Sports briefs – July 19, 2017

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ODAC All-Academic team

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has released its All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 academic year. The number of honorees conference-wide set a new record for the eighth-straight year and climbed ever closer to the 2,000 mark with 1,974 student-athletes receiving recognition.

Eligibility for the ODAC All-Academic Team is open to any student-athlete that competes in a conference-sponsored sport, regardless of academic class. He or she must achieve at least a 3.25 grade point average for the year to be considered for an ODAC All-Academic Award.

Emory & Henry had 122 athletes named to the team. Eight other schools in the league saw over 100 student-athletes on the list with Washington and Lee University topping things out at 339. Also over 150 honorees were Shenandoah University (220), Randolph-Macon College (189), Bridgewater College (184) and Lynchburg College (176).

AHS movie night fundraiser Saturday

The Auburn High School Eagle Gridiron Club is hosting a movie night on Saturday at 9 p.m. on the school’s football field. The movie will be “The Blind Side” with admission being $5 with kids five and under free.

Concessions will be available along with door prizes. The movie begins at 9 p.m.

Fall Fishing Classic

The Friends of Claytor Lake has announced plans for its Fall Classic II fishing tournament for Saturday, Sept. 16. First place prize is $50,000; second place, $15,000; third place $10,000 and fourth place, $5,000.

There will also be a youth payout for kids under the age of 14 of $2,500 with second place being $1,500 and third $1,000.

The biggest large and small mouth bass will be rewarded a $1,000 prize. The entry fee will be $400 per boat, and anglers can register for the tournament at the Rock House Marina. For more information and forms go to www.focl.org, or call 980-1488.

Stroman on award watch list

Virginia Tech senior cornerback Greg Stroman has been tabbed to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, the award’s committee announced Friday. The Jim Thorpe Award is presented to the best defensive back in college football.

Stroman broke out last season after setting career-highs in interceptions (3) and passes defended (13). Despite missing three games, Stroman broke up 10 passes, the most on the team, and developed a reputation as one of the best cover corners in the ACC. Stroman returned for the conference title game against Clemson after a three-game absence and tallied two pass deflections.

The Bristow native was also a key cog on special teams last season where he collected 221 punt return yards and 460 kick return yards. He also posted an 87-yard punt return TD against East Carolina and blocked a field goal attempt at Duke that led to a scoop-and-score.

Coastal Division ticket plan

The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced today that it is offering a three-game Coastal Division football mini ticket plan for purchase for all three of the Hokies’ Coastal Division games at Lane Stadium this season.

The Coastal Division mini plan features a ticket to Tech’s Homecoming game against North Carolina on Oct. 21, to the game against Duke on October 28, and to the Pittsburgh game, the final regular-season home game, on November 18. The cost is $180 per plan.

The Coastal Division mini plan provides better pricing for Tech fans over individual game tickets. Also, mini-plan seats will be in the same location for all three games.

To purchase a mini plan, call 1-800-VA TECH4, or stop by the Virginia Tech Athletics Ticket Office at Lane Stadium.