Richard Bland College of Petersburg, coached by Kecoughtan High graduate Chuck Moore, has ascended to No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association rankings in its first season.
Its all-freshman roster includes guard Khaaliq Fletcher of Phoebus High (4.1 points per game, 1.8 assists per game), guard Jeremy Saunders from Kecoughtan High (3.2 ppg, 1.0 apg) and forward Drew Walton of Bethel High (1.8 ppg, 2,2 rebounds per game).
One of Moore's assistant coaches is former Old Dominion guard Bryan Henderson. ...
QJ Peterson had 37 points and 15 rebounds and Rodney Glasgow had 35 points and 10 assists Tuesday as VMI gained its second road win of the season, outlasting UNC Asheville 109-105.
Twenty Old Dominion baseball games will be aired this season on Star 1310 (WGH) AM, beginning March 7 when the Monarchs open Conference USA play at defending league champion Rice, the nation's 15th-ranked team.
Ted Alexander, the voice of ODU football and men's basketball, will serve as the primary play-by-play voice, assisted by Doug Ripley.
The following Tribe players were honored at the William and Mary Quarterback Club banquet last weekend:
junior wide receiver Tre McBride and sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor (Offensive Players of the Year); senior free safety Jerome Couplin III (Defensive Player of the Year); redshirt freshman running back Kendell Anderson (Rookie of the Year); junior punter/place-kicker John Carpenter (Special Teams Player of the Year); senior right guard Trevor Springman (Offensive Lineman of the Year); junior defensive end Mike Reilly (Defensive Lineman of the Year); senior defensive tackle George Beerhalter (Bob Sheeran Leadership Award); senior quarterback Brent Caprio and senior linebacker Quincey September (Pat Gantt Inspiration Award); senior offensive lineman Matt Crisafi (President’s Award); freshman running back Jonathan Dunn (Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year); freshman defensive back Richie DiPietro II (Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year).
Apprentice sophomore 125-pounder Jacob Michael was named the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Wrestler of the Week after winning four bouts in a row.
Norfolk State's Thea Aspiras was named the most valuable bowler of the Kutztown (Pa.) Invitational after averaging 222.8 pins per game.
Men’s swimming and diving:
William and Mary sophomore Will Manion of Haddonfield, N.J, was named the Colonial Athletic Association Swimmer of the Week for the first time.
He is the third Tribe men’s swimmer to be cited this season, joining classmate Billy Russell of Newport News and senior Andrew Strait of Henrico.
During Saturday’s Senior Day victory over Old Dominion, Manion set three dual-meet records, two pool records and a lifetime-best over the course of his four events. He broke the pool record in the 100-yard backstroke (48.93) and the 200 back (1:47.90). Manion’s time in the 100 back was the seventh-fastest race in school history, and his 200 back time was the 10th-fastest performance ever for W&M.
He also led off the 200 medley relay that won with a dual-meet record 1:31.89 (tied for the seventh-fastest in school history).
Women’s swimming and diving:
W&M junior Megan Howard of McLean was named the CAA Swimmer of the Week for the fifth time and was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 15.
Howard led the Tribe women to their seventh win of the season on Saturday, downing Old Dominion 174-88. She set a pair of dual-meet records and a long-standing pool record.
Her day began with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.21. She then won the 50 freestyle and came back to win the 100 free in 51.49, then wrapped up her day on the victorious 400 free relay. She has 24 wins on the season. ...
Virginia Tech freshman Ashley Buchter was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Diver of the Week. In a 169.5-125.5 victory against UNC Wilmington, she won the 3-meter competition with an NCAA zone standard score of 353.47. ...
Virginia junior Ellen Williamson was named the ACC Female Swimmer of the Week.
She helped lead the No. 9 Cavaliers to a come-from-behind victory over conference rival and seventh-ranked North Carolina, 152-146, on Saturday. Williamson won the 100-yard butterfly (54.09 seconds) and 200 individual medley (1:59.88). She finished third in the 200 fly in 2:01.09.
NN's Prillaman earns 14s crown
William Prillaman of Newport News captured the boys 14-and-under championship last weekend at William and Mary Junior Winter Series tournament No. 5 on McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center’s indoor hard courts.
Prillaman, seeded second, won four matches, including a 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6) semifinal against No. 3 Evan Limoges of Glen Allen and a 6-2, 7-5 triumph in the final against Grayson DeBerry of Williamsburg, who won his first three matches of the weekend— two on clutch efforts in match tiebreaks after splitting sets.
Earlier, Prillaman won a 6-1, 6-0 quarterfinal against Williamsburg’s Daniel Kruger, his expected teammate-to-be on Hampton Roads Academy’s squad.
Natasha Novak of Yorktown earned the girls 14s consolation crown with a pair of victories after a first-round loss.
Manto among IL honorees
Jeff Manto, 49, who played for the Norfolk Tides in 1994 and likely will be at Harbor Park on occasion this season as the Baltimore Orioles’ minor-league hitting coordinator, will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame this year.
Manto batted .256 with 17 home runs and 38 RBI in 89 games for the Orioles in 1995, his only season with Baltimore. He hit .275 with 125 home runs with seven IL teams between 1992 and 2000. He was the IL Most Valuable Player in 1994.
In addition to Manto, current Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager Dave Miley and current Toledo Mud Hens broadcaster Jim Weber also will be inductedinto the league’s Hall of Fame this year.
Manto, drafted in 1982 by the Yankees and in 1985 by the Angels, was a consummate journeyman. He played in 289 major-league games, batting .230 with 31 home runs and 97 RBI, and spent far more time in the minors than the majors.
He played for the Triple-A Richmond Braves and was in the majors with the Indians (1990-91, ’97-98 and ’98-99), Phillies (’93), Red Sox (’96), Mariners (’96), Tigers (’98), Yankees (’99) and Rockies (2000). He played six games for the World Series-winning Yankees of 1999.
The Norfolk Admirals’ home game against Charlotte was postponed Tuesday because of weather and rescheduled for March 4.
WXGI/950AM, ESPN Radio’s affiliate in Richmond, will start simulcasting at 100.5FM in the Richmond area Saturday, vastly increasing the station’s reach at night — making it accessible to fans in New Kent and to some in the Williamsburg area.
WXGI regularly carries the Washington Redskins and Nationals, Richmond Spiders and national NFL and NBA games. On occasion, different games will be carried on 950 and 100.5.