Monday, August 13, 2018

In The Red Zone Live!

CLICK HERE to listen to "In The Red Zone", as host Rob Witham talks live with Patrick Henry head coach Abbey Rossman, interviews Atlee football coach Matt Gray and talks the latest sports news including Rockville and Glen Allen baseball's Cal Ripken World Series appearances!

Listen on radio on 102.9 FM, The Mater in Hanover and the RVA.

Monday, August 06, 2018

GAME OF THE WEEK FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2018

As announced first exclusively Monday night on the debut of "In The Red Zone" on 102.9 The Mater, WHAN Radio, here is the projected broadcast schedule for the 17th season of the High School Football Game of The Week, which premieres on Friday August 24th when Hanover opens the season at Monacan in a Region 4B battle.

All Game of The Week broadcasts will begin with the "On The Sidelines Pre-Game", airing 30 minutes before kickoff, on 102.9 FM, 1430 AM, online on the @TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall" and at links available both on this website and at RVASportsNetwork.com. Marc Davis of NBC12 joins Rob Witham each week with the most in-depth preview of high school football action in the area, only on the "Game of The Week" 30 minutes prior to kickoff!

This season, it is also the return of Collegiate Cougars football on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM) beginning September 7th. We'll have live doubleheaders throughout the season, an exclusive to WHAN Radio and The RVA Sports Network!

SCHEDULE (all broadcasts begin at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted):

Friday August 24: Hanover at Monacan (special airtime of 7pm, kickoff 7:30)

Friday August 31: Caroline at Patrick Henry

Friday September 7:
Collegiate at Trinity Episcopal, 4pm (On The Sidelines Pre-Game airs at a special time of 4pm, with kickoff at 4:30)
Atlee at Mills Godwin, 7pm

Friday September 14:
Collegiate at Bishop O'Connell, 3:15pm
Glen Allen at Lee-Davis, 6:30pm

Friday September 21:
Collegiate at Flint Hill, 3:45pm
Henrico at Patrick Henry, 6:30pm

Friday September 28:
Episcopal at Collegiate, 3:45pm
Atlee at Patrick Henry OR Hanover at Lee-Davis, 6:30pm

Friday October 5:
Collegiate at Woodberry Forest, 3:45pm
Henrico/Atlee, Hanover/Highland Springs, or PH/Varina, 6:30pm

Friday October 12:
Benedictine at Collegiate, 3:45pm
Patrick Henry at Hanover OR Atlee at Lee-Davis, 6:30pm

Friday October 19:
Fork Union Military Academy at Collegiate, 3:45pm
Lee-Davis at Varina or Highland Springs at Atlee, 6:30pm

Friday October 26:
To Be Announced, 6:30pm

Saturday October 27:
Collegiate at Norfolk Academy, Tape Delay, time TBA

Friday November 2:
The 60th Tomato Bowl: Lee-Davis at Patrick Henry, special 6pm airtime with one-hour pre-game show featuring "History Of The Tomato Bowl"

Sunday November 4:
St. Christopher's at Collegiate, Tape Delay, time TBA

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Coverage of the 2018 playoffs will begin on Friday, November 9. 102.9 The Mater and RVA Sports Network reserve the right to flex to a different game with higher playoff implications beginning October 5th on "Game of The Week" primetime series.

Listen Live! "In The Red Zone" Debut Broadcast

We are LIVE on 102.9 The Mater, WHAN Radio, with the debut broadcast of "In The Red Zone", our brand new live and local sports talk show, which will be heard each Monday evening from 6 to 7pm.

CLICK HERE to listen live if you are outside of the Richmond area.

Our special guest tonight is Randolph-Macon head football coach Pedro Arruza, and we will reveal the 2018 High School Game Of The Week broadcast schedule as well.







Friday, July 20, 2018

"In The Red Zone" Live Sports Talk Radio Show Debuts August 6th!

The RVA Sports Network, 102.9 The Mater and Sports Page Grill in Ashland are teaming up to take you "In The Red Zone"!

Join host Rob Witham every Monday night from 6 to 7pm live at Sports Page Grill on England Street as we talk local sports live on 102.9 FM, and live online here at HanoverCountySports.net.

We'll have weekly guests from county high schools, Randolph-Macon College and more, take your questions and have interactive social media polls throughout the show!

Come have dinner on Monday nights and watch the show as it happens live from Sports Page Grill in Ashland, and get "In The Red Zone" with Rob Witham, starting August 6th only on 102.9 The Mater from The RVA Sports Network!



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

HONORS: Three Raiders Earn First Team All-State Girls Lacrosse Honors

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2018 Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 5 All-State Girls Lacrosse Team. Local players denoted in bold:

FIRST TEAM:

Attack: Morgan Rose, Albemarle
Attack: Morgan Koeneke, Freedom
Attack: Kellyn McGlamery, Atlee
Attack: Kelsey Myers, Albemarle
Attack: Mary D'Lugos, Mountain View
Midfield: Emily Maier, Freedom
Midfield: Kate Miller, Atlee
Midfield: Mikayla Coghill, Mountain View
Midfield: Morgan Whitaker, Deep Run
Midfield: Julia Horner, Rock Ridge
Defense: Ari Wheeler, Atlee
Defense: Megan Pelletier, Freedom
Defense: Bridget Pinnaya, Albemarle
Defense: Madelyn DeCarli, Potomac Falls
Defense: Madison Hatcher, Mountain View
Goalkeeper: Grace Hyde, Potomac Falls

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Kelly Wyman, Deep Run
Attack: Carly Moore, Stone Bridge
Attack: Lizzie Ranberger, Mountain View
Attack: Sydney Seligman, Edison
Attack: Emily Karn, Atlee
Midfield: Mason Whitmore, Potomac Falls
Midfield: Faith Anna, Atlee
Midfield: Paige Barwick, Edison
Midfield: Kerry Nease, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Jenn Wendelken, Albemarle
Defense: Hannah Braswell, Deep Run
Defense: Sadie Thompson, Rock Ridge
Defense: Erin Fitzgerald, Stone Bridge
Defense: Ellie Woodward, Atlee
Defense: Colleen Schneider, Stafford
Goalkeeper: Mackenzie Schaeffer, Mountain View

Class 5 Player of The Year: Emily Maier, Freedom
Class 5 Coach of The Year: Richard DeSomma, Freedom


Thursday, June 21, 2018

RVA Sports Network Annual Year-End Survey

Be sure to answer our SurveyMonkey to vote on the top games and teams of the 2017-18 high school season, plus other questions where you can help us improve our coverage!

The survey is on the right hand side of the page.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Honors: Four Lee-Davis Softball Players Earn All-State Honors

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2018 Class 5 All-State Softball Team Tuesday by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). Lee-Davis placed four players on the team, and they are denoted in bold:

FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Laura Thompson, Prince George
Pitcher: Brooke Bond, Kecoughtan
Pitcher: Savanah Henley, Lee-Davis
Catcher: Bailey Roberts, Hickory
First Base: Kassie Pace, Albemarle
Second Base: Arizona Ritchie, Brooke Point
Third Base: Bianca Palmer-Scott, Kempsville
Shortstop: Sarah Thompson, Prince George
Outfield: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Ashlyn Rogers, Nansemond River
Outfield: Caitlin Abernethy, Prince George
Outfield: Nicole Lucia, Brooke Point
DP/Flex: Alyssa Heath, Hickory
Utility: Lauren Murphy, Mills Godwin

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Noelle Sterner, Brooke Point
Pitcher: Bre McDowell, Hickory
Pitcher: Alexis Robinson, Kempsville
Catcher: Logan Hawker, Lee-Davis
First Base: Jesse Gentry, Lee-Davis
Second Base: Jenna Harlow, Menchville
Third Base: Ashley Brassart, Orange
Shortstop: Lexi Lomax, Orange
Outfield: Hannah Smith, Warwick
Outfield: Hannah Crist, Princess Anne
Outfield: Raegann Boone, Kecoughtan
Outfield: Logan Friesen, Albemarle
DP/Flex: Aimya Ferguson, Orange
Utility: Mackenzie Smith, Gloucester

