Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RVA Sports Network Top 10 Biggest Events of 2014-15!

The reveal on Twitter is complete. Here are the Top 10 Biggest Events covered live on Twitter or aired live on RVA Sports Network for the 2014-15 season:

1): Henrico 111, L.C. Bird 99 (Double Overtime): 5A South Region Boys Basketball Semifinal, March 4, 2015

2) The Monacan/Midlothian Girls Basketball Series: Five meetings, with Midlothian winning the 4A South Region title at Monacan March 9, followed by Monacan winning the 4A State Championship on March 14.

3) Randolph-Macon Men's Basketball 25-Game Win Streak: It began at Virginia Wesleyan, it ended at the hands of the Marlins in the NCAA Division III Round of Eight.

4) The Midlothian/Hanover Boys Volleyball Series: In 18 days, they play four matches, all five sets, the Hawks winning Conference 20 title, the Trojans winning the 4A Western Section and 4A State Championships.

5) Historic Hanover County Softball: Atlee wins its second State Championship on June 13th in last game for head coach John Earley and assistant coach Becky Levy, whose roles were reversed for the 2002 State Final, and had to beat county rival Patrick Henry in the 5A State Semifinal June 12 to do it.

6) Triple Overtime: Longtime rivals Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman both overcome a poor first half to create an instant classic February 6th on Senior Night at Godwin as a three-point prayer helped carry the game to triple overtime before the Eagles clinched a playoff berth with a 67-55 win over the Rebels.

7) Glen Allen Baseball Arrives: Beating defending state champion Hanover at Hanover wasn't enough. A walk-off hit on Senior Night by Patrick Hall gives the Jaguars a 4-3 win over Hanover, propelling Glen Allen to its first state championship just four weeks later.

8) Cosby Girls Hoops Slay National Giant: Few gave struggling Cosby a shot against Paul VI, a nationally-ranked girls basketball power, at the StatVa.com Classic January 17th. But Jocelyn Jones led the way as the Titans' late comeback forced overtime, then earned victory, 62-57, changing the complexion of their season, which ended with a second 6A State Championship.

9) Hermitage 25, Meadowbrook 21: Despite 229 yards rushing from Justin Miller, the Monarchs miscalculate late, allowing the Panthers one last chance on opening night when all seemed lost, Rashad Robinson scoring with four seconds left, Hermitage avoiding its first opening night loss since the turn of the century.

10) L.C. Bird Girls Hoops Beats the Unbeaten: Highland Springs entered Hermitage High School March 4th 24-0, but left the 5A South Region Semifinal with its only loss of the season as Taja Cole went for 38 points, and the Springers' vaunted transition offense never got out of first gear. The Skyhawks made it all the way to the 5A State Championship, where they fell to Princess Anne.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Top 10 of 2014-15: #6: Mills Godwin Outlasts Douglas Freeman in Boys Hoops 3-OT Thriller

Almost all of the attention in the high school basketball world the night of February 6th focused on, and rightfully so, the newly renovated gym at Henrico High School, where the Warriors and Highland Springs were set to play their second (and what turned out to be final) game of the season against each other.

But a smaller, just as passionate group of fans gathered at Mills Godwin's gym, packing it out for Senior Night as those Rebels of Douglas Freeman came calling. After the Eagles won the girls varsity game for lone senior Emily Reynolds, it was time for the boys showdown.

The Rebels arrived without the hero of the first meeting between the two, Clayton Leep, who scored with 1.6 seconds left to give Douglas Freeman the home win on January 11th. The first half of action provided intensity, but not exactly high quality play, and with the halftime score being Douglas Freeman 15, Mills Godwin 6, there was no way to know what would unfold, not in the final 16 minutes, but in the final 28 minutes of action.

Both teams finally found a spark on offense, but led by Gabe Fountain, the Rebels still enjoyed a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter. One of Fountain's four three-pointers made it 32-22 Rebels just over ninety seconds into the fourth.

But behind a raucous gym that was 75/25 in favor of the home team, the Eagles clawed their way back behind the duo of Dillon Thomas and Brett Buisson. It was Thomas who would hit the trey that tied the game at 39-39, ending a 17-7 run that forced overtime and sent fans into a frenzy.

