Monday, August 19, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE: Turnage, Townsend, Carpenter All Joining Us Live!

It's the busiest edition of "In The Red Zone" yet, as we get you ready for the 2019 football and volleyball seasons with three major special guests!

--Patrick Henry Boys Volleyball Head Coach Michael Townsend
--Lee-Davis Head Football Coach Ryan Turnage
--Atlee Girls Volleyball Head Coach Curtis Carpenter

CLICK HERE to listen live online Monday night, live from Sports Page Grille Ashland, beginning at 6pm! You can listen in the Richmond area on 102.9 The Mater at 102.9 FM and 1430 AM. You can also listen on any mobile device on the @TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"!

Better yet, come support your team and have dinner between 6 and 7pm and watch the show live! See you Monday night.






Monday, August 12, 2019

In The Red Zone: Randolph-Macon Volleyball And Field Hockey Previews!

CLICK HERE to listen live to "In The Red Zone", live from Sports Page Grille Ashland, Monday at 6pm on 102.9 The Mater! Our guests are:

Randolph-Macon head women's volleyball coach Bill Rogers
Randolph-Macon head field hockey coach Jessica Weiss

Listen in the Richmond area on 102.9 FM and 1430 AM!

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Monday, August 05, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE: Randolph-Macon Head Football Coach Pedro Arruza

CLICK HERE to listen live as we celebrate our one-year anniversary of "In The Red Zone" tonight (Monday) at 6pm, live from Sports Page Grille in Ashland on 102.9 The Mater!

Our special guest is Pedro Arruza, head football coach for the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets! We'll talk about the upcoming 2019 campaign, changes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and much more!

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Monday, July 29, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE: New Hanover Head Football Coach David Butler

UPDATE: LISTEN TO THE SHOW AS A PODCAST AT THE LINK ABOVE!



CLICK HERE to listen live online Monday night at 6pm to "In The Red Zone" as we welcome the new head football coach for the Hanover Hawks, David Butler!

The show is presented live at Sports Page Grille in Ashland, so come out and watch the show while you enjoy dinner and support the Hawks!

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Special Report: The Golden Age of Softball

In the 2010's, no sport captured the imagination of Hanover County sports fans, thanks to championships won, championships contested for, and the highest level of play possible throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia than in high school softball.

Whenever two teams, any combination of two Hanover County teams squared off against each other, you never truly knew what could happen.

A decade which began with Lee-Davis reaching back to back Group AAA state championship games, losing one, but rebounding to capture the 2011 state title, and saw Patrick Henry weave their way through to the 2012 Finals only to experience heartbreak in a championship classic with Cosby, to the dominance of Atlee, winners of three consecutive Class 5 state titles, winning two of them at the expense of arch rival Lee-Davis, it was one thrill ride after another for an entire decade.

Football captured our fall Friday fancy, we saw two teams capture state volleyball championships, and lacrosse exploded in popularity. But, for our money, the sport of the decade in Hanover County was softball.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

--After the painful 2010 State Group AAA title game loss, Lee-Davis keeps its team essentially intact, riding the power pitching of Kelly Heinz back to the state final. Overcoming adversity, timely moments both at the plate and in the field, and the work of Heinz gave head coach Jackie Davis, who won her 300th career game later in the decade, that elusive state crown by a 1-0 score that we would see again.

--The following year, 2012, saw the rise of Atlee, Hanover and Patrick Henry, all trying to keep Lee-Davis from making a third state appearance. On the south side of the James River came a young, hungry Cosby squad. In the end, the Confederates, hampered a bit by Heinz's inability to pitch her senior year due to surgery, rode freshman Lauren McIntyre deep into the Central Region Tournament. But the survivors in this season would be the Patriots of Patrick Henry, as Matt Crowder's veteran squad, featuring seniors Madison Gilman, Emma Mitchell, Katie Woody and Sam Moore, and a spunky, tough freshman shortstop named Paige Mitchell, fell to Cosby in the regional final by a 3-2 score, and worked their way through multiple road trips north to reach the state final.

--In what we deem to be the "game of the decade", Patrick Henry and Cosby again fought, this time for the game's biggest prize. When the rollercoaster ride ended with a Cosby RBI single in the tenth inning, the final score again read: Cosby 3, Patrick Henry 2. It was truly a game for the ages.