Class 5 State Player Of The Year: Bailey Roberts, Hickory
Class 5 State Coach Of The Year: Cindy Winter, Kecoughtan





Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Honors: Atlee Sweeps Top Region 5B Lacrosse Awards

It's a clean sweep for Atlee Raiders Lacrosse, as Andrew Cook and freshman Kate Miller win Region 5B Player of The Year honors, while Fielding Crawford and Christina Dobson earn Coach of The Year accolades. Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the 2018 All-Region 5B Team:

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BOYS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:

Attack: Drew Miller, Atlee
Attack: Ford Burke, Douglas Freeman
Attack: Mason Walczak, Atlee
Attack: Mikey Krongaard, Mills Godwin
Attack: Murfy Flickinger, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Andrew Cook, Atlee
Midfield: Kevin Dunne, Atlee
Midfield: Aidan Wheeler, Deep Run
Midfield: Brandon Smith, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Ian Shirey, Atlee
Defense: Walker Everhart, Atlee
Defense: John Bryson, Mills Godwin
Defense: Trevor Tan, Deep Run
Defense: Hayden Moore, Atlee
Defense: Brent Blackmon, Mills Godwin
Goalkeeper: Easton Chucker, Douglas Freeman

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Brian Hufnagle, Glen Allen
Attack: Aidan Shields, Atlee
Attack: Randy White, Lee-Davis
Attack: Luke Babilon, Deep Run
Attack: Thomas Laughlin, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Carson Ayers, Deep Run
Midfield: Garrett Keogh, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Evan Herkins, Deep Run
Midfield: Dominic Demodna, Deep Run
Midfield: David Goodwyn, Highland Springs
Defense: Thomas Gentry, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ian Courter, Lee-Davis
Defense: Quinn Broughton, Deep Run
Defense: Jack Drimer, Mills Godwin
Defense: Alex Moss, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Carter Strother, Glen Allen

REGION 5B BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andrew Cook, Atlee
REGION 5B BOYS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Fielding Crawford, Atlee

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GIRLS LACROSSE:

FIRST TEAM:


Attack: Kellyn McGlamery, Atlee
Attack: Kelly Wyman, Deep Run
Attack: Annie Bartley, Mills Godwin
Attack: Bridget Patton, Douglas Freeman
Attack: Emily Karn, Atlee
Midfield: Kate Miller, Atlee
Midfield: Morgan Whitaker, Deep Run
Midfield: Faith Anna, Atlee
Midfield: Kerry Nease, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Reaghan Kolb, Atlee
Defense: Ari Wheeler, Atlee
Defense: Hannah Braswell, Deep Run
Defense: Elizabeth Mauck, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ellie Woodward, Atlee
Defense: Haley Woods, Mills Godwin
Goalkeeper: Stella Harrison, Atlee

SECOND TEAM:

Attack: Jessica Peffer, Atlee
Attack: Courtney Teyssier, Douglas Freeman
Attack: Ashley Varner, Lee-Davis
Attack: Caroline Godkin, Mills Godwin
Attack: Lilly Lutton, Lee-Davis
Midfield: Hanna Pawela, Deep Run
Midfield: Stephanie Bunce, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Madison Ulm, Lee-Davis
Midfield: Kameryn Shears, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Landin Bostian, Mills Godwin
Defense: Jordan Chucker, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Ally Parlantieri, Deep Run
Defense: Lauren Oliver, Glen Allen
Defense: Hope Butler, Lee-Davis
Defense: Kathryn Super, Atlee
Goalkeeper: Gabriella Mignardi, Douglas Freeman

THIRD TEAM:

Attack: Elizabeth Moore, Atlee
Attack: Morgan Boyer, Glen Allen
Attack: Libbie Smith, Mills Godwin
Attack: Madison Gowin, Lee-Davis
Attack: Liza Loughlin, Douglas Freeman
Midfield: Anna Smith, Deep Run
Midfield: Ann Riley Goldschmidt, Mills Godwin
Midfield: Emma Josi, Glen Allen
Midfield: Margaux Schimick, Douglas Freeman
Defense: Jillian Slaydon, Mills Godwin
Defense: Allie Kelley, Deep Run
Defense: Devan Johnson, Glen Allen
Defense: Emily Devlin, Atlee
Defense: Madison Sherman, Douglas Freeman
Goalkeeper: Amber Stallings, Mills Godwin

REGION 5B GIRLS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kate Miller, Atlee
REGION 5B GIRLS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Christina Dobson, Atlee



Honors: Guess Wins POY Award For Region 5B Softball

Congratulations to Lee-Davis outfielder Sydney Guess for winning the Region 5B Softball Player of The Year Award as voted on by the region's coaches. The 2018 All-Region Team is listed below with Hanover County players noted in bold. Congratulations to all!

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FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Laura Thompson, Prince George
Pitcher: Savanah Henley, Lee-Davis
Pitcher: Rachel Davis, Atlee
Catcher: Logan Hawker, Lee-Davis
1st Base: Jesse Gentry, Lee-Davis
2nd Base: Ashley Hailey, Glen Allen
3rd Base: Korey Ellen, Glen Allen
Shortstop: Sarah Thompson, Prince George
Outfield: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Caitlin Abernethy, Prince George
Outfield: Rayn Robinson, Henrico
Outfield: Kelly Ayer, Atlee
DP/Flex: Emme Collins, J.R. Tucker
Utility: Lauren Murphy, Mills Godwin

SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Emerson Aiken, Glen Allen
Pitcher: Emme Collins, J.R. Tucker
Pitcher: Sam Conner, Henrico
Catcher: Alyssa Swords, Prince George
1st Base: Meg Rooney, Glen Allen
2nd Base: Alyssa Bernardini, Atlee
3rd Base: Angela Sperando, Deep Run
Shortstop: Lauren Taylor, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Hanna Cinella, Deep Run
Outfield: Hannah Mahan, J.R. Tucker
Outfield: Alexis Mills, Hermitage
Outfield: Madison McLaughlin, Lee-Davis
DP/Flex: Cassidy Maitland, Matoaca
Utility: Maddie Gutermuth, Deep Run

THIRD TEAM:

Pitcher: Claire Hoover, J.R. Tucker
Pitcher: Chloe McPhearson, Hermitage
Pitcher: Adaisia Randolph, Meadowbrook
Catcher: Emily Friel, Atlee
1st Base: Kyla Nase, Prince George
2nd Base: Brooke Loving, Prince George
3rd Base: Hayli Wagner, Lee-Davis
Shortstop: Carmen Betts, Glen Allen
Outfield: Amanda Cubeira, Mills Godwin
Outfield: Sydney Kuester, Atlee
Outfield: McKenna Mehlbrech, Lee-Davis
Outfield: Sydney Blackwell, Mills Godwin
DP/Flex: April Hooper, Atlee
Utility: Alexis Garnett, Varina

REGION 5B SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
REGION 5B SOFTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Rasheeda Crews, Henrico


Sunday, June 10, 2018

An Appreciation: Ladies Dominate End of 2017-18 Season

One team was crowned state champion. Two others fell just short. But, in the end, the ladies in Hanover County left in all on the court, field, and diamond as the 2017-18 season drew to a close this weekend.

At The RVA Sports Network, one of our main tenets is to provide equal coverage, as much as possible, between boys and girls sports at the high school level. The hard work, determination, success, and lessons taught by these three teams this spring, in victory as well as defeat, prove that our policy is a good choice.

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Class 4 State Girls Tennis Championship: Hanover 5, John Handley 2

Everyone, including the players from Hanover's unbeaten 2017 state championship team, heard the rumblings.

That was Stephanie's team. What do they do when Stephanie's not there?

Stephanie Broussard, the talented #1 a year ago who won the state singles, doubles and led the team to their first state championship, was in college. So, come February, what did all the returnees do? Whether consciously or not, they set out to prove that the 2017 title was no fluke, that not only a fourth straight trip to the Class 4 State Tournament was possible, so was back-to-back titles.

