The weather forecast for the start of the ODAC Softball Tournament in Salem has prompted a change to the game schedule for the weekend. Local and regional weather services are tracking rain in Salem beginning Thursday evening and continuing thru the afternoon hours on Friday. The rain is expected to let up to allow games to be played that evening.
The upcoming ODAC Softball Tournament has a bit of a new feel with a shakeup in the field compared to last year's team list. That is, if you look past the top seed. Two-time defending NCAA Division III champion Virginia Wesleyan stands atop the eight-team field in the No. 1 position. The Marlins, who have been the nation's top-ranked team for much of the season, occupy the tournament's top perch for a eighth consecutive year.
The regular season is winding down with two championships in the books and three more slated for this weekend. ODAC athletes continue to perform at high levels, giving fans an idea of what to expect when the hardware is on the line. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Matthew Moody from Hampden-Sydney tennis, Georgia Wright from Washington and Lee women's tennis, Haley Tucker and A.J. Witherell from W&L women's and men's lacrosse, Chase Counts from H-SC baseball, Mackenzie Chitwood from Lynchburg softball, Andrew Earvolino from W&L baseball, Hanna Hull from Virginia Wesleyan softball, and James Mishoe from Guilford men's golf.
One title race was a runaway while the other was a nail-biter that came down to the last event as action closed amid further threatening weather at the 2019 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. By the end of day two at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., the team champions were familiar sights with the University of Lynchburg women hoisting a second straight women's trophy and Bridgewater College repeating as men's champion with its fourth crown in the past five year.
Shenandoah University Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications will be honored this summer by CoSIDA at its annual convention in Orlando as a "CoSIDA 25-Year Award" recipient. This features sheds light on his career, as written by former colleague and longtime friend Kirbie Dockery of Methodist University.
The ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships head to a new location this weekend as the 2019 affair will be hosted by Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., for the first time in program history. WildCat Stadium will serve as the main venue with throwing areas surrounding the grounds.
Prior to the 2018-19 Division III basketball seasons, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced a continued partnership with V University virtual campus for supporting cancer research. Following a successful first year of participation, the ODAC men’s and women’s basketball programs built upon the momentum from 2017-18 by conducting events in conjunction with select home games to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, as well as a few other subsidiaries and causes. Through those events, conference schools generated more than $6,900 of charitable donations in addition to programming efforts to support both organizations.
The spring championship season is upon us with the outdoor track & field concluding its regular season slate in preparation for next weekend's ODAC championships. Several other sports are closing in on their final contests, with performances showing that the athletes are ready. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Jamie Hiegel and Calista Ariel from Bridgewater track & field, Joe O'Connor from Washington and Lee track & field, Jesse Bartley from BC women's golf, Alyson Bittinger from Shenandoah women's lacrosse, Brendan Markovic from Randolph-Macon men's lacrosse, Alissa Anderson from Lynchburg women's tennis, Mason Robb from Guilford men's tennis, Nick Roth from R-MC baseball, Carla Hall from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Keegan Woolford from SU baseball, Kendall Varner from Emory & Henry softball, and Zoe Scales from LYN track & field.
Sweet Briar College returned to the top of the ODAC riding ranks as the Vixens claimed the team title at the ODAC Equestrian Championships on Saturday at the Bridgewater Equestrian Center. This is the third crown in the last five years for SBC's riders, joining team victories in 2015 and 2016. SBC was the runner-up each of the past two years, adding to the program's sustained level of success.
The annual ODAC Equestrian Championship heads to the Harrisonburg-area as Bridgewater College welcomes the conference's six competing schools to the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center. Bridgewater last served as championship hosts in 2014, which featured a one-point victory (17-16) for Washington and Lee over the host Eagles.
Some outstanding performances dotted each ODAC sport over the past week. Postseason play looms large with each result, making those highlight outings that much more important. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Gerard DePhillips from Shenandoah baseball, Hanna Hull from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Ray Tricarico from Eastern Mennonite baseball, Anna Thomas from Emory & Henry softball, Laurie Jones from Washington and Lee women's golf, Keith Cooper from VWU men's golf, Kelsi Trevisan from Lynchburg women's lacrosse, Eric Husselbaugh from Bridgewater men's lacrosse, Joe Horne from Guilford men's tennis, Ashley Schmitz from Randolph women's tennis, Grant Amoateng from EMU men's track & field, Jennifer Calascione from Roanoke women's track & field, Tristan Lucy-Speidel from LYN men's track & field, and Emily Valle from BC women's track & field.
Hampden-Sydney College Director of Athletics Chad Eisele has announced the appointment of Caleb Kimbrough as the College's new men's basketball head coach. The head coach at Huntingdon (Ala.) College since the 2016-17 season, Kimbrough becomes the 19th head coach in the 109-year history of the storied Hampden-Sydney program. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina native is no stranger to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), having played four years at Guilford (N.C.) College and coached six years with the Quakers and one year at Washington and Lee University
Emory & Henry College made two moves in its athletics department, as announced on Wednesday afternoon. Anne Crutchfield, who served the past two years as Interim Director of Athletics in addition to the Wasps women's basketball head coach, has been promoted to Director of Athletics. Jaclyn Dickens, Crutchfield's lead assistant for the past four seasons, has been promoted to head coach for the women's basketball team.
We move into April with ODAC teams and athletes coming out of spring break trips and diving deep into league play. The performances have been excellent. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Emmy Saathoff from Randolph-Macon women's golf, Branson Terrell from Lynchburg men's golf, Tori Manahan from Virginia Wesleyan women's lacrosse, A.J. Witherell from Washington and Lee men's lacrosse, Dirk Jones and Emily Valle from Bridgewater track & field, Donovan Fiore and Maggie Seybold from W&L track & field, Keyu Jin from Randolph women's tennis, Mitchell Thomas from W&L men's tennis, Hanna Hull from VWU softball, Trenton Tiller from Hampden-Sydney baseball, Leanna Toler from Emory & Henry softball, and Holden Fiedler from LYN baseball.
The crossover season from winter to spring is official complete. ODAC teams participated heavily in league play with playing warming up much like the temperatures outdoors. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Alex Nelson from Randolph-Macon men's golf, Maggie Kingora from Virginia Wesleyan women's golf, Jason Sarro from Roanoke men's lacrosse, Haley Tucker from Washington and Lee women's lacrosse, Rachel Murray from Lynchburg women's track & field, Joe O'Connor from W&L men's track & field, Jessica Cammarata and Reid Sharkey from LYN track & field, Jack Fishwick from RC men's tennis, Whitney Kiser from Bridgewater women's tennis, Tyler Blevins from Hampden-Sydney baseball, Kayla Hugate from LYN softball, Drew Calohan from Ferrum baseball, and Hanna Hull from VWU softball.
Washington and Lee junior Emily Hageboeck highlighted the final day of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships for ODAC swimmers as she broke her own ODAC and W&L records on the way to securing All-American honors in the 200-yard breaststroke. Four other Generals picked up All-American laurels as competition wrapped at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Washington and Lee junior Emily Hageboeck went record-hunting twice on Friday on the way to picking up All-America recognition on day three of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.