BASKETBALL: Randolph-Macon moves back into a tie for first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) with two weeks remaining in the regular season by virtue of the Yellow Jackets’ 75-63 victory Saturday over Guilford at Crenshaw Gymnasium, and Emory and Henry’s 81-79 defeat at the hands of Lynchburg.
Freshman Buzz Anthony continued his strong play scoring fourteen points while dishing out eight assists as the Yellow Jackets improved to 10-2 in ODAC play, 16-5 overall. Eight of Anthony’s points came at the free throw line.
Senior Daniel Noe and junior Darryl Williams each scored eleven points, while junior Montese Adams added ten points, plus seven rebounds. The Yellow Jackets have had four players in double figures in each of their last three games, all victories.
While the Yellow Jackets were outrebounded 37-28, they only committed nine turnovers while Guilford committed fifteen. The Quakers are tied for third in the ODAC with Washington and Lee at 8-4, while Roanoke and Virginia Wesleyan are tied for fifth at 7-5. The top four finishers earn byes to the ODAC Championship quarterfinal round in two weeks in Salem. Randolph-Macon hosts Emory and Henry Saturday at 2pm for Senior Day, then travels to Hampden-Sydney Wednesday at 7pm.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS: With the conference era of the Virginia High School League over, winter sports begin playoff action in region tournaments which begin over the next eight days.
Lee-Davis and Atlee are in Region 5B, which will hold its wrestling championship Friday and Saturday at Lee-Davis, its swimming championship on Friday at SwimRVA, the Collegiate School Aquatic Center in Chesterfield. In basketball, the region will qualify its top eight seeds into postseason action. With a week to go, neither Atlee or Lee-Davis team are in the top eight in the region.
Patrick Henry and Hanover are in Region 4B, which will host its wrestling championship on Saturday at Powhatan High School. In basketball, all thirteen teams will qualify for postseason play. Play-in games begin the tournament February 16th. Region 4B’s swimming championship is set for this Friday, also at SwimRVA.
EVENT: ESPN’s College GameDay bus will make an appearance in Mechanicsville on Thursday between 3pm and 6pm at the McDonald’s Restaurant on Mechanicsville Turnpike directly across from Lee-Davis High School.
The bus, featured on the pregame show’s telecasts, is making its way to Charlottesville, where College GameDay will broadcast live on Saturday prior to #2 Virginia’s rivalry game against Virginia Tech. The bus, sponsored by State Farm, and locally sponsored by State Farm agent Julie Whitaker, will be open for touring by the public during Thursday’s appearance. The ESPN hosts will not be with the bus.