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North Cross announced that its schedule regular-season finale for football — and Senior Day game against Norfolk Christian — has been canceled due to the Norfolk Christian players refusing to board the bus for Roanoke.
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Somewhere, a 140-pound ninth-place batter at Narrows or Bland County or Galax is breathing a big sigh of relief.
Timesland’s most imposing baseball pitcher will not be returning for his senior year on the diamond.
Fort Chiswell’s 6-foot-6, 305-pound Coleman Thomas – whose prowess on the football field earned him a scholarship at Tennessee – said Friday he will enroll in college in January.
Thomas, a first-team All-Timesland offensive lineman, will play football for Fort Chiswell as a senior this fall. He will begin college classes in Knoxville on Jan. 6, bypassing his senior seasons in basketball and baseball for the Pioneers.
Thomas has received approval from the Wythe County school system to finish up his high school academic requirements in December. He will return next spring for graduation exercises with his classmates.
“It was a month-long decision,” Thomas said. “But I had to do what was best for my future.”
The third Central/Southwest Virginia all-star football game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday at Franklin County High School.
The previous two games were held at William Fleming.
Below are the rosters for the two squads:
Dominique Crockett, George Wythe, wr; Joey Augustin, Christiansburg, qb; Shaquille Bonds, Glenvar, wr; Arius McConnell, Salem, rb; Jaylyn Johnson, Northside, db; Troy Helton, Covington, qb; Alex Hampton, Lord Botetourt, db; Colton Wilson, Rockbridge County, db; Markel Jones, Glenvar, wr; Keon Mabin, Magna Vista, db; Deshaun Valentine, Bassett, olb; Marquise Nowlin, Patrick County, de; Cole Worrell, Floyd County, wr; Dorian Harris, Floyd County, rb; Garrett Lee, Giles, db; Chance Holland, Rockbridge County, olb; Ryan Wade, Franklin County, de; Thomas Kennedy, Lord Botetourt, ilb; Eddie Bowman, Bassett, olb; Tyler Tune, Franklin County, dt; Andrew Williams, Lord Botetourt, ol; Tyler Parcell, Magna Vista, dt; Zacy Boyda, Abingdon, ol; Marquise Johnson, Magna Vista, ol; Curtis Fridley, Rockbridge County, ol; Roger Woody, Bassett, ol; Josh Stone, Franklin County, ol; Tyler Vaught, Floyd County, te.
Jason White, Rockbridge County; Chris Jones, Franklin County; Jamie Harless, Lord Botetourt; Tim Fulton, Cave Spring; Kevin Clifford, Glenvar, Tyler Brown, Northside.
Sharif Price, East Rockingham, wr; Al Coleman, Amelia County, rb; Rashad Davis, Charlottesville, qb; Derek Foxx, Brookville, lb; Malcolm Revely, Amherst County, lb; Tre Bradley, Liberty Christian, db; Malachi Crawford, Robert E. Lee, wr; Roy Cubbage, Turner Ashby, db; David Jacobs, Jefferson Forest, te; Joe Moore, Robert E. Lee; John Wright, East Rockingham, wr; Marcus Alexander, Liberty Christian; Antone Payne, Brookville, db; Cole Jamerson, Appomattox County, p; Anthony Calloway, Brookville, db; Trevor Bostic, Broadway, rb; Garrett Neal, Jefferson Forest, lb; Dale Wood, East Rockingham, dl; Josh Powers, Turner Ashby, lb; Tariq Battle, Buckingham County, lb; Jalen Jones, Amelia County; Ricardo Scott, Robert E. Lee, ol; Dallas Harper, Broadway, ol; Devan Butler, East Rockingham, ol; Sydney Sandidge, Amherst County, dl; Ryan Jones, Buckingham County, ol; William Martin, Altavista, ol; Colton McCauley, Robert E. Lee, dl.
Eric Sherry, Charlottesville; David Tibbs, Robert E. Lee; Donnie Coleman, East Rockingham; Mike Roberts, Liberty Christian.
Rockbridge County sophomore offensive tackle Austin Clark has picked up a football scholarship offer from Virginia.
