Va. Techniques sponsorship
Virginia Techniques Gymnasts in Christiansburg has received $800 funded by U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program for 80 J.O. competitive gymnasts to represent the gym at gymnastics meets all across the state of Virginia and beyond.
The earnings from the Community Connections program were used by the Junior Olympic gymnastics team to travel to gymnastics meets outside of the state, such as, the Courtney Kupets Pink Meet in Savannah, GA and the Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, in Greensboro, NC.
Gymnasts from VA Techniques also traveled to meets in Virginia Beach, Richmond, northern Virginia, and Roanoke. The gymnasts all finished their season at their respected USAG Virginia State Championship Meet.
Trout rodeo rescheduled
The Christiansburg Recreation Department is holding is rescheduled Tony Huddleston Trout Rodeo on
Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Izaak Walton Pond. The event is for youth ages 4-12 and is scheduled for 2-4
p.m. with registration beginning at noon.
There will be prizes for first, second and third in each age group as well as big and small fish. Lunch will
be provided for participants. For more information, call 382-2349.
ACC diver of week
Virginia Tech senior diver Ben Schiesl has been named the ACC Men’s Diver of the Week for Oct. 15 as announced Monday by the league office.
Schiesl helped the Hokies to a 178.5-121.5 win over Duke on Saturday to open the 2018-19 season. The Fairfax, Virginia native was the top finisher on the 1-meter, turning in a score of 384.52. He followed up by adding points to Tech’s total on the 3-meter with a fourth-place score of 345.30. The All-American posted NCAA A qualifying scores on both events over the weekend.
Hurricane relief game
In an effort to help raise financial support and awareness for hurricane relief efforts, the Liberty and Virginia Tech men’s basketball programs will come together for an exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Vines Center on the Liberty University campus at 3 p.m.
The exhibition is open to the public as general admission tickets are being sold for $10 to the general public and $5 for students. All of the proceeds from the exhibition game will go to the Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael relief efforts. All tickets will go on sale immediately through the Liberty University Ticket Office and LibertyFlames.com. Children ages three (3) and above are required to have a ticket.
This is the second straight year that the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will participate in a hurricane relief exhibition as the Hokies traveled to South Carolina last year to raise money for the hurricane relief efforts.
Big South honors Diop
Fresh off a clutch two-goal performance for the Radford men’s soccer team, freshman forward Amadou Macky Diop has been named Big South Attacking Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Diop came up big for the Highlanders in their win over #16 Charlotte. He came off the bench and opened the scoring in the 47th minute before delivering the game-winning golden goal with just over two minutes left in double overtime. He finished the match with six shots, including four on goal, across 80 minutes.
Gobbler fan rewards
Virginia Tech athletics has announced a new way for Hokie fans to experience and interact with their favorite programs with the debut of Gobbler Fan Rewards, presented by UMI Communities.
The portal is integrated within the Hokie Sports app – a free download in both the Google Play and Apple app stores.
Previously called the Gobbler Student Rewards, this new loyalty program now encompasses both Virginia Tech students and fans with the opportunity to check-in to events to earn points and prizes.
In Gobbler Fan Rewards, fans earn Gobbler Dollars that can be used in the app rewards store. Fans that download the Hokie Sports app today, create a login and type in the code “Hokies10” in the rewards store may redeem 10 extra Gobbler Dollars for opting in.
25 Gobbler Dollars will go to fans that check in at any home football or men’s basketball game and 100 Gobbler Dollars can be claimed for fans that check-in at any other Virginia Tech Athletics home event. Prizes for checking in include travel mugs, pop sockets, sideline passes and other exclusive Virginia Tech athletics items.
Sung’s contract extended
After engineering the program’s first-ever NCAA appearance during the 2018 season, Virginia Tech has extended the appointment of women’s lacrosse head coach John Sung by another year, meaning he is committed to coaching the Hokies through the 2022-23 academic year.
Sung took over the lacrosse program at Tech following the conclusion of the 2016 season and has lifted the team to new heights, equaling the program’s single-season wins record in 2017, his first season, with 11 and shattering the mark with 14 victories this past season.
The 2018 campaign included a record five league victories and wins over four ranked opponents, including in-state rival Virginia for the first time in six seasons.
The Hokies earned their first berth in the NCAA Tournament this past May, defeating Georgetown in the First Round 13-10. Their fantastic season ended with a defeat to league for North Carolina, but not before breaking numerous records and accumulating a 14-8 record.
Co-performer of Week
Virginia Tech distance runner Peter Seufer has been named the ACC men’s cross-country co-Performer of the Week for the second time this season after he finished second in the men’s race at the Penn State National Open held Friday morning in State College, Pennsylvania.
Seufer, a redshirt junior from Lynchburg, Virginia, shared the honor with Syracuse’s Aidan Tooker, while Louisville’s Emmanuel Cheboson was the men’s Freshman of the Week. On the women’s side, Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike was the Performer of the Week, while Abbey Green of Virginia was the Freshman of the Week.Seufer, a 2017 All-ACC and All-Southeast Region selection, ran the 5.2-mile race on the Blue-White Golf Course in a time of 24 minutes, 49 seconds, finishing nine seconds behind Eastern Kentucky’s James Sugira. He led the Hokies to an eighth-place finish out of 21 teams.
Concord alum to pro football
Former Concord University football defensive back and All-American Jeremiah Johnson has signed a professional contract with the Salt Lake City Stallions of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).
Johnson lands the contract in the AAF after spending the spring in the Indianapolis Colts’ rookie mini-camp.
The contract for the Baltimore, Maryland native will be three years and $250,000.
During his time at Concord, Johnson was named to the All-Mountain East Conference First Team four times—the only player in program history to be selected first team all-conference for all four years.
Johnson ranks fifth in all-time interceptions at Concord with 11. He also tallied 36 pass break-ups over his four years, third best in program history, despite not seeing much action on his side of the field over his final two seasons.