By this time, the Warriors had narrowly defeated the Springers across town, and Twitter quickly turned its focus to what was unfolding on Pump Road.

The undermanned Rebels again took the lead in the first extra session, but missed opportunities to close out their rivals, and, though playing about as good a defense as you can on the last play of overtime, Buisson somehow found the basket on a three-point try with a hand in his face at the top of the key to force double overtime at 44-44.

Again facing defeat, the Eagles found a way to force more basketball, as Buisson scored three points the old-fashioned way with just under a minute left. The clock was past 10pm, the temperature in the gym was stifling, but the scoreboard read 52-52, and no one dared leave.

After leading over most of six periods, Douglas Freeman finally ran out of gas in the third and final extra session. The Eagles would score nine of their 15 third-overtime points from the free throw line as the Rebels were forced to foul and seeing shot and shot come up short, the sign of a tired time. Fountain ended with 32 points. For Godwin, Buisson scored 18, while Thomas had 15.

The final score read 67-55, Mills Godwin, a win that earned the Eagles the final spot in the Conference 11 Tournament. But on that night, the playoff bid was secondary. The fans that packed that gym will long remember that you don't need the top two teams in a conference, region, or state, nor do you even need a well-played first half, to become witnesses to a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat classic.

Mills Godwin's revenge over Douglas Freeman in triple overtime on February 6th, the #6 Biggest Event on RVA Sports Network in the 2014-15 season.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Top 10 of 2014-15: #7: Glen Allen Baseball Proves They Are For Real

It didn't take long for the Glen Allen Jaguar baseball program to become a team on the rise. And in this, the school's fifth year of existence, players and coaches inside the program were excited about the prospects about breaking down barriers and reaching new heights.

In order to do that, though, they would have to deal with Conference 20 foe, rival, and two-time defending state champion Hanover.

Their first notice to the world was defeating Hanover on the road in April, becoming the first team in the 804 to beat the Hawks.

When Hanover made their trip to Glen Allen on May 15th, they hadn't lost since their first encounter with the Jaguars. It was all the makings of a classic confrontation with the number one seed in Conference 20 on the line.

The back and forth battle, in front of a packed house on Staples Mill Road, went the Jaguars way on Senior Night as starting pitcher Patrick Hall, called upon in the seventh inning to hit in his original place in the order, got the game-winning hit to give Glen Allen a 4-3 win, the bye into the Conference 20 semifinals, and propelled the Jaguars into a postseason run for the ages.

After clinching a 4A South Region berth beating Caroline in the Conference 20 Semifinals (the conference final was cancelled due to rain), Glen Allen beat Denbigh, Powhatan, and, for the third time, Hanover in the regionals. A week later at Liberty University, the 4A State Championship was theirs.

For their comeback efforts on a beautiful spring Friday night, Glen Allen's 4-3 walk-off win on Senior Night over nemesis Hanover earns our #7 spot on the Top 10 Biggest Events on RVA Sports Network in 2014-15!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

2015 VHSL Football Master Schedule Released.....

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) releases its 2015 football master schedule Thursday morning.

To see any team's 2015 slate of games, CLICK HERE.

Note that there are changes this year due to the two-year realignment of schools to different classifications, conferences and regions as well as the switch of Glen Allen to the Colonial District for scheduling purposes.

NOTE: RVA Sports Network will begin announcing our 2015 "Game of The Week" broadcast schedule on Twitter on July 24th!

9/4: at Atlee
9/11: Henrico
9/18: at Essex
9/25: at Glen Allen
10/2: J.R. Tucker
10/9: at Hermitage
10/16: at Mills Godwin
10/23: Douglas Freeman
10/30: at John Marshall (4PM)
11/6: Thomas Jefferson

8/28: Midlothian
9/4: at James River (7:30PM)
9/11: BYE
9/18: Atlee
9/25: at John Marshall (4PM)
10/2: at Thomas Jefferson (4PM)
10/9: Glen Allen
10/16: J.R. Tucker
10/23: at Deep Run
10/30: Mills Godwin
11/6: at Hermitage

9/4: Monacan
9/11: at Patrick Henry
9/18: Lee-Davis
9/25: Deep Run
10/2: at Mills Godwin
10/9: at Douglas Freeman
10/16: John Marshall
10/22: at Thomas Jefferson
10/30: at Hermitage
11/6: J.R. Tucker