Then, Madison Moore is paired with freshman Raine Weis for doubles. With the lineups set, the Hawks set off to do exactly what they did a year earlier, ending with a 22-0 team record, culminating with a 5-2 victory over John Handley Saturday at Roanoke College.

When asked about the team's mentality in February as practice began for another climb towards a state trophy, Moore knew one thing that would help.

"We knew Raine was coming up, and we knew Raine was really good," Moore recalled. "We were only losing one of the top six, so we were like if Raine can take Steffi's spot, and we work together. Only losing one, and Steffi was a really big loss, but getting Raine helped."

But it wasn't nearly as simple as "plug in, replace, and play". Weis had to quickly learned the varsity ropes. She and Moore had to gel as a team quickly. Meanwhile, some unsung heroes continued to, in the words of Bill Belichick, "do their job" deeper into the singles rotation.

Seniors Brooke and Morgan Kazelskis each completed 22-0 seasons to go with their 22-0 seasons of a year ago, winning in #5 and #6 singles Saturday, both in straight sets at a time where the balance of the championship match could have gone either way. Moore and Weis had gotten the Hawks an early 2-0 lead with singles wins, but Handley won at #3 and #4 to tie the match at 2-2.

Brooke and Morgan stepped up, as they've done, according to their coach, Lindsey Wyeth Hein, for the past four years, each winning singles in straight sets, both winning set two 6-0. Then, it was time for Moore and Weis, who had won the 2018 Class 4 Doubles Championship Friday, to get on the court and finish the job. Two sets later, it was 6-3, 6-2 and the celebration was on. Again.

"We've relied heavily on (Brooke and Morgan) for the past four years, and they've gone a great job at #5 and #6, undefeated this year, undefeated last year. Having the confidence that they're stepping on the court, I had no doubt in my mind that they would come through," Hein explained.

In many ways, the 2018 championship brings a large measure of validation to the 2017 title, something Broussard would have readily agreed with a season ago. This year, as was last year, was a total team effort. And, to celebrate the victory, the Hawks received the customary Hanover County Sheriff's Office escort from Interstate 295 to the school. This year, it included a K-9 unit.

And, when the girls piled out of their "victory van" with the trophy, they almost immediately asked to meet "Scout", who immediately became the team mascot. Other teams in Class 4 will now have to "scout" Hanover, thanks to these past two seasons, for many seasons to come.



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Class 5 State Lacrosse Championship: Freedom-South Riding 9, Atlee 8:

They hadn't been truly tested all season long. They weren't supposed to be this good. They weren't supposed to replace a Division I goalkeeper with a freshman and dominate area competition.

But after Atlee went to Cosby and routed the Titans in late March, it was clear early on that the 2018 Raiders had the potential to be even better than the 2017 edition, who had qualified for the Class 5 State Tournament for the first time in school history last June.

With a spark plug named Kate Miller scoring goals at will, the veteran leadership of Faith Anna, Kellyn McGlamery, Reaghan Kolb and others, Atlee rolled through the regular season, barely broke a sweat at the Region 5B Championship Tournament, and were clearly better than two-time defending state champion Potomac Falls when they ousted the champions in the Class 5 State Semifinals last Tuesday night.

And, in a cruel twist of fate, maybe that was the achilles heel which, in the end, held Atlee back, falling just short to Freedom-South Riding Saturday in an intense, physical, and very close match. None of those adjectives could have described a previous Atlee match this season. And that was a problem head coach Christina Dobson worried about before her Raiders took the field at Deep Run High School.

"We got out of our game a little bit, and one of my concerns was not being challenged enough during the season," Dobson noted following the match. "Being put in this situation for the first time, and, we just kind of got out of our heads mentally."

After Miller, the freshman, scored the first goal of the match less than a minute in, the Raiders committed five uncharacteristic turnovers. The Eagles' defense demanded crisper passes, better routes, and with a worthy opponent and maybe an early case of nerves, Atlee struggled early. But Stella Harrison, also a freshman, stood tall in goal, and the five turnovers only resulted in two Freedom goals.

The Raiders responded with a 3-0 run to retake the lead and had a 5-4 advantage late in the first half. But a clock management issue gave Freedom a late chance to tie the match, and they did, at 6.6 seconds left, for a 5-5 halftime score. Miller scored four of her team-high five goals in the first half. The Eagles made adjustments to Miller for second half play, and the Raiders did not answer.

The second half was nip and tuck all the way, tied at 8-8 when the Raiders committed two costly penalities. Two players down for the final three minutes, and just over two minutes left, Freedom connected on the game-winner, got possession back, and ran out the clock. A controversial call in the final minute where Anna looked to have forced a turnover was called in Freedom's favor, ending Atlee's final hope for a comeback, and overtime.

It has been blatantly obvious this season that Kate Miller is the best player in Region 5B, though just in ninth grade, and Harrison, in that same class, is among the top goalkeepers. And Dobson, in immediate retrospect, thought maybe there was too much responsibility placed on the duo. Watching them play, it's hard to remember they have three more years of high school ahead of them.

The next, and final, step for these Raiders to return and seize the title, begins not in February, but now, just as this year's Raider squad used a youth camp nearly a year ago to continue to forge team unity and lay the foundation for this championship game run.

"This group has relied on girls like Kellyn and Faith for a number of years now, and so that'll be a tough loss for us, but I think it's more about the program sort of growing and adapting for a new norm," Dobson explained. "The junior class is really big, solid, and a great group of kids, so it's about them finding their role, finding their voice, and finding new leaders."

If we have learned one thing from the 2018 Atlee girls lacrosse team, it is they refused to let large graduation losses affect them. They clearly looked to the future from the moment they returned from their first appearance in state tournament history in Northern Virginia last June. Now, the 2019 Raiders must quickly turn the page from the disappointment of Saturday, and use the many successes of this season as the foundation for 2019, and to continue striving to, as they would say, finish their business.


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Class 5 State Softball Semifinal: Prince George 4, Lee-Davis 0

All season long, softball fans with a keen eye noticed that there was something different, something special about the 2018 edition of Lee-Davis softball. There was a camaraderie there that was unspoken, not absent from past teams, but definitely stronger.

Maybe it was fueled in part by determination to take the final step, after making the state semifinals in 2016, then the state championship in 2017, only to fall both times to rival Atlee, but, likely, it was mainly fueled by family. While Lee-Davis went about their business this season, quite successfully, the air around them showed an intense respect and appreciation for one another.

The only time, prior to the seventh inning of Friday's Class 5 state semifinal against Prince George, where the Confederates seemed deflated was, ironically, when they played at Prince George during the regular season in April, as a 1-0 lead turned into a 7-1 deficit by the fourth inning. There was no fight left. That day.

But Lee-Davis bounced back, won classic walk-off comebacks over county rivals Atlee and Hanover in walkoff fashion, both thanks to senior Jesse Gentry. Fellow seniors Logan Hawker, Sydney Guess and others fueled both offense and defense. Sophomore lefty Savanah Henley grew up in front of our eyes in the circle. And, after defeating Prince George 2-1 in a classic Region 5B Championship last Friday, the Confederates seemed primed to take the final step.

In the end, however, it was the inability of Lee-Davis to find a way for "the big inning" at the plate, and Prince George's ability to do it at the best possible time for the Royals, and the worst possible time for the Confederates, that ended the dream of the program's second state title this decade. Two solo home run were Lee-Davis' effort against the Royals in the region final. A Gentry two-run homer was the difference in their 2-1 state quarterfinal win over Kempsville.

On Friday, the score stood 0-0 after six intense innings, as Henley and Prince George's Laura Thompson matched each other pitch for pitch, out for out. Then, in the seventh, the Royals found timely hitting, with not one, but three well-placed hits down both the left and right field lines, turning the rally into four runs thanks to a squeeze bunt and a bases-clearing double. It was just the kind of inning Lee-Davis was praying for, but never got when they needed it the most.

