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Fleenor All-South

The Emory & Henry College Football Team has seen one of its players selected to the 2017 D3football.com All-South Region Third Team, D3football.com officials announced Tuesday. Junior defensive tackle Josh Fleenor (Christiansburg) adds all-region honors to his All-ODAC First Team selection from last month.

It is the third year in a row that Emory & Henry has been represented on the D3football.com All-South Region Team with five selections over that three-year period.

Fleenor earns his first all-region accolades after a breakout year on the Wasps’ defensive line. The junior led the squad with 13.5 tackles for loss, returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and broke up five other passes on the year. He was also third on the team in overall tackles with 57. Fleenor posted at least one tackle for loss in each game with his best contest coming against Hampden-Sydney College. Against the Tigers, Fleenor had a season-high eight tackles, two in the backfield, and notched his 90-yard interception for a touchdown.

Wasps add VaSID honors

The Emory & Henry College Football Team has seen three of its players named all-state by the Virginia Sports Information Directors, VaSID officials announced Thursday. The Wasps went 3-7 on the year in 2017 and saw 12 players named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference teams.

Leading the way on the All-State College Division First Team was junior defensive lineman Josh Fleenor (Christiansburg).

Junior offensive lineman Nathan Harris (Roanoke) and sophomore wide receiver Derrick Yates (Abingdon) brought home All-State Second-Team honors after playing their way onto the all-league second team.

Edmunds recognized

Tremaine Edmunds was named a second-team All-American by Phil Steele on Friday, adding to an already impressive list of postseason honors accumulated by the Hokies’ junior linebacker this season.

The Danville native has now been tabbed to five All-America lists: Phil Steele (second-team), USA Today (second-team), The Athletic (second-team) and SB Nation (second-team) and Associated Press (third-team).

Edmunds was also one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation’s top linebacker, and the Dudley Award, given to the top FBS or FCS player in the state of Virginia.

Leadoff banquet Jan. 21

The Virginia Tech softball program will officially kick off the 2018 season with its second annual Leadoff Banquet, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at the German Club.

Space is limited and all proceeds from the event will go towards wall graphics that will be placed in the program’s new indoor batting facility.

Attendees will be treated to dinner, a silent auction, a panel discussion with Coach Thomas and players and games for prizes, including trivia and 50/50 bingo. Auction items include going on a day trip this season with the Hokies, a Women’s College World Series signed by the 2008 Hokies, a Bimbo Coles signed basketball, an Andre Davis signed football, a round of golf on the Pete Dye River Course and more.

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