Tuesday, July 16, 2019

FOOTBALL: Yellow Jackets In Preseason National Top 30

The Randolph-Macon football team, coming off their most successful season in nearly half a century, enters the 2019 College Football America Yearbook's Division III Preseason Top 30 at #26, the college announced on Tuesday.

The Yellow Jackets went 9-3 last season, winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship for the second time in three seasons, then defeated nationally ranked John Carroll in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship for their first-ever victory in the tournament playoff format, and their first postseason win since 1969. Randolph-Macon had never played twelve games in a single season until 2018.

Randolph-Macon now owns eleven ODAC titles, tied for first in the conference all-time with Emory & Henry. The Yellow Jackets are the only ODAC team to appear in the poll.

Head Coach Pedro Arruza enters his sixteenth season at the helm in Ashland with 90 career victories with the Yellow Jackets, second all-time behind Ted Keller, who won 105 games as head coach between 1964 and 1981.

The Yellow Jackets return twelve players who made various levels of the All-ODAC Team in 2018. According to the college, they are the following:

"Senior quarterback Burke Estes (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) was the ODAC Scholar-Athlete for football. All-ODAC First Team returnees include senior tight end Sam Tanner (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), senior offensive lineman Jake Wernle (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove), senior defensive lineman Steve McNair (Elkridge, Md./Howard), senior defensive back Anthony Williams (Ashburn, Va./Woodgrove) and junior kicker Chris Vidal (Wake, N.C./Wake Forest). R-MC brings back three from the All-ODAC Second Team: senior running back Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston), senior linebacker Bryan Sullivan (Boynton Beach, Fla./West Boca Raton) and senior defensive back Calvin Whitehead (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). Three Yellow Jackets return from the All-ODAC Third Team: senior defensive back De'Angelo Barr (Washington, D.C./Fairfax), junior running back Jordan Hall (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) and junior offensive lineman Connor Denning (Benson, N.C./West Johnston)."

The 2019 football season begins on Thursday September 5th when Randolph-Macon hosts #4 Johns Hopkins at Day Field. Kickoff will be at 7pm, with live, exclusive radio coverage beginning at 6:30pm on the home of Randolph-Macon College football, 102.9 The Mater (WHAN Radio) at 102.9 FM, 1430 AM, and available both by broadcast links at HanoverCountySports.net and RVASportsNetwork.com and on all mobile devices on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall". Games are also available at RMCAthletics.com. 

The Top 30: 

1) Mount Union
2) Mary Hardin-Baylor
3) Wisconsin-Whitewater
4) Johns Hopkins
5) St. Thomas (MN)
6) Saint John's
7) North Central
8) Hardin-Simmons
9) Bethel (MN)
10) Linfield
11) Wesley
12) Muhlenberg
13) Wisconsin-Oshkosh
14) John Carroll
15) Wittenberg
16) RPI
17) Wheaton
18) Delaware Valley
19) Washington & Jefferson
20) Alfred
21) Centre
22) Berry
23) Brockport
24) Whitworth
25) Ithaca
26) Randolph-Macon
27) Illinois Wesleyan
28) Husson
29) Trinity (TX)
30) Trinity (CT)

Sunday, July 07, 2019

In The Red Zone: Hanover Girls Tennis' Lindsey Hein

CLICK HERE to listen live online, or join us on 102.9 The Mater, at 102.9 FM and 1430 AM, Monday night at 6pm for "In The Red Zone", live, local sports talk from SportsPage Grille in Ashland!

We'll be joined by Hanover Girls Tennis head coach Lindsey Hein to talk about the Hawks' march to their third straight Class 4 state championship last month, the run of Hanover's program for the past several years, and what the future holds!

Plus, we'll have the latest local sports news. Listen on any mobile device on the @TuneIn Radio app on "Radiall", the mobile home of all sports on 102.9 The Mater!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

RECRUITING: Warren Commits To The Nittany Lions

Atlee rising senior quarterback Tyler Warren, after seeing his stock rise the past few months, receiving several major offers, verbally committed on Wednesday to Penn State University, sources confirmed to the RVA Sports Network.