"I felt like, you know, earlier along the way in regions and states we had a little bit of luck help us through it, and I think...it takes a little bit of luck and they were able to those right inside the line," Lee-Davis head coach Jackie Davis noted following the 4-0 defeat. The Confederates put two runners aboard to threaten a rally in the seventh, but pinch runner Sydney Gentry was thrown out trying to advance to third on an errant throw, and, even though it was only the first out of the inning, as was the case in April, it seems the final bastion of hope disappeared for the Mechanicsville faithful.

Henley battled valiantly in the circle, the victim of the Royals' good luck finding fair territory down the lines in the seventh. The sophomore will be a lynchpin for the Confederates in 2019.

"For six innings, I thought we played really solid defense. Savanah looked great on the mound, and has really grown a lot. She's done a heckuva job for us with us not being able to produce a lot of runs," Davis noted.

The big story, for this year's edition of Lee-Davis softball, was the countless contributions, both in game play, during practice, and especially away from the diamond, of this senior class. The vibe was different, their head coach seemed looser, enjoying the little things that this season of success, no matter the final result, produced. That includes three straight region championships.

Davis could not hold back emotions when asked about the players who will receive their diplomas this Saturday at the Siegel Center.

"I've been doing this for nineteen years," Davis said through tears. "And along the way, you always come across special kids, kids that you have that connection with. But to say that I had that with this senior class, the entire class, they had that connection, they had that fight. They're an amazing group of young ladies, and, I really, I really wanted this for them because they a special group, they were tight, they were close. They left it all out there today, and that's all I can ask of them. I'm going to miss them."

Some teams do not need trophies to show their immeasurable impact on lives and institutions, from between teammates to reaching their community. Davis, and all Lee-Davis fans, are thankful and indebted to softball's contribution to the Class of 2018.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

LISTEN LIVE: Class 5 State Softball Semifinal: Prince George vs. Lee-Davis

Use the embedded YouTube player below to listen live to the rubber match between the Lee-Davis Confederates and Prince George Royals as the teams play for the right to advance to the 2018 Class 5 State Championship Game on Saturday!

Online radio coverage begins at 9:56am ET Friday exclusively on The RVA Sports Network, presented by the Lee-Davis Athletic Booster Club.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Didlake, Tavares Earn Top Girls Soccer Region Honors

Congratulations to Lauren Didlake, senior for Hanover, named the 2018 Region 4B Girls Soccer Player of The Year Wednesday as voted on by region coaches. Hawks head coach Manny Tavares was named Region 4B Coach of The Year. Didlake is pictured below.

The All-Region teams are listed below:

FIRST TEAM:

Forward: Rachel Andrzejewski, Hanover
Forward: Lydia Burke, Chancellor
Forward: Lauren Didlake, Hanover
Forward: Rowan Geukgeuzian, Courtland
Forward: Emily Wells, Monacan
Midfield: Nicole Czyzewski, Midlothian
Midfield: Kassie Demps, Courtland
Midfield: Erin Junkmann, Midlothian
Midfield: Kylie Reid, Courtland
Midfield: Courtney Rosser, Hanover
Defense: Olivia Adams, Hanover
Defense: Jaymie Bollman, Courtland
Defense: Ally Cook, Chancellor
Defense: Erin Flamm, Courtland
Defense: Summer Hansen, Hanover
Goalkeeper: Mikki Easter, Eastern View

SECOND TEAM:

Forward: Sarah Aud, Midlothian
Forward: Logan Georgel, Midlothian
Forward: Katherin Healey, King George
Forward: Alisha Holcombe, Eastern View
Forward: Katelyn Ignudo, Courtland
Midfield: Emily Brett, Chancellor
Midfield: Dani Eddo, Eastern View
Midfield: Margaret Glass, Monacan
Midfield: Sarah Hatfield, Eastern View
Midfield: Jill Nix, Hanover
Defense: Sydney Clayton, Monacan
Defense: Shannon Huskey, Monacan
Defense: Eleanor Ross, Midlothian
Defense: Melody Washington, Chancellor
Goalkeeper: Zoe Long, Midlothian

HONORABLE MENTION:

Forward: Caedyn Berg, Chancellor
Forward: Sarah LaPeter, Hanover
Midfield: Julia Betancourt, Monacan
Midfield: Brooke Burrell, Chancellor
Midfield: Mackenzie Hoang, Hanover
Midfield: Camryn Mason, Louisa
Midfield: Madison McDermott, Courtland
Midfield: Maggie Sobel, Hanover
Defense: McKenzie Barker, Monacan
Defense: Allison Bunn, Hanover
Defense: Erin Cole, Monacan
Defense: Becca Diaz, Chancellor
Defense: Kyla Greenway, Powhatan
Defense: Hannah Koepfinger, King George
Defense: Elizabeth Row, Hanover
Defense: Erin Wasson, Midlothian
Defense: Cardyn Winn, Courtland
Goalkeeper: Olivia Haynes, Courtland
Goalkeeper: Kylee Maiolo, Powhatan




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Double Champs: Atlee Boys, Girls Win Lacrosse Titles.....

The Atlee girls lacrosse team spotted Deep Run the first goal, then went on a tear, scoring 13 unanswered en route to a 19-5 defeat of the Wildcats to claim the 2018 Region 5B Girls Lacrosse Championship at Randolph-Macon College. The victory keeps the Raiders unbeaten as they prepare to host a Class 5 State Semifinal early next week.

Meanwhile, the Atlee boys dispensed of Douglas Freeman, leading from start to finish with a 17-7 victory to claim the Region 5B boys crown. The Raiders earn a bye to the state semifinals where they will host the winner of Briar Woods and Douglas Freeman, who play a Class 5 state quarterfinal this weekend, early next week.

Congratulations, Raiders!



Sunday, May 27, 2018

College World Series: Yellow Jackets Win Twice Sunday, Must Win Monday

Two down, one to go on the back half of the holiday weekend for Randolph-Macon at the College World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.

In Sunday's first game, an eight-run inning broke open a 5-5 tie as the Yellow Jackets eliminated the team that defeated them in their opener, Misercordia, 14-6, advancing to a Sunday evening affair with unbeaten Texas-Tyler. Rick Spiers' three-run inside the park home run paced the Yellow Jackets (38-8-1) to a 6-1 win to force a winner-take-all rematch Monday at 1pm.

A win for the Yellow Jackets Monday over Texas-Tyler will place them into the best-of-three championshp series, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Cody Thompson (Atlee, pictured below), pitched the ninth inning in the Texas-Tyler victory.

To see the bracket, and for a link to Monday's game to watch live, CLICK HERE.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Playoff Preview

After a tough night for Patrick Henry, a history making night for Hanover girls lacrosse, and wins for Hanover girls soccer, baseball and softball on Thursday, we turn our attention to Friday and the beginning of the rest of the Region 5B Tournament schedule....

BASEBALL:

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #6 Atlee at #3 Glen Allen, 7pm: The Raiders enjoyed a huge win over the Jaguars during the regular season as part of our "Game of The Week" series on YouTube. Now the Jaguars hope to exact revenge at home. Both teams are two wins away from a state tournament bid, as are these two teams....

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #7 Lee-Davis at #2 Prince George, 5pm: An early start down south as the Confederates take on an experienced Royals team who made it all the way to the state semifinals one year ago. Lee-Davis will need, perhaps, their best performance of the season, especially defensively, in order to advance to semifinal play next Wednesday.

SOFTBALL:

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #6 Matoaca at #3 Atlee, 6pm: The hope for a "four-peat" remains alive as the Raiders, who struggled at times against tough opponents, look to start another march towards June. Atlee defeated the Warriors in the regular season, and, with a victory, could be looking at Round 3 with a familiar foe.....

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #7 Deep Run at #2 Lee-Davis, 6pm: After a state semifinal appearance in 2016 and after being state runner-up last year, seeing their seasons end both times at the hands of Atlee, the Confederates see 2018 as their year, their opportunity. They will be favored tonight over a Wildcat team who lost 10-0 in Mechanicsville earlier this month on Senior Night.

