In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Monday, August 10, 2020

Catch Up On "In The Red Zone"!

 Above through August 20th you will find the latest editions of "In The Red Zone", heard live every Monday evening from 6 to 7pm on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM), here on our website at the link to the right, and on the TuneIn radio app on "Radiall".

August 3: Former Atlee and current Duke softball standout Peyton St. George discusses her recent article on mental health issues, which can be read HERE. A fascinating conversation!

August 10: Randolph-Macon head football coach Pedro Arruza joins us to discuss the suspension of fall sports for the school and Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and what he, his staff, and his players have been doing to still advance the program forward despite COVID-19!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

POSTPONED: No Fall Sports at Randolph-Macon

The following was announced by the Randolph-Macon College Athletic Department on Tuesday afternoon.


ASHLAND, Va. - After extensive deliberations, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Presidents Council voted to postpone conference competition and championships for fall and winter sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year (December 31). The ODAC remains focused on providing meaningful competition for all student-athletes in 2020-21, which includes an intention to sponsor conference competition for fall and winter sports in the spring semester.

"We know how disappointing this news is for our fall athletes, their families, the R-MC community, and Yellow Jackets everywhere. We share in your disappointment," said Robert R. Lindgren, President of Randolph-Macon College. "The College remains committed to a comprehensive intercollegiate athletics program and the wonderful student-athletes who represent the College with distinction."

After consulting with conference officials and medical personnel the Presidents and Athletic Directors decided that the perceived risks and financial burden associated with the resumption of intercollegiate travel and competition proved too great. Athletics and the student-athletes that comprise it play a crucial role in our college community and we look forward to working to provide a positive and meaningful student-athlete experience amid the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The collegiate athletic experience at Randolph-Macon College is a valuable part of our co-curricular educational mission to develop the mind and character of our students," said Jeff Burns, R-MC Director of Athletics. "However, the health and safety of our campus and communities must be our highest priority."

Seasons are postponed for Yellow Jacket football, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball, as well as fall schedules for men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis. Men's and women's basketball as well as men's and women's swimming will not compete against outside competition prior to Jan. 1, 2021.  When it can be safely done, student-athletes can participate in allowable team activities.

To help the ODAC and its member schools provide their student-athletes with the most complete athletic experience possible, NCAA Division III is considering a blanket waiver that would provide unprecedented scheduling flexibility. The scheduling change would provide all conference sports more time for individual and team skill instruction, strength and conditioning, leadership development, and other athletically related activities during the academic year as health and safety conditions allow.
"These are certainly unprecedented times and we are developing plans to have athletic competitions early in the spring academic calendar," Burns said. "In the meantime, our coaches are organizing ways to utilize the fall semester for greater personal and player development, varied strength and conditioning opportunities, and team building exercises. Our players will benefit from the extended time and we will be prepared to play when competition resumes."
Randolph-Macon will begin classes on August 24 with two seven-week sessions comprised of two classes each with final exams taking place online after Thanksgiving. 

For more information on the upcoming year and campus policies please visit

Click here to view ODAC release.

Randolph-Macon College NCAA Athletics Fall 2020 Return to Campus Q&A
Last Updated 7/21/20
This document will be updated as new information becomes available.

1. What sports will be able to compete during the fall semester?
Randolph-Macon College will not be competing in any sports during the 2020 fall semester due to college policies restricting travel and visitors on campus.

2. Will fall and winter sports compete at all in 2020-2021?
No athletic competition will occur until at least January 1, 2021. The College, the athletic department, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, infectious disease experts, and the NCAA will work together to evaluate any options for fall/winter sports competition in the winter and/or spring.

3. When will students know if winter and spring sports are happening?
We know that there will not be any athletic competition until at least January 1, 2021. No decisions have been made about the January or Spring Terms yet. The College, the athletic department, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, infectious disease experts, and the NCAA, will make a determination about winter and spring sports at a future date.

4. Will fall and winter season teams be able to compete during the January or Spring Terms?
We are investigating opportunities with the NCAA to shift our competitive season for fall and winter sports to the January/spring terms. We are committed to trying to provide meaningful competitive opportunities to our fall and winter teams during the January/spring terms.

5. What impact would only being able to practice or play a limited number of games have on my eligibility with the NCAA?
Under NCAA rules, students will not use a season of eligibility if their team does not compete during the traditional sport season. On July 9, the NCAA issued a blanket waiver that states that student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can complete only 50% or less of the sport's maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA also approved a second blanket waiver which permits student-athletes to receive a two semester extension of eligibility if the student-athlete is unable to participate in their sport during the 2020-21 academic year due to the impact of COVID-19 or if the student-athlete's team completed 50% or less of the sport's maximum contests/dates of competition due to COVID-19. This waiver applies to all sports (fall, winter, and spring).

