ODAC fans were treated to a full week of winter sports with basketball, indoor track and swimming in full swing. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Mara Briggs from Roanoke indoor track, Donovan Fiore from Washington and Lee indoor track, Shamyra Wilkerson from Shenandoah indoor track, Daniel Spencer from Emory & Henry men's basketball, Molly Shephard from Lynchburg women's basketball, Jared Nickodem and Ashley Johnston from W&L swimming, and Coby Cockrell from Virginia Wesleyan indoor track.
Two Guilford College individual milestones were reached on Saturday afternoon in the Quakers men's basketball win over visiting Bridgewater College, 78-55. Head coach Tom Palombo highlighted the result with his 400th career men's basketball victory and his 300th triumph holding the Quakers' reins. Senior forward Marcus Curry added to the effort by eclipsing 1,000 points for his career.
Indoor track and swimming tried to return to the active ranks this past week, but the weather across the region allowed for just a few events over the weekend. Still, the events that were conducted gave ODAC fans plenty about which to cheer. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Maggie Seybold from Washington and Lee indoor track, Nick Greenburg and Alexa Castellana from W&L indoor track, Miracle Walters from Guilford women's basketball, Josh Freund from Roanoke men's basketball, Ali MacQueen and Danny Lynch from W&L swimming, and Joe O'Connor from W&L indoor track
Men's and women's basketball remained the only sports in action thru the first week of the new year, but that didn't mean the performances didn't keep ODAC fans on the edges of their seats. Those earning weekly honors are Jayla Harris from Virginia Wesleyan women's basketball and Connor Schroeder from Lynchburg men's basketball.
Competition is always a bit sporadic during the holiday season with student-athletes taking the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. ODAC teams have still been busy over the past two weeks with 23 of the 26 total men's and women's basketball squads competing in 46 overall games since December 17. Those earning ODAC "weekly" honors covering the past 14 days of competition are Roy McMillan from Washington and Lee men's basketball and Taylor Blevins from Emory & Henry women's basketball.
Finals week and preparation for holiday breaks left ODAC fans with just a handful of men's and women's basketball games to enjoy. The games that were played saw ODAC teams win 14-of-18 non-conference games between the two sports. This week's ODAC Players of the Week are Sammy Thomas from Eastern Mennonite men's basketball and Briana Moore from Bridgewater women's basketball.
Ferrum College running back Brian Mann, University of Lynchburg goalkeeper Delia LoSapio, and Randolph-Macon College midfielder Maddie Burns headline the ODAC's contingent of academic student-athlete honors from CoSIDA as the trio were tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-Americans from the fall seasons.
A combination of gearing down some for the holidays and hefty winter storm over the weekend left us one sport shy in this week's report, but those that did compete put together some stellar performances. Those earning ODAC weekly honors included (pictured from left and top): Maria Vinson from Roanoke women's swimming, Austin Wrighten from Lynchburg men's basketball, Kelly Williams from Randolph-Macon women's basketball, Shamyra Wilkerson from Shenandoah track, Curtis Dudley and Jaylyn Lane from Virginia Wesleyan track, and Jason White from SU track.
Shenandoah University quarterback Hayden Bauserman earned a special distinction on Thursday evening as the Hornets senior signal-caller was named a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which is largely considered an award to recognize the Division III player of the year. Bauserman is the third ODAC student-athlete to earn a spot among the final four, joining for Guilford College quarterback Matt Pawlowski in 2015 and former Washington and Lee University running back/kicker Luke Heinsohn in 2012.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association in partnership with Beyond Sports is pleased to announce that the inaugural Beyond Sports Division III All-Star Game presented by the WBCA will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Cregger Center.
Indoor track opened its schedule with several events this weekend, doubling the amount of weekly honors for this report. Those earning ODAC weekly honors included (pictured from left and top): DJ Petty from Randolph men's track, Maddie Van Aken from Lynchburg women's track, Grant Amoateng from Eastern Mennonite men's track, Austin Wrighten from Lynchburg men's basketball, Megan Horn from Washington and Lee women's basketball, Danny Lynch and Emily Hageboeck from W&L swimming, and Kaitlyn Johnson from Lynchburg women's track.
The fall review of the ODAC Commissioner's Cups presented by Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance features the same two squads atop all three tables for the second straight year, but the roles are reversed from the 2017 snapshot. The University of Lynchburg and Washington and Lee University are first and second in all three cup races with Lynchburg taking up the top spot in each.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is proud to continue its association with the V University virtual campus supporting cancer research thru the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Events supporting the initiative are scheduled for each basketball-sponsoring member institution.
University of Lynchburg athletics is proud to announce the launch of the freshly redesigned LynchburgSports.com Wednesday, Nov. 28. The launch of the revamped website is the culmination of a months-long collaboration between Lynchburg athletics' staff and PrestoSports, one of the leading website management platforms in college athletics.