LYNCHBURG, Va. – Following a memorable career at Liberty, Scottie James will continue playing basketball, signing his first professional contract with the Jobstairs Gieseen 46ers in
The Jobstairs Giessen 46ers play in the Basketball Bundesliga, the top league in Germany competing
against teams that include Bayren Munich, and Alba Berlin who compete in the Euroleague, which is an interntional competition that is the second-best league in the world other than the NBA. One of
the top leagues throughout Europe, the Bundesliga includes former NBA players Alec Brown, Jordan Crawford, Zoran Dargic, Archie Goodwin, Greg Monroe, Demarcus Nelson and Peyton Siva. James was one of
two Americans to be signed by Jobstairs Giessen this week as the 46ers also signed UCLA standout Isaac Hamilton.
James was an ASUN First Team All-Conference selection for two straight seasons as well, including
being named the ASUN Tournament MVP in 2019 when he led the Flames to their first ASUN Tournament title. James was one of the best players in school history, as he was a three-time all-conference
selection and ranks No. 17 on the all-time scoring list with 1,323 career points. During his senior campaign, James ranked first in the conference in field goal percentage (60.5) while adding 10.8
points per game and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per outing. The Tarpon Springs, Fla., native ended his career ranked fourth on the Flames' all-time rebounding list at 891 and was named to the 2019-20
Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American Team.
James is now the 12th player McKay has coached at Liberty to play professionally
and sixth since returning to Liberty. James is also the second player in Liberty’s graduating senior class to sign professionally as Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz was drafted No. 1 overall in the Puerto Rico
National Draft but will begin his professional career with the Panteras Aguascalientes in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) in Mexico.
Jefferson Named Associate AD for Student-Athlete Engagement and
Va. – Butch Jefferson will use his experience as a former NCAA Division I athlete, athletics administrator and his work in the business world to further develop the Liberty
Jefferson, a former student-athlete
at the University of Virginia and athletics academic coordinator for the Cavaliers, has been named Liberty’s new Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Engagement and Development.
“Butch Jefferson is a wonderful
addition to our senior administrative staff,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “He is highly regarded throughout the Lynchburg community and will add tremendous value to the experience of
In his new role, Jefferson will be
responsible for all community engagement and development initiatives for Liberty’s 20 NCAA Division I athletics programs and 550-plus student-athletes.
Community service has long been at
the core of the Liberty student-athlete experience. As part of the department’s drive to Train Champions for Christ on and off the field of competition, Liberty’s student-athletes have worked nearly
200 events and volunteered over 19,000 hours of volunteer service over the last two years in various community service projects.
Jefferson will also collaborate with
a variety of groups on the Liberty University campus and throughout the greater Lynchburg community, as well as within the athletics department, to develop and implement programs to enrich the
Flames’ student-athlete experience.
Jefferson will be tasked with
building programs that emphasize community outreach, as well as professional, character, leadership and career development.
“I am extremely excited and honored
to join Liberty University as a member of the Flames family,” commented to Jefferson. “I look forward to utilizing the gifts I’ve been blessed with through Servant Leadership within Athletics, as
well as the continued fulfillment of helping build, cultivate and develop Champions for Christ with our student-athletes.”
A four-year scholarship player,
Jefferson played on both the offensive and defensive lines for Virginia from 1998 to 2001 and was a letterwinner during his final season. He helped the Cavaliers make three-straight bowl game
appearances from 1998 to 2000. Virginia finished the 1998 season with a 9-3 overall record and was ranked No. 18 in the final Associated Press poll.
During his time with the Cavaliers,
Jefferson served as a part of Virginia’s Student-Athlete Mentor program, was a Captain’s Council Executive Board member and was one of two Virginia representatives on the ACC’s Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Following his playing days in
Charlottesville, Jefferson returned to his alma mater in 2007 and spent six years as an Athletics Academic Coordinator with Virginia’s football program (2007-13).
During the six-year span, Jefferson
served on the Athletics Diversity Committee and Athletics Mentor Group, and he was an executive member of the University of Virginia General Faculty Council.