Rockbridge head coach Jason White said the 6-f00t-6, 275-pound Clark becomes the first sophomore in school history to land a Division I offer.
“That one was out of the blue,” White said. “I didn’t know they were working on evaluating sophomores yet.”They called on Thursday. They said they evaulated his film and liked it. I said, ‘If you liked his film, he’s 10 times the kid and the student than he is a player.’ ”
Clark, who was named to the All-Timesland Sizzlin’ Sophomore team, was the MVP this spring at the Schuman National Underclassman Combine in Richmond where he ran a 5.3-second 40-yard dash in wet conditions.
White expects more Division schools to get on board Clark’s recruiting train. Clark has squatted 500 pounds, cleaned 285 and has a 275-bench press.
“That’s pretty impressive for a sophomore,” White said.”I told him, ‘You might as plan on the next month or so being pretty hectic.’ He’s a tough kid and a great student. And he’s got the two things they look for most. He’s 6-foot-6 and he’s got good feet.
White said it is premature to gauge Clark’s interest in UVa.
“He really liked it, but it’s way too early to figure out if that’s the right fit,” the Rockbridge coach said.
Clark is the second sophomore lineman in the Blue Ridge District to pick up a Division I scholarship offer. Northside defensive lineman Chance Hall was offered by Maryland shortly after the 2012 season ended.
Junior center Coleman Thomas of Fort Chiswell committed last month to Tennessee.
Fort Chiswell offensive lineman Coleman Thomas, who is rated the No. 15 prospect in Virginia by Roanoke Times writer Doug Doughty, has committed to Tennessee.
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The Roanoke Times high school sports blog is off and running.
Most of the posts will be done by me, Robert Anderson. I’ve been the prep sports editor at the paper since 2001. Other staff writers who cover high school events also will contribute to the blog occasionally.
What can you expect to find here?
First, we want to make this the place to go when you’re looking for the latest high school sports news in Timesland. That’s year-round, because guess what? There really is no offseason.
Coaching changes, recruiting, scheduling news, VHSL moves, summer all-star games…they all contribute to making high school sports coverage a 12-month per year beat.
So I’ll try to post often and keep things current.
Also, we want to make this blog a forum for readers to express their opinions. Got a thought on the new VHSL six-classification system? Got a complaint about an all-district team. Let us and everyone else hear about it.
Keep it clean though. Use some civility.
We’ll also use this blog as a one-stop spot for some of the information that appears in the paper or has been posted on the pressbox blog. District tournament schedules, standings, statistics, statewide polls and scores, football playoff points…we’ll provide a quick link to those inside related material.
I’d like to use this blog to post content that doesn’t appear in the newspaper. For instance, some items that appear in print in a prep notebook often can be posted on the blog earlier in the week or exclusively.
I’m starting with a quick breakdown of five of tonight’s area high school games.
As always, continue to follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/timesland. We’ll tweet scores from tonight’s prep football games as we receive then.
Week 9 of the high school football season is here. To christen the debut of the new Roanoke Times prep blog, here is a look at the five games involving Timesland teams that could have the biggest impact on district championships:
Northside’s last loss in the Blue Ridge District was a 21-13 setback on their home field to Byrd in 2008. All the Vikings did from there was win the Division 3 state title the following season. Byrd nearly pulled the upset last year, losing 21-20 at Jim Hickam Field. Tonight’s game figures to be close too. Byrd QB Zac Hill and RB Simeon Horstmann have helped the Terriers score 135 points in their last three games. Northside has tightened its defense, beginning with a 16-14 loss to Salem. Both teams are in good shape right now for playoff berths in their respective divisions. However, Byrd might need two wins in its final three games to qualify in Region III Division 4. Hard to forecast at this point. Northside is fifth in Region III Division 3, but the Vikings are looking to move up and host a first-round game.