BOYS SOCCER:

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #5 J.R. Tucker at #4 Atlee, 7:30pm: After an 0-3-1 start, the Raiders have won twelve straight matches heading into tonight's battle with a surprisingly good Tiger squad who owns a win over second-seeded Meadowbrook, who eliminated Lee-Davis Thursday night. A win could give Atlee a shot at one of two unbeatens in the area in top-seeded Deep Run.

GIRLS SOCCER:

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #5 Glen Allen at #4 Atlee, 5:30pm: After a 3-1 win over the Jaguars April 30th, the Raiders have won just twice on the field in May. The rematch is tonight, with the Raiders two wins from a return to the state tournament.

BOYS LACROSSE:

Region 4A Semifinal: #4 Hanover at #1 Midlothian, 6pm: Ironically, these former Conference 20 rivals did not meet in the regular season, but they square off tonight with a bid to the Class 4 State Tournament on the line. The Trojans enter at 12-3, while Hanover is 8-6.

Region 5A Semifinal: #4 Mills Godwin vs. #1 Atlee, 5:30pm (Randolph-Macon College, Day Field): The Raiders only lost to St. Christopher's in regular season play and begin the climb to a possible fourth straight state title game appearance against the Eagles, whom they did not meet during the regular season. This is Atlee's first game since May 7th. (NOTE: The Atlee girls lacrosse semifinal is Saturday at 10am, also at Day Field).

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And, lest we forget??

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES:

#1 Randolph-Macon vs. Misercordia, 2:15pm, Appleton, Wisconsin (WATCH LIVE HERE): The journey finally complete, now the Yellow Jackets, in their maiden voyage at the Division III College World Series, must get to work on the field as they take on the team that eliminated Virginia Wesleyan in their regional final. A win puts the Yellow Jackets in the winners bracket Saturday, also at 2:15, a loss means an elimination game first thing Saturday at 11am.

Stay with @hanoversports on Twitter for updates throughout the afternoon and evening and get a complete scoreboard wrap-up on Facebook Friday night by clicking HERE.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thursday Playoff Preview

It is an absolutely crazy day of high school playoff action on this Thursday across the area. Let's set the table for you here!

BASEBALL:

Region 4B Quarterfinal: #5 Dinwiddie at #4 Patrick Henry, 6pm: Seth Mayberry and the Generals come in off a late night victory in the first round Tuesday, while the Patriots have had some time to rest, and to heal. Will that offset a little rust, having not played since their rain-shortened win at Atlee thirteen days ago?

Region 4B Quarterfinal: #6 Hanover at #3 Eastern View, 6pm: The Hawks, for a return trip to the Class 4 State Tournament, must become road warriors, beginning with tonight's trip to Culpeper. With their storied history in baseball this decade, the target on the back of Hanover looms very, very large.

SOFTBALL:

Region 4B Quarterfinal: #5 Dinwiddie at #4 Patrick Henry, 6pm: Dinwiddie made the trip to Ashland Monday May 14, and led 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning when a powerful wind storm arrived, forcing people to race to their cars for shelter and safety. Now, Taylor Johnson and company return to Patrick Henry feeling confident they can get the win. The Patriots need an early lead to erase the memory of last Monday, and consequently, put the pressure on the visitors.

Region 4B Quarterfinal: #6 Hanover at #3 Courtland, 4:30pm: A quick turnaround for the Hawks, who did not score in the Wednesday portion of their 2-1 triumph over Chancellor in the first round. Courtland enters with a 12-7 record. Whether it's Ellen Palya or Leslie Currie, or a combination of both, Hanover needs their bats to come alive. Three runs or more may be necessary in this one.

GIRLS LACROSSE:

Region 4A Semifinal: #6 Hanover at #2 Patrick Henry, 6pm: It's Round Three between the Hawks and Patriots, Hanover winning the two regular season meetings. The Hawks held off Patrick Henry in a closely-played, sometimes hotly contested, first meeting, then Hanover blew out the Patriots in Ashland at the rematch. Revenge is a big factor for Patrick Henry's hopes, but even more, a trip to the Class 4 State Tournament is on the line, something Patrick Henry has never accomplished.

BOYS SOCCER:

Region 5B Quarterfinal: #7 Lee-Davis at #2 Meadowbrook, 7:30pm: This will be a very tough test for Lee-Davis, taking on a program in Meadowbrook which has made significant strides over the past few years and are ready to finally get a signature playoff win against a team north of the James River.

Region 4B Quarterfinal: #5 King George at #4 Hanover, 7:30pm: Time to see if Hanover has another gear in order to improve play to the point where they can seriously contend for a Class 4 State Tournament berth. They'll need two wins to earn it, beginning with this battle with the Foxes.

GIRLS SOCCER:

Region 4B Quarterfinal: #7 King George at #2 Hanover, 5:30pm: Quietly, consistently, the Hawks have put together one of their best seasons in school history. None of that will matter, especially to the senior class, without a state tournament bid. They, too, need two wins for that, and the first win is theirs for the taking tonight at home.


Monday, May 21, 2018

History! Randolph-Macon Baseball Sweeps South Region, Heads To College World Series

In the end, there was never a doubt.

Randolph-Macon swept every game, every opponent, claiming the 2018 NCAA Division III South Regional Championship Sunday afternoon in Holly Springs, North Carolina with an 11-2 romp over Christopher Newport, the same team the Yellow Jackets defeated 4-3 the night before to claim a berth in the final round, clinching the team's first-ever trip to the Division III College World Series.

The Yellow Jackets scored six first inning runs and never looked back, moving to 35-7-1 on the season, winning all four regional games, and defeated the Captains for the third time this month and fourth time this season.

Randolph-Macon's 35 victories ties the single-season program record for wins set two years ago.

For more coverage of the championship game, CLICK HERE.

For the postgame press conferences, CLICK HERE.

(Thanks to R-MC Athletics for the photo)


Thursday, May 17, 2018

RVA Locals Only: Interview with Atlee Lacrosse's Christina Dobson on ESPN Richmond

Friday morning on ESPN Richmond, The RVA Sports Network's Rob Witham joins Bob Black for "RVA Locals Only Presented By Farm Bureau Insurance" and we'll shine the spotlight on undefeated Atlee girls lacrosse, talking live with head coach Christina Dobson! We'll discuss the Raiders' season, the contributions of two key freshmen, and the growth of high school lacrosse this decade.

Plus, we'll have the latest high school playoff information, from VISAA State Baseball to all the VHSL spring sports getting underway.

Listen on 99.5 or 102.7 FM, 950 AM, online by CLICKING HERE, or on the ESPN Richmond app for iPhone or Android!

Plus, Rob with sit in with Bob for the entire 9am hour, talking sports, The Preakness and more! Hope you'll tune in and join us!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Honors: Three Yellow Jackets Named To All-Region Softball Team

While the 2018 season did not end the way Randolph-Macon softball had hoped, the magnitude of the season's accomplishments cannot be overstated.

The Yellow Jackets finished with a 40-7 record, smashing their all-time single season wins record. On Wednesday, three members of the team were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association when All-Atlantic Region teams were unveiled.

Junior pitcher Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) earned First Team All-Region honors. Whittemore finished 2018 with 142 strikeouts, a 1.30 ERA and a 15-4 record. She was earlier named to the NFCA/Schutt Sports Division III National Player Of The Year watch list.


Sophomore Sami Davidson earned First Team All-Region honors as well, as the catcher batted .417, driving in 29 runs with three home runs and eight doubles. While Davidson was five for six in stolen base attempts, she gunned down opposing runners with regularity, throwing out 15 of 21 players trying to steal on her.

Freshman Madie Rhoads finished a magical debut season for the Yellow Jackets with Second Team All-Atlantic Region accolades. Rhoads, who won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Rooke of the Year award, finished with a 13-3 record, not losing a game during regular season play, including the complete game win at defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan. Rhoads struck out 147 batters and led the team in ERA at 0.80, a mark good enough for tops overall in the ODAC.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Special Game Of The Week With Patriot Talk Live!

Softball: Dinwiddie at #5 Patrick Henry with Region 4B playoff seeding on the line!

