WRESTLING: When Lee-Davis wrestler Fisher Evans earned a pin in his final match at the annual County Quad last Wednesday night at Hanover, he knew he had earned his 100th career victory. He didn’t know of a commemorative gift coming his way.
“My dad came out and said here you go,” Evans noted of receiving the $100 bill. “It caught me off guard, but, I mean, it felt pretty good.”
Evans plans to save the money, and savored the moment as his Confederate teammates rolled to victory against rivals Hanover, Atlee, and Patrick Henry. Lee-Davis defeated the Hawks 58-12. Hanover bounced back for a 48-24 win over Patrick Henry, while Atlee tied the Patriots 36-36, winning on a tiebreaker, while falling to Lee-Davis and defeating Hanover 33-31.
For the Confederates, the meet was as much about continuing momentum as the playoffs approaching. Lee-Davis placed third, just behind Brooke Point at the USMC Marine Challenge January 20th, then followed up the quad with a third-place team finish at the John Kayajanian Invitational this past Saturday at Orange County High School.
“It definitely woke some of them up, seeing the tougher competition, but we showed that, to a point, we were right there with the defending state champions,” noted Lee-Davis head coach Craig Spruill of the Marine Challenge results. “We were pleased with the results overall. A couple of guys got pushed, which is what we needed.”
Spruill notes the team’s overall health is good heading into February. The Confederates also go into the postseason knowing they will be the host team for the inaugural Region 5B Wrestling Championship taking place on February 9th and 10th. Being in familiar surroundings while going for a bid to the Class 5 State Tournament is a definite plus.
In Orange Saturday, Jonathon Conrad, Andy Aldridge and Ned Anthony each won their classifications, and Anthony won his 100th career match for Lee-Davis. Dylan Montgomery was second at 160 pounds, while Evans took third at 152.
Lee-Davis gets their final regular season work in at a tournament Saturday at Cosby High School in Midlothian. Meanwhile, Atlee’s Robbie Adelstein posted his 100th career victory last Saturday as well, this at a tournament held at Powhatan High School. Atlee and Lee-Davis will be in the Region 5B Championship, while Patrick Henry and Hanover compete in the new Region 4B Championship, to be held at Powhatan High School, also February 9th and 10th.
HALL OF FAME: The Lee-Davis Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed its fifth class at an induction banquet held Friday night at the school. The five new members bring the total of Hall honorees to 25.
Greg Gregory: A three-sport standout in the Class of 1976, Gregory later played quarterback at the University of Richmond and has enjoyed a long career as a college coach, most recently serving as offensive coordinator at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.
Jock Jones: A 1986 graduate best known for his football prowess, Jones played linebacker at Virginia Tech, and later enjoyed five seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals.
Kenny Lewis: Still a history teacher at Lee-Davis, Lewis retired after 23 seasons as head baseball coach with 350 career wins and two state championships (1997, 2001). Lewis also served as golf coach for the Confederates for over a decade. Lewis is a 1985 graduate of Randolph-Macon College.
Doug Melton: An All-State honoree at quarterback for Lee-Davis, Melton graduated in 1973 with an astounding 3,815 passing yards in his high school career in an era where passing was the exception, not the rule. He also lettered in basketball and baseball.
Ron Wooddy: A 1964 graduate, Wooddy was named Most Valuable Player on both the football and basketball teams his senior year. Wooddy went on to enjoy a two-sport career at RPI, now Virginia Commonwealth University. Wooddy was inducted posthumously by his family, as he passed away in 2004.
FOOTBALL: The return of Division III power Johns Hopkins highlights the non-conference portion of the 2018 Randolph-Macon football schedule released by the school Monday. The Yellow Jackets will open Saturday, September 1st in Baltimore against the Blue Jays.
Two home games will follow, September 8th against Averett in a game scheduled to be played under the lights at Day Field, then September 15th against former ODAC foe Catholic. The conference schedule begins with a trip to Lexington to battle defending ODAC champion Washington & Lee on September 29th.
The 122nd edition of “The Game” versus Hampden-Sydney will end regular season play on Saturday November 10th in Farmville.