--One interesting tidbit from 2012. The only team to register wins over Cosby, Patrick Henry, Atlee AND Lee-Davis that year? The Hanover Hawks.

--Atlee clinched a state bid in 2013, Patrick Henry advanced to the state semifinals in 2014, the first year of new classifications. By 2015, the Raiders and Patriots would see each other, Atlee finishing as the 5A South Region runner-up, Patrick Henry as 5A North Region champions out of Conference 16.

--June, 2015, the night of the state semifinal showdown saw a storm of epic proportions dump huge amounts of rain on the field at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. The grounds crew of the decade belongs to Robinson, somehow finding a way to get that game in that night. In what would be her final Patrick Henry at-bat, Paige Mitchell sent a ball deep to center. It was caught, but what if the ball traveled three more feet? Would there even have been an Atlee three-peat?

--The next night, facing Hickory for the state championship, most people forget the hero of the evening was Laura Kate Moss, who began her Atlee career sharing the circle with Peyton St. George. As the latter emerged as the number one starter, Moss took it in stride, and etched her name in Atlee softball history with a bases clearing shot into the left center field gap. The Raiders' improbable run to a state title was complete, ending the final season of coaching for both head coach John Earley and assistant coach Becky Levy, whose roles were reversed when Atlee won it all back in 2002.

--The back half of the decade saw, as usual, four teams with winning records year in and year out, and the rise of Atlee, who spent two years of their own in the 5A North Region in 2016 and 2017. Both years, they would return to the state tournament. Both years, waving at them on the other side of the bracket, would be the Lee-Davis Confederates.

--In 2016, Atlee pulled away for a state semifinal win over Lee-Davis before having to defeat Hickory again to capture the Class 5 title. A year later, Atlee and Lee-Davis met on the biggest stage the sport has to offer. And, in a game eerily similar to their last regular season encounter, it was one swing by Peyton St. George for a solo home run, following by her dominant work in the circle, and Atlee defensive work when needed, for a 1-0 win and their third straight title.

--The seniors of Lee-Davis' Class of 2018 got one more shot at glory, reaching the state semifinals the next year, playing a Prince George team they had defeated for the Region 5B title just a week before. But the dream for the Confederates ended at Glen Allen High School, as Laura Thompson had enough in the circle to keep Lee-Davis off balance, winning en route to a state championship of their own.

--The final year of the decade saw the rise, again, of Class 4 teams in Hanover and Patrick Henry, who faced each other for the Region 4B Championship, a game won by the visitors as the Patriots beat the Hawks for the second time this past season on their home turf. While neither team advanced past state quarterfinal play, it ended the decade that was with some questions....

1) Has the power balance in Hanover shifted from Class 5 to Class 4? Answer: Yes. With Lee-Davis moving to Class 4 this fall, three of the four teams in the county are now within a classification that also has perennial powers Dinwiddie and Powhatan.

2) Who is the next pitcher to truly dominate a season like Heinz, Mitchell, and St. George before them? Answer: The two with the best shot in 2020 are Lee-Davis' Savanah Henley and Patrick Henry's Riley Dull.

3) How will the game change in the decade to come? Answer: Hopefully in two ways. First, as the feeder systems within the county from Little League to Babe Ruth continue to prepare young women for their time on high school teams, we'll also see a day where not one, but two, teams win it all. Also, we hope to see a trend which began in 2019 be at least slightly reversed.

One of the gems of the game of softball has been its pace. A thrilling 3-2 game could be played in 90 minutes of less. In 2019, the pace of the game overall was noticeably slower. The introduction of the wristbands filled with numerical combinations which equaled what to do and when to do it, seemed to slow things down enough to notice a shift in pace of play. We hope players incorporate that element soon and not allow it to damage one of softball's best attributes.

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HOW TO PICK A TEAM OF THE DECADE?

We've struggled with this question for weeks. Our final answer is to hold a draft and select two "superteams" who would, in a perfect world, "play" each other for county supremacy. So, here are those teams selected, and, after that, a listing of players at each position who deserve recognition here for their contributions to the decade that was. Please note, we'll likely leave someone out, in your personal view. We have no problem with your comments here or on Twitter telling us as much.

Just know this was a labor of love, a way to salute hundreds of young ladies who thrilled us with their athleticism, talent, grit, leadership, and championship spirit, all decade long.