Listen live to Kelly Hughes and Rob Witham starting at 6pm Monday at the link below. Tonight's game is not available on our YouTube Channel.

CLICK HERE to listen!


Monday, May 07, 2018

Game Of The Week Listen Live Player: Softball: Midlothian at #9 Hanover

The action starts Monday at 6pm only on The RVA Sports Network, listen to the Hawks battle Midlothian on the YouTube player below!


Thursday, May 03, 2018

CHANGE: ODAC Baseball First Round Now Begins With Doubleheader Friday

Mother Nature strikes again.

The new format of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Baseball Championship begins this weekend as the top four seeds host the bottom four seeds in best-of-three series. Winners advance to next weekend's championship rounds.

#1 Randolph-Macon, in an attempt to at least get two games in before anticipated rain moving in this weekend, will now face #8 Bridgewater in a doubleheader on Friday. Game 1 is slated to begin at 1pm at Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park, with Game 2 beginning 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1. If the teams split Friday's twinbill, Sunday's deciding Game 3 would begin at 1pm.

Tickets for the Championship First Round are $5 for adults, while Randolph-Macon students and children under 12 will be admitted free. Additional information can be obtained by clicking here.


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Game Of The Week Listen Live Player: #6 Hanover at #2 Benedictine

First pitch is at a special time of 5pm, so join us live as the Hawks battle the Cadets only on The RVA Sports Network on the YouTube player below!


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

History And Honors: R-MC Baseball to #1; Rhoads Named Rookie Of The Year

BASEBALL: After winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season championship Saturday for the first time in 31 years, the Yellow Jackets reached the number one ranking in Division III nationally Tuesday on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Collegiate Baseball Top 30 Poll. The Yellow Jackets rank third this week on the D3Baseball.com survey.

Randolph-Macon begins play in the newly-formatted 2018 ODAC Baseball Championship this weekend, hosting eighth-seeded Bridgewater in a best two-of-three series starting Friday afternoon at Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park at 3:30pm. First, the Yellow Jackets finish regular season play with a Top 10 showdown out of conference against #6 Christopher Newport Tuesday at 3:30pm.


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SOFTBALL: Freshman Madie Rhoads was named 2018 ODAC Rookie of The Year Tuesday as six Randolph-Macon players earned All-ODAC Team honors.

Junior pitcher Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) and sophomore catcher Sami Davidson were named First Team All-ODAC, while Rhoads and senior first baseman Harley Jones earned Second Team accolades. Junior shortstop Savannah Wood and sophomore center fielder Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville) were named to the All-ODAC Third Team.

Rhoads' ERA of 0.79 ranks in the top five nationally, going 12-0 during the Yellow Jackets' historic 37-3 regular season. Davidson hit .421 in conference play, .409 overall with 32 RBI's, while Whittemore had an ERA of 0.98 with a 15-3 record over 128.2 innings, striking out 136 batters. Whittemore is a member of the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division National Player of The Year Top 25 list.




Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday: Game Of The Week Baseball: #10 Glen Allen at Atlee

Listen live Monday at 6pm to the RVA Sports Network High School Baseball Game of The Week as Zack Beach and the Atlee Raiders battle #10 Glen Allen in a key Region 5B matchup on the YouTube player below!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Friday: Game Of The Week: #10 Atlee at #3 Lee-Davis Softball

It's time for another chapter in the saga that is Atlee vs Lee-Davis softball, and we'll have it live only on The RVA Sports Network Friday starting at 7pm!

Use the YouTube player below to listen live to the Raiders and Confederates!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Wrap: Confident Yellow Jackets End Marlins Perfect Season In Twinbill Split

Randolph-Macon calmly, and confidently, walked off the bus when they arrived at Virginia Wesleyan University Wednesday afternoon, ready to tackle the reigning giant, the Marlins.

While the Yellow Jackets' softball program has enjoyed a gradual ascension to the upper echelon of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference over this decade, winning the ODAC Championship in 2015, they've always been compared to their brethren to the southeast, both in conference with Virginia Wesleyan, and out of conference with Christopher Newport.

Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets hit the field at Marlins Park believing that, as their head coach Kevin Proffitt told them, no miracle was needed to beat their opponent. And, for fifteen innings over two nail-biting games, Randolph-Macon did just that. Believed. In the end, it paid off, big time.

In the first game, Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) led off with a walk to Kiersten Richardson (Glen Allen), who moved to second, later to third on a grounder, then scored on a Cassity Howerin double for a 1-0 Marlin lead. Whittemore, with help from her defense, wouldn't allow that to happen again during regulation play, as the junior allowed just three hits on the afternoon.

The problem belonged to the Yellow Jacket offense, trying to figure out 2017 National Pitcher of The Year Hanna Hull (Clover Hill), who mowed her way through the Randolph-Macon order early on. Cracks began to show in the fifth, as Sami Davidson singled to right, but was left there. In the seventh, Whittemore struck out to begin the frame, then Savannah Wood sent a blooper into shallow left center field. Center fielder Beth Ford (Patrick Henry) and Richardson at shortstop both went after the ball, but neither caught it. Wood aggressively moved to second base on the play to get a Yellow Jacket in scoring position.

Senior Harley Jones wouldn't disappoint, cracking a Hull delivery to the base of the center field fence for a double to score Wood to tie the game at 1-1. Whittemore got the Marlins in order in the seventh, forcing extra innings.

In the eighth, Randolph-Macon moved their automatic base runner from second to third, but no more, as Hull hurled two big strikeouts in the frame. The Marlins answered quickly as Ford's sacrifice bunt moved Julia Sinnett to third base. A pair of walks loaded the bases. Howerin stepped in and laced a one-hopper to Taylor Sanderford (Atlee) at third, who threw home for the force. But, with two outs, Kaitlyn Biando roped a single past Wood at shortstop to bring Richardson home again, this time with the winning run for the 2-1 victory.

Missed opportunities at the plate frustrated the Yellow Jackets, but for a young team, they quickly turned the page and got ready for game two. Freshman starter Madie Rhoads was already prepared, having all of game one to watch her opponents.

"I see what they swing at usually, and our coaches give us information and I tend to look that over," Rhoads said when asked about preparation when you're the game two starter. "I usually look at what they're hitting, and not hitting, and try to go for what they're not hitting, obviously."

The Marlins returned Hull to the circle in game two. The Yellow Jackets greeted her with a first inning run on Harley Jones' RBI single to score Savannah Wood, who had walked and stole second, for a 1-0 edge. The Marlins answered as Howerin again doubled to score Richardson. After an inning, it was 1-1. It would stay that way for a long time.

Rhoads, a graduate of Nansemond River High School, returning to the area where she pitched in high school, settled in to retire six in a row before a fourth inning leadoff walk to Howerin. Biando singled to give the Marlins two runners aboard. Amy Large popped out to second baseman Maddie Stone, then pinch hitter Taylor Cardamone struck out. Rhoads followed with a strikeout of Julia Fassl, and the Marlins stranded a pair.

Defense also needed to be sterling for the Yellow Jackets to come away with a win. Davidson, behind the plate, launched a strike to second base to cut down Ford trying to steal second to end the Marlin fifth inning. That set the stage for Randolph-Macon's big inning, by today's standards.

Whittemore led off with a single to right center, moving to second on a Wood sacrifice bunt. After a conference in the circle, Hull intentionally walked Jones, the Yellow Jackets leading home run hitter, recognizing her double, and a near miss earlier on a deep fly ball. That brought up Davidson, who flied out to Ford in center. With two outs, up stepped Shelby Hill, who launched a single into left center field. Whittemore motored around third and scored without a play at the plate. It was 2-1 Yellow Jackets.

Now it was Rhoads' turn to finish the job. In, without a doubt, the biggest defensive play of the game, with two out in the sixth, Biando looped the ball into shallow right field. Kerstin Roth raced in, unable to make the catch, but Stone, too, chased the ball, raced to it past Roth, turned and fired a bullet right to second base, Wood applying the tag for the third out as Biando was cut down trying to advance to second.