Outside of his time working as a
collegiate administrator at Virginia, Jefferson has worked in the private sector for more than a decade in a variety of roles and positions, most recently as a licensed real estate agent with Divine
Fog Realty Company in Forest, Va.
Jefferson graduated from University
of Virginia in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology. He completed his master’s degree in Leadership, Foundations & Policy from Virginia in 2003.
Jefferson is an active member of the
Family Life Church in Lynchburg, Va., where he currently serves within the Membership Services Ministry. He has also served as Director of Singles Ministry, Director of Brotherhood Ministry, on the
God’s Mighty Men Leadership staff, and as an Assistant Director of Television/Production ministry.
Jefferson is married to his wife,
Zakia Jefferson (Liberty ’00), and they have two sons – Trey (9) and Jaxon (6).
SALEM, Va. – Junior Buzz
Anthony (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) scored 23 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as the fifth-ranked and top-seeded Randolph-Macon men's basketball team
defeated second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan 72-57 to win the 2020 ODAC Championship.
Score: Randolph-Macon 72, Virginia Wesleyan 57
Location/Venue: Salem, Va./Salem Civic Center
Records: R-MC 26-2, VWU 23-5
How it Happened:
Turner (Midlothian, Va./Amelia Academy) nailed a three-pointer to start the scoring for the Yellow Jackets. The Marlins had an 8-4 spurt to take their first and only lead before a follow by
Robertson (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) and a layup by Anthony put R-MC on top for good at 11-8 with 13:35 left in the first half. Following a bucket by VWU, the Yellow Jackets had six
different players score in a 14-0 run as R-MC went up 25-10 with five minutes remaining. The Yellow Jacket defense held the Marlins scoreless for more than eight minutes. Freshman Miles
Mallory (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) had a layup with 50 seconds left to give R-MC a 31-20 edge. VWU would have two late free throws to make the halftime score 31-22. Talbert and
Woods (Burlington, N.C./Burlington School) led with six points and Anthony added five. Anthony also had six rebounds and two assists. R-MC had a 21-2 advantage on bench points.
To start the second half, Anthony had a layup and Mallory hit a jumper to give the Yellow Jackets a 35-22 lead. A three-pointer by Robertson gave R-MC a 40-27 advantage before VWU tallied nine
straight before a pair of free throws by Anthony halted the run and made it 42-36 with 14:35 remaining. Following a bucket by the Marlins, Anthony had six points in a 12-0 spurt as the Yellow Jackets
took 54-38 lead midway through the second period. A jumper in the lane by Anthony gave R-MC a 59-45 advantage with just under seven minutes left. VWU cut it to 11 before a layup by Anthony made it
65-52 with 2:30 remaining. The Marlins would cut it to nine at 66-57 before two free throws by freshman Josh
Talbert (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam), a layup by Woods and two foul shots by Anthony made the final 72-57.
By The Numbers:
R-MC had three score in double figures. Along with 23 by Anthony, Woods had 14 and Mallory added 12 in his return. Mallory missed the two previous ODAC tourney contests.
The Yellow Jackets had a 42-2 advantage on bench points. The bench outscored the starters 42-30.
The Yellow Jackets shot 57% from the floor (28-49). Woods went 6 for 8 and Mallory was 6 for 9.
R-MC made 24 of 31 shots inside the arc (.774).
The Yellow Jackets hit 86% from the free throw line (12-14). Anthony made 7 of 8.
R-MC had a 31-21 advantage on the boards. Anthony led the way with seven, while Talbert grabbed six.
Anthony had five assists and Woods dished out four.
For The Record
Anthony was named the tourney's Most Valuable Player He averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in three games. Joining him on the All-Tournament Team were Robertson and Talbert.
The Yellow Jackets have won 14 of their past 15 games.
R-MC is 7-8 in ODAC Championship Games. The Yellow Jackets won titles in 1990, 1991, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2020. It was R-MC's first championship under fifth-year head coach Josh Merkel.
The R-MC men and women both won basketball titles this season. The Yellow Jackets also claimed both championships in 2003 and in 2011.
Anthony has 1,171 career points and is in 31st place in program history.
Anthony has 471 career assists, passing Paul Gartlan for third place in program history. Rod Wood had 621 from 1981-85 and Paul Jez had 747 from 1971-75.