PICK 1: Dream Team A selects Peyton St. George, P, Atlee

How can you not pick a three-time state champion pitcher first off the board? Her 2017 final season statistics are the stuff of legend, and, scoring the only run of the state championship game just cements her legacy.

PICK 2: Dream Team B selects Kelly Heinz, P, Lee-Davis

Speaking of single-season records for the ages, try Heinz in 2011, nearly unstoppable. Add to that her phenomenal defense surrounding her, and there's no wonder Coach Davis' crew won it all that year.

PICK 3: Dream Team A selects Raine Wilson, C, Atlee

Team A wants to keep the "Battery of the Decade" intact, getting the vocal leader of the Raiders, who switched to catcher after playing third base, keeping the Raiders glued together and giving them their best power hitting option.

PICK 4: Dream Team B selects Paige Mitchell, SS, Patrick Henry

Team B wants defense up the middle. We all knew Paige was going to be special when, on tryout day in 2012, she raced to short when Coach Crowder asked the team to run to where they'd like to play defense. We forget that the 2012 Patriots, just a run shy of a state title, were essentially quarterbacked on the field by a freshman.

PICK 5: Dream Team A selects Logan Hawker, C, Lee-Davis

This is a sneaky good pick. Hawker can spell Wilson, moving her to third base if needed, or she's the ultimate weapon at DP. We still can't believe her home run into the sun at Deep Run during the regional tournament a few years ago, clearing over the foul pole. Team A is looking to put serious runs on the board.

PICK 6: Dream Team B selects Kelly Warren, OF, Atlee

Team B counters with continuing to build the better defense and finding the fastest player on the bases. Warren creates infield hits with the ease of a ballet dancer, but the grit of a tractor in high gear. In a blink, she's at third base. In a one run game, how do you stop her?

PICK 7: Dream Team A selects Kaylyn Shepherd, 1B, Hanover

The first Hawk off the board is one that you may have forgotten about. Her opponents did not, and her dominant work continued at the University of Central Arkansas. Defense and power hitting, plus a quite confidence to help lead her team. Had Hanover broken through for one Class 4 state appearance in her time there, more would certainly remember.

PICK 8: Dream Team B selects Beth Ford, 2B, Patrick Henry

The double play combination of Mitchell and Ford rides again. Beth was a quiet contributor, a silent but deadly force in Patrick Henry's runs back to the state semifinals in 2014 and 2015, then went on to switch positions and help lead Virginia Wesleyan to back to back Division III national championships. She's a winner.

PICK 9: Dream Team A selects Casey Barrett, SS, Atlee

She began her career as "Erica's younger sister", then shed that moniker with just a few swings of the bat and a couple of defensive gems deep in the hole at shortstop. Before it was over, Barrett became the "spirit" of an Atlee team that would win three state championships, dancing to keep them loose in the dugout before games, usually sporting the dirtiest uniform after the handshake line. Barrett could do it all.

PICK 10: Dream Team B selects Sydney Guess, OF, Lee-Davis

One of the best left-handed hitters of the 2010's by far. Defenses were sorely tested by the right fielder, but even better than that was Guess' steady hand defensively herself. Balls didn't get by her, and you could always count on precision throws to quell opponent threats.

PICK 11: Dream Team A selects Sam Moore, 3B, Patrick Henry

Playing third base in softball can be a crap shoot. One minute you're charging for the ball as hard as possible on the bunt. Next you have maybe a quarter-second to reflexively knock down a screaming liner headed your way. Few played "the hot corner" like Moore for the Patriots, especially during their 2012 state run. Add in her ability to go yard at any time, and drive in runs, too, and you have perhaps the best third baseman ever at Patrick Henry.

PICK 12: Dream Team B selects Madison Gilman, C, Patrick Henry

Very surprised Gilman lasted to this selection. It can be argued that Gilman was the most important catcher of the decade thanks to, first, her work at Patrick Henry, then later, her groundbreaking work at Randolph-Macon, helping the Yellow Jackets to their first NCAA Championship appearance in school history in 2015. Nothing fazed Gilman. When you needed a hit, she delivered. When you had to have the tag at the right place at home plate with the game on the line, Gilman delivered.

