated varsity debut as she scored a game-high 18 points to lead visiting Salem to a 46-35 season-opening victory over Northside. The 5-foot-8 Coulling scored 14 points
BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team was not deemed worthy of playing in this week’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but the Hokies did get a Big South challenge Tuesday. Jarell Eddie made sure the short-handed Hokies prevailed. Eddie scored a career-high 34 points to help Virginia Tech fend off Big South member Winthrop 81-63 at Cassell Coliseum. “After I made one, I kind of got in a zone,” said
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