9/4: at Henrico
9/11: at Atlee
9/18: at Patrick Henry
9/25: Thomas Jefferson
10/2: Glen Allen
10/9: at J.R. Tucker
10/16: Deep Run
10/23: at Hermitage
10/30: at Douglas Freeman
11/6: John Marshall

9/4: at Mills Godwin
9/11: at Deep Run
9/18: J.R. Tucker
9/25: Patrick Henry
10/2: at Varina
10/9: Armstrong
10/16: Atlee
10/23: at Highland Springs
10/30: Lee-Davis
11/6: at Hanover

8/28: Highland Springs
9/4: at Meadowbrook
9/11: BYE
9/18: Varina
9/25: at J.R. Tucker
10/2: at John Marshall (4PM)
10/9: Deep Run
10/16: at Manchester
10/23: Mills Godwin
10/30: Glen Allen
11/6: Douglas Freeman

8/28: at Hermitage
9/4: at Norview
9/11: Meadowbrook
9/18: BYE
9/25: at Armstrong
10/2: Atlee
10/9: at Hanover
10/16: at Lee-Davis
10/23: Henrico
10/30: at Patrick Henry
11/6: Varina

9/4: Lee-Davis
9/11: at Hanover
9/18: at Henrico
9/25: Hermitage
10/2: at Deep Run
10/9: Mills Godwin
10/16: at Douglas Freeman
10/23: John Marshall
10/30: Thomas Jefferson
11/6: at Glen Allen

9/4: I.C. Norcom
9/11: Thomas Dale
9/18: at Hermitage
9/25: at Lee-Davis
10/2: Henrico
10/9: at Patrick Henry
10/16: Hanover
10/23: Armstrong
10/30: at Atlee
11/6: at Highland Springs

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 10 of 2014-15: #9: Hermitage Football Stuns Meadowbrook On Opening Night

The calendar hadn't even turned to September yet, but we witnessed a high school football classic August 29th at Chester Fritz Stadium as the storied Hermitage Panthers began yet another quest for an elusive state title, welcoming in Meadowbrook on opening night.

Late in the game, the Monarchs had seized the moment and looked to be on their way to victory. But there was a miracle just around the corner for the Panthers.

This is how we reported the crazy finish to this instant classic on our website that night in a game heard live on RVA Sports Network:

Rashad Robinson scored on an improbable 18-yard touchdown run with four seconds remaining tonight to give the Hermitage Panthers a stunning 25-21 win over Meadowbrook in the season opener for both teams.

Meadowbrook's Justin Miller, who gained 229 yards, scored his second touchdown of the night with 90 seconds left to give the Monarchs a 21-18 lead. The Panthers turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, giving the Monarchs the ball with 54 seconds left, Hermitage holding three timeouts.

Rather than give it to Miller to try to burn Panther timeouts, get a first down, and seal the win, Meadowbrook went into victory formation on each down, including on fourth down deep in their own territory, when quarterback D'Angelo Amos ran the ball into his own end zone for an apparent safety. But that play, after a long delay, was negated due to an inadvertent whistle. The Monarchs punted and Hermitage took over on the Meadowbrook 41 with 27.5 seconds left.

One incompletion, two complete passes and an offside penalty on Meadowbrook later, Hermitage was at the Meadowbrook 18. With 14 seconds left, Robinson escaped the pocket, took off up the middle, danced to his right, got inside the five, then dove toward the goal line. The far official signaled touchdown after the ball came losse when Robinson hit the ground with four seconds to go.

Hermitage now has won their last 14 season openers, dating back to 2001.

To listen to the entire Hermitage win, CLICK HERE.

American Legion Baseball HQ (updated 7/21/15)

The District 11 Tournament is down to the Championship Round...

