The University of Lynchburg Hornets' Softball advances into Super Regionals
At this time of year, softball and postseason go hand in hand. The University of Lynchburg Hornets were excited to still be one of the 64 teams left playing in the Division 3 NCAA Softball Tournament. However, no one will envy the matchup that awaited them. The Hornets were placed in the bracket with the two-time defending national champions, the nation's best team, #1 Virginia Wesleyan Marlins.
This was no small task in this double elimination bracket. The old saying goes, "To be the man (woman), you got to beat the man (woman). The Hornets took it to heart and accomplished their goal of winning the region on the road. After winning their opening round game, the Hornets then lost to the Marlins by a score of 1-0. Now with an uphill battle, the Hornets had to win three straight and at least two of those against the home-standing Marlins.
With the doubleheader wins versus VA Wesleyan, the 17th ranked Hornets will now look to protect their house, as they will host the Super Regional against 18th ranked Emory University. If they can win two of the next three games starting Friday, May 17th, the dream season will continue as they will advance to the Division 3 College World Series.
by EMSPORTS.org 5/13/2019
Grayson Overstreet is transferring.
Grayson Overstreet, the dynamic two-way football player from Staunton River, has made a change in his future plans for Saturdays. Overstreet has left the Richmond Spiders football program to travel west and join the Emory & Henry Wasps of the ODAC Conference.
With the immediate transfer and a move from Division 1 to Division 3, Mr. Overstreet will be eligible to play right away at the start of the 2019 season. Overstreet will be able to compete for four full seasons at Emory & Henry since he didn't exceed the four game limit allowed by the NCAA for football players to maintain their redshirt season.
A change was needed for Overstreet who played in the four games for the Spiders mostly on special teams and as a reserve linebacker on defense. If you needed anymore excitement, Overstreet will be expected to be an immediate contributor on offense and defense. It was offense where he excelled at Staunton River High School where he shattered many records of the VHSL history books. Overstreet rushed for over 100 yards on 41 consecutive games. He was a 1st team all state selection in 2016 as well as the VHSL Player of the Year.
by EM Sports 05/13/2019
Mike Young, the new Virginia Tech Hokies Basketball Coach
BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands and Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Sunday that Mike Young has accepted the men's basketball head coaching position at Virginia Tech. The Radford, Virginia native joins the Hokies after a record-setting 17-year tenure at
Wofford. The Terriers posted a 30-5 overall record in 2018-19, including a perfect 18-0 mark in Southern Conference play and registered a convincing 84-68 win over Seton Hall in the first round of
the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
"We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Mike Young to Virginia Tech, not only because of his proven leadership and coaching ability, but because Coach Young is home in Southwest Virginia and leads his life in the true Hokie tradition of integrity and commitment to service," Dr. Sands said. "I look forward to the excitement and success we will enjoy as Coach Young and his student-athletes hit the court and compete to win. Laura and I are excited to welcome Coach Young and his family to Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. We look forward to sharing our campus and the many Hokie traditions that make this place home for all of us.
The 2019 Sporting News Coach of the Year, Young finished third in this
season's AP Coach of the Year voting behind Texas Tech's Chris Beard and Houston's Kelvin Sampson. In his 17 seasons at the helm as head coach of Wofford College, Young built the Terriers into one of
the Southern Conference's preeminent programs and a perennial NCAA Tournament participant. He guided Wofford to five NCAA Tournament berths over the past 10 seasons and five Southern Conference
championships. In addition to the on-court success of his teams, 100 percent of Young's student-athletes at Wofford who completed their eligibility
"Coach Young has earned tremendous respect and admiration across the nation for the integrity and winning tradition that were trademarks of his program at Wofford," Babcock said. "His track record of winning consistently on the basketball court combined with his ability to develop young men into leaders and help them fulfill their potential academically and athletically appealed to us at Virginia Tech. His propensity as a recruiter, a teacher and an innovative coach are all attributes that will serve him well at Tech."
"We are excited to welcome Coach Young and Margaret to the Virginia Tech community along with their daughter, Cooper, and their son, Davis," Babcock continued. "I'm confident that Hokies everywhere will embrace them as we embark on the next chapter in the history of our basketball program. Owning ties to the New River Valley and longstanding relationships with coaches across the ACC region, we felt that Coach Young would be a natural fit to lead our program at Tech."
In addition to a host of coaching accolades, Young currently serves as a member of the NCAA's Men's Basketball Ethics Committee.
"On behalf of my entire family, we are humbled and honored to serve as the
stewards of the men's basketball program at Virginia Tech, Young said. "We are extremely grateful to President Sands and Whit for extending this opportunity to us that we will embrace with great
fervor and enthusiasm. I've long admired Virginia Tech from afar for its principles, as well as for the ability of its athletic programs to consistently win with integrity. I can't wait to meet our
student-athletes, support staff and fans as we prepare to get to work in Blacksburg."
Young compiled a 299-244 (.551) overall record at Wofford and earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors four times (2010, 2014, 2015 and 2019). Under his guidance, the Terriers registered an impressive list of non-conference wins over the likes of Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Purdue, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Wake Forest. Arguably the most compelling non-conference victory of his tenure at Wofford came on Dec. 20, 2017 when the Terriers faced No. 5 North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. and registered a 79-75 victory over head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels.
Prior to assuming the head coaching reins for the Terriers in 2002-03, Young was an assistant coach to current Wofford athletics director Richard Johnson. Young came to Wofford after serving as a graduate assistant for one year under Oliver Purnell at Radford University.
A 1986 graduate of Emory & Henry College, he was a four-year letterman in basketball for coach Bob Johnson and the team captain his junior and senior seasons. He credits Johnson for having a major influence on his playing and coaching careers.