Randolph-Macon earned the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be on Monday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
university of Lynchburg men's basketball team came up short 70-67 in defeat in semifinals against Virginia Wesleyan
University of Lynchburg and Virginia Wesleyan both teams came out shooting 48% both teams was
play man-to-man defense. Hornets too early lead 21-18 with 8:42 to go in the first half Wesleyan
quickly recovered and turned the first half into a back- and- forth affair that saw the Hornets
Half time scored 37-36 in favored Wesleyan. Corey Pelham had 17 points for Wesleyan in
First half and T.C. Thacker had 12 points for Lynchburg. Virginia Wesleyan started off the
The second half with a 7-2 run with consecutive three-pointers by Corey Pelham led
all scorers with 30 points for the Virginia Wesleyan. Virginia Wesleyan expanded the lead to 12- point
the largest of the game by the 7:37 mark. Lynchburg recovered and began hit three-pointers cut
lead 66-60 with 1:59 to go in the game. Reggie Davis chased down the loose ball rebound to score a
layup cut the lead to three with 2.1 seconds on the clock. Lynchburg fouled to send Pelham to the free throw to converted one of two free thrown to open the lead to two
possessions. Greene drove
the ball up the court and fired desperation three-point at the buzzer. Chance Greene had 18 points
andT.C. Thacker added 15 points for the University of Lynchburg. EM-SPORTS 2/29/20
Two men's basketball players earn All-ODAC nods
Posted: Feb 26, 2020
Forest, Va. -- For the 13th year in a row and 12th under head coach Hilliary
Scott, University of Lynchburg men's basketball had at least one player selected to the All-ODAC teams. And 2020 was no different as juniors T.C.
Thacker and Tharon
Suggs each garnered all-conference nods.
Thacker, a Madison Heights native, had a breakout campaign this season and was awarded a first-team All-ODAC accolade. The 6-foot-6 forward ranks second in the ODAC in rebounds per game (9.6) and
third in free throw percentage (85.4). His 1.2 blocks per game are good for seventh in the league, and a field goal percentage of almost 50 percent (49.2) stands 13th. He also averaged 27.3
minutes a game for ninth in the league
Suggs earned All-ODAC third-team in his first season with the Hornets. Suggs was a second-team honoree last year at ODAC rival Emory & Henry. In 2020, he ranks ninth in the league
in points per game (15.3) and 13th in 3-point percentage (36.6). The Raleigh, N.C., native is second in both steals per game (1.9) and free throw percentage (86.7), and sits 10th in total points
Suggs and Thacker are first and second, respectively, in total points for the Hornets and second and third in total minutes played. Thacker leads the team in double-doubles this season and is second
in the ODAC.
Suggs scored a career-high 50 points in a 91-80 win over Pfieffer on Nov. 16 which is the seventh highest point total in a Division III game this season. It was only the second time in program
history that a Lynchburg player hit the 50 point plateau.
Lynchburg has landed multiple players on the All-ODAC list in eight of the last nine seasons.
The Hornets carry a 14-11 record and the No. 6 six seed into Friday's ODAC tournament quarterfinal round, in which they will take on the No. 3 seeded Generals of Washington and Lee University at 8
p.m. in the late game at the Salem Civic Center.
Lynchburg looks to return to the ODAC championship for the first time since 2016 when they won it all and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
2020 ALL-ODAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS
Kurt Axe Player of the Year | Buzz Anthony, Jr., G, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Defensive Player of the Year | Curtis Mitchell, Jr., F, Washington and Lee
Bob Johnson Coach of the Year | Josh Merkel, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Rookie of the Year | Miles Mallory, Fr., F, Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year | Buzz Anthony, Jr., G, Randolph-Macon
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Kyler Gregory Sr.
F Guilford College
F University of Lynchburg
Buzz Anthony Jr.
G Randolph-Macon College
Tim Fisher Jr.
F Virginia Wesleyan University
Daniel Spencer Sr.
G Virginia Wesleyan University
William Brueggeman Jr.
G Washington and Lee University
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Chandler Murray Sr.
