Tuesday, March 26, 2019

PASSAGES (UPDATED): Former Lee-Davis Great Evans Shot, Killed In Norfolk; Suspect Arrested

Nathan Evans, who helped lead the Lee-Davis football team back to the postseason in 2015 and again in 2016 while being named Second Team All-State his senior season by the Virginia High School League, was shot and killed in Norfolk on Thursday night according to both The Daily Press and WAVY-TV.

Evans, a rising junior at the College of William and Mary, was shot on West 43rd Street in Norfolk, not far from the Old Dominion University campus. Police, according to WAVY-TV, responded to a report of a shooting at 11:50pm. Authorities found Evans on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound.

UPDATE (3/26/19): WAVY-TV reports that an arrest has been made in the Evans case. Norfolk police have brought into custody Kri-Shawn D. Beamon, age 20, and have charged Beamon with second-degree murder.

Norfolk police issued this statement earlier on Tuesday.

"A Chesapeake man has been arrested on charges stemming from a shooting on West 43rd Street that killed a Williamsburg man last week.

Kri'Shawn D. Beamon, 20, of the 3500 block of Coleshill Lane in Chesapeake, has been charged with second-degree murder, robbery, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Beamon was arrested Monday afternoon at his residence without incident.

Detectives are investigating this as an isolated incident and have not released the motive or circumstance surrounding this shooting. Beamon is currently being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond."

Hundreds of students gathered Monday evening at Kaplan Arena on the William & Mary campus to remember Evans.

Evans (#2, right in picture from Lee-Davis career) led the Tribe in rushing as a freshman in 2017, rushing for 208 yards in his sophomore campaign last season, scoring three total touchdowns.

"The Lee-Davis High School football program is deeply saddened by the loss of our former teammate, Nathan Evans," said Lee-Davis head football coach Ryan Turnage in a statement released by Hanover County Public Schools. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Nathan was a tremendous player and a great teammate, and I was proud to be his coach. Nathan had a huge impact on the success of our football program. He was a special player that loved to compete,, and his teammates looked up to him."

More information as we receive. We are praying for Evans' family, friends, Tribe teammates and, of course, the entire Lee-Davis community.




Sunday, March 24, 2019

MONDAY: Wakefield Is In The Red Zone

New Patrick Henry head football coach Ken Wakefield will be our special guest on the next edition of "In The Red Zone", our live, local sports talk show heard each Monday at 6pm on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM), as well as here on our website and on the @TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"!

Wakefield comes to the Patriots after six seasons leading the Culpeper County High School football team, advancing to the Class 3 state semifinals in 2018. He has been a past assistant at both Lee-Davis and Randolph-Macon.

CLICK HERE to listen online Monday, or better yet, come out Sports Page Grille, the exclusive home of "In The Red Zone" this Monday at 6pm for dinner and to meet Coach Wakefield!






Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WATCH LIVE: #1 Virginia Wesleyan at #24 Randolph-Macon Softball Doubleheader

CLICK HERE to watch the Old Dominion Athletic Conference showdown between the two-time defending national champion Marlins and the Yellow Jackets Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2:30. Our Rob Witham will be on the call of both games exclusively on RMCAthletics.com!



Sunday, March 17, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE MONDAY: Atlee's Michael Rawlings

Join us live for a special edition of "In The Red Zone" at SportsPage Grille Ashland Monday at 6pm on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM) as we welcome Atlee girls basketball coach Michael Rawlings to discuss a very emotional season for the Raiders. We'll also have the latest local sports news on Randolph-Macon, the NCAA Tournament and more!

CLICK HERE to listen to "In The Red Zone" live at 6pm!