Upon his graduation, Young became a full-time assistant coach for two years at Emory & Henry before moving on to Radford. Another mentor in his coaching philosophies is Fletcher Arritt, longtime coach of Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. Young played one season for him before attending Emory and Henry. In the summer of 2015, Young was inducted into the Emory & Henry College Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Radford High School Hall of Fame.
by hokiesports.com 4/7/2019
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Following Liberty men’s basketball’s best season in school history, Liberty University and men’s basketball coach Ritchie McKay have agreed on a contract extension. Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell Jr., made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
“I am humbled and honored that Ian McCaw and President Falwell Jr. have given me the opportunity to continue to be a part of this special University,” McKay said. “We are in process of trying to build something special at Liberty and I can't thank our administration enough for recognizing that."4/4/19
Liberty Faces Mississippi State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Liberty men's basketball team will face Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Flames will be in the South Region, where they will face the Bulldogs on Friday, March 22, at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
The Flames will enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed, the highest seeding in school history, while Mississippi State is a No. 5 seed. The winner of the Liberty vs. Mississippi State matchup will face the victor in the game No. 4 seed Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 seed Saint Louis game on Sunday.
Mississippi State comes into the NCAA Tournament with a 23-10 overall record. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 10-8 mark in the SEC, which was tied for sixth place with Ole Miss. Mississippi State lost to Tennessee 83-76 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
This is the first time Liberty has been sent to the South Region in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In 1994 and 2004, the Flames were in the East Region, while Liberty was a part of the “First Four” in 2013 in the Midwest Region.
Liberty has limited availability in its ticket allotment to the NCAA Tournament. A $1 non-refundable fee will be charged to take an order and ticket holders will be notified by Tuesday, March 19 if they will receive tickets to the tournament as part of the Liberty allotment. For questions, please contact the Flames Ticket Office at 434-582-SEAT (7328) firstname.lastname@example.org. The Flames Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Flames are making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their first since 2013. Liberty punched its ticket to the “Big Dance” by claiming the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship title during its inaugural season in the league. 2018-19 has been a historic season for the Flames, as they were the first team in the ASUN final to advance to the NCAA Tournament in their tournament debut since the 1997-98 season. The Flames shattered many records this year, including winning a school record 28 games, the most in a single season during their Division I era.
McKay has led the Flames to their third straight 20-win season, which has never been done before in school history. The Flames are prepping for their third straight postseason tournament, having participated in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) in the past two seasons. McKay was also nominated for the Ben Jobe Award, Jim Phelan Award and the Hugh Durhman Award following Liberty’s ASUN Championship win. The Ben Jobe award recognizes the top minority coach in Division I, the Jim Phelan Award awards the top coach in Division I basketball and the Hugh Durham Award is presented to the mid-major coach in the country.
Liberty Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament, Defeats Lipscomb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth time in school history, Liberty is going to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed Flames defeated the No. 1 seed Lipscomb 74-68 to claim the ASUN Championship.
Liberty is the first league team to win the ASUN Final in its debut tournament since the 1997-98 season. The Flames (28-6, 14-2 ASUN) now have tied their school record with 28 wins on the season. Liberty’s Lovell Cabbil Jr., Caleb Homesley and Scottie James were named to the ASUN All-Tournament team, while James was also named the ASUN Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Lipscomb came out firing to open the game, sparked by Kenny Cooper (eight points and four rebounds) and Ahsan Asadullah (six points and seven rebounds). The pair combined for 14 of Lipscomb’s 28 first-half points and 11 of its 19 rebounds. The Flames were down by eight points (24-16) with six minutes left in the first half, but responded by ending the half on 13-4 run to go into the break with a 29-28 lead. Liberty had a balanced offensive attack with eight players scoring, led by Scottie James with seven points and five rebounds.
The offense picked up in the second half for both teams, as Liberty shot 53 percent (16-30) in the second half while Lipscomb shot 68 percent (15-22). The game went back and forth with 23 lead changes. The Bisons held a one-point lead (66-65) with 1:31 left in the game, but the Flames responded on the next possession, taking the lead thanks to a Scottie James layup with 56 second left. After forcing a stop on defense, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz made it a four-point lead (70-66) with 17 seconds left, knocking down his second three-pointer of the game from the corner. James would seal the win after making a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in the contest to give the Flames the victory.
Key Stats & Notes
Lipscomb’s 28 first half points were the second fewest in a half this season. Liberty held the Bisons to a season-low 27 points on Feb. 13.Liberty has claimed its fourth ever conference championship, having won the Big South Tournament in 1994, 2004 and 2013.Liberty has now won a school-record 11 true road games.Liberty held Lipscomb to just four fast-break points.Liberty had four players score in double figures led by Scottie James’ 17 points to go along with eight rebounds.Caleb Homesley flirted with a triple-double, scoring 11 points to go along with seven rebounds and a career-high eight assists.Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored 16 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists.Liberty forced Lipscomb to commit 10 turnovers, while only committing eight.Liberty scored 15 points of Lipscomb’s turnovers. The 5,687 attendance for the ASUN Championship Final was a Lipscomb record at Allen Arena.
Thoughts from Coach McKay
“This isn’t just coach-speak, Casey Alexander and his staff are phenomenal coaches. They are really hard to prepare for because of the quality of play they exude on the court. It is tough to lose a game like this and I have been in their shoes. They have had an incredible year and I think they are NCAA Tournament at-large worthy. The quality of our opponent today necessitated our best. I knew they were going to do some things offensively and defensively that create some small incisions, but I was so proud of how our guys weathered the storm. I think that this was a game where you needed a break or two down the stretch and we were fortunate enough to get one.”
