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BUCHANAN — It took an extra game and an extra inning to determine the regular-season baseball champion of the Blue Ridge District. Pitcher Mark Hendricks tossed his glove in the air in celebration after Alleghany beat William Byrd 6-5 in eight innings Friday in a special playoff for the district regular-season title at James River High School. “That was the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” said Hendricks, a senior who went the distance to earn the win.
BASEBALL VIS DIVISION III Thursday At Shepherd Stadium, Colonial Heights Semifinal Isle of Wight vs. Tidewater Academy, 1 p.m. Friday At Shepherd Stadium, Colonial Heights Semifinal Fuqua vs. Southampton Academy, 1 p.m. Saturday At Shepherd Stadium, Colonial Heights Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. VACA STATE Friday At Westover Christian, Danville Semifinals Faith Christian-Hurt vs. Parkway Christian, 4:30 p.m. United Christian vs. Westover Christian, 7 p.m. Saturday At Westover Christian, Danville
When offensive catalyst Emanuel Scere picked up a yellow card in the 21st minute Friday night, there was no reason for Patrick Henry to panic. The Patriots had been there before. In the first of three meetings this year with George Washington, Patrick Henry had lost Scere to a red card but rallied for an overtime victory in Danville. A second yellow card Friday night would have resulted in a
Katherine Smith must be wondering why she didn't choose a different sport to coach. One like basketball or volleyball where the outcome usually is decided in 90 minutes or less. Instead, Smith picked tennis. Friday, the Patrick Henry coach spent five hours at River's Edge including a one-hour rain delay before the Patriots notched a 5-2 victory over Franklin County to win the Northwest Region girls championship. "These long matches
SALEM — The third time was the charm for the Patrick Henry girls’ lacrosse team. Thanks in large part to a stellar defensive performance, the Patriots avenged two regular season losses to Salem with a 9-6 victory over the Spartans in the West Division final on Friday night. Ashley Lemon scored four goals for the Patriots (13-3) and Maddie Blackwell added two more. Lockard Douthat, Anne Johnson and Anna Kate
RICHMOND - The North Cross boys tennis team was dominant in Friday's VISAA Division II state semifinals, downing Norfolk Collegiate 5-1 to advance to today's championship match. In the five matches won by North Cross, no opponent took more than 4 games in the 10-game single-set format. "We heard reports that we be much better than they would be," North Cross coach Robert Robillard said. "But it was surprising that
As much as coaches tend to move around, having two in one household doubles the odds that one or both will soon be a candidate for another job. Such was the case with Ulysses and Felicia Hardy. Ulysses Hardy announced this week that he was leaving Auburn High School, where he’d been the girls basketball coach the past two seasons. The move came at a convenient time for the family.
ROCKY MOUNT - Franklin County qualified for the Group AAA girls tennis tournament for the second straight year. The Eagles defeated Riverbend 5-1 Thursday in a Northwest Region semifinal at Franklin County Recreation Park. Franklin County (14-4) eliminated the defending region champions with five singles wins, highlighted by Emily Philpott's 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles over Morgan King. The Eagles also got wins from Nora Ferguson, Kayla
Jamie Garst had mixed feelings when he announced he was leaving teaching and coaching baseball at Salem High School for an assistant principal's post at Andrew Lewis Middle. Garst had no conflicted emotions whatsoever when it came to discussing Spartans senior Zach Mineroldi. "He has been outstanding, just outstanding," Garst said. Tough, too. Pitching in a 9-5 loss to against Hidden Valley Tuesday, he took a shot back to the
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Patrick Henry scored four singles wins, then Grace Mason and Michaela Magnuson supplied the clinching doubles point as the Patriots defeated Albemarle 5-2 in a Northwest Region semifinal that earned the Patriots a spot in the Group AAA tournament. Ciara Mulcahy, Mason Wheeler, Allie Greene and Mason all won singles matches for PH, which will host the winner of today's match between defending region champion Riverbend and Franklin