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Here's #TheLineUp for Monday:

COLLEGE BASEBALL:

Stevens Institute at #5 Randolph-Macon, 3:30pm

MEN'S TENNIS:

Centre at Randolph-Macon, canceled (rain)

WOMEN'S TENNIS:

Centre at Randolph-Macon, canceled (rain)

BASEBALL:

Patrick Henry at Caroline, 5pm
Deep Run at Hanover, 7pm

SOFTBALL:

Deep Run at Hanover, 6pm

BOYS LACROSSE:

Highland Springs at Hanover, 6:30pm
Massaponax at Patrick Henry, 7:30pm
Atlee at Mills Godwin, 7:30pm

GIRLS LACROSSE:

Massaponax at Patrick Henry, 6pm
Mills Godwin at Atlee, 7:30pm (Live Tweet Coverage: @hanoversports)

BOYS TENNIS:

Armstrong at Atlee, 4:30pm
Highland Springs at Hanover, postponed (Wednesday 3/20)
Henrico at Patrick Henry, postponed (Tuesday 3/19)

GIRLS TENNIS:

Patrick Henry at Henrico, postponed
Hanover at Highland Springs, postponed (Wednesday 3/20)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

HONORS: Anthony Named Second Team All-American

Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player Of The Year, Randolph-Macon sophomore guard Buzz Anthony, was named Second Team All-American on Thursday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Here is the official release regarding the team. Congratulations to Buzz!


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Randolph-Macon sophomore guard Buzz Anthony (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was selected All-America Second Team as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2019 NABC Coaches' Division III All-America teams.

Anthony is one of three sophomores to receive All-America honors and the only sophomore on Second Team. He was earlier named to the NABC All-South District First Team and D3hoops.com 2019 Men's All-South Region First Team. Anthony was one of 50 players on the second watch list for the Bevo Francis Award, presented annually to the player with the finest overall season with non-Division I basketball.

The ODAC Player of the Year and one of two Yellow Jackets to start all 31 games this season, Anthony led R-MC with 485 points and 15.6 points per contest. He also topped the team with 157 rebounds, an average of 5.1 per game. Anthony led the ODAC and was seventh in the nation with 120 total assists, an average of 5.8 per outing. Anthony was first in the conference and eighth in the country in assist/turnover ratio at 3.20.

During the 2018-19 season, Anthony led the team in scoring 13 times, was tops in rebounding 10 times, and led the Yellow Jackets in assists 25 times.

Anthony is the first All-American for R-MC men's basketball since Justin Short in 2009. Short was named All-America First Team by DIII News and All-America Third Team by the NABC.
R-MC posted a 27-4 mark during the 2018-19 campaign. The four losses were to teams that reached the Elite Eight, with two by one point, and two losses to teams in the Final Four. The Yellow Jackets were one win away from the program mark for victories in a season. R-MC went 15-1 in ODAC play, claiming its third straight regular-season conference crown. The Yellow Jackets hosted and won the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship before traveling to Amherst, Mass., and falling 58-57 to Swarthmore in the Round of 16.

The Yellow Jackets were second in the nation in scoring margin (+18.6), fourth in scoring defense (61.8 ppg), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.65), fifth in turnovers per game (9.9), seventh in total three-point field goals made (331) and ninth in win-loss percentage (.871).

2019 NABC COACHES' DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

Ben Boots, UW Oshkosh6-1, Senior, Guard, Kimberly, Wis.
Booker Coplin, Augsburg, 6-3, Junior, Guard, Shakopee, Minn.
Jack Davidson, Wabash, 6-1, Sophomore, Guard, Fishers, Ind.
Kena Gilmour, Hamilton, 6-4, Junior, Guard, New Paltz, N.Y.
Edvinas Rupkus, Skidmore, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Naujoji Akmene, Lithuania
Sam Toney, New Jersey City, 6-4, Junior, Forward, Plainfield, N.J.
Dimitrius Underwood, UT Dallas, 6-2, Junior, Guard, Mesquite, Texas
Cam Wiley, Swarthmore, 6-0, Senior, Guard, Atlanta, Ga.