The Flames will now have the week off until the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, March 17th. Liberty’s selection and seeding will then determine when and where they will play. The selection show will take place at 7 p.m. ET and the show can be seen on CBS.
Lynchburg) EM-SPORT 3/4/19
Liberty started off with the hot-hand by going up by 9 points first half with 16 minutes left in the first half of the game. Liberty went for two minutes and did not score then Jacksonville got back into the game by holding Liberty 1- of 11 shooting from the field midway through the half then Scotty James turned things around by score inside the paint. James had 12 points in the first half also Flames had three players in score double- figures in Lovell jr (11), James (15) Georgle Pacheco (13) liberty had six- threes points. Dolphins just had six points in the first 10 minutes of game Liberty controlled the game
to finish 72 - 58 Jace Hogan and Aamahne Santos had 13points each for Dolphins.
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Following an offseason that saw major renovations to Williams Stadium, Liberty Athletics next football upgrade project is focusing on the base of operations for the program.
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 football season, Liberty’s first campaign at the FBS level, the Williams Football Operations Center started a $25 million renovation project that is scheduled for completion in January 2020.
The Williams Football Operations Center opened in 2006, giving Liberty’s football program a three-story, 48,000-square foot base of operations in the north end zone of Williams Stadium.
The current renovation project will dramatically expand the footprint of the existing building. The project will add 18,000 additional square feet to the facility to bring the new building’s usable space to 65,455 square feet.
The top floor of the newly renovated facility will house 17 offices and 12 position meeting room, plus a 147-seat, theater style team meeting room.
The middle floor of the building, located at ground level, will include a new locker room with 122 lockers and an attached equipment room to better service Liberty’s football players.
The floor will also house a 13,000 square foot player’s lounge, including a nutrition center and can accommodate up to 130 people. The area will be used as a recruiting area during home football games.
A glass enclosed cardio workout room will replace the existing front entrance to the operations center and the workout area will overlook the lower level.
Rounding out the new amenities of this floor will be a press room for weekly press conferences and postgame interviews, plus a new training room. The sports medicine area will include 11 treatment beds, an onsite x-ray room, plus hydrotherapy pools.
Closing out the facility will be a state-of-the art weight room in the lower level of the operations center. The 16,000 square foot workout space will be furnished with the latest training equipment, allowing Liberty’s players to prepare themselves to excel at the highest level of college football.
The entire three-floor football operations center will feature a dynamic graphic arts packages, helping promote the ever growing Liberty Football brand.
A construction timeline is in place so that the locker room and training room facilities will be functional in time for the start of the 2019 football season.
During the construction process, Liberty’s student-athletes will utilize the visiting team locker room area in the Liberty Indoor Practice facility, while the coaching staff office space will be housed on the top floor of the Williams Stadium Carter Tower.
The construction project will also work around the newly built 3,000 square foot video board that was installed prior to the start of the 2018 football season.
After finishing with a 6-6 record last year and becoming the ninth program to win six or more games during its inaugural season at the FBS level, the Flames will open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 when they host ACC foe Syracuse, who is preseason ranked No. 15 by ESPN.com.
Season tickets for Liberty’s 2019 season will go on sale on Feb. 6 with general admission packages starting at $70 per person.
Discounts will be available for Liberty University faculty and staff, registered Varsity Club members (former Liberty University student-athletes) and recent Liberty University alumni (graduates from 2015-19).
Fans can support Liberty Football by joining the Flames Club, which exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics' three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.
Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level. For4 more information about the Flames Club, please call 434-582-CLUB (2582) or email FlamesClub@liberty.edu. 1/24/19
Lynchburg) Jacksonville combo-guard was too much for the Lady Flames they probably the best guard they faced all year they were like the Wizard of Oz. Dolphins came from behind to take the lead in the second quarter 23-18 Jacksonville led up to half-time 29 to 23, starting the third quarter Liberty was playing without the starting point guard Ashtyn Baken who suffered a left ankle injury and not return to the floor. The Lady Flames had 20 turnovers with the loss 64-52, Jasmyn Brown scored 15 points and Trudy Walker and Rolanda Hayes added 12 points apiece. Walker added nine rebounds for Dolphins. Bridgette Rettstatt led the Flames with 14 points and 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. by EM-SPORTS 1/12/19
Liberty did not have any problems with Jacksonville the lead changed 3 times and tied 1 time and LU scores 46 points in paint and Jacksonville had 24 points in the paint. LU with 18 points from bench and Dolphins with 15 points from the bench. Scottie James led all scorers with 18 points and got help from Caleb Homesley with 14 points and JD Notae 15 points for Dolphins. by EM-SPORTS 1/12/19
Virginia Edged 63-61 by No. 23 Florida State
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (6-8, 0-1 ACC) opened conference play by being edged 63-61 by No. 23 Florida State (13-1, 1-0 ACC) on Thursday (Jan. 3) at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers were led by a 19-point performance from sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley (Madison, Va.). Senior forward Mone Jones (Durham, N.C.) scored 12 points with seven rebounds while junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) had 14 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Kiah Gillespie led the Seminoles with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Virginia shot 38.7 percent (24-of-62) and Florida State shot 41.0 percent (25-of-61). Florida State held a 42-32 edge in rebounding.
In a game with seven ties and 10 lead changes, Florida State’s Valencia Myers made a layup with 46.5 seconds remaining to stake the Seminoles to a 63-61 lead. Both teams missed field goal attempts with their next possessions, giving Virginia the ball with 4.1 seconds remaining. Florida State’s Nicki Ekhomu stole the inbounds pass to wrap up the victory for the Seminoles.
Florida State jumped out to the early lead, holding a 16-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Virginia outscored FSU 15-10 in the second quarter to go into the break down a point, 26-25. In the third quarter, Willoughby scored five-straight points to stake UVA to a 35-30 lead. The Cavaliers built up a 49-43 lead heading into the final quarter, but Florida State went on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 51 with 6:23 remaining. Willoughby hit a three-pointer with 2:53 remaining to put UVA up 59-56, but a pair of free throws followed by a three from Kourtney Weber gave Florida State a two-point edge until junior guard Dominique Toussaint tied the game at 61 with 1:19 remaining. Myers’ game-winning layup was a third-chance shot, with Florida State grabbing a pair of offensive rebounds after a pair of misses in the possession
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Following Liberty’s first season at the FBS level, the Flames have six of the best players from the FBS independent teams in the country, as selected by the Phil Steele Publications.
Liberty’s Dontae Duff (OL), Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR), Frankie Hickson (RB), Jessie Lemonier (DL), Julio Lozano (OL) and Jeremy Peters (DB) have been named to the 2018 Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent Team.
Hickson, Gandy-Golden and Lozano were first-team selections, while Duff, Lemonier and Peters were named to the second-team listing.
The half dozen Flames played a significant role during Liberty’s FBS transition process. Liberty finished its first season at the FBS level with a 6-6 record, becoming the ninth team in NCAA history to win six or more games during its first FBS season.
Hickson led the Flames’ ground game in 2018, finishing the season with 1,032 rushing yards on 229 carries (4.5 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. Hickson’s career high yardage total allowed the junior to become the 15th player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first since 2014.
Gandy-Golden became the second player in program history to post back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons, finishing his junior year with a team-best 1,037 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. The Biletnikoff Award watch list member would have ranked No. 14 in the country in receiving yards per game in 2018 (94.3), if Liberty was eligible for the national statistics rankings (not eligible due to NCAA FBS reclassification process).
Duff and Lozano paved the way for quarterback Stephen Calvert to have a record-breaking season. The two standout offensive linemen allowed the quarterback to throw for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns, while the junior hurler became the program’s all-time leader with 65 career touchdown passes.
Duff, a junior on Liberty’s offensive line, has started all 34 of his career games played, including all 12 games at right guard in 2018. Lozano, a redshirt senior, started 28 career games since transferring from Kilgore College in 2016, including starts in his last 24 games as a Flame at left tackle.
Lemonier made an immediate impact during his first season at Liberty after transferring from Ventura College prior to the 2018 season. This year, the junior had 55 tackles (30 solo, 25 assisted), including 13.5 tackles for a loss, and became the third player in program history with 10 or more sacks in a season. He would have ranked No. 8 in the country in sacks per game (0.83), if Liberty was eligible for the national statistics rankings.
Peters has been a stabilizing factor for the Flames’ defensive backfield for the last four seasons, finishing his career as one of five active defenders with 40 or more career games played (42). The senior ended his days as a Flame with 127 career tackles (101 solo, 26 assisted) and 29 career pass breakups, which ranks second best in program history.
1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
QB Ian Book, Notre Dame Kelvin Hopkins, Army
RB Dexter Williams, Notre Dame Marquis Young, UMass
RB Frankie Hickson, Liberty Christian Gibson, New Mexico St
RB Darnell Woolfolk, Army Tony Jones, Notre Dame
WR Andy Isabella, UMass Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
TE Matt Bushman. BYU Alize' Mack, Notre Dame
OL Bryce Holland, Army Jaxson Deaton, Army
OL Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame Dontae Duff, Liberty
OL Austin Hoyt, BYU Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
OL Julio Lozano, Liberty Austin Schuffert, Army
OL Sage Doxtater, New Mexico St Ray Thomas-Ishman, UMass
1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
DL Corbin Kaufusi, BYU Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
DL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame Jessie Lemonier, Liberty
DL Roy Lopez, New Mexico St Joe Previte, UMass
DL Kenneth Brinson, Army Cedric Wilcots, New Mexico St
LB Te'von Coney, Notre Dame Javahn Fergurson, New Mexico St
LB Cole Christiansen, Army James Nachtigal, Army
LB Bryton Barr, UMass Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
LB Sione Takitaki, BYU Isaiah Kaufusi, BYU
DB Julian Love, Notre Dame Jeremy Peters, Liberty
DB Mike Reynolds, Army Tony Pride, Notre Dame
DB Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame Lee Moses, UMass
DB Elijah Riley, Army Ron LaForce, New Mexico St
1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
K Justin Yoon, Notre Dame John Abercrombie, Army
P Tyler Newsome, Notre Dame Rhett Almond, BYU
KR Jason Huntley, New Mexico St Marquis Young, UMass
PR Chris Finke, Notre Dame Mike Reynolds, Army
LS John Shannon, Notre Dame Mitch Harris, BYU
IND All Conference Teams
Liberty Flames fall just short in road loss at Georgetown Hoyas, 88-78
The Liberty Flames stepped up in competition to face the Georgetown Hoyas in Washington, DC. The Hoyas play inthe rugged Big East and were waiting for a chance to take on another out of conference opponent.
The Flames were prepared to face their biggest challenge of the year and on the road no less. Coach McKay’s squad featured a tenacious defense that only allowed 56 points a game. The Hoyas were a battle tested bunch who boasted a 6-1 record and were averaging over 80 points a game.
The game was a close, back and forth contest with neither team grabbing a commanding lead. When Georgetown pushes ahead, the Flames knocked down big shots and continued to put pressure on the Hoyas. As the teams traded baskets and watches the lead go back and forth, it seemed no one wanted to pull away. With under two minutes left, Scottie James hit a three-pointer for the Flames and closed the scoring with Georgetown ahead 40-38.