DISTRICT 11 TOURNAMENT (Day 1 is Doubleheader Format)

Saturday July 18:
GAME 1: #1 Mechanicsville Post 175 11, #8 Lakeside Post 125F 1 (8 innings)
GAME 2: #5 South Richmond Post 137 14, #4 West End Post 361 4
GAME 3: #2 Colonial Heights Post 284P 9, #7 Powhatan Post 201 3
GAME 4: #3 Colonial Heights Post 284B 15, #6 Lakeside Post 125 7

Saturday July 18:
GAME 5: #1 Mechanicsville Post 175 10, #5 South Richmond Post 137 6
GAME 6: #3 Colonial Heights Post 284B 8, #2 Colonial Heights Post 284P 7
GAME 7: #4 West End Post 361 17, #8 Lakeside Post 125F 3 (7 innings)
GAME 8: #7 Powhatan Post 201 11, #6 Lakeside Post 125 4

(NOTE: Post 125 and 125F have been eliminated)

Sunday July 19:
GAME 9: #1 Mechanicsville Post 175 2, #3 Colonial Heights Post 284B 1
GAME 10: #2 Colonial Heights Post 284P 4, #4 West End Post 361 1
GAME 11: #5 South Richmond Post 137 13, #7 Powhatan Post 201 8

(NOTE: Post 201 and Post 361 have been eliminated)

(NOTE: Remainder of Tourney starting Monday 7/20 to be at predetermined site, currently scheduled for James River High School)

Monday July 20:
GAME 12: #5 South Richmond Post 137 14, #2 Colonial Heights Post 284P 8

Tuesday July 21:
GAME 13: #5 South Richmond Post 137 11, #3 Colonial Heights Post 284B 10 (12 innings)

Wednesday July 22:
GAME 14 (Championship Game #1): #5 South Richmond Post 137 vs #1 Mechanicsville Post 175, 7pm

Thursday July 23:
GAME 15 (If Necessary--only if winner of Game 9 loses Game 14), 7pm

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

RVA Sports Network Top 10 Memorable Events of 2014-15: The Prelude

(UPDATE: For the #10 story, visit ChesterfieldCountySports.net!)

A month has passed since the 2014-15 school year for both high schools and colleges have come to an end. After a chance to decompress and reflect on all the incredible action and accomplishments of Richmond-area teams, it's time to count down the Top 10 Memorable Events that were covered live, either via broadcast or on Twitter, by The RVA Sports Network during the season.

We first promoted this as the "Top 10 Games", but, as we compiled the list, we quickly saw a pattern develop. Several of our entries involved either two teams who engaged in multiple events, or one team created a memory in a series of games, thus, the change.

The only criteria is that RVA Sports Network had to either broadcast or live tweet for the event. This is different than our updates from other events via our incredible network of reporters. So, when you don't see LC Bird's third state football title, Monacan football's run to the 4A State Semis, Glen Allen baseball's first-ever state crown, Richard Bland College's NJCAA National Basketball Championship, the emergence of Thomas Dale track and field athlete Titiana Marsh, and two Mills Godwin state titles (girls tennis and boys soccer) on the list, that is why.

Here, now, is the Honorable Mention list for 2014-15, events covered live by RVASN:

--L.C. Bird goes to Hermitage, wins in 5A South Region Semifinal in Football
--Atlee Field Hockey clinches first State Tournament berth in school history
--State 2A Softball runner-up King William shuts out eventual 5A State Softball Champion Atlee as Kayla Huffman has dominating performance
--Varina boys basketball's run to the Conference 3 Tournament championship
--Lee-Davis girls volleyball finally ousting Atlee from the playoffs, paving the way for a run to the 5A State Semifinals
--Hanover basketball shocks rival Lee-Davis 72-71 on foul shots with no time remaining. Hanover outscored Lee-Davis 31-28 in a wild fourth quarter.
--The postseason run of Deep Run boys basketball, upsetting Highland Springs in the Conference 11 Tourney, then giving both Henrico and LC Bird huge scares.
--Patrick Henry inserting a freshman quarterback in Mechanicsville and winning the Tomato Bowl over Lee-Davis 17-14 for head coach Bryan Davis' first win at PH.
--Highland Springs and Atlee combine for 102 points as the Springers knock off the Raiders Halloween night 65-37.
--Randolph-Macon softball winning in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game in a wild extra inning affair over Ramapo College.

Our #10 Event of 2014-15 is revealed tonight on Twitter at @TheRVASportsNet with accompanying story here. We hope you enjoy this extensive look back at the year that was!