2019 NABC COACHES' DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

Buzz AnthonyRandolph Macon, 5-11, Sophomore, Guard, Arnold, Md.
Marcus Carter, Christopher Newport, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Williamsburg, Va.
Aston Francis, Wheaton, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Tyler, Texas
Ryan Garver, Nebraska Wesleyan, 6-3, Senior, Forward, Lincoln, Neb.
Ty Nichols, Keene State, 6-3, Senior, Forward, Springfield, Mass.
Jonathan Patron, Plattsburgh State, 6-2, Senior, Forward, Huntington, N.Y.
Christian Taylor, Staten Island, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Staten Island, N.Y.
Austin Schreck, Capital, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Erlanger, Ky.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

FOOTBALL: Wakefield To Lead Patrick Henry

Approved Tuesday night by the Hanover County School Board, Patrick Henry High School has announced Ken Wakefield as their new head varsity football coach. Wakefield replaces Keith Braxton, who spent the last two seasons at the helm in Ashland. The Patriots were 3-6 in 2018, missing the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

The Patriots will formally introduce Wakefield, who spent the past six seasons as head coach at Culpeper County High School, leading them to the Class 3 State Semifinals in 2018, on Thursday at 4pm at the school.

Here is the official announcement from Patrick Henry Athletics, who also provide the photo:

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Patrick Henry High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Ken Wakefield as our new head football coach. We’re very excited to welcome Coach Wakefield to PHHS, and we know he is going to continue to take the program in a positive direction. He has a proven record of success, and we know he will be an excellent role model for our students, staff, and community. Please join us in the PHHS library on Thursday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m. to meet Coach Wakefield and welcome him to the PHamily.
Coach Wakefield has coached football for 22 seasons. Most recently, he spent the last six seasons as the Head Football Coach for Culpeper County High School. After a 0-10 record in the program prior to his arrival in 2013, Culpeper student-athletes consistently improved under Coach Wakefield’s ‘Embrace the Process’ motto. The program advanced to the playoffs in five of its six seasons, and the team became district champions during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Last year was the most successful season at Culpeper as the team advanced to the 3A state semi-final game but lost to Phoebus. Despite this loss, the program was recognized for its accomplishments. Two student-athletes were named the offensive and defensive players of the year for 3B region while 14 players were named all-region in various positions. Additionally, four of the 14 players were recognized as all-state in various positions while Coach Wakefield was named Coach of the Year for the Northwestern District and 3B Region.
Prior to joining Culpeper, he was a defensive backs coach for two seasons at Marietta High School located in Marietta, Georgia. In 2010, he was a cornerbacks position coach with Randolph-Macon College. In 2008-2009, Coach Wakefield was the defensive coordinator at Lee-Davis High School. In 2006-2007, he was a special teams coordinator and co-defensive coordinator for Caroline High School. During the 2007 football season, he helped the Cavaliers achieve its best record in school history, and they won the district championship.
Before coming to Virginia, a majority of Coach Wakefield’s experience stems from his nine years as the secondary/wide receiver coach with St. Francis High School, a private school near Buffalo, New York where he was born and raised. His experience at St. Francis included the team winning six league championships, holding the number one ranking in Western New York during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and holding the 22nd ranking in the nation during 2004.
Coach Wakefield graduated from the State of New York University at Brockport with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. He earned a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy. Currently, he is a Physical Education/Health teacher at Culpeper High School. He and his wife, Mary, live in Spotsylvania with their 10-year-old son, Cole.


GAME OF THE WEEK SOFTBALL: Midlothian at Patrick Henry

CLICK HERE to listen live as the Patriots open their 2019 season, now at home against Region 4B rival Midlothian, at a new start time of 6pm on the RVA Sports Network!



Sunday, March 10, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE MONDAY

Randolph-Macon head men's basketball coach Josh Merkel will be live at SportsPage Grille Ashland with host Rob Witham on "In The Red Zone", heard exclusively on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM), and on the TuneIn Radio app on "Radiall", beginning at 6pm.

We'll also be joined by Hanover head tennis coach Lindsey Hein as the Hawk girls team begins their quest for a third consecutive state championship!

CLICK HERE to listen online!