The second half started very much as the first. Both teams traded baskets until Liberty went ice cold. As the Flames struggled the find the bottom of the net, the Hoyas found their groove. With the home crowd raising the energy and spurring the Hoyas on, Liberty fell victim to Hoya Paranoya. Over a ten minute stretch midway through the second half, Georgetown outscored the Flames 31-10. During this stretched the Hoyas lead peak at 23 points, 73-50 with less than nine minutes to go.
The Flames made a valiant effort with about four minutes left but the lead was too big to overcome. Three Flames finished in double figures. The big problems for the Flames could be found in their poor shooting of only 37%, (Georgetown shot 53%) and the rebounding disparity. Georgetown collected 44 total rebounds compared to the 19 from Liberty.
For a Georgetown team who shared the wealth, James Akinjo scores a game high 19 points. Jessie Govan recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Mac McClung, a native Virginian, added 12 points. Liberty was led by Darius McGhee’s 19 points (five made 3s), Scottie James had 18 points and Lovell Cabill chopped on 13.
The Hoyas have now improved to 7-1 and put an end to the four-game winning streak of Liberty, who now stands 7-2 on the year.
by EMSPORTS 12/03/2018
Coach Mike London is coming home
Current Howard University Coach will be resigning at the end of the year to take over the head coaching position at The College of William and Mary. Coach London, who is currently 11-10 in his two years at Howard, has accepted the position left by the retiring legend Jimmye Laycock. Laycock was the big whistle for the football team in Williamsburg for 39 years.
London is a familiar face in the commonwealth of Virginia as well as the FCS sidelines. London was formerly and assistant at W&M in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also led his alma mater, The University of Richmond to a national FCS championship in 2009 which was a springboard to the head coaching job at the University of Virginia from 2010-2015.
Congrats to Coach London and welcome back to his roots in the 757.
by EMSPORTS.com 11/19/2018
Caleb Snead, National Award Nominee - FCS
Thanks to his impressive rookie campaign at Campbell University, former Heritage receiver Caleb Snead is a finalist for the STATS FCS freshman of the year award, the organization announced Monday, November 19th.
Snead is one of 20 finalists for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award, given annually to the freshman player of the year since 2011.
Snead was named the Big South Conference’s freshman of the week twice during the Camels’ 2018 season and also is a two-time STATS honorable mention freshman honoree.
The rookie’s 810 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches lead all FCS freshmen and are good for second among all receivers in the Big South. His touchdown total tied a Big South freshman record and set program records for a freshman, and his 18 yards-per-catch average is a conference best.
The 6-3, 210-pound redshirt freshman also posted four games with at least 95 receiving yards — including a single-game program-record 10-catch, 188-yard performance against Monmouth — in Campbell’s 6-5 season.
A national panel of sports information directors, broadcasters, writers and other officials will select winners of the four STATS FCS postseason awards, which will be presented at the organization’s banquet Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.
story via staff reports: newsadvance.com
Caleb Snead (Heritage High School) making waves in college.
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell rookie standout Caleb Snead is one of 15 nationally named to the initial STATS FCS Jerry Rice
Award watch list, named for the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver and presented in the postseason to the FCS freshman player of the year since 2011.
Snead, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, owns 341 receiving yards with four touchdowns on 17 catches through his first six collegiate games. The Lynchburg, Va. native is averaging 20.1 yards per catch, a team-best, posting at least two grabs in each game so far this season.
Snead has earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors twice already, posting 98 yards with a TD in a CU win at Georgetown, and again after tallying 72 yards on four catches with a touchdown against FBS Coastal Carolina.
It is the third consecutive year that a Camel has been named to the Rice Award watch list, following Elijah Burress in 2016 and Daniel Smith, who was a finalist in 2017.
The Camels, who are off to their best start in program history at 5-1, will open Big South play at Monmouth on October 20 following their week seven bye week.
Snead has 27 catches for 529 yards and six touchdown catches through seven games as of October 20th, 2018. The team is 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big South.
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• Liberty evens its record during its initial FBS season at 3-3 with a 22-16 victory over Troy. The Flames are now 2-1 at Williams Stadium this season halfway through the home slate.
• The Flames are one win away from 250 in program history, as they are currently 249-234-4 all-time.
• With the win, Liberty is 3-0 all-time when facing Sun Belt opponents, its best record against any active FBS conference.
• Liberty set season lows in total
offense (341) and total yards allowed (293), while punting a season-high nine times.
• Today’s game was the first time Liberty held an opponent below 300 total yards since Nov. 5, 2016 at Presbyterian when PC totaled just 175 yards.
• After coming in to the game with five total sacks on the season, Liberty posted a season-high four sacks.
• Liberty is now 2-1 all-time against Troy, thanks to the Flames’ first victory over the Trojans since Oct. 17, 1992.
• Troy’s five-game overall winning streak was snapped, as was the Trojans’ seven-game road winning streak. The Trojans lost for just the third time in the last 19 games.
• Troy was receiving eight votes in the most recent USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.
• Liberty won the turnover battle, 3-1. All nine of Liberty’s takeaways this season have come in wins, and the Flames have not recorded any takeaways in games in which they have lost.
QB Stephen Calvert
• Threw for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Connected with BJ Farrow for the game-winning TD pass, a nine-yarder with 2:23 left in the game.
• Calvert passed Brock Smith (2005-08) into fourth place all-time in program history with 7,188 career passing yards. He also entered Liberty’s top five all-time in career total offense, passing Paul Johnson (1985-89) into fifth with 6,925 career total yards.
• Has passed for at least one touchdown in each of his last 19 games played, a streak which started at Charleston Southern, Nov. 12, 2016.
