Derek Stoudt, the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator under Josh Just, has been named the new head football coach at Hanover High School.
Stoudt, who has been on staff at Hanover for five years, replaces Just, who was named activities director for the school last month to succeed the now-retired Robert Stratton.
The naming of a current assistant as head coach will help continuity for the Hawks, who begin official practice for the 2013 season in 18 days looking to fill many on-field holes due to the loss of players such as Sam Rogers, Donte Haynesworth, Andrew Knizner and L.J. Jones.
The Rockville 8U, 10U and 16U state championship teams begin their quest for Babe Ruth Southeast Regional titles July 18 at RF&P Park in Glen Allen.
The 8U team will be in a six-team field. All teams play round robin games Thursday and Friday. Semifinal games are Saturday morning with the Regional Finals Sunday.
The 10U squad begins their quest Thursday at 10 a.m. against South Granville (N.C.) while the 16U team starts the tourney off with a familiar foe, facing state runner-up New Kent first on Thursday. The Rockville 12U team received an at-large invite and will also compete, giving them four teams in tournament play.
Angelina Sportelli, a Lee-Davis graduate who earned third-team All-ODAC honors during her freshman season at Randolph-Macon, was named to the Second Team All-State squad this week by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Sportelli won 12 singles matches and 10 doubles matches in her first year in Ashland, teaming with three different doubles partners: the graduated Courtney Owens of Culpeper, rising senior Olayemisi Ogunshina of Baltimore, and rising junior Morgan Parks of Denton, Md.
Nine Hanover County student-athletes played in four different state all-star games this past week in Tidewater, all of them with an “East” designation.
Lee-Davis graduate Haleigh Cottrell played four innings, and Atlee graduate Jessica Holte pitched and was credited with the defeat as the West outslugged the East 11-8 in a game called before the bottom of the ninth due to a thunderstorm, not giving the East their final at-bat. Cottrell tells the Herald-Progress that she may play club softball at George Mason University, but otherwise her competitive days are now over. Holte will be playing for the University of Maryland Baltimore County starting next spring.
Chad Jacob, Atlee graduate and future VMI Keydet, played most downs on offense for the East in the all-star football game. Jacob had a catch called back due to a penalty in the East’s 35-16 win on Friday.
Wednesday, Lee-Davis’ Emily Edwards and Emily Paul and Atlee’s Lindsay Wilkins all suited up for the East squad in the girls soccer all-star game, won by the West 2-0. Three county baseball players were on the East team that fell to the West 12-3, as Patrick Henry graduate Kyle Palmer (Radford) took the loss. His Patriot battery mate Joe Bugas (VCU) and Hanover slugger Keith Searles (Randolph-Macon) also played.
Lee-Davis and Randolph-Macon graduate Jordan Walton is starring for the Group A Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League as he begins his second year of minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Walton, after 74 games in 2013, is batting .301 with three homers, 38 RBI, 30 runs scored and 18 doubles. In his last 10 games from July 5-15, Walton hit .381 with 16 hits, including five doubles, and 11 RBI. In 44 games in 2012 for Batavia of the New York-Penn League and Quad Cities of the Midwest League, Walton hit just .240, with no homers and 12 RBI.
Peoria’s season continues through Labor Day.