Friday, September 23, 2022

LISTEN LIVE! : Atlee at #11 Patrick Henry

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Friday, September 16, 2022

HONORS: Lee-Davis Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Announced

The following was submitted to RVA Sports Network. Congratulations to all honorees!

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Five Inductees Elected to Class of 2022

Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame

 

The LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, Mechanicsville, VA, is pleased to announce the inductees of the Class of 2022.  These five individuals were elected from the substantial universe of outstanding athletes who have competed with excellence since the school’s establishment, in 1959.

 

The Class of 2022 is composed of three former student athletes and two former coaches with accomplishments including district, region, metro, and state distinctions, and beyond.

 

The inductees are

Kevin Elrod (Football and Baseball, Class of 1997),

Joanie (Brackett) Lane (Basketball and Softball, Class of 1985),

Nick Burney (Football, Basketball, and Track and Field, Class of 1998),

Coach Dean Shew (Head Wrestling Coach 1995-2001 & 2004-2006), and

Coach Jackie Davis (Head Softball Coach 1999-2020).

 

The Induction ceremony and banquet is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Mechanicsville High School with introductions of The Inductees at the home varsity football game on Thursday, October 27, 2022. 

 

Tickets to the banquet will be on sale at Mechanicsville High School and at The Mechanicsville Drugstore from September 23 – November 1, 2022.  Cost of a ticket $30. You can check out the Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame Facebook page or email the LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee at LDHSathleticHOF@yahoo.com

Monday, March 21, 2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022

THE FINAL FOUR: What You Need To Know

WHAT: NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship Semifinal

WHO: #1 Randolph-Macon vs #2 Marietta

WHEN: Friday, 5pm ET

WHERE: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN


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HIGHLIGHTS: Watch CBS 6 News after NCAA Coverage

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Winner faces winner of Elmhurst and Wabash, to be played at 7:30pm ET, on Saturday for the Division III National Championship, 6pm, televised on CBS Sports Network.

NOTES:

--This is Randolph-Macon's third appearance in an NCAA Final Four in school history. They reached the 1977 Division II National Championship Game, where they fell to now-Division I Chattanooga, and the 2010 Division III Final Four in Salem, Virginia, where they lost in the semifinal round to eventual champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

--Randolph-Macon defeated Marietta on their home floor back on November 20th by a score of 82-74.






Saturday, February 19, 2022

RANDOLPH-MACON SATURDAY SCOREBOARD (Final Scores in Bold)

MEN'S LACROSSE:

#5 Christopher Newport 14, Randolph-Macon 12

BASEBALL:

Game 1: Randolph-Macon 13, Pitt-Bradford 5
Game 2: Randolph-Macon 7, Pitt-Bradford 1

SOFTBALL:

Game 1: Randolph-Macon 8, Mary Washington 0 (5 innings)
Game 2: Randolph-Macon 6, Mary Washington 2

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Randolph-Macon 83, Guilford 59

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

#1 Randolph-Macon 72, Guilford 66

WOMEN'S LACROSSE:

Randolph-Macon 18, Methodist 7

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

#12 Juniata 3, #15 Randolph-Macon 1
#15 Randolph-Macon 3, Misericordia 0


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

COMMENTARY: The Issues With NCAA Division III Football

It was certainly a disappointment, but not at all a surprise, when Randolph-Macon's name did not appear on the bracket of the 32-team field for the 2021 NCAA Division III Football Championship this past Sunday night.

Despite being ranked for much of the season, having won by double digits in eight of their nine victories, and only falling once, to eventual Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) champion Washington & Lee by one point on a two-point conversion with no time remaining, the Yellow Jackets did not receive one of the five precious at-large bids to the tournament.

Now, had I taken out the term "Old Dominion Athletic Conference" out of the above paragraph, and replaced it with, say, the "Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)" or "Centennial Conference", Randolph-Macon almost certainly would have made the field. Why do I say that? 

Because Randolph-Macon isn't the problem when it comes to trying to secure the respect needed to earn an at-large bid for a season like this. Their conference is.

Before we go any further, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference overall is a fantastic conference. It provides a healthy springboard in nearly every sport for teams to seriously contend for Division III national championships, as we have witnessed in the past twenty years with men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball at Randolph-Macon.

But when it comes to football, there's no such springboard. In fact, only twice has an ODAC institution earned an at-large bid to the Division III Football Championship: in 2000, and in 2010.

Earlier this fall, D3Football.com released its rankings of the 27 conferences in NCAA Division III when it comes to football itself. The aforementioned conferences placed fifth (OAC), and sixth (Centennial) respectively. 

