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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Jim Cavanaugh, one of the assistant coaches whose recruiting helped pave the way for Virginia Tech's football resurgence, is on the mend after undergoing open-heart surgery last week.
Cavanaugh's concerns began when he weighed himself on the eve of the Tech-UVa football game last fall and discovered he had gained 9 pounds in one day.
"That was the only symptom," Cavanaugh said. "After having congestive heart failure several years ago, I'm well aware of water gain. I walk for an hour a day, but after weighing myself, I knew something was wrong."
Cavanaugh was found to have an irregular heartbeat.
"I've had three cardiac aversions," Cavanaugh said from his Blacksburg home. "That's where they put the pads on you and blast your heart into rhythm."
Christiansburg cardiologist Dr. Jose Rivero eventually referred him to Roanoke surgeon Dr. Joseph Baker.
Cavanaugh, 64, underwent open-heart surgery May 8 in which a valve was fixed and dead tissue was burned off in a process called coronary ablation.
Cavanaugh is listed on Tech's organizational chart as the director of recruiting and high school relations. He previously was an on-field assistant from 1996 to 2010 and served as recruiting coordinator.
"Four weeks from the day of the surgery, I go back to see Dr. Baker," Cavanaugh said. "I cannot drive and he does not want me going to the office."
Cavanaugh isn't thinking about retiring, but family has urged him to take care of himself.
"I've spent too many years not getting fixed and that stuff adds up," said Cavanaugh, a nonsmoker, "but I didn't have any vices other than soft drinks."
Terrance Shannon, taken from the floor on a stretcher during last winter's Virginia-Florida State basketball game, will be returning to John Paul Jones Arena in another uniform next season.
Shannon, who graduated from FSU, will be spending his fifth year at Virginia Commonwealth, which plays at UVa next year.
-- Julian Royal, who played sparingly this past season at Georgia Tech, will be rejoining the coach who recruited him originally for the Yellow Jackets, third-year George Mason coach Paul Hewitt.
-- North Carolina, Miami and N.C. State are among the schools being considered by Trevor Lacy, who is leaving Alabama after leading the Crimson Tide in assists (115) and averaging 11.3 points last year as a sophomore.
-- One-time Roanoke Catholic guard Wayne Bradford is leaving Weber State, where he played in 13 games this past season and scored a total of 14 points. Bradford played for Sheridan (Wyoming) Junior College as a freshman in 2011-12.
-- Paul Jesperson, who started 33 of 35 games for Virginia this season, has visited St. Louis, Southern Cal and Northern Iowa.
Hidden Valley senior Dylan Hodson, a second-team All-Timesland selection in boys basketball, has elected to spend a postgraduate season at Hargrave Military Academy, a route taken by Final Four MVP Luke Hancock and such other fellow Titans as Carter Wright and Taylor Walker. ... Griffin Stanley, speedy center fielder for Cave Spring's baseball team, has made an oral commitment to Eastern Mennonite. ... Second-team All-Timesland swimmer Ainsley Reed from Jefferson Forest said she hopes to walk on at UNC Wilmington. Reed was named Lynchburg area girls swimmer of the year by the News & Advance newspaper.
Bland County basketball player and All-Region C performer Chase Hankins, whose father is the Bears' head coach, plans to play collegiately at Lynchburg College. Chase Hankins' sister, Laurel, will be a senior on the women's basketball team at Roanoke College.
-- Sophomore Casey Bocklet, a transfer from Northwestern, is the leading scorer for the UVa women's lacrosse team, which visits North Carolina on Saturday in the Division I quarterfinals. Bocklet, who has 43 goals and 21 assists, is the sister of Chris Bocklet, the leading goal-scorer for the UVa men in each of his final three seasons (2010-12).
Virginia's baseball team has scored 54 runs in four games, including 48 runs in the past three games, since losing shortstop and leadoff hitter Brandon Cogswell, who suffered a fractured finger on his throwing hand in a Saturday practice while UVa was on exam break. Cogswell underwent surgery and will be evaluated before next week's ACC tournament.
Roanoke Catholic graduate and short-stick midfielder Christian Akers was named first-team All-South Athletic Association in men's lacrosse as a freshman at Berry (Ga.) College. Berry tied for first place in the SAA with Sewanee and Centre, two teams that received Division III NCAA playoff bids.
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