GILES (6-1, 2-0) at FLOYD COUNTY (5-2, 2-0)
Who doesn’t think the offenses will rule tonight in Floyd? Giles has rolled up 41, 49, 50, 56 and 49 points in their last five wins. However, the Spartans have given up 29, 30 and 28 points in three of those games. Meanwhile, Floyd County’s first two Three Rivers District games were a 41-37 victory over Glenvar and a 57-34 win over Eastern Montgomery. Floyd’s Dorian Harris (1,254 yards) and Giles’ Ian Mann (1,228) are ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively in Timesland in rushing yardage. Mann is averaging better than 10 yards per carry in Giles’ single-wing offense. Both of these teams easily will make the Division 2 West Section playoffs, but each still has Radford in its path en route to the Three Rivers title. A No. 4 seed in the West could await the winner of this game at season’s end.
PARRY McCLUER (5-3, 2-0) at JAMES RIVER (4-3, 1-0)
Last week’s James River-Covington game seemed like it might determine the Pioneer District champion, but Parry McCluer might have something to say about that because the Fighting Blues occupy the top spot by one-half game. How about the job Mike Craft has done in Buena Vista under unbelievably difficult circumstances when he took the job last summer. The 2012 season began with two shutout losses, but sophomore running back Ryheem Dawson is healthy now and at 6-2, 195 pounds looks like a prospect. James River, after missing the playoffs each of the past two years, looks like a shoo-in this time after last week’s 27-26 win over Covington. The Knights are 13th in the Division 2 West Section standings, which is about where they should finish.
GRAYSON COUNTY (6-1, 2-0) at FORT CHISWELL (6-1, 2-0)
Even though the winner tonight gets sole possession of first place in the Mountain Empire District, no one is handing the district title over. Fort Chiswell still has to visit Graham next week, while Grayson must go to rival Galax on the final Friday. The region is still buzzing about Fort Chiswell’s comeback two weeks ago for a 37-36 win over Galax when the Pioneers converted a fourth-and-31 pass for a touchdown, then recovered an onside kick and scored another TD and a two-point conversion with no time remaining. Nice contrast in this game. Fort Chiswell features the running of Daniel Hamm, while Grayson County uses the passing combo of brothers Max Rodgers and Mikey Rodgers.
FRANKLIN COUNTY (4-4, 1-1) at GEORGE WASHINGTON (6-2, 2-0)
Franklin County has to sweep George Washington and Patrick Henry and somehow hope that either GW loses to Halifax County or that the VHSL Rating Scale favors the boys from Rocky Mount when the smoke clears. Neither scenario looks likely. Last week’s double-overtime loss at Halifax might have doomed the Eagles. After making back-to-back trips to Roanoke for wins over Patrick Henry and William Fleming, GW gets both of its last two games at home. How many coaches have ever won a Group AAA district title in both football and basketball? GW’s Bobby Martin, who led the Eagles to the AAA basketball championship game in 2008, can accomplish the feat with two more wins.
BROOKVILLE (8-0, 4-0) at HERITAGE (7-0, 3-0)
This game is outside The Roanoke Times print circulation area, but it ranks as the biggest game in Virginia tonight. Is Brookville as good as last year’s team that won the Group AA Division 3 championship? We’ll see. The Bees have been held under 50 points just three times. How’s that hire of Brad Bradley working out for Heritage? In his first year, Bradley has Heritage unbeaten and ranked in the state. Do you think the fiery Bradley wouldn’t relish a possible Division 4 state semifinal at Salem? Plenty of work to be done. Fans, just sit back and enjoy two of the state’s top quarterbacks, Brookville’s Kendall BeCraft and Heritage’s JeVontae Parrish.
Opponents of the VHSL’s six-classification system tried to block the implementation of the new setup beginning with the 2013-14 school year, but no defense could stop it.
It was a slam dunk.
A motion made by representatives of the Northern Region was made Tuesday at the VHSL’s membership meetings in Charlottesville, but it failed to gain the two-thirds majority of support of all VHSL schools in attendance an it was soundly defeated 185-110.
No one expected the six-classification system, which was approved last month by the VHSL Executive Committee and basically has been a fait accompli since January, to be overturned.
The alignment of VHSL schools for postseason play will undergo a radical change beginning next year.
Schools will be placed in new “conferences” for all postseason sports but football. The football playoffs will use the same postseason format used last year in Group A with a 32-team field in each classification.