6. Will all sports participate in a non-traditional season this fall? 
For those students who are on campus and who are members of our fall, winter, and spring varsity programs, practices will be permitted in accordance with institutional, state, and NCAA safety protocols, including physical distancing. Pre-participation forms (medical and NCAA), concussion baseline testing, and COVID screening will be required and reviewed prior to participating in team activities.
The NCAA is currently considering a waiver that would provide institutions flexibility in their sport seasons during 2020-21. This will most likely allow schools to count their playing seasons in 114 days. The NCAA's current structure requires a weekly sports calendar and does not provide as much flexibility as offered in the proposed waiver. A final decision on the waiver is expected following the Division III Management Council Meeting on July 20-21.

7. Has the NCAA announced any changes to the 2020-2021 championships?
There have been no announcements regarding any adjustments to the NCAA championships.

8. When will student-athletes arrive on campus now that the fall preseason has been canceled?
Fall sport student-athletes will arrive in shifts, as assigned by Residence Life, between 9am-3pm on August 18th.
Winter and Spring student-athletes will arrive with the rest of the student body, in shifts assigned by Residence Life. New students will be assigned a day and time on August 19th or August 20th; returning students will be assigned a day and time on August 21st, 22nd, or 23rd. Assignments will be forthcoming shortly from Residence Life.

9. Will all fall athletes be subject to testing for COVID-19 when they arrive on campus as originally planned in the campus reopening plan?
No. Testing protocols for student-athletes will be determined by the College's COVID-19 Health and Safety squad (including the Director of Sports Medicine) in consultation with the athletic department, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and infectious disease experts, and with consideration of NCAA recommendations.

10. Will student-athletes who are on campus for the fall have access to the services and support provided through athletic training services?
The athletics administration is continuing to work on specific protocols regarding athletic training services. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

11. Will all athletic facilities be open?
Facilities will be open for the campus community while observing state and institutional guidelines, including physical distancing. As this is a fluid situation, we cannot guarantee what will be available or when. We are working on plans to enable safe usage of these spaces as well as increased cleaning and sanitizing. Access to facilities may change during the semester, depending on changing state and institutional guidelines.

12. Will student-athletes have access to locker rooms?
Student-athletes will not have access to locker rooms.

13. Will intramural sports be able to practice and/or compete?
Intramural sports will not be able to practice or compete in the fall semester.

For additional information please visit

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Division III: ODAC Hopeful, Centennial Calls It Off For Fall

The Centennial Conference, whose members include Johns Hopkins, Muhlenberg, and Dickinson, announced Tuesday that their 2020 football season will not be held in the fall, but held out for the possibility of spring play in 2021.
Randolph-Macon football was supposed to open their 2020 season September 5th at home against Dickinson. That game was postponed last week when the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced no fall sports could begin regular season play before September 11th, and now is likely canceled.
At this time, there is no word on whether the football season would now begin September 12th when the Yellow Jackets are scheduled to play at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. An issue would be the feasibility to be able to have enough practices, and possibly a scrimmage, safely ahead of the September 12th date.
The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to begin ODAC play on September 19th at Emory and Henry.
Meanwhile, men's soccer's Labor Day Weekend season opening home doubleheader on September 5th and 6th is postponed, as is women's soccer's first four contests, including a scheduled home opener with Mary Washington September 9th. Women's volleyball has five matches slated prior to the 11th, and are scheduled to be in Lexington on the 11th for matches on that Friday and Saturday. Field Hockey will have their first four matches postponed, all scheduled between September 1st and 9th.
You can track updates on schools and conferences across Division III Football as to their status for 2020 at the link below from our friends at by clicking HERE.

Friday, May 08, 2020


The following information was released by Hanover County Public Schools on May 8th:

