The recent passing of Roanoke Valley resident Dale Moats has come as a shock to many. Moats was a football and basketball star at Buffalo Gap in Augusta County before heading to William and Mary, where he was a basketball player exclusively.
“Good man, good people,” said Page Moir, who coached Moats’ son, Matt, at Roanoke College. Moats’ daughter, Nicci, played for the Roanoke College women after transferring from Tennessee and there is a third sibling, Tisha.
Their mom, Annette, passed away last year.
Moats played in 84 games during his college career and averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. A reunion of William and Mary teams from his era was scheduled for this weekend and Moats had indicated he would be attending.
“It was a shock to hear that he’s passed,” said Bruce Parkhill, the William and Mary coach when Moats was there. “A lot of us hadn’t seen or heard from Dale in quite a while. Then, to find out he was coming this weekend, we were all really pumped up.”
Moats was a member of the 1980-81 William and Mary team that beat Virginia Tech twice in 11 days, handing the Hokies their first home loss to an in-state opponent since the start of the 1956-57 season. In the second meeting, William and Mary won 48-46 in triple overtime in Williamsburg.
Moats, described by Parkhill as an “Adonis” at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, was injured and did not play in either game.
“I don’t remember individual performances,” said Parkhill nearly 40 years later, “but, for us at William and Mary, we weren’t real athletic. He was a guy who was athletic. He had bounce and was strong and could do some things under the boards.
“We hadn’t had guys who could do that, so he left his imprint in that regard. But, mostly, I remember him as being a good guy. He had a great smile and that’s what I think of, his laugh.”
Adam Haseley became the first member of Virginia’s 2015 College World Series championship team to reach the major leagues, starting in center field and going 0-for-4 Tuesday night in Philadelphia’s 9-6 victory over visiting San Diego.
Haseley, who had jumped from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley only seven days earlier, was called up to Philadelphia after Andrew McCutchen suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Haseley was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
- Radford High School offensive lineman Ben Cox, who will take unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina this week, has been rated the No. 3 senior offensive tackle in Virginia by 247 Sports, which has him as the No. 30 in-state prospect regardless of position. Cox has a total of 27 offers.
- Lavel Davis, a 6-6, 210-pound receiver from Woodland High School in Dorchester, South Carolina, has become the fifth player to commit to Virginia for the 2020 entering class. He had 70 receptions for 1,017 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.
- Also according to 247 Sports, UVa has made an offer to Cam’Ron Warren, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive lineman who will be an eighth grader this coming season. He was among a host of Tidewater prospects invited to the Cavalier grounds.
On the hoops side
Syracuse has taken a men’s basketball commitment in the past week from 6-8 Woody Newton, a four-star recruit from Mount Zion Academy and District Heights, Maryland, who is rated the No. 72 prospect in the country by rivals.com. Newton also had offers from Virginia Tech and Maryland.
North Cross graduate Rachael Wright, who played college golf at Washington and Lee, landed a spot in the ShopRite LPGA Classic pro-am in Galloway, New Jersey, following a cancellation and won the long-drive competition in the amateur division.
She maxed out at 260 yards.