G Bridgewater College
Colin Molden Sr.
G Emory & Henry College
Rashad Reed Sr.
G Ferrum College
Jack Wyatt So.
F/C Hampden-Sydney College
Caleb Jordan Sr.
G Roanoke College
Curtis Mitchell Jr.
F Washington and Lee University
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Sr. F Bridgewater College
So. G Guilford College
Jake Hahn Jr.
F/C Hampden-Sydney College
Tharon Suggs Jr.
G University of Lynchburg
Christopher Chaney Sr.
F Shenandoah University
Corey Pelham Jr.
G Virginia Wesleyan University
Lynchburg Women's basketball team rolls over Hollins 84-32
Lynchburg, Va. -- The season wouldn't end on their home floor.
of Lynchburg's women's basketball team made sure of that Monday night with an 84-32 drubbing of Hollins in the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament.
eighth-seeded Hornets (13-13) leapt out to a 14-0 lead in the early going and never looked back. Lynchburg's win sets up a date with top-seeded Emory & Henry in the ODAC quarterfinals.
Lynchburg players scored in double figures in the rout.
wanted to step on the court and make a point," Hornets senior Carolyn Noe, who scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds Monday, said. "We wanted to make that statement of
we aren't losing on our home court our last game here."
Kolb scored a game-best 16 points to go with seven rebounds, and Noe, Erin Green (12 points, nine rebounds, three steals), Abby Oguich (11
Quarles (11 points, three assists), and Lizzie Davis (10 points, eight assists, four rebounds) all joined her in double figures.
shot a scalding 10-for-16 (62.5 percent) from behind Wayne Proffitt Court's 3-point arc, and the Hornets were an efficient 33-for-54 (61.1 percent) overall from the field. The Hornets out-rebounded
Hollins (11-15) by a 50-17 margin.
really coming together," Noe said. "We're connecting off and on the floor. And I think our last five games show that."
is 4-1 in that stretch with an average margin of victory of 29.3 points in the four victories. The 32 points Hollins managed Monday was the second-fewest Lynchburg has allowed in a game this
will now set their sights on E&H, which enters postseason play ranked sixth in the South Region in the NCAA's latest regional rankings. The Wasps (21-4) took the lone meeting between the two
teams, 67-56, in Lynchburg Dec. 7. 2/24/20
ROANOKE BLOWOUT LYNCHBURG 81-44
Roanoke College men's basketball blowout Lynchburg College 81-44, Wednesday evening on
Senior night. Lynchburg fell behind early in the game the offense wasn't clicking the neve led in the contest
at the 4: 25 minutes were down by 42, their largest lead. Roanoke lead swelled to 31-11 at the
8:19 mark after a layup from Efosa Edosomwan and the half, the Hornets faced a 42-23.
Junior Tharon Suggs led Lynchburg scorers with 9 points. Hornets are 14-11, 9-7 ODA Men'sbasketball will learn the seedings for the
Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament following the conclusion of conference play this weekend. EM-SPORTS
university of Lynchburg men's fell to Guilford 75-60
Guilford came out controlling the tempo of game. Guilford had a lot of speed on offense they built
up a 10 points lead 19-9 with 9:00 minutes to go in the first half. The universe of Lynchburg College
cut the lead to 6 points with 8:52 to go before halftime. Guilford built a large lead 28-13 at the end first
half. Guilford Jorden Davis led all scorers with 29 points and Liam Ward led in rebounds with 11
Lynchburg Freshman Noah Bullock scored a career-high 12 points off the bench. EM-SPORTS 2/12/20
The University of Lynchburg crushes the visiting Hampden-Sydney Tigers, 76-51
The Hornets welcomed their ODAC
rival from Farmville. The Tigers were just an hour away but this game had all the makings of a backyard brawl.
Both teams emphasized in your face, man to man defense and
made it a priority to get high percentage shots.
With a near capacity crowd, the game started out with
Hampden-Sydney taking the early lead and controlling the boards. The Tigers made the Hornets uncomfortable nearly entire first half. Eventually, the home team found their outside shooting stroke
thanks to the marksmanship of Chance Greene.