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.  We are writing to share some important news about our plans to celebrate your remarkable accomplishments over the past thirteen years.  Our team has invested significant thought, time, and effort into developing a comprehensive graduation plan that we believe will honor and recognize our seniors in the most meaningful and memorable way possible under such extraordinary circumstances.  While many contributed to this effort, we are especially grateful for the important feedback we received from our students, families, principals, faculty, staff, senior class officers, and others who helped to guide us in our decision-making.
Based upon the ongoing COVID-19 public health concerns and the uncertainty moving forward, we do not believe it is realistic or responsible to hold our traditional graduation ceremonies at the VCU Siegel Center on June 13 as originally scheduled.  However, we are pleased to offer three unique ways that we will be celebrating the Class of 2020—individually, virtually, and in-person.  We sincerely hope that this demonstrates our strong commitment to honoring you in the best way possible.  The details for each celebration are as follows:               
Celebration 1:  Individual Graduation Experience (Early June)
·         High school staff will schedule appointments with all seniors to arrange for an individual graduation experience with up to five family members or special guests.  The appointments will take place within the first two weeks of June. 
·         Each senior will be called by name to walk the stage in a cap and gown to receive a diploma. 
·         Staff will be on-hand to take keepsake pictures of seniors with their guests.  Seniors will also receive a gift. 
·         Staff and guests are required to follow all official social distancing and related guidance. 
·         Each high school principal will communicate more specific details and instructions soon.
Celebration 2:  Virtual Graduation (June 13)
·         On June 13, each high school will release a graduation video that will include remarks from the principal, the superintendent, the valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as a photomontage of the graduating class. 
·         The videos will follow a consistent format.  Each high school will also include their own unique touches to make the experience more personable and memorable. 
·         Each high school graduation team will share further details regarding the graduation video.
Celebration 3:  In-Person Graduation (August 8)
·         If permitted by officials, we are actively planning to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies on Saturday, August 8, at The Meadow Event Park located in Doswell.
·         The ceremonies will be live-streamed and recorded for those who are unable to attend.
·         This plan is fluid and may change due to the unpredictability of COVID-19.
·         The ceremonies will follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 health and safety guidance provided by local, state, and federal officials, including limiting the number of attendees to ensure appropriate social distancing.
·         Each high school principal will communicate more specific details and instructions in the coming weeks and months.
·         The graduation ceremonies will be held as follows:​
o    9:00 a.m.—Hanover High School
o    12:00 p.m.—Patrick Henry High School
o    3:00 p.m.—Atlee High School
o    6:00 p.m.—Lee-Davis High School
The Class of 2020 will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and we look forward to honoring you in the coming weeks and months.  We sincerely hope that each moment will make you feel special, unique, and valued.  We also hope it will remind you that you are loved, supported, and celebrated by an entire community.   
In the meantime, significant work is still underway.  Our team will continue to work with great care and compassion to finalize our plans.  Our principals will share more details in the coming weeks as they become available that will answer many of your questions.  However, if you have urgent questions regarding Celebration 1 and Celebration 2, you may contact your principal.  If you have general questions about Celebration 3, you may contact Dr. Robert Staley, Director of Secondary Education, at

Monday, April 27, 2020

IN THE RED ZONE: New Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball Coach Lindsey Burke

Randolph-Macon College announced the hiring of Lindsey Burke as their new head women's basketball coach on Monday, replacing Carroll LaHaye, who retired last month after 38 seasons.

Burke has been an assistant at both Bucknell and the University of Mary Washington, spending the last three seasons as an assistant at the University of Rochester.

Rob Witham will interview Coach Burke LIVE tonight on "In The Red Zone", at 6pm, on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM and 1430 AM). You can also listen live at the link to the right on our website, or on the TuneIn Radio app on "Radiall"!

(Photo Courtesy Coach Burke/Twitter)

Monday, March 30, 2020

IN THE RED ZONE: Carroll LaHaye

CLICK HERE to listen live online or join us live on 102.9 The Mater tonight at 6pm for "In The Red Zone".

We are honored to be joined by Carroll LaHaye, who announced this past week that she is retiring as head women's basketball coach at Randolph-Macon College after 38 seasons and 647 victories.

We'll talk about her career, how a Maine native found Ashland, the big moments on and off the court, and, what's next for her!

It's all live from The Mater studios tonight at 6pm. Please join us!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Help Vote Kelly Williams To All-Star Game!

ATLANTA – Randolph-Macon senior Kelly Williams is on the cusp of becoming a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star, it was announced Tuesday morning. But the Garysburg, N.C. native, needs your help! Williams is one of five nominees for two remaining positions on the All-Star teams that will be voted on by fans.

Williams will exit Randolph-Macon with a host of records, including for most career rebounds in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference record books, as well as second in scoring in Randolph-Macon history. She had the second-most double-doubles in Division III Women's Basketball this season, finishing with 22 on the year. She was the ODAC Player of the Year and the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Outside of the two fan-selected All-Stars, the other 18 All-Stars were chosen by a committee of head women's basketball head coaches. Voting is now open. Click here to access your all-star ballot. Fan voting ends at noon ET, Sunday, March 15. The final list of all-stars and team rosters will be announced Monday, March 16.
The second annual Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game will be played at the Capital Center Performance Arena on the campus of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on March 21 immediately preceding the NCAA Division III women's basketball national championship game. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET.