Virginia’s Akil Mitchell, VCU’s Juvonte Reddic and three Hampton Roads natives — Duke’s Andre Dawkins, Marquette’s Davante Gardner and VMI’s DJ Covington — are set to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, the annual 12-game showcase for pro scouts at Churchland High.
Two games are Wednesday, three apiece Thursday and Friday, and four Saturday.
Ohio State announced that Virginia Tech’s road game against the Buckeyes Sept. 6 will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be shown nationally on ESPN.
A Virginia State football player pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a November luncheon, the day before the teams were going to play for the league championship, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Forsyth County (N.C.) Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said Lamont Britt, a former Lake Taylor High player from Norfolk, pleaded guilty to simple assault.
Britt had been charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury on Rudy Johnson.
Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.
CIAA officials canceled the game and declared VSU ineligible for the playoffs. Winston-Salem went to the playoffs.
On a day when many games in the state were postponed, including Old Dominion at William and Mary indefinitely, top-ranked Virginia announced that it will play the Tribe in Charlottesville at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Malia Tate-DeFreitas of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton was named the Virginia Sports Information Directors University Division state Rookie of the Year.
HU's Alyssa Bennett made the first team, as did Old Dominion's Shae Kelley.
The second team included Tate-DeFreitas, Norfolk State senior Rachel Gordon and James Madison's Toia Giggetts, a Lake Taylor High graduate.
JMU, which won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament before beating Gonzaga in the NCAA first round, swept the top honors.
Randolph-Macon junior Ryan Byrd, a Warhill High graduate, was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week. He won three matches at No. 1 singles and in doubles with Michael Baxter as R-MC beat Hampden-Sydney, Randolph and Shenandoah. ...
W&M, the tournament host, was seeded third — behind UNC Wilmington and the College of Charleston — in the seven-team CAA tourney, which runs Friday through Sunday.
Like the W&M men, the Tribe women were seeded third, with UNCW first and Charleston second, in the eight-team CAA tourney Friday through Sunday on their courts.
James Madison, with Bethel High graduate Maria Malerba in her final conference tournament after 38 years as the Dukes’ coach, is seeded fourth. ...
The Conference USA tournament begins Wednesday on Old Dominion’s courts, though the seventh-seeded Monarchs don’t play until 10 a.m. Thursday. ...
Christopher Newport freshman Katie Carlson was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week after going 4-0 last week, including a win in her first appearance at No. 1 singles.
W&M and ODU tied for third in the seven-team Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., each at 40-over-par 880 for three rounds.
The Tribe’s Austin Morrison took third at 5-over 215, and teammate Charlie Kern tied for fourth at 216. ...
CNU sophomore Patrick Johnson was honored as CAC Golfer of the Week. He led the Captains at the rain-shortened Emory Spring Invitational in Atlanta, tying for 10th at 1-over-par 73.
Women’s track and field:
CNU freshman Logan Harrington was named CAC Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 800 meters in a meet at North Carolina A&T with a 2:13.99 time, the second-fastest in Captains history. That time ranks seventh in Division III.
Norfolk (3-9), saddled with the IL’s worst record, was dusted 15-0 by Gwinnett (6-6) in Lawrenceville, Ga. Tides starter Kevin Gausman yielded four runs and seven hits in three innings to take the loss.
For the Braves, Tommy La Stella and Edward Salcedo drove in three runs each, while Jose Constanza, U.Va. product Philip Gosselin and Salcedo had three hits apiece.
The Reading Fightin Phils (8-3) and Richmond Flying Squirrels (7-5) were rained out of the second game of their series of The Diamond.
The squads will try again at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorial is battle of ages
The 14th annual Dr. Mary V. Bicouvaris Memorial Tennis Tournament, set for 5 p.m. Wednesday on Hampton Tennis Center’s clay, will feature a clash of generations: Bill Saunders, one of the Peninsula’s best senior players, against Heritage High’s Darnell Wilkins.
They will play a pro-set (to eight games) in a match tape-delayed for broadcast on NNPSTV and on nnpstv.com.