WR B.J. Farrow
• Caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, with his nine-yard TD reception from Stephen Calvert serving as the game winner with 2:23 left in the game.
• Farrow is now in sole possession of fifth place in program history with 19 career touchdown receptions.
• Recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and second of the year (122 yards at New Mexico).
WR Khaleb Coleman
• Making his first career start at wide receiver, got Liberty on the board with a 29-yard touchdown reception with 10;43 left in the second quarter. Finished with two catches for 39 yards, after coming in to the game with one career catch in four games played (eight yards against Old Dominion).
RB Peytton Pickett
• Rushed for 59 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. A go-ahead touchdown run in the second quarter was his team-leading sixth rushing TD of the season, and fourth in the last three games.
RB Frankie Hickson
• Rushed for 71 yards on 23 carries. He had 33 yards on nine carries during the fourth quarter.
• Led Liberty with eight tackles (five solo, three assisted). He also added a tackle for a loss and his second career interception, returning it for 42 yards.
• His 42-yard interception return was the longest by a Flame since Tyrin Holloway’s 50-yard INT return at SMU on Sept. 17, 2016.
DE Juwan Wells
• Recorded five tackles, including one
sack and two tackles for a loss.
• With 16.5 career sacks and 34.5 career tackles for a loss, he is now 0.5 sacks and 0.5 TFL’s away from Liberty’s top five.
• Is the first Liberty player to pass 200 career tackles (201) since Nick Newman graduated with 236 career tackles in 2016.
LB Solomon Ajayi
• Recorded seven tackles while also
forcing a fumble, his first career forced fumble.
DE Jesse Lemonier
• Recorded five tackles, including his
team-leading third sack of the season and his first career fumble recovery.
• Sacked Sawyer Smith on fourth and 16 with 1:47 left, essentially icing the game.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
High school football season is in full swing and the Friday nights are full of lights, sounds and the energy created by the efforts of young men playing for school and pride. and nobody
Over the past several seasons, the Central Virginia high school teams have produced state championship level teams that are populated with Division 1 level talent that has graced many high school fields.
A few of the young men that have performed so admirably on Friday nights, have taken their game to another level and another city to continue producing highlights and wins in their new uniforms.
Listed below are just a few of the recent graduates from the surrounding area that are now performing on Saturdays in colleges both near and far.
Elijah Davis, Heritage High School, Old Dominion University - Running Back
Davis recently played in his first college game and he did not disappoint. The record setting running back had 10 carries for 63 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season and his career.
Caleb Snead, Heritage High School, Campbell University - Wide Receiver
Snead has become to go-to wideout in his second year at Campbell. After redshirting last year, Snead is the top receiver for the Camels. In the three games this year, Snead has recorded at least two catches and one touchdown in each game. In fact, his first collegiate reception was a touchdown. He leads the team with three receiving scores and over 225 yards in the air.
Frankie Hickson, Heritage High School, Liberty University - Kick Returner/Running Back
Hickson has had a strong first two years with the Flames. He is their primary kick returner and has been recognized in previous seasons as an All Big South performer. This year he is the leading kickoff return specialist for the Flames with two returns for a total of 38 yards. Due to his propensity and reputation, very few teams are giving Hickson a chance to take one to the house.
Grayson Overstreet, Staunton River High School, University of Richmond - Linebacker
Overstreet, the former two-way standout for the Golden Eagles, is now a special teams member for the Spiders. Overstreet is focusing solely on defense where he is on the teams two-deep at outside linebacker. Overstreet is making the most of his minutes on the field in both roles. He has recorded six tackles in the three games with one of the those a tackle for a loss.
Javon Scruggs, Appomattox High School, Liberty University - Defensive Back
Scruggs who starred on the three time State Champion Appomattox Raiders as their QB the last two years, has made an impression with the Flames' special teams units. Scruggs as a gunner on special teams, made an immediate impact as his first college tackle resulted in a forced fumble vs ODU. The fumble resulted in points for the Flames. Scruggs has recorded two tackles on the season.
De'Von Graves, Appomattox High School, North Carolina State University - Defensive Back
Graves, another member of the record setting three-time defending Appomattox Raiders, was a man of many talents in high school on both sides of the ball. He was able to enroll at NCSt during the winter semester and it has paid off. Graves is a key starter of all the special unit teams for the Wolfpack where he has collected two tackles on the young season.
Congrats to all these young men and to so many others who have continued to live their dreams as college athletes.
Over 20,000 people showed up to watch Liberty football team picking up their first win at the FBS level. Liberty jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. ODU finally found the end zone early in the second quarter. In the second half, Liberty broke the game wide open by scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Kentory Matthews broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run. The Flames scored on their first two drives on the game. Liberty quarterback Stephan Calvert found DJ Stubbs on the sideline for 35-yard touchdown. ODU fumbled the ball and Liberty scored again with Calvert hitting Antonio Gandy in the corner of the end zone. Liberty was victorious by a final score of 52-10.
Roy Roberson Hired as Assistant Coach
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State has hired Roy Roberson as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program, head coach Kevin Keatts announced on Monday.
Roberson comes to
the Wolfpack after spending 12 seasons as the head coach of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va.
"I’ve known Roy for a long time and I’m excited to add him to our basketball staff," said Keatts. "As a coach, he’s won a lot of games, but it is his passion for his players and program that has always impressed me. He has a great energy and knowledge of the game and will be a great teacher and mentor for our student-athletes.”
“Coach Keatts and I have been friends for close to 30 years and I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to join the staff of one of the brightest coaches in the business,” Roberson said. “There is no doubt Coach Keatts is a rising star in the profession and I’m excited to help him build NC State into one of the premier programs in college basketball. I’ve been a high school coach for a long time and have always been intrigued by the college game and this felt like a great opportunity to make the transition.”
