Monday, March 15, 2021

CLASS OF 2021: Lee-Davis Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The following was released by the Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday. Our deepest congratulations to everyone who has been named to the Class of 2021!


Five Inductees Elected to Class of 2021

Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame

The Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, Mechanicsville, VA, is pleased to announce our inductees for the Class of 2021 of The Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  These five athletes were elected from the substantial universe of outstanding athletes who have competed with excellence since The School’s establishment in 1959. 

The Class of 2021 is composed of five former student athletes with accomplishments including district, region, metro, state distinctions, and beyond.

The inductees are:

Doug Floyd (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Class of 1959) 

Murphy Sprinkel (Football, Class of 1967) 

Henrietta Franklin Brooks (Track and Field, Basketball, Class of 1976)

Alvin Puller (Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Class of 1982) 

Montasia Golden (Indoor Track, Outdoor Track and Field, Class of 2011)

These former student athletes will be celebrated in different ways depending on Covid-19 protocols and the comfort levels of the former student athletes and/or their families.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

SHOWDOWN SUNDAY: #2 Trine at #1 Randolph-Macon

With the NCAA canceling the 2021 Division III Men's Basketball Championship, officials at Randolph-Macon went to work to try to schedule at least one game against top talent. Call it college basketball's version of a "bowl game", if you would.

Trine University of Angola, Indiana recently completed their season at 17-0, winners of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship. The Thunder, led by guard Nick Bowman, who figures to have a "game within the game" against Randolph-Macon guard Buzz Anthony, offered to host #1 Randolph-Macon for a "postseason" game.

When the Yellow Jackets countered with a trip to Ashland, Virginia, the Thunder jumped at the chance, according to Randolph-Macon head coach Josh Merkel. Thus, Sunday afternoon, at Crenshaw Gymnasium, it will be the closest thing you will get in Division III in 2021 to a "national title game". 

WHAT: #2 Trine (17-0) at #1 Randolph-Macon (11-0)

WHEN: Sunday, 2:30pm

WHERE: Crenshaw Gymnasium, Ashland, VA

TICKETS: NONE (Fans are not allowed at Crenshaw)

VIDEO: CLICK HERE to watch the game, called by "The Voice Of The Yellow Jackets" Marty Wilson and Andrew Price

TWITTER: Real-time updates on @hanoversports from RVA Sports Network 

Friday, March 12, 2021

LISTEN LIVE: Game Of The Week Football: Mechanicsville at Patrick Henry

CLICK HERE to listen live at 6pm as Mechanicsville (0-2) and Patrick Henry (2-0) collide on the RVA Sports Network High School Football Game of The Week!

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Road Warriors: Randolph-Macon Beats Roanoke In ODAC Semis

Not by choice, the top ranked team in America in Division III, Randolph-Macon College men's basketball, had to become road warriors in the 2021 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship Tournament.

Due to a COVID-19 pause and several game cancellations in February, the Yellow Jackets, though unbeaten, were awarded the fifth seed in the tournament. After a win in the quarterfinal round at #4 Bridgewater, a team they defeated twice during the regular season, it was onto top-seeded Roanoke Tuesday night.

The Maroons, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, gave Randolph-Macon fits a year ago in the semifinal round before a late defensive stop gave the Yellow Jackets the victory. From the start, Roanoke seemed determined to deny the Yellow Jackets their patented three-point shooting game.

Thus, it was time for head coach Josh Merkel, floor general Buzz Anthony, and the rest of the team to pivot, and take advantage of the opportunity given. Merkel wants his team to figure out what's happening first, staying a step mentally ahead of the opponent.

The result Tuesday night was forty points in the paint as the Yellow Jackets held off a furious late Roanoke rally to eliminate the top seed 77-71 to advance to Thursday night's title game. 

Randolph-Macon (5-0 ODAC, 10-0) advances to their third consecutive championship game, and look to defend their title and go back to back for the first time in thirty years.

"Gratitude. We're happy to play another game," Merkel noted via Zoom following the game, mindful of the early February pause in his team's season. "We're not perfect. We've got a lot to work on."

The Yellow Jackets led most of the way, but Roanoke tied the game at 47 in the middle of the second half. Randolph-Macon responded with a quick 6-0 run to retake the lead for good. Up 70-57 with less than two minutes left, the Maroons cut the margin down to five during a frantic final minute which saw the Yellow Jackets struggle to get the ball inbounds. 

Anthony scored twenty points and dished nine assists for the Yellow Jackets, while Miles Mallory had 18 points and seven rebounds and Ian Robertson added fifteen points and seven rebounds. Before fouling out, sophomore Josh Talbert went five-of-six from the field, finishing with eleven points and five rebounds. 

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