Randolph-Macon College point guard Buzz Anthony and mentor Josh Merkel headline the 2019 All-ODAC Men's Basketball awards, as announced by the ODAC on Thursday afternoon. Anthony was selected as the Kurte Axe Memorial Player of the Year, while Merkel was tabbed the Bob Johnson Coach of the Year for a second straight season.
Washington and Lee University forward Curtis Mitchell is the first recipient of the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year award. Shenandoah University guard Jaylen Williams picked up ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels. R-MC forward Jon Nowell earned ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete recognition from the league's sports information directors.
Virginia Wesleyan University guard Jayla Harris and Guilford College mentor Stephanie Flamini headline the 2019 All-ODAC Women's Basketball Awards, as announced by the ODAC Wednesday morning. Harris earned ODAC Player of the Year laurels, while Flamini was tabbed the ODAC Coach of the Year.
Washington and Lee University guard Erin Hughes received the first ODAC Defensive Player of the Year honor. Guilford forward Lindsay Gauldin collected ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades, while Bridgewater College guard Briana Moore earned ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete recognition.
Spring sports are just about at full go with the winter campaigns coming to a close. This is the final report for weekly honors for basketball and indoor track. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Joe Mikalauskas from Roanoke men's basketball, Taylor Casey from Washington and Lee women's basketball, Nathan Sheirburn from Virginia Wesleyan men's lacrosse, Jenn Schwechheimer from Roanoke women's lacrosse, Hanna Hull from VWU softball, Ryan Monson from W&L baseball, Ariana Rolle from VWU softball, Brandon Pond from Lynchburg baseball, Hank Patrick from W&L track, Mara Briggs from RC women's track, Nick Greenberg from W&L track, Jessica Kennedy from RC women's tennis, Brian Peccie from W&L men's golf, and Quinn Harlan from RC track.
Washington and Lee University won 27 total events including all 10 relays as the Generals swept the ODAC Swimming Championships team titles for the fifth straight season. After three days of competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, 14 events feature new conference overall and/or championship records with several being reset multiple times.
For the second time in as many seasons, Randolph-Macon College tops the field heading into the upcoming ODAC Men's Basketball Tournament. The Yellow Jackets, ranked fifth in the country by D3hoops.com and #1 in the NCAA South Region rankings, went 15-1 thru their league slate and are riding a 10-game winning streak. Guilford College stands as the #2 seed after posting a 12-4 conference record.
The top two seeds in the upcoming ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament are riding considerable winning streaks with the season coming to a close. Guilford College earns top billing with a 16-2 league mark powered by nine straight victories. Emory & Henry College has won 11 consecutive outings on the way to a 15-3 conference record and the second seed in the ODAC's 10-team tournament field.
Louis "Lou" Wacker, an Emory & Henry College Hall of Famer who won nearly 70 percent of his games as head football coach of the Wasps, has died at age 84. The Richmond, Va. native spent 23 seasons as the Wasps head coach, and previously spent 20-plus years on the coaching staff at Hampden-Sydney College. Wacker died of heart failure on Friday, February 15, his family said.
ODAC swimmers posted some of the fastest regular season times in recent memory with several of last year's top-three times entering the championship already eclipsed in prelude to the 2019 ODAC Swimming Championships. For the second straight year, 22 teams -- 12 women and 10 men -- take to the waters of the Greensboro Aquatic Center in search of both team and individual glory.
Competition in this season's conference championship is set for Friday-Sunday, February 15-17. Each day will feature a pair of sessions -- morning preliminaries and evening finals -- with races in 36 combined events.
Director of Athletics Myra Sims is pleased to announce the hiring of Leslie Williams to the position of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach. Williams will begin working with the Hollins teams and student-athletes, on a part-time basis, this semester.
Several spring sports kicked into action this weekend with the winter campaign postseason quickly drawing near. That is especially true for swimming as programs took the week off of competition to train for the upcoming championships February 15-17. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Sarah Commons from Lynchburg softball, Tom Kellogg from Washington and Lee baseball, Taylor Belknap from LYN softball, Buzz Anthony from Randolph-Macon men's basketball, Miracle Walters from Guilford women's basketball, Jake O'Brien from Hampden-Sydney men's lacrosse, Darian Diaz from Shenandoah men's tennis, Endasia Mitchell from LYN women's track, Joe O'Connor from W&L men's track, Maddie Van Aken from LYN women's track, and Donovan Fiore from W&L men's track, and Chadwick Feeley from W&L baseball.
The first five teams are the same but there is a bit of a shuffle to the order at the top of the 2019 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll with Washington and Lee University leading the annual coaches' survey. The Generals collected a chart-topping 96 points powered by seven first place votes. Defending champion University of Lynchburg sits second with 91 points and three top nods. Roanoke College received the remaining first place vote on the way to 86 markers to rank third.
Familiarity reigns at the top the ODAC Women's Lacrosse preseason poll with the same two teams occupying the top two positions for the fourth straight season. Nine-time defending champion Washington and Lee University sits #1 with a chart-topping 81 points including nine first place votes. Randolph-Macon College ranks second with 71 tallies including the remaining first place nod.
A familiar logo remains at the top of the ODAC Men's Tennis Coaches Poll as nine-time reigning conference champion Washington and Lee University was picked as the favorite to repeat yet again in a survey of the league's head coaches. The Generals garnered 11 first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 121 points. Guilford College and Hampden-Sydney College round out the top-three for a second straight year, although there is separation between the two unlike a season ago when they tied for second.
The 2019 ODAC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll has a familiar logo perched at the top, but there is plenty of movement throughout the rest of the listing in the annual survey of the league's head coaches. Washington and Lee University, winners of 16 straight ODAC titles, stands atop the chart after receiving 12 first place votes on the way to 144 total points. Randolph-Macon College moved up a spot from last season's poll to rank second with 132 markers including the final top nod.
FOREST, Va. --- Last season's ODAC Softball Preseason Poll opened with a notation for the two-time conference champion, but the 2019 edition steps that up a notch as two-time defending NCAA Division III champion Virginia Wesleyan University headlines the annual survey of the league's head coaches. The Marlins received 10 first place votes on the way to an even 100 points, while Randolph-Macon College joined VWU in separating themselves from the remaining nine squads in the poll with one top nod and 90 total markers.
The top two teams from last season's ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll flipped places in the 2019 edition as Randolph-Macon College stands atop reigning ODAC champion Shenandoah University and the remaining 10 conference teams in the annual head coaches' survey. The Yellow Jackets earned nine first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 119 tallies, while the Hornets picked up two top nods as part of a 110-point haul.