Let’s start out by taking a quick look at the latest high school baseball ‘Big-11’ Top-3.
No movement in our poll this week, as Hidden Valley stays locked firmly in first, and the shootout for the Blue Ridge District regular season title gives us numbers two and three. Rain washed out games the first of this week, so the schedules will get cramped down the stretch.
#1)Hidden Valley- The Titans have established themselves as the team to beat heading into district playoff action. With an unblemished record in the River Ridge, and pitching and hitting solid from top to bottom, Hidden Valley looks to be a strong contender for the Spring Jubilee come June.
#2) William Byrd- Chris Carr’s Terriers have met the challenges to this point in the ever-tough Blue Ridge. With only one loss in the district, Byrd controls its destiny after a convincing win over Alleghany last Friday. The Terriers look strong in hitting, speed and pitching heading to the post-season action.
#3)Lord Botetourt- The Cavaliers stay right in the hunt in the Blue Ridge. A shutout win over Staunton River Friday sends a message to the district that the Cavs will have a say in the final seedings. No mercy in the final regular season games in the Blue Ridge.
On the local front, the Roanoke Valley Sports Club welcomes VMI head basketball coach Duggar Baucom as its guest speaker for the monthly meeting on Monday, May 20th at the Salem Civic Center. The 5:45 social, followed by the 6:15 dinner meeting, offers sports enthusiasts an opportunity to get up-close to noted sports figures.
Those interested in attending or becoming members should contact Dave Ross at 540-774-1080 for more information.
Also, the 30th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament is set for three-round action at Roanoke Country Club May 17-19. The top names in amateur youth golf are entered, with numerous former winners in both the girls and boys competition now on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Spectators are welcome.
Speaking of the Scott Robertson, last years winner in the girls 15-18 division, Moriya Jutanugarn, was a repeat winner after taking the same title in 2011 with a tournament-record 54-hole score of 197. Moriya finished 13 shots clear of the second-place finisher, her sister Ariya Jutanugarn, in that 2011 event.
Both girls have now turned pro, and Ariya showed her game is in top form after a third-place finish in last week’s LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, good for $ 78,327.
A horse is a horse, of course of course, and Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino named his recent purchase of a two-year-old and future Kentucky Derby hopeful after former Hidden Valley standout and recent NCAA Final-4 Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock. The name chosen? Three Point Luke.
Congrats go out to the Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team for their ODAC championship win Sunday over W&L. The Maroons advance, and will be making their 24th NCAA appearance this week.
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