Roberson took over an E.C. Glass
program that hadn’t won a district game in three seasons and immediately brought the program back to relevance. After righting the ship, Roberson led the program to its first regional berth since
1995 in the 2009-10 season. In 2010-11, E.C. Glass won the Seminole District Championship and Region III – Division 4 Championship as Roberson was named the Seminole District Coach of the Year,
Region III Coach of the Year and The News and Advance Area Coach of the Year. Two years later, Roberson again won Seminole District Coach of the Year honors as E.C. Glass advanced to the
state semifinals. After the season, Roberson was a coach in the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) All-Star game. In 2014-15, Roberson led E.C. Glass to a school-record 26 wins as he
earned District, Conference and Region Coach of the Year honors. In 2017-18, E.C. Glass went 21-6 as Roberson garnered District and Region Coach of the Year honors.
After taking over a program that had gone three years without winning a district game, Roberson led E.C. Glass to an 80-20 district record over the last eight seasons as his teams advanced to two final fours and two final eight appearances and he had players receive All-District recognition 33 times.
Prior to taking over the E.C. Glass program, Roberson was the head coach at Holy Cross for three seasons. He finished with a 57-28 record in three seasons at Holy Cross, including leading the program to a VISBA Division III State Championship in 2005. Roberson was named The News and Advance Area Coach of the Year, as well as VISBBA State Coach of the Year.
Roberson got his start in coaching as a three-year assistant coach at E.C. Glass from 1998-2001. He was the interim head coach for the 2001-02 season before spending one season as an assistant coach at Lynchburg College for the 2002-03 season.
A four-year letterman at Lynchburg College, Roberson finished his career with 1,169 points and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1992. He opened his own business, Roberson Financial Services, in 1995 and has earned the CLU™, CHFC™, and CASL™ designations through the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Roberson and his wife have two daughters.
Published Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018, 2:40 pm
Wright comes to Liberty from Incarnate Word, where she served the Cardinals’ women’s basketball team as director of student-athlete development in 2017-18.
Wright replaces Erin Batth, who was recently hired as an assistant coach at NC State.
“We are excited to announce and welcome Monica Wright to our Liberty family,” stated Green. “Her Christian character and outstanding resume make her a great fit for our program. Monica’s enthusiasm and work ethic will provide excellent motivation for a higher level of success as we move into the ASUN era.”
After being drafted second overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2010 WNBA Draft, Wright helped the Lynx win WNBA titles in 2011 and 2013. Wright, who also spent time with the Seattle Storm, served as secretary/treasurer for the WNBA Players Association during the 2015 season.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to be a part of Coach Carey Green’s legendary program,” Wright explained. “This program has set a standard for excellence, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be here. I feel this is a perfect fit for me, and everyone, from players to coaches to Liberty athletics staff, has been supportive.
“I already see that Liberty University is a special place, and I can’t wait to not only be a part of the culture but impact it as well. I feel beyond blessed to be able to take this journey with Coach Green and his staff.”
Wright owns experience with USA Basketball, helping Team USA win gold at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships. She was also part of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Select Team.
Wright played collegiately at Virginia, where she earned Associated Press All-America honors as a sophomore, junior and senior (2008-10). During her senior season (2009-10), Wright was honored as ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year.
Virginia’s all-time leading scorer (2,540 career points), Wright introduced herself to Liberty fans on Dec. 29, 2009 during the Marriott Cavalier Classic title game at John Paul Jones Arena. She finished with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and a Lady Flames opponent-record 10 steals, earning tournament MVP honors.
Wright, who graduated from Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2010, is a strong advocate of women’s health. She served as an ambassador for womenshealth.gov and girlshealth.gov for several years. She has hosted basketball camps for children in her hometown of Woodbridge, Va. and the Queen Louise Orphanage in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Wright is also affiliated with Samaritan’s Feet, where she takes part in fundraising to donate shoes to less fortunate children in Zimbabwe
In the first round of the CollegeInsider.Com Postseason Tournament (CIT), Liberty defeated North Carolina A&T 65-52 in the Jim Phelan Classic. With the win, the Flames match last year's win total as they improve to 21-14 on the season.
"We had a high level of respect for them coming into the game because we knew how tough it was going to be," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "I think we were connected and together defensively."
After a slow start on offense in the first half, Liberty turned the corner in the second half, shooting 59.1 percent (13-22) from the floor and 66.7 percent (6-9) from beyond the arc. Keegan McDowell got hot in the second half, scoring Liberty's first eight points in the second half. After missing his first shot in the game in the first half, McDowell did not miss from the field, scoring 15 points off a perfect 4-4 shooting from the floor.
"Once you start hitting jump shots it opens everything up," McDowell said. "We have to try and keep winning to keep this season going because we don't want the offseason to come."
Scottie James posted his 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and tied a game-high with 12 rebounds. Leading all scorers in the game was Caleb Homesley with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block. The Flames were able to take care of the ball against the Aggies, committing just seven turnovers while forcing North Carolina A&T (20-15) to commit 11 turnovers.
While Liberty elevated its offense in the second half, the defense was exceptional all night, holding North Carolina A&T to a season-low 52 points. All 10 players that played for the Aggies scored, but only one scored double-digits as Aaren Edmead scored 14 points.
As the Flames struggled from the field to open up the game, shooting 2-10 from the field, the Aggies made four of their first 10 shots, but Liberty still led 12-10 at the 10:48 mark. After five lead changes, Liberty went on a 6-0 run to take a 19-14 lead, sparked by Homesley's seven points in 11 minutes.