Warren (#10 in below file photo), who had originally verballed to Virginia Tech, decommitted in the spring while the Nittany Lions, Syracuse, Richmond and several other schools courted the 2020 standout.

Football players cannot officially sign their National Letter of Intent until the early signing period which begins on December 18th.

Warren will enter this fall as the projected starting quarterback for the Raiders, who went 7-4 and returned to the playoffs after a one year absence a season ago, for the fourth consecutive season.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Region 5B All-Region Teams

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2019 Class 5, Region B All-Region teams. We post teams as we receive them.



Pitcher: Buck Forbes, Prince George
Pitcher: Spencer Rife, Mills Godwin
Pitcher: Max Moore, Hermitage
Catcher: Zach Lass, Lee-Davis
1st Base: Zack Beach, Atlee
2nd Base: Hayden Harris, Atlee
3rd Base: Eli Weisner, Deep Run
Shortstop: Bryce Safferwich, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Tyler Warren, Atlee
Outfield: Michael Dolberry, Prince George
Outfield: Scott Sweeney, Deep Run
DH: Josh Trentadue, Mills Godwin
Utility: Max Moore, Hermitage


Pitcher: Sam Landess, Mills Godwin
Pitcher: Justin Woodall, Atlee
Pitcher: Tyler Bradt, Deep Run
Catcher: Bo Richmond, Mills Godwin
1st Base: Trent Steward, Prince George
2nd Base: Brooks Mazey, Deep Run
3rd Base: Sam Essex, Mills Godwin
Shortstop: Carter Trice, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Jack Rice, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Mark Buisson, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Jaelen Hines, L.C. Bird
DH: Zach Bolling, Atlee
Utility: Josh Trentadue, Mills Godwin

PLAYER OF YEAR: Bryce Safferwich, Mills Godwin
COACH OF YEAR: John Fletcher, Mills Godwin



Pitcher: Emerson Aiken, Glen Allen
Pitcher: Savanah Henley, Lee-Davis
Pitcher: Angela Sperandeo, Deep Run
Catcher: Faith Adams, Douglas Freeman
1st Base: Carsen Sanders, Atlee
2nd Base: Ashley Hailey, Glen Allen
3rd Base: Korey Ellen, Glen Allen
Shortstop: Lauren Taylor, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Elisa Smith, Deep Run
Outfield: Madison McLaughlin, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Sydney Blackwell, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Katie Dodge, Glen Allen
DP/Flex: Riley Smith, Atlee
Utility: Lauren Murphy, Mills Godwin


Pitcher: Kara Hammock, Atlee
Pitcher: Ivy Ray, Mills Godwin
Pitcher: Brianna Branch, Matoaca
Catcher: Sydney Shaffer, Mills Godwin
1st Base: Hanna Cinella, Deep Run
2nd Base: Kelly Ayer, Atlee
3rd Base: Sydnee Flores, Deep Run
Shortstop: Maddy Myers, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Savannah Nash, Atlee
Outfield: Hailey Hengle, Matoaca
Outfield: Lauren Vasquez, J.R. Tucker
Outfield: Rayn Robinson, Henrico
DP/Flex: Katie Ruis, Prince George
Utility: Kylie Lamberth, Lee-Davis


Pitcher: Keisha Cummings-Thomas, Henrico
Pitcher: Jordan Lowery, L.C. Bird
Pitcher: Claire Hoover, J.R. Tucker
Catcher: Virginia Ozolins, Deep Run
1st Base: Kyla Nase, Prince George
2nd Base: Sequoia Wingfield, J.R. Tucker
3rd Base: Amelia Clyde, Mills Godwin
Shortstop: Carmen Betts, Glen Allen
Outfield: Dora Adams, Glen Allen
Outfield: Sheaden Boisseau, Varina
Outfield: Caroline Tyler, Douglas Freeman
Utility: Bracey Marshall, L.C. Bird

PLAYER OF YEAR: Lauren Taylor, Lee-Davis
COACH OF YEAR: Darren Olivo, Mills Godwin