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference was ranked 12th. While up two spots from its #14 ranking in 2019, the ODAC is barely in the top half of the rankings, and, with five at-large bids, and 27 teams who placed second in their own conference, you can see that it's not nearly high enough to be in a position to annually be in serious discussion to have a second team be invited.

A big problem has been in the fluidity of conference football membership in the past half-decade. The carousel began when Catholic University announced they would end their football-only membership in the ODAC after the 2016 season. Enter Ferrum, who became a conference member in full in 2018. 

In 2019, Southern Virginia University joined the conference as an associate member for football. That didn't last long. They played one season, and, in December of that year announced their intent to join USA South as a full member in all sports. 

Then, in late 2020, Emory and Henry announced its move to Division II, ending a 45-year relationship with the ODAC. Their last conference football game, ironically, was the "ODAC Championship Game" that comprised the fifth and final game of their schedule in the truncated 2020 season played last winter/spring. Their opponent? Randolph-Macon. 

The Yellow Jackets won 13-10 in overtime to break a tie with the Wasps for most ODAC Championships. Emory and Henry's 2021 schedule was non-conference. Add to that the fact that The Apprentice School's current agreement to play ODAC schools does not make them a conference member of any kind due to not being a Division III institution, that left six conference games on the 2021 schedule, and only eight considered by the NCAA Selection Committe.

Washington and Lee and Randolph-Macon tied for the conference lead at 5-1, with the Generals earning the NCAA bid and the ODAC trophy by virtue of their head-to-head victory. 

Now, Averett enters the ODAC effective next season, leaving USA South. We'll be back to seven conference games (hopefully) moving forward. The Cougars finished 4-4 in their final USA South season, 5-5 overall, losing to Ferrum in their only non-conference game involving an ODAC team. Randolph-Macon faced Averett last in 2019 in Danville, coming away victorious.

Other than the uncertainty of conference membership, and, therefore, the ODAC's actual and potential strength, here are the other issues concerning this situation, not, by the way, in order of impact.

Geography: More than any other thing, this abnormally affects not only the ODAC, but all of Division III. The finances simply aren't available. Thus, come tournament time, there has been a 500-mile moratorium of sorts on teams traveling during NCAA championship tournaments. It recently was upgraded to 600 miles. This has affected multiple Randolph-Macon teams. Teams in Texas, on the West Coast, they have this issue, too.

Geography II: Randolph-Macon only makes sense as an ODAC member. With Emory and Henry's departure, the Yellow Jackets' position as a foundational member only grows. They would never leave, nor should they. But if you could take Randolph-Macon's campus, lift it by helicopter, and land it in Wisconsin, Ohio, or, say, Pennsylvania, they suddenly could be in a top conference. So, since that isn't happening.....

Strength of Conference: This is the big one. When we state that the conference is the problem, it is a collective issue with every member. First, though, a positive. The ODAC essentially traded Southern Virginia to the USA South for Averett. USA South fell from #20 in 2019 to #23 in the D3Football.com conference ratings. That's, again, out of 27. 

However, it doesn't help the ODAC if a lot of members choose their non-conference opponents from lesser conferences. But, sometimes, there aren't many options. Credit, though, for example, Hampden-Sydney for scheduling Baldwin Wallace (8-2) of the Ohio Athletic Conference this past fall. Those are the type of series that ODAC teams need to find. 

Randolph-Macon has always (in all sports) looked for the most competitive schedule possible. They opened their playoff season of 2018, and 2019, with Centennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins, and, frankly, should have defeated them on opening night two years ago. 

But look at this past season. Shenandoah, who upset Washington & Lee in the season finale, further hurting Randolph-Macon's tournament chances, beat two USA South teams in Methodist (7-2) and North Carolina Wesleyan (4-6). Ferrum defeated Christopher Newport and future ODAC member Averett, both who finished 5-5. Even the conference champion, Washington & Lee, lost their opener at Christopher Newport, who later lost to NCAA Tournament team Salisbury...84-14. 

So, solutions?

1) Every team must get better. The only way for the ODAC to earn more respect nationally is to become better overall. Guilford, who is really struggling right now, needs huge improvement. Bridgewater, hopefully, suffered a one-off season in 2021 and will return to their usual prominence. Ferrum and Averett need to show that they are more than .500 type conference teams. The only under .500 teams in your conference need to be because you lost in-conference. Schedule tougher non-conference opponents, and win.

