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The Roanoke Times | File 2012
Lord Botetourt’s Alex Hampton (5) has committed to play football for Mount Union next season.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Mount Union has played in the past eight NCAA Division III football championship games in Salem.
Now two Timesland players would like to join the party.
Lord Botetourt's Alex Hampton and Craig County's Jefferson Lee have committed to Mount Union, which won its 11th national title since 1993 with a 28-10 victory in December over St. Thomas (Minn.).
The 6-foot-3, 151-pound Hampton played multiple positions for Botetourt including quarterback and kick returner. The 5-foot-6, 165-pound Lee was Craig County's place-kicker the past four seasons.
"Those guys are going to have to work hard," Craig County coach Mark McPherson said. "That's a Division III program that's run like a Division I program. Mount Union's got a lot of Division I kids that couldn't cut the mustard somewhere else.
"It's a great opportunity. You get to play for a national championship every year and you get to play 14 or 15 games."
VHSL combines classes for two championships
The VHSL will hold combined state tournaments for Class 2A and Class 1A schools in girls soccer and boys tennis when the state's six-classification system goes into effect in 2013-14.
The move was made because of low projected participation numbers in each sport in Class 1A, the division composed of the state's smallest schools.
Only 20 Class 1A schools will sponsor boys tennis, and just 18 Class 1A schools will field a girls soccer team next spring.
Separate state tournaments in Class 2A and Class 1A will be held in girls tennis and boys soccer.
Lacrosse will hold two separate boys and girls state tournaments, one for Division 6 schools and a combined tournament for schools in the other five classifications.
Cave Spring wrestlers place in national event
Cave Spring wrestlers Cody Amos and Chase McDaniel finished in the top eight of their respective flights Sunday in Virginia Beach to earn National High School Coaches Association All-American status.
Each weight class held separate brackets for seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
Amos placed sixth at 182 pounds in the freshmen division. McDaniel was seventh at 138 pounds in the junior draw.
McDaniel placed third in the VHSL Group AA championships at 132.
Banks, Taylor honored as top Kiwanis players
Seniors Marcus Banks of Patrick Henry and Tay Taylor of Salem have been named the metro boys and girls basketball players of the year by the Roanoke-Salem-Botetourt Kiwanis Club.
Banks, a 5-foot-5 guard, broke Patrick Henry's career scoring record and led the Patriots to 80 victories during his four-year career.
Taylor, a 5-foot-7 Wake Forest signee, was named Group AA Division 4 player of the year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. Salem won 88 games during her four years with the Spartans.
Banks was named to the five-man first team along with Warren Craft of William Fleming, Justin Goode of Lord Botetourt, Dylan Hodson of Hidden Valley and Troy Mann of Salem.
Taylor was joined on the girls first team by Ryjae Anderson of William Fleming, Emily Rawlings of Northside, Emily Wampler of Lord Botetourt and Kanisha Wiley of Glenvar.
Salem swept both coach of the year awards - Kevin Garst for the boys and DeWayne Harrell for the girls - after each led his team to a Division 4 state championship.
The awards are voted on by the head coaches of 13 high schools in the Roanoke Valley.
Roanoke Catholic won the boys sportsmanship award, while Glenvar took the girls award.
Andre Levisy was named the outstanding official of the year by the Western Virginia Officials Association.
Jefferson Forest close to filling AD position
Jefferson Forest has vacancy in its athletic director's seat that should be filled soon.
Interim AD Steve Mills will leave his post to become JF's girls basketball coach. Paul Redgate had been the Cavaliers' girls coach, but he is taking over the boys program in the wake of the resignation of Paul Smith.
Mills previously coached basketball at Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach, and he was Jefferson Forest's volleyball coach for seven years.
Patrick County is making strides in Group AA distance running, and the Cougars have two Division I signees competing this spring.
Caleb Smith, who finished 19th in November in the VHSL Group AA meet, has signed with UNC-Asheville, while Victoria Hutchens has signed with East Tennessee State. Smith and Hutchens both finished eighth in the 1,600 meters at the Group AA indoor track and field meet in February.
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