Forward: Lauren Bruns, Douglas Freeman
Forward: Natalie Nettemeyer, Deep Run
Forward: Maggie Beckham, Glen Allen
Forward: Alex Horner, Deep Run
Forward: Joanne Torres, Meadowbrook
Midfield: Juliana McKean, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Cali Bruce, Deep Run
Midfield: Abby Charleston, Glen Allen
Midfield: Sam Fee, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Kiley Fitzgerald, Glen Allen
Defense: Emma Schwarz, Deep Run
Defense: Karson Girvin, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Jackie Hemp, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Maddie Strieffler, Deep Run
Defense: Laurel Barnes, Atlee
Goalkeeper: Hannah McLaughlin, Deep Run


Forward: Lauren Donovan, Glen Allen
Forward: Ava Lohmann, Douglas Freeman
Forward: Caley Shriner, Deep Run
Forward: Marypat McCombs, Atlee
Forward: Lindsey Schwartzkopf, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Lilly McMichael, Deep Run
Midfield: Izzy Frazier, Deep Run
Midfield: Sydney Bartlett, Prince George
Midfield: Lucy Grochulska, Henrico
Midfield: Jennifer Argueta, Meadowbrook
Defense: Anni Waldenmaier, Deep Run
Defense: Nikki Ressler, Glen Allen
Defense: Rory Miller, Mills Godwin
Defense: Trinity Walters, Glen Allen
Defense: Abby Lynch, Glen Allen
Goalkeeper: Abby Cook, Glen Allen


Forward: l'uneda Hill, J.R. Tucker
Forward: Lauren Sullivan, Atlee
Forward: Mackenzie Joly, Lee-Davis
Forward: Asmita Kadam, Henrico
Forward: Mary Dunn, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Kayla Rinderle, Atlee
Midfield: Bri Cassidy, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Natalie McLean, Atlee
Midfield: Kaylee Anderson, Henrico
Midfield: Jenna Derksen, Meadowbrook
Defense: Julia Stephenson, Deep Run
Defense: Emelin Trejo, Meadowbrook
Defense: Nicole Sullivan, Atlee
Defense: Rhea Wilder, Varina
Defense: Laine Mumford, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Lauren Hargrove, Douglas Freeman

PLAYER OF YEAR: Lauren Bruns, Douglas Freeman
COACH OF YEAR: Steven Chapman, Deep Run

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

HONORS: Seven Raiders Named All-State Boys Lacrosse in Class 5

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2019 Class 5 All-State Boys Lacrosse team by the Virginia High School League on Wednesday. Local players are in bold, county players also underlined.


Attack: Dalton Young, John Champe
Attack: Danny McMinn, Briar Woods
Attack: Will Pompilio, Briar Woods
Attack: Drew Miller, Atlee
Attack: Andrew Scanlon, Albemarle
Midfield: Andrew Cook, Atlee
Midfield: Aaron Casteel, Briar Woods
Midfield: Aidan Wheeler, Deep Run
Midfield: Tanner Van Liew, Mountain View
Midfield: Ian Samuelson, Edison
Defense: Ryan Young, Briar Woods
Defense: Walker Everhart, Atlee
Defense: Jack Posey, Freedom-South Riding
Defense: Max Wooten, Albemarle
Defense: Christian Rollison, Atlee
Goalkeeper: Jackson Baitinger, Atlee


Attack: Mason Walczak, Atlee
Attack: Dominic Cole, Stone Bridge
Attack: Blake Wyman, Deep Run
Attack: Kenyon John, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Attack: Ford Burke, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Jamie Smith, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Midfield: Bennett Millar, Broad Run
Midfield: Bryan Reilly, Stone Bridge
Midfield: Dixon Harris, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Midfield: Thomas Laughlin, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Brent Blackmon, Mills Godwin
Defense: Aaron Scott, Stone Bridge
Defense: Zach Fernow, Mountain View
Defense: Ryan Nixon, Briar Woods
Defense: Jack Snow, Atlee
Goalkeeper: Tyler Judson, Stone Bridge

HONORS: Miller State Girls Lacrosse Player of Year in Class 5

Congratulations to Atlee rising junior Kate Miller for being named the 2019 Virginia High School League Class 5 State Girls Lacrosse Player of The Year on Wednesday, one of six Raiders and seven county student-athletes overall honored by the League for their work on and off the field this season.