Greene was unconscious from deep. He made four of his eight
attempts from begins the three-point arc. Those were the only shots he missed. He made his other three shots from the field and three of four from the free throw line. Greene scores 21 of the
Hornets’ 34 first half points almost out scoring H-SC who had 26 as a team.
Kevin Quinn led the Tigers with seven points. His team forced
seven turnovers off of the Hornets while only committing three of their own.
The Hornets turned on the heat after halftime and didn’t take
their foot off the pedal. The Hornets led only by 10 with about 15 minutes to okay as Chance Greene had knocked down another three point missile. The intensity and pressure was not only felt by the
team but it had pushed the coach to a boiling point.
Tigers’ coach, Caleb Kimbrough received two technical fouls
in succession and was ejected. The following free throws and possession took whatever hope Hampden-Sydney had left and the Hornets were on cruise control.
Luke Romeo started off the bench. He picked up in the second
half where Greene cooled off. Romeo made four 3pt shots, with three coming in consecutive fashion, as the Hornets’ wave of momentum came crashing down on the unsuspecting a
When the final horn ended, the victorious Hornets had claimed
a 76-51 blowout win. The made 12 triples from behind the arc compared to only 3 by the Tigers. The Tigers shot below 30% from the field and only 20% from three. Jake Hahn was the highest team scorer
Conversely, Lynchburg converted over 42% of their shots and
nearly 35% from the three point line. Greene led the way with 26 points followed by Romeo with 12 and T.C. Thacker with 10. Thacker produced a double-double by adding 12 rebounds to take game
The Hornets improved to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the ODAC.
Hampden-Sydney falls to 8-7 and 3-3 in the conference.
Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Football Players of the
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The
Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their standout performances in last weekend’s games.
The selections are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The following are this week’s honorees:
QUARTERBACK & FRESHMAN – Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Monroe, N.C.
Set UNC freshman records for completions (33), attempts (51) and yards (376) while tying the touchdown record
with four in the Tar Heels’ 38-22 victory at Georgia Tech • His 376 yards passing were the most by a Tar Heel since Mitch Trubisky went for 439 yards against Florida State in
RUNNING BACK – Javian Hawkins, Louisville, R-Fr., RB, Titusville, Fla.
Ran for a career-high 177 yards on a career-high 25 attempts in Saturday’s 41-39 win over Boston College • Became
the third freshman in Louisville history to have three 100-yard rushing games in the first five games of a season, joining Victor Anderson (2008) and Lamar Jackson (2015) • First Cardinal running
back with three 100-yard games in a season since Brandon Radcliff in 2016.
Had career highs of six catches for 170 yards in the Cardinals’ win over Boston College • Productive day
included a 59-yard catch for a touchdown and a 77-yard reception • Averaged 28.3 yards per catch.
Had seven knockdown blocks and graded out at 85 percent in the Cardinals’ win over Boston College • Spearheaded a
Louisville attack that totaled 664 yards of total offense, including 236 yards on the ground • Did not allow a sack.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Patrick Jones II, Pitt, Jr., DE, Chesapeake, Va.
Facing a Duke team that had surrendered just one sack in its first four games, Jones collected two in one evening
• Each sack forced a critical fumble that Pitt recovered • First sack set up the Panthers at the Duke 7-yard line for an eventual touchdown and a 26-3 lead • His final sack and forced fumble with
just under 30 seconds remaining sealed Pitt’s 33-30 win • Jones had six total tackles and an additional quarterback hurry.
LINEBACKER – Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech, Jr., LB, Chesterfield, Va.
Led the Hokies with 11 tackles, including six solo stops, in Saturday’s 42-35 win at Miami • Ashby’s day included
his third quarterback sack of the season and two tackles for loss.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Paris Ford, Pitt, So., S, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Collected a game-high 12 tackles and intercepted two passes, returning one for a 26-yard touchdown in Pitt’s
33-30 win at Duke • Interception return for a score was the Panthers’ first since 2016 • Just two plays after his touchdown, he intercepted Duke again, and the Panthers parlayed the turnover
into a field goal • First Pitt player with multiple interceptions in a game since 2013.