PICK 13: Dream Team A selects Shelby Hill, OF, Atlee

People forget that, before transferring to St. Margaret's to complete her high school career, then coming back to the county to star in center field for Randolph-Macon, Shelby Hill's considerable talents belonged at Atlee. Her defensive prowess was well beyond her years, and the clutch hit was something she brought with her in her bat bag to every game. Well-rounded doesn't begin to scratch the surface of how good Hill has been this decade.

PICK 14: Dream Team B selects Katie Woody, 1B, Patrick Henry

The run on 2012 Patriot graduates continues with Woody, a vacuum cleaner in the field around first base with the ability to lay down the perfect bunt or swing for the fences. She delivered at so many key moments in her career, especially in her senior season. Woody is one of three who graduated from Patrick Henry then who played at least part of their collegiate careers for Randolph-Macon (Gilman, Moore).

PICK 15: Dream Team A selects Heather Childress, OF, Lee-Davis

There were never any pretenses with Childress. What you got was consistent, solid output, in the field and at the plate, night in, night out. You must have three or four players like this in your lineup if you want to truly compete for titles. Childress brought these qualities to Lee-Davis. She was rewarded for her career efforts by being selected to the VHSCA All-Star Game, along with Kelly Warren, in 2017.

PICK 16: Dream Team B selects Jordan Durbin, 2B, Atlee

Sometimes a player who would star on another good team gets a bit lost in the shuffle. Not Jordan Durbin. Coaches we spoke with about this All-Decade Team were quick to point out the now East Tennessee State Buccaneer (with Kelly Warren), with not only her work in the field, but at the plate as well. Durbin found ways to get your team out of jams and keep your team in a position to win. Choosing Durbin means Team B can take Beth Ford into the outfield.

PICK 17: Dream Team A selects Erica Barrett, OF, Hanover

They didn't play for the same school in real life, but will play together in this "what-if" scenario. Barrett's grit and toughness was a foreshadowing of things to come with sister Casey. Erica would do anything necessary to help her team, from the squeeze play to going yard, aggressively running the basepaths and daring a ball to be hit her way. A true gamer.

PICK 18: Dream Team B selects Lacey Madison, 3B, Lee-Davis

Madison was a key component to the 2011 Group AAA State Championship team, contributing in every phase of the game possible, including leadership, helping the team overcome their 2010 finals loss to climb all the way to the top the next season.

PICK 19: Dream Team A selects Eryn King, 2B, Hanover

Every team needs an Eryn King. She keeps you loose in warm-ups, her smiles lights up a dugout, her energy is contagious, and then there's her defense, and the ability to produce big, timely hits out of the nine spot in the order. King was one of several Hawks who served as glue during their Conference 20 era seasons, from Kiandra Mitchum to Maura Long.

PICK 20: Dream Team B selects Shannon Albright, P/OF, Hanover

What might have been? In that 2012 season where Hanover beat everyone else, they did so, in part, without Albright, a top flight pitcher and perhaps their best hitter, after being in a car accident mid-season. Had Shannon played that full year, would history be different? One thing is for sure, her career statistics would have been even more packed than they ended up being, and we could be talking about a Player of The Decade candidate.


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DREAM TEAM A:

P: Peyton St. George, Atlee
C: Raine Wilson, Atlee
1B: Kaylyn Shepherd, Hanover
2B: Eryn King, Hanover
3B: Sam Moore, Patrick Henry
SS: Casey Barrett, Atlee
OF: Shelby Hill, Atlee
OF: Heather Childress, Lee-Davis
OF: Erica Barrett, Hanover
DP: Logan Hawker, Lee-Davis

DREAM TEAM B:

P: Kelly Heinz, Lee-Davis
C: Madison Gilman, Patrick Henry
1B: Katie Woody, Patrick Henry
2B: Jordan Durbin, Atlee
3B: Lacey Madison, Lee-Davis
SS: Paige Mitchell, Patrick Henry
OF: Kelly Warren, Atlee
OF: Sydney Guess, Lee-Davis
OF: Beth Ford, Patrick Henry
DP: Shannon Albright, Hanover

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NOTE: This is NOT a "First Team" and "Second Team" All-Decade here. These are two teams drafted among the best players of the past ten years. And, when considering this list, we considered a lot of other great players, too. We salute them now in the Honorable Mentions:

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HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Pitcher:
Emma Mitchell, Patrick Henry
Jessica Holte, Atlee
Candace Whittemore, Patrick Henry
Lauren McIntyre, Lee-Davis
Kiandra Mitchum, Hanover