Miller helped lead the Raiders back to the Class 5 State Championship Game on June 8th. The 2019 Class 5 All-State Team is listed below. Congratulations to all the honorees!


Attack: Allison Ohri, Freedom-South Riding
Attack: Ashley Karn, Atlee
Attack: Mary D'Lugos, Mountain View
Attack: Stephanie Bunce, Mills Godwin
Attack: Julia Badolato, Potomac Falls
Midfield: Kate Miller, Atlee
Midfield: Emily Maier, Freedom-South Riding
Midfield: Kerry Nease, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Savannah Derey, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Midfield: Mason Whitmore, Potomac Falls
Defense: Megan Pelletier, Freedom-South Riding
Defense: Emily Devlin, Atlee
Defense: Ellie Woodward, Atlee
Defense: Madelyn DeCarli, Potomac Falls
Defense: Hannah Braswell, Deep Run
Goalkeeper: Stella Harrison, Atlee


Attack: Lilly Lutton, Lee-Davis
Attack: Adalie Shotton, Briar Woods
Attack: Annie Bartley, Mills Godwin
Attack: Kelsey Myers, Albemarle
Attack: Hannah Navarro, Mountain View
Midfield: Reaghan Kolb, Atlee
Midfield: Gracie Kahoun, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Midfield: Landin Bostian, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Mia Federovich, Falls Church
Midfield: Annie Ellis, Stone Bridge
Defense: Megan McGinnis, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Defense: Meredith Paul, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Bridget Pinnata, Albemarle
Defense: Kelsey Ahart, Stone Bridge
Defense: Megan Pace, Patrick Henry-Roanoke
Goalkeeper: Grace Hyde, Potomac Falls

CLASS 5 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kate Miller, Atlee
CLASS 5 COACH OF THE YEAR: Richard Desomma, Freedom-South Riding

Monday, June 24, 2019

In The Red Zone: R-MC Women's Soccer with HC Jay Howell

We'll get you ready for Randolph-Macon soccer camps later this summer plus talk about the upcoming 2019 season with Yellow Jackets women's head coach Jay Howell tonight at 6pm on "In The Red Zone"!

CLICK HERE to listen live online.

RADIO: 102.9 FM/1430 AM (102.9 The Mater)

APP: @TuneIn on "Radiall"

Thursday, June 20, 2019

FOOTBALL: Stoudt Out, Butler In For 2019 at Hanover

After six seasons and three playoff appearances, Derek Stoudt is no longer the head football coach at Hanover High School.

The school announced Thursday that David Butler, who joined Stoudt's staff as an assistant in 2017, has been chosen to be the "interim head coach" for the 2019 season. Here is part of the school's announcement to the media:

"We have an outstanding coaching staff in place that will take the team through the 2019 football season. At the conclusion of the season, Hanover High will take applications for the head (coaching) football position.

Butler joined the Hanover staff in 2017 where he coaches football and track and field as well as teaching social studies. Prior to being a Hanover Hawk, Butler taught and coached in Virginia Beach and Raleigh, North Carolina."

Butler, who earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from James Madison University, is a Shenandoah Valley native who has also coached basketball and field hockey.

No reason was given by the school for either the decision to move on from Stoudt or why Butler is the interim coach for the upcoming season. The team, interested players, and their families will have a meeting with Butler at the school on Monday.

Stoudt, who replaced Josh Just in 2013, went 30-37 in six seasons, reaching the postseason in 2013, 2014 and 2015, when the Hawks reached the former Group 4A state quarterfinals before losing at Lake Taylor.

The team, however, was just 7-23 from 2016 to 2018, missing the playoffs each year.

Hanover begins their 2019 campaign at home on September 6th hosting fellow Region 4B member Monacan.