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Virginia began her European exhibition tour on Saturday by beating Italy’s Stella Azzurra 76-24 in Rome.
Kadin Shedrick had 13 points, seven rebounds and a block, rookie Leon Bond III had 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks, while Reece Beekman had nine points, five rebounds and seven assists.
Ryan Dunn contributed nine points and seven rebounds, and fellow freshman Isaac Traudt had eight points, four rebounds and three steals. Senior Chase Coleman of Maury High added four points through the first three quarters as the 10 U.Va. the players on the trip scored.
During their visit to Rome, the Cavaliers visited the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum on Thursday, and toured the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel, on Friday, according to virginiasports.comit’s Jeff White. They will also go to Florence, Rapallo and Portofino on the 10-day tour.
The Cavs’ second game is Monday night in Florence. Their last two matches will be on August 18 and 19 near Rapallo.
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Virginia Tech got a commitment from Mackenzie Nelson of Greenwich, Connecticut, a 5-foot-8 four-star guard in the class of 2023.
She was her state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and is the fourth promise in class for coach Kenny Brooks’ Hokies, who are expected to be part of the 2022-23 ACC top tier.
Nelson averaged 22 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and five steals per game for a 26-1 team at St. Luke.
Backup quarterback Jay Woolfolk excelled as Virginia led a scrum into the pads Saturday at Scott Stadium, three weeks before the Cavaliers play their opener against Richmond.
“We brought Jay Woolfolk alive and he’s electric,” first-year coach Tony Elliott said. jerryratcliffe.com. “He was difficult to tackle. He still has to grow as a quarterback, but as a dynamic athlete with the ball in hand, it was good to see. Just when he shoots the ball, you better watch out because he can fly. It has a great change of direction and you can just tell it’s natural. He’s a natural playmaker with a ball in his hand.
Elliott said he was impressed with defenseman Jack Camper, a 6-foot-5, 252-pound player from Virginia Beach who transferred from Michigan State after playing 28 games and earning four letters with the Spartans.
“Camper continues to be stable,” the coach said on jerryratcliffe.com. “He might not play, but he’s kicking the quarterback out so someone else can play.”
Virginia’s offense provided more of a running game than it has in recent practice.
“Until now the defense had the energy and kind of set the tempo, but today the offense came out and they set the tempo, which surprised me a bit because we’re always on the offensive line,” Elliott said.
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William & Mary newcomer Chloe Ausburn scored with 11 seconds left in the first half as the tribe played out to a 1-1 draw against George Mason in an exhibition final at Fairfax.
Ausburn converted a pass from fellow freshman Ivey Crain. The Patriots equalized in the 75th minute.
W&M opens the regular season at home against Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. Thursday at Martin Family Stadium.
No. 4 Virginia’s last exhibition game was a 1-1 draw against No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor.
All-ACC preseason selection Alexa Spaanstra scored for the Cavaliers, picking up the rebound after her first shot was deflected.
U.Va. gave up its first exhibition, 2-1 Wednesday against Illinois in 120 minutes of action in Maple City, Michigan. In that game, rookie Maya Carter scored the Cavaliers goal on an assist from junior Sarah Brunner.
Virginia opens the season Thursday when the Cavaliers host George Mason at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
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Despite two goals from Phil Horton, Virginia lost its opener as the Charlotte 49ers beat the Cavaliers 3-2 at Klockner Stadium.
Kameron Lacey’s goal from an Alex Willis pass in the 10th minute gave Charlotte a 1-0 halftime lead. Luke Husakiwsky doubled the lead in the 62nd minute.
Horton scored with a right foot in the 83rd minute and netted a header in the 85th, leveling the score. But the 49ers pushed back in the 86th minute with Matthew Kirk’s game-clinching goal.
Travis Johnson, who grew up in Suffolk, recently won the Middle Atlantic PGA Wizards Championship at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Johnson and his fellow top-four finishers in that event earned berths in the PGA Assistant Professional Championship in November in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Johnson, in a three-for-the-lead tie late in the final round, birdied 4ft on the par-5 16th hole and then parried 17-and-18 to win the 36-hole tournament in one shot on the Princess Anne. Keith Cooper and Jay Newcomb of the Country Club, who works at the Suburban Club in Baltimore.
Cooper, also from Suffolk, is a Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Virginia Wesleyan alumnus.
The win was worth $2,704.47 for Johnson, who completed a 5-under 139 with his final round of 71. He works at Kinloch Golf Club in Goochland County, just west of Richmond.
Cooper, who shot a pair of 70s, won $1,260.
In June, Johnson won the top prize of $1,683.75 at the MAPGA Stroke Play Championship, finishing 5 under par to beat former Gloucester High and Methodist golfer Josh Speight by three strokes.
Johnson was a four-year man of letters in golf and baseball for Nansemond River. He was an All-Tidewater baseball selection who played four years in the sport for Methodist, including All-USA South conference first-team honors.
Mike Southworth and Mark Hanna took the lead on day one of the Oceana 2-Man Best Ball tournament in Virginia Beach. They combined for a 7-under par 65 on the Hornet course at Aeropines Golf Club, two shots better than Ned Adkins and Mike Cusumano and four ahead of Tony Mauro and Jeff Hawkins.
Scott Koch and Chris Lemon led the first flight at 70, Joe Allen and Al Sanford led the second flight at 74, and Donald Hansen and Randy Crook led the third flight at 79.
Peter Davenport and Freddy Veraque took the lead in the Senior A flight at 68, and Ted Morandi and Tom Smith led the Senior B flight at 75.
Jamestown principal Howard Townsend received a Regional Merit Award from the Virginia High School League.
Townsend, a VHSL executive committee member, was a standout runner for Tabb High and William & Mary, where he graduated in 1998, and a cross-country and track coach before starting his career in the education and administration.
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Amelia McCovick hit an RBI single midway through the sixth inning, giving the Chesterfield team a 2-1 win over Pitt County in a Little League Softball World Series playoff game in Greenville, in North Carolina.
The win, broadcast live on ESPN2 to a crowd packed around the pitch, sent Chesterfield through to Sunday’s semi-finals and knocked out host Pitt County.
Chesterfield pitcher Kaylee Hodges struck out seven of six innings for the victory, although she gave up a run in the first inning.
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Chesterfield responded late in the second, charging in before Kaylee Milner was hit by a pitch, leveling the score at 1.
In the sixth, Hodges walked one out and gave way to pinch runner Cayla Wright, who made it to second base on a passed ball. After McCovick hit his ground in the middle, Pitt County’s relay came in late.
Earlier Saturday, Chesterfield lost 1-0 to Midway of Hewitt, Texas, as winner Zaneria Hughes threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 14. Chesterfield will look to avenge that loss at 1 p.m. Sunday at the first semi-final.
The second semi-final, at 4 p.m., will pit Delmar of Maryland against Negros Occidental of Bacolod City, Philippines.
Both semi-finals and Monday’s third-place and championship matches will be broadcast live on ESPN.
The only run scored in the first inning on a wild pitch by Hodges, who drove in three hits and walked one while striking out nine.
The lone hit for Chesterfield, the Richmond-area team that won the Virginia and Southeast Area championships, was a fourth-inning single by Kammie Walter.