Rhoads took care of the rest, striking out Large, then pinch hitter Jessica Lindsay, then, to close it out (see video below), pinch hitter Maria Weddle became Rhoads' tenth and final strikeout victim. On her 100th pitch, the freshman slammed the door, the perfect season was over for the Marlins, and the Yellow Jackets mobbed Rhoads near the circle to celebrate a very important victory.

"I have confidence in my teammates, and I knew that she had it," Rhoads said referring to Stone's outstanding coverage and throw in the sixth inning and, subsequently, the final strikeout for the win. "As soon as it happened, I don't know, I almost fell to my knees but I stayed composed."

For Randolph-Macon, now 10-2 in ODAC play and 31-3 overall, the game two win could act just like the game two win at Christopher Newport did two months ago on opening day. The Yellow Jackets ripped off 21 straight wins before a ten-inning loss to Lynchburg. It's an opportunity to launch themselves to an even higher level of play and execution. Whittemore was, again, the workhorse, even in defeat, and Rhoads now knows she can win in the circle against the best. Add in the great work of Kayley Scott (Lee-Davis), and the Yellow Jackets prepare for ODAC Championship play with something they haven't really enjoyed: pitching depth.

What they don't want is the emotion of the victory in game two to dictate that this game was the apex of their season, resulting in a downhill slide to the postseason. An NCAA Tournament bid is almost assured for this team, and a deep run is possible, but only if they continue to work to improve, and put game two's victory behind them as quickly as they did the defeat in game one.

For Virginia Wesleyan, nothing changes. Their perfect season may be gone, but so is the quiet, unspoken pressure that comes with the chase for perfection. The Marlins expect to win the ODAC, and expect to return to, and win, the College World Series. None of that was affected by today's split. If anything, they'll learn from game two and be even more dangerous next weekend in Salem.

Rhoads, still on her first trip through the ODAC universe, is very aware that while this win is one to savor, it does not constitute the top of the Yellow Jackets' intended 2018 mountain.

"I feel like this is another cushion, it boosts our energy definitely," Rhoads said, reflecting on the nightcap win. "We''re definitely not at the top yet."

NOTES: Randolph-Macon is in second place in the ODAC at 10-2, while Virginia Wesleyan leads at 13-1 and, barring a late collapse, the Marlins will be the top seed in the ODAC Championship beginning Friday April 27. The Yellow Jackets must next face third place Roanoke in a Saturday doubleheader moved to Lord Botetourt High School beginning at 1pm. Sunday, the Yellow Jackets make up a doubleheader at home with Guilford at 3pm and 5pm, then close out the regular season at Randolph for another make-up twinbill at 3pm and 5pm. Randolph-Macon clinches the two seed with a 4-2 record or better over the final days of the regular season.

For the Marlins, Hull's third strikeout in game one gave her the new ODAC record for strikeouts in a career with 382. Hull struck out fifteen Yellow Jackets in game one, but only one in game two. Hull threw 112 pitches in the first game, 89 in the second. For Rhoads, she scattered four hits in game two, striking out nine. Rhoads continues to lead the conference in ERA at 0.63, Hull just behind in second at 0.67, followed by Whittemore at 0.73, then Kayley Scott at 1.27.












Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GAME OF THE WEEK SPECIAL PLAYER: #4 Randolph-Macon at #1 Virginia Wesleyan Softball

It's the 30-2 Yellow Jackets hitting the road to battle the 34-0 defending national champion Marlins! Doubleheader action begins at 3pm Wednesday on RVA Sports Network, so listen live using our YouTube Channel player below!


Monday, April 16, 2018

GAME OF THE WEEK PLAYER: #2 Lee-Davis at #1 Prince George Softball

Listen live on the YouTube player below at 5pm ET as the top two ranked softball teams in the RVA collide when Lee-Davis travels to Prince George!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Rivalry Night: Hanover Baseball, Atlee, Lee-Davis Softball With Big Wins

BASEBALL:

#7 Hanover 11, #10 Atlee 1 (6 innings--three-run first inning set pace for #Hawks, now 4-4)
Lee-Davis 5, Patrick Henry 4 (Patriot comeback attempt falls short)

SOFTBALL:

#3 Lee-Davis 4, #6 Patrick Henry 3 (Katie Bareford's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh keeps Lee-Davis unbeaten at 4-0. Patriots are now 5-2.)

#7 Atlee 2, #5 Hanover 0 (Rachel Davis stymies Hawk batters while timely defense propels Raiders to win, handing Hawks their first loss of season)

BOYS SOCCER:

Lee-Davis 2, Patrick Henry 0
Atlee 3, Hanover 1

GIRLS SOCCER:

Lee-Davis 1, Patrick Henry 1
Hanover 3, Atlee 0



RIVALRY NIGHT II

Tonight, Lee-Davis hosts Patrick Henry while Hanover hosts Atlee for eight big games in three different sports!

Our @hanoversports Twitter feed is live at Hanover, and we'll have updates from games at Lee-Davis:

GIRLS SOCCER:

Atlee at Hanover, 5:30pm
Patrick Henry at Lee-Davis, 6pm

SOFTBALL:

#7 Atlee at #5 Hanover, 6pm
#6 Patrick Henry at #3 Lee-Davis, 7pm

BASEBALL:

#10 Atlee at #7 Hanover, 7pm
Patrick Henry at Lee-Davis, 7pm

BOYS SOCCER:

Atlee at Hanover, 7:30pm
Patrick Henry at Lee-Davis, 7:30pm



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

GAME OF THE WEEK PLAYER: Softball: #9 Mills Godwin at #3 Lee-Davis

Listen live Wednesday at 6pm ET as Lee-Davis hosts Mills Godwin on the RVA Sports Network High School Softball Game of The Week!


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

HOOPS: Three Camps Come To Randolph-Macon This Summer

Randolph-Macon men's basketball coach Josh Merkel announces three separate basketball camps coming this summer to the Ashland campus. The "Primetime Camp" will be held June 25 to 28, the "Shooting Camp" is set for July 27 to 29, and the "Complete Skills Camp" is scheduled for July 29 to August 2.

The "Primetime Camp" is open to rising third through twelfth graders, focusing on individual instruction for fundamental skills, plus daily games, contests and an early bird workout. The "Shooting Camp" is open to boys ages 10 to 18, and is available for overnight as well as commuter campers. Focus lies on overall improvement in shooting skills and technique, plus footwork, shooting off the dribble, the pass and the catch. The camp will be able to handle all positions and skill levels.

The "Complete Skills Camp", also for boys ages 10 to 18, offers overnight, extended day and day camper options, with individualized instruction on fundamentals, four games daily, contests, and even time to enjoy the pool.

Registration is now open for all three camps and space is limited. To obtain additional information or to register your child, go to www.rmchoops.com now for complete details.






Monday, April 02, 2018

HONORS: Williams, LaHaye Earn VaSID State Awards

The postseason accolades for Randolph-Macon All-American Kelly Williams continue as the sophomore was named Virginia College Division State Women's Basketball Player of The Year Monday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Williams, who led the nation in Division III in points per game and double-doubles, and was second nationally in rebounds per contest, was also named to the VaSID College Division First Team All-State. Joining Williams on the First Team is Mechanicsville native Caroline Naumann of Lynchburg College.

In addition, Randolph-Macon head coach Carroll LaHaye earned State Co-Coach of The Year honors along with Anne Crutchfield of Emory and Henry, whom the Yellow Jackets defeated for the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship on February 24 in Salem, Virginia.

LaHaye, finishing her 36th season in Ashland, earned the VaSID honor for the sixth time. Earlier, she was named District V Coach of The Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The Yellow Jackets' leader since 1982, LaHaye captured her 600th career win at Randolph-Macon with a victory in Lynchburg on January 20th.

Congratulations to Kelly, Coach LaHaye and the Yellow Jackets!



Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Wrap: Young Hawks Growing Up: Knock Off Patrick Henry

Hanover catcher Lauren Hughes wondered what all the fuss was about after the third out of the top of the seventh inning Thursday night at home as her Hawks battled county rival, and new Region 4B rival, Patrick Henry.