Connected on field goals of 34 and 41 yards in the Cardinals’ 41-39 win over Boston College • The latter kick
accounted for Louisville’s winning points with 1:02 remaining in the game • It marked the second game-winning kick of Creque’s career.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State has approved a two-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts.
The deal announced Friday by the school keeps Keatts under contract through the 2025-26 season. The financial terms remain the same, meaning Keatts will continue to make $2.7 million per year.
The 47-year-old Keatts is 45-24 in two seasons at North Carolina State and led the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament in 2018. They missed the tournament last year after finishing 24-12 and playing in
The school awarded him a new contract last November that increased his annual pay by $400,000.
New athletic director Boo Corrigan calls Keatts "a tremendous leader for N.C. State," credits him for bringing consistency to the program and says he "does it the right way."
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.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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Liberty and McKay Agree to Contract Extension
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
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.
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) email@example.com. 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
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
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.
LIBERTY ADVANCES TO ASUN SEMIFINALS, Defeats jacksonville 72-58
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
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
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
Lady flames suffer a big loss 64-52
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
Scottie James led liberty WITH 18 POINTS FOR A WIN 69-64
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
– 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
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
6 Named to Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent Team
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
University of Lynchburg plays host to the inaugural Wayne Proffitt Classic in Turner Gymnasium. Proffitt, Class of 1967, is statistically the greatest men's basketball player in the history of the
institution, scoring 1,842 points in his Lynchburg career (a program record) on his way to two All-America honors. He coached the Hornets for 15 seasons and is the winningest basketball coach in
Lynchburg history as well with 249 wins. Lynchburg dedicated the court in Turner Gymnasium as Wayne Proffitt Court on Feb. 3, 2018 prior to the Hornets' 81-79 victory over No. 19 Emory &
Lynchburg, Va.-- The University of Lynchburg men's basketball team earned a convincing 77-64 victory over No. 22 Christopher Newport Sunday afternoon to wrap up the inaugural Wayne Proffitt
The Hornets remain undefeated this season with an impressive 7-0 record. Lynchburg has never been 7-0 in the ODAC era; reliable records for the program only go back to 1976.
Senior guard Devante'
Young (Charlotte, N.C.) and wing Austin
Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) each collected 16 points for the Hornets. Wrighten also grabbed 12 rebounds under the basket and two steals; it was his second-straight double-double and his third of
Jesse Case (Leesburg, Va.) added 14 points of his own to the win, along with five rebounds and an assist.
Connor Schroeder (Blacksburg, Va.) was 3-for-4 behind the arc, racking up nine points, four rebounds, and two blocks despite foul trouble. Freshman wing Cole
Meadows (Pearisburg, Va.) scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in his collegiate debut.
Final: Lynchburg 77, Christopher Newport 64
Records: Lynchburg 7-0, Christopher Newport 6-1
Venue: Wayne Proffitt Court at Turner Gymnasium, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg started sluggish in the first half, falling behind Christopher Newport, 20-12, in the early going. The Hornets were energized by Schroeder's 3-pointer with 11:58 left in the period and
climbed back into the contest.
Young tied up the game 23-23 after a layup with 8:23 remaining and put Lynchburg ahead with a fast-break 3-pointer 20 seconds later. Lynchburg never trailed again.
The Hornets ended the half on a 12-0 run sparked by Meadows' steal and basket and ending with back-to-back 3-pointers from Schroeder and junior guard
Chance Greene (Creedmoor, N.C.). Lynchburg led 43-30 at intermission.
Lynchburg kept the momentum going in the second half even with Christopher Newport drawing closer. The Captains cut the deficit to 49-46 before Case's 3 snatched the momentum away. An 8-0 run midway
through the half extended the lead to 13, punctuated by Wrighten's breakaway layup.
The Hornets earned their last 10 points from the free throw line.
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,
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
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
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a big win for flames 22-16
• 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.
• 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.
Wilson • 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.
• 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.
• Recorded seven tackles while also
forcing a fumble, his first career forced fumble.
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
20,425 people showed up at WilliamS stADIUM at liberty University IN Lynchburg VA FOR 52-10 WIN
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 RobersonHired as Assistant Coach
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
andgraduated 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.