Catcher:
Haleigh Cottrell, Lee-Davis
Cam Hall, Atlee
Ashley Samuels, Patrick Henry
Maura Long, Hanover

1st Base:
Amy Wingfield, Lee-Davis
Delani Ferrar, Atlee
Jesse Gentry, Lee-Davis
Hailey Thomas, Patrick Henry

2nd Base:
Kinsee Stonebraker, Lee-Davis
Ella Alvis, Lee-Davis
Ashley Samuels, Patrick Henry
Blair Rhodes, Patrick Henry

3rd Base:
Taylor Sanderford, Atlee
Erin Acors, Hanover

Shortstop:
Lauren Taylor, Lee-Davis
Grayson Radcliffe, Patrick Henry
Taylor Sutherland, Atlee
Julia Mardigian, Hanover

Outfield:
Casey Price, Lee-Davis
Autumn Slemaker, Patrick Henry
Mackenzie Wyatt, Hanover
Jessica McLaughlin, Hanover
Mattie Fitzgerald, Atlee
Brooke Throckmorton, Hanover

DP/Flex/Utility:
Hunter Glave, Patrick Henry
Kylie Stonebraker, Lee-Davis
Lacey Sullivan, Hanover
Ellen Palya, Hanover

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In closing, our big four awards. We name a Pitcher, Player and Coach of the Year and a Legacy Award to the player whose career had the most impact on the county softball scene over the past ten years.

COACH OF THE DECADE: Jackie Davis, Lee-Davis

Over 300 career wins, five state tournament appearances, the 2011 state title, and now, two decades of leading a program to a consistently high level. Year in and year out, all decade long, people looked at Lee-Davis as a team you must beat to win it all.

PITCHER OF THE DECADE: Peyton St. George, Atlee

Three state titles, and, in her finest hour, her senior year, she literally shut down every team she faced. An amazing run.

PLAYER OF THE DECADE: Raine Wilson, Atlee

It's hard to not pick a player who led her team, played at an All-State level at two of the hardest defensive positions, and fueled her team's offense. Having three rings doesn't hurt the cause either.

THE LEGACY AWARD: Candace Whittemore, Patrick Henry

When Emma Mitchell and the great Patrick Henry Class of 2012 departed, everyone wondered who would pick up the softball in Ashland? Not only did Whittemore do that, she was an impressive three-year starter for the Patriots, picking up the attention of Randolph-Macon College. Just completing her career there last spring, Whittemore became the school's all-time winningest pitcher, and the first Randolph-Macon pitcher to take to the circle in the NCAA Division III Women's College World Series. Bravo, Candace!


Sunday, July 21, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE: Atlee Little League's James Layne!

CLICK HERE to listen live outside the Richmond area this Monday at 6pm when "In The Red Zone" on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM) welcomes head coach James Layne of the 2019 Atlee 9-11 All-Stars, who won the Virginia State Championship last week and are preparing for the State Tournament of Champions later this week!

We're live every Monday with special guests and truly local sports talk on "In The Red Zone" only at SportsPage Grille in Ashland, and heard the following ways!

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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.

BASEBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

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

SECOND TEAM:

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


SOFTBALL:

FIRST TEAM:

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

SECOND TEAM:

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

THIRD TEAM:

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

BOYS SOCCER:



GIRLS SOCCER:

FIRST TEAM:

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

SECOND TEAM:

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

THIRD TEAM:

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.

FIRST TEAM:

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

SECOND TEAM:

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!

FIRST TEAM:

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


SECOND TEAM:

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.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE: New Richmond Women's Basketball Coach Aaron Roussell!

CLICK HERE to listen live to our weekly local sports talk show, "In The Red Zone", Monday night at 6pm live at SportsPage Grille in Ashland.

We welcome the brand new head coach of University of Richmond women's basketball Aaron Roussell to the show to talk about taking over the Spider program, and how Richmond can become an elite team in the Atlantic 10. We'll also talk about his connection with Randolph-Macon College!

Join us live at SportsPage Grille, or listen live on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM), at the link above, or on the TuneIn radio app on "Radiall"! (Photo courtesy of University of Richmond Athletics)




Monday, June 10, 2019

IN THE RED ZONE: State Championships And Randolph-Macon Men's Lacrosse Head Coach JB Sheridan

Listen LIVE on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM) or 

CLICK HERE to listen online anywhere to "In The Red Zone" live at Sports Page Grille Ashland!

Guest: Randolph-Macon Head Men's Lacrosse Coach JB Sheridan

Plus: The latest on state high school championships, completed and rescheduled!



Thursday, June 06, 2019

LISTEN LIVE: Atlee Little League Majors Baseball Championship

CLICK HERE to listen to the rematch between the Ducks and the Dukes for the Atlee Little League Majors Baseball Championship!

Airtime is 6:55pm on 102.9 The Mater, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM, also on the TuneIn Radio app on "Radiall"!



Wednesday, June 05, 2019

HONORS: Palya, Rohr Lead Hanover Sweep of Top Awards in Region 4B Softball

Congratulations to Hanover senior pitcher Ellen Palya, named the 2019 Class 4, Region B Softball Player of The Year on Wednesday. Hawks head coach Michael Rohr, in his first season at the helm, was named Region Coach of The Year.

Here is the 2019 All-Region 4B Team:


FIRST TEAM:

Pitcher: Ellen Palya, Hanover
Pitcher: Riley Dull, Patrick Henry
Pitcher: Cameron Buzzell, Courtland
Catcher: Jenna Currie, Hanover
1st Base: Rileigh DeWeese, Powhatan
2nd Base: Blair Rhodes, Patrick Henry
3rd Base: Kayla Davis, Powhatan
Shortstop: Karleigh Morgan, Dinwiddie
DP/Flex: Savannah Thorne, Hanover
Outfield: Lauren Lindsay, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Erin White, Patrick Henry
Outfield: Jayla Hill, Caroline
Outfield: Lindsey Elam, Powhatan
Utility: Sarah English, Powhatan



SECOND TEAM:

Pitcher: Lauren Sheehan, King George
Pitcher: Abby White, Midlothian
Pitcher: Maya Morton, Caroline
Catcher: Mya Lyburn, King George
1st Base: Miranda Clarke, Dinwiddie
2nd Base: Brianna Morton, Caroline
3rd Base: Leslie Currie, Hanover
Shortstop: Julia Mardigian, Hanover
Shortstop: Ronnie Howard, Courtland
DP/Flex: Olivia Allen, Dinwiddie
Outfield: Jessica Russell, Hanover
Outfield: Amanda Lanyon, Midlothian
Outfield: Cammi Easter, Eastern View
Outfield: Brooke Rolocut, King George
Utility: Autumn Slemaker, Patrick Henry



HONORABLE MENTION:

Pitcher: Regan Bestick, Chancellor
Pitcher: Destiny Schroeder, Caroline
Catcher: Saxon Radcliffe, Patrick Henry
1st Base: Tessa Dodson, Chancellor
2nd Base: Brianna Morton, Caroline
3rd Base: Maggie Burch, King George
Shortstop: Kamryn Gray, Caroline
DP/Flex: Katie Scott, Eastern View
Outfield: Hailey Bruce, Courtland
Outfield: Melanie Brown, King George
Outfield: Kaitlyn Bestick, Chancellor
Outfield: Hannah Werth, Eastern View
Utility: Desiree Scott, Eastern View




Tuesday, June 04, 2019

TUESDAY SCOREBOARD

BASEBALL:

Class 4 State Quarterfinal:

Great Bridge 7, Hanover 4

SOFTBALL:

Class 4 State Quarterfinal:

Great Bridge 3, Hanover 1
Grafton 6, Patrick Henry 4

BOYS LACROSSE:

Class 5 State Semifinal:

Atlee 15, Deep Run 3

GIRLS LACROSSE:

Class 5 State Semifinal:

Atlee 15, Mills Godwin 4

Monday, June 03, 2019

In The Red Zone: State Championship High School Action & R-MC Year In Review!

CLICK HERE to listen to "In The Red Zone" live from SportsPage Grille Ashland at a special time of 5pm, also available on radio on #TheMater on 102.9 FM, and 1430 AM.

Listen on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall" as well!

SPECIAL GUEST: Phil Stanton, Sports Information Director, Randolph-Macon College





Saturday, June 01, 2019

Atlee Little League Championship Week!

CLICK HERE to listen live online to the following championship games:


Saturday June 1: Minors 10 Division, 9:55AM

Wednesday June 5: Majors Division, 6:55PM

Intermediate Division Final, TO BE ANNOUNCED

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