"Actually, when the girl got out in the last inning, I had no idea it was the last out. I was like, why is everyone so excited? We've got one more inning to go, guys!," Hughes recalled. "And then everyone started lining up and I was like, 'oh my gosh, it's time to go!'"

Hughes was laser focused on guiding freshman pitcher Leslie Currie, who entered in relief of Ellen Palya, in the sixth inning of a 2-2 tie, through a seventh inning that saw Hanover enjoyed a 3-2 lead. When Hughes noticed the scoreboard, she realized it was now a 3-2 victory, a huge win for a young Hawks team left behind a year ago by Atlee, Lee-Davis and Patrick Henry as they all made deep postseason runs, Atlee the deepest of all.

It was Hughes who scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth off Patrick Henry freshman Riley Dull, who entered in relief of Charlotte Mitchell in the third inning. Hughes singled up the middle, moved to second on a passed ball, then to third on a Palya ground out to shortstop. After Julia Mardigian hit a liner back to Dull for the second out, Jenna Ways came to the plate. A Dull pitch got away from Emma Keys behind the plate and Hughes raced home to break the tie and return the lead to the Hawks.

Currie retired the Patriots (5-1) in order in the seventh to complete a victory that marks the return of Hanover softball to main stage after an up and down 8-9 season a year ago. What's most impressive is this is happening with a youth-laden squad. And, for second year head coach Becca Mayhew, coming into the 2018 season, the first focus was all about the mental game.

"I think the biggest thing is confidence and leadership, they go hand in hand," Mayhew said. "Our coaches have to show confidence in our players and leadership, so our captains have a lot of leeway, and they're able to trickle that down and give the girls more confidence."

The Hawks struck first in the second inning, taking advantage of a third strike passed ball to Bella Pastore with two outs. Rylan Hubbard launched a double to the right field wall that brought Pastore all the way home for a 1-0 lead. Jessica Russell next singled up the middle, scoring Hubbard to make it 2-0.

Palya went five innings, but was touched up in the fifth frame as Erin White led off with a towering home run to left field to get Patrick Henry on the board. Jamie Hughes walked, then, on a sacrifice bunt by Dull, Hughes got the green light to not only take second, but head to third base, too. It caught Hanover by surprise. Pastore's throw from first to third base was high, allowing Hughes to take off and slide in safely at home to tie the game at 2-2.

"It definitely caught us off guard, but the thing I focused on was how we bounced back. We never gave up," Mayhew noted. "We're in the dugout, and someone said, girls, it's 2-2, let's go. We're still in this. I think that was a big mentality shift for us because, before, it would be like, we're not winning anymore, and the mentality would go straight down. But not today."

For the Patriots, the end of a busy stretch of games going into Spring Break hits a sour note, as they know there were opportunities to grab the win. But a loss in an evenly played game against a future playoff rival could be just the elixir Patrick Henry needs, to refocus, regroup, and prepare for April, which sees trips to #5 Lee-Davis April 13th, King George April 18th, then finally returning home to host #4 Atlee on April 20th. Their rematch with Hanover is in Ashland on April 27th.

As for the Hawks, who have to hope Spring Break doesn't break their early season mojo, they return to action at Highland Springs April 10th. They get Atlee on April 13th at home. Hughes has enjoyed being the underdog team coming into this season.

"We are a very young team and I feel like we get underestimated because of that," Hughes explained. "We've worked hard in the offseason. We work hard on the field. We use that to light a fire under us."

The good news for Hanover is it has worked, and helped them finish unbeaten in March. The bad news is, Hanover softball is a secret no more.

In other action, #5 Lee-Davis and #4 Atlee went to extra innings before the Confederates scored two runs in the eighth inning and made them stick as Lee-Davis finally earned a win over their biggest rivals 2-0 Thursday night in their first meeting since the 2017 Group 5A State Championship last June, won by Atlee 1-0.

Lee-Davis is now 2-0, while Atlee falls to 3-2. (RVA Sports Network file photo of Hughes)




RVA Locals Only: Live With Tom McIntyre of Atlee Softball On ESPN Richmond

The spotlight shines on high school sports each Friday at 9:30am on the "Black And Drew Sports Huddle" only on ESPN Richmond!

This week, Bob Black, Andrew Wallace and Rob Witham of The RVA Sports Network welcome Atlee Raiders softball coach Tom McIntyre, who will talk about the pressures of being the three-time defending state champions, another chapter in their storied rivalry with Lee-Davis Thursday night, and why softball in Hanover County has been so successful during this decade.

You'll also get the latest news and headlines from around the RVA high school sports landscape. Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, "RVA Locals Only" is heard on 99.5, 102.7 FM, 950 AM and online at ESPNRichmond.com every Friday morning at 9:30!

You can also hear ESPN Richmond on your phone by downloading the ESPN Richmond app on Google Play and the Apple Store!


GAME OF THE WEEK: #2 Patrick Henry at #7 Hanover Softball

Listen live tonight (Thursday) at 6pm on the YouTube Player below!




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

NEWS: Herald-Progress Ceases Publication: Our Work Moves Forward

Late Tuesday, employees of Lakeway Publishers, the owner of both the Herald-Progress of Hanover County and The Caroline Progress of Caroline County, were informed that this week's editions would be the last ever published.

Without warning, 137 years of service to Hanover County, and 99 years of service to Caroline County ends. This is the current start reality of the dying world of print journalism. 

As many of you may know, I wrote the sports section for The Herald Progress since December, 2011. Out of that work came an idea to go on Twitter, which merged with this blog to become a website, which begat many other things which are all now under the umbrella of The RVA Sports Network.

So, for the time being, here's what will change, and what won't:

1) Obviously, our sports writing will no longer appear in print in The Herald Progress after the March 29 edition.

2) We will, however, continue to write about the sports of Hanover County, and be free to publish those stories online in a much, much quicker fashion. Rather than collect stories, send them in Monday nights, then have them published on Thursdays, if a game happens Friday night, you can expect a story on it either late Friday night or when you wake up Saturday morning here at HanoverCountySports.net. This website is about to get very, very busy.

3) Watch for more game and other stories, too, outside Hanover on RVASportsNetwork.com. 

We are committed to you and the stories in Hanover County that deserve to be told for as long as we're able to do so. More news later. 

It goes without saying, but should be shouted: THANK YOU for your incredible support all these years, dating back to the 2002 debut of high school football on WHAN Radio.

Now, onward and forward!

If you'd like to read my personal blog on this issue, just click here.  :)



Sunday, March 25, 2018

GAME OF THE WEEK: Girls Lacrosse: Atlee at Cosby

The Raiders are off to a good start in a season where they hope to not only repeat their historic run to the Class 5 State Tournament, they hope to make it all the way to Championship Saturday. The Titans are looking to make noise in Class 6. It's an early season lacrosse showdown, Monday at 7pm only on RVA Sports Network!

Listen on the YouTube player below.....


Thursday, March 22, 2018

GAME OF THE WEEK: #5 Lee-Davis at #7 Glen Allen Softball

Use the embedded YouTube player below to listen live Friday at 6pm to a rematch of the 2017 Class 5, Region B Semifinal between Lee-Davis and Glen Allen on the RVA Sports Network High School Softball Game of The Week!


Schedule Changes: Thursday March 22

BASEBALL:

Dinwiddie at #6 Hanover, postponed
#7 Atlee at #4 Deep Run, postponed to Wednesday April 11
Patrick Henry at Caroline, postponed

SOFTBALL:

#2 Patrick Henry at Caroline, postponed
#4 Atlee at #10 Deep Run, postponed to Wednesday May 2

BOYS TENNIS:

Patrick Henry at Highland Springs, postponed to Monday April 23

BOYS LACROSSE:

Charlottesville at Hanover, postponed

GIRLS LACROSSE:

Hanover at Monticello, postponed to Tuesday May 1

MEN'S TENNIS:

Centre at Randolph-Macon, canceled

WOMEN'S TENNIS:

Centre at Randolph-Macon, canceled