2) The Apprentice problem. Playing the Builders doesn't help anyone, unless they get better, and, become Division III members. We know of no plans for that to happen, so they need to be replaced. But who? Which institutions could seriously be considered for the ODAC? Christopher Newport doesn't fit the private institution nature of the conference, being a public university. Do you go after a Methodist from USA South, taking one of their better teams while giving Guilford a North Carolina partner in the conference?

3) When you get there, win. Washington & Lee is heading to, no shock, Mount Union this Saturday. If you don't know about the Purple Raiders, they own thirteen national titles, three in the past decade. The Generals' last trip to the NCAA Championship involved, yep, a trip to Mount Union, where they fell 21-0. No ODAC team won in the postseason from 2006-2012. Hampden-Sydney won one game in 2013, then Randolph-Macon won at John Carroll in 2018 (Ohio Athletic Conference member) before losing to Muhlenberg (Centennial). Bridgewater led Delaware Valley at home in the second half in 2019, but lost. 

That's two wins for the conference in fifteen years. The quickest way to expand respect for the conference is to win on the biggest stage. 

Would the Generals be at Mount Union Saturday had they won against Shenandoah last Saturday? Maybe. Had they gone 10-0? Likely not. 

4) For now, go unbeaten. No, it isn't fair that teams in several conferences can have teams go 9-1, or even 8-2, and be ranked higher in the NCAA's region ranking system than others. It's about strength of schedule, both in-conference and how you schedule in September.  So, until the ODAC is able to climb higher in the rankings, and eyes, of those football pundits nationwide, you have to get the job done on the field. And even if the ODAC becomes a top five conference nationally, you STILL have to win.

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In closing, I witnessed every Randolph-Macon play from scrimmage this season. In one drive, on one day, when the Yellow Jackets needed one defensive play, they couldn't deliver. You can argue they were missing two key pieces of their secondary at the time. That's true. But Washington & Lee lost their starting quarterback during the drive, and it didn't stop them. Seventeen plays, 99 yards, the rest of the clock. 

It's not fair, you may say, that Randolph-Macon is at home Saturday while Washington & Lee is playing. There's no doubt in my mind that the Yellow Jackets are the best team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season. But that conclusion, shared by many others, doesn't change what's so much more important than opinion: results. 

Now, Randolph-Macon fans should be ecstatic with the current state of the program. Never before has the Yellow Jackets won nine games in three consecutive full seasons (9-3 in 2018, 9-2 in 2019, 9-1 in 2021). The coaching staff continues to do a great job recruiting. 

Yes, there are a lot of seniors on that defense. But, through the course of the season, there were tons of opportunities for underclassmen to prepare themselves to take over next season. Offensively, there's something special with Presley Egbers and Brecht Heuchan. If they can continue to work together, be selfless, and be ready to either share the load, or, if one gets hurt, carry it, 2022 opponents will have nightmares trying to scheme for the Yellow Jacket offense. 

The home bleachers and press box are out. Duke Hall is coming, and with it, a chance to begin a dominant run in the ODAC not seen since Bridgewater two decades ago. I'm personally excited, thrilled in fact, to watch what unfolds.

--Rob Witham

THE QUEST FOR SIX: Patrick Henry Boys Volleyball State Championship Match Information

WHAT: The 2021 #VHSL Class 4 Boys Volleyball Championship

WHO: Maggie Walker GS vs Patrick Henry

WHEN: Thursday, November 18th, 6pm

WHERE: Siegel Center at VCU, Richmond

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

BASEBALL: Randolph-Macon To Play VCU On Halloween At The Diamond

The following was released by Randolph-Macon Athletics on Wednesday.


ASHLAND, Va. – Before they go trick-or-treating, the Randolph-Macon baseball team will play a fall exhibition against VCU at The Diamond on Halloween.

The teams will play a 12-inning contest on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. The game will be open to the public with no admission charge. Gates will open at noon.

The Rams went 38-16 this past spring. They won the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and earned the right to host the conference tournament. VCU defeated Dayton 7-6 in the A-10 Championship Game and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Rams were the No. 2 seed in the Starkville Regional. VCU defeated third-seeded Campbell in the first round before falling to eventual national champion Mississippi State in the second round. The Camels ended the Rams' season in the third round.

The Yellow Jackets went 23-11 overall this past spring and 18-4 in ODAC play. R-MC won the conference regular-season crown for the third straight season. The Yellow Jackets started the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA poll and No. 3 in the Perfect Game Preseason Top 25.

(RVA Sports Network File Photo)