Old Dominion, entering its first Conference USA season, was picked to finish fifth in the East Division. Marshall was picked to win the East, while North Texas was picked to win the West. The voting was conducted by the league’s 13 head coaches.
ODU had 33 points, just ahead of Alabama Birmingham and Florida International. Marshall was unanimously voted the East preseason favorite, while Middle Tennessee State was picked second, followed by Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky.
North Texas was picked to win the C-USA West by just a point over the defending C-USA champion, Rice, and just four points over Texas-San Antonio. Louisiana Tech was picked fourth, followed by Southern Mississippi and Texas-El Paso. ...
Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke was named to the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, the award committee announced on Wednesday.
Heinicke and Marshall's Rakeem Cato were the only QBs from Conference USA named to the 39-player list. Other nominees include Florida State’s Jameis Winston, the favorite, plus East Carolina’s Shane Carden and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds.
A native of Atlanta, Heinicke has become the first quarterback from the state of Virginia to pass for 10,000 career yards.
Longwood athletic director Troy Austin announced the appointment of Ryan Mau as head coach.
Mau, a former College of Charleston pitcher with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, has been an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for the past four seasons, serving as the recruiting coordinator, as well as the pitching and catching coach.
He will inherit a roster with numerous Peninsula players, including Brandon Vick and Brandon Delk (both from Warwick High), Brandon Harvell (York), Kyri Washington (Grafton), C.J. Roth (Grafton) and Aaron Myers (Denbigh).
Virginia incoming freshman Tara Vittese of Cherry Hill, N.J., was named to USA Field Hockey’s 2014-15 Under-21 squad.
This will be the third stint on the U21 team for Vittese.
Chris Orlina of Newport News scored 25 points to help Boo Williams’ 16-and-under team beat All Ohio Red 78-66 in a pool-play opener at the Elite Youth Basketball League Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
Boo’s team faces California Supreme at 3 p.m. Thursday in the 16-team tournament.
In the Senior state tournament in Pound, Phoebus lost 1-0 to Dumfries-Triangle-Quantico.
That put Phoebus in an elimination game against Front Royal, with the winner needing to defeat DTQ twice for the championship and a regional berth.
Triple-A All-Star Game:
Ivan De Jesus, Norfolk’s only representative, batted 2-for-4 with a run to guide the International League past the Pacific Coast League 7-3 before a beyond-sellout crowd of 10,274 in Durham, N.C.
Tacoma Rainiers shorstop Chris Taylor, a former U.Va. infielder from Virginia Beach who's trying to reach the majors with Seattle, batted 3-for-4 with two doubles for the PCL to win his team’s MVP honor.
His former Cavaliers teammate Phil Gosselin of the Gwinnett Braves batted 1-for-4 with a run for the IL, turning a double play the one time Taylor didn't get a hit.
Veteran Wilson Betemit of Durham, a former Tide, hit a two-RBI single for the IL in the first inning. Jhonatan Solano of Syracuse, a catcher in the Nationals' organization, added a two-run homer in the second for a 4-0 margin.
In the sixth, the Louisville Bats' Felix Perez socked a two-run triple and scored on a double by Syracuse's Steven Souza.
Eastern League All-Star Game:
Bowie Baysox first baseman Christian Walker, likely headed for the Norfolk Tides soon, batted 2-for-2 to lead the Western Division past the Eastern Division 5-2 in Altoona, Pa.
The Erie SeaWolves' Steven Moya provided the key hit for the West, a two-out grand slam in the fifth inning.
Among the Richmond Flying Squirrels playing for the West, Ty Blach pitched a scoreless, hitless first inning; Jack Snodgrass yielded two hits but pitched a scoreless second; Mario Lisson batted 0-for-4 and Matt Duffy batted 0-for-2.
Blach and Snodgrass each struck out a batter. Lisson and Duffy incurred a strikeout apiece.
Williamsburg’s Emily Salamy, 17, tied for second place at the VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship in Crozet.
The Jamestown High standout improved to a second-round 68 for a 3-under-par 143 total, putting her three strokes behind winner Kristin Hearp of Salem, a rising Hidden Valley High junior who has committed to Virginia Tech.
Salamy equaled Alex Wright, 16, of Midlothian and two-time defending champ Amanda Hollandsworth, 18, of Floyd.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun