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Warhill, W&M Product Dedmon Sign Dolphins Futures Contract

Former Warhill High star and receiver and return specialist William & Mary DeVonte Dedmon has signed a term contract with the Miami Dolphins.

Dedmon joins three other former W&M stars who are currently on NFL rosters: Indianapolis All-Pro long snapper Luke Rhodes, Chicago safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and Nova Scotia defensive lineman Bill Murray. England.

Dedmon has played the past two seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.

Honored as the CFL’s 2021 Special Teams Most Outstanding Player, Dedmon recorded three touchdown returns last season. Additionally, he became the fastest player in CFL history to total five return touchdowns, in just 15 games.

Dedmon finished his collegiate career at W&M with six All-CAA playoff honors, earning the accolade three times as a wide receiver.

Lionsbridge, Va. Beach United releases USL 2 schedules

United Soccer League 2, the circuit comprising Newport News’ Lionsbridge FC and Virginia Beach United, unveiled its schedule on Thursday.

Lionsbridge, coming off its first playoff appearance, plans 12 home games, the most in club history. The Lions will play a “friendly match” on February 27 against Chowan at TowneBank Stadium in Christopher Newport, and their summer schedule will begin a home game at 7 p.m. on May 11 against Greenville United FC.

VBU will kick off its regular season with four straight home games Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, starting with Northern Virginia FC on May 7 and then Lionsbridge on May 14.

Lionsbridge and VBU are expected to play each other three times.

Striders president Hicks wins national honor

The Road Runners Club of America has selected Thomas Hicks, President of the Tidewater Striders, as the 2021 RRCA Outstanding Club President. He will receive his award at a March 19 breakfast in Orlando, Florida.

The Striders said that under Hicks’ leadership, club membership has grown from 1,750 to more than 2,100 despite the challenges of the pandemic. With three new races in 2021, including two marathons, the club has provided runners across the country with a spot to qualify for the Boston Marathon amid other race cancellations.

Elizabeth River Run moves to September 4

The 43rd annual Elizabeth River Run 10K postponed its original date to host the Patriotic Festival, which moved from Virginia Beach to Norfolk for 2022. It will be held on September 4 instead of Memorial Day.

The 6.2 mile course follows the Elizabeth River Trail. The race will start at the Old Dominion campus and run through historic tree-lined neighborhoods, and the finish line is at a private park in the Port of Virginia.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

JMU-Towson game postponed

James Madison’s game at Towson, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Local coaches will be inducted into the state Hall of Fame chapter

Kellam High coach Mike Benzel, former Menchville coach Paul Pcsolinski, Virginia Tech coach Tony Robie, former Norfolk Academy and Kempsville coach Armand Taylor and Fishburne Terry Waters will be part of the 2022 Class of the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Benzel coached high school wrestling in Virginia Beach for over 40 decades, primarily at Kellam.

Pcsolinski’s Menchville teams posted a 319-45 record from 1969 to 1992, winning a state championship in 1976, two regional titles and 23 district crowns.

Taylor founded the Norfolk Academy and Kempsville programs and coached them. He was also a volunteer assistant or coach for eight other high schools or colleges.

Utah high school guard enlists with U.Va.

Virginia continued her renovation of the offensive line, securing the commitment of senior high school guard Tapuvae “Snoop” Amaama on Twitter. From Skyridge High in Lehi, Utah, he’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds. He is considered a 3-star prospect, according to the 247 Sports Composite ranking.

Cavaliers offensive line coach Garett Tujague is a holdover from former coach Bronco Mendenhall to current coach Tony Elliott. Tujague and Mendenhall coached together at Brigham Young before Mendenhall took the U.Va. job.

ECU hires alumni U.Va. staff member

Justin Anderson has been named director of player personnel and recruiting at East Carolina, head coach Mike Houston announced.

Anderson previously served as director of player personnel at Virginia for six years after serving in an administrative support position at his alma mater, Brigham Young.

JMU adds former defensive lineman Marshall

James Madison has announced that former defensive lineman Marshall Amare Edwards will play next season for the Dukes. He earned All-Conference USA second team honors in 2020 and an honorable mention in 2021. The Miami native spent 2017-21 with the Thundering Herd and will have an eligibility season with JMU, which is beginning its transition from FCS to FBS.

Hampton picked eighth in the Big South

Hampton was predicted eight out of 10 teams in the Big South Coaches Poll. Campbell, USC Upstate, Longwood, Winthrop and Radford made up the top half of the conference, in that order.

The Pirates have not played any games in 2021 due to the pandemic.

CNU ranked fifth in pre-season

Christopher Newport was ranked fifth in the Division III Inside Lacrosse preseason rankings, joining the No. 4 the captains received from USA Lacrosse magazine. CNU was 13-6 last season, reaching the national semifinals for the first time, and will open this season at home on Feb. 12 against Roanoke.

Ex-Cape Henry player, ODU Pilkington named W&M assistant coach

William & Mary coach Jessica Giuggioli has announced the addition of Brooke Pilkington as the tribe’s new assistant coach. A Virginia Beach native and former Cape Henry standout, Pilkington wrapped up his college career at Old Dominion last spring.

A student of the honor roll, Pilkington led the Monarchs to the 2021 C-USA Championship and was the ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year. In 2019, Pilkington was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year and selected as ODU Team MVP.

W&M drops Liberty

William & Mary started the season with a 7-0 indoor loss at Liberty.

The Tribe lost a pair of double sets to fall behind 1-0 at Lynchburg, and the Flames (1-1) won numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 in singles in straight sets. Liberty’s Christiaan Worst edged Jack Kelly 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9) on the 4 line.

W&M will next play at No. 2 Baylor on Sunday during the ITA launch weekend. The next day in Waco, Texas, the tribe will meet Clemson or Miami.

Old Dominion fell 6-1 at Auburn on Wednesday, although the Monarchs’ lone victory came on the 1 singles row.

ODU’s Francois Le Tallec, who entered the match ranked 64th nationally in singles, toppled No. 47 Tyler Stice 6-3, 6-2.

The only other monarch to win a set was Codie Van Schwalkwyk, who lost 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) to Finn Murgett, who was part of the doubles finalist team NCAA championships a year ago.

INDOOR COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Maury grad, Stiles shines as Penn freshman

Penn rookie Maeve Stiles, a former Maury High standout, won the women’s 3,000 meters at the Villanova Invitational last week in 9 minutes, 34.78 seconds, the best time by an Ivy Leaguer this season. His best time of 4:48 in the mile is second in the conference.

Several Cavaliers named to ACC All-Academic Teams

Virginia sophomore goaltender Holden Brown, freshman midfielder Apsaruh Slavov and junior defenseman Andreas Ueland made the ACC Men’s Football Academic All-Star Team. In women’s football, U.Va. strikers Alexa Spaanstra and Haley Hopkins, midfielder Lia Godfrey and defenders Claire Constant and Samar Guidry have all been selected. Spaanstra is a four-time winner.

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