Month: June 2019

Couple coaching changes for local area schools.

Alleghany Mountaineer head baseball coach Gary Rice has retired. He was the head coach for 51 years and was varsity head man for the last 40 years for the Mountaineers.

Galax head girls basketball coach Howard Mayo has stepped down. He has excepted the girls head coaching job at Fort Chiswell High School.

Radford Bobcat football news

The Bobcats football team got bad and good news. First, the bad news is assistant coach Pierson Prioleau has left. He has been named an administrative football coach for Va. Tech.  The official title is the director of player development for the defense. Prioleau is a former Hokie and went on and played in the NFL. He played for Buffalo, Washington, and New Orleans. He won a Super Bowl ring while playing for the Saints. He had been the co-defensive coordinator for Radford the last six years. His son P J had over 1,000 total yards for the Bobcats last year as a sophomore. The Prioleau’s will remain living in Radford.

The good news for the Bobcats is they have gotten two transfers. Kip Green formerly of Giles and Xavier Cobbs formerly Pulaski Co. will now play football for the Bobcats come August.

Bobcat commits

Junior lineman Ben Cox of Radford High School Bobcats has verbally committed to Vanderbilt University. The offensive lineman helped the Bobcats  to the state semifinal game of Class 2 last fall. Cox is 6-4 250 lbs.

Auburn Eagles place four on team

VHSL Class 1 team has been announced and State Champion Auburn Eagles are well represented. Carter Keith, Keith Reed, Taylor Newcome, and Austin Kirtner have been named to the Class 1 first team. Galax’s Kolby Barnes and Cade Ashworth also made the first team squad as did Chilhowie’s Greg Sanchez. Auburn’ head coach Eric Altizer was named Coach of the Year.

NRV Tigers 18U open summer travel baseball season

Radford… The NRV Tigers 18U  showcase team won three games and lost two in their opening weekend of travel baseball. They did make it to the Blue Ridge Invitational Championship game that took place at Radford University.

Things went well for the first three innings as the Tigers had a 7-2 lead over the Diamond Elite team from Northern Va. before a lightning delay. The delay of 30 minutes seemed to make the two teams switch uniforms, as the Elite team then produced their own thunder and lightning scoring eight runs in the fourth, two in fifth and four more in the sixth to win the championship game, 18-10.

The Tigers committed five errors in the championship with four of those happening after the delay. Head coach Todd Davis remarked, ” The delay seemed to really hurt us and help them. Our outfield had played so well the first four games but they had their problems after the delay. We hit the ball well, got good pitching for the first-weekend playing together.  There’s room for improvement.”

The Tigers were lead in hits by Carter Plunkett and Shawn Campbell, both with eight. Nick Funk had 12 RBI and Plunkett had 11. Drew Dalton had five RBI and Leighton Dunford four. Campbell scored seven runs, Dalton and Plunkett both scored five. Funk, Punky Foster, and Blake Stanley all scored four runs each. Plunkett hit three homers, as Dunford, Funk, and Daniel Cook hit one each.

The Tigers lost their Friday game 11-7 to the RBI Tri-Cities team. They would then beat the Dirtbags 12-1 and Va. Venom 12-5 Saturday. Sunday they beat the U. S. Elite squad 4-0 to advance to the championship game.

The Tigers have players from area high schools: Pulaski Co., Auburn, Fort Chiswell, Grayson Co. Carroll Co., Princeton WV. just to name a few.

The squad will now travel to East Tennessee St. University to play June 28-30.

State Semifinals Baseball scores

Class 1- Lancaster 3 PH- Glade Spring 1

Class 1-Auburn 4 Riverheads 3

Class 2- Lebanon 11 Page Co 1

Class 2- Chatham 11  Stuart’s Draft 7

Class 3- Tabb 4 Brookville 3

Class 3- Fluvanna Co. 5  Brentsville 4

Class 4- Lafayette 8 LCA 2

Class 4- Riverside 3 Great Bridge 0

Class 3 & Class 4 Baseball Schedule

Thurs. June 13 –  State Semifinals  @ Kiwanis Field -Salem

9 am – Class 4- Riverside ( 17-7) vs Great Bridge ( 18-6)

12 noon – Class 4 – LCA ( 25-1) vs Lafayette ( 17-7)

3 pm – Class 3- Brookville ( 19-8) vs Tabb ( 20-3)

6 pm – Class 3- Fluvanna Co. ( 21-3) vs Brentsville ( 21-3)

Fri. June 14 – State Finals @ Kiwanis Field – Salem

9 am – Class 4 – winners

12 noon – Class 3 -winners