W&M, ranked 12th nationally, won the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in Annapolis, Md., and thus gained an automatic bid to the NCAA championships April 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Tribe scored 424.05, followed by No. 13 Army (419.1) and No. 14 Navy (413.8) in the six-team field.
In the all-around finals, W&M senior Daniel Potemski (85.1) and junior J.J. Jindra (82.85) earned all-conference honors by placing second and fourth, respectively. ...
William and Mary's Neal Courter was selected as the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Division Gymnast of the Week after his performance at the USAG nationals last weekend.
He earned All-America honors in three events at the national meet, as he repeated his vault title with a season-high 15.15, placed second on floor (14.8) and finished fourth on high bar with a career-best 14.8. It marked the second straight season in which he has claimed the vault championship.
Courter ranks 10th nationally on floor (15.133), 12th on vault (14.83) and leads the team on high bar (14.683).
RBI singles by Joe McCarthy and Nate Irving in the seventh lifted No. 2 Virginia past Virginia Tech 2-1 in a series opener in Charlottesville.
Nick Howard stranded a Hokie on third to earn the save. ...
W&M swept Delaware 5-4 and 13-10 to start a Colonial Athletic Association series at Plumeri Park.
For the day, Michael Katz and Nick Thompson had four hits and Ryan Lindemuth homered twice for the Tribe, the nation's top run-producing team.
Pitchers Jason Inghram and Aaron Fernandez gained the victories for the Tribe (18-7, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association). ...
Old Dominion beat Charlotte 7-2 in a series opener in Norfolk as left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (2-4) pitched eight innings for the victory. Ben Slaton had three hits and two RBI for the Monarchs (15-10, 5-5 Conference USA). ...
Apprentice School's scheduled game Friday at War Memorial Stadium against Central Penn was canceled and will not be made up. ...
Due to the forecast for rain this weekend in Maryland, the schedule for Norfolk State's road series against Coppin State was changed.
The teams will not play Saturday or Sunday as originally scheduled. Instead, the teams will play a doubleheader at noon Monday at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie, Md. The third game will be made up later.
The William and Mary football program lost one of its most passionate and ardent supporters when Tom Mikula died earlier this week.
In addition to being a former player (1943-44, '46-47) and assistant coach (1949-50, 1952) at W&M, Mikula also founded the HEYFARL (Hundred Each Year for a Rising Letterman) scholarship program. He introduced the concept in 1993 as a way to raise funds to provide scholarships for walk-on players.
In just two decades, the HEYFARL endowment has grown to more than $1 million and has supported 61 football players. Among the former scholarship recipients are current Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and the 2004 Payton Award winner, quarterback Lang Campbell.
“Tom was a great friend and an integral part of the rich William and Mary football tradition,” W&M coach Jimmye Laycock said. “Further, his work and influence on starting and sustaining HEYFARL touched many young men’s lives by providing them with the financial support to both play football and earn a W&M degree. I know I speak for the entire Tribe football family in sending our sympathies out to his friends and relatives.”
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. April 12 at the Alumni House. ...
Veteran coaches and Virginia natives Donald Hill-Eley and Gordon "Greg" Gregory joined Pete Adrian's staff at Norfolk State, where they will work on offense.
Hill-Eley, 44, a Virginia Union graduate and former Hampton University offensive coordinator (1997-2000) who was the head coach at NSU's conference rival Morgan State from 2002-13, will be the offensive coordinator and receivers coach. Gregory will coach quarterbacks.
Gregory, 56, born in Suffolk and raised in Richmond, was Hill-Eley's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season. He was a college quarterback for Richmond, where he graduated in 1980.
He also has been the offensive coordinator at South Alabama (2009-11), South Florida (2007-08), Ohio (2001-03), Richmond (2000) and Army (1989-97). He was the head coach at Missouri Southern from 1998-99.
Old Dominion's Sidni Hoxha placed 30th in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships, breaking the school record.
He finished in 1 minute, 35.74 seconds to finish well ahead of his No. 49 seed. In his previous meet, he set an ODU record of 1:36.14 at the Conference USA championships in Atlanta.
A two-time NCAA qualifier, Hoxha will compete in the 100 freestyle Saturday to cap his career.
North Carolina sophomore Ben Colley, a Lafayette High graduate, qualified for the NCAA for the second year in a row. He'll be in the 200-yard butterfly after setting a Tar Heels record of 1:42.19.
Apprentice School, making its first appearance in the Marine Corps-Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate in North Carolina, shot a 316 in the first round.
Ben Hunter led the Builders with a 2-under-par 70, and freshman Russell Fields shot 77.
The 32-team field includes 11 teams ranked nationally in NCAA Division III or the NAIA.
Men's track and field:
Redshirt freshman Derek O'Connell of Virginia Beach smashed the 42-year-old William and Mary record in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet, 8 3/4 inches to take first place at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond.
Sophomore Taylor Frenia, also of Virginia Beach, took second in the shot put at 51-11 and was second in the hammer throw at 166-0.
Because of weather and the forecast, the Norfolk State-Howard series will be played in Norfolk instead of Washington.
The Spartans, who will bat first in every game, will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday and a noon Monday single game against the Bison.
Facing must-wins on singles lines 3, 4, 5 and 6, Christopher Newport got them all in straight sets to defeat host Haverford 5-4 in an indoor match that took about five hours and ended well past 11:30 p.m. near Philadelphia.
Tabb High graduate Chiraag Shetty and Joona Rahko, who had gained CNU's only doubles victory, began the comeback with wins in the middle of the lineup. No. 6 Michael Dodd and No. 5 Arttu Fiva, a pair of freshmen, then handled their opponents to give the Captains (9-4) an excellent start to a trip that includes three matches in three days.
CNU is eighth in the Atlantic South Region rankings that were released this week, while Haverford is 13th.
Marshall gutted out a 4-3 victory at Old Dominion, which had pulled even after falling behind 3-0.
The Thundering Herd won 8-7 (7-5) to claim the doubles point, then won on lines 3 and 4 in singles for a 3-0 edge. ODU came back with triumphs in straight sets by No. 1 Nikol Hristova, No. 2 Ingrid Vojcinakova and No. 5 Melissa Esnal Olguin, but Marshall broke the tie as Racheal Morales defeated Nika Khmolovska 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 on line 6. ...
Host Haverford (Pa.) clinched an indoor victory against Christopher Newport (5-8), winning five of the first six matches to finish.
The Fords (5-2) won all three doubles and a pair of singles matches. Katie Carlson won in straight sets on line 4 for the Captains.
Norfolk fell 2-1 before 5,130 fans to start a two-game, two-night Scope Arena series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Admirals have lost three games in a row, two in regulation.
Chuck Kobasew, voted the game's No. 1 star, scored 43 seconds into the middle period to put the Penguins ahead 2-0.
The Admirals' Emerson Etem, a California native trying to get back to the NHL's parent Anaheim Ducks, cut the deficit in half 12:34 into the second period, but Peter Mannino made 19 saves for the win.
The Admirals (34-23-2-7) hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the 15-team Eastern Conference with 10 games to go, but ninth-place Hershey cut its deficit to three points by winning Friday.
Norfolk has just three home games remaining in the regular season -- Saturday's against the Penguins, then contests April 16 and 18 against Hershey.
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