Saturday, February 29, 2020

Yellow Jackets Survive Maroons In ODAC Semis

Korey Turner's layup after a steal at midcourt by Josh Talbert with nineteen seconds remaining lifted top-seeded Randolph-Macon, who trailed by as many as ten points in the second half, to a 60-59 win over #5 Roanoke in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men's Basketball semifinal at the Salem Civic Center.

Buzz Anthony (pictured), who scored eleven of his seventeen points in the second half, went nine-of-ten at the free throw line while Josh Talbert and Ian Robertson each had eleven points, Robertson with two key three-pointers in the comeback effort.

The Yellow Jackets are now 25-2 and will play either Virginia Wesleyan or Lynchburg Sunday at 3:30pm for the ODAC title. Randolph-Macon, winners of the last three regular season titles, seeks their first tournament crown since 2015 and first under head coach Josh Merkel, who won his 100th career game as Yellow Jacket head coach in the victory.

Ross Powers Randolph-Macon To ODAC Final

Senior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, pictured, left) poured in a season-high 27 points, just two shy of her career high, while senior Kelly Williams, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of The Year had 24 points and fourteen rebounds as #4 Randolph-Macon eliminated top-seeded Emory and Henry 72-68 in an ODAC Championship Semifinal Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

After leading by a point after a period, the Yellow Jackets (17-9), outscored the Wasps 20-7 in the second period, as Ross hit her only three-point attempt of the game at the buzzer to give Randolph-Macon a 37-23 halftime lead. The Wasps turned to Sydney McKinney, who scored a game-high 30 points helping Emory and Henry launch a furious comeback in the final minutes.

It wasn't until Aimee DeBell hit a free throw with :08 left to give the Yellow Jackets a four-point lead that Randolph-Macon fans could breath a sigh of relief. DeBell scored seven points, while Cheridan Hatfield (pictured, bottom) had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The win puts Randolph-Macon in the ODAC Championship Game on Sunday at 1pm against either Guilford or Roanoke. Tip-off is at 1pm. Live Twitter Coverage will be available on @hanoversports.

The Yellow Jackets will be playing for their tenth ODAC title, second in three seasons, and fifth in the last twelve years.

NOTES: Today's final score is the exact same final score of the 2018 ODAC Championship Game, won by the Yellow Jackets over the Wasps. Head Coach Carroll LaHaye won her 645th career game as Randolph-Macon head coach.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Yellow Jackets to #2 Nationally

With a 72-50 win Saturday over Washington and Lee, Randolph-Macon moved to 22-1 on the season. Thanks to the results of two other Saturday affairs, the Yellow Jackets are in prime position both in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and nationally.

Emory and Henry's stunning defeat of Virginia Wesleyan in double overtime gave Randolph-Macon, 14-0 in ODAC, their fourth consecutive regular season championship. #4 St. Thomas knocked off #2 St. John's in Minnesota on Saturday, paving the way for the Yellow Jackets to move up from #3 to #2 in the latest Top 25 released Monday afternoon.

Randolph-Macon earned two first place votes behind #1 Swarthmore, who has held the top spot the entire season and is the lone unbeaten left in Division III. The Yellow Jackets host Hampden-Sydney at Crenshaw Gymnasium on Wednesday night at 7pm.

Monday, February 10, 2020

In The Red Zone: Eric Kolenich and Charles Gray

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Charles Gray, Director of Tennis, Randolph-Macon College

Eric Kolenich, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Monday, February 03, 2020

In The Red Zone: Ray Hedrick

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We're previewing the 2020 Randolph-Macon baseball season, which begins Friday, with head coach Ray Hedrick!