BLACKSBURG – The River Ridge District tennis tournament began cool and ended hot. That’s in terms of temperature and competitiveness. Wednesday’s thermometer showed a 30-degree increase from Monday’s frigid conditions at Virginia Tech. The heat was on during the boys and girls singles finals, which both went three sets before top seeds Michael Drougas of Salem and Ceyda Durmaz of Hidden Valley claimed the titles. Drougas survived a match point
It was a double case of home cooking. Both Salem High School lacrosse teams, girls and boys, were in action in the West Division semifinals at the well-appointed Spartans field Wednesday. The girls opened with E.C. Glass and the guys tangled with Patrick Henry in the nightcap. With temperatures pushing past 90 degrees and conditions on the artificial turf hotter than that, everybody cooked. The Spartans feasted. The girls crushed
The Patrick Henry boys soccer team has virtually owned the Western Valley District during coach Chris Dowdy’s tenure – winning seven regular season championships during his nine seasons. So when William Fleming forged a tie with the Patriots when the schools met in April, it gave the Colonels a glimmer of hope. The Patriots dashed those hopes Wednesday night, shutting out Fleming 3-0 in the tournament semifinals. Patrick Henry earns
Robert Vineyard was going double fisted Wednesday night. In one hand he clutched the Western Valley District boys outdoor track and field champion trophy. In the other, he held the girls version of the same award. "This was a team effort," said Vineyard, an assistant coach at William Fleming High School. "Every point counted. "That's what we tell the kids all the time." On the boys side, the Colonels edged
Kolton Cooper likes to tell people that he’s just a regular old teenager from the hills of Franklin County. Well, the self-described country boy found a jackpot Tuesday morning in the main ballroom of Roanoke Country Club. Cooper, a 17-year-old senior at Franklin County High, was named the recipient of the prestigious $20,000 Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship, the largest golf-related grant awarded in southwest Virginia. Cooper will use the prize
For a moment, the eighth grader felt a lump in her throat. So did everyone on the opposing team. Anne Pendleton found herself alone, one-on-one with the keeper, breaking free. She knew that what happened in the next instant almost certainly would decide the game. “It’s definitely nerve-racking, but I don’t know,” said Pendleton, a first-year player for Highland School. “I just have to work through it. There’s no other
MONETA — Scott Ellis’ two-run single with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Staunton River to an 8-7 Blue Ridge District baseball victory over Alleghany on Tuesday. Paul Williams drove in three runs, while Mitchell Hullett had one RBI on four hits for Staunton River (12-8, 5-5). Kendall Kessinger scored twice and Alex Javins had three hits to lead Alleghany (14-4, 6-3). Kessinger
Keyode Rogers’ high school basketball coaching career is on a fast track. At the age of 32, he will soon be a head coach working in his third VHSL classification. Rogers will be coaching in the largest classification of all — Group AAA Division 6 — when he takes over the Franklin County program. The current Orange County head coach and a former standout player at Magna Vista and Concord
Allie Greene didn’t like where she was at the beginning of the 2013 girls tennis season. The Patrick Henry senior likes her position now. Greene exited the 2012 season with a solid shot at playing No. 1 singles for the Patriots. That was until talented freshmen Ciara Mulcahy and Mason Wheeler entered the picture, dropping Greene to No. 3. Frame it this way. With Greene providing solid depth, PH’s team
CHRISTIANSBURG - Aaron Jackson struck out five and limited the Titans to four hits over five innings as the Blue Demons offset an earlier loss at Hidden Valley by handing the visitors their first River Ridge District loss by a score of 7-3 on Monday. First baseman Seth Wills was 3-for-4 and had two RBIs, and shortstop Justin Bowler was 2-for-4 and scored three runs for Christiansburg (12-4, 5-3 River
NEW CASTLE — As conversations go, there are a couple Trevor Edwards had on back-to-back occasions last year he’d really rather have avoided. Now that the Craig County High School sophomore has established himself as one of Timesland’s most promising young baseball pitchers, the mishap that interrupted his debut season last year seems a long way off. It was a big deal then, though. Edwards was in the midst of
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