The Flames went through a 4:15 scoring drought to end the half, but the defense remained intact for the Flames, limiting the Aggies to just two makes in their final 11 shot attempts in the first half. Going into the break, Liberty held a slim 23-21 lead. James was effective on the glass in the first half, tallying eight rebounds to go along with a pair of assists and two points.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half as North Carolina A&T shot 33.3 percent (9-27), and the Flames converted 8-29 (27.6 percent). Liberty's Homesley and the Aggies' Emead led the first half with seven points each.
The second half proved to be a different story for the Flames, committing just two turnovers in the half and relying on their bench. After just four points in the first half, Liberty's bench recorded 21 points, led by McDowell's 15 points. Midway through the half, Liberty made seven straight field goals to jump out to a 49-39 lead with 7:54 left in the game.
"When we're effective from both the interior and behind the arc, we are a tough guard," McKay added.
The Flames continued to attack on offense as six different players scored for the Flames. After converting six three-pointers in the second half, Liberty sealed the win from the free-throw line, shooting 83.3 percent (10-12) from the charity stripe in the second half.
The Flames will now await their opponent in the next round of the CIT as the second round is set to begin on March 17.
Lynchburg was hot from arc but the Hornets let the game slip away in the final 20
minutes, Roanoke came away with a win 87-75. Maroons led by as many as 17
points in second half. Junior forward Connor Schroeder had a game
-high 28 points for the Hornets. also had 10 rebounds for a double- double.
Junior forward Josh Freund had 20 points and 17 rebounds for Roanoke.
he also was name the ODAC player of the year. by EM-SPORTS
Lynchburg College had hot hand wednesday night by beat Guiford 79-73 at LC. it was a lot of foul call in this game. LC play Guiford man to man defense and switch to 2-3 zone it cause a lot turnover. Guiford kept hang around in game with their outside shoot.LC had three players in double figures Connor Schroeder 10 points, Logan Seacrist 19 points Chance Greene 18 points. Guiford had 3 players in double figures Carson Long 17 points, Marcus Curry 16 points, Alston Thompson 11 points. by EMSports 2/14/18
Wolfpack surprise Duke with win 96 to 85 at NC State. The crowd was loud and sold-out game. The game was tied five time
and the lead changed four times,Wolfpack control offenses rebounds and defense rebound.NC State had six players and double figures
ABU,ABUL-MALIK 10 points, Torin Dorn 16 points, Braxton Beverly 14 points,Allerik freeman 15 points,Omer Yurtseven 16 points. Lennard freeman 13 points. Duke top score was Marvin Bagley iii with 31
points and 10 rebound. NC state had problems all night trying to stop freshman Marvin Bagley.
Bagley supposed to be a senior in high school this year but he reclassify. By EM-SPORTS 1/7/18
Kevin Keatts got 6 year contract over 2 million a year. 4/22/17
Allerik Freeman's 18 Points Lead Pack Past Bucs, 78-56
Grad transfer Allerik Freeman dropped a season-high 18 points to lead five double-digit scorers for the Pack.
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State picked up the second win of the Kevin Keatts era as the Wolfpack downed the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 78-56, Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena. The Pack moves to 2-0 for the
second-consecutive season and the third time in the last four years.
Grad transfer Allerik Freeman led all scorers with 18 points, including a 3-of-5 mark from beyond the arc. Markell Johnson finished just one assist shy of his first-career double-double for the second-straight game, scoring 12 points and dishing out a game-high nine assists for the Pack. Redshirt-senior Lennard Freeman grabbed eight rebounds to lead all players.
Redshirt-junior guard Torin Dorn was the Pack's second-leading scorer, putting up 14 points of 5-of-8 shooting for the game. Sam Hunt and Omer Yurtseven each had 11 points to round out the Pack's double-digit scorers.
A Charleston Southern three-pointer put the Bucs up 11-10 early in the first half, but that was the last time CSU held a lead in the game. NC State exploded for a 17-0 run to end the period, including three-straight three-pointers from Hunt. Johnson capped off an electric end to the half with a buzzer-beating three to put the Pack up 42-21 at the break.
Allerik Freeman started strong, scoring 10 of the Pack's first 15 points as he went 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from three over the first eight minutes of the game. Johnson facilitated the Pack's offense with six assists in the first 20 minutes.
Trailing by 21 at the half, Charleston Southern came out hot and went on a 19-7 run to shorten NC State's lead to 52-40 with 12:44 remaining. After some back and forth, the Pack solidified the victory with a 12-3 run over the final 4:10.
All seven of Lennard Freeman's points came in the second half, as the Washington, D.C. native was 1-of-2 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free throw line. Dorn added a team-best nine points in the second frame to help put the Bucs away.
NC State is back in action Tuesday, Nov. 14 as the Wolfpack hosts its first-ever meeting with the Bryant Bulldogs. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff inside PNC Arena.
According to a report, it didn’t take long for Anthony Poindexter to find a landing spot.
The UVa great and former assistant coach was sacked along with the rest of Bob Diaco’s staff at Connecticut earlier this week.
According to Mike Anthony of The Hartford Courant, Poindexter, who was the Huskies defensive coordinator, will be joining Jeff Brohm’s staff at Purdue.
Anthony Poindexter is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for his standout career at Virginia from 1994-98 when he was one of the top Safeties in the Nation. 12/27/16
Mercer defeated Liberty 63-48 in Paradise Jam games at Liberty University’s Vines Center in
Lynchburg, Va. The score was tied 2 times and lead changed 4 times. Mercer out rebounds Liberty 37-23 and but the Liberty bench outscored Mercer 19-14. The leading scorer for Mercer was Ria'n Holland with 13 points and Liberty's top scorer Cabbil Lovell